On the Paper Trail

Follow these ideas to make the most of the paper products—plastic wrap, aluminum foil, wax paper and parchment paper—you stock in your pantry

On the Paper Trail

On the Paper Trail

Follow these additional ideas to make the most of the paper products you stock in your pantry:

Plastic Wrap

  • Can't get a good grip on your kitchen mop? Wrap this clingy covering around the handle for a secure grip.
  • Use the wrap to line the bottom of a gift basket.

Try this recipe: Roasted Vegetable Turkey Pinwheels

Aluminum Foil

  • To soften hardened brown sugar, wrap it tightly in foil and bake at 300˚ for 5 minutes.
  • To keep piecrust from becoming too browned, cover the edges of the pie with strips of foil while baking.
  • A wadded ball of aluminum foil makes a great scrubber for burned pans.
  • Roll into a cone shape and use as a funnel.

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Wax Paper

  • Making a special birthday cake? To make the lettering perfect, cut a piece of wax paper the size of the cake pan and pipe the name and message onto the paper. Freeze it for 30 minutes. Using a spatula, slide the frosting off the paper and onto the cake.
  • Line the vegetable and meat bins in your refrigerator with wax paper to keep the bins clean.
  • To prevent rust from forming on cast iron pans between uses, rub a sheet of wax paper over the pan after washing, while it's still warm. Place the wax paper between the pan and lid for storage.

Try this recipe: Wonderful Candies Two Ways


  • Great for use in the microwave.
  • Use to make disposable pastry bags.
  • When coating foods such as strawberries, mini pretzels and nuts in chocolate, let them set up on parchment paper.
  • When rolling out delicate dough, place a piece of parchment over the dough to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.

Try this recipe: Frozen Cheesecake Bites