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.

Try this recipe: Sausage Bacon Bites

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