I try to limit the use of paper towels in my kitchen, but sometimes having a paper towel around can be really useful. Here are my top 7 frugal tips on using my kitchen paper towels.
This one is obvious, you just spray some cleaner and wipe down surfaces. But I don’t normally use paper towels for general cleaning, that would be a bit wasteful. I use paper towels for last minute tidy ups or spillages or something like this.
I bake a lot of bread and because I usually bake once a week, I freeze most of the bread and then take it out of the fridge when I needed. To prevent the bread becoming damp or soggy when defrosted, I put a double sheet of paper towel in the freezer bag and then put the bread on top. I freeze the bread and defrost as usual, but as the bread defrosts any frozen ice particles get absorbed into the kitchen towel and I end up with a beautiful fresh bread. Of course, I reuse these the paper towels for cleaning or something like this as they are only damp and it would be waste to just throw them away.
COver your food when heating up in Microwave
Use to cover a dish in the microwave to keep splatters from making a mess. This is particularly useful, if you don’t have a purpose made microwave lid or you have different sizes of microwave dishes.
Keep Herbs Fresh
Store herbs loosely wrapped in a paper towel, placed in a zip top bag in the refrigerator. The paper towels will help absorb excess moisture to keep herbs fresh longer.
Soften Hard Brown Sugar
Place a slightly damp paper towel on top of an open container of brown sugar and leave overnight. The next morning it should be soft again!
Protect pans and pots
Line insides of clean pans or pots with paper towels before storing in cabinets. They will help absorb any remaining moisture to prevent rusting and keep surfaces from getting scratched by pans you stack on top. This is particularly useful if you have those non-scratch hard surface frying pans, which seems to collect any scratch going!
Strain Grease from meat
I place several paper towels inside a bowl, and put my small colander on top. I pour all the meat in my frying pan inside the colander and the grease drains through to the paper towels. Lift the colander, shake remaining drips off, and pour meat back into the frying pan to continue cooking or add seasonings. Let the grease cool (not harden) and then toss the paper towels into the trash. Grease is gone!
How do you use paper towels in your home?