Thrifty life hacks which are good for the environment excite me because they save money and waste and are simple, quick and easy to implement.
Reusing parchment butter wrappers instead of using new parchment baking paper is one thrifty life hack you should know about. You can use the butter wrappers just like you would use baking paper, to:
- line cake and muffin pans,
- separate layers of food like patties in the freezer, and as a bonus
- use the small bits of remaining butter to grease pans.
Just fold the wrappers and keep them in a jar or container in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.
By reusing the wrapper you’re not introducing new rubbish into the waste stream. You might be thinking that’s not a problem for me because I compost my baking paper (so it doesn’t go to landfill), but think about all the resources that went into making the baking paper that you’re now conserving by not using it.
Anecdotally, reusing butter wrappers seems to have been a popular practice before butter appeared on the shelves in plastic tubs and composite material wrappers because people often say to me that this is something their mothers used to do. I certainly don’t know too many people who do it now and this might be partly due to changing dietary information.
If you buy butter wrapped in a composite material like foil and paper laminate and don’t want to switch brands, you may be able to reuse them in place of foil for baked potatoes or basting roast meats. These wrappers are not recyclable or compostable, though.
Finally, we probably don’t need to use parchment paper as often as we do. I find glass and stainless steel cookware clean really well and we can use butter or oil to grease pans followed by a sprinkling of flour to create a non-stick surface.
On another note
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