9 Clever Paper Towels Uses
Beyond wiping down your counters and drying dishes, there are several paper towel uses you may not know about.
Keep Greens Fresh
Wrap salad greens or herbs in a paper towel before storing them in the fridge. The sheet will absorb excess moisture, helping them stay fresh longer. Now you’ll have plenty of fresh veggies on hand.
Soften Brown Sugar
If your brown sugar resembles a brick, you can reconstitute it by placing it in a bowl covered with a damp paper towel. Stick the bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds, and the moisture will soften the sugar again.
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Keep Cutting Boards in Place
Some plastic cutting boards lack anti-slip grips on the bottom, meaning they’ll slide around the counter as you try to chop. Simply place a paper towel underneath the board for improved traction.
Prevent Microwave Messes
If you’re heating up something in the microwave and think it might pop or splatter, place a paper towel over the food to minimize the mess. Plus, here are 12 things you should never, ever microwave.
Remove Silk From Corn
When shucking corn, you can quickly remove any lingering pieces of silk by wiping down the produce with a damp paper towel. It will grab the stringy pieces, allowing you to start cooking faster. Did you know that you can grill corn? Here are 30 other grilling tips you’ll wish you knew sooner.
Protect Stacked Pans
Many people warn against stacking pots and pans for storage because can lead to dings and scratches. If you must stack your cookware, put paper towels between the pieces to serve as a protective barrier. This is especially useful for cast-iron pans, since the towel will also absorb excess moisture and protect the pan’s seasoning.
Clean Can Openers
When was the last time you cleaned your manual can opener? If it’s been too long, clamp it down on a paper towel and twist the handle. The blades will spin, wiping off any gunk onto the disposable sheet.
Keep Frozen Bread Fresh
Frozen bread often goes soggy as it thaws. But if you put a sheet of paper towel into the bag, it will absorb the moisture, helping keep your bread dry and delicious.
Serve as a DIY Coffee Filter
If you need a caffeine fix but don’t have any filters, a paper towel will work in a pinch. Use it to line the basket of your coffee maker and it will strain out the grounds.
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