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Leah Berenson
Leah Berenson
June 28, 2024 ·  3 min read

10 Things You Can Do With Your Butter Wrappers Instead of Throwing Them Away

Although it’s not the healthiest, butter is one of the most delicious and popular ways to add some flavor to many dishes. But when the butter’s gone, you’re left with paper or foil that has to be disposed of, and quite frankly, it feels like such a waste, particularly for those who try to live sustainably. But here are ten creative ways to repurpose an old butter wrapper you’ve likely never thought of.

1. A Butter Wrapper Divider

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Like store-bought sliced cheese, butter wrappers can separate food like cookies, bagels, or frozen meat patties. Plus, you can start cutting cheese slices at home, which could also help you save money.

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2. A Butter Wrapper Prevents Splashing

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You can repurpose butter wrappers by placing them on top of a dish for the microwave, preventing splashes.

3. A Butter Wrapper as a Substitute

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Butter wrappers are a perfect replacement for cupcake or muffin papers as they have butter residue that will work as a non-sticking agent. First, rub the leftover butter on the tin, flip the butter wrapper up, then place it in the tin. Next, fill each wrapper as usual and bake! This method doesn’t just repurpose butter wrappers. It also will help add a “subtle buttery flavor” to your cupcakes and muffins.

4. A Butter Wrapper for Homemade Treats

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Many people prefer to make candies and caramel at home and a butter wrapper is a great alternative to plastic wrap or parchment paper. Create the candies as you normally would then the butter wrappers to fit the size and shape of each individually wrapped candy. This method is ideal for truffles and caramels but may also work for hard candies.

5. Use Them for Leftovers

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Butter wrappers also make a great alternative to plastic wraps and bags. They can be used to wrap food items like sandwiches or to cover bowls or containers without lids.

6. Use them for Homemade Dough

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Like sandwiches and leftovers, homemade dough needs to be wrapped. However, a butter wrapper in place of plastic wrap will prevent sticking and is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap. Furthermore, you can wrap already baked loaves to prevent them from drying out.

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7. Use the Residue on a Butter Wrapper

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The butter residue left on the wrappers is a great tool for flavoring food and preventing it from sticking to pans. In place of cooking spray, wipe pots and pans with the buttery side of the wrapper. Additionally, the residue can be spread on corn cobs and other vegetables.

8. Make Cutting Easier

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Unsurprisingly, a butter wrapper can also be used to grease knives, facilitating perfectly cut, otherwise sticky, foods. Some examples include fruits like dates or apricots, and gooey baked goods like cake.

9. Greasing more than Pans or Knives

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Butter wrappers can also be used to grease measuring cups before using sticky ingredients like peanut butter or honey. Not only will this ensure the measurements are more accurate but it will also make the clean-up process much easier.

10. Perfectly Baked Potatoes

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Baked potatoes are a delicious addition to many meals but can be time and energy-consuming. Fortunately, a butter wrapper can aid. Poke some holes in the potato and cover it, as thoroughly as possible with the buttery side facing the potato. Cook for about 5 minutes. Next, flip it and cook again for the same timeframe, ensuring even cooking. Check that it’s cooked thoroughly with a knife or fork. If not, repeat the process for a couple more minutes. Allow the potato to cool before unwrapping to prevent injuries or burns. You may be astounded by the perfectly cooked and buttery microwave-baked potato.

Butter Wrappers are Versatile

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Saving money and living sustainably are just 2 of the many great reasons to find ways to repurpose everyday items, and butter wrappers have so much versatility the possibilities are seemingly endless.

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