Monday, February 24, 2014

10 Things You Can Do With Paper Towel

Check out how convenient paper towels can be!

Strain grease from broth
Use a paper towel to absorb the fat.  Place a clean pot in the sink.  Put a colander or sieve in the bottom of the pot and a piece of paper towel at the bottom of the colander.  Pour the broth through into the colander.  The paper towel will collect any fat and the clean broth will strain through.

Keep frozen bread from getting soggy
Before you freeze your bread, place a piece of paper towel inside of the bag. When you're ready to thaw your bread, the paper towel will absorb the moisture while it thaws.

Keep cast-iron pots and pans rust-free
After your pots and pans are clean, place a paper towel in each one.  The paper towel will absorb any moisture that may be left.  Make sure to store your lids separately from the cast-iron, and separate those also with paper towels.

Keep produce fresher, longer
Line your vegetable bins with paper towels.  The paper towel will absorb the moisture that causes fruits and vegetables to rot.

Test viability of old seeds
Just found seeds you can't remember buying? Check the viability.  Dampen two paper towels and lay down a few seeds.  Cover with two more dampened towels. For the next two weeks, keep the towels moist.  If most of the seeds sprout, it is okay to plant the remaining seeds.

Emergency coffee filter
Place inside the coffee maker, just like you would if you had a coffee filter.

Soften brown sugar
Place your hardened brown sugar into a bowl. Cover the bowl with a dampened paper towel, and leave on the counter overnight, or in the refrigerator.  The moisture of the paper towel will be absorbed by the brown sugar.

Clean corn on the cob
Hate those silk strings left on the corn ears when you shuck them? Take a wet paper towel and run it down the corn.  It will collect all of the silk.

Grease and junk absorber
Run a piece of paper towel through a freshly oiled sewing machine.  The paper towel will absorb any extra lubricant so it won't stain your fabrics. "Open" a piece of paper towel with a can opener. It will absorb any gunk and grim that may build up on the blade and gear over time.

Remove crayon and wax marks
Place the paper towel over an iron.  Run the iron over the crayon or wax marks.  The paper towel will absorb the marks, while protecting your iron.

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