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Don’t toss your cereal bags

By on November 2, 2011

Plastic cereal bags are great liners that can be reused. You can use them to store baked goods or a sandwich, apply breadcrumb coatings to meat, fish and poultry, roll up cookie dough logs, contain ingredients to be crushed with a rolling pin, or as a trash container in your car.
The first reader tip shares another use:

 

REUSE CEREAL BAGS:

I use cereal bags as a cutting board when I only have one or two things to chop. It also saves washing another cutting board when I’m in a hurry. — Veronica, email

USE FOR ODD SOCKS:

So what if all your odd socks don’t match! Okay, maybe you shouldn’t wear them at work, but for weekends and hanging out, why not? They can also be altered and turned into wrist warmers (insulation for wrists in winter). — Colin, email

REUSE OLD SHOWER CURTAIN:

We cleaned up our old clear vinyl shower curtain and tightly stapled it to a piece of plywood. Our son uses it as a huge dry erase board. — Mary, email

INEXPENSIVE OR HOMEMADE GIFT IDEAS FOR KIDS:

Melt leftover or broken crayons in shaped muffin tins to make fun, multi-colored, shaped crayons! Instead of buying overpriced Easy-Bake oven mixes, search Google for recipes and make a recipe book. You can prepare and package some of the dry mixes for the child to use right away. — S.G., Pennsylvania

INVEST IN KITCHEN HELPERS:

I used Christmas money to invest in timesavers for the kitchen. Heating a large oven for a meatloaf or other small item seemed a huge waste of electricity, so I purchased a Breville countertop convection oven/toaster (brevilleusa.com/cooking/ovens.html), which I use constantly. I also bought a FoodSaver (foodsaver.com), and now my frozen foods last longer. I seal rice, baking items, nuts, etc. in jars to keep them fresh and free from pests. I bought a yogurt maker with a timer and now make homemade yogurt on a weekly basis. To ease the process, I purchased a digital thermometer that lets me know when the milk is ready. I feel the new equipment will pay for itself. It’s certainly brought a lot of pleasure to my kitchen duties. — Jan, email

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2 Comments

  1. Tanya

    11/2/2011 at 5:09 pm

    wow, a lot of these things I never though of before. I will definitely think before I though something away next time. Most of these are great time savers too. Thanks for the ideas 🙂

  2. Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D

    11/3/2011 at 11:48 am

    What fun suggestions!
    It’s about time I cleaned our coffee maker…

    We compiled a fun list of things you can do with mismatched socks at
    http://www.cookingatcafed.com/2011/10/31-days-to-more-organized-life-day-9.html
    ~

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