Monday, January 15, 2018

Five Uses for Empty Cereal Bags

You know the ones I’m talking about, they hold the cereal inside the box and are ‘wax-paper’ like in color and texture?

Here are 5 different uses that allow you to recycle/repurpose them instead of throwing them away!

Use them to separate/go between hamburger patties, sausage patties and pancakes when freezing them … (cut them into desired sizes)

For wrapping sandwiches …

To roll out cookie dough on …

To flour meat on …

And as a liner over a baking sheet for flash freezing items.

One more thing, here’s how I store mine until I’m ready to use them …

I cut the ends off the cereal bags, open them up, clean them, let them dry and wrap them on a paper towel roller held on by a rubber band!  (See picture above.)

Can you add anything to the list?


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24 comments:

  1. Great ideas! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I love those ideas! I had completely forgotten that I use it to make hamburger patties to freeze- thanks for the reminder! I also love to put my hand in one for like a glove to use when I grease a pan. I store mine in a empty freezer bag carton. Have a great day Patty!

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    1. Vickie, that's a great idea for storing them in an empty freezer bag carton/box! Thanks for the tips!

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  3. I also use them in my tortilla press to keep my homemade tortillas from sticking to the side. So many people throw things away that could still be used for other things. It takes practice and creativity to think outside the box.

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    1. Cheri, I would never have thought of that! Thanks for the tip!

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  4. Don't forget the bags that's around your saltines. These come in handy also.
    I keep mine in a empty freezer bag carton.
    Coni

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    1. Coni, that's right, the bags that's around saltine crackers! Thanks!

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  5. Dear Patsy,
    I am trying to buy less cereal, but now I will keep the bags when I do! Vickie, you can also keep your butter wrappers for greasing pans. I used to do this and think I will start again.
    Love, Kelsey
    P.S. This is where I DON'T get funny looks for ironing my used tissue paper lol. Thanks ladies!

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    1. Kelsey, we buy cereal once a year for making a holiday mix, but hey, those wax paper like bags can be found in other food packagings too! That's a good tip about the butter wrappers. Thanks for reminding us! Waste not, want not!

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  6. I only recently started saving mine and using them to bread meat. I like the way you store yours.

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    1. Thank you Little Penpen, I'm actually recycling the paper towel tubes in the process. Double recycling!!!

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  7. I use them for anything that you would use wax paper for. I place cookies or fudge in tins and use between layers.
    I also keep the bags from items like Triscuts or Wheat Thins. Any wax bag works.
    Been re-using mine for years.

    Love Cheri's idea of using with tortilla's. Vickie bread wrappers are also good for using as a glove for messy projects!

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    1. Cheryl, yes ma'am, cereal boxes aren't the only places you can find 'wax bags!' Great tips and resources, thanks for sharing!

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  8. Your post reminded me that I have Silpats and could be using them when I flash freeze instead of anything else since I can just wash and reuse them.

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    1. Lana, I had to look up whata Silpat was, those look like handy things to have and use! You go girl!!!

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  9. We eat very little cereal but our Daughter-in-law keeps all of her cereal bags for me - I make Taggie Toys (aka sensory toys) as gifts and use one half of the bag inside for the 'noise'inside the toy!!

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    1. Pugg El, what a kind and helpful thing to do!

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  10. I use them to bash dried bread into crumbs with a rolling pin. Works like a charm! I’ll also pour grease into one so I can throw it away. I don’t keep grease. The bags are very handy!
    Debbie

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    1. Debbie, those are both good ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Hi Patsy, We rarely buy cereal now so will keep in mind to watch for other things that have those bags. I do save my plastic bread bags and wrap them on the paper towel cardboard to reuse though. Nancy

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    1. Nancy, that's a good tip about wrapping empty bread bags around a paper towel cardboard tube for later use! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. When I bulk buy meat I store the meat in the waxed bags rather than use my zippered bags. I tape them shut then store several in a old bread bag. I have individual packets of frozen meat I can remove as needed and I don't lose my zippered bags because they've store meat.

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    1. Terri, I've never thought of that!!! Thanks for sharing!

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