Why You Should Think Twice Before Tossing That Butter Wrapper in the Trash

Discover five clever ways to put butter wrappers to work all around the kitchen.

Butter is expensive, so don’t waste a single bit of it—including what’s on the butter wrapper.

When peeled off the stick of butter, the wrappers have a thin layer of butter inside; just enough to put to good use. So don’t throw them out! Here are five butter wrapper hacks you’ll wish you’d known sooner.

How to Save Your Butter Wrappers

Flatten out the butter wrappers and stack them together. Slide the stack into a resealable plastic bag. Stash them in the fridge or for longer storage in the freezer. That way they’ll be handy to grab for all these uses.

These tricks work with all kinds of butter.

Butter Wrapper Hacks

Cover Leftovers

Tamar Adler, author of The Everlasting Meal Cookbook, shares that butter wrappers are great for covering leftovers in a bowl instead of plastic wrap or when lids go missing. Just press a wrapper, butter side down, to the surface of the food to keep air out during storage.

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Grease Cake Pans

Our grandmas taught us this baking trick! The butter left on the wrapper is plenty to grease pans for cakes, cookies and brownies. Rub the butter side of the wrapper over the insides of the pan, especially into the corners.

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Separate Frozen Food

When getting foods like cookies, cakes, burgers or chicken fillets ready to freeze, butter wrappers will keep them from sticking together. Just place one between each layer before bagging them up for the freezer.

Lightly Grease Skillets

When your frying pan or skillet needs just a little oil, use a butter wrapper instead of cooking spray. Rub the surface of the pan with the wrapper to lightly coat it with butter before cooking.

Shape Marshmallow Cereal Treats

When crisped rice cereal and melted marshmallows are mixed together, it’s super sticky. Instead of coating your hands with butter or nonstick spray, use a butter wrapper. Spoon the mixture into the pan, then use a butter wrapper to press the mixture down.

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