5 Things To Do with Margarine Tubs
Empty margarine tubs are useful for holding everyday items, but did you ever try using them to make gelatin moulds? How about as a handy lunch box? Click through to read 5 of the clever ways you can put margarine tubs to good use.
1. Mould Gelatin Desserts
Don’t buy a fancy mould for your next birthday party or barbecue. Use a large margarine tub as the mould for a gelatin or mousse centrepiece. For individual fun gelatin dessert moulds, use the smaller tubs and put a surprise gummy or mini-marshmallow face on the top, which will show through from the bottom when the mould is inverted. The flexible tubs are easy to squeeze to release the dessert.
2. Use as a Paint Container
Want to touch up the little spots here and there in the living room, but don’t want to lug around a gallon of paint? Pour a little pain into a margarine tub to carry as you make your inspection. Hold it in a nest of paper towels to catch any possible drips. The tubs with lids are also perfect for storing that little bit of leftover paint for future touch-ups.
3. Give Kids Some Lunch Box Variety
As a break from the usual sandwich, put some fruit salad, rice mix, or other interesting fare in one or two recycle margarine tubs for your child’s lunch. The tubs are easy to open and will keep the food from getting crushed.
4. Make Frugal Freezer Storage
Reuse your clean, sturdy margarine and other plastic containers for freezing measured portions of soups and stocks, and to break up leftovers into single servings. A 2lb (1 kg) container, for example, stores the perfect amount of sauce for 1lb (.5 kg) of pasta.
Hint: Before freezing, let the food cool just enough to reduce condensation.
5. Travel Light with Your Pet
Lightweight, disposable margarine tubs make the perfect food containers and double as food and water bowls. And those valuable dog cookies won’t get crushed if you put them in a plastic tub. If your pet is vacationing at a friend’s house, make things a little easier for the caregiver by putting one serving in each container, to be used and discarded as needed.