21 August 2014

5 Awesome Uses for Paper Towels

*This post is sponsored by Viva Vantage and Walmart, but my love for their stretchy towels is all my own.

Everyone has those essential kitchen items, right? For me, I have several that I absolutely NEED to have on hand in all times. But the one I think I use the MOST is Paper Towels. I literally use them for everything! Cooking, cleaning, covering, absorbing, straining, wiping faces and hands... you name it.

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But here are a few things you may or may not have thought of that you could do with your trusty paper towels.

One //  Strain grease 
You can use a paper towel to absorb the fat that tends to build up on the top of broths or soups. Here's how to get rid of it: Place another pot in the sink. Put a colander in the new pot and put a paper towel in the colander. Then pour the broth (or soup) through the towel into the waiting pot. The fat stays in the towel, while the cleaner broth streams through :-)

Two // Keep your produce fresh longer
Do you keep your veggies in the bin in your refrigerator? I have a tip! If you line the bottom of your veggie bin with paper towels, they will absorb the moisture that causes your fruits & veggies to rot. It will also help for a speedier clean-up when you decide it's time to clean out the fridge :-)

Three // Keep the rust off of your cast-iron pots & pans
If you own cast iron cookware, you will want to heed this advise. Because chances are, they're precious to you. Or maybe it's just my Husband who worships his cast iron pans. lol. Anyway, after you clean your pans, put a paper towel in each of them to absorb any moisture. And store the lids separately from the pots, each separated by a lining of paper towels.

Four // Stop your bread from getting soggy
Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you stick a loaf of bread int he freezer and later thaw it out, it's nasty and soggy?? It sucks. Here's a trick: Add a paper towel to the bag before you put it in the freezer. It will collect some of the moister so it doesn't seep into the bread, keeping the loaf fresher and drier when thawed.

Five // Soften your brown sugar back up
Surely I'm not the only one that notices that after a while, brown sugar can start to stick and glom together, and eventually, it will turn hard. If/when you start to notice this, pour the brown sugar into a bowel and cover it with a moist paper towel overnight. The humidity should help the brown sugar break up a little so you can use it again.

So there you have it!! Hope you find that helpful! And as for brands of paper towels, I'm breaking up with my old paper towels because I recently discovered Viva Vantage while shopping at Walmart a few weeks back. They are super duper stretchy, making it easier to clean and scrub with them. Not to mention strain grease (like I mentioned above). And they have sponge-like absorbency to help soak up those toddler spills.



I actually enlisted the help of my son to help me do a stretch test, and they passed our test with flying colors. I'm not just saying this but these paper towels are the stretchiest I've ever come across, making the more durable and more absorbent.

Bet you didn't realize how handy paper towels really are, huh? Have you tried Viva Vantage? What did you think of them??


36 comments:

Jenn @ What You Make It said...

Wow, I absolutely love the produce and the brown sugar ideas! Two problems I've had - those are helpful tips!

Breanna said...

Viva are my go-to paper towels, and the only kind I will buy! Hubby is picky about toilet paper, and I am picky about paper towels - because you are right! Moms use them for EVERYTHING! :)

Sarah Halstead said...

Love these tips. Especially the fruits/veggies one. I will have to try that out.

aclotheslook.com said...

This is wonderful, I have never thought of half of these uses!

Stephanie Clark said...

Didn't know all those tricks! But we like Viva.

Jordan Wise said...

I had no clue about that brown sugar tip! Thanks for sharing! I'm gunna use it!

Kayli Schattner said...

Great post! I had no idea that it helps soften brown sugar...I'm definitely going to have to try this! Thanks!

Alyssa said...

Awesome tricks!! I love these secrets! And they look like some awesome paper towels!!

Esther Ju*Lee said...

i need to try this with my brown sugar! i get so frustrated when it clumps up.

Jenna Brussee said...

I wish I knew the brown sugar trick! I just threw away some brown sugar because it was rock solid. Good to know for the future, though!

Stefany T said...

I did not know all of these so thank you! I am going to start doing this in my produce container for sure.

Ricci said...

I didn't about the produce trick! Thanks for the heads up! LOVE Viva Vantage!!

Chrissy Jordan said...

Awesome list! I have never thought of putting one in the bottom of washed produce. So smart!

Deidre Miller said...

BRILLIANT list. I always buy a double loaf of bread and freeze one loaf. And I hate when it gets soggy.

Nikki said...

hmmm... never heard of the brown sugar trick. Awesome share! Thanks

Brooklyn Jolley said...

I'd never heard of using them for veggies that way! But wow that is awesome!

Girl In Beta said...

The soggy bread thing is blowing my mind. Right now though, I'm just using paper towels to kill insects.

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Alicia Brown said...

I never knew about #2! Great tip! Thank you!

ananda said...

super cool list mandy! so fun to discover new uses for everyday items! =)

Gretchen said...

Love these tips!

Rebekah Clarke said...

Awesome tips! I had no idea about the moist paper towel for brown sugar. Thanks for sharing!

Diana Trotter said...

That is such a good tip about the veggie and fruit drawer!! :) PS how adorable is your little guy!

Joelle Duff said...

I have a cast iron skillet and I'm still navigating those tricky waters - that is a great tip on keeping it fresh and rust-free - thanks for that idea!

Kendall Rayburn said...

Okay, the bread tip blew my mind! So clever!! Awesome tips!

Lauren said...

You are a paper towel ninja!! Who knew that you can keep produce fresh longer with it?!

celery and cupcakes said...

Great list of tips Mandy! :-)

Laura, The Start of a Good Life said...

I never knew about #3! huh! and i'm gonna have to get on #5, i have half a bag full of brown sugar all in one awesome clump. Thanks for sharing =)

Neely said...

Love that about produce my mom taught me that!

Chelsea Olivia said...

Great ideas! I am totally going to do the bottom of the produce drawer thing, I swear my produce rots so quickly!

Ecuador InMyEyes said...

My mom also uses paper towals to keep the rust out of iron pots and pans. The other tips are new to me!

Jessica Doll @ Team Wiking said...

Great tips! We let our toddler help clean with them, too. :)

Raewyn @ Be A Warrior Queen said...

ah! I didn't know any of these!!

Tawny said...

So Genius! I love Viva paper towels. They are the best on the market.

Aleshea said...

Oh my goodness gracious im gonna have to try the sugar one. Thanks for the tip.

Cam said...

Keeping the rust off of pots and pans... that's a good one!

Amanda Jillian B said...

Stretchy! And I didn't know that about the bread, that's a good tip we do that all the time.