Clean and Lubricate Your Can Opener with Wax Paper

Ever since I’ve had a kitchen to call my own, wax paper has been a staple in it. It’s always been my go-to for keeping food from sticking and occasionally as the medium for preserving beautiful fall leaves! But other than those uses, it pretty much sits in a drawer. That is until I discovered these ingenious ideas for utilizing this inexpensive kitchen staple!

From speeding up snow shoveling time to getting a zipper unstuck, check out these creative ways to use it around the house.

Source: 16 Smart Uses for Wax Paper

Freeze your bacon using wax paper. Fold in rashers, accordion-style, then place it in a freezer bag. I eat the stuff on the weekends, but even a small package tends to spoil before I finish. When you’re ready, all you have to do it tear off as much as you’ll eat and put the rest back in the freezer. You can either let the retrieved bacon thaw (doesn’t take too long) or throw it right on the fire. If you cook it right away, though, it will be a little chewy. If you prefer it on the crisp side, let it sit out for a bit.

Also, go ahead and scrub your can opener with a toothbrush. That stuff next you think is rust? It may be old food…. eww. I thought mine had just rusted or changed color with age- nope!

Get Excited About Parchment Paper, One of the Most Useful Things In Your Kitchen

It’s the non-waxy wax paper 😉

For those of you who don’t know, parchment paper is a grease and water-resistant paper that has been treated with some sort of coating to give it its non-stick properties (usually silicone). Contrary to what you may have heard, parchment paper is not wax paper. Wax paper is coated with wax (duh) and, though it’s a good parchment substitute for tasks like letting chocolate-covered strawberries set or covering a work space for easy cleanup, it doesn’t do so well in the oven, as the wax can melt or even catch on fire (which is usually frowned upon).

Source: Get Excited About Parchment Paper, One of the Most Useful Things In Your Kitchen

FYI – en papillote does not mean you eat the parchment.  Not saying I witnessed someone do it …but I totally did.

Last time I looked, parchment paper cost more than wax paper.