Kitchen Tips: favorite uses for paper towels

 

Favorite uses for paper towels: There are so many essentials to have in the kitchen. One I really have trouble living without is paper towels. If the paper towel holder is left EMPTY, I will just about scream. Inevitably I will go to it a dozen times in the minutes before it’s filled in desperate need of one.

I use them from everything from cleaning up spills and messes in my kitchen to drying my hands and trying to keep the germs away. And, did you know that Bounty® paper towels are a great bargain because they absorb more so you can use less* (*vs. 11″x8.8″ bargain brands)? Today I thought I’d share with you other uses for paper towels. I really enjoy Bounty® Paper Towels!

Here are my top 10 (and more) uses for paper towels:

1. Vegetables: I wrap lettuce in a damp paper towel to keep the lettuce extra crisp in the refrigerator; this also works for bags of carrots and cut vegetables like peppers and celery. Just think: no more dried out vegetables. Place the damp paper towel around the vegetables and place them in a plastic bag.

2. Strawberries: Line a ¼” baking sheet with a paper towel and place strawberries in a single layer on it to keep the strawberries from getting mushy and squished, and they last longer since they are not stacked on top of each other.

3. Cans: I use a paper towel when I’m opening a can with the can opener. I rinse the can, wipe it down, place the paper towel on the counter so the can doesn’t scratch it or make that chalkboard scraping sound while I open it. If anything in the can spills over, it’s easy to clean up and also wipe off the can opener when I’m finished. I have the can opener type that does not go inside the rim; if you have one of these wash it first so there is no food on it before wiping.

4. Reducing the fat in cooking: When I’m boiling chicken or beef for stock or preparing soup, I use a paper towel to skim the fat off the top of the broth.

5. Pasta: I love pasta and make it so it’s at the ready in the fridge. I place a paper towel under the lid so the moisture that forms in the container doesn’t make the pasta mushy.

For pasta salads: When I drain my pasta and soak it in cold water, I then line the strainer with a paper towel to be sure all the excess water is off of the pasta before tossing it with the rest of the ingredients. Looking for a new pasta salad? Here are three of my favorites: BLT Pasta Salad, Mexican Pasta Salad, and Pesto Pasta Salad.

6. Paper Filter: I have used paper towels as coffee filters, and it’s great to use in a strainer if you have a tea bag explosion or to reduce the pulp in lemonade or orange juice.

7. Microwave use: Place a paper towel in the microwave to catch crumbs, spills and messes to make for easy clean up. I have even wrapped hot dogs in buns in paper towels to heat them in the microwave and steam the buns.

8. Straining: If you need to strain the liquid from yogurt, sour cream, pickles etc. place a paper towel in a fine strainer and then pour in the wet items to help the liquid drain more easily.

9. Meats: I don’t know how I would get the moisture off of chicken, beef, or fish without paper towels. Dry rubs, breading and seasonings stick better to dry meats.

10. Fried foods: and yes I use them for fried foods: Draining the excess oil from bacon, French fries, funnel cakes, fried oreos and taquitos.

  • Place a roll of paper towels on a paper towel holder at a picnic, party or BBQ; they don’t go flying off the table as easily as napkins when the wind blows. They are a needed item with sticky grilled items like chicken and ribs and really drippy items like watermelon and melting ice cream.

  • They are also great for wrapping plastic ware for parties as they are larger than napkins and don’t rip as easily. Just roll the plastic ware and tie with your favorite ribbon or twine.
  • You also don’t want to be with a roll of paper towels at a lemonade stand or on long car trips.

  • Roll a paper towel to absorb remaining water in an item you are not able to get a dish towel into.

  • Use a damp paper towel in a tall glass when icing cookies so the piping dip doesn’t dry out and clog.
  • You can use paper towels to store your cast iron skillets to keep them dry when you take it out of the cabinet. Just add a little oil to the paper towel and will help keep your skillet seasoned and ready to use.

  • Placing a paper towel under the milk and orange juice containers helps keep your refrigerator clean, too.

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And don’t forget — don’t leave the paper towel holder empty; it really drives me nuts!

Do you have a favorite use for paper towels? Let know, I’d just love to learn some new uses too.

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  1. 1

    Thanks, I learned a few new uses for paper towels. I love the ones that are half sheets.

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    Jeannette says:

    I spray them with air freshners and put them in closets and smelly boots and shoes and even in my car. I put them in zipper glad bags so you can open them a little or a lot. I even hang one on my cat’s litter box !

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    We use Bounty for so many things…cleaning up after kid messes, cleaning the dog’s paws, and even as napkins at the dinner table.

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    stephanie says:

    all i use is Bounty they are the best!

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    stephanie says:
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    I use some of these tips already but others I’ve never thought to do. Thanks for the tips!

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    melissakinnebraska says:

    These are a lot of great paper towels tips. Thanks!

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    melissakinnebraska says:

    These are a lot of great paper towels tips.

    Thanks!

  10. 10

    Wow, I use paper towels for a lot of things but I never thought to use them to soak up water from pasta or straining yogurt. Great tips Diane!

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    Livivua c says:

    I like using paper towels to lightly dry my meat products for breading for frying and such I have to use bounty for it’s strength

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    Cookin' Cowgirl says:

    These are great tips! Rachael Ray always does #1 on her show. The pasta tip is a great idea; never thought of that! Thanks!

  13. 13

    When I am microwaving something and don’t want to dirty a plate, I will nuke it on a piece of paper towel!

  14. 14

    I use Bounty for EVERYTHING — microwave, cleaning up the kitchen, wiping my cats off when they come inside all wet from the rain :)

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    Thanks for the new ideas!

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    I have a very messy 2 year old, so Bounty definitely fits my needs!

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    I like to clean the kitchen counter with paper towels

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    I use paper towels to smooth out my buttercream after I frost my cake. Just wait a few minutes until your buttercream crusts then gently press the paper towel onto the cake and smooth with your hand. It instantly smooths the wrinkles and air bubbles and you will have a professional looking cake!

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      Oh Loren that is a great tip, I heard about it before….but have never tried it. Guess it’s time to bake a cake and give it a go!

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    I use them to make sure my herbs are completely dry before mincing them. I just wash the herbs, then lay them between two paper towels while I prep the rest of the ingredients. Just before I need them, I can gently press down on my herbs to get the rest of the water off.

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    I would be Lost without my paper towels!
    I also use them for draining the grease off of meat I put 2 on top of a paper plate and then lay the meat( mostly ground Beef) on top and let it soak up the grease then throw the mess away!
    I use them for wrapping around glass items to box up.
    Everything from washing windows to whipping the dogs paws and I buy extra when the grand kids come for a visit :)

  23. 24

    I love using Viva papertowels to smooth frosting on cake. I don’t how it works but it does without sticking.

  24. 25

    Bounty Paper towels are great for cleaning up spills, separating my tomatoes in my salads for work to keep my lettuce from getting soggy. They are great for everything.

  25. 26

    I use paper towels for everything. Sometimes I will put a snack in them instead of dirtying a plate or bowl. I also love to use them for my kids. A little cold water on a paper towel provides a refreshing cool off for them on a hot day!

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    I loved this! And yes the empty paper towel roll drives me bananas! I have 2 boys in the house…so I use paper towels like they are going out of style ;)

  27. 28

    Putting a paper towel on top of a tupperware of lettuce keeps it fresh longer!

  28. 29

    Bounty select a size is my favorite! I use them for everything. I like to keep one under my single cup coffee maker in case it spills over.

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    Lisa Brown says:

    I use paper towels mainly to wipe up messes, spills, water on the counter.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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    Lisa Brown says:
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    I love Bounty! I’m constantly using it, can never have enough…

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    Lisa Waelde says:

    I line a paper plate with several layers of Bounty paper towels and then place a single layer of bacon on the paper towels and then another layer of paper towels on top of the bacon…microwave for about 3 minutes…yummy crispy bacon and no mess. Love it!

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    Lisa Waelde says:
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    Soaking up grease from pizza

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    we use them as napkins

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    I use it mostly to dry meat after washing, and clean really dirty things. Because for other tasks I could use reusable towels. I also use it to clean grease and filter yogurt, I’ll try to use it to suck up cooking grease too. Thanks for the ideas and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

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    You gave me some good tips. Thx! I definitely rely on paper towels for a lot of things.

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    I use paper towels to quickly rub my cast iron with oil. I also use them to keep my lettuce (and other CSA goodies from getting too much moisture when I store them in the fridge.

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    Nicole ambata says:

    Happy holidays!

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    Line vegetable bins with paper towels, keep produce fresh longer

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    I use them to soften brown sugar if it hardens, just put damp paper towel on top of container holding sugar and leave overnight.

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    Bounty helps me clean kitchen mess and make my life easier.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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    I have a 2 year old, so we use a paper towel at every meal!
    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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    I like to use them when cleaning as a last swipe. My cleaning cloths always leave lint behind!

  50. 51

    I use them to wick up water from lettuce after i wash it! i Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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    I use them for everything. They’re indispensable with a toddler. Our latest is using them on the counter to put her cup pieces on to dry.

    My most inventive to date was probably using a folded paper towel as a muffler when an electric board when haywire in our fridge and the ice flap kept opening and closing over and over, lol. The paper towel dampened the super loud noise until we could fix it. :)

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    Wild Orchid says:

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    Wild Orchid says:

    We use a lot of paper towels to clean our bathrooms.

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  55. 56

    we use paper towels for everything…and now I have some other great opportunities! TYVM!

    trisha71478 at gmail.com

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    Erin Dumont says:

    I use them when juicing and canning to prevent liquids from running off of my counters. What would I do without them every day?

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    Karen Medlin says:

    I use paper towels for quick snack plates, when I am cutting up an apple, or quartering an orange, I place it on a folded paper towel.. instead of digging out a clean plate or bowl to use. Saves on cleaning extra dishes and I just toss away when the kids are done.
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

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    Rebecca Graham says:

    I keep a roll in my car for spills that always happen.

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    Maria Cantu says:

    I use paper towels to clean the car windows when they are wet in the mornings.

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    ANGEL JACKLYN says:

    I WISH I COULD TELL YOU SOMETHING CREATIVE BUT THE GODS TO HONEST TRUTH IS I AM PRETTY BORING WITH PAPER TOWELS… THEY’RE GREAT FOR CLEANING UP MESSES BUT THAT’S ABOUT IT IN MY LIFE =(

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    ANGEL JACKLYN says:
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    I use paper towels to cover food in the microwave for reheating.

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    i use paper towels for clean up around the kitchen

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    I love baking with my kids. They are 3 and 5. Of course, we have fun and make a mess in the kitchen all the time! I use and need Bounty more than anyone can imagine. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I use paper towels to clean up spills or makeup that is all over my desk.

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:
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    I use a Bounty paper towel under my potatoes when I bake them in the microwave. After I bake the potatoes, I use the damp paper towel to wipe out the inside of my microwave, especially under the top. By the way, Bounty towels are my favorite and Select-A-Size are the best! I’ve tried other paper towels, then I always go back to my Bounty!
    nrfarley6 at yahoo.com

  71. 72

    My favorite use is for cooking bacon in the microwave. It soaks up the grease and makes the bacon healthier.

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    it’s the quicker thicker picker upper – just a great slogan!

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    Can’t live without paper towels!

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    nannypanpan says:

    they help me to clean up after 3 kitties
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

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    Wow, you have tons of wonderful tips…especially the ones for using paper towels as a coffee filter and for your icing in a cup!

    I like to use paper towels to cover my food plate when microwaving, prevents spatter and it’s easier to use than plastic wrap!

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    Great tip for the strawberries! I use the Viva quarter sheets when blotting up stains from clothing – they don’t leave lint behind.

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    I use paper towels for clean up, as napkins, in the microwave, and a whole lot of other uses!

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    They fit in our everyday life by placing under the tea spout. Dislike a sticky mess in the fridge sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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    I use paper towels for all kinds of things and really like the half sheet ones, much less wasteful.

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    Debra Ford says:

    Bounty are perfect for cleaning up after 2 active and messy little boys.

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    My favorite use is draining bacon

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    Quick wipe-up of cat prints on the tile floor near the front door — especially on rainy days.

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I use papertowels to clean up spills in the kitchen and bathroom

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    Thomas Murphy says:
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    Janice Cooper says:

    Love Bounty paper towel. It’s thick and gets the job done. Great at cleaning spills and the dirty kitchen floor.

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    Janice Cooper says:
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    i rely too much on bounty for my cleaning at home, mostly cleaning kitchen counters
    amramazon280 at yahoo dot com

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    i use paper towels as wipes, cause its minus all the icky chemicals in commercial wipes! Thanks for a super giveaway!

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    I put paper towels on my refrigerator shelves – obsessive about spills and messes. yuk

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    I blogged:
    http://mommilitary.blogspot.com/2012/12/kitchen-tips-bounty-paper-towels.html
    Thanks for this snazzy giveaway!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    I think you covered all the uses I aware of.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    I use paper towels for cleaning up messes,for wiping up mud off the floor -u name it dI have used them ….:) thanks

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    I very rarely use paper towels. I am more of a rag person to prevent the waste of paper. I do use them for draining deep fried foods occasionally and for messes my cats leave me, but I am very conservative in my use. I may go thru a roll of them a year if that.

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    i love using for cleaning

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    I like using paper towels to drain oil out of fried foods
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    tweet
    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/285844774362157056
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    I don’t have any new tips but the ones you listed are great. I’m going to steal a few ideas.

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    Bounty has always been my fave brand!

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    daina chamness says:

    I use paper towels for EVERYTHING! They keep my microwave clean by covering food, they keep my floor clean by cleaning doggie paws, they make great bibs, they are much better than napkins on the table . .. the list just goes on and on, with a family of 7.

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