Tuesday, November 12, 2013

a better use for your butter wrapper

butter wrappers

I stopped by a friend’s house recently while she was in the middle of baking something. She had softened her butter earlier in the day and was about to cream it with sugar. Carefully, she peeled the wrapper off the butter, and into the mixer bowl the butter fell. Then, she crumpled up the butter wrapper and threw it away.

“Don’t…” was all that I managed to blurt out, but it was too late – the wrapper landed deep in the garbage bin.

“What? Why? It’s just a butter wrapper,” she said.

A wrapper that’s been generously slathered with softened butter – that could’ve been used for buttering the pan that she was using to bake. When I’m baking with butter, it’s a natural by-product, so instead of softening more butter, I just use what is left on the wrapper and most of the time, it manages to be enough. Plus, it’s a great way to be efficient and frugal in the kitchen.

butter wrappers

And since Thanksgiving and Hannukah (Thanksgivukah? Hanugiving?) are right around the corner, I suspect there’ll be some baking in your future.

Sometimes, I wind up with more butter wrappers than needed for buttering various pans. When this happens, I fold the wrappers as neatly as I can and place them in a sandwich-sized ziploc bag that is then stored in the freezer until needed. I usually take a wrapper out and let it sit on the counter at room temperature for about fifteen minutes. And if the butter is still not very soft, I usually warm it up with my fingertips.

I’ve been doing this for years now and have. But I didn’t think of putting it on the blog until Andrew saw me saving those wrappers and suggested that SR readers might benefit from this tip. Hopefully you will find it useful – let me know if you do – I won’t be offended – really.

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  • 1

    That is actually quite brilliant and I’m happy you shared it! I’ve never thought of doing it before, but I will now. :)

    November 12, 2013 1:03 pm
  • 2

    Such a simple idea but so practical! I’m slapping myself in the forehead for not thinking of this myself. Brilliant tip, Olga!

    November 12, 2013 1:20 pm
  • 3
    olga said:

    Victoria and Jeanne – so glad I posted it then! Hooray.

    November 12, 2013 1:24 pm
  • 4
    Radhika said:


    November 12, 2013 1:26 pm
  • 5
    Sarah O said:

    this is almost as bad as the day Racheal Ray showed me I didn’t have to fight with the plastic wrap anymore.

    November 12, 2013 1:51 pm
  • 6
    Margarita said:

    Olga, I believe that you and I could be really good friends if we meet each other in person. This is exactly what I do with my butter wrappers. It’s so logical and so convenient. Sometimes when I’ve collected too many wrappers already and I’m not planning on baking anything soon, I use the wrappers to grease my cooking pans when I need to reheat some meals, its just enough to make the food not stick to the pan.

    November 12, 2013 1:52 pm
  • 7
    Gayle said:

    Thanks for sharing. Love tips for using every part of an ingredient.

    November 12, 2013 3:25 pm
  • 8
    Deepa said:

    My Mum saves wrappers and then lays them butter side down on top of just cooked rice, pops the lip back on and leaves it 5 minutes before serving. The butter melts through and makes your rice taste yummy.

    November 12, 2013 4:21 pm
  • 9
    olga said:

    Deepa – that’s such a great tip! Thank you for sharing with all of us.

    Gayle – glad you liked it.

    Margarita – Happy to hear you do the same!

    Sarah O – sorry, what was the RR trick?

    November 12, 2013 5:04 pm
  • 10
    Rona said:

    Been doing that forever. Why waste a perfectly good schmear?

    November 12, 2013 7:58 pm
  • 11
    Lu H. said:

    You can also use the wrappers to butter corn on the cob. One wrapper is enough for 1 cob in my house.

    November 13, 2013 2:32 am
  • 12
    Jude said:

    Been doing this for years too but hadn’t thought about the corn cob idea- sheer genius :0)

    November 13, 2013 4:54 am
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  • 14
    Linda said:

    Thank you so much for the tip—never thought of that and glad you did. Brilliant!

    November 13, 2013 9:39 am
  • 15

    You are awesome… THANKS

    November 13, 2013 11:09 am
  • 16
    olga said:

    Rona – exactly.

    Lu H. – genius idea.

    Linda and Tracy – you’re very kind! And you’re welcome!

    November 13, 2013 11:20 am
  • 17
    Ashley said:

    Love the tip! I haven’t tried saving wrappers that go unused, though I love to use them to butter the pan if needed. Thank you!

    November 13, 2013 2:02 pm
  • 18

    I keep mine in the fridge then use them to butter pans and such!

    November 13, 2013 3:21 pm
  • 19
    Tiffany said:

    Love it! I do that too! I tuck my baggie of wrappers behind the boxes of frozen butter, that way I know what/where it is!

    November 13, 2013 8:06 pm
  • 20

    I always save my butter wrappers for future cooking purposes!

    November 14, 2013 12:04 pm
  • 21
    Lydia said:

    thanks so much ! I <3 those frugal tips ! <3 lydia

    November 21, 2013 12:34 pm
  • 22

    Hehe, so glad I’m not the only one who does this! I love saving ziplock bags too, they are so darned useful, it perplexes me that anyone would every throw them away. Also flour bags for storing bread.

    November 25, 2013 4:23 am
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