There are so many ways to reuse paper bags, but they are
particularly useful when kept in the kitchen. Look at these four great tips for
making the most of your spare paper bags
in the kitchen.
1. Storing vegetables
Paper bags are the best storage choice for vegetables such
as mushrooms, potatoes and onions, as they absorb excess moisture rather than
encouraging it like plastic bags are likely to.
2. Ripening fruit
Got some green bananas that you need to use for a recipe?
Placing fruit in a paper bag will help to ripen certain fruits such as bananas,
avocados, pears, kiwis, and mango much quicker than usual. By placing fruit in
a paper bag the ethylene gas that they produce collects and becomes much more
concentrated, which speeds up the ripening process.
Paper bags are especially suitable for this as they are not airtight
so moisture does not become trapped and make the fruit go mouldy.
3. Collecting fruit and veg scraps
Plain paper bags are great to have on hand to collect scraps
in the kitchen, and can even be used to cut or peel veg on to straight away.
Keep a paper bag on the kitchen counter, ready to round up compost materials
for the garden throughout the day and simply throw the bag in the compost or
food waste bin.
4. Popcorn making
Save money on movie night with homemade popcorn- all you
need is a plain paper bag and some popcorn kernels. Fold the top of the bag
over several times, then stand it upright in the microwave. Put the microwave
on for approximately two minutes, or until the popping slows down.
The best thing about this method is that you can add any flavouring
you like to the popcorn- from the standard sugar, butter, or salt, to more
inventive options such as cinnamon or chilli.