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How paper bags are a useful addition in any kitchen



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.