There’s Plenty of Uses for Paper Bags

Save your paper bags and use them for one of these time and money saving uses.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Make cleanups easier

Cut open one or two paper bags and spread them out over your countertop when peeling vegetables, husking corn, shelling peas, or any other messy task. When you’re done, simply fold up the paper, and toss it into the trash for a fast and easy cleanup.

Keep bread fresh

If you live in a high-humidity area, your bread will stay fresher when stored inside a paper bag rather than a plastic one. The paper’s ability to “breathe” will keep the bread’s crust crisp while allowing the center of the loaf to stay soft and moist.

Use to ripen fruit

Many fruits — including avocados, bananas, pears, peaches, and tomatoes — will ripen better when placed in a paper bag. To hasten the ripening process of any fruit, place an already ripe apple or banana peel in the same bag and store it at room temperature. To ripen green bananas, wrap them in a damp dishtowel before placing them in the bag. Once your fruits have adequately ripened, you can halt the process by putting them in the refrigerator.

Store mushrooms

Remove your store-bought mushrooms from their mesh packaging and place them in a paper bag inside your refrigerator to keep them fresh for up to five days.