Since I eat cereal for breakfast, I have the wax paper bags left over when the box is empty. This wax paper is just as good as the paper you buy in the roll. I pull the seams of the empty bag apart, smooth the paper, and fold it. When I need wax paper I cut to size. I usually have more paper than I need for kitchen use so I have not bought wax paper in years.
By lita from Tampa, FL
I use these bags instead of expensive freezer bags. When I repackage meat, I use large sandwich bags (much cheaper then storage or freezer) then stick them in the cereal bags; never had freezer burn!
I might add, that I cut a cereal box in half and use that to store those cereal bags in. I also use one to store small brown paper bags and pieces of clean used aluminum foil in..
I also use them as mini garbage bags, for instance, when I skin chicken and don't use the skin, or have anything that I don't want to smell in the garbage can, which is a small roll out one under my sink. I just dump it in the bag and throw it out. Makes it a lot cleaner too.
I use them when I make crumbs with my rolling pin. I like these other ideas, too.
Exactly, Kathleen! Why waste anything? If we all consider the fact that anything we throw away goes into a landfill and most of it isn't biodegradable, we might try harder to reuse what we have and use less of whatever we can cut down on. Three cheers for you!
I just love this site. You can learn so many money saving ideas. I thought I knew everything about saving things. My kids go nuts when I tell them to save the yogurt cups and lids from ice cream pails to use when we go camping for cups and plates, but this idea is so great I can't wait to try it.
I also reuse the bag for many kitchen chores. I wonder if it is safe to use them in the microwave. Does everyone know for sure?
Great idea! Would never have thought of this!
I have been reading your ideas on cereal bags I have got some great ideas from you all. I do use the cereal bags but just to freeze food but will now re-use them for the other things that has been suggested. Many thanks for sharing helen x
Hi again I forgot to ask can you use the cereal bags in the microwave. Many thanks helen x
I think it's good to reuse where possible, but I'd be reluctant to use the cereal bags in the microwave. I try to avoid microwaving plastics whenever I can.
Am I missing something? What do you mean when you say you use a saucer or plate to "chop the meat"? Just how does that work?
Beating the meat with a saucer reminds me of my mom. I grew up on a farm and we raised our own beef. Mother would cube the steak by beating it with the edge of a saucer. Steak and gravy was a real treat.
Plastic wrap, waxed paper and even oiling aren't always effective or don't hold up well with trays for freezing whatever I don't want clumped together (homemade perogies, chopped peppers+onions, whole berries).
I open, clean and flatten cereal bags for tough, reusable freeze-tray liners.
A friend saw me using a cereal liner over a pan I was heating in the microwave. She said I should never do that as toxins are released into the food. Has anyone heard of this? I know we're hearing about the dangers of certain plastics leaching toxins but what about these waxy papers. Are cereal liners waxy plastic or paper? Anyone know?
I reuse the (washed and dried) bags to hold snack food. I go to the "dollar store", and buy 4 different types of dry breakfast cereal. I get plain types, and sugar coated types. I also buy a large box of raisins. I mix about 1/2 box of each type of cereal with about 3/4th of the box of raisins. We use this mix to snack on while watching TV. It has vitamins, fiber, and crunch. Plus, it is fun to change the types of cereals. I don't use more than 1/2 of the cereals with sugar coatings, as I want to keep the snack healthier.
I save the thick plastic cereal bags, shake out the crumbs, cut into 6 squares and use/reuse them to separate raw hamburger patties when making them ahead for freezing. Freeze the patties first on a cookie sheet, then place a clean sheet between each frozen patty and place them into another whole bag, remove air and heat seal (I have a FoodSaver machine and this works great). The sheets and whole bags wash well and hold up to freezer use. Was raised by a "waste not, want not" era mom.
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