Paper towels are good for more than just a quick clean up.
We found these 6 new uses for paper towels from Reader's Digest.
1. Clean silk from fresh corn. Dampen one and run it across the ear. The towel picks up the silk, and the corn is ready for the boiling pot or the grill.
2. Keep produce fresh longer. Make your produce last long enough so you can eat it by lining your vegetable bins with paper towels. They absorb the moisture that causes your fruits and vegetables to rot. Makes cleaning up the bin easier too.
3. Clean a can opener. Clean your can opener by "opening" a paper towel. Close the wheel on the edge of a paper towel, close the handles, and turn the crank. The paper towel will clean off the gunk as the wheel cuts through it.
4. Keep frozen bread from getting soggy. Here's how to freeze-and thaw-your bread so it tastes just like fresh. Place a paper towel in the bag of bread before you freeze it. When you're ready to eat that frozen loaf, the paper towel absorbs the moisture as the bread thaws.
5. Cook bacon, without the mess. Layer two paper towels on the bottom of your microwave. Lay slices of bacon side by side, on the paper towels. Cover with two more paper towels. Run your microwave on High at 1-minute intervals, checking for crispness. It should take 3 to 4 minutes to cook, then toss the towels for easy clean-up.
6. Keep cast-iron pots rust-free. After they're clean, place a paper towel in each to absorb any moisture. Store lids separately from the pots, separated by a lining of paper towels.