Microwave food shields: To limit the amount of food that gets splattered when using a microwave oven, place a paper plate, on top of the food while heating up a meal or snack.
China Security- When stacking, packing or storing fragile China, place paper plates in between the dishes in order to guard the fine porcelain.
Garbage Liner- Place paper plates at the bottom of a trash can. Cut and shape the plate to fit the bin.
Paint Ring Prevention- Place a paper plate under a paint can to save the surface it’s placed on from a paint ring.
Disposable Cutting Board- Eliminate messy cutting boards by using a paper plate. This step works very well if you are in a hurry and the cutting board is dirty. By using a paper plate, you can cut an entire salad and when you're done, so is the plate. I use this tip all the time when preparing for a family gathering or entertaining.
--written by Frugal Duchess Intern Maya Jaffe
source: Woman's World 7/03/2007 issue
Odd uses for paper pates from Living a Better Life: 51 Money-Saving Uses for Ordinary Kitchen Items
"1. Place two plates together, edge to edge, fill with beans or rice, staple the edges together, let children paint and decorate for a fun musical toy.
2. Use as a cover for food to keep warm.
3. Place ½ of a plate on top of a full sized plate,
edge to edge, staple edges to create a letter holder. Great for kid's
Paper plates are also good for Make-it-Yourself index cards, according to RDLiving.com, (the online version of Readers Digest) which offers these tips for alternative uses of paper plates.
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