I almost didn’t bother with this post today, figuring everyone on earth probably figured this out before me. But then I learned that my mom didn’t know this trick yet and, since my mom is inarguably clever, I figured there must be a few more people out there who could benefit from it.
So, without further ado, I give you–
Here are the problems with packaging things for bake sales–
- Paper plates are flimsy.
- Plastic plates are expensive and wasteful.
- You probably don’t want to give away your “real” dishes.
- Plastic wrap doesn’t stick worth beans to paper and most plastic.
- “Cling”-type wraps work better, but are expensive and not as transparent.
- Foil is great, but, obviously, totally opaque.
So… what’s a girl to do?
1. Set one paper plate on the counter.
2. Pull off a long sheet of plastic wrap– approximately 2 1/2 times as long as you might think you’d want to cover the size of the plate.
3. Lay the sheet of wrap over the plate on the counter, with most of the wrap falling on one side or the other.
4. Place ANOTHER paper plate on top of the plastic wrap.
5. Arrange baked goods on plate.
6. Use long remaining tail of plastic wrap to cover and secure baked goods.
This method works for a number of reasons:
- Two plates are sturdier than one, obviously.
- The wrap is secured BETWEEN the plates, so it doesn’t just have to stick to itself.
- The cookies/bars stay mucher fresher with that tighter seal.
So there you go! Go forth and wrap with confidence.