This winter I learned that grated parmesan cheese contains cellulose – which is another name for wood pulp.
Because I really don’t want to eat wood pulp while enjoying parmesan cheese, I don’t plan on buying the grated varieties in shaker containers as often as I used to. (Bummer. It’s such a convenient product.)
I’ve kept plenty of plastic shaker containers from my past parmesan cheese purchases, though. And I love how easy it is to repurpose them – I just snip the label off and it’s a clear plastic cylinder with an über-useful lid.
They’re very helpful. While I’ve stopped using plastic in my kitchen and I’ve tried to scale back around the rest of my home, I still like to repurpose these shakers.
I’ve found they’re particularly handy for sprinkling:
- Homemade cleaners, like Borax or plain old baking soda,
- Water in small container gardens,
- Sidewalk salt in the winter,
- Powdered laundry detergent, and
- Sand in a sandbox.
They’re also fantastic when storing craft supplies like:
- Pom poms, and (like I mentioned above)
If you don’t mind using plastic in your kitchen, you can reuse them for a sprinkling of:
- Cinnamon sugar, or
How do you reuse empty parmesan cheese containers in your own home?
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