Sure cookbooks come with jackets, but more often than not, they really just get in the way or you spend half your time worrying that the bit of flung brownie batter is going to leave a permanent mark. Book jackets have a tendency to crumple and tear, and they just aren't designed to hold up to the rigorous tests we put them through. Instead of worrying about them, give them a little protection — all you need is a paper bag!
All you need is a brown paper bag and scissors. Check out the video above for an easy tutorial to get things covered. The plus side to using paper bags is that they can be recycled when they get wet or dirty and are easy to pick up a new one. If you want, remove the old cover entirely and keep them stored safely out of the way of flying flour — though we prefer to just place the new cover over the old.
You can tell in the photo above that this book has been through the ringer, but it's always reassuring to know that when stains or marking show up on it, that the book inside is still safe and sound.
How do you keep your cookbooks clean? Let us know below!
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