Putting Toilet Paper in the Fridge? What’s All the Fuss About?

The Secret Weapon for a Fresh Kitchen

Social media is the perfect place to share wild ideas—like putting toilet paper in the fridge, for some reason. But why are people doing it, and what’s the point? Let’s look a little closer.

The Secret Weapon for a Fresh Kitchen?

According to Ruiz Asri, the genius behind Honest Food Talks, it’s all about toilet paper’s super-absorbent powers. You see, fridges can get a bit moist, leading to mildew and unfriendly smells. Hence, toilet paper comes to the rescue! It soaks up that extra moisture and those not-so-nice odors, keeping things fresh and clean.

It turns out, that people have been talking about this since around 2015, but the real toilet paper fridge trend, especially as an odor warrior, kicked into high gear in the last year or so. Who would have thought that toilet paper would become a TikTok trend?!

Does it Work? A Real Testimonial

It does work but with a little twist. While toilet paper can soak up those funky odors, other tricks might be even better. Some options are more efficient, take up less space, and won’t raise eyebrows when friends come over.

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Amy, the person behind AmyandRose.com, gave ‘The TP Technique’ a shot when her fridge started smelling like fish! But did it work? “In my experience, somewhat,” she says. But most importantly, it’s important to note that this is a quick fix, not a permanent solution.

How to Banish Fridge Odors

If you’re looking for more lasting ways to combat fridge odors without the toilet paper trick, here are some alternatives: timeless solutions that guarantee a fresh-smelling refrigerator.

  • Baking Soda – for neutralizing acidic odors. Just replace it every three months.
  • Black Cumin Seed Oil – This essential oil has a deodorizing effect. Mix five drops with dish soap, apply inside the fridge, and let it sit for two hours.
  • Activated Charcoal – Like toilet paper, activated charcoal captures odor-causing particles. Use it in powder form, pre-cut filters, or as fabric. Replace monthly.
  • Vanilla Extract – For a sweet-smelling fridge, soak a cotton ball in vanilla extract and place it inside!
  • UV Light Purifier – High-tech and effective, UV light filters destroy bacteria and molds. Some refrigerators come with UV deodorizing filters, providing a fresh and safe storage environment!
  • Crumpled Newspaper and Charcoal – For a budget-friendly deep clean, use crumpled newspaper and crushed charcoal to absorb stubborn odors in your fridge or freezer.

Choose the one that suits your style, and say goodbye to unpleasant fridge smells, welcoming a continuous wave of freshness into your kitchen! Hooray!

Here’s a Recipe for Delicious Cacio e Pepe Tortellini With Wilted Greens

You may wonder how can quick-cooking macaroni be made even quicker. Well, put away the boiling water! You can prepare this 20-minute dinner in a single skillet, which will leave you with fewer dishes to clean and more time to enjoy your meal. It is inspired by the traditional Roman pasta dish cacio e pepe, whose sauce is prepared with just two ingredients – salty Pecorino Romano cheese and an abundance of freshly ground black pepper.

A Recipe for Delicious Cacio e Pepe Tortellini with Wilted Greens

Making the Tortellini Without Boiling Water

Even though it does not take long to boil tortellini, it does take several minutes to bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Not to mention that there will be an additional dish to clean. Cooking tortellini in its sauce in a skillet is a favorite way to prepare pasta more quickly and with less waste.

This method applies to both frozen and fresh tortellini. The real fun resides in the fact that you get to briefly pan-fry the tortellini before adding water. This can create crispy, deep golden-brown patches and edges on the pasta, which impart a toasted flavor and added texture.

Different Kinds of Greens Can Be Used

Different Kinds of Greens Can Be Used

Because convenience is the name of the game for this skillet dinner, you can try baby kale or spinach. Both are pre-washed and wilt in just a minute or two when placed in contact with hot pasta. You may also use baby or ordinary arugula if you want to increase the pepperiness even further.

Ingredients for the Recipe

5 tablespoons of olive oil, divided 2 packages of fresh cheese tortellini (8 to 9-ounce packages or a 16 to 20-ounce bag of frozen cheese tortellini 1 teaspoon of kosher salt 2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper 1 1/2 glasses of water 3 ounces of baby kale or spinach 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Add more for serving.

The Correct Cooking Method

In a 12-inch cast iron skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat until simmering. Spread the tortellini in a layer. Cook, stirring occasionally for 2 to 4 minutes, or until browned in spots.

Add water, black pepper, and kosher salt to the dish. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine, scraping the bottom of the pan for browned pieces. Cover with a lid or baking sheet and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned pieces from the bottom of the pan, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and almost all of the water has evaporated.

Remove the heat and stir in the greens for about 2 minutes or until just wilted. Add the grated cheese and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and mix well. Serve with additional cheese gratings and freshly ground black pepper. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days in an airtight container.