That's because I've discovered freezer paper. A friend of mine who meat in bulk (as in a whole cow) and freezes the meat recommended it. Found near the tin foil and freezer bags, it's a little pricey (more than $6) but worth every penny.
Not only can you use it to wrap your meats, it's great paper for arts and crafts. The shiny side is perfect for finger painting; the dry side works well with water-color paints. I think it is less expensive than buying finger painting paper.
The package says you can also use it to:
- Wrap packages for mailing or gifts (I am not sure the post office allows wrapped packages anymore).
- Make a disposable tablecloth for picnics or barbecues
- Line shelves and drawers throughout the house.
- Use to catch spills in refrigerator drawers or bins, under pet dishes, when painting or potting plants.
- Protect kitchen counters; juices from raw meats won't leak through. Grate cheese or roll dough.
- Make banners for school functions, welcome greetings or parties.