- I use my rolling pizza cutter to cut homemade noodles. Works like a charm
- An egg slicer is perfect for slicing strawberries or mushrooms
- A 2 prong carving/meat serving fork is great for getting cooked spaghetti out of a pan. Just wrap spaghetti around the fork, let drip drain and place on the plate
- I use a very old colander (I got at a yard sale for .25) as a steamer. It has a flat bottom. It fits perfect in 2 pans I have - water in the pan, set the colander on top (above water) and steam veggies. I can also use it to blanch veggies - I place veggies in it and set it down in a larger size pan of boiling water. I use a pair of tongs to remove.
- A melon baller works great for measuring cookie dough, ravioli filling or making fun balls of ice cream. The melon baller or a ice cream scoop is handy for removing seeds from tomatoes or peppers. Works great to de-seed squash as well
- Muffin pans are great for all kinds of things. Make individual meatloaf, quiches, any breakfast bites, mini individual brownies, great ice cubes or frozen juice, small cheesecakes, freezing individual servings of mashed potatoes, veggies, or stuffing (then bag up).........the list goes on and on.
- A veggie peeler is super for making chocolate curls to pretty up any dessert.
- A Bundt pan is good for making a nice ring of ice for a punch bowl. Use to carve corn - place the ear of corn on the center hole and carve. The pan catches all the corn. So little mess!
- No vacuum sealer? Place dry or semi dry goods in a zip lock bag and insert a drinking straw in one corner (zip seal the remainder of the bag). Suck the air out of the bag - quickly remove straw and finish sealing. Not so good for liquids - unless you can keep straw totally away from the liquid (you probably don't want to suck up the liquid).
- Does anyone know what these items have in common????
They are all jar openers!!!! Yep, if you can't budge a screw on lid - use one of these. A screwdriver, a butter knife, a teaspoon, or a bottle opener. Simply place one of these under the edge of the lid and just apply minimal pressure and you should hear a pop. That means the seal has been broken and the jar lid will unscrew. Those fat produce rubber bands are also great to use for a little bit of leverage. Place it around the band or edge of jar lid and unscrew.
Running hot water over the lid or lightly banging lid on counter top can also help loosen a top.
I also have a couple squares of rubber (like shelf liner) that also work to gain leverage - it just helps to hold on to the jar or anything slippery.
So there you have a few tricks to save you from having to have so many devices, utentils, or tools in the kitchen.
Do you have any special tricks that we can learn and use?
Have a happy day!