I hate having my kitchen drawers clogged with as many gadgets as I can stuff in there, which is why I started figuring out how to repurpose what I already have in new ways!
Each trick will help make your life a bit easier in the kitchen, and who doesn’t want that?
Prepare to have your mind blown.
1. Use a box grater for blackened toast.
Shave off the burned edges so you don’t have to taste them! This also works to make quick and easy bread crumbs for a recipe.
2. Don’t have a rolling pin? Use a bottle of wine instead.
A tall vase will work just as well. Put the dough between two sheets of wax paper to prevent sticking.
3. Reuse silicone cupcake liners to make poached eggs.
Add a teaspoon of butter to each liner before adding an egg. Then place the liners in a pan filled with about an inch of water. Bring to a simmer, cover, and let sit for about five minutes.
4. Use a splatter guard as a cooling rack.
5. Cut pizza with kitchen scissors.
6. Remove tomato seeds with a salad spinner.
7. Use an apple slicer to make french fries.
8. Use a cocktail shaker to scramble eggs.
Put eggs in the shaker, put the top on, and shake — scrambled eggs in seconds.
9. Use a wine key to open your mail.
Some use a letter opener, a box cutter or scissors. Instead, use a wine key that has a little knife that folds out from the handle to open your mail.
10. Use a drinking glass to cut biscuits.
Use a glass or Mason jar to cut biscuits into the perfect circle. Dip the rim of the glass in flour before each cut to prevent sticking.
11. Crush nuts or cookies with a rolling pin.
Or use that bottle of wine we mentioned before!
12. Repurpose a colander as an ice bucket.
Place the colander inside a larger bowl to catch the water, then fill the colander with ice and drinks.
13. Peel mangoes with a glass.
14. Place cherry tomatoes between two plates to cut them all at once.
15. Use an egg slicer to cut mushrooms, fruits and soft vegetables.
Egg slicers start at about $5 and can be used to prep more than just eggs. Get perfectly sliced mushrooms, avocados, kiwis, beets, butter, bananas, strawberries, cheese, and more.
16. Separate egg whites from egg yokes with a slotted spoon.
17. Juice a lemon with a spoon.
Cut the lemon in half and insert the spoon while turning it to release the juices. Use a strainer to separate the pulp and seeds from the juice.
18. Stick a straw through the center of a strawberry to remove the stem.
19. Use a KitchenAid mixer to shred chicken and pork.
20. Use your dishwasher’s rinse cycle to wash potatoes.