Why waste money on extra kitchen appliances? There's no need! Here are some easy and cost-effective substitutions using what you already have to to suit all your kitchen needs and solve any mishaps.
Easily Toast Nuts
Toasting nuts is often an essential (and delicious) recipe step. Want to know how to make sure your nuts won’t burn, even if you aren’t looking at them? Toast them in a popcorn air popper! Just add a quarter cup of nuts, plug in the popper for 60 seconds, and your nuts will be a perfect golden brown.
The Many Uses of a Pizza Cutter
Pizza cutters can be used for a lot more than just pizza. Use your pizza cutter to quickly slice tortillas, sandwiches, pancakes, omelets, brownies, and even stale bread to make croutons.
Extra Cooling Rack
Keep your cool during holiday baking days. When you’re covered with flour, have no idea where the kitchen table used to be, and just pulled the fifth blisteringly hot tray of gingerbread men out of the oven, simply flip over cardboard egg trays (you’ll need two, spaced a little bit apart) and set the baking pan on top.
Shabby Chic Trivets
Hardware and home improvement stores have lots of ceramic tiles that can be adapted as mix ’n’ match trivets. Choose from a variety of designs and colors to add unique accents to your table setting. Protect tables and other surfaces by affixing felt corners (peel and stick) underneath each tile.
Pepper Mill Precision
If you grind the average pepper mill 10 times, you’ll have a quarter teaspoon of pepper. Figure out how many grinds your pepper mill takes to make a teaspoon and you won’t have to measure every time a recipe calls for black pepper.
Protect Your Table
An easy way to protect your dining room table is to purchase table pads that go underneath your tablecloth. But since they usually have to be custom-made, they can cost a bundle. For a large, rectangular table, use a twin-size mattress pad instead. It’s not as nice, but it will do the job.
Hand Me that Cob
Yes, there’s a utensil specifically designed for pulling corn out of boiling water (tongs). But if you can’t find them and the corn is ready, a potato masher does the trick quite nicely with a tiny bit of balance. And our 11-year-old says airlifting the cobs this way is great practice for the crane machine filled with toys at the arcade!
Funnels of Foil
If you have aluminum foil in your kitchen, you don’t need a funnel. Simply fold a sheet of foil in half width-wise and roll into the shape of a funnel.
A Giant Vessel
When you started preparing the recipe, you didn’t realize its contents would double in size! If you run out of space in your bowl, and you’re in a pinch, simply line your entire kitchen sink with foil and throw your ingredients in there. Then serve in smaller containers.
From Whole to Chopped
Your supermarket has only canned whole tomatoes, and you need chopped! Don’t take out each tomato and make a mess on your cutting board. Instead, simply insert a clean pair of scissors into the can and snip.
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