Do Kitchen Magic! 10 Tools to Make Kitchen Prep Easier

Never thought these tools could be so handy?

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Have you tried using common household items for culinary purposes? These can pull double-duty in the kitchen:

1. Use an ENVELOPE with a snipped corner as a funnel for dry ingredients and spices.

2. Use BOWLS to peel garlic. Place cloves in a bowl, cover with another bowl, and shake.

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3. Use a CHOPSTICK to level off ingredients in a measuring cup.

4. Use a MELON BALLER to scoop out tomato seeds or core an apple.

5. Use an old CAN to cut dough and form perfectly round cookies and biscuits.

6. Use a PAPER PLATE when transferring dry ingredients to a stand mixer.

7. Use a sturdy STRAW to core a strawberry.

8. Use a GRATER to strain citrus fruits. Squeeze fruit over a flat grater to keep seeds out of the juice.

9. Use a SQUEEZABLE KETCHUP BOTTLE to pour pancake batter onto the pan.

10. Use UNSCENTED DENTAL FLOSS to slice soft food like cheesecakes and hard-boiled eggs.

Tips by Idge Mendiola featured originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of Yummy magazine. Main image by Miguel Nacianceno

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