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Apr 9, 2007 10:58 AM

Using non-food items for food-related uses?

As in using a DVD spindle to store and transport a bagel sandwich (see picture below). Wish this was my idea, but it's not.

Still, it got me thinking.

Are there any other great uses for non-food items?

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  1. That is fantastic!! No way that thing's getting crushed.

    The only thing I've done that's even close is use a couple of pencils as chopsticks when people bring stuff into the office and there's no utensils around.

    1. Maybe more common than I know:

      Buy a BBQ chicken here in Cali, Colombia; and the seller will cut it up if you want--with hand garden shears.

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      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

        Sounds like the cart ladies at dim sum who will split an order. They're probably not as heavy duty as the ones they need to cut up a chicken, but substantial nonetheless.

      2. I wouldn't recommend anybody doing this and I know it is dangerous but I spread newspaper tight to my electric burner when I saute anything that throws off a lot of grease. I can't stand that "grease all over the range" look. And yes, the newspaper has occasionally started smoldering but I am very diligent and I NEVER leave the pan unattended.

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        1. re: Scagnetti

          Why not use foil? Less flammable, and still clean.

        2. I use regular paint brushes for brushing on oils and coatings, i use regular spackle tools for cakes, i use PVC molds all the time for plating

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          1. re: jpschust

            How do you clean those brushes? I tried, and can't get the olive oil out!

            1. re: mojoeater

              Dishwasher in the utensil area works just fine for me :)

            2. re: jpschust

              I have a drywall knife for scraping chocolate molds, the Wagner airless paint sprayer for spraying chocolate, PVC rings of course, and panels from an IKEA wastebasket that I use a a stencil for thick batters such as meringue.

            3. microlanes started out as woodworking tools