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Apr 18, 2008 12:46 PM

Binder Clips: cheap, versatile kitchen tool

A box of large binder clips from the office supply store - the black metal with silvery arms kind - has multiple uses in the kitchen. Who can add to this list?
- closing bags of chips, veggies, etc.
- holding cookbooks open
- holding recipe cards to the stove hood
- holding parchment in place on baking sheets (safe to 375 degrees at least)
- clip to the top of a pot as a holder for the stirring spoon or so that the lid will remain ajar
to prevent boil-overs
- to roll up partially-empty tubes of tomato paste, decorating gel, etc - and in the bathroom
for toothpaste and other creams
Non-kitchen:- A clip on the scruff of a cat's neck mimics being carried by it's mom,
making them easier to handle for pilling, grooming, and nail-trimming
- Attaching chopsticks to outdoor bird feeders that need extra perch space

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  1. Bravo! I've used them as bag clips, but I'll have to keep them in mind for other uses. I'm drowning in paper clips of all kinds in my office: we're scanning 15 years worth of archived documents onto hard drives and discarding the originals, which means stripping out literally thousands of paper clips. We've taken to creeping around the office and leaving them on desks and cabinets in other departments.

    1. Sort of a subset of the cookbooks/recipe cards idea, but I have one hanging from the hinge of my kitchen cabinet by a wire, that holds full-page recipes printed out from here and Epicurious, right above the counter where I chop stuff.

      Never tried putting one on the cat's neck, but I will! Thanks for the idea.

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