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May 26, 2008 09:14 AM

Odd uses for kitchen items

As I was cleaning my garlic press, I was wondering if it has any other uses than just garlic. With that--- what kitchen item do you use for something other than the name intends & how?

For example, a potato ricer can be used to drain items like frozen spinach.

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  1. personally i think the garlic press is one of the most useless kitchen gadgets in existence, but i'm sure you could use it for crushing ginger.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I use an egg slicer to slice mushrooms. Never eggs.
        I squeeze lemons and limes with a pair cooking tongs.
        I use my GF grill as a panini press. And only for that use.


        1. re: Davwud

          Davwud, I use a tomato slicer to slice hard cooked eggs. Seldom use it for tomatoes. For them I use a serrated knife, which I also sometimes use to slice soft breads.

          1. re: Davwud

            you can also use an egg slicer for strawberries....

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I believe I used it for minced shallots once too.


          3. In old comic strips, a rolling pin was often hurled at misbehaving husbands.

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            1. re: mpalmer6c

              Pots and pans perform the same task.


            2. I also use my potato ricer to drain the water out of & separate the leaves of artichoke hearts in a kind of smushy way.

              I also use the bottom of a mayonnaise jar to smash cloves of garlic to break the skin.

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              1. re: Isabella

                heh heh OH BOY, could I go places with this.
                I will retain my dignity, however.....

              2. paper coffee filters work great for streak free glass/windows