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Odd uses for kitchen items

pamd May 26, 2008 09:14 AM

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.

  1. bworp May 28, 2008 08:13 PM

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      Isabella May 27, 2008 05:16 PM

      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
        Whosyerkitty May 27, 2008 06:02 PM

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

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        mpalmer6c May 26, 2008 07:30 PM

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

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        1. re: mpalmer6c
          Davwud May 27, 2008 05:22 PM

          Pots and pans perform the same task.


        2. goodhealthgourmet May 26, 2008 01:47 PM

          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
            Chuckles the Clone May 26, 2008 07:14 PM

            Or making really tiny spaghetti.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
              Davwud May 27, 2008 05:22 PM

              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
                sueatmo May 27, 2008 07:12 PM

                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
                  eLizard May 30, 2008 01:25 PM

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

                2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                  Davwud May 27, 2008 05:22 PM

                  I believe I used it for minced shallots once too.


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