Chow items you use for something else?
Just wondering how many folks have found alternative uses for items that are normally asociated with cooking, prep or to be eaten?
Olive oil on the cutting blades of my electric razor
Turkey baster to remove automotive fluids captured in reservoirs
Candy thermometer to measure radiator thermostat opening temp
Of course, on the reverse side, I'm sure there are many non-food items that make it into the kitchen:
Digital multi-meter with K-type temp probe to accurately measure my drip coffee & espresso brewing temps
Toothbrush to clean my espresso maker's grouphead
What do you use? Keep it clean, it's a family show!
I am forever reaching for chopsticks for gardening purposes. Likewise the odd spoon or the crappy 'never-needs-sharpening' knife from college days - great garden tools. They *feel* right in my hands, so I use them with greater effectiveness, I think, than some of the tools that are actually *for* gardening. Now that I think of it, a number of utensils that retire from the kitchen end up in one of my garden tool tubs.
Olive oil gets used as a mold release agent fairly regularly around here - for concrete or plaster. A wok makes a wonderful mold for clay.
I like to use herbs and spices in papermaking. The aroma and the colors can be quite nice.
And then there's always all the vinegar and baking soda that gets deployed for cleaning.
Egg cup upside down--great for holding ink when I'm doing calligraphy, with a solid base
chopstick holders--for holding pens, nibs, etc.
Back in 2001 after the anthrax scare the public health lab where I worked tested a huge variety of white powders ... one of the things we hadn't known before was that cornstarch made a fantastic dry lubricant in industry. It was especially widely used to keep individual pieces of mass mailings (magazines, advertizing fliers and the like) from sticking together.
I still use it to keep stacked, little used glassware from sticking.
Craftsman "Baby Boa Constrictor" rubber wrench-like thing to open really stuck lids--works like a charm!
From the medicine cabinet: package of unwaxed, unflavored dental floss...last used to cut a block of solidified polenta into sheets for layering.