Your kitchen is loaded with gadgets and gizmos so why not give them new life by making them work for you instead of just sitting there gathering dust. Even a one job type of tool can likely be used for so much more. Get a load of these tricks from Buzzfeed.com and you'll up your kitchen game without having to do anything but pull out your gear. Have fun!
Just freeze the base in an ice cube tray, then blend into creamy perfection.
Seriously, better than hand-kneaded.
Triple the crannies! .
Honestly, the waffling possibilities are endless.
For your bread, pancakes and much more.
This is a fast, easy way to toast nuts without the risk of burning them. Put 1/4 cup of nuts in and turn on the machine for about a minute, until they turn golden-brown.
To be clear: This is neither easier nor more effective than using a normal pot. But handy when you're in a hotel room and desperately craving broccoli...?
It won't get super fluffy, but is a great shortcut if you just need a nice dollop to put on a slice of cake.
The built-in strainer makes it handy for all kinds of things.
It only takes about 30 seconds!
Pesto, stock, tomato sauce, fruit and yogurt for smoothies. Even cheesecake!
These big cubes are great for pitcher drinks, punch, or anywhere you want to slow down the ice melting.
There's nothing like a fresh batch of homemade bread.
This thing can do lasagna, chocolate cake, mac 'n' cheese — you name it.
Single-use gadgets are usually good for a lot more than they let on.
This is way faster and easier than finely mincing, and a great way to thoroughly incorporate ginger and garlic into sauces, dressings, etc.
Honestly, better to use it for this than for actual coffee pods, which are pretty terrible for everything.
Just zap for about 20 seconds.
With plenty of room for veggies to soak up all the yummy chicken juices. .
NOTE: Just don't try this with a non-stick pan, since the high roasting temps could ruin its non-stickness.
This works great for mushrooms or other soft fruits and veggies, too.
It works for things that want to be cooked at low temps — say, poached pears. Just make sure to keep things in tightly sealed, heat-proof containers (canning jars are perfect), especially if you're running it with soap!
This would also be a tidy way to fill muffin or cupcake tins with batter.
Just roll it back and forth over the herbs; it's faster and less bruising than a regular knife. Pizza wheels are also very useful for cutting out strips to make a lattice-top pie, or basically any other rolled-out dough situation.
Take the bowl out of the freezer, fill it with water, put the bottle(s) in, and it'll cool that booze right down. This also works without water to keep chilled wine cold; just make sure to wrap the bottle in a kitchen towel or stick a soft ice pack in with it to keep it from banging around too much and damaging the bowl.
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