POSTS WITH TAG: offbeat utensil uses

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    When it comes to Pringles Potato Chips, there is a popular saying that even those with only a passing familiarity of the brand know. You know it, say it with me: Once you pop, the fun don't stop. Those infamous, stackable chips live up to their hype. Tasty and uniquely packaged, they are hard to forget and even harder to put to one side when snack time ends.

    Their cyclindrical canisters are part of what makes them just so memorable. Now you can keep your Pringles containers around without looking like a hoarder! Seriously, with a little bit of cleanup, some inspiration, and imagination, Pringles cannisters are among the easiest household 'trash' that can be reused as treasure.

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    Let me just be straight with you, I love a good bottle of wine. Who doesn't? Even if you're not inclined to imbibe, a wine bottle makes for pretty much the easiest hostess gift ever. And if you are fond of the vino? All the better.

    There's just one time when a bottle of wine causes a problem. I'm talking about when you grab a bottle for a party, only to realize there's no corkscrew in sight. Unless you have gotten one with a screw top (bless the person who created that pairing), you're pretty much out of luck, right?

    Wrong! There are a good half dozen ways to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew.

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    I'm not going to argue the virtues of cupcakes. As much as I want to cry overkill with a new tempting shop popping up on every corner across America, the fact is they're fantastic. But you know what else is fantastic? Cupcake pans.

    Oh sure you may make muffins and cupcakes in them, but there's so much more you can make and do with these pans -- some totally calorie free. Here are 10 ways to use a cupcake pan that you've probably never considered.

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    Here at The Stir we never tire of telling you about all the wonderful foods you can cook in your slow cooker. Weren't we just talking about slow cooker macaroni and cheese? Cheesy melty awesomeness. But today we're thinking outside the dinner box, because there's all sorts of crazy things you can make with your Crock-Pot I'd never even dreamed of before. Some of these aren't even food related! Are you ready? Here are 12 surprising things you can make in a slow cooker.

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    How often do you use your strainer? You know, that sieve thing, the wire mesh scoopy thing with the handle. That! Maybe you ended up with one as a wedding gift, maybe you bought it yourself, but it has many great uses. Basically, you can use it to separate larger objects from any liquid or powder/sand substance. And not all of those uses are in the kitchen! Here's nine creative ways to use your strainer/sieve. Note: Most of these ideas are for the larger style sieves, around six inches in diameter.

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    If the only time you pull out your cheese grater is to grate cheese, you're making your grater sad. It's capable of so much more than shredding cheese! And if you've got one of those old, rusting graters you're almost ready to throw out -- don't. You can still use that, too. You'll never guess all the ways you can hack a cheese grater.

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