13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items
Smart ways to repurpose parchment paper, cupcake liners, a vegetable peeler, and more.
Use these guidelines to see how many gallons you can conserve each year.
Cookie Cutter to Make a Cake Topper
Place a number-shaped cookie cutter on a frosted cake, then fill in with a layer of sprinkles. Remove the cutter and—voilà!—the cake is decorated and candle-ready.
Ice Cubes as a Soup Skimmer
To skim excess fat from soup without refrigerating it, fill a metal ladle with ice cubes and glide it along the surface a few times, wiping the ladle as needed. Excess fat will cling to the ladle’s bottom (and not yours).
Cupcake Liner to Make Multicolor Crayons
Fill foil liners about two-thirds full with unwrapped crayon stubs in assorted colors, place in a muffin tin, and bake at 275° F until melted (about 10 minutes). Then freeze for cool colors with zigzag edges.
Jam Jar as a Terrarium
Thanks to its tight-fitting top, which locks in moisture, a jam jar is ideal for a moss-and-fern countertop garden.
Parchment Paper as Meat Divider
Layer squares of paper between burgers, steaks, or pork chops before freezing to make it easier to separate them later.
Cupcake Liners as Paper Lanterns
For a soft glow, poke the bulbs on a strand of miniature lights through the flat bottoms of the liners.
Gravy Boat as Sauce Drizzler
Make ice cream the crème de la crème by serving hot fudge or butterscotch from a gravy boat
Parchment Paper as a Pizza Preserver
Help retain the crispy bottom of last night’s pie by quickly microwaving leftover slices on a piece of parchment.
Kool-Aid as a Rust Buster
If iron furniture has left a rusty blight on your concrete patio, mix up some lemonade Kool-Aid: The citric acid in it will help dilute the rust. Cover the stain with Kool-Aid, scrub with a stiff brush, and rinse with water once the stain starts to fade. Repeat if needed.
Vegetable Peeler as a Butter Softener
To soften cold butter quickly before baking cookies, shave off the amount you need with a peeler.
Wineglasses as a Cupcake Cloche
Cover a leftover treat with an upside-down wineglass to prevent it from going stale or getting crushed. (Idea courtesy of Jan Urick, Gilbert, Arizona)
Parchment Paper as a Snack Server
Dish up fries, popcorn, and other snacks in grease-resistant parchment cones (seal them with tape).