I don’t know about your kitchen, but mine seems to be a magnet for clutter. Every so often I realize there’s too much stuff on the counter, too many things in the drawers, and not enough cupboard space to store everything. So I’ve set a personal goal to start eliminating clutter from my kitchen by getting rid of things that I don’t really need. And one of the most obvious offenders are all those little kitchen gadgets that only do one job!
So in order to keep myself motivated and stick to my goal, I decided to research some alternative uses for things I already have in my kitchen. I gathered quite the list, so I’ve decided to share it with you today! My hope is that it helps you realize that you don’t always need more stuff, and that a bit of creativity is the perfect antidote to clutter! :-)
If you’ve thought of a brilliant alternative use for something you have in your kitchen, and it isn’t listed here, I’d love to hear about it! Tell us about it in a comment at the bottom of this post, and we can keep the conversation going.
14 Creative Uses For Stuff You Already Have In Your Kitchen
1. Scissors As A Pizza Cutter
You can use a pair of scissors (or kitchen shears, if you have them) to slice up your next pizza! Use oven mitts or a pair of tongs to hold the pizza in place while you cut.
2. Cup As A Biscuit Cutter
No biscuit cutter? No problem! Just use the rim of a cup or a mason jar to cut out your biscuits. Make sure to dip the rim of the cup or jar in flour before each cut to make sure the dough doesn’t stick.
3. Vase or Wine Bottle As A Rolling Pin
If you need a rolling pin in a pinch, use a tall cylinder vase or an empty wine bottle! Place your dough between two sheets of wax paper to prevent sticking, then roll away.
4. Whisk As A Frother
You don’t need a fancy gadget to make delicious frothed milk. Just grab a saucepan and a small whisk! Heat the milk in your saucepan over medium-low heat until it starts to get frothy on top. Then whisk the milk rapidly until it reaches your desired frothiness. Serve immediately on your favorite cup of coffee.
5. Yogurt Container As A Measuring Cup
You can never have enough measuring cups in my opinion. And if you find yourself in need of a few more, you can use empty yogurt containers! Just measure out your desired amount into the yogurt container, then use permanent marker to indicate the level for that measurement. This can be really useful for messier measuring tasks, because you can just toss it out afterwards.
6. Cupcake Liner As An Egg Poacher
Use silicone cupcake liners to make delicious poached eggs. Drop a teaspoon of butter into each liner and add an egg. Place the filled liners in a large skillet, then add 1/2” of water to the bottom. Bring the water to a simmer, then cover and let simmer for 4-7 minutes.
You can also replicate this process in your Instant Pot! Prepare the liners as described above, adding a teaspoon of butter and an egg to each one. Then place them on the trivet in your Instant Pot, and add 1 cup of water to the bottom. Put the lid on the pot, and set to Manual for 3 minutes. Use the natural release method to depressurize, then enjoy!
7. Roasting Pan As A Large Griddle
A large griddle can really come in handy if you’re cooking breakfast for a crowd. But if you don’t have one, a large roasting pan can get the job done just as well! Place it over two of your stove burners and get cooking.
8. Box Grater To Save Burnt Toast
It’s happened to everyone; you get a little sidetracked while making toast and it comes out darker than you meant it to. Just grab your box grater and run the dark side of your toast against it! You’ll “grate” off the darker bits and salvage your toast.
9. Splatter Guard As A Cooling Rack
Use a splatter guard as a makeshift cooling rack.
10. Salad Spinner As A Seed Remover
Use a salad spinner to remove excess liquid and seeds from tomatoes. Just chop up your tomatoes, add them to the spinner, and give them a whirl. The liquid and seeds will separate from the tomato flesh, leaving you with just the good stuff. :-)
11. Muffin Tin As A Cooling Rack
Flip a muffin tin upside down to use as a cooling rack. The spaces between the muffin cups will allow air to flow underneath whatever you’re cooling and help it cool faster.
12. Rolling Pin As A Nutcracker
A rolling pin can be very handy for any kitchen task that involves crushing something. Whether you’re cracking open nuts, or crushing crackers or cookies, just use your rolling pin and a bit of brute force. Quick and easy!
13. Colander As An Ice Bucket
A colander can make a great ice bucket for keeping drinks cool. Just place the colander inside a larger bowl, then fill the colander with ice and drinks. As the water melts, it will drip down into the bowl, leaving the ice behind. No one will have to reach into freezing water to fish out a drink for themselves.
14. Cocktail Shaker As An Egg Scrambler
If you have a shaker for cocktails or martinis at home, you can use it to quickly and easily scramble eggs! Just put the eggs in, place the top on, and give it a good shake. This method is also great for making salad dressings and vinaigrettes.