Every time I see an aisle full of kitchen tools and gadgets, I have to force myself not to buy every item! I get so excited about new cooking gizmos – but unfortunately they take up a LOT of space; they cost a lot of money; and most of them are completely unnecessary! As much as I love my gadgets…I like a tidy, stream-lined kitchen more. I’ll probably still use my rolling pin, but it’s nice to know that I could just use a large bottle instead!
Here are some of my favorite ideas for replacing those non-useful kitchen “unitaskers” with things you already have on hand!
11 Cheap Alternatives To Fancy Kitchen Tools
1. Use Knives As A Cooling Rack
If you don’t have a cooling rack, or if they’re all being used at the moment, you can use a few butter knives to keep the cookie sheet off of the counter! Just line up the knives about an inch apart, in a vertical line and a horizontal one. Easy!
2. Use An Oven Mitt As A Jar Opener
You can buy a circle of silicone to place over tough jar lids, making the lid easier to open. These devices are pretty handy, but an oven mitt with a rubbery surface will work just as well!
3. Use A Colander As A Flour Sifter
If you don’t have a sifter, use a metal colander and gently tap it on the side of your bowl. It works great and is even easier than using a sifter!
4. Use Foil As A Funnel
Can’t find a funnel? Quickly fashion one out of aluminum foil!
5. Use Clothespins As “Chip Clips”
Don’t waste money on “chip clips.” They break easily, and clothespins work just fine! I can usually find a big bag of clothespins at a dollar store.
6. Use A Knife As A Garlic Press
Instead of using a garlic press and having to clean it out every time, just smash garlic with your knife! It’s so fast and super easy!
7. Use A Toothbrush As A Pastry Brush
Don’t have a pastry brush? Use a (new) toothbrush – I almost always have one left over from the dentist. :-)
8. Use A Tile As A Trivet
I love using my mom’s old trivet for hot dishes, but instead of wasting money on a new one, you can just use a tile! They are super cheap at hardware stores, and you can attach little felt circles to make them less abrasive on the counter. :-)
9. Use Dental Floss As Cooking Twine
If you need to tie up a turkey or other meat, use some unflavored dental floss! It’s so much cheaper than cooking twine and works just as well.
10. Use A Grapefruit Spoon As A Strawberry Huller
Instead of buying a gadget just to hull strawberries, use a grapefruit spoon to cut them out!
11. Use A Water Bottle As An Egg Separator
Separating eggs has always been a pain, but with this new trick, I love separating the yolk from the white! Just take a clean water bottle (preferably a cheap, thin, crinkly one made with less plastic,) squeeze some air out, and then release, sucking up the yolk and setting it in another dish! Way easier than I expected, and pretty fun, too. :-)
Do you have any kitchen hacks that keep you from buying unnecessary tools?