Small Space Cooking: Why We Put Away Our Stock Pot

For the last several months my husband and I have only been using items in our kitchen that pull some serious double duty while we undergo renovations. Our shelf and storage space is extra short so we've even pared away items that we would have previously thought we couldn't do without. For instance, that's no stock pot in the photo above it's an...

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...Old-fashioned popcorn popper!

We love our popcorn popper (plus the bacon fat popcorn it provides us... yum!) and although space is small, we'd rather have it on hand than our large stock pot. It works just the same and we've been able to keep our usual large pot in storage. We've boiled water, mashed potatoes, made soup and more and of course — made popcorn!

For those that aren't under ridiculously extreme kitchen renovations, the holidays are upon us and this is a great way to put another pot to use in your house. If you have cider boiling away in one and need a spare to drop some pasta into, don't forget that other items might be able to do the trick!

Have you used an item for a purpose other than what it's intended for and ended up liking it more than "the right tool for the job?" Let us know in the comments below!

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