You Can Hack It! 4 Alternative Uses for Everyday Equipment

You Can Hack It! 4 Alternative Uses for Everyday Equipment

Kelli Foster
Sep 21, 2016

Some of your everyday kitchen tools may be more versatile than you think. Here are some of our favorite ways to use a few standard kitchen tools to accomplish a bevy of kitchen tasks.

1. Turn cooling racks into a dehydrator.

When stacked on top of each other, using balls of aluminum foil as spacers between each rack and set in a very low-temperature oven, cooling racks mimic the basic setup of a food dehydrator.

Try it: The Hack That Turns Cooling Racks into a Dehydrator

2. Use a cocktail shaker to make vinaigrette.

Use this otherwise uni-tasking bar tool to shake up a vinaigrette to go with tonight's salad. Shakers seal tightly, which means this method it leak-free, and the base is large enough to store enough dressing for the whole week.

Try it: Sometimes a Cocktail Shaker Makes Better Vinaigrettes

3. Use a coffee grinder for whole spices.

The ancient approach of using a mortar and pestle to grind spices works just fine for small amounts, but for all other times, reach for your electric blade coffee grinder. It makes pulverizing a big batch of whole spices a lot faster and easier.

Try it: A Coffee Grinder Is Better than a Mortar and Pestle

(Image credit: It's Always Autumn)

4. Get creative with paper plates.

We rely on them for picnics and casual dinners at home, but there are a lot more smart ways to put paper plates to work. Use them to prevent splatters, store cookware, create a neat little package for food gifts, and more.

Try it: 5 Uses for Paper Plates in the Kitchen

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