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New Uses for One-Trick-Pony Gadgets

Help space-hogging kitchen tools earn their keep with these off-label applications.
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Hidden Uses for Common Items

In life, each of us wears multiple hats — cook, chauffeur, accountant, laundry folder, friend. Yet we fill our kitchen drawers with items that are designed to do just one thing. It's time our tools picked up the slack, starting right now with these hidden uses for nine of your most-common items.

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Tongs

No bottle opener? Metal tongs have an inside edge that’s great for prying off beer caps.

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Ice Cream Scoop

An ice cream scoop won't bend under pressure like a regular spoon, so it's perfect for jobs requiring a little muscle — like scooping out seeds from a winter squash or making giant melon balls for a fruity punch. The large capacity also comes in handy for portioning out mac and cheese, meatballs and pancake batter.

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Mason Jar Lid

A round shape and defined edges make this an ideal cookie cutter and scone mold. Dip the rim in flour first for an unsticky release from the dough.

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