Having a salad and pasta night? Rather than dirty an extra piece of equipment—a colander—to drain pasta, put your salad spinner on double duty. After cooking the pasta, simply pour it into the salad spinner insert and drain.
A large offset icing spatula is a great tool, but you can pay a premium price at kitchenware stores. Instead, head to a hardware store or art supply store and buy an offset palette knife with a flexible blade, which is normally used for mixing small amounts of paint or Spackle. The knife works almost as well as an icing spatula, and it costs only a fraction as much.
Splatter screens are handy when frying, but if your kitchen doesn’t have one, try using an overturned wire-mesh strainer of the appropriate diameter instead. Like these? See more quick tips at Cook's Illustrated.