Need to tie up something, only to find that you’re out of kitchen twine? Not a problem. Simply cut the string off of a tea bag and use it to cinch whatever is fit to be tied.
If you don't want to go through excessive amounts of paper towels when a recipe calls for draining or blotting food, you can use layers of newspaper (with a single paper towel on top) instead.
If you don’t want to dirty a large colander for a small bunch of berries or vegetables, simply rinse them out in the box they came in and then dump them out onto a paper towel to dry.
This is the tastiest trick of all. If you’re cooking at the stovetop but don’t have a spoon rest handy, simply rest your utensil on a piece of bread. Then, when it’s time to clean up, either munch on the seasoned bread or feed it to a lucky dog begging nearby.
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