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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chopsticks (disposable) Other Uses

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I must admit that I have never learned how to use chopsticks.  I gave up trying a long time ago because I was more interested in eating the food than having it drop before it made it to my mouth.  Having found these other uses for disposable chopsticks has redeemed them in my mind.  Take a look:

Uses for Disposable Chopsticks in the Kitchen

Use them to stir while cooking.
Use them as drink stirrers. (I found this idea on DIY Life.)
Reuse as sticks for homemade Popsicles. (This one also came from DIY Life.)
Use one to stir the slurry when making coffee in a French Press.
Dry plastic bags on them. Stick them in a jar and hang the bags off of them.
Use them to stack plates on when you run out of space in the dish drain. As in, you want to raise the dish you are drying off of the countertop.
Level-off measured dry ingredients like flour when baking with a chopstick.

Toast marhmallows. (Idea found on This Old House.)

Use them to clean hard-to-reach spaces. (Idea found on This Old House.)

Pit cherries with one. (Thank you to Apartment Therapy for this one.)
Whisk eggs with them.

Freeze individual portions in freezer bags with the help of a chopstick. (This idea is from Lunch In a Box.)
Use chopsticks to turn meat or tofu when grilling.


Uses for Disposable Chopsticks around the House
Prop open a window with a couple chopsticks.
Push viscous material out of a funnel with a chopstick.
Place chopsticks in a jar and air dry wet mittens or socks on them.
Use them to stir paint.

Kindle your fireplace with them.
Use them to loft frames or boards when doing painting projects. (I found this idea on Project Polermo.)
Unclog bottle tips. (Thanks again to This Old House.)
Clean dirt out of the crevices of shoes. (Ditto.)
Clean up mastic when grouting tiles. (Ditto.)
Mark potted plants with care instructions. (Only the ever-fabulous Martha Stewart could create instructions for this one.)
Use chopsticks as shims for wobbly tables.
Make attractive stakes for potted orchids. (Martha. Who else?)

Crafts You Can Make with Disposable Chopsticks
Stick them in your hair to hold up a bun.
Build an iPad stand. (Get instructions on ReadyMade.)
Make a place mat. (Learn how on Right at Home.)
Make coasters. (Found on Curbly.)
Make a retro-style clock. (MakeZine shows you how.)
Make an Ikea-hack pendant lamp. (Full instructions on ReadyMade.)
Play pick-up sticks. (Thanks to Planet Green for this archaic but cute idea.)
Use them as knitting needles. (Tutorial found in the Craftster forum.)
Make an eco-bird feeder.
Create 4th of July "sparklers" or magic wands. (Thanks to
Merriment Designs for this idea.)



Chaya Kurtz is a Networx- - writer. Get home & garden ideas like this

I'll bet you will get a lot from these "other uses".
Meanwhile .... keep it simple and make it real.


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