Use tongs to squeeze a lemon 1
Do you feel like, no matter how hard you squeeze with your hands, you're not getting all the juice out of your lemons? Then get an assist from a pair of metal tongs! Simply hold a lemon half in your non-dominant hand and a pair of metal tongs in your dominant hand, insert the closed tongs into the pulpy lemon, and twist them until all the juice pours out of the fruit.
Crush nuts with a rolling pin 2
Hoping to top off a cake with finely chopped pecans or to sprinkle crushed almonds and walnuts into your salad? Try placing the nuts inside a plastic bag, sealing it shut, then running a rolling pin over the bag several times.
Make adorable pancakes with cookie cutters 3
Want to put some love on a breakfast plate? Then grab some heart-shaped or any shape cookie cutters and place them atop your skillet, then pour pancake mix into the confines of each cookie cutter. Once you begin to see the batter bubbling, remove the cookie cutter shapes and turn your pancakes over. In a matter of minutes, you'll have the cutest batch of pancakes!
Steam vegetables with a colander 5
If you're craving crisp veggies but don't have an electric steamer handy, get creative and turn to your handy colander! Place the vegetables inside the colander and hold the colander atop a pot filled with water. Make sure the water reaches just below the bottom of the colander. Once the water warms up and steam rises, your veggies will start cooking. In less than 10 minutes, you can chow down on steamed broccoli, spinach and green beans!
Roll dough with a wine bottle 6
If a rolling pin is nowhere in sight and you want to whip up a batch of homemade biscuits, chef Damian Sansonetti suggests using a wine bottle to roll the dough. Simply remove the label from the outside of the bottle, clean the bottle thoroughly and fill it with water to give it some weight.
Use a waffle iron to make hash browns 7
Not only is using a waffle iron a time-saver, but it also allows you to eliminate all the oil needed when cooking hashbrowns in a skillet. Also, cooking hash browns with a waffle iron will help you achieve the desired texture: crispy on the outside but soft in the center.