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10 Everyday Objects You Can Use for Thanksgiving

Learn how using apples, dental floss, ice cube trays and other everyday objects can make prepping your Thanksgiving dinner a piece of cake (or pie).

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1. Use a Baster to Pour Perfect Batter

To make picture-perfect pancakes, cookies, and muffins, simply fill your baster with batter so that you can pour just the right amount onto a griddle or cookie sheet or into a muffin pan.

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2. Use Apples to Absorb Salt in Stews

Salting to taste is one thing, but it is possible to overdo it. When you find yourself getting heavy-handed with the saltshaker, simply drop a few apple (or potato) wedges in your pot. After cooking for another 10 minutes or so, remove the wedges along with the excess salt.

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3. Use Cheesecloth to Easily Remove Stuffing

To keep turkey dressing from sticking to the bird’s insides, pack the dressing in cheesecloth before you stuff it into the turkey’s cavity. When the turkey is ready to serve, pull out the cheesecloth and the stuffing will slide out with it. 

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4. Use Scissors to Cut Herbs

Use clean household scissors to snip fresh herbs and green onions into salads or mixing bowls. Scissors are also perfect for cutting steam vents in the top crust of a pie about to be put in the oven.

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5. Use Non-Stick Spray to Keep Your Grater Clean

Put less elbow grease into grating cheese by using a nonstick cooking spray on your cheese grater for smoother grating. The spray also makes for easier and faster cleanup.

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6. Use Dental Floss to Cleanly Cut Cakes

Use dental floss to cut cakes, especially delicate and sticky ones that tend to adhere to a knife. Just hold a length of the floss taut over the cake and then slice away, moving it slightly side to side as you cut through the cake. You can also use dental floss to cut small blocks of cheese cleanly.

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7. Use a Vegetable Peeler to Slice Slivers of Cheese or Chocolate

When you need cheese slivers that are thinner than you can cut with a knife, or you want to decorate a cake with fine curlicues of chocolate, reach for the vegetable peeler. You can also use it to soften hard butter fast!

Imagine this: you’re ready to add the butter to your cake mix when you discover that the only sticks you have are as hard as a rock. When you need to soften cold, hard butter in a hurry, shave off what you need with a vegetable peeler. You’ll have soft butter in moments.

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8. Use an Ice Cube Tray to Store Leftover Wine

Here’s what to do with that half-drunk bottle of red or white wine: Freeze the wine into cubes that can be used later in pasta sauce, casseroles, or stews.

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9. Use an Ice Cream Scoop to Make Butter Balls

At your next large family gathering, scoop out large globes of butter or margarine to serve to your guests. A smaller scoop, or melon baller, can create individual-size balls of butter.

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10. Use Coffee Filters to De-Grease Gravy

Beef and poultry drippings from a roast make the most delicious, flavorful gravy base but are often small grease bombs. Save the flavour and kill the fat by straining the cooking juices through a paper coffee filter.