8. In times of need or confusion, a coffee maker can boil vegetables and other foods.
To be clear: This is neither easier nor more effective than using a normal pot. But handy when you’re in a hotel room and desperately craving broccoli…? Get more coffee pot cooking tips here.
11. Immersion blenders also make ace cream-whippers.
It only takes about 30 seconds! Get detailed instructions here.
12. Ice cube trays are a neat way to freeze and store handy portions of all kinds of food.
Pesto, stock, tomato sauce, fruit and yogurt for smoothies. Even cheesecake! Get more ideas here.
17. …and cooking tons of other things.
This thing can do lasagna, chocolate cake, mac ‘n’ cheese — you name it. Get ideas and recipes here.
18. Same goes for rice cookers.
Single-use gadgets are usually good for a lot more than they let on. Get rice cooker recipes here.
20. Keurig coffee machines can make instant oatmeal, ramen, or anything else that just needs hot water.
Honestly, better to use it for this than for actual coffee pods, which are pretty terrible for everything.
22. A bundt pan doubles as a handy chicken roasting rack.
With plenty of room for veggies to soak up all the yummy chicken juices. Get instructions and a recipe here.
NOTE: Just don’t try this with a non-stick pan, since the high roasting temps could ruin its non-stickness.
24. You can actually cook food in your dishwasher while it’s running.
It works for things that want to be cooked at low temps — say, poached pears. Just make sure to keep things in tightly sealed, heat-proof containers (canning jars are perfect), especially if you’re running it with soap! Get more info here.
26. Use a pizza wheel to chop delicate fresh herbs.
Just roll it back and forth over the herbs; it’s faster and less bruising than a regular knife. Pizza wheels are also very useful for cutting out strips to make a lattice-top pie, or basically any other rolled-out dough situation.
27. The freezer bowl of an ice cream maker is great for quickly chilling wine or drinks for a party.
Take the bowl out of the freezer, fill it with water, put the bottle(s) in, and it’ll cool that booze right down. This also works without water to keep chilled wine cold; just make sure to wrap the bottle in a kitchen towel or stick a soft ice pack in with it to keep it from banging around too much and damaging the bowl.
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