Food & Nutrition

10 Surprising Thanksgiving Cooking Hacks Using Everyday Objects

Use a vegatable peeler to slice slivers of cheese or chocolate

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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. This tool can also soften hard butter fast. 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.

An ice cube tray can store leftover wine

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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. And if you need a pick-me-up after a day of cooking, freeze coffee ice cubes for the ultimate iced coffee hack. These are the 15 things you should never discuss at Thanksgiving dinner.

Use an ice cream scoop to make butter balls


At your family’s gathering, scoop out large globes of butter or margarine to serve to your guests. A smaller scoop or melon baller can create individual-sized balls of butter. You can also try this pre-scooped ice cream hack to serve dessert faster: Place several scoops of ice cream onto a wax-paper-lined cookie sheet, spaced apart. Place the sheet with the scoops back in your freezer to re-harden. Remove the scoops from the wax paper and pile them up in a self-sealing plastic bag. Now, all you need to do is place a scoop next to your pumpkin pie—and make sure you serve the ice cream at the right temperature. Plus, the next time the kids want a scoop of strawberry ice cream, they can help themselves.

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