In the very last line of the final episode of the hit show The Office, Pam Beasley says "There's a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn't that kind of the point?" Pam is right, there is a simple beauty in everyday objects that often gets overlooked. Have you stopped to look at an ordinary tree and really took in how beautiful it is? Or taken an extra second to appreciate how incredibly cool your cat looks?
Even something as small as a toothpick can have amazing potential. What are toothpicks useful for besides cleaning teeth or holding down small sandwiches? Turns out, they can be incredibly useful if you know how to use them. They can help cook potatoes, soften butter, and do pretty much everything in between.
We put together a list of some of our favorite and most helpful uses of toothpicks to show you just how valuable these little guys are. Keep scrolling to see these genius ideas, and then head to the kitchen to try them for yourself.
Use toothpicks and strawberries to make a gorgeous summertime centerpiece for your dining room. You can learn how to make it here.
You can use toothpicks to seal the open end of fruits and vegetables with their end parts. Just make sure to save the ends when you cut them off instead of throwing them away.
Stick four toothpicks into a potato before you put it in the microwave. This will help the potato cook evenly and works much better than just laying it on a plate.
If you need to thaw butter without melting it, prop it upright on toothpicks as seen above.
Make mini pancakes and stick them on a toothpick to create these one-of-a-kind hors d'oeuvres. You can learn how to make them here.
Cook like Gordon Ramsey is watching and make stuffed chicken using toothpicks to hold it all together. The dish seen above uses pesto and goat cheese, and the recipe can be found here.
Keep Cake From Going Stale
Pin a slice of bread to the open ends of a cake to keep it fresh. This is a useful trick, unless you're the type of person who eats a whole cake in one sitting.
Test Baked Goods
If you're not sure if something you're baking is ready to eat, stick a toothpick inside. If it comes back out without batter attached, it's done!
A Primitive Text Message
Use a toothpick to carve out a message on a banana to a friend or loved one. No doubt, they will admire your creativity.
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