Surprising Ideas

5 Brilliant Ways to Use a Lazy Susan — Organizing

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We all already know what a lazy Susan can do for a pantry or a fridge. And we know that a special built-in lazy Susan can keep a corner cabinet from being totally wasted space. But we've been wondering what other uses a lazy Susan can have. Turns out, there are a few clever bloggers putting their own spin on the organizing tool.


10 Surprising Things You Can Clean in the Dishwasher — Smart Spring Cleaning

If you are lucky enough to have a dishwasher, you may be fortunate in ways you didn't even know. See, we spend a lot of time talking about the things you shouldn't put in the dishwasher (anything cast iron, good knives, wood cutting boards ... the list goes on). But there are tons of random things — beyond your everyday kitchen dinnerware — that can go in!


Can You Really Make Nut Milk from Nut Butter? — Tip Test

Just around the time I started researching making nut milk from any kind of nut at home and the pleasures of making cashew cream, Food52 shared a "genius recipe" for Instant Nut Milk. A hack they adapted from Laura Wright's The First Mess Cookbook promises "a better, smarter, faster, less pain-in-the-neck method" to making nut milk at home by blending raw nut butter with water.

The method sounded so obviously simple — like, questionably so — but it also piqued my curiosity. Could delicious nut milk be made at home anytime with just nut butter and the swirl of a blender? Would it be less expensive? And most importantly, would it even taste good? With a homemade cashew milk on hand and a jar of raw cashew butter delivered, I set out on a side-by-side investigation.


5 Things to Add to Tonight’s Indian Takeout Order to Make Dinner Tomorrow Faster — Takeout Tips from The Kitchn

On the busiest of weeknights, calling up your neighborhood Indian spot to place an order for all of your spicy favorites is a quick and tasty answer. It's OK that you're not cooking tonight because tomorrow you will. That's a guarantee because if you throw a few extra items in your takeout order tonight, you can utilize them tomorrow to make your dinner almost as carefree as ordering takeout again — and it may even be more delicious.


5 Things to Add to Tonight’s Chinese Takeout Order to Make Dinner Tomorrow Faster — Takeout Tips from The Kitchn

When it's been one of those days, sometimes the only solution is ordering Chinese takeout for dinner. And that's OK, because scallion pancakes can make those days feel a little better. But tomorrow, you've promised yourself that you'll get it together and cook dinner. How do you make that promise a little easier on yourself? Add a few extras to your takeout order tonight and lean on them tomorrow. That additional carton of white rice can be transformed into a semi-homemade meal tomorrow that's maybe even tastier than the night before.


5 Smart Ways to Use a Squeeze Pouch of Fruits and Vegetables — Tips from The Kitchn

You may think those squeezable fruit and veggie pouches you see popping up everywhere are just kid stuff, but they're actually more useful in the kitchen than you might realize. My colleagues Meghan and Christine started off buying them for their littles ones, but now continue to reach for them for unconventional uses — and so should you.


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