If you don't currently have any chopsticks rolling around in your silverware drawer, you should a) order Chinese food tonight and begin your collection, or b) head to the closest Asian grocery store and scoop up a couple pairs of wooden or metal chopsticks. Then take them home and wonder why it took you so long to add them to your arsenal.
Chopsticks are one of those tools that come in handy nearly every day. Here are 15 ways we use them:
All out of skewers, but the grill's already heating up? Spear your kebabs (or your corndogs) with chopsticks.
A chopstick makes a good stand-in for a swizzle stick in cocktails.
Or anytime you need to stir something deep, like the coffee-water slurry in a French press or Aeropress.
Use them as you would tongs or tweezers—like when you need to grab a slice of hot toast, pull a vegetable or piece of pasta from hot water, flip things in oil, or stir-fry noodles. (Bonus: Dominique Ansel does this!)
You could use your fingers to poke at your focaccia dough... or you could use a chopstick and keep your rings on.
No need to buy a cake tester: Use a chopstick to know if your baked goods are done.