There’s probably a pack of toothpicks or bamboo skewers (or both!) lingering in one of your drawers right now, purchased who knows how long ago for spearing little cubes of cheese or making kebabs, and neglected until the same need arises again.
This is likely because they’re easy to forget about: They seem like single-use tools and they're utilitarian. Toothpicks and their larger skewer cousins aren’t winning any awards for cutest kitchen tools (unless you’re storing them in a sea urchin holder). But since they're both, in actuality, so dang useful, you just might find yourself making googly eyes at them all the same.
Senior Staff Writer Sarah Jampel has already shared that she’s a fan of them for cleaning out the crevices of stand mixers. (Don’t forget to unscrew the little knob where you can affix attachments—she says there’s sure to be gunk hiding under there, too!)
When we learned BerryBaby uses them for cleaning as well—around the edge of the faucet and the rubber on fridge doors, cleaning mesh strainers, and unclogging anything else with small holes, to name just a few uses—we turned to the Hotline to see how else you're using toothpicks and skewers:
How do you use toothpicks and skewers in the kitchen? Tell us in the comments below or join the conversation over on the Hotline.