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How do you use toothpicks in the kitchen?

I'm inspired by BerryBaby, she has all sorts of unique uses for them beyond testing cakes, like cleaning around the edge of the faucet and the rubber on fridge doors and cleaning mesh strainers or de-clogged anything else with small holes. Are you a toothpick fan? What are your favorite uses for them?

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

asked 5 months ago
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Susan W

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added 5 months ago

I haven't bought toothpicks in years, but after reading BerryBaby's uses I bought some. I found myself dipping them in chlorine bleach and poking them into a crevice in the corner of my shower door that was black and has always bugged me. Old shower door. It's clean and shiny now.

That led me to an eighties flashback and I've been using them to close up chicken breasts that I've been stuffing with yummy goodness...including another flashback to the eighties...sundried tomatoes.

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added 5 months ago

Like Susan W, I've used toothpicks when I've stuffed some meats (roulades, etc.), sometimes they work better than twine.

A few of them have ended up in cocktails over the years...

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HalfPint

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added 5 months ago

Not food-related but fun: my high school physics teacher has a project that requires building a bridge using only toothpicks and glue. This bridge must be able to support the weight of a fellow classmate.

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Lindsay-Jean Hard

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added 5 months ago

Wow, those would be impressive bridges!

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creamtea

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added 5 months ago

Not very exotic, but I use them to test the doneness of cakes. Also, I usually bake cakes a day before serving. After frosting them, I poke them in around the perimeter at even intervals, and in the center before covering the whole with plastic wrap to keep the wrap from clinging to the frosting and marring the surface. Obviously, I remove them before serving.
Like BerryBaby, I also use them for cleaning: the crevice around the sink drain for example.

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PHIL

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added 5 months ago

I use them when making spedini / also to look cool when I am cooking

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Lindsay-Jean Hard

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added 5 months ago

Ha, somehow the picture didn't load for me when I first looked at your answer, it certainly helps clarify the second part! :)

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Susan W

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added 5 months ago

Lol. I didn't see the image the first time either, so I was using my imagination. Photo is perfect!

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added 5 months ago

You must be a cool guy !!!!

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BerryBaby

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added 5 months ago

We had a neighbor who always had a toothpick in his mouth when he'd cut the grass. Didn't look this good!

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added 5 months ago

More of a bamboo skewer person myself, but the same kind of uses- the extra length can also be helpful, such as for keeping wrapping from touching foods, cleaning into corners on coffee makers and such, rescuing things that have dropped under a burner grate... Also useful in the garden for staking very small plants, cleaning mud off of shoe soles, intimidating gophers. Also in the shop as disposable mixing sticks, applying glue in small places, reaming dust and gook out of corners- the list goes on forever,

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sdebrango

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added 5 months ago

I always have toothpicks on hand. I still like them (the pretty ones) when serving cocktail meatballs or small cubes of cheese. Don't really use them for cleaning but sounds interesting. When making small bracciole I will use them instead of butchers twine to keep the filling in. I use decorative toothpicks to skewer fruit or olives for drink garnish.

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pierino

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added 5 months ago

I use them to pick bits of dried dough out of my pasta rollers among other things. They are always handy to have around.

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AntoniaJames

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added 5 months ago

Saltimbocca: my photo shows before and after (you take them out before serving). Some people don't use them at all, but I like to start the process with the sage leaves face down in the oil, to flavor it, so I find the toothpicks indispensable. https://food52.com/recipes...

Useful for securing - and to facilitate self-serving / eating - melon wrapped in speck or prosciutto, an old-school but (in my house at least) much-loved summer appetizer.

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added 5 months ago

when I force plants using a growlight and peat pellets, I don't have enough real estate to use the whole packet of seeds, so I fold masking or painters tape in half around a toothpick and write the name of my vegetable on it and poke it in the peat pellet. Keeps my from mixing my jalapenos and bell pepper plants.

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PHIL

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added 5 months ago

I thought my joke bombed! Glad it gave you a laugh.

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added 5 months ago

My mother used them to make magic tricks for us children. She will stick it into a cork stuck two forks into the cork like a butterfly and balance the structure from the other end of the toothpick on the edge of a glass.
Like here:
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ktr
added 5 months ago

Crazy! I need to try that.

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pierino

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added 5 months ago

Don't try this at home but maybe if you get some time in San Q http://www.atlasobscura...?

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BerryBaby

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added 5 months ago

Remembered another...I use them to make designs on cakes. Frost the cake, apply food coloring or food gel in straight lines, then take the toothpick and run it across the lines. Makes a very interesting design. I've seen cakes at Halloween with this technique to make spider webs.

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PHIL

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added 5 months ago

Your Guardian Chef -only my wife thinks I am cool.

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added 5 months ago

That's good, but remember to take off the toothpick before you kiss her or she might change her mind :-)