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Christmas Gift Guide

Slow cooker

Dishwasher

Peppermill

Cooling racks

Pizza cutter

Egg slicer

Apple slicer

Water purifying pitcher

Hand mixer

Can opener

​Kitchen tongs

Bonus tip

Rolling pin

Muffin tin

​Melon baller

Everyone has the best intentions when they buy a slow cooker. They think it will save them tons of time, when in reality it sits unused while the pizza guy is knocking on the front door. Here are five non-food ideas that will get your slow cooker up and running.

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OK, you probably use your dishwasher on the regular, but you can make it even more useful, and who doesn't want that? Here are 25 unusual things you can wash in your dishwasher.

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If you've realized that you prefer preground pepper to turning a peppermill every time you cook, don't let your mill languish. You can use your peppermill to make candy sprinkles for ice cream and other sweet delights.

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Cooling racks aren't just for, well, cooling. They can be used during baking to double your oven's capacity. Here's how.

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No doubt your pizza cutter gets a workout. When it's not in use on a cheesy pie, though, use it to chop up herbs in a snap.

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An egg slicer is a very specific tool that probably doesn't get enough use to justify its place in the kitchen. The good news is you can use it for more than just eggs. For example, it cuts strawberries and kiwis into perfect slices. It's also a handy tool for slicing avocado halves for sandwiches.

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An apple slicer can double as a potato wedge maker. It works best on fresh potatoes, though. Potatoes that are a little squishy will get stuck in the blades.

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If you've upgraded to an on-tap purification system, you may not use your filtering pitcher as much as you once did. Give it new life and use your pitcher to make cheap vodka taste great. Yes, it really works.

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Since I got a stand mixer, I don't use my hand mixer nearly as much. Hand mixers can do more than the expected. This little trick turns a hand mixer into a pet hair remover, for example.

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You know that awful clear plastic packaging that is nearly impossible to open? Clamp your manual can opener on the edge of the packaging and open it like you would a can.

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Use kitchen tongs to squeeze citrus fruits. They work just as well as a manual juicer.

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Before you juice that citrus, cut it in half and stick it in the microwave first. 10 seconds of nuke time will soften the fruit and make it easier to juice.

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Rolling pins are good for more than just smoothing out dough. They are also great grinders. Just throw whatever you want to crush into a sealable plastic bag and roll it. This makes crushing graham crackers for pie crusts or croutons for breadcrumbs super easy and a great task to give one of the kids.

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Bake your cookies in muffin tins instead of on a cookie sheet. It makes them thicker and chewier and they don't stick together. Here's the details.

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Use a melon baller to scoop seeds out of tomatoes. It's a lot less messy than using a knife.

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