Slow cooker

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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Dishwasher

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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Peppermill

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

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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Pizza cutter

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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Egg slicer

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 slices strawberries and kiwis into perfect slices. It's also a handy tool for slicing avocado halves for sandwiches.

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Apple slicer

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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Water purifying pitcher

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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Hand mixer

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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Can opener

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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