5 fantastic things to do with old cutlery/silverware

December 13, 2011 by  
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Last week’s post about those little plastic spoons you get with children’s medicine reminded me of all the great things you can do with old metal cutlery – not the finest family silver necessarily but the stuff that manages to find its way into your cutlery drawer (or conversely – the remains that are left after everything else leaves and you get a new set!). 1. Reuse them around the home Our cats have a dedicated old fork for their food; I have an old dessert spoon with a handle bent up at 90° for skimming misc and oil from the top of sauces; and, I have an old tablespoon in with my laundry stuff for spooning in wash boosters. In our tool kit, we have a fork which can be used for holding nails in place while hammering, a(n admittedly more flexible than most) old butter knife for smoothing filler and several old spoons for stirring filler, paint and whatnot. What do you reuse them for around the home? 2. Reuse them around the garden They’re almost equally as useful in the garden too! Forks are useful when transplanting seedlings – use them to lift the plant’s tender new roots out of their starter tray – and can also be used to temporarily pin thin runners in place if you want, for example, strawberries, to spread in a certain direction. Knives and spoons also make fun row markers or plant labels in pots. Some people (like dkshattuck , who made the ones above) sell ready made sets for herbs , stamped with the names or otherwise labelled so they’ll last for years and years. Do you use old cutlery in the garden? If so, what for? 3. Coat hooks and cupboard handles Sturdy cutlery can be bent into fun coat hooks or key hooks like those pictured above. They’re by Jeremy and Jen Evensen , who sell via Etsy – such fun designs! They can also be used to make fun kitchen cupboard handles – attached to the door either through the bowl of the spoon/fork or through the handle. And if you’re doing that, why not make a couple more standalone hooks for fun curtain tiebacks? 4. Jewellery There is loads of gorgeous jewellery knocking around made from old knives, forks and spoons. At a most basic level, all you need is an old fork, some pliers and a few minutes, et voila! a fun and free bracelet . At the other end of the scale, artisan crafty people are making some really lovely bracelets – the one above is by MarchelloArt and like that one, some bracelets still look like the original tool . Some other are a bit more dressed up and some, using just handles, don’t look like cutlery at all – just lovely silver pieces for around the wrist or

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Five fantastic things to do with overripe fruit

January 20, 2011 by  
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“Overripe” is a bit of a euphemism – I mean fruit that’s past its raw eating prime. Fruit that’s going off a bit, frankly. I don’t mean mouldy or otherwise rank fruit, just fruit that’s just not as fresh as it once was.

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Seven fantastic ways to transform rubbish into storage

January 6, 2011 by  
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I don’t know about you but I’m itching to get a start on spring cleaning this year – or rather spring decluttering – and as well as getting rid of a whole bunch of stuff, I’d like to have better, neater storage for the stuff I have. Here are some of the ways I’ll be making recycled storage solutions from rubbish around our home: Cereal boxes (or scrap cardboard) into magazine files We have approximately eleventy-hundred tons of paper in the house at the moment – even if half can be thrown away, that’s a whole lot of stuff that needs filing

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Our five favourite ways to use up leftover turkey

December 16, 2010 by  
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It’s easy to stop yourself from, say, cooking too much pasta or rice, but it’s harder to cook just the right amount of turkey since they’re a fixed (or at least minimum) size.

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5 fantastic reuses: the best recipes for using up leftover rice

November 2, 2010 by  
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It’s all to easy to cook too much rice but thankfully there are lots of ways to use it up. Food safety warning: bacteria, specifically Bacillus cereus , loves cooked rice – and it can quickly grow to dangerous levels

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5 fantastic reuses: what to do with egg shells

September 16, 2010 by  
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We’ve had loads of really good suggestions for what to do with egg shells over the years but here are some of my favourites: 1. Feed them back to your chickens (or lizards, or dogs…) Eggs shells contain a considerable amount of calcium – they’re 95% calcium carbonate, with the remaining 5% being a binding protein to hold the shell together – so they can be used as a useful mineral supplement for birds, reptiles or animals.

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