There are thousands of kitchen gadgets you can find, but most can only do the one thing they were invented for -- what Alton Brown calls "unitaskers." But what if the kitchen items you already own could do double duty and function as helpers in the kitchen? Well, we're here to prove they can.
Have you ever started making pie dough to discover you can't find your rolling pin? You're chilling wine for a party but can't find the ice bucket? We have a solution for these and more in the slideshow below.
A Wine Bottle As Rolling Pin
Don't have a rolling pin handy when you're rolling out dough? No problem. Use a large straight-sided bottle like a wine bottle. It works every time. Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chip_smith/4570023046/" target="_hplink">Chip Smith, Flickr</a>.
Bundt Pan For Slicing Corn Off The Cob
Cutting corn off the cob can be a pretty messy task -- corn kernels all over the kitchen. But use a bundt pan to steady the cob and you've got a great tool for catching all the kernels that fall to the bottom. Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/christaface/3709916199/" target="_hplink">Christaface, Flickr</a>.
Egg Slicer As Strawberry Slicer
Slicing strawberries for desserts can be pretty tedious since they're so delicate -- and you can never get all even slices unless you have expert knife skills. Use an egg slicer to make perfect strawberry slices. Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mszeto/3967545443/" target="_hplink">lilszeto, Flickr</a>.
Scissors For Cutting Herbs
Don't spend all your time slicing up herbs for soups, stews or garnishes. Nigella Lawson always uses scissors to snip her herbs (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2j5RZo3cWs&t=0m46s" target="_hplink">and her bacon</a>) so why shouldn't you? Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/theloushe/3649006710/" target="_hplink">theloushe, Flickr</a>.
Muffin Pan As Ice Tray
Don't have enough ice trays to make ice? Get out your muffin pan, whether standard size or mini, and make ice cubes in the trays. The ice you make in the standard size will be perfect for serving up whiskey, since the large ice cube melts very slowly. Use silicone muffin pans to make removal of the ice cubes even easier -- a lot less slapping against the counter is needed.
Cocktail Shaker As Egg Beater
Can't find your whisk? Use a cocktail shaker to beat up your scrambled eggs for breakfast. Just break the eggs into the shaker, clse tightly and shake like crazy. It's really fast! Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lennox_mcdough/4462906952/" target="_hplink">lennox_mcdough, Flickr</a>.
Colander As Ice Bucket
The only problem with using an ice bucket is that once the ice starts to melt you're left with all that water in the bottom. Place a colander full of ice over a big bowl and place your beer or wine in the ice to chill. Any extra water will drip through the colander into the bowl below. Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/icatus/3611701142/" target="_hplink">icatus, Flickr</a>.
Box Grater For Grating Butter
Did you forget to let the butter come to room temperature before making that cake? Don't worry, it happens. Get out your box grater and grate the cold butter -- by the time you're done, the small shavings of butter will be a lot softer and warm. Now you're ready to cream it for cake.
An Upside Down Bowl For Removing A Tart
It's always a feat to remove a cake ring or tart ring from one of those pans with a removable bottom, especially when the pan is still pretty hot. Don't burn yourself! Just get a bowl that's slightly smaller than the pan and turn it upside down on your counter (choose one with a flattish bottom). Place the cake or tart pan over it and let the outer ring fall right off. Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolesusanne/3004183018/" target="_hplink">my_amii, Flickr</a>.
Tea Cup As Cookie Cutter
Sometimes you just can't find your big cookie cutter when you need it -- it's probably lost in that junk drawer. Anyway, in a pinch you can use a tea cup to cut out your cookies. Choose a thin walled tea cup, which has sharp sides to make cutting the cookies easier. Photo from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/reneeviehmann/4275865482/" target="_hplink">Renee V, Flickr</a>.