Food Tricks That Use Ordinary Toothpicks

Toothpicks aren’t just for keeping food out of your teeth! These cool tricks show you how toothpicks can be used in your kitchen to make tasty treats or even give little legs to a potato spud.

Strawberry Topiary

This adorable fruit topiary makes a great centerpiece for a baby shower, birthdays, afternoon “high tea” or for any get together with friends! Instructions on how to make this can be found here.

Keep Produce Fresh

Keep cucumbers and lemons fresh longer by “capping” them with the ends that you would normally toss in the trash.

Potato Legs

While this looks kind of cute, you might wonder what is the point of making a little stand for your spud. Well, the real secret is not in how it looks, but how it functions. By creating some space underneath the potato, it will cook evenly in the microwave!

Soften Butter

Cold sticks of butter never soften quickly enough when you want a piece of buttered toast! You can use the toothpick tripod method to soften a pat of butter without completely melting it.

Make Pancake Hors d’Oeuvres

Make mini pancake appetizers for the kids during Sunday brunch!

Sprout Some Sweet Potatoes

Grow your own sweet potatoes by sprouting them in water. Poke some toothpicks into the spud to hold it in place over a jar of water. After the “slips” or sprouts start popping through the skin, the slips are ready to plant. Further instructions can be found here.

Cook Like A Chef

Toothpicks can help you make stuffed chicken breasts like a pro! Pound chicken breasts as flat as possible, stuff with your favorite fixings, pull the sides together and use toothpicks to keep it in place. This yummy pesto and goat cheese stuffed chicken recipe can be foundhere.

Keep Cake Fresh

Secure sandwich bread to sliced cake to keep it moist and fresh! Now you don’t have to waste cake by slicing off the dry edges each time you want a slice.

Toothpick Collector

At a dinner party, leave a lemon on the the table for guests to insert their used toothpicks. This way, they aren’t leaving it on the plate, table or chair. Toss out the lemon when the dinner party is over!

Test Baked Goods

Insert a toothpick into cake to see if it’s done. If it comes out clean, it’s ready to take out of the oven. If there’s some batter that sticks to the toothpick, keep it in a bit longer.

Secret Messages

This is such a cute tip! Use a toothpick to write messages on a banana. It will lightly bruise the banana and the message will darken where the toothpick was applied. Write fun notes to your kids and stick it in their lunchbox as a surprise!


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