Alternate Uses for Food Items from…Real Simple Magazine

I love Real Simple Magazine and figured I would make a point to share some of these fun tips that they send out in their newsletter. I always forget them so if I post them here, I have no reason to :) If you would like to subscribe to their newsletter you can click here. Enjoy!

Spaghetti as Candle-Lighter

If you don’t have extra-long matches, use an uncooked piece of spaghetti to light multiple or hard to reach candles.

Lighting candle

LifeSavers as Birthday-Candle Holders

These sweet treats are perfect for holding birthday candles. Make sure you buy the original rolls of candy for a snug fit. (The LifeSavers sold in big bags are slightly larger and don’t work as well.) Secure the candles inside the candies, then place on top of the frosting, all without making holes in the cake.

Cupcake with a candle held by a LifeSaver

Toothpick as Tape Saver

Mark the end of a roll of clear packing tape by sticking a toothpick under the flap. No more wasting half the roll just to seal one box.

Cellophane tape

Baking Soda as Silver Polish

To polish silver: Wash items, then place on aluminum foil in the bottom of a pot. Add a baking-soda solution (¼ cup soda, a few teaspoons salt, 1 quart boiling water) and cover for a few seconds. The result? A chemical reaction that gets the black off the gravy boat.

Baking soda and silver bowls

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