Cooking Tips: When You Don’t Have a…

Proper space to work

Make extra space by laying large baking trays across pulled out kitchen drawers. Or place a big chopping board over the sink.

Baking tray

Turn a roasting pan upside-down and use the bottom for baking biscuits or other pastry goods.


Use a metal colander placed inside a large pot with about 25mm (1 in) of water in the bottom. Cover with a well-fitting lid, and check regularly to make sure the water hasn’t boiled away. Or fit a large metal sieve across the top of a pot of boiling water and cover with the lid.

Piping bag

Cut a small hole in one corner of a strong plastic food bag. Fill the bag with cream or icing, and pipe it out of the cut corner.

Biscuit cutter

Use the rim of an inverted wine glass, or a jam-jar lid. Or roll out the dough and cut it into squares with a knife. This method has the advantage that you don’t have to keep rolling out the scraps.


Drive a large screw well into the cork with a screwdriver. Tie a piece of string around the top of the screw and pull to remove the cork, or pull it out with a pair of pliers. Alternatively, screw a large hook or eye into the cork, then place the handle of a wooden spoon through the hook or eye and use it to pull out the cork.

Rolling pin

Use a milk or wine bottle instead.

Lid for a pot

Cover the top with aluminium foil crinkled down on the sides to keep in the steam, or cover with a plate.


Try cracking nuts with a wrench or pair of pliers, or place them on a chopping board and tap sharply with a heavy kitchen weight.


Cut the top from an empty washing-up liquid bottle with a pair of kitchen scissors or a sharp knife. Wash it well, invert, and use as a funnel. Or use an empty tin to funnel liquids: wash the tin and punch a hole in the bottom at the rim.

when you don't have a funnel or a flour dredger

Flour dredger

A kitchen sieve will work just as well as a dredger to dust flour evenly onto your work surface or rolling pin. Alternatively, sprinkle the flour lightly through your fingertips to achieve the same result.

Kitchen apron

Use a large plastic rubbish bag as a disposable apron. Cut holes for your head and arms, and throw out the bag when you’re finished.

Knife sharpener

The unglazed bottom of a mug makes a good stand-in sharpener. Hold the blade at a low angle to the unglazed surface and draw it slowly back and forth across the surface so that you sharpen down the whole length of the blade.

25. October 2013 by admin
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