Which came first? The paintbrush or the pastry brush? If the same basic tool at the hardware store is cheaper than the version at a cooking store, who cares? Here are five more cost-saving ideas you’ll find sandwiched between the hardware store aisles of screws, hammers, and saws.
TIE A STRING AROUND YOUR FINGER: And don’t forget that the kitchen twine you use to tie up herbs or secure roasting chickens is really no different than the 100% natural cotton twine handymen use on the job.
A HOT IDEA: If adding a bubbling, browned finish to the top of your crème brûlée is part of your cooking regimen, you’ll get more flame for your buck if you buy a professional soldering torch at the hardware store instead of a kitchen torch at the cooking store.
SHEAR GENIUS: A smaller version of the shears landscapers use for cutting, clipping and rimming branches is great for cutting fruit, chicken and vegetables.
GET INTO A GOOD SCRAPE: If you’ve ever smoothed out wall spackle with a palette knife, you’ve probably already thought how it would also make a great kitchen spatula replacement.
MORE BANG FOR YOUR BEEF: Just because it’s usually found on construction sites to bang on wood and metal, doesn’t mean those giant rubber mallets can’t replace the usual kitchen meat tenderizer.