Top 5 ways to solve kitchen problems without kitchen tools [VIDEOS]

No can opener? No corkscrew? No knife? No problem.
No can opener? No corkscrew? No knife? No problem.
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You have canned goods. You have wine. You have a giant bag full of carrots. You have just moved into a new house and you have no idea what box you packed all your kitchen tools in. Certainly not the box marked "Kitchen Tools"; they're never in there. But you are resourceful. You are MacGyver. You don't need a corkscrew to get wine from bottle to glass, or a colander to drain your pasta. Ancient people ate and drank relatively gadget-free for thousands of years, and you can too. The Hot Dish rounds up the best ways to get the job done, whatever the job may be, without the proper kitchen tools.

5. PROBLEM: No vegetable peeler.
SOLUTION: Boil, blanch, and slip the skins off.

(It works on any potato, not just Idaho potatoes.)

4. PROBLEM: No can opener. SOLUTION: Open can using concrete.

3. PROBLEM: You have to peel an entire head of garlic. SOLUTION: Get two bowls.


2. PROBLEM: No knife. SOLUTION: Dental floss.

1. PROBLEM: No corkscrew. SOLUTION: Use a tree.

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