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Nick’s Tip: Chopsticks

by Nick Vitrano

Apparently I am the only member of the morning show that uses chopsticks (per last Thursday’s conversation at 6:35am).  I’m not a chopsticks snob.  I mean, I use them in appropriate settings.  It’s not like I whip ‘em out to eat a sandwich or something.  If my restaurant of choice includes the chopsticks with my meal, why not? 

A suggestion came in via text to do a tip on alternate uses for the chopstick.  Good call.  You might be surprised that there are many things for which the chopstick is perfect:

  • Grilling.  The chopstick is a fantastic skewer for kabobs or roasting marshmallows. 
  • Stir stick/whisk.  Chopsticks are awesome in the kitchen for stirring batters and for breading any meat.  Use the chopsticks to fish out the meat to prevent your fingers from “clubbing.”  If you want/need a super stir stick – thick batters (or even paint) – rubber band together a bunch of chopsticks at one end and go nuts.
  • Gardening.  Get your vine plants started with a chopstick.  Your tomato seedlings will thank you.
  • Wood filler.  Put a little glue on the end, insert it into a hole you need filled, and snap it off.  The glue will hold it in place so you can more easily spackle over the void when dry.
  • Cleaning.  Wrap a cleaning cloth around the tip and use the chopstick to get into those hard-to-clean nooks and crannies.  They’re also great for getting dirt and clay off the bottom of your shoes.
  • Preserving caulk.  When you use caulk around the house, how often do you ever use up the whole thing?  Never.  Shove a chopstick in to seal the tip and to preserve the contents (and prevent bits from drying up inside and clogging it up).
  • Getting that fire started.  Chopsticks are awesome kindling. 
  • Fashion.  Ladies, pull your hair back, put it up, then shove in a couple chopsticks.  Boom.  Night on the town. 

There you go – a bunch of ways to use those disposable chopsticks when you’re not into using chopsticks.

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