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Nick’s Tip: Not Just For Cupcakes

by Nick Vitrano

Cupcake liners. They're great for making cupcakes and muffins and, well, anything that requires the use of a cupcake/muffin pan. They prevent you from having to use sprays that can gunk up your pans and add unnecessary calories to your (likely) already calorie-packed treat. Of course, sometimes a little cooking spray is necessary in the ol' liner, but hey, you can't win 'em all.

So yeah, baking...they're great for that. But here are a few other great uses for cupcake liners:

Organize your kitchen junk drawer . We've all got one, and it's filled with papers and coupons and post-it notes and likely a bunch of small items that are just beggin' for organization: paper clips, rubber bands, pennies, safety pins, and...I don't even know what those are. Anyone know what this is? Place cupcake liners around the outside edge of the drawer and drop on your items. The papers and other junk you toss in the middle will keep the liners from sagging. Or better yet, put a small drawer basket inside and use that to house your liners.

Keep the bugs out of your summer drink . Bees, ants, flies, you name it - they love your summer drink as much as you do. Keep unwanted guests out with an inverted cupcake liner. Place it over your cup or right over your soda can or your bottle, poke a hole in it, insert straw, and you're good to go. Yeah, yeah, drinking something with a straw isn't manly, right? Neither is having a hornet fished out of your throat.

Catch those drips . Popsicle...meet cupcake liner. Keep that melting creamsicle from running down your child's arm with a cupcake liner. Granted, nothing will stop your kid from tipping a goo-filled cupcake liner right down the front of the shirt, but it was worth a try.

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