Surprising New Uses for 3 Things You Probably Already Have in Your Kitchen

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Those kitchen gadgets that promise to make your cooking life just a little easier can be super tempting... but kitchen gadgets take up kitchen space, which many of us are a little short on. Instead of buying new things, why not explore one of these three ways to creatively repurpose something you already have? It's like shopping in your own kitchen! You'll save time on cooking, and your wallet will thank you.

Did you know that you can use a mason jar as a blender attachment? You can! Using a mason jar on your blender base makes it easy to chop nuts, make small amounts of curry pastes and sauces, and blend personal-sized smoothies. This quick video shows you how.

I love garlic — it wards off vampires and is tasty to boot. But those little bitty cloves sure are a pain to peel. Fortunately, we've got a little trick to make it way easier — and all you need is a cocktail shaker.

And finally — did you know you can make popcorn in the microwave with just a paper bag? No sticky stovetop mess from frying, and no air popper needed. This video will show you how.

Like these videos? There's a whole bunch more on our sister site, the Kitchn. Check 'em out!

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