The humble chopstick has been used for over 3000 years across East Asia, and later, the world. While they’re most commonly used to pick up food (albeit with some difficulty with some particularly slippery foods), there are hundreds of alternative ways you can reuse disposable wooden chopsticks – here are some of the handiest:
On the odd occasion you’re not eating out and decide to cook for yourself, try using chopsticks to poke through veggies, meats or even marshmallows for some easy grilled skewers at home.
Pit cherries 去樱桃核
Rather than awkwardly try and eat around a cherry without swallowing the stone, simply pierce a chopstick through to pop the pit out the other side.
Prop up plants 支撑植物
If you’ve neglected your house plant parental duties and your plants are wilting, pop a chopstick in the soil to provide some much-needed stalk support.
Clean hard-to-reach places 清洁
This might not be the most glamorous end to your chopstick’s life, but its pointed tip can be helpful for scraping dirt out of hard-to-reach spots in the bathroom, or in grooves between your trainers. Just remember not to eat with this one afterwards.
Make portions in freezer bags 分离
Before you freeze food for later in a freezer bag, flatten the food and press the bag with a chopstick. This grid shape will make for easily breakable portions, and avoid trying to smash a block of frozen food on the table.
Level off ingredients 精准控制
If you like following recipes to a tee, use a chopstick to level off ingredients – or the foam off your beer – from the top of a measuring cup.
Make coasters 完美杯垫
If you’ve amassed a small collection of chopsticks, chop them in half, tie them up with string, and you’ll have a trendy coaster to rest your coffee cup on.