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17 Brilliant Cooking Hacks Using Dental Floss

Finally, a use for all that dental floss.

1. Detach stubborn, baked-on cookies from a sheet tray.

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Use dental floss to detach impossible to remove cookies from a sheet tray.

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2. Truss a whole chicken without twine.

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Pro tip: if you're using mint-flavored floss, give it a quick soak in warm water for five minutes to remove any unwanted flavor.

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3. Slice cookie dough into perfect rounds.

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Using a knife to cut dough can result in smashed, oval-shaped cookies. Slicing with dental floss assures clean, perfectly round cookies.

See the full video here.

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4. Effortlessly slice soft cakes into even layers.

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Slice soft cakes easily and evenly with the smooth, gentle glide of dental floss. This technique also works for angel food cake and cornbread.

See the full video here.

5. Cut gnocchi directly into the pot.

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Eliminate a whole step of the gnocchi making process by piping the dough straight into the pot. Although this technique is usually done with twine (as seen above), floss works wonders at cutting the delicate dough.

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6. Tie and dry leftover herbs for later use.

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Don't let leftover herbs go to waste! Tie them into neat bundles using dental floss and hang them to dry. When the leaves feel completely dry to the touch (about ten days), they are ready to use.

See the full video here.

7. Slice cinnamon roll dough into perfect spirals.

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Cutting dough with dental floss results in perfectly round and uniform cinnamon rolls. Using a knife can smash the rolls into uneven shapes and make a mess of the buttery filling.

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8. Cut birthday cakes into pristine slices.

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Dental floss glides through the layers with ease.

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9. Hang leftover peppers to dry for later use.

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Thread peppers using a needle and dental floss and hang in a well-ventilated area. In three to four weeks the peppers will feel dry, shrink in size, and darken in color. Use them whole to infuse flavor into soups and braises or grind them for homemade pepper flakes.

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10. Unstick stubborn pastry dough from cutting boards.

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Detach stuck pastry dough by *literally* flossing between the dough and cutting board.

See the full video here.

11. Bundle herbs into neat packets for flavoring soups and braises.

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Tying herbs into tight bundles allows you to infuse flavor without having to chop them. Great for stocks, braises and soups.

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12. Slice goat cheese into perfect rounds without crumbling it.

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No need to buy a cheese wire when you have floss lying around (gotta put it to use somehow). Perfect for recipes that require perfect slices, such as this Fried Goat Cheese Beet Salad.

Check out the full technique here.

13. Neatly slice wraps and burritos without any filling falling out.

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This technique also works for tamales, calzones and sushi rolls.

See the full video here.

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14. Tie roasts together without butcher twine.

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Dental floss can be used in place of butcher twine in almost any recipe. Avoid using in grilled recipes though, as floss can burn at high temperatures.

15. Slice soft, sticky cheeses with ease.

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Cutting soft cheeses (such as brie) can leave you with a sticky, dull knife. Keep it clean by using the gentle glide of dental floss.

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16. Neatly slice hard boiled eggs without crumbling the yolk.

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Slicing an egg with dental floss ensures a perfectly intact yolk.

See the full video here.

17. Portion sticky doughs with ease.

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This technique works great for sticky doughs such as pizza, brioche, or sourdough that have a tendency to stick to the knife.

See the full video here.

Happy Flossing!

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