Control the use of your salad dressing
Never pour half a bottle of dressing on your salad again! Instead, leave the foil seal on a brand new bottle in place and use a toothpick to punch holes in it. This helps prevent a dressing avalanche, which will make it last longer and save you some calories, too!
Microwave potatoes faster
Next time you make a baked potato, give it toothpick legs. Stick four toothpicks in one side, which will suspend it and allow it to cook much faster since the bottom, top, and sides are all exposed.
Cook sausages evenly
It can be hard to cook sausage evenly when it rolls back in forth. Connect pairs of sausages with toothpicks, which will keep them in place and make flipping them easier.
Keep track of garlic in a marinade
If you marinate foods with garlic cloves, stick a toothpick through the clove so you can easily remove it when you're ready to serve.
Keep pots from boiling over
We've all done it--turn the burner on high, walk away, and before you know it, water is boiling over the sides of your pot. Avoid a messy stove-top by sticking a toothpick, laid flat, between the lid and pot. This small space will let steam escape, which prevents the pot from boiling over.