The humble spud. A steakhouse staple and frequent side dish at holiday dinners, the baking potato has more uses than you might think. Here are five not-so-common ways to use this common ingredient.
Pick up glass. The next time you need to pick up shattered or broken glass, try slicing a potato in half, then slide and blot it along the surface to pick up any small shards (use a flashlight to better see any small pieces).
Soak up excess salt. A salty soup or stew can be saved by sticking in a peeled raw potato for a few minutes; the potato will soak up some of the excess salt.
Light bulb remover. If you’ve broken a light bulb within the lamp socket, you can easily remove the broken part with a potato. Simply cut a potato in half, push it into the bulb base, and twist it out. Be sure to unplug the light fixture first.
Make a stamp. Rubber stamping is a popular trend nowadays, but if you donâ€™t want to invest in a collection of stamps or just want a stamp for a certain occasion, use a potato. Slice the potato in half, draw the desired shape on the potato, and carve away the negative space (donâ€™t cut out the shape itself). Use it to stamp your own greeting cards, wrapping paper or other items.
Start a plant. Store white or red potatoes in a cool, dark place until the “eyes” (little indentations on the potato skin) sprout, sending up a leafy stem. Cut off the top of the potato and plant it in a pot filled with potting soil, with the sprouted eye above the soil level. Water and place it in a sunny spot.