Raise your hand if you hate buying kitchen utensils that only serve one purpose. Is your hand raised? Great 鈥 we鈥檙e right there with you. When a kitchen is already limited in space, the last thing we want to do is fill it with gadgets we鈥檙e only going to use a few times a year. So if we can get creative with the type of food we鈥檙e preparing, why not think outside the box of tools we鈥檙e making it with? We鈥檝e collected 9 of our favorite hacks that will have you looking for excuses to spend more time in the kitchen.


1. The Envelope Funnel: We鈥檙e still suckers for handwritten cards, and keeping those envelopes around can actually serve a purpose in the kitchen. Just cut off one of the corners and you鈥檒l never have to worry about making a mess again. (via Martha Stewart)


2. Bundt Pan as a Roasting Pan: Just because you鈥檙e not baking cakes every day doesn鈥檛 mean you can鈥檛 put that Bundt pan to good use for your next dinner. (via Iowa Girl Eats)


3. Cookie Cutter Sprinkles: We believe a cake is not truly fit for a party until sprinkles are involved. Use a simple cookie cutter for cake decorating to really bring the party to life. (via Little Life of Mine)


4. An Egg Shell for an Eggshell: Real life is not like the movies where the egg always perfectly cracks into the bowl. Luckily, all it takes to get an eggshell out of your batter is another eggshell. Who knew? (via Greatist)

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5. Waffle Iron Brownies: We鈥檙e always amazed at the number of creations that can come from a waffle iron. However, warm brownies within minutes have to be at the top of our list. (via Tea and Cookies Blog)

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6. Ground Spices: If you plan the spices out just right, you can also provide a new flavor to your morning coffee. #Winning (via Simple Bites)

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7. Muffin Pan Tacos: It鈥檚 amazing how much can be created just by looking at something from a new perspective. Believe it or not, the bottom side of a muffin pan can be great for heating and molding tortillas for mini appetizers. (via Brit + Co)


8. Cookie Cutter Pancakes: Not only are cookie cutters great for dessert and cakes, but they work well for breakfast too! Use 鈥檈m to mold pancakes or fried eggs for a cute addition to your morning meal. (via Alice and the Mock Turtle)


9. Old Shirt Apron: Recycle all of those old button-ups you haven鈥檛 worn in years and turn them into cute aprons that will keep your new clothes stain-free. You could even make a few extra for Mother鈥檚 Day gifts this year. (via Love Grows Wild)

What are your favorite kitchen hacks? Tell us in the comments!