Kitchen Tools with Alternative Uses

May 18, 2010
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Creative Ways to Use Your Kitchen Supplies

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Over the years, Mission Restaurant Supply has provided quality restaurant supplies and equipment to businesses all over the country. We have become the premier source for smallwares and kitchen equipments for bars, cafes, hotels, schools and many more venues. What we didn’t realize was how many artists and young engineers were purchasing supplies to make something totally new and innovative. We were extremely happy to see that our products could be so useful to individuals that weren’t even involved with the foodservice industry. Check out some of the ways that these truly fantastic artists and engineers utilized different kitchen products.

Todd Owyoung Todd Owyoung Music Photographer

Todd is an extremely talented music photographer and has gained a ton of recognition for his work. His photos can be seen everywhere and his creativity is unsurpassed. We were pleased to find that he had actually used a few of our products in his DIY Tutorial on how to make a beauty dish. His simple step-by-step tutorial proved to photographers everywhere that they too could be more innovative when constructing photography equipment. To see his DIY Beauty Dish tutorial video, please click here.

- Check out the products he used below:


Uni-Directional-WIFI-Range-Extender Uni-Directional WIFI Range Extender

This is probably one of the most brilliant (and cost efficient) ways we have ever seen someone extend their WIFI usage. This simple design is something that any individual with enough time on their hands could duplicate.

- This is what you’ll need:


sensorytable_flt1 The Creative Child: Sensory Exploration with Beans

We’re all for fun projects for kids and this food storage container that was made into a plan bin is perfect. Simply by taking some small objects, lots of beans,  a large bin, and a plastic scoop you can transform basic kitchen supplies into something fun for your child. Try it at home today.

- Don’t forget to buy:


188289-img_16393_606_350 Funnel for Speakers

By far the best idea anyone has had yet for utilizing their extra kitchen supplies – and it’s so simple, too! This person had the brilliant idea of simply hooking up their plastic funnels to the earpieces of their MP3 players. Voila! New speakers.

- You need this:


CookerinBox_ Solar Funnel Cooker

Ever been stuck in the wilderness somewhere with a piece of cardboard, a measuring cup, a metal bowl, and a plastic bag and wondered what to do with them? Probably not, but this guy must have found himself in that very situation. Actually he just wanted to demonstrate that you could make your very solar funnel cooker from products that you have around the house. Check out his tutorial on how to make one in your very own home.

- Must buy items:


iphone-savior DIY Fork iPhone Stand

We all love to keep our precious smart phones safe, but holding them all day can be pretty tiresome. This cool little contraption made only from forks and spoons is the perfect solution. It’s easy and cheap to make, super cute, and can be placed anywhere. Who knew silverware could be so entertaining?

- The necessary materials:


smalldsc_4610 Blender Defender

I’m not going to lie – this idea is a little far-fetched. However, for those of us who understand what a nuisance (and joy) pets can be at times this project is perfect. You just take a blender of any size, hook it up to a strobe light, a network camera, and a 10x appliance module and you’re good to go. Don’t worry; your furry little friend will be okay.

- The essential item:


For more information on these projects, the individuals who created them, or detailed instructions please visit the following sites:

Alternative Uses for a Colander http://www.instructables.com/id/Uni-Directional-WIFI-Range-Extender/

DIY Beauty Dish http://ishootshows.com/2010/02/23/diy-beauty-dish-video-tutorial/

Bowls for Kids http://www.isismaternity.com/blog/index.php/2010/01/26/the-creative-child-sensory-exploration-with-beans/

Funnels for Speakers http://www.pcworld.com/article/188289/diy_two_funnels_earbuds_old_tech_rock_on.html

Solar Funnel Cooker http://solarcooking.org/plans/funnel.htm

DIY Fork iPhone Stand http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20100305/diy-fork-head-iphone-stand/

Blender Defender http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20081019/the-blender-defender-keeps-cats-off-the-counters/

http://www.plasma2002.com/blenderdefender/

Special thanks to Instructables.com, Todd Owyoung of ishootshows.com, Isis Parenting, PC World, CoolestGadgets.com, and Steven E Jones (Professor of Physics at Brigham Young University). All images shown are from noted sources above.

For more information on Mission Restaurant Supply or our products, please check out our main site at www.MissionRS.com or email us at laurenb@missionrs.com – thank you!

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