Spaghetti Instead of Toothpicks

All five of my children love when I make homemade flautas for dinner. As I was preparing to fill the tortillas for frying, I found that someone had used the last of my toothpicks for a school project! Oh no! How in the world can I hold the flautas together without making a mess and burning myself while frying them?

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Then, in a stroke of genius, I pulled out a box of uncooked spaghetti noodles. They worked just as good as toothpicks for holding the flautas together, and they were edible! I could easily break them to different lengths to accommodate fatter flautas, and I didn't have to worry about the toothpicks splintering!

By Jen from Albuquerque, NM

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May 16, 20110 found this helpful

Great tip. Thanks for sharing.

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May 16, 20110 found this helpful

You can also use this method to hold cake layers together while you frost them.

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May 16, 20110 found this helpful

Excellent idea and you saved oodles of money and helped by being more Green by not using the toothpicks too!

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January 8, 2010 Flag

If baking a cake and you are out of toothpicks to test to see if it is done, use a piece of uncooked spaghetti instead.

By Sandy from Graettinger IA

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January 8, 20100 found this helpful

This is a great idea! Thanks!

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September 28, 2011 Flag

My caretaker wanted to make a meal that required toothpicks to hold it together while it cooked, but we didn't have any so we used spaghetti broken into the proper lengths and it worked great. There were no worries about biting into wood because it's edible.

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By robin from Tobyhanna, PA

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