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?
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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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.
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.