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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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