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Plastic shoe boxes, sewing scissors, hammers, and syringes—all quite useful in the kitchen!

Last week's Weekend Cook and Tell was inspired by the story of the Microplane grater, a wood rasp that found its way into the kitchen and never looked back. For Kitchen Tool Crossover challenge we asked all of you to tell us about tools that have made their way into your kitchen by way of the basement, garage, or tool shed. Let's take a look at some of our favorite multipurpose responses.

lemonfair likes to bake Christmas puddings and Greek Easter desserts in terra cotta pots—brand new, of course.

JerzeeTomato uses plastic shoe boxes to store Christmas cookies. As well as storing the actual baked goods, these inexpensive boxes also house piping tips, icing tools and tons of cake decorations.

For lovely, decoratively patterned loaves of bread dbcurrie uses a pair of sewing scissors to dress them up. Take a look at this spiky Dressed Up White Bread and Walnut Apricot Bread for examples of her handy work.

Foodstuff uses syringes in the kitchen to infuse Christmas cakes with booze, and to inject a marinade into leg of lamb. According to Foodstuff, injection marinating allows the flavors to really permeate the meat.

Taking a cue from professional kitchens, jedd63 uses needle nose pliers to pluck pesky pin bones out of fish.

When making pancakes for a crowd Chef316 breaks out the variable speed cordless drill and an enamel coated plaster paddle mixer. Exactly how much batter are you making, Chef316?

For the smoothest cake icing around both MarvinDog and trabil22 use a wallpaper smoother to make sure that there are no lumps or bumps.

Thanks to everyone who shared their raid-the-tool-shed ideas for this week's Weekend Cook and Tell challenge. Be sure to head over to Talk and read about next week's challenge: Gateway Vegetables.

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