Maybe you don’t have a fridge full of chopsticks, but we are betting that you have a few wooden chopsticks lurking around a kitchen drawer somewhere — especially in this, the Year of Takeout. The trick is to see your chopsticks as more than just eating utensils, which will open you up to an entirely new world of possibilities. And when is a chopstick not a chopstick? When it’s a Jenga block. Kitchn argues that, thanks to an ingenious Reddit hack, your loose chopsticks are the perfect way to create shelf space in your fridge, particularly for those pesky bowls without lids; the ones that have tin foil or cling film stretched over the top.
Un-lidded bowls are impossible to stack, which means you create unusable space in the area just above them. Enter chopsticks. Resting chopsticks across your bowl might be a no-no in your favorite Japanese restaurant, but in your fridge, it will create a makeshift tabletop, so that you can balance another item on top without it crashing down into that tuna salad you just made. Kitchn likes this trick for casserole dishes as well. If you have two large, rectangular lasagnas, for example, you can stack them vertically using four chopsticks angled across the corners. Think of your chopsticks as the Lincoln Logs of your fridge — there is no end to the engineering possibilities!