Put Your Pots and Pans to Work

These kitchen essentials sure do come in handy!

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Catch draining engine oil
No need to run out and buy an oil-collecting pan. When it is time to change the oil in your car engine, just stick an old 5-quart (4.75-liter) or larger pot beneath the drain plug.

Create an instant birdbath
You can quickly provide feathered visitors to your backyard with a place to refresh themselves. Just set an old pan atop a flowerpot and keep it filled with water.

Use as a large scoop
Leave those 50-pound (20-kilogram) sacks of fertilizer and grass seed in the garden shed and use a pot to carry what you need to the place you’re tending. A small pot with a handle also makes a terrific boat bailer or dog-food scoop.

Make an extra grill
You’ve got a big barbecue planned, and your grill is not big enough to handle all those burgers and dogs. Improvise an auxiliary grill by building a fire in an old, large pot. Cook on a cake rack placed over the pot. After you are finished, put the pot’s cover on to choke out the fire and save the charcoal for another cookout.