Did you know that there are a number of things you can use dental floss for other than flossing between your teeth? Dental floss can actually be used BEFORE you eat your meal. Of course, you’ll need to grab some non-flavored, unwaxed floss in order to do this the right way because nothing is worse that biting into a delicious, moist cake only to taste subtle hints of minty dental floss.

5 ways to use dental floss while you’re cooking:

#1 – Cut the perfect cake or cheese slice

Start by gathering a line of floss big enough to cover the area of the cake or cheese. Pull tightly and align the floss horizontally at the center of the item. Once you feel comfortable enough, use the floss to glide down the cake or cheese, slicing in equal parts around the item until you have achieved the perfect slice.

#2 – Truss poultry

Unflavored floss can be used instead of twine to truss chicken and turkey so the birds cook evenly. Make sure your bird is thawed out evenly and room temperature before handling. Turn the bird breast side up with the drumsticks facing your direction.

#3 – Detach sticky cookies from the tray

Gather a line of floss, pull tightly, and slide the floss underneath the bottom surface of the cookie to loosen it from the pan. It’s as simple as that.

#4 – Slice cookie dough

If you have a thick roll of cookie dough, a roll of dough that will mash easily, and a knife simply won’t cut it (no pun intended), use floss to make even cookie rounds.

#5 – Bundle herbs

You can use floss to bundle herbs of your choice to throw into your soup. Roll your fresh herbs into a bundle and tie with floss. Toss into your pot and let the herbs simmer to maximize flavor.

There you have it! 5 fun and simple ways to put your floss to use without actually using it on your teeth. Be sure to floss between your teeth after eating any of the aforementioned foods, though!

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