(photo: In My Home Abide)
Slicing to the very end of vegetables like cucumbers, or meats like salami can be a chore. It's unfortunately easy to cut a finger, or leave a large chunk behind. Here's a quick and easy way to make sure you can get to the very end of slicing to eliminate potential waste or hurt fingers. Spear the end of the food with a corn holder from the top down. Don't push the prongs in too deep, though: just push the prongs in deep enough to get a good grip. After that, just hold the food by the corn holder and you'll be set.
Another risky bit of food preparation is layering cakes. Traditionally it involves cutting a cake in half horizontally, then putting icing between the two layers. Removing then replacing the top layer always adds a risk of breaking the cake. Instead of using a large utensil like a spatula, use a cookie sheet.
After you've cut the take horizontally, just slightly raise one end and slide the cookie sheet through until the top layer rests completely on top, then set the cookie sheet aside. After you've iced the top of the bottom layer, just slide the other round back on top by tilting the cookie sheet and gently letting it slide back on top.