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Sixteen Ridiculous Uses for Potatoes at a Bar

While learning about potatoes for a little project with Karlsson's Vodka, I kept coming across lists of unusual uses for potatoes. I decided to adapt these lists to the bar setting just for fun. 

Sixteen Uses for a Potato at the Bar

 

1. Use a potato to hold garnish picks. 

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2. Raw potatoes soothe burns. Maybe you don't burn yourself bartending, but I do all the time. Some people should not be around heat sources. 

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3. Use a potato to get a grip on a broken lightbulb to remove it from the socket. 

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4. Potatoes can remove stains on hands. They are noted for removing berry stains in particular but I wonder if they'll get bitters stains off your skin too... 

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5. Raw potatoes work to de-fog windows as well as ski goggles. I would imagine you'd have more of the former in the bar. A thin layer rubbed on the glass helps prevent fogging. 

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6. Carve up potatoes to make stamps. Who needs to buy fancy patterned wallpaper when you can use potatoes? 

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7. Bottle stoppers? 

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8. Keep your ice picks organized and protected from sticking strangers. 

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9. Raw potatoes help reduce puffiness of the eyes as well as lessen dark circles.

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10. Potatoes can easily employed as a vegetarian luge. 

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11. Raw potatoes remove rust from rusty things. Please don't use rusty things in food and drink preparation. 

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12. Potatoes absorb salt, so many cooks recommend them to reduce over-salted soups. Now that everybody is salting their syrups, perhaps potatoes will work to reduce saltiness there too. 

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13. Potatoes are instant silverware polish. Boil potatoes then soak silverware in the potato water for an hour or so. I wonder if this also works on copper Moscow Mule mugs. 

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14. Potatoes can be used to make stencils for spray-painting and spraying bitters on top of egg white drinks. 

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15. Menu holders.

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16. They also make good projectiles. 

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