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.
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.
3. Use a potato to get a grip on a broken lightbulb to remove it from the socket.
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...
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.
6. Carve up potatoes to make stamps. Who needs to buy fancy patterned wallpaper when you can use potatoes?
7. Bottle stoppers?
8. Keep your ice picks organized and protected from sticking strangers.
9. Raw potatoes help reduce puffiness of the eyes as well as lessen dark circles.
10. Potatoes can easily employed as a vegetarian luge.
11. Raw potatoes remove rust from rusty things. Please don't use rusty things in food and drink preparation.
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.
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.
14. Potatoes can be used to make stencils for spray-painting and spraying bitters on top of egg white drinks.
15. Menu holders.
16. They also make good projectiles.
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