I was given the small knife in the photo above at a cookware demonstration a while back. I threw it in the cooler that we use to haul our food and drinks to the pool so I’d always have one when I needed it. The protective sheath did an okay job of keeping the blade from being exposed, but sometimes it fell off.

While doing some some research on wine corks, I came across this idea. (I’m sorry to say I don’t remember where I originally saw it.) Placing a wine cork on the pointed edge of the knife keeps the sheath in place. It also creates an extra level of protection from someone getting an accidental wound. Now I don’t have to worry about the blade becoming exposed or having someone that doesn’t know the knife is in the cooler getting accidentally stabbed with the exposed pointed end.

It’s such a simple idea, but I never thought to do it. I thought I’d pass it along this little safety tip since the warm weather is upon us and we’re all filling our picnic baskets and coolers.

Do you have any clever ways to reuse your wine corks?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.