To complement the threads on implements you wish you had, and useless ones you wish you’d never gotten, here’s one for a little bragging about what you’ve improvised to perform a task for which you lack the special equipment.
SPAETZLE MAKING: I don’t do this often, and am short on storage space. I’d read that you could make holes in an aluminum foil pie plate but when I tried that, the steam coming up from the pot of boiling water made the foil too hot to hold, and it set the batter before there was time for it to drip through the holes. I happened to have a styrofoam tray which was thick and long (about the proportions of this posting window), having held the family pack of chicken thighs I’d just bought. I made holes on one side of it, poured the batter onto the other side, then squeegeed it over the holes with a bench scraper. Worked perfectly. After washing it, it lives behind my microwave between uses.