Introduction: Kitchen Scraper As Never Seen Before

Watch a video manual above to catch the idea behind this DIY Kitchen Scraper that allows for sweeping food from the cutting board much faster and with no mess (and we all know that this can be a pain and a mess, especially when the "target" is smaller than a tub).

It can also collect food directly from the cutting board for later use (quite a unique feature).

Disclaimer: in the video rice was used to make the task even more complicated to show capabilities of the solution.

Step 1: Things Required

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Be prepared, you still need something even for simplest lifehacks. In this case, the list is short:

  • Plastic cup, preferably from relatively soft plastic;
  • Sharp scissors or saw;
  • Sandpaper.

A saw might be needed if the plastic is on the harder end of softness.

Step 2: Cut the Wall of the Cup

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Use scissors or saw to cut the walls of the cup as shown in the picture. The shorter cut is more suitable for sweeping food from the cutting board, while the longer one is better for collecting food from it (as shown in the video above).

Step 3: Make Sure the Edges Are Flat

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Use sandpaper on a flat surface to make sure that the edges of the cuts are flat. This is important to get the most satisfaction from the scraper.

Step 4: Use It

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The video on the top of this post explains the operation of the scraper better than any text. And remember, you can not only sweep food stuff with this scraper, but also collect it, using the scraper itself as a receptacle. BTW, you can use this scraper not only with the cutting board but for other purposes as well, like sweeping crumbs of whatever from the table.

Step 5: Experiment!

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This scraper can have multiple applications (experiment!). E.g. it can be used as a receptacle for small utensils, or as a spoon holder when cooking, etc.. Thanks to its shape it can be stowed without clutter (important!), e.g. it can be hung on a regular hook on the kitchen rail.

BTW, have you noticed a Meccano's metal strip on the hooks in the photo above? Yep, that's another kitchen lifehack. Guess why!


louis.m (author)2016-09-16

It would be nice to have info like estimated size and diameter (top and bottom) of cup and angles of cuts (related to top rim). I tried to make the thing but it came out unhandy (probably due to wrong size or angles).

VitG (author)louis.m2016-09-19

The height of the original cup is 118 mm, diameter of its top is 78 mm, width of the bottom is 46 mm. Vertical angles are 25 deg to vertical (shorter cut, about 4mm offset from the vertical axis of symmetry of the cup) and 18 deg to vertical (longer cut, about 4mm offset from the vertical axle of symmetry of the cup). Sure all these dimensions can vary in quite a wide range. At the same time, it's very important to make the lateral surfaces really flat (using sandpaper as shown in the post can be really helpful in this regard).

louis.m (author)VitG2016-09-19

Many thanks for the data.

Eirinn (author)2016-08-15

Using the back of the knife often works better ;) that said this is a really good idea.

AnnabellaMarie (author)2016-08-02

Silly me! I bought a board scraper years ago. This makes me want to go slice up a cup, however. Thanks for sharing!

VitG (author)AnnabellaMarie2016-08-02

Thank you for a nice piece of Oriental poetry!

YourMagesty (author)2016-07-20

I'm off to the kitchen to duplicate this very useful kitchen aid. I wanted to call it my new: [_______ ] (your name) Scraper.....but you didn't give us one, just "lifehack from Ukraine"....... : (

(for example: my new 'Ahha Scraper'.........but we don't have a name).

VitG (author)YourMagesty2016-07-26

Good question! We already have the Ukrainian Lacing technique here on Instructables. This solution might be called e.g. the Curvy Scraper. Other suggestions are welcome!

YourMagesty (author)VitG2016-07-27

'Curvy Scraper' works! Nice.

DawnW34 (author)2016-07-26

:) I plan to tackle this project tomorrow! great idea!

0zzy (author)2016-07-23

sorry to say this but I've seen this cup scraper back in 1987 when I was working in university of Sussex as a pastry chef the only difference it was made from a jug with a handle. A student at the college had made quite a few of them and was trying to sell them for about £6 for or £8 for each I know that 1 or 2 chefs had brought one of them and they ended up in the rubbish bin sorry I feel bad for you now :-(

thundrepance (author)0zzy2016-07-24

then you must have been really bored, just to come here & criticize. > :^/

VitG (author)0zzy2016-07-24

Don't feel bad, I'd never use (nor recommend) a jug with handle for this... "Small details can make a big difference."

MarilynZ3 (author)2016-07-24

Very, very clever. Getting things from the cutting board into the kettle or onto the plate always seems to be a problem. Now to find a plastic cup!

Might I say...I have noticed how clever people are from the Ukraine and it brings us all closer together the way our ideas help one another.

PLUS...i really like the way you put this video together...simple with great music so language is not a problem.

VitG (author)MarilynZ32016-07-24

Thank you so much for the comment. Instructables is a really great place for sharing ideas from all over the world.

ruthy nov (author)2016-07-22

Wonderful! going to make one for me and one one for every daughter of mine!!!

clazman (author)2016-07-21

You make me sick!! lol

This is absolutely genus or you were wide awake in math when studying parabolas and hyperbolas. The oblique truncation of a cone creates these two curves and you realized one practical application in the resulting slice.

My hat is off to you! Even though I do not where one.

thundrepance (author)2016-07-21

i love the cool contraption, & the music is a kick! x^D

jferva (author)2016-07-21

I'm not saying this is a bad idea at all, but why putting rice on a cutting board in the first place? But yes, it is useful for other stuff :)

thundrepance (author)jferva2016-07-21

it was an illustration of what it can do. it's really great!

hammer9876 (author)jferva2016-07-21

I am sure rice is just an example.

thegreat58 (author)2016-07-21

Simply brilliant. good job

odellkevin (author)2016-07-21

Does the bottom of the cup have to be square? Although I've seen square bottom cups before, they're not that common. Can anyone confirm that it works equally as well with a round bottom cup?

VitG (author)odellkevin2016-07-21

A square bottom is not a must. A round bottom cup will also work well. Actually, there is a lot of space for experiments there in this regard. Another aspect to ponder about is the "optimal" size of the cup. I incline to smaller ones as they are easier to hold and to store being quite effective at the same time (especially for smaller receptacles).

Leopardstripes (author)2016-07-21

Wonderful! This is pure genius- MUCH better than the standard pastry board knife. Thank you so much for sharing this! :D

IamTheMomo (author)2016-07-21

Outrageously delicious! Brilliant concept! Bravo!!! I will make one, absolutely.

lfoss (author)2016-07-21

It's been seen now..

br0x (author)2016-07-21

Actually, with two short moves of BACK side of the knife, one can do the job as effective, no need to keep kitchenful of hardware

ShawnS60 (author)2016-07-21

Nice job.

Other commenter: call it the Kiev Scraper; it's from Ukraine!

HariW1 (author)2016-07-21

I'm gutted! Why didn't I think of this? No! Don't tell me.

osoriocj (author)2016-07-21

For the very first time I sent an Instructable to Facebook. Great!

Star64 (author)2016-07-20

I love this idea.

Wrrr 10-G (author)2016-07-19

Smart idea!

The choice of cup you used is excellent, which by itself is no small feat... ;)

boesh (author)2016-07-18

Great idea, i'll copy this next week, sublime ! Thnx

JayWeeks (author)2016-07-18

This is a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!

Ungenious (author)2016-07-17

Great idea and execution! Thanks for sharing!

EcoExpatMike (author)2016-07-16

Very cool. I need to make one of these when I get back to America.

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