Have you solved the mystery of the humidity drawer in your fridge? If you're like me you probably just bump the notches towards the middle as a safety precaution. You may also put things into them haphazardly: all greens in one drawer, colorful things in the other. Sounds good enough, right? Well, last week, after seeing carrots and cucumbers not survive their time in these cryogenic chambers, I figured I had to look into how to use them properly... for the veggies' sake!
Are you familiar with the French range maker company La Cornue? If not, allow us to introduce you to something that will inevitably haunt your dreams for the foreseeable future. These showstopping ranges are always the focal point of any kitchen they're in. How could they not be? The design, the colors, the richness and elegance of the whole thing. But at $8,000 a pop, they're clearly not for the budget-inclined. Ah well. It's the stuff dreams are made of.
I never realized how much I relied on my freezer until I lost it. When I moved to Germany a couple months ago, I was prepared for life with a small, European-style refrigerator. Visions of farmers' markets and straw baskets and homemade ice cream danced through my jet-lag-addled brain, and I was convinced I could cook just like Julia Child. But then I saw the freezer. Somehow I had not made the connection that a miniature refrigerator would of course have only a tiny, baby-sized, vestigial freezer. My ice cream dreams melted.
The freezer might be my best friend in the kitchen. I freeze beans, brown rice and cooked leafy greens for quick, healthy meals. I freeze bananas. I freeze calzones. I even freeze whole unbaked pies. All this freezing saves a lot of time and money, but my poor freezer is stuffed — and there's still more I want to freeze! That's why, even though I live in an apartment, I'm seriously considering buying a chest freezer.
For years I have been shoving the cord to my crockpot inside the container with the lid sitting slightly ajar when stored. I know it's probably not the best for the cord or the machine, but I never really had a better solution... until now. Enter: velcro!
What's in your freezer? Wait — you don't know? Is there a package of pie crust hidden underneath the bags of frozen dumplings? Or a mystery jar of meat sauce lurking in a back corner? If your freezer resembles a dark and mysterious junk shop, then take inspiration from these five enviably well-organized freezers. Clean, labeled, and dang-well organized!
If you've already renovated a kitchen or are just beginning the process, you know how overwhelming the details can be. Our Fittings and Material Spotlights are quick guides to basic kitchen fixtures to familiarize you with terminology, pros and cons, and relevant reader reviews. Today we look at ductless range hoods:
Q: I only use one of my stove's burners because whenever I turn on any of the others, they start to smoke or smell like they're burning, which in turn sets off my smoke alarms. I've tried cleaning them, but it doesn't seem to help. Does anyone have a good cleaning method?
Q: I just moved into my boyfriend's house and he has a smooth ceramic top electric stove. But I've always cooked with gas. I just can't get the hang of this thing! My rice boils over and I've burned things I've never burned before. Any tips for making a smooth transition from gas to electric?