One welcome question I heard from readers for Reader Request Week was, "More on pressure cookers please!" Pressure cookers are a very undervalued appliance in many American kitchens, although they are more widely used in other parts of the world. A pressure cooker can cook dried beans in under 20 minutes, a pot roast to tenderness in 45. Sounds amazing, right? Do you have a pressure cooker, and if so, what do you like to cook in it?
We get this question a lot: what kinds of pots, tools, and gadgets are essential in the kitchen? This seems like an overwhelming topic, especially if you're a newbie cook just setting up your first real post-college kitchen. Thankfully, The Kitchn has a few guides to help you on your way. (Also helpful to pro cooks who want to pare down!) If you missed 'em, here are the five guides we've offered so far... with more to come!
Q: My mom asked for new pots and pans for Mother's Day and although she is the best, it's hard to scrape together $1,400 or more between all of us to get her the "Dream Package" which is the All-Clad Copper Core 10 or 14 piece. I am wondering if there is a similar product — of same quality just not as expensive?
Q: I've read that adding salt to stainless steel cookware before adding liquid will cause pitting, but a lot of recipes call for salting a piece of meat before searing it. Is it OK to put salted pieces of meat onto a stainless steel with just oil in it?
Q: I am moving from Europe to the US and have to leave a lot of my kitchen things behind. But now I get to go shopping in the US for all new shiny toys! What favorite and must-have kitchen tools and appliances should I get?
Yesterday we shared our guide to the essential cookware pieces you should have in your kitchen. The type is one thing—skillet, saucepan, stock pot—but what about the material? Stainless steel or copper? Cast iron or aluminum? Here's a guide to the most common cookware materials, and the pros and cons of each:
I have been coveting an enameled cast iron casserole dish for quite some time, so when this Mario Batali lasagna pan went on deep discount at Crate & Barrel, I snatched it up. Well, snatched is the wrong word. I ordered it online, and when I went to pick it up at the store, I found I could barely lift it! This pan is heavy — is it too heavy?
Here is the biggest news to come out of the Home + Housewares show this year: Dansk Kobenstyle cookware is coming back! It won't just be a vintage find anymore — this classic line of cookware is coming back into production in most of its gorgeous colors.