It might seem finicky, but in recipes calling for specific internal cooking temperatures—a roast, for example, or egg-based desserts like cheesecake—a thermometer can make all the difference between a perfectly done dish and one that's overcooked. You may even find once you get in the hang of using a cooking thermometer, you'll come to rely on it in recipes that don't specifically call for 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!
I use citrus zest constantly; very few cooking sessions go by in my kitchen without me reaching for my citrus zester at least once. Well, last year at the Housewares show in Chicago I saw a fantastic new zester that had some small but well-designed improvements that won my heart.
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?
Am I the only one who feels a slow, warming sensation begin to work its way through my body when I look at impeccably organized drawers? The junk drawer in my kitchen doesn't look like this, but oh how I wish it would. It'll come as no surprise that the drawers above are from Martha Stewart, but I was pleased to realized her secret: modular units instead of all-in-one drawer organizers. Yes!
Over the years we've looked at few different ways to increase counter space in the kitchen: add an island, cart, and table or try one of these strategic storage tips. But one of the best solutions? Get an over-the-sink cutting board.
From time to time, a reader writes us with feedback on a kitchen product they particularly like. Today's reader product review: The OXO food mill. A food mill is a terrific tool for blending sauces and jams, making mashed potatoes, and getting rid of tomato skins and seeds. Here's what reader John has to say about his OXO food mill!
What are the essential tools every cook needs in the kitchen? Last week we shared our guide to essential prep tools and utensils. So you're prepped: now what? Our new guide to the most important cooking tools takes you to the next step.