Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm was the Tools Editor at The Kitchn. A professional kitchen equipment tester, she's worked for America's Test Kitchen, EatingWell, and Food52. Her goal: to find the best gear for your kitchen so you don't waste time or money on anything else. She lives in Boston, MA with her two dogs.
This Gas-Powered Ooni Pizza Oven Is a Worthwhile Investment for Pro-Level Pies — Plus, It’s on Sale Right Now
Outdoor Pizza Party
Is it really possible to make pro-level pizza pies at home?
May 26, 2023
One of Our Favorite Instant-Read Thermometers Is on Rare Sale Right Now (It’s Perfect for Grilling Season)
It has a ONE-second response time!
May 23, 2023
30 Super-Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts for $100 or Less
And a lot of them are under $50!
Apr 28, 2023
30 Splurge-Worthy Mother’s Day Gifts That’ll Make Her Smile
Moms do *so* much. They deserve something extra.
Mar 27, 2023
We Tested 5 Different Travel Mugs for Keeping Coffee and Tea Hot
The winner kept coffee piping-hot for hours and hours during our testing.
Mar 22, 2023
The $5 Tool I Inherited from My Grandma and Use Every Time I Make Pie
They were invented in the 19th century! Any guesses?
Mar 6, 2023
The Absolute Best Saucepans You Can Buy Right Now
Including our thoughts on the best size for most home cooks. Plus a stainless steel winner and a nonstick winner.
Feb 23, 2023
We Tried 5 Different Types of Pie Weights — And Your Pie Crust Will Never Slump Again
Tools Showdown
Because a slumped, shrunken pie crust is just sad. And pie should (always!) make you happy.
Feb 14, 2023
We Tested 5 Different Butter Storage Options — The Winner Was Not What We Expected
Tools Showdown
"At first glance, I definitely didn't appreciate it enough."
Feb 9, 2023
16 of the Best Valentine’s Day Gifts If You Want to Splurge a Little
These will ABSOLUTELY makes someone's day.
Jan 30, 2023
22 Valentine’s Day Gifts (for $25 or Less) That Every Home Cook Will Love
You don't have to spend big to get a great, thoughtful gift.
Jan 27, 2023
The Unexpected Piece of Cast Iron Cookware I Can’t Live Without
It's not a skillet or a Dutch oven.
Jan 25, 2023
The 5 Best Collapsible Food Storage Containers for Anyone Short on Space
Including a super-pretty option that often sells out, but is currently in stock!
Dec 27, 2022
The Best Meat Thermometers to Buy Right Now
Best List
Including a truly awesome, accurate pick for just $35.
Nov 19, 2022
The Best Cast Iron Skillets You Can Buy Right Now
Best List
One of our top picks is just $30.
Nov 17, 2022
We Tested 5 Wildly Different Types of Pie Slicers — And the Winner Was Exceptional
We even tested some super-retro options!
Nov 16, 2022
The Best Roasting Pans You Can Buy Right Now
Best List
Thanksgiving's coming up!
Nov 15, 2022
Our Favorite Instant-Read Thermometer Is on Sale for Prime Day — Grab One Before the Sale Is Over!
It has a ONE-second response time!!!
Oct 11, 2022
I’m Obsessed with This Controversial Appliance — And It’s On Sale for Prime Day Right Now
Bonus: It's over $250 off for Prime Day!
Jul 13, 2022
This Is The Most Impressive Nonstick Skillet I’ve Ever Tested
"I've been using mine for a while now and it's well past the point when other pans would have failed me."
Mar 20, 2022
The 6 Coffee Gadgets That Got Us Through 2021 and Made Our Mornings So Much Better
Including a $30 brewer, travel mugs, and more.
Dec 7, 2021
The 8 Best Splurges We Made for Our Kitchens in 2021
Including $25 parchment paper that's totally worth it.
Dec 5, 2021
Our Favorite Instant-Read Thermometer Just Got Even Faster — and It’s 20% Off Right Now
It has a ONE-second response time!!!
Nov 24, 2021
3 Super-Helpful Pie Tools Our Grandmas Absolutely Swore By
Numbers 1 and 3 feel especially retro!
Nov 18, 2021
5 Things That Will Make Cooking Thanksgiving Easier, According to an Expert
Really, they're mighty helpful beyond Thanksgiving, too.
Nov 13, 2021
Before & After: I Redid My Pantry Using the Home Edit’s New Organizers from the Container Store
Before & After
It looks like an ENTIRELY new pantry.
Nov 9, 2021
Le Creuset Just Launched a Brand New Harry Potter-Themed Collection
We're not sure which Dutch oven we like best!
Nov 1, 2021
The Best Dutch Ovens You Can Buy Right Now
Best List
We tested nearly every Dutch oven on the market to find the very best ones. And we found something for every kind of home cook.
Oct 29, 2021
The 10 Amazon Finds Our Readers Can’t Stop Buying
The list includes a spider, a cast iron cleaning brush, kitchen towels, and more.
Oct 28, 2021
We Tried a Bunch of Travel Mugs and This One Kept Coffee Hot Way Longer than the Others
It kept coffee 30 degrees warmer than other travel mugs!
Oct 24, 2021
Ina Garten Inspired Me to Splurge on This Versatile Pan and I Have Zero Regrets
And with the holidays coming up, you should get one, too.
Oct 20, 2021
The $20 Gadget That Froths Milk Better than Anything Else
It even works well with plant-based milk alternatives!
Oct 19, 2021
The Absolute Best Immersion Blenders You Can Buy Right Now
Best List
Including a $50 pick.
Oct 15, 2021
Ina Garten Inspired Me to Change How I Organize My Kitchen Tools. And You Should Take Note.
I won't do it any other way.
Oct 12, 2021
I’m Kitchn’s Professional Gear Tester — These Are the 5 Cutting Boards I Use Constantly
Including one that's just $13.
Oct 11, 2021