Kitchen Gadgets
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10 IKEA Finds You Might Not Have Realized You Can Buy on Amazon
Did you know that you can buy IKEA stuff through Amazon? I learned this a few years ago, when searching for a kids’ table and chairs for my girls. I’m honestly not sure whether IKEA has authorized sellers or there are a few entrepreneurial souls who have made a living doing this (seems like the latter!), but I’m grateful! Until fairly recently, IKEA products weren’t available online, and even now, not everything can be bought through their site.
May 1, 2019
The 15 Best Things You Can Buy at IKEA for $5 or Less
IKEA stocks a shocking number of items that are $5 or less. And it’s not just junk, either. There’s some legit good stuff that can be found at IKEA for a Lincoln or less. While many of these things aren’t available online (the brand can’t keep them that cheap if they’re subsidizing your shipping!), it’s worth it to make a trip to the brick-and-mortar store for these goodies. Just be careful because this inexpensive stuff can add up!
May 1, 2019
This Mixing Bowl Set Has Two Clever Tricks Up Its Sleeve
We’ve written before about how Joseph Joseph is one of our favorite brands for innovative home goods that give basics (like cutting boards or drawer organizers) a design-forward, extra-functional twist. The brand’s nine-piece nesting bowl set, which includes a colander and measuring spoons, is perhaps their most iconic product, even inspiring a slew of imitators. And today an equally inventive set of mixing bowls from Joseph Joseph is on sale on Amazon.
May 1, 2019
10 Things You Should Always Be on the Lookout for at Stores Like HomeGoods and Marshalls
What’s good for the kitchen at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods? Um, to sum it up briefly, a lot! I have a fairly intense relationship with Marshalls. I grew up shopping their Bedford, MA, store and now I am lucky enough to live near a “really good one” outside Los Angeles. This is not just my personal opinion — I am quoting a very impressed gentleman I heard remark as he walked through it.
May 1, 2019
These Essential OXO Items Are Currently Up to 30 Percent Off
Next up in our long list of Amazon Prime Day sales: OXO! That’s right, one of our favorite brands for all things kitchen gadgets is partaking in the totally-made-up-yet-very-large holiday. From now until Wednesday morning (at 9:59 Eastern Daylight Time), the brand has three essential items marked down by 25 or 30 percent. Keep reading to see what’s included — and why you need to add all three items to your shopping cart. Note: Discounts will be applied at checkout.
May 1, 2019
Sur la Table Is Offering 20 Percent Off Your Whole Order – Here’s What Our Editors Would Buy
Sur la Table is offering 20 percent off (and free shipping!) all full-priced items, now through Monday, July 30. That means just about everything (except for things already on sale) can be bought at a discount for a limited time. You just have to use the code “CHEF18” at checkout. Unsure of what to spring for? Here are the items that Kitchn staffers are buying, eyeing, and recommending.
May 1, 2019
7 Unitaskers for $10 or Less That Are Actually Totally Worth Buying
Alton Brown is credited with coining (or at least popularizing) the U-word: unitaskers. He hates single-use gadgets, and chances are you’ve seen him rant about them on TV or in interviews. For the most part, he’s right: Kitchen space (and your expendable income!) is not infinite, so there’s no reason to buy tools that only do one thing. We just don’t think anyone needs a banana slicer or a Brussels sprout prep tool. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule.
May 1, 2019
Some of Our Favorite Brands Are 20% Off on Sur La Table — Through Monday Only
Sur La Table is currently offering 20 percent off almost everything on their site with the code “PEACH18.” This end-of-summer sale also gets you free shipping on orders over $59. That’s a lot of stuff to sift through — before you get too excited, however, not every big-name brand is choosing to participate. (Sorry, no Instant Pots or Le Creuset.) But several of our favorite brands are participating, like OXO and All-Clad.
May 1, 2019
The Best $10 Our Readers Ever Spent on Their Kitchens
Surround yourself with people who make you a better bargain hunter (that’s how the saying goes, right? If it’s not, it should be!) — specifically, people who know how to spend just $10 (or less!) and get a totally life-changing kitchen gadget. People like you, dear readers! We asked you guys to tell us about the best $10 you’ve ever spent on your kitchens. And now I have 10 things in my shopping cart.
May 1, 2019
10 Chefs on the Best $10 They’ve Ever Spent on Their Kitchens
As you might imagine, professional chefs rely on a lot of fancy-schmancy tools to do their jobs day in and day out. We’re talking immersion circulators, high-performance blenders, flash chillers, vacuum sealers, blow torches, and beyond. But not every gadget that professional chefs swear by has to cost you an arm and a leg (or look like it belongs in a laboratory). We reached out to 10 chefs to talk about their favorite cheap kitchen tools that they couldn’t live without.
May 1, 2019
10 Kitchen Gadgets for $10 or Less This Nutritionist Swears By
Eating healthfully each day is certainly easier if you’re set up and well-equipped to do so. Obviously, you need whole foods and good ingredients to start. You also need some good tools. As a nutritionist, I’ve learned that certain gadgets are not only nice to have — they’re pretty much essential. I don’t love all kitchen gadgets, though! There are a lot of unnecessary tools out there and I’m pretty picky about what I’ll buy.
May 1, 2019
The Ridiculously Weird-Looking Tool that Makes Me Super Happy in the Kitchen
Last spring when my mother was in town, she offered to help me make an epic month-long supply of freezer meals. While preparing for the task, I came across a recommendation for a kitchen tool that I’d never seen or heard of before. I bought some and, now, they make me so happy every time I have an occasion to use them. They’re so delightfully handy, I’ve even given them as gifts.
May 1, 2019
The 5 Kitchen Buys Our Readers Bought by the Boatload in 2018
As the Lifestyle Director here at Kitchn, I run at least one shopping story each day. It can be about a specific section at Costco, a life-changing gadget a Kitchn staffer is obsessed with, the best brand of jarred pasta sauce, saving money, and so on. (We cover it all!) For the most part, I have a pretty good grasp on when a story will do well. (And we try to only run stories that we think you guys will like!) But every once in a while, a story will do better than we ever imagined it would.
May 1, 2019
The 10 Most Life-Changing Kitchen Gadgets We Swooned Over in 2018
Every now and then, we stumble upon a gadget that truly does change how we cook or work in the kitchen. It’s not often (and there’s a lot of unnecessary stuff out there in the world), so when it happens we like to shout it from the rooftops — or, at the very least, this site. In 2018, Kitchn editors and writers discovered a few things that helped make us faster, neater, and happier. Here are 10 of those things.
May 1, 2019
The $20 Gadgets That Helped These People Lose 100 Pounds
I switched to a mostly plant-based way of eating nearly three years ago and haven’t looked back. Above all other food groups, I love vegetables — and eating them has helped me stay healthier, maintain my weight loss, and, most importantly, keep me feeling good year-round. Eventually, roasting carrots and eggplant and squash on baking sheets each night got boring, though, and I had to find other ways to stay in love with veggies.
May 1, 2019
The 5 As-Seen-on-TV Products That Are Actually Life-Changing
Are you tired of watching loud, obnoxious infomercials? Do you find it unlikely that any of the products they’re shilling actually work? Well, what if we were to tell you that not only do some of them work, but they’re also totally life-changing in the kitchen? And wait, there’s more! (Actually, there isn’t — there’s just the rest of this story … ) Act now and keep reading!
May 1, 2019
12 OXO Employees Tell Us the Products They Can’t Live Without — Starting Under $5
At Kitchn, we’re huge fans of OXO. Their products are reliably designed to perform cooking tasks and obsessively engineered down to the tiny details that make using their products not only effective but also delightful. As it turns out, there’s another group of people who really agree with us: OXO’s own employees. Okay, maybe not the most surprising fact in the world, but their enthusiasm for the brand is truly infectious. And their knowledge? Exhaustive.
Apr 30, 2019
9 Kitchen Tools You Should Never Cheap Out On — And Our Suggestions for What to Buy
Note that we didn’t use the word splurge in the title of this post. That’s because no one ever WANTS to spend more money than they have to. While there are plenty of times that the budget pick for a tool will work just fine (looking at you, $1 peelers!), sometimes, it’s a good idea to spend up to get a quality product that will last you a long, long time. These are the nine times that you should spend up when shopping for things in the kitchen.
Apr 30, 2019
The Costco Find That’ll Make You Love Your Instant Pot Even More
I just celebrated my one-year anniversary — with my Instant Pot. I started slow, just making hard-boiled eggs (so easy to peel!), and now I no longer use the stovetop for spaghetti. Despite being late to the pressure-cooking party, the Instant Pot has become the workhorse of my kitchen. And recently, despite having a full day of work and activities already planned, a post on the Instant Pot Community Facebook page sent me straight to Costco. Can you guess what they sent me there for?
Apr 30, 2019
The 3 Biggest Trends for Kitchen Tools in 2019 Are Exactly What You Need
Tuesday just marked the fourth and final day of the Housewares show. Officially known as the International Home + Housewares show, it’s a huge annual convention in Chicago. Major kitchen brands (like OXO, All-Clad, Keurig, and KitchenAid) along with newer and smaller companies come to show off their latest and upcoming products and win (they hope) space on retailers’ shelves. I saw nearly every single spatula, toaster oven, and water bottle on display.
Apr 30, 2019
The Seemingly Unnecessary $13 Tool That’ll Always Have a Place in My Kitchen
I know many of you are right there with me when I say that I don’t have much patience for highly specialized kitchen tools. Who can give up that valuable kitchen real estate? As a city dweller, I peacefully parted ways with my pineapple corer after a few years of shoving it around in the drawer, and have no trouble passing up strawberry hullers. But when I was gifted a small vegetable slicer made by OXO, my initial skeptical response was quickly proven wrong.
Apr 30, 2019
Tired of the Same Old Boring Stuff on Amazon? Shop This Secret Section.
As if we needed another reason to buy everything on Amazon, we go and uncover a whole new hidden section of awesome offerings: a unique Amazon store that’s devoted to nothing but new and innovative products created by startups, so you’ll never get bored shopping for stuff.
Apr 30, 2019
11 of the Most Useful Gadgets You Didn’t Even Realize You Needed
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You might not have even known that some of these existed!
Jan 8, 2019
Love Your Air Fryer? Here Are 5 Inexpensive Accessories You Definitely Need Next.
Already totally head over heels with your air fryer? Turns out, it’s possible to love it even more — if you have a few small tools on hand. You may have some of these things in your kitchen already, but if you don’t, they won’t set you back much and they’ll give you a big return for your money. Get them and you’ll find it much easier to use your air fryer. Promise.
Jan 2, 2019
All the Things We’ve Learned About the Instant Pot Since Writing About It in 2015
We’ve been using and writing about the Instant Pot for years now (since 2015!) and man have we learned a lot. Aside from just general usage (what’s this button do?), we’ve picked up a few tricks, pointers, and valuable lessons. Take a look and add your own takeaways in the comments section! We don’t want to be sticklers or anything, but it’s called the Instant Pot. Not the Instapot. It had to be said!
Feb 18, 2018
Good News! This Top-of-the-Line Instant Pot Is on Sale Right Now.
It’s been a long week. It’s finally Friday, and it’s the last hour of the standard work week, which means you’re probably catching up with your coworkers, tidying up your desk, and daydreaming about the weekend ahead. You might think the best part of your week has already arrived, but you’d be wrong. So wrong. Because your day is about to get better. If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to buy an Instant Pot, it has finally arrived.
Oct 27, 2017
Nigella Lawson Has a Brilliant Idea for Your Spiralizer
If you stopped three people at random on the street, chances are good that at least one of them would own a spiralizer. For the last couple years, spiralizers have been the trendy kitchen gadget everybody has to have — especially people looking to eat more healthfully. But they also take up valuable kitchen space and are notoriously difficult to clean, and it seems like a lot of people have stopped using them. According to the Telegraph, sales of spiralizers in the U.K.
Oct 13, 2017
Make Life in the Kitchen Easier with This Tablet Stand — On Sale Now
If you’re a fan of cooking from online recipes (ahem, maybe some from this very site?), you’ve probably gotten your fair share of schmutz on your tablet as you pick it up to refer back to the recipe, mid-prep, without clean hands. Sure, you could stop to wash your hands each time you need to check in on your next move, but that takes up precious time — and when the garlic is starting to burn, that’s just not in the cards. A good solution? This Prepare iPrep Tablet Stand.
Sep 7, 2017
This Pressure Cooker Will Win You Over (& It’s on Sale)
You’ve heard a lot of noise about the Instant Pot (it’s a seven-in-one miracle machine!), and although you like the idea of being able to “set it and forget it,” maybe you’re not a fan of bulky products that have an overwhelming amount of settings and functions? Sometimes you just want to — quickly — make some beans, right? We feel you.
Aug 16, 2017
Amazon Prime Day’s Best Deal Will Make You a Better Cook
If you’ve been kicking yourself since last year because you didn’t get your hands on an Instant Pot during Amazon Prime Day Yep, for 2017’s Amazon Prime Day, the Eight-Quart Instant Pot is on sale for $90, from $130. (That’s around 30 percent off.) So you’ll have to pay 20 bucks more than what you would have paid last year, but when you think of it like $10 per quart, it’s kinda worth it — especially if you have a big family.
Jul 11, 2017
An Ingenious Bonus Use for Your Salad Spinner
The party problem: You’ve got to transport a homemade cake, but you don’t have a carrier or a box. The party trick: Use the bowl from your salad spinner — and a plate. We’re all about using kitchen gadgets for as many jobs as possible, and the salad spinner is way more of a multitasker than people realize (see: 10 Alternative Uses for Your Salad Spinner). Perhaps one of its most handy uses — aside from, duh, drying lettuce — is as a cake dome.
Jan 19, 2017
All the Ways I Tried and Failed to Make a Melon Baller Useful
When I was about 13, I suddenly decided that I needed (not wanted) a melon baller. (I am fully aware of how strange this sounds.) Just starting to get excited about cooking, I became enamored of those fruit salads filled with perfect orbs of melon at friends’ birthday and pool parties. So much so that I convinced my dad to buy me a melon baller when we were at the grocery store one weekend after one of those parties — and so my fixation began.
Sep 19, 2016
When to Use a Stand Blender vs. an Immersion Blender
Sometimes personal preference dictates your choices, but when you have an immersion blender and a stand blender in your kitchen, which do you reach for to help you do some mixing? While both have their merits, there are instances where one is better than the other. When it comes to blending, whipping, and puréeing, you’ve got choices: You can get out your stand blender or use a smaller, handheld immersion blender. Both appliances generally accomplish the same task.
Mar 28, 2016
How Thousand-Year-Old Eggs Led Me to Start My Own Sous-Vide Business
When I first came to the United States in 1994, I was 7. Having spent my childhood in Shangdong Province, in eastern China, I didn’t know you were supposed to change your clothes every day. Consequently everybody thought I smelled and very few people were brave enough be my friend, let alone sit next to me. You can imagine how thrilled I was when a nice girl from my class took pity on me and came over for dinner.
Mar 28, 2016
3 Things Home Cooks Would Love at the Consumer Electronics Show
The Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, is well-known for its innovations in areas like smartphones, home automation, televisions, and cars. But CES is also a giant playground for home cooks. Here are the three things home cooks would love at CES. Three of the machines brewing up buzz at CES are meant to make drinking at home easier and more fun. First up, there’s the D-vine machine (not yet on sale in the United States).
Jan 12, 2016
4 Important Tips for Using Cooking Thermometers
Food thermometers take the guesswork out of cooking and give us some peace of mind and reassurance that food is cooked properly. There’s a wide range of them out there on the market, from simple ones with a dial to fancy digital ones that promise quick results. They’re an important part of cooking, so we’re here to give you some tips for buying, using, and maintaining them. Not all kitchen thermometers are created for the same purpose.
Sep 18, 2015
This iPad Stand Has the Gripping Power of a Gecko
Item: Slope iPad Stand from Dekke Price: $44.99 to $49.99 Overall Impression: The gripping power is a bit startling at first (it is extremely grippy!), but the Slope quickly became an everyday fixture in the kitchen. An iPad stand with the gripping power of the mighty gecko, known for its gravity-defying wall-clinging abilities?
May 11, 2015
5 Reasons Why I Collect (and Actually Use!) Vintage Kitchen Tools
If you visit my kitchen, in addition to all the new gadgets and tools you’ll find me testing, you’ll also see a fair number of vintage pans, tools, and gadgets. Over the years I’ve been collecting a strange assortment of vintage goods from the kitchens of my family members, flea markets and thrift stores, and Etsy. Here’s why I love adding old things (that are new to me) to my kitchen. First, sometimes they just work better.
Apr 22, 2015
5 Kitchen-Ready Speakers So You Can Dance While You Cook
We don’t know about you, but a good speaker system is an essential part of our kitchens. If you’re going to spend some time cooking you’re going to need great tunes. These five speakers will help you rock out while you dice, braise, and boil. No matter your budget or space, one of these will fit in your kitchen.
Oct 3, 2014
Tip: Use a Probe Thermometer for Foolproof Hard-Boiled Eggs
It isn’t difficult to hard-boil an egg, but it is easy to wander away from the kitchen while the water heats up, only to return to a pot of eggs that have been at a rolling boil for who-knows-how-long. For the forgetful or impatient among us, here is a tip to make sure that never happens again. Brandon at Kitchen Konfidence uses his probe thermometer to track the temperature while bringing a pot of eggs and water to a boil.
Mar 5, 2014
Appliances, Gadgets and Tools: Not My Worst Problem
Day 3 Task: Declutter appliances, gadgets, and tools I have a weird kitchen. At first glance, it looks pretty big. Then you start trying to put things away. My kitchen has surprisingly little storage space. (I have sexy, sexy fantasies about remodeling my tiny laundry room and adding a large pantry. These fantasies involve a handsome contractor…and winning the lottery.) This kitchen was designed for people who like to entertain and also enjoy the services of caterers.
Oct 2, 2013
Surprisingly Cool (And Useful!) Tool: Garlic Peeler
This square of rubber may not look like much, but in the last few weeks, it has quickly become one of my new favorite kitchen tools. It has single-handedly transformed the task of peeling persnickety cloves of garlic from annoying to easy-breezy.This garlic peeler is genius in its very simplicity. Bundle the cloves inside the rubber mat and roll it back and forth against the counter a few times while pressing down on the cloves.
Jan 4, 2012
A Home Bread Proofer: The Brød & Taylor Folding Proofer Product Review
Get deep enough into bread baking and you’ll eventually run into one of the biggest home baking X-factors: temperature control. Pro bakers have special proofing cupboards to keep the environmental temperature steady while doughs and starters do their thing. We home bakers make do with warm ovens, radiators, and all other manner of improvised set-ups. This new small-sized, folding proofer from Brød & Taylor helps bridge the gap.I admit that I was skeptical about this proofer.
Nov 30, 2011
Vintage Kitchen Tool: Can You Guess What It Is?
While antique shopping the other day, we purchased this curious Bakelite-handled kitchen gadget. At first we just liked the way it looked but then we realized it might actually be very useful. Do you know what it is?It’s a pie trimmer and sealer! To use it, one would roll the wheel and its prongs along a pie crust to crimp the edges. Although this isn’t an essential pie making tool (we generally use our fingers or a fork to do the same job), it just seems fun to use.
Sep 16, 2011
Smart Designs: The Best Cherry Pitter Ever
Twelve pounds of fresh cherries to pit? No problem. This ingenious and surprisingly inexpensive cherry pitter makes it easy.The whole spring-loaded pitter is affixed to the lid of a canning jar. A hole in the lid allows the pit to fall through while the cherry stays nestled on top. Since the lid also screws onto a standard canning jar, the pits stay neatly contained in the jar below.After some trial and error, I found it easiest to operate the pitter with my thumb.
Jul 20, 2011
Smarter, More Organized Shopping Lists: Grocery iQ App
My day job requires trips to the grocery store at least three times a week, and sometimes up to five times a week. Needless to say, I’m always looking for tools to help make shopping quick and efficient, with a minimum of forgotten ingredients — nothing is worse than having to return to the store for one stupid thing! — and I think I’ve found it all in the Grocery iQ app.
Jun 17, 2011
Coffee Joulies: Keep Your Coffee or Tea Hot For Hours
When I first saw this, I thought for sure it was a belated April Fool’s joke. Over-sized metal coffee beans that can keep your coffee at perfect temperature for hours without reheating? Yeah, right. But believe it or not, these magic beans are real.According to the product’s Kickstarter page, these beans will cool down your scalding hot coffee to an acceptable 140° Fahrenheit and then hold it around that temperature for as long as five hours.How is this possible?
Apr 25, 2011
Waffling Over Waffle Makers: Should You Buy One?
As much as we love the waffles they make, it’s hard to deny that waffle makers are a first-class unitasker (ok, duo-tasker). And most of them hog precious cupboard space on top of that. Is there any way to justify buying one?How much do you love waffles? This is the question we must ask ourselves. My own personal rule when buying shiny new kitchen tools is that I need to plan on using it at least once a month.
Apr 7, 2011
Hong Kong Eggettes! Testing Nordic Ware’s Egg Waffle Pan
I confess that I am not much of a waffle girl. Waffles seem a little too fussy for the morning; I prefer straightforward pancakes that require no more gadgetry than my trusty skillet. But I may have been swayed over to the waffle side by this new pan, which bakes up a crisp, honeycomb waffle quite unlike traditional American waffles.
Apr 6, 2011
2 Spherical Ice Makers: MoMA vs. MUJI (+ Expert Tips) Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits
Spherical ice doesn’t just look great in a drink, it has practical advantages too. Today we’re going to look at two trays that can be used for making spherical, er, “cubes” at home. And as an added bonus, we’ll be talking to cocktail ice expert Camper English as well.Why Use Spherical Ice?Before we get started testing spherical ice makers, it’s worth stopping a moment to consider the benefits of using the round stuff in the first place.
Apr 1, 2011
CLEANCut: A Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser?
First there were no hands sensor soap pumps. Now it’s a touchless, no-hands-needed paper towel dispenser. The designers say that this design helps save a lot of paper towels in the long run — take a peek and see how it works.This paper towel dispenser works much like a dispenser in a public restroom: You move your hand in front and the paper towel rolls itself out.
Mar 28, 2011
Caution: The Story Of The Empty SodaStream Carbonator
Over the last several years, my husband and I have become rather attached to our SodaStream machine Everything has been wonderful until we picked up a new CO2 canister from a brick and mortar store and to our surprise — it was empty! In the past we’ve always used the mail-in exchange program that the company offers. It’s super easy, they send you a bag and you send your old canister back and in return, they send you a new one for a small price. Easy peasy.
Feb 28, 2011
French Vintage: The Mouli Grater
The Mouli grater is a classic, old-school French kitchen tool. Its basic concept is a rotary grater that you turn with one hand whilst pressing the food to be grated (usually cheese) with the other using a hinged handle. The original model by Moulinex is no longer in production, although there are many new knock-off versions to be found in cookware shops. Or you could just pick up a lovely vintage model like the one above, either online or at your local flea market.
Oct 1, 2010
Help! Why Doesn’t My KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Work?
Q: Last summer, we bought the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment, with hopes to be churning out gourmet homemade ice creams like nobody’s business. Thing is — I’ve tried it a number of times with absolutely NO success. Last night, I gave it one last try on my own (following The Kitchn’s recipe for vanilla ice cream), and after 90 minutes, it hadn’t even started to thicken or become ice cream-like.
Aug 13, 2010
Bartender’s Tip: Best Tool for Squeezing Citrus
You want to talk citrus? Bring up the subject with a veteran bartender! They squeeze more limes and lemons in one evening that we do in a whole season of making lemon bars and key lime pie. A bartender friend of ours recently gave us the inside scoop on his favorite tool for getting the most juice out of our citrus!They’re simply called citrus juicers, and you can see them pictured above. You put the citrus half in the well of the juicer cut-side down (counter-intuitive, we know!).
Jun 9, 2010
What Kind of Refrigerator Do You Have?
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Hopefully many of you Unplggd readers also happen to be readers of The Kitchn also (because loving tech and cooking aren’t exclusive passions). Faith over at our cooking and food site posed a survey in regards to that most major of home appliances, the refrigerator: do you have a side by
Mar 2, 2010
What Is This Mystery Tupperware Gadget?
Q: I bought a bag of mixed kitchen item to get the Tupperware measuring cups in it. Included with the measuring cups were these pieces that I am guessing go together. I have no idea if I am assembling it correctly or what it is used for.Sent by MarieEditor: Oooh it’s our favorite kind of Good Question: A mystery gadget!Unfortunately, we are completely stumped by this one. Readers, any clues?Next question?Related: Mystery Gadget!
Jan 29, 2010
Good Tool: Burner Plate for Low-Heat Simmering
We prefer the control and flexibility of cooking on a gas stove, over an electric. There is one disadvantage to gas stoves, though — it can be hard to get the heat low enough for things like simmering a delicate sauce or slow-cooking a braise. The solution is using a burner plate!Burner plates, also called simmer plates, fit right over the burner and help to diffuse the heat. This gives you a wider range of temperature control and also helps prevent hot spots in your pan.
Jan 28, 2010
Strainer, Colander, Chinois: What’s the Difference?
We use these words (ok, maybe not chinois so much) interchangeably to describe something, usually metal, that holds solid ingredients while liquid passes through it. It’s a strainer, a colander, a mesh thingy, whatever. In reality, there are differences, especially when it comes to that chinois… A strainer is really a catchall name for any type of, well, strainer. It is usually fine mesh and bowl-shaped, good for rinsing a pint of berries or draining pasta.
Sep 4, 2008
Simple Tip: The Better Way to Un-Stick a Bag of Ice
For those of us without separate, large capacity ice machines in our homes, bags like this are a necessity at times — any time you need to fill a bucket or re-fill drinks for a crowd. And without fail, the store-bought bag of ice becomes a rock-hard, solid block if left to its own devices in the freezer.We always pull it out and heave it on the floor in big thumps, disturbing the neighbors, and usually breaking the bag so that newly separated cubes go flying across the kitchen.
Jul 17, 2008
Specialty Tool: Best Oyster Knives
We usually leave the oyster shucking to the professionals. We’ve watched rubber-gloved guys behind the counter at Casamento’s in New Orleans open and loosen hundreds of raw oysters, jamming their blunt oyster knives into each shell with expert precision.But we’ve had the occasional pleasure of opening our own oysters, thanks to a family member who likes to smoke big batches tucked in wet towels on his grill.
Jun 17, 2008
How To Pour Ingredients into the Mixer Without a Mess
Pouring ingredients into a running standing mixer is a big challenge. It is too awkward to push ingredients from a standard mixing bowl into a running Kitchen Aid. We’ve struggled with this since we first bought our mixers and we’re not the only ones . . . We watch carefully when TV chefs pour ingredients into their whirring, running standing mixers. Celebrity chefs struggle with this little detail too.
Jun 12, 2007
How To Use a Stove Top Heat Diffuser
Persnickety stoves can seem like they have just two settings: off or devilishly hot. That’s no good for braising. But don’t get all hot and bothered if you can’t find a low, slow heat source to finish your braise. There is a solution — the stove top heat diffuser. We asked Norman Kornbleuth, owner of Broadway Panhandler and Taylor Erkkinen from The Brooklyn Kitchen, to tell us more about stove top diffusers.
Mar 26, 2007
This Machine Makes Edible Bubbles
This Machine Makes Edible Bubbles
Jun 14, 2018