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Why Every Serious Cook Needs an Offset Spatula
It's not just for frosting cakes!
Apr 13, 2020
6 Things to *Never* Do with a Wood Cutting Board
Tips from The Kitchn
Do not rub it down with olive oil!
Apr 10, 2020
8 Small Kitchen Appliances That’ll Make Life Easier When You’re Working from Home—and They’re on Sale!
Number 5 will take the chore out of chopping and it's 60% off right now!
Mar 26, 2020
I Painted My KitchenAid Stand Mixer — Here’s How It’s Holding Up 5 Years Later
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Spoiler: It's still pretty great! You've gotta see it!
Mar 23, 2020
Alert! Our Favorite Cooking Thermometer Is 25 Percent Off Today Only
Trust us, you're going to want one.
Mar 2, 2020
Here’s How to Hack Your Instant Pot to Make the Easiest Breakfast Burritos Ever
All you'll need are your ingredients, an ice cube tray, and your Instant Pot.
Mar 1, 2020
When It Comes to These 3 Kitchen Tools, Think Bigger (No, Much Bigger)!
Bigger isn't always better. Except for when it is.
Feb 26, 2020
Why Most Experts Hate Air Fryers — But Real Cooks Love Them
Which side are you on?
Jan 9, 2020
What’s the Difference Between a Slow Cooker and an Instant Pot?
Small Appliances
Do you know how to answer this?
Jan 7, 2020
The 6 Best Things We Learned About Air Fryers in 2019
Best of Kitchn 2019
For one, Trader Joe's orange chicken NEEDS to be made in an air fryer.
Dec 23, 2019
Is an Electric Tea Kettle Really Better?
In a post we published earlier this month about must-haves from kitchens around the world, I noticed quite a few comments about electric tea kettles and whether or not they were really better than a stovetop kettle. As someone who has exactly four electric kitchen appliances — a blender, a stand mixer, a coffee grinder, and a brand-new food processor, which I’m still on the fence about — I tend to favor anything that doesn’t require a plug.
Dec 17, 2019
5 Tips for Using Your Spiralizer
So many veggies, but how many of them really want to be noodles? From beets, broccoli stems, and butternut squash to cabbages, carrots, and cucumbers, not to mention parsnips, plantains, potatoes, pears, and of course, zucchini, the answer is nearly everything — as long as you’ve got the skills. Here’s what you need to know to make your vegetable drawer go spiral.
Dec 17, 2019
What Defines the Right Knife for You? 6 Questions to Ask Before Investing
So you’re in the market for a new knife. Or maybe you’re thinking ahead to the holidays when something shiny and sharp will be at the top of your wish list. Whatever the case, whether you’re buying a blade for yourself or hoping someone will gift you one, research is key. Knives don’t come cheap and you want to make your dollars work for you.
Dec 17, 2019
What’s the Difference Between German and Japanese Knives?
When you’re shopping for a new knife, it’s likely that you’ll come across two main types of knives: German and Japanese. There are, of course, many more knives out there besides German knives and Japanese knives. However, it’s safe to say that these two are the most prevalent — and so it’s worth understanding what the differences are.
Dec 17, 2019
What’s the Difference Between a Chef’s Knife and a Santoku Knife?
Why santoku translates to "three virtues."
Dec 17, 2019
What’s the Difference Between Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel?
Carbon steel pans are pretty awesome. They are a mainstay of restaurant kitchens for searing, sautéing, and, of course, frying eggs. “The best endorsement is that every Chinese restaurant kitchen has only carbon steel woks,” notes food writer Grace Young. But carbon steel isn’t just for pans (be it a skillet or a wok or a cassoulet pan) — carbon steel is also for knives.
Dec 17, 2019
9 Mistakes You’re Making When It Comes to Your Fridge
Raise your hand if you get home from the grocery store, throw your haul in the fridge, and call it a day? We’re guilty of this shove-it-all-in approach, too. And while stocking your fridge migt not seem like rocket science, there are actually quite a few mistakes you’re probably making. Read on to find out what they are and tally it all up when you’re done. What’s your score?
Dec 17, 2019
This Is, by Far, the Weirdest Thing You Can Do with a Potato
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Have you ever tried this?
Dec 17, 2019
This Story of a Cast Iron Skillet Rescued from a Burned-Down House Will Give You All the Feels
"The look on her face when her grandson tells her where the skillet came from and how it was restored will fill your cup right up to overflowing."
Dec 16, 2019
Your Kitchen Cabinets May Be “Expired” — Ditto for These 4 Other Home Features
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Nothing lasts forever!
Dec 11, 2019
Is It Time to Toss Your Nonstick Pans? An Expert Reveals Some Telltale Signs.
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It maybe time to say buh-bye.
Dec 5, 2019
The Alton Brown Tip to Make Your Tongs Even More Useful
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"You know those rubber bands that they give you at the grocery store around things like broccoli and asparagus?"
Dec 5, 2019
The Surprising Bonus Use for Your Turkey Baster
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Raise your hand if you've been known to overwater a plant or three?
Nov 18, 2019
These Gorgeous Infographics Show How Kitchen Appliances Have Evolved Over the Past 100 Years
Check out the past and future of toasters!
Nov 14, 2019
The Smart Feature on Your Instant Pot You’re Probably Not Using
Why don't all slow cookers have this feature?
Oct 18, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About Your New Instant Pot
Are you the proud owner of a new Instant Pot? Here's your new user guide to cooking, cleaning, and everything in between.
Oct 18, 2019
5 Ways You May Be Ruining Your Fancy Blender
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Treat it right and it could last close to a lifetime.
Oct 8, 2019
4 Blender Hacks That Actually Work (and 1 That Doesn’t)
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Can you guess which "hack" we don't recommend?
Oct 2, 2019
Chef Raves: What’s the Deal with Gray Kunz Spoons?
Hang around chefs, or read profiles of them, long enough and eventually, you’ll hear one mention how much they love their Gray Kunz spoon. We couldn’t believe how many chefs actually included this spoon in their target="_blank"> J.B. Prince Chef Gray Kunz Sauce SpoonDo you have a Gray Kunz spoon? Do you think it’s worth the hype?
Sep 27, 2019
Dig In: Best Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Scoops
Sure, you can use a big spoon to serve all that ice cream we’re pushing, but if you want pretty, rounded scoops, you’re going to need the right tool. Here are six good options…Above is the aluminum Zeroll scoop, which was created in 1935 and claims to be the original ice cream scooper. The key, according to the company, is a heat-conductive fluid in the handle that warms the ice cream, helps it roll, and eases release.
Sep 13, 2019
Hot Weekend Deal! Staub 8-Quart Dutch Oven at Amazon
We wanted to share this deal that came through our email this morning: Amazon’s Deal of the Day is a great buy for the kitchen. They have this 8-Quart Staub Cocotte for only $179.99, which is at least $80 cheaper than anywhere else we’ve seen it.Staub makes a fantastic Dutch oven and at 8 quarts this one should get you through the rest of your winter braising and stew-making needs. It comes in many pretty colors, too; our favorite is the Grenadine above.
Sep 12, 2019
2 Wildly Unexpected Uses for Kitchen Tongs (Yes, Tongs!)
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Your tongs can do more than flip, grab, move, or poke things!
Sep 11, 2019
4 Brilliant Slow Cooker Hacks That Actually Work (and 1 That Doesn’t)
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Can you guess the "hack" we don't love?
Aug 12, 2019
3 (Really Good!) Reasons Why a Microwave Still Belongs in Your Kitchen
Strong Opinion
Hear us out!
Jul 23, 2019
We Bet You Didn’t Know Your Instant Pot Utensils Could Do These 3 Things
Before you throw them out, read this.
Jul 17, 2019
We’ve All Been Using Can Openers the Wrong Way
Tips from The Kitchn
Who knew?
Jul 12, 2019
It’s Not Just You — Other People Bring Their Instant Pots on Vacation Too
Mad respect to the person who brought their Instant Pot on a ferry.
Jul 3, 2019
This Weird Design Feature on Your Instant Pot Actually Serves a Purpose
No, it's not a design flaw.
Jun 18, 2019
Why the Slow Cooker Is the Secret to Great Grilled Meats
Summer wouldn’t be complete without a steady stream of perfectly charred, meaty meals hot off the grill. And when it comes to making better barbecue, the secret isn’t in the sauce, but rather in an unsuspecting appliance: the slow cooker. It may sound like an unlikely pair, but the slow cooker and grill are a dynamic duo that have a knack for cooking up even better meat. Want even better grilled meat? Us too.
Jun 17, 2019
A Sure Sign You Need to Throw Away Your Wooden Cutting Boards and Spoons
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See this? You might have a problem.
Jun 12, 2019
5 Important Things to Know About Baking in a Convection Oven
Once upon a time, convection ovens were the coveted white whale for home cooks with a passion for baking — always talked about in hushed, reverent tones and rarely seen outside professional kitchens. These days, every newly renovated kitchen seems to have one, but having one doesn’t automatically mean we know how to use them. Need some tips? Here are five things that will help you feel confident baking in your convection oven.
Jun 6, 2019
Vintage Gear: Dansk Kobenstyle
A striking kitchen shot from one of Friday’s Smallest, Coolest Apartment Contest entries at Apartment Therapy sparked a lot of discussion about a little yellow pot. Guido was quick to ID it as Dansk, cooking show appearances made Laura a longtime admirer, Tat recommended one to a friend, Jean generously shared her secret DC source, and Melinda recalled getting one as a wedding present.
Jun 6, 2019
35 Ways to Love Your Cast Iron Skillet
Yesterday I fessed up to something you may be able to relate to: I’ve spent years in an uneasy relationship with my cast iron skillet. It is so delicate, for all its brawny heft, demanding to be seasoned, kept away from tomatoes, and cleaned just right (if soap or vinegar comes near start all over again!). Who needs that kind of fuss in the kitchen? Not me. But I just hadn’t learned yet to love my cast iron skillet.
Jun 5, 2019
Weekend Project: Sharpen Your Knives!
Trust us, knife sharpening is not a mystic art and it doesn’t have to be a safety hazard to your finger tips! With a little practice, it’s easy to do at home, and all you need is a sharpening stone and your knives. Here’s how! A good knife should only need to be sharpened once or twice a year. The rest of the time, you can simply restore the knife’s sharp edge with a steel.
Jun 5, 2019
10 of the Best Uses for Canning Jars
I’ve always aspired to do a lot of canning and preserving, especially in the summer months when cheap produce beckons. A flat of tomatoes that weighs 20 pounds? Sure, why not? In reality, I end up making a batch of canned tomatoes and maybe some homemade jam only once a year. But once we eat up all our canned goodies, that case of empty canning jars seems to take up an awful lot of space in the kitchen.
Jun 5, 2019
5 Reasons Why a Pressure Cooker May Be Better Than a Slow Cooker
We’ve been rolling out posts on pressure cooking these past two weeks, looking at what a pressure does and how it cooks. Today let’s take a minute to compare pressure cookers with an appliance a lot of us are more familiar with: the slow cooker. Is there a need for both in the kitchen? What if you only had to choose one? Here are some situations where a pressure cooker might actually beat out the slow cooker.
Jun 5, 2019
Technique: Seasoning a Brand New Cast Iron Skillet
With plans this weekend to make Big PancakeBroadway Panhandler Here’s the step-by-step guide: 1. Pre-heat oven to 325° 2. Wash skillet with warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly. 3. Apply a thin coat of vegetable oil, or vegetable shortening with a paper towel on all surfaces, inside and out. 4. Place in oven on center rack, upside down. Place a baking sheet or a sheet of foil on the rack beneath to catch drippings. 5.
Jun 5, 2019
PoachPod: Silicone Egg Poachers
There’s more than one way to poach an egg, that’s for sure. I’m still practicing the whirlpool method, but I took a crack at these silicone PoachPods ($9.95, from Lamson & Goodnow. I agree with the recent thumbs-up from The New York Times (subscription required). The eggs come up from the water with a rich flavor since hardly any poaching water mixes in to them.
Jun 5, 2019
Kitchen Tools: Oven Thermometer
After many years of faithful service, our cracked and stained oven thermometer is headed for retirement and we’re searching for a good replacement. Do you have an oven thermometer you love? Share it with us in the comments. And if you don’t yet own this inexpensive yet essential kitchen tool, keep reading to learn why you should!According to tests conducted by Cook’s Illustrated, two ovens set to the same temperature can actually differ by as much as 90 degrees.
Jun 4, 2019
Why Can’t You Put Metal in the Microwave?
If you’ve ever accidentally left a fork on the plate of food you’re heating up, you know that metal and microwaves don’t play so nicely together. Mini-lightening bolts are pretty, to be sure, but a bit frightening when they’re in your kitchen. Ever wonder why in the world this happens?This question proved a bit trickier to answer than we had first supposed! Microwave ovens work by electromagnetic radiation.
Jun 4, 2019
All About Tandoor Ovens: What They Are and How They Work
These kinds of ovens are used throughout the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and even parts of Central Asia and China. They can be large, permanent structures ensconced in a kitchen or outdoor area, or they can be smaller, portable ovens that can be carried from place to place. We’re as fascinated by how they work as we are with the delicious foods they can make!Regardless of size, shape, or region of origin, all tandoor ovens operate on essentially the same principle.
Jun 4, 2019
Apartment Hunting: Gas vs. Electric Stove
We’ve been hunting for a new apartment, but keep running into a problem: many of the the otherwise great apartments we’re finding come with an electric stove in the kitchen. We’ve been cooking with gas for years now and have trouble imagining going back. Is a gas stove a deal breaker?Gas stove-tops definitely have a reputation for better temperature control, a bigger range of stove top cooking temperatures, and more even cooking.
Jun 4, 2019
DIY in the Kitchen: Carve Your Own Wooden Spoons
I have a beautiful wooden spoon, one of my favorite things in my kitchen. It was carved by hand and because of that, it was expensive. Totally worth it, in my view, but a once in a lifetime purchase for me. Every now and then I wish I could afford to give one as a gift but cost prohibits. So when I stumbled on an old article from Mother Earth News on how to carve your own wooden spoon, I was intrigued.
Jun 4, 2019
Good Question: What Size Food Processor Should I Buy?
Reader sweetheart has a good question about buying a new food processor. She writes:I am geared up to buy my first food processor and I have a few questions. I hope to get into baking more and am not sure if I should get a particular sized food processor? I’m a single lady so I am gravitating to the 3-cup but if I want to make a pie crust will that be too small? I was also wondering if you could recommend reasonably priced processors that would be a good value? Thanks for your guidance!
Jun 4, 2019
Good Question: Should I Buy a New Cuisinart?
Dear Kitchen,I have a 7-cup classic Cuisinart, which is 7 years old and whose work bowl is slowly cracking. The plastic shaft on the grating disc also just broke. A new disc is $26, a new workbowl is $30. I also read that the dough blade should be replaced every few years, and that’s another $30.Should i just get a completely new food processor?Thanks!Jill in Boston (To All Good Questions)Dear Jill,The one thing that Cuisinart food processors are known for are their great motors.
Jun 4, 2019
How Do I Use This Clay Pot?
Q: I bought this clay pot a while ago at a thrift store, but really have no idea what it’s used for. I’ve searched all over the internet, but I can’t find any answers. Can you shed some light on what this vessel is all about and what can I cook in it?!Sent by JenniferEditor:Readers, can any of you give some insight on this pot?Next question? Related: What Is This Mysterious Tupperware Gadget?
May 30, 2019
Can I Grate Cheese in a Food Processor?
Q: I have a new Kenmore blender/food processor combo. I love it for chopping vegetables, but I just cannot get the hang of using it to grate cheese. All I get is a bunch of tiny “chunks” that are going to be very hard to get off my blades and the bowl. Please help!Sent by LindaEditor: My food processor has a special blade for grating cheese, called a “shredding disk.” If your food processor didn’t come with one of these blades, you may want to look into getting one.
May 30, 2019
Can Non-Stick Cookware Be Resurfaced?
Sent by Joan Editor: Unfortunately, nonstick coating cannot be repaired or resurfaced to my knowledge. However, All-Clad does have a lifetime guantee on their nonstick pans:→ All-Clad’s Lifetime GuaranteeReaders, any other thoughts?
May 30, 2019
My Teflon Pan is Flaking! Is My Food Safe to Serve?
Sent by Fran Editor: According to Telfon, flakes of Teflon coating are safe if consumed: • Are particles from cookware coated with Teflon® nonstick coatings harmful to consumers? from Teflon With this said, I think some of this comes down to your personal comfort level and that of your guests. I completely understand the reluctance to throw away a big roast! Regardless of what you do with this roast, I recommend looking into getting a new pan. Readers, what do you think?
May 30, 2019
Are Pizzelle Makers the Only Way to Make Pizzelles?
Q: If I want to make pizzelles, do I specifically need a pizzelle maker or is there an alternative method for making them? Sent by R.A. Editor: Readers, do you have any advice for making pizzelles? Is a dedicated pizzelle maker the only way to go?
May 30, 2019
Are There Standard Heat Settings for an Electric Stove?
Q: We have a rental with an electric range and coil burners. It seems to me that the burners are very slow. I have to turn it up a few notches to get the pan up to the temp I want, then turn it back down so it doesn’t get too hot. Are there official standards for what temp a burner should get on the various settings, and how fast? Would replacing the coils help, or is there something else going on?
May 30, 2019
What’s the Best Way to Store Steak Knives?
Q: I just bought great steak knives, as recommended on The Sweethome. Unfortunately, this set didn’t come with a box or storage case. Can you recommend ways to store steak knives? I don’t like them bumping around in the drawer, waiting to knick each other — or me! Sent by Chris Editor: This exact issue has stopped me from buying new knives in the past. I’m with you on not wanting to store them haphazardly in a drawer.
May 30, 2019
What’s the Best Solution for Air-Drying Large Cookware Pieces?
Q: I’m in love with my new kitchen after a complete remodel, especially the two dishwashers. We often have large meals with lots of family, making these a well-used luxury. However, there are still certain items that need to be hand-washed. I’d like to avoid a traditional dish drying rack, but have found drying mats to be insufficient, as we often have large cookware (half sheet pans, bakeware, pots) to dry. Is there a better solution?
May 30, 2019
The 4 (Wrong) Reasons You Haven’t Tried Sous Vide Yet
As the founder of a sous-vide business, I spend a lot of time thinking about sous-vide cooking — mostly about how amazing it is and how I can share this magic with everyone else. But I’ll admit that, to the uninitiated, the immersion circulator, like the one I developed with my husband, can seem like just another kitchen gadget that will end up gathering dust in your already-crowded cabinets or cluttering your precious counter space.
May 30, 2019
I’m Pretty Sure My Cast Iron Pan Is Out to Get Me. Help?
For the majority of my life, I’ve been able to avoid using cast iron products while cooking. Growing up, my mother refused to use them. “You have to constantly season it,” she said in a way that made the common cleaning process sound like an arduous, sinister ordeal. As an adult who cooks regularly, I fully understand where my mother’s sentiments came from.
May 24, 2019
Why Is it Called a “Dutch Oven” Anyway?
The kinds of long-cooked stews and deep, rich dishes most people make in their Dutch ovens are hardly the type of foods most associated with the Netherlands. Nor is Le Creuset, the company best known for making the heavy, thick-walled pots, located in France. Yet, even as the tight-lidded, versatile, and iconic vessel is used to make everything from Mexican mole to no-knead bread, we call it “Dutch.” (Also, it isn’t anything like what we would consider an oven these days.
May 24, 2019
10 Ridiculously Helpful (and Surprising!) Uses for Chopsticks
Surprising Ideas
Because we know you have a collection in a drawer somewhere.
May 20, 2019
Good Question: Do Fridge Crisper Drawers Really Work?
One commenter in the post about how not to waste food offered her solution to wasting less food which is to put vegetables and fruits on the top shelf of the refrigerator so that they won’t go forgotten in the produce drawer. I “learned” that each section of the refrigerator had a specific purpose for keeping foods. True? Old wives tale? Can we get a refresher on how to best use our fridge and store its contents properly?
May 3, 2019
Food Science: Explaining Reactive and Non-Reactive Cookware
Over our years of cooking, we’ve constructed a (very) vague idea of what constitutes a reactive or non-reactive pan and an even more vague idea of when to use each one. After our mishap with mozzarella, we decided it was past time to get it straight!We make the majority of our cookware out of just a few basic materials: ceramics (including earthenware, stoneware, and glass), aluminum, copper, iron, steel, and stainless steel.
May 3, 2019
Dessert on the Go: Vintage Cake Carriers
For family meals and holidays, my grandma would often bring a dessert, along with her relish tray. It would always come in a large Regal Ware aluminum cake carrier, making whatever was inside even more impressive. When I saw that serving piece, I knew something good was inside.Read on for a roundup of similar carriers available on eBay.My grandma has since given me her cake carrier, and I love its cool vintage lines.
May 2, 2019
Good Tool: Cookie Scoops
Between the baking bug that got us as soon as the weather turned cool and the holiday baking we see looming on the horizon, we’re thinking it might be about time to invest in a good set of cookie scoops. These sturdy tools are exactly what we need for turning out perfect cookies in record time – and plenty of other things, too!
May 2, 2019
Tool Crush: KitchenAid Pasta Press Attachment
Yes, that’s right. KitchenAid now has an attachment for their mixers that lets us make shaped pasta at home. We’re talking fresh spaghetti, fusilli, and rigatoni, folks. We couldn’t believe it when we saw it either! We don’t know about you, but we’re nursing a pretty serious crush on this one.This attachment is technically a pasta extruder.
May 2, 2019