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A Perrier Bottle Makes a Really Excellent (and Cheap!) Oil Cruet
What do you use to store your oil and vinegar? One reader sent us this really pretty setup he created for almost nothing out of Perrier bottles, which turn out to be rather good-looking, once you peel off the labels. Here’s his rationale… Wit & Vinegar Oil cruets are usually expensive and ugly so I decided to repurpose an old Perrier bottle to hold my olive oil a little more stylishly. I used a dispenser I already had, so it was all pretty much free.
May 2, 2019
Jacob Bromwell: Classic Tools from America’s Oldest Kitchenware Manufacturer
Would it surprise you to learn that the maker of the flour sifter or cheese grater your great-great grandmother may have used is still in business? Jacob Bromwell is the oldest housewares company in America, and one of only a handful of kitchenware companies that still manufacture all their products in the US. The company was founded in 1819, which means they’ve been producing kitchenware products for 194 years!
May 2, 2019
What’s the Difference Between a Burr Grinder and Blade Grinder?
If you like coffee and you drink it regularly, or do any reading about coffee, you have probably heard mention of grinders — specifically burr versus blade grinders. Well today we’re here to talk about grinders, so if you’ve been wondering what a burr grinder is, or if you should get one, you’ve come to the right place.
May 2, 2019
5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Nonstick Cookware
When used and stored properly, nonstick cookware is quite a handy tool in the kitchen. These pans are easy to use (especially for beginner cooks), and especially easy to clean. When used incorrectly, though, it’s also easy to damage and all out ruin nonstick pans. From cooking to cleaning, here are five common mistakes people make when using nonstick cookware — plus our best tips on how to avoid these pitfalls! Cooking over high heat should be avoided for a few reasons.
May 1, 2019
Should You Have a Second Freezer? 7 Questions to Help You Decide
When my husband and I first got married, we had a large, counter-height dorm-size fridge. It worked for us, but we had to shop fairly often. Buying ice cream was pretty near impossible. A year later, we upgraded to the smallest “full-size” fridge in existence. Albeit small, it had a full-fledged freezer compartment. With careful planning and packaging, I could cook a month’s worth of meals for the two of us and store them in that itty-bitty freezer.
May 1, 2019
The Equipment You Need to Brew Beer (and Where to Get It)
Today’s topic: A rundown of all the equipment you’ll need to brew a 1-gallon batch of beer The Kitchn’s Beer School: 20 lessons, 7 assignments to brew your first 1-gallon batch of beer. Sign up & see all the assignments! The Kitchn’s Beer School Brew pots and siphons! Fermentation buckets and bottle cappers! Getting your equipment situation in order to brew a batch of beer can definitely feel like stepping into a mad scientist’s laboratory.
May 1, 2019
5 Important Things to Know About Using Your Pressure Cooker
A pressure cooker isn’t the most intuitive kitchen tool, but once you have the basics down and get the hang of it, this appliance is a total game-changer. It drastically reduces cooking time for thick cuts of meat, beans, rice, and well, just about everything. But before you jump into pressure cooking, and even if you already have, here are five important things to know. When you need to get dinner on the table quickly, pressure cookers work like a dream.
May 1, 2019
5 Important Things to Know About Baking in a Gas Oven
All ovens have their own unique quirks, but gas ovens can be particularly tricky. Most of the time it’s business as usual, and then out of the blue, you’ll bake some muffins that won’t brown on top or a cake that bakes unevenly. Wonder why, or what you can do about it? We have a few tips to help you out. All gas ovens have the main burner on the bottom of the oven compartment, usually shielded by a sheet of metal with large vents on the sides.
May 1, 2019
5 Important Things to Know About Baking in an Electric Oven
While electric stovetops certainly have their share of frustrations, electric ovens generally get a thumbs-up all around when it comes to baking. They provide steady heat for even cooking and a dry environment that helps turn the tops of our Saturday morning muffins a lovely golden-brown. Even so, there are a few important tricks you might like to know to get the most from your electric oven. Electric ovens have a large electric coil just under the floor of the oven compartment.
May 1, 2019
5 Intelligent Ways to Use Your Refrigerator Crisper Drawers
Be honest — when you get home from the grocery store, do you just haphazardly toss your fruits and veggies into whichever crisper drawer has the most space? If so, you’re not making the most of those seemingly simple plastic drawers. Here are five ways to hack your crisper drawers for a more organized fridge. If you leave it in the plastic bag from the grocery store, lettuce can quickly become a soggy mess.
May 1, 2019
4 Reasons to Have a Julienne Peeler in Your Kitchen
You know the saying “good things come in small packages”? Well, I find this to be especially true with kitchen tools. Sure, there are some great ones that come in big boxes (I’m looking at you, Vitamix), but it’s those small everyday tools — the ones we sometimes take for granted — that are really the superstars of the kitchen. The humble peeler is one such workhorse and superstar of the kitchen.
May 1, 2019
Stainless Steel vs. Aluminum vs. Nonstick: Which Pressure Cooker Material Is Right for You?
The first step when you dive into the world of pressure cookers is deciding whether you want to get an electric or stovetop model. Once you have that big decision made, then comes the next question: What material should it be? Peruse the wide selection of pressure cookers on the market and you may find yourself perplexed, as they come in a variety of materials. But once you understand the benefits to each, you’ll be able to make a better selection for your needs.
May 1, 2019
Electric or Stovetop Pressure Cooker: Which Is Right for Me?
Ready to take the plunge and add a pressure cooker to your roster of kitchen appliances? It’s the secret to ridiculously fast and delicious meals. Dishes that usually eat up time, like braises and risotto, take hardly any time in a pressure cooker, turning once weekend-only affairs to easy weeknight dinners. But before you start shopping, there’s one big question to ask yourself: Should I choose an electric or a stovetop pressure cooker?
May 1, 2019
5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Blender
You and your blender have been through it all: party-worthy pitchers of margaritas, your daily green smoothie, and your DIY almond butter kick. But now, after years of good times, it’s starting to show its age. Is it time to replace it? Here are five signs it most definitely is. This is pretty much an obviously sure sign it’s dead. You can try letting it rest for a few minutes and restarting it, but more often than not, its motor blew.
May 1, 2019
Would You Buy a “Mini” KitchenAid Stand Mixer?
KitchenAids are big and clunky, but that’s not a bad thing. The weight comes from a powerful motor, and the clunkiness … well, I can’t think of a better shape for such an appliance. It is what it is, which is why I can’t quite wrap my head around the appeal of the mini version that KitchenAid will soon market to millennials and boomers. So what, exactly, do they mean when they say “mini”?
May 1, 2019
Yes, It’s True: A Toaster Oven Will Change Your Life
Last night’s dinner — a plate of crispy chicken Parmesan cutlets with a side of garlic bread — was the stuff comfort food dreams are made of. It was perfectly calibrated to soothe the rough edges of a long, rainy day; a single-gal supper that could go toe to toe with takeout from the most satisfyingly homespun neighborhood Italian restaurant. It was all mine and all made from scratch. And I cooked every bit of it in under 30 minutes using my Breville toaster oven.
May 1, 2019
What’s the Difference Between a Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and Robot-Coupe Food Processor?
Just as tissues have become synonymous with Kleenex and bandages with Band-Aid, Cuisinart is the brand that often comes to mind when we think about food processors. But it’s certainly not the only one on the market. Food processors first made their way to market in Europe in the 1940s. They evolved over time to include the commercially favored Robot-Coupe.
May 1, 2019
Get More Out of Your Immersion Blender with These 5 Tips
Whether you know it as an immersion, stick, or hand blender, there’s one thing that’s certain — this is one useful kitchen tool. Its compact size makes it easy to store in even the tiniest kitchens, cleanup is a breeze, and best of all, it’s super versatile. But to really get the most bang for your buck with an immersion blender, the trick is knowing all of its little secrets and how to use them to make this tool work for you.
May 1, 2019
Should You Buy a Spiralizer? 3 Reasons to Say Yay.
Space in my kitchen is at a premium. One-trick culinary ponies are fun, but take up precious space — so why did I buy a spiralizer? Like many others who were trying to make the move to more vegetables and fewer carbs, the zucchini noodle poked its head up from the great internet world of health food blogs and said eat me. If you’re on the fence about buying one, here are three arguments in favor of the trendy tool du jour.
May 1, 2019
Why 4 Whisks Are Better than 1
In a world of “less is more,” I’d argue that when it comes to whisks, this rule doesn’t apply. I’m sure you’re frowning at this. I mean, who has room for more kitchen utensils in that crock that sits on the counter? Frankly, not most people. But take some of those crummy-looking wooden spoons out and make space for a few extra whisks. Why? Because not all whisks are created equal — each has a specific, important role.
May 1, 2019
Follow-Up: 5 More Times Kitchen Shears Are Superior to a Knife
We’ve already sung the praises of kitchen shears, but recently, as we were chatting amongst ourselves, we realized there’s even more that kitchen shears can do beyond snipping off fresh herbs from the bunch or cutting shrimp shells to easily peel them. So we felt a follow-up was due: Here are five more clever ways to use kitchen shears. A noodle stir-fry is a quick and comforting addition to your weeknight dinner rotation.
May 1, 2019
Why the Cast Iron Skillet Is the Key to Better One-Pan Cooking
One-pan cooking is everywhere these days — from one-pan pastas to sheet-pan meals. We are all trying to avoid washing multiple pans after dinner each night. A large cast iron skillet has been my secret to one-pan cooking since long before the one-pan cooking craze. The reasons are simple and straightforward. Cast iron is a very dense metal, making it nearly impervious to damage and the king of holding on to heat.
May 1, 2019
Should You Get a Gas or a Charcoal Grill? Yes!
My brother always does this thing when you ask him if he wants, say, pizza or Chinese food for dinner: He responds with “yes.” Because he legit wants both. It’s mildly annoying (especially when I’m trying to place an order in time for my husband to pick it up on his way home from somewhere!), but now here I am doing that to you. But that’s because you actually can have both. And I highly suggest that you do. See, after years (decades, even!
May 1, 2019
A Short History of the Mason Jar
Mason jars are everywhere. They line the shelves of artisan grocery stores, filled with homemade blood orange marmalade or pickled fennel; they store your sugar and spices (and everything nices); and they serve as lanterns, candles, and vases at weddings. There are entire cookbooks dedicated to Mason jar salads. Brooklyn bars serve beer in them and, perhaps, so do you. But how did it get to be so? Here is a short history of this iconic and ubiquitous jar.
May 1, 2019
This Is How Much a Good Knife Costs
When it comes to chef’s knives, you can pay basically anything you want, from $10 to $1,000 (or more) — and there are cases to be made for both ends of the spectrum. Budget knives can get the job done and they’re basically worry-free. On the other hand, spending more will get you one that will last forever and is probably a work of art, too. Still, our cutting board experts agree that the sweet spot is somewhere in the middle, around $50 to $100.
May 1, 2019
A Visual Guide to Every Single Knife in Your Knife Block
How sharp is your knife knowledge? We’re taking you on a tour of your knife block to show you what each of its common components looks like and what it does best. One size fits all doesn’t quite apply when it comes to buying a knife block. The selection and amount of knives can vary, and price can start as low as $25 and go up to $600 and higher. This is an example of an introductory knife block; one that you’d find for about $40 or less.
May 1, 2019
The Anatomy of a Chef’s Knife
Just how well do you know the parts of your chef’s knife? There may be variations between material, size, and weight that set these common knives apart, but whether it costs $20 or $200, all chef’s knives have the same basic parts and construction. From the point to the butt and everything in between, take a walk through the anatomy of your chef’s knife. Most commonly used for piercing and scoring, the point is the portion of the blade where the tip and the spine meet.
May 1, 2019
Why I Hid a Garlic Press from Alton Brown for 8 Years
This is a cautionary tale of assumptions, stigma, and honesty that centers around an often-reviled kitchen tool: the garlic press. I spent the last 10 years working as part of Alton Brown’s culinary team in his test kitchens and studios around Atlanta. For most of those 10 years, I hid a garlic press from him in those kitchens. You see, I thought that the garlic press was a “unitasker” (if you know Alton, he bemoans unitaskers) not suited for professional chefs.
May 1, 2019
You Can Hack It! 4 Alternative Uses for Everyday Equipment
Some of your everyday kitchen tools may be more versatile than you think. Here are some of our favorite ways to use a few standard kitchen tools to accomplish a bevy of kitchen tasks. When stacked on top of each other, using balls of aluminum foil as spacers between each rack and set in a very low-temperature oven, cooling racks mimic the basic setup of a food dehydrator.
May 1, 2019
The Hack That Turns Cooling Racks into a Dehydrator
Cooling racks are essential for bringing cookies, muffins, cakes, and more down to room temperature after coming out of the oven, but that’s not all they can do. When paired with aluminum foil, these metal racks transform into a pretty good homemade dehydrator rack. Here’s how to get your fill of homemade jerky and dried fruit without splurging on a dehydrator.
May 1, 2019
How Did the Cast Iron Skillet Take Over the World?
If you search for “cast iron” on eBay, you will see about 15,000 cookware items for sale. There are also about 20 cast iron cookbooks presently on the market, not to mention numerous blogs dedicated to cast iron collecting and cooking. And there is, of course, a Facebook group, of which I am now a member, dedicated to celebrating all things cast iron.
May 1, 2019
5 Sheet Pan Miracle Meals
One-pot pasta has been all the rage when it comes to quick-cooking dinners, and while we’re a fan of that method, our current crush is the sheet pan miracle meal. We’re talking about the dinner you feel confident about putting together to make sure dinner happens at home, on time, and without stressing out the cook while still appealing to the eater.
May 1, 2019
10 Practical Vessels That Are Better than Gravy Boats
Back in the day, owning a formal set of china was a requirement. You’d haul it out once a year for Thanksgiving and then banish it back into the basement to be forgotten about until November rolled around again. To this, we say: nope! Not anymore. Let your grandmother gasp in astonishment about your life choices — you don’t have the room or the need for stuff that you use only once a year. Chief among those sorts of objects? Gravy boats.
May 1, 2019
13 Small Yet Mighty Kitchen Tools We Can’t Live Without
We all aspire to the ideal that our kitchens should be workstations where everything is clean, unbroken, and useful. Not always possible, it’s true, but we can be careful about cluttering it up with unnecessary tools and unitasking gadgets. Here’s a baker’s dozen of the tools we learned to love even more this year, from the humble paddle that came with our rice cooker, to the garlic press one of our editors hid from Alton to the almighty lemon squeezer.
May 1, 2019
10 Essential Things You Should Know About Your Chef’s Knife
Your chef’s knife is perhaps the most important and beloved tool in your kitchen, so naturally you want to be thoroughly schooled on every aspect of it. To help you out, we rounded up all the top intel on how to buy, care for, store, sharpen, clean, and use a chef’s knife. Remember, this is the tool that will potentially be with you for your entire lifetime, so it’s best to get really well-acquainted, really quick.
May 1, 2019
The Kitchn’s Guide to Carbon Steel Pans & Knives
Carbon steel cookware has certainly taken off since I first raved about my de Buyer carbon steel pan four years ago, and it’s a good thing. I can honestly say that my pan is still going strong today and it is by far the one I reach for the most. Curious about carbon steel, how it differs from cast iron, and how hard it is to maintain? And what about carbon steel knives? Are they worth the small amount of extra maintenance?
May 1, 2019
3 Times a Pressure Cooker Is Better than a Slow Cooker (and 3 Times It’s Not)
Over the past several years the electric pressure cooker has seen a huge resurgence in popularity. Some cooks have even jumped at the chance to let it replace the slow cooker, but not me. Both of these appliances have made life in the kitchen easier and more convenient, but for different reasons. Make sure both of these tools are helping you in the kitchen by taking advantage of what they do best. This is the appliance to lean on when time is not on your side.
May 1, 2019
5 Things to Know About Buying, Using, and Caring for Steak Knives
If you’ve ever tried to tear into a juicy sirloin with a butter knife (or, gasp, your teeth), you totally get the importance of a good set of steak knives. Here’s all you need to know about choosing and using your set. The next time you’re at a kitchen store, take a close look at the blades on the steak knives on offer — you’ll notice that some are straight while some are serrated.
May 1, 2019
What Kind of Blender Do You Have & Would You Buy It Again?
After working for food publications for more than eight years — and being a home cook for even longer — I finally got myself a Vitamix. It’s been such a game-changer, and not just because it’s a Vitamix (often considered the gold standard of blenders) or because it’s amazing (mine has a measuring cup in the lid, you guys!) — but because it’s a new blender. Period.
May 1, 2019
7 Things to Know About Buying a New Microwave
If your microwave is starting to go (or you never had one to begin with), you may find yourself unsure of where to start. Fun fact: Shopping for a microwave oven can be just as complicated as shopping for an actual oven. (At least microwaves are a lot cheaper!) Study up on these seven pointers and your head won’t explode when you start your search. Related: 5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Microwave Countertop microwaves are the ones commonly found, well, on countertops.
May 1, 2019
How the Instant Pot Changed My Meal Prep Routine
One of the most crucial parts of my weekly meal plan is my meal prep routine every Sunday. Spending a few hours in the kitchen means I’ve got hard-boiled eggs for breakfast and grains for salad, and that getting dinner on the table will be a lot easier in the week ahead. I shared my love for the Instant Pot a couple years ago, and now it’s time to do it again — because it has single-handedly improved the way I meal prep.
May 1, 2019
5 Telltale Signs You Really Need to Buy a Stand Mixer
What’s that? Is this stand mixer whispering to you? It wants you to bring it home? Sounds like you might really need to buy a stand mixer. In case you weren’t totally sure, here are the five telltale signs it’s time. If you have a Pinterest board that doubles as a wish list and basically everything on that list is a stand mixer, you might have a problem. The easy solution? Just buy yourself a stand mixer, already! Pistachio, Buttercup, Truffle Dust, and Kalamata Olive.
May 1, 2019
A Neat and Easy Way to Store Your Plastic Containers
Thanks to all those random sizes, your plastic container collection can become a jumbled mess very quickly. And while we don’t usually like to advocate buying things just to get organized (we’d rather spend our money on something fun, like kitchen stuff with flamingos on it!), there is one product that caught our eye recently. Meet the StoraStack Food Container Storage Organizer. It’s part pegboard (something we’re currently obsessed with) and part file folder holder.
May 1, 2019
5 Signs You Probably Need to Replace Your Dishwasher
One devastating appliance breakdown can quickly transform your kitchen from your home’s haven to a living nightmare — and thanks to Murphy’s Law, these unexpected moments almost always happen at the most inopportune times (like right before a party. Yikes!). Perhaps the worst of the worst? Your trusty dishwasher craps out. Pay attention to these five warning signs to catch (and repair or replace!) your appliance before you both hit total meltdown mode.
May 1, 2019
I Tried the Instant Pot and Didn’t Love It. What Am I Missing?
When the Instant Pot went on sale for Amazon Prime Day But I was also busy. And despite the fact that this strange contraption had promised to save me time and change my life, I just didn’t have the focus to learn what I quickly discovered was a whole new way of cooking. I had questions and uncertainties, so it sat in its box in the basement for a week. And then I had guests over, so I hid it in the spare bedroom.
May 1, 2019
5 Ways Kitchen Shears Make Cooking Chicken Easier
You’re probably used to reaching for your trusted chef’s knife, or maybe even a boning knife, when it comes time to prep chicken. That was certainly my go-to for a long time. But it turns out there’s an even better tool for nearly any job involving chicken: kitchen shears. Here is how they make prepping and cooking whole chicken and individual pieces even easier.
May 1, 2019
Is a Built-in Refrigerator Worth the Extra Money?
There are a few luxuries that can make your kitchen instantly seem like it belongs in a Michelin-star chef’s home: a gorgeous range, plenty of counter space, and a seriously impressive refrigerator. When it comes to the latter, how do you decide whether you should get a built-in or if a freestanding fridge will do? The cost will play a huge role in helping you decide. Other key factors? Aesthetics and how much space you have, for sure.
May 1, 2019
This Little Aesthetic Feature Makes a Big Difference on a Dishwasher
If you haven’t been dishwasher shopping in a while (or ever), know this: Dishwashers have gotten pretty fancy! Like, really fancy. Not only do they clean your dishes, but many now also come with built-in sensors to determine how soiled your dishes happen to be. They also have all sorts of settings and rack configurations (silverware caddies verses drawers or adjustable tines, for example). You’re gonna have a ton of choices and things to think about when you get to the store.
May 1, 2019
Do You Need This Kitchen Tool?
It’s no secret that we’re skeptical of unitaskers around here. If you’re going to spend the money on a gadget (and devote some storage space to it), it better be able to make your life easier, better, or faster in a bunch of ways.
May 1, 2019
4 Grill Tools You Absolutely Need (and 4 You Definitely Don’t)
Even the most experienced home cook can feel intimidated by the idea of grilling. Maybe it’s the varying temperatures, the rules, or the tons of gadgets and accessories that can feel necessary for success. But don’t let all of that deter you. “I always say that grilling is 90 percent the will, and 10 percent the skill,” says Elizabeth Karmel, the founder of Girls at the Grill.
May 1, 2019
Get the Cast Iron Cleaner That People Are Obsessed With
You’ve heard us extol the virtues of a well-seasoned cast iron pan. A cast iron pan is versatile, lasts forever, and cooks everything from steaks to eggs to steak and eggs like a pro. That said, cast iron pans also require a specific kind of upkeep. It can feel overwhelming — enough to make you want to throw in the towel and just use nonstick pans exclusively!
May 1, 2019
You Can Now Turn Your Broccoli into a PSL
I’m convinced there are two types of people in this world when it comes to pumpkin-spice season: those who subscribe to the PSL fan club and aren’t caught dead without one, and those who mock the card-carrying members of team PSL but are the first ones to buy anything with new fall flavors in it. Although there are always those who claim to stay far away from such things, we bet they’ll actually be the first ones to put this new organic pumpkin spice spray on all the things.
May 1, 2019
10 Surprising Ways to Use a Label Maker in the Kitchen
There are few organizing tools that excite us as much as a label maker. Oh, the possibilities! You can label your canisters, sure. You can also steal one of these great ideas and use your label maker for something totally surprising. Here are 10 surprising ways to use a label maker in the kitchen. Instead of spending money on a set of cheese markers, which can’t exactly change based on what you’re serving, try this trick from The Container Store.
May 1, 2019
The Best Thing I Ever Did for My Cast Iron Pan
When I make pie, I use my grandmother’s pastry blender and rolling pin, but one thing she did not pass down was her cast iron skillet slick with a history of family feasts. Instead, I received my cast iron pan five years ago — a new Lodge pan, fresh with the factory seasoning. Even with a factory fresh seasoning, the surface never felt smooth; it always had a pebbly texture.
May 1, 2019
What the Heck Is an Air Fryer, and Do I Need One?
With its promise to deliver the crispy goodness of fried food, using at most a couple of tablespoons of oil, the air fryer sounds like a french fry–lover’s dream. What exactly is an air fryer, though? Basically, it’s an odd-shaped countertop convection oven that circulates air around food. It takes up a lot of countertop space and doesn’t come cheap, with models ranging from $70 to $300.
May 1, 2019
The Best Pan for Making Frittatas
Frittatas are the back-pocket meal I always lean on when I want something simple yet slightly more exciting than scrambled eggs for breakfast, and when my energy level is running on fumes come dinnertime. They’re quick and couldn’t be easier to pull off (in fact, I’d argue that you don’t need a recipe so much as a template to make one).
May 1, 2019
This Coffee Grinder Has Over 3,200 5-Star Reviews on Amazon
Freshly ground coffee is, without a doubt, better than pre-ground. But there are many reasons we often opt to get our coffee pre-ground when given the option. The main reason is that at-home coffee grinders can be a pain. The easiest method, using a spice grinder, can often result in inconsistent or imprecise grind sizes. Disc grinders create the most precise grinding, but can be expensive or bulky.
May 1, 2019
When to Buy a Blender (and Not a Food Processor or Another Gadget)
If you’re thinking of finally buying a blender, food processor, immersion blender, or other similar appliance, at first glance, you may think they all do the exact same thing. They all have blades that chop, blitz, and blend solid food, right? Well, yes, but they all do it a little differently. There’s no reason to invest in all of them, however. Depending on your habits, one might be better for you in the long run. Here’s what you should consider when making your decision.
May 1, 2019
Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Refurbished Vitamix on Amazon
If you really, really want a Vitamix but just can’t bring yourself to pay the big bucks, you should consider buying a reconditioned model. Just read this story first. Here, we explain everything you need to know about buying a refurbished Vitamix on Amazon. Buy: Certified Reconditioned Vitamix Blenders Reconditioned models are machines that get returned by consumers and were either never or only slightly used.
May 1, 2019
The Most Ridiculous Things to Do with Your Toaster, According to the Internet
As a parent of carb-loving kids, the toaster is one of my most-used small appliances. I use it to heat up all manner of frozen breakfast items, from regular toast and bagels to frozen waffles, French toast sticks, and more. But, according to the internet, I’ve yet to realize the true powers of this trusty device. Here are five ridiculous (and amazing) things you can do with your toaster.
May 1, 2019
The $6 Tool You Need for Better Chocolate-Coated Treats
If you’ve ever fumbled, crumbled, or smooshed a truffle or buckeye trying to get a perfect chocolate coating, then I have a tiny, inexpensive tool that’s about to make your life much easier. I found mine years ago at a yard sale for just a quarter, but you can often find these strong little tools in the silverware bin at your local thrift store. You can also get them new pretty inexpensively.
May 1, 2019
What It Means When Your Instant Pot Says “Burn” on the Front
Seeing a “burn” warning on any electronic device is probably cause for concern. You might think Fire! and throw it out the window in panic. If you see the “burn” message pop up on your Instant Pot, though, don’t worry — it’s actually a common problem and there’s a simple solution. First of all, you should know that when your Instant Pot reads “burn” it means that your dish is, well, burning.
Apr 30, 2019
This Is the Best Tiny Kitchen We’ve Seen in Years
Illustrator, designer, and creative director Sara Blake is all about the custom touch. “If you are going to be in a space long enough, even if you are a renter, I’ve gotten a lot of value out of custom-built furniture to fit and function the way I need,” Sara says in her House Tour from Apartment Therapy.
Apr 30, 2019
The 6 Little Things That Finally Got Me to Try (and Love) the Instant Pot
When I first heard buzz about the Instant Pot I figured it was not unlike the quesadilla maker; just another unnecessary kitchen gadget invented to get people excited about cooking that would eventually end up in the summer yard sale. It wasn’t for those of us who actually like to cook, those of us who get “ooohs” and “aaahs” as we place a meal on the table.
Apr 30, 2019
Um, This Instant Pot Competitor Has a Built-in Fridge
Instant Pots make a huge difference in the cooking life of many Americans, with the super-speedy pressure-cooking options and the one-pot abilities to brown and cook stews. Whole genres of cooking and food blogging have been devoted to the multi-cooker in the years since the kitchen appliance arrived on American shores. But now, reports Gear Patrol, a kitchen appliance company called Gourmia is offering a competitor that one-ups the famous pot, called the CoolCooker MultiCooker.
Apr 30, 2019
Aluminum Foil Can Extend the Life of Your Cast Iron Pan
If you own a cast iron pan (and you should), you know that it’s an essential kitchen tool. Your cast iron pan is the vehicle for a varied range of dishes for any meal of the day: eggs, pork chops, even Buffalo chicken dip. But cast iron requires a lot of dedicated upkeep. Technically, you can simply rinse it with (a little) soap and water, but this much more intensive (and our preferred) cleaning method will ensure it lasts longer.
Apr 30, 2019
16 Brilliant Hacks That Make Your Microwave Worth the Counter Space
Any tool that multitasks in the kitchen means less wasted space and more bang for your buck. A gadget with a specific use has to be downright amazing for me to give up kitchen real estate to it. (A strawberry huller falls under that category in our family, and gets used several times a week in the summer.
Apr 30, 2019
An Unexpected Use for Your Toaster Oven, According to Eric Ripert
When Eric Ripert, the chef mastermind behind three-Michelin-star seafood restaurant Le Bernardin (and close friend of Anthony Bourdain), tells you how to cook something, it would be best to listen to him. His latest recommendation is probably not one you’re expecting, though. It doesn’t involve any fancy, expensive machinery that you’d only find in a professional kitchen. In fact, all you need is a toaster oven.
Dec 12, 2018
This Soon-to-Be-Released Instant Pot Will Make Your Life Even Easier
Between a new blender, a slow cooker, and a collaboration with the Pioneer Woman, the folks at Instant Pot sure have been busy. And they have another new product coming out soon (hopefully in time for holiday gifting!): As of today, the Instant Pot Smart WiFi is now available for preorder on Amazon. Preorder: 6-Quart Instant Pot Smart WiFi, $150 As its name implies, The Smart WiFi Instant Pot is equipped with WiFi and can be controlled with your iOS or Android device.
Nov 2, 2018
The One Kind of Pan Jacques Pépin Swears By
A quick YouTube search of Jacques Pépin, French culinary master, making eggs will reveal a very noticeable pattern.
Aug 15, 2018
You May Be Using Your Slow Cooker Latches Incorrectly!
Transporting a slow cooker can be a pain — they’re heavy, unwieldy, hot, and prone to spills. But if you’ve made a meal for a potluck or a dip for a tailgate, it’s often easiest (and healthiest, from a food-safety standpoint) to keep the food in the slow cooker instead of transferring it to another container. Slow cooker manufacturers heard consumers, and a few years ago started introducing latches onto their appliances to keep the lids on tight. Yay!
Jul 26, 2018
The Surprising Ways You Are and Aren’t Ruining Your Knives
Does this scene sound familiar? Your Amazon Prime package comes and somebody at your house grabs a knife to start hacking away at the packaging. These packages come more often than our UPS driver would like, and if I don’t beat my husband to it, that’s him with our good chef’s knife. It’s been one of our longest-running debates; every time he saws through the packing tape I cringe and tell him he’s ruining our knives.
Jul 19, 2018