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Aug 7, 2017
Take Advantage of This Sale and Finally Get Your Spices in Order
Having an organized spice cabinet is key to having a kitchen that runs smoothly. If you’re constantly rooting around for items and emptying the shelf looking for, say, garlic salt, it will take longer to get dinner on the table. More than that, if you don’t have a clear sense of what ingredients you have on hand, you end up buying things you don’t need, wasting money, and saddling yourself with three jars of nutmeg that you only haul out once a year at Thanksgiving.
Jul 19, 2017
Use This to Finally Get Your Under-the-Sink Space Organized
You try very hard to keep your kitchen cabinets organized. You’ve invested in shelf liners and organizational contraptions, and spent precious weekend hours setting them up, all in an effort to make your time in the kitchen run more smoothly. But when it comes to that space under the kitchen sink, um, it might as well be a black hole.
Jul 17, 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
Amazon Just Leaked 88 Prime Day Deals — Here Are the Highlights
You already know that Amazon Prime Day is July 11 (because you marked your calendars when we told you to, right?). And you know that these deals are usually kept secret until the very last minute. Well, here’s a fun surprise: Amazon just leaked 88 upcoming deals. A lot of the list features things like hangers, mattress protectors, dog toys, and other things that don’t really fall within the purview of Kitchn. But there are three things worth pointing out.
Jul 6, 2017
I Tried the Click and Grow Herb Garden — Here’s How It Went
Although I do most of the cooking and cleaning, I like to joke that my husband is in charge of keeping all the living things in our house alive. He makes sure I eat real meals like a normal human (not just cheese and gummy candies), he feeds our fish and the dog we sometimes babysit, and he’s in charge of all our plants. This division of labor came about after I killed three too many succulents and an air plant. (Seriously, how does one kill an air plant?
Jun 28, 2017
Should You Get a Vintage Range or a New One?
Some things just get better with age — a good bottle of red wine, a leather handbag, and that Chevy that your dad used to drive with such pride. When you’re buying kitchen appliances, the general wisdom seems to be that newer is better, right? Not always. Sure, there can be some “Can you believe it does this?” features in the newer models, but there’s one appliance that can be just as functional if you buy it vintage.
Jun 23, 2017
Scientists Discover a Sixth Sense Capable of Tasting Water
The human tongue can detect five basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. Now, researchers from California Institute of Technology have found a sixth sense that can detect water. “The tongue can detect various key nutrient factors, called tastants — such as sodium, sugar, and amino acids — through taste,” says lead researcher Yuki Oka, from the California Institute of Technology. “However, how we sense water in the mouth was unknown.
Jun 7, 2017
What’s the Difference Between a Gas Grill and a Charcoal Grill?
The battle of charcoal versus gas grills is one for the ages — and the grilling enthusiasts in your life are sure to have strong opinions. But if you’re considering buying a grill for the first time or, perhaps thinking about making the switch from #teamgas to #teamcharcoal (or vice versa), what are the key factors you should consider? We’ve laid it all out here. There are a few reasons to opt for a charcoal grill, not least of which is cost.
May 29, 2017
Should You Pay Extra for a Counter-Depth Fridge?
When it’s time to buy a new fridge, it can feel like there are about a thousand options — single door, French doors, freezer on the top, freezer on the bottom, stainless steel or not. The list goes on, but luckily we’re here to break it all down for you, including one more feature you probably didn’t even know existed before you started your refrigerator research. Here’s the question: Should you get a counter-depth or a standard-depth fridge?
May 26, 2017
Should You Get a Fridge with the Freezer on the Top or Bottom?
If you’re considering a new refrigerator, chances are the first things you’ll consider are price and size. These are critical! But, as you’ll find out once you start to do some research, there are many (many) more factors to take into consideration. One of those is freezer placement. No, it’s not sexy, but it is a question you should ask yourself: Do you want a freezer on the top or a freezer on the bottom? There are advantages (and disadvantages) to both.
May 24, 2017
Should You Get a Microwave Drawer?
At Kitchn, we have a love-love relationship with our microwaves. Of course we love it for all the obvious reasons — like warming our coffee in the morning and delivering near-instant popcorn gratification on movie night — but also for mug cakes, single-girl suppers of mac-and-cheese, and the quickest and easiest answer to breakfast (eggs in the microwave!). We even lean on it when migraines strike. It’s an important appliance, and buying the right one matters.
May 13, 2017
Should You Get a Single-Door Fridge or One with French Doors?
There’s no doubt that your refrigerator is one of the most important things in your kitchen. It’s home to the fruit you put in your morning smoothies, the shelter for your beloved nightly class of wine, and, of course, the keeper of all the cheese. The function of your fridge is more important than most cosmetic details — whether it’s white, black, stainless, or purple, it’ll all be the same inside!
May 8, 2017
The 5 Greek Cookbooks We Love Most Right Now
Start your Greek cooking journey with one (or all!) of these five books, each handpicked and beloved by food writers and teachers.
Apr 20, 2017
These Weird Water Bubbles Are the Plastic Bottles of the Future
Plastic water bottles are a waste of resources and damaging to the environment. But with consumption of bottled water on the rise, sustainability becomes a big issue. Now, a sustainable packaging startup has created a water blob that eliminates the need for plastic. London-based Skipping Rocks Lab introduced their innovation, called Ooho, in 2014, but it only now is going viral. The concept is simple: Package water in 100 percent plant-based biodegradable materials.
Apr 14, 2017
Is This Portion-Control Wine Glass for You?
Today in our Amazon deals column we present you with a dilemma, a potential oxymoron, and the source of vigorous debate among our esteemed team: Is a wine glass that helps you control your wine portions a good thing? Or a bad thing. Readers, this decision rests with you. This glass has a distinct feature that you can see right on the glass itself: frosted lines that measure 4, 6, and 8 ounces.
Apr 7, 2017
7 Things to Know When Buying a Standalone Freezer
When you’ve got a family to feed — or just a serious Costco habit — the idea of having some more space in the freezer is incredibly appealing. You can just imagine the benefits: You’ll do less grocery shopping because you can buy so much meat at once and freeze it for the future, you’ll spend less money because you can take advantage of sales and stick the excess in the freezer, and you’ll avoid last-minute pizza by freezing more meals for future late nights.
Apr 2, 2017
Do You Need a Bonus Freezer? Take This Quiz.
If your eyes light up when you head through the frozen aisle at Costco, or your feet are at risk every time you open your freezer (a pint of Ben & Jerry’s can really do a number on your toes!), you’ve probably thought about getting another freezer. We know: It seems like such an indulgence! Would you even use it, have a place for it, or be able to justify the expense? Take this quiz and find out. A. One to two B. Three to four C. Five or more A. Whole Foods B.
Mar 31, 2017
5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Microwave
Of all the appliances (large or small) in your kitchen, the microwave tends to have the shortest lifespan — around nine years or so. The good news? The new ones on the market are relatively inexpensive and you can get a decent one for less than $100. How will you know if it’s time to get a new one? Look for any of these five signs. That buzzing or banging you’ve been hearing lately? Yeah, that’s not normal.
Mar 30, 2017
Are Microwave Drawers Worth the Extra Expense?
I’m going to take a wild guess and assume that your favorite thing about your kitchen is not the microwave. The gorgeous morning light? Sure. The reclaimed wood table? Definitely. Your new oven? Yay! The microwave? Well, that’s usually more of a functional necessity than anyone’s hallmark piece. That’s not to mention that it poses its own set of design challenges. You could leave it floating on a countertop, but then your work space might look cluttered.
Mar 27, 2017
Did You Just Get a New Dishwasher? 5 Things to Do Right Away.
Whether you choose to DIY or hire a pro to help guide your dishwasher into its new nest, there are a few things you should do to ensure everything goes smoothly. Prep for installation by turning off the water-supply line and power to your existing machine. Taking the time to do this before the delivery guys come (about an hour in advance) will give the line a chance to drain and ensure that the installation will be as quick (and as safe!) as possible.
Mar 22, 2017
What’s Your Best Advice for Small Appliance Repairs?
Deciding whether to fix a broken appliance or just get a new one can be pretty tough in our disposable society — especially when you have a stack of blue-and-white coupons for 20 percent off at your nearest big box store, and when you don’t even know where to get started. (It’s not like you can just bring it back to the store, 10 years later, or leave it on your windowsill and wait for magical elves to come fix it. You can’t, right?
Mar 16, 2017
I’ll Never Ditch My Microwave. Why? Migraines
I can never have a kitchen that doesn’t have a microwave. It’s just not an option. And that’s not because I spend my evenings heating up frozen dinners or containers of leftovers (although the latter is sometimes true!). In fact, it has nothing to do with food at all. The reason I’ll never have a kitchen that doesn’t have a microwave is because I suffer from frequent and intense migraines. What do my headaches have to do with a microwave?
Mar 13, 2017
The 5 Prettiest Slow Cookers You Can Buy
If it's gonna sit out on your counter (or a buffet table) while it heats away, it should look good.
Mar 13, 2017
The One Sign It’s Time to Replace Your Range
Your range is a wonderful and complicated thing that helps you put dinner on the table. And even though it may see like a complicated heat box machine, it’s actually pretty simple to repair. The ceramic top has a crack? No big deal! A new one can be popped into place (just don’t cook on it until then, as it could further shatter or lead to some electric shocks!). The oven seems to be giving off a lot of heat? You might just need a new gasket. Is the control panel being wonky?
Mar 8, 2017
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for Kitchen Appliances, According to the Pros
Making a $1,000 mistake is no fun, especially if it’s in the form of a refrigerator, stove, or dishwasher that you use on the regular. To help you make the best-for-you decisions at the appliance store, we talked to pros from Sears, Best Buy, and Lowe’s. Here, they share the top five appliance shopping mistakes to avoid. The biggest snafu that all of our experts kept coming back to? Not measuring your space.
Mar 6, 2017
5 Small Appliances That Belong on Your Wedding Registry (and 2 That Don’t)
“Go register for your wedding,” the other brides said. “It will be fun!” Turns out, I was not programmed with that particular bridal chip. I don’t use the word “literally” lightly, so when I tell you that I literally stood in the middle of the Macy’s housewares department only kind-of-jokingly yelling, “Representative!” as if to an automated answering service, I assure you that I am telling the truth.
Mar 5, 2017
Calphalon Recalls 2 Million Knives Due to Being More Dangerous Than Usual
Your knives may be more dangerous than usual if you own Calphalon brand products. The company announced a recall of 2 million knives in the United States and 7,100 knives in Canada. The recall took place after more than 3,000 cases of knives breaking and 27 reports of consumers suffering from finger and hand lacerations, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The knives — retailed at stores like Kohl’s, Macy’s, Amazon, and J.C.
Mar 3, 2017
A Love Letter to My Toaster
When I moved to New York eight years ago, I got a crash course in bagels — where to find the best ones, what each spot’s specialty was, and, the biggest shock of them all, which places didn’t toast. “Well, this must be some kind of silly mistake,” I thought. “New Yorkers are serious about their bagels. So why in the world would some institutions skip the most crucial step?” The toasting of the bagel, in my humble opinion, is non-negotiable.
Mar 3, 2017
What Was the Last Small Appliance You Bought, and Do You Love It?
I look at kitchen gear the way some other girls look at shoes and babies. I want it all! And I want to hug it and kiss it and pinch its little toaster cheeks. Okay, that’s weird to say, I admit. But you get my point. I’m obsessed with juice glasses, wooden spoons, and especially all the things in the small-appliance department. I’m constantly looking sideways at my food processor, hand mixer, and microwave. Are you not working properly any more?
Mar 2, 2017
The Best Stovetop Popcorn Popper
Good news: You actually already have the best stovetop popcorn popper! It’s called any pot — or a Dutch oven — that you have in your cabinets. You really don’t need to buy any of those special gadgets. Sure, they look cute and campy, but there’s just no reason to spend the money.
Feb 9, 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
Our Best Kitchen Finds of 2016
A cook is only as good as her ingredients — and her tools. Here are 10 of our most popular kitchen finds from 2016. From the best peelers to a uni-tasker machine that has a 200,000-person waitlist, we found the best, most interesting, and most perfect tools — just for you. The Best $5 You’ll Ever Spend in the Kitchen Anyone who has had to work with a dull, poorly designed, subpar peeler knows why this is our number-one post.
Dec 22, 2016
I Have a Strong Opinion About Coffee Carafes
There are few things in life as important as a good coffee carafe. Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but if coffee is as critical to your daily routine as it is to mine, I think you’ll get my point. My husband and I have come to prefer drip coffee over trendier pour over or French press options. (I realize this will probably upset a lot of you; there’s just something I find so satisfying about making a big ol’ pot and listening to the machine do its thing.
Nov 28, 2016
This Is the Only Wine Opener You Need
Sometimes the best things in life are also the simplest. Case in point? The waiter’s friend. While there are plenty of fancier options on the market, this wine key is a restaurant standby for a reason: it’s durable, easy to use, and affordable. In short, wine doesn’t need to be complicated — and neither does your opener. Plus, saving money on your wine key just means a bigger budget for the stuff you’re actually drinking.
Nov 28, 2016
5 Other Pans to Bake a Pumpkin Pie In
I have a pretty hefty pie pan collection. And even with everything from ceramic to glass (and a few metal and aluminum pans as backups), every year around this time I find myself needing another pan for baking my annual pumpkin pie when the others are occupied with sweet potato pie, apple pie, and pot pie. Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks for baking pumpkin pie in other baking pans because of this.
Nov 4, 2016
5 Non-Cake Uses for Your Bundt Pan
With their tube-shaped centers and rounded, ridged bodies, there’s no question that Bundt pans make some pretty beautiful cakes. But that’s not all they can do. This classic piece of bakeware is far from a one-trick pony. Here are five more ways to put your Bundt pan to work (and they don’t involve cake). Beyond cakes and loafs, the bundt pan is the magical tool that let’s you reimagine a classic phyllo tart or pie. And the result is downright impressive!
Oct 24, 2016
The Best Place to Buy Carbon Steel Pans
If you’re a fan of cast iron, then you’ll want to try carbon steel The difference between the two (and the main benefit of carbon steel) is that carbon steel pans tend to be thinner and lighter than their cast iron cousins. They can also be cheaper than cast iron pans to buy — especially if you know where to look. Restaurant supply stores are a hidden secret for home cooks. You can get everything you need to feel just like a chef in a restaurant, including carbon steel pans.
Oct 14, 2016
What’s the Best Bundt Pan Material?
When you take the time to bake a cake at home, you want to be sure that it’s time well spent. You definitely need a good recipe, but you also need a good pan — especially with bundt cakes. The decorative sides create a beautiful presentation, but the crevices are also a prime place for sticking.
Oct 5, 2016
Your Guide to Spotting a Good Bundt Pan at a Garage Sale
Garage sales can be the place to find hidden gems — especially when it comes to equipment for the kitchen. With fall baking in full swing, it’s a great place to look for baking pans, including Bundt pans. If they’re selling pots, pans, or utensils that are in good shape, then they’re likely made of good material that can last. With these tips, you’ll know how to spot the great deals from the duds.
Oct 5, 2016
All the Things I Never Do to My Cast Iron Skillet
My love for cast iron is so deep and abiding that I won’t even let my own husband clean my beloved cast iron skillet. While there are myths aplenty about the curing, caring, and cleaning of cast iron, I subscribe to very few of them. In fact, here are six things that I will never do to a cast iron skillet.
Oct 2, 2016
Why My Cast Iron Skillet Is My Favorite Biscuit Pan
A few years ago in an attempt to perfect my own biscuit recipe, I started experimenting with different baking pans. Starting with a simple baking sheet, I worked through metal and glass baking dishes, a pie pan, and a cake pan before finally landing on a likely candidate: my favorite cast iron skillet. A sturdy cast iron skillet has become my favorite biscuit pan for three reasons.
Sep 30, 2016
The Best Cutting Board for Raw Meat
All cutting boards are created equal, right? And you can cut anything on any kind? Unfortunately, no.
Sep 30, 2016
The Kitchn’s Guide to Buying Vintage Cast Iron Cookware
I have loved my newly made cast iron pan; it has served me well for many years. But now that I have immersed myself in the world of vintage cast iron, I am sold — hook, line, and sinker. The good news is that you don’t need to fork over a monthly paycheck to experience the joys of cooking on an heirloom piece. Here’s our guide to buying vintage cast iron. Any pan made before 1957 is considered vintage.
Sep 29, 2016
Make a Better Salad Dressing with a Cocktail Shaker
You probably already know the basic technique for making a vinaigrette, but we have a little twist on the basic method, and it gives a uni-tasking bar tool new life. Not only can your cocktail shaker make your favorite libation, but it’s also the key to a more successful vinaigrette. We love the cocktail shaker for the same reason we love making vinaigrette in a Mason jar — easy and quick. But a cocktail shaker offers a few big advantages over the jar.
Sep 23, 2016
Mise Bowls Are Not Just for TV Chefs
Mise en place bowls, or mise bowls, are the small bowls of varying sizes you might be familiar with seeing on cooking shows. Sometimes you watch in horror as the chef uses not 10, not 15, but 20 tiny bowls and wonder who in the heck washes all those dishes? (hint: not the chef). But mise bowls can actually be useful for home cooks too, and here’s how.
Sep 19, 2016
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
5 Essential Tools for Packing a Week of School Lunches on Sunday
A small hurdle to packing a week’s worth of lunches is simply making sure that you have enough containers to pack five to 10 lunches at once. However, after you discover the time and sanity savings that result from pre-packing lunches, you’ll start looking for a few additional tools to make the task even better. Here are five of my favorite tools for packing a week’s worth of lunches at once.
Sep 11, 2016
5 Reasons to Start a Collection of Wooden Spoons
I remember the exact moment that began my lifetime of collecting wooden spoons. It was 20 years ago and I was hanging out with my friend Trudy as she cooked on her Garland, a commercial range which was rarely seen in home kitchens, and was the mark of a very serious cook. Just to the side of the stove, there was a canister crammed with all kinds of wooden spoons: light, dark, tall, short, fat-handled, and fragile-looking. I pulled one out that had a squat handle and long flat bowl.
Sep 6, 2016
Why You Need a Canning Funnel (Even If You Don’t Can)
I’m a wannabe kitchen minimalist — any tool in my kitchen must do double duty. One regular funnel has gotten me through the last 10 years, but there are at least two canning funnels in my house right now. While they were originally purchased specifically for canning, my canning funnels have become indispensable everyday tools. A canning funnel makes it easy to repurpose canning jars as storage jars, even if they have a narrow opening.
Aug 25, 2016
The Multitasker That Can Make or Break Your Vacation
There’s nothing better than kicking back outside a rental cabin, hanging out around the campire with a glass of rosé or a bottle of beer, maybe having some after-dinner vanilla ice cream topped with homemade strawberry jam. If you find yourself in this situation this summer (which I hope you do), this tool can make or break the moment. Breaking out a bottle of wine and realizing that you don’t have a corkscrew is the worst.
Jul 21, 2016
The Weird Kitchen Tool I Bring to a Vacation Rental
This is the time of year when we all love to get away — from work, from school, from paying the electric bill. We don’t really care where we go, as long as we’re away. And if you’re escaping the heat en famille — whatever family may mean to you — a rental house can’t be beat. It allows you to sprawl out, have personal space, and not have to endure a 30-minute wait for the bathroom.
Jul 14, 2016
7 Ways the Toaster Oven Makes It Easier to Cook for One
One of the many things I unpacked when I moved into my first solo apartment was a hand-me-down toaster oven from home. It was far from anything fancy, but it did the job. In those years, cooking for myself most days of the week, I used it more than any other appliance in my tiny studio kitchen — yes, more than the microwave, stove, and regular oven. That’s because it can do almost everything those appliances can on a smaller scale, making it incredibly ideal for the solo cook.
Jul 14, 2016
5 Ways a Mini Chopper Can Be Better than a Food Processor
Until last year, when I finally got a full-sized food processor, I relied on my small yet sturdy mini chopper. For years it ranked as my most-valued kitchen appliance, pulling its weight valiantly. And, surprisingly, my love of the mini chopper didn’t change when I got a food processor. Because as much as I love the full-sized appliance, there are just so many times that the mini chopper still proves itself more useful.
Jul 12, 2016
Help! There’s No Sheet Pan at My Vacation Rental.
Summer cooking should be low-key and fuss-free, especially when you’re on vacation, which is why I’m such a fan of the sheet-pan supper. Throw everything on one sheet pan, bake it in the oven, and voila! Dinner is served. Sheet-pan suppers mean less prep and cleanup time, so you can get back to lounging on the deck with a cold beer in hand.
Jul 8, 2016
Everything I Know About Cooking I Learned from a Cast Iron Pan
I cook with a cast iron pan almost every day. I have one on my stove at all times so it’s within easy reach. All cooks have their “thing” — trusted measuring cups, a special knife, or a beloved wooden spoon — cast iron is mine. I could say that I use it because my mama or my grandma did, because that’s true.
May 29, 2016
5 Ways the Blender Can Help You Make Breakfast
There aren’t many tools that get to make an appearance in the kitchen at breakfast. Apart from your basic pots and pans, most breakfast favorites don’t require all that much — and they rarely require appliances. But the blender is different. A blender can make breakfast faster, easier, and more delicious. These five ways alone will make you want to keep the machine on the counter come morning.
Mar 31, 2016
This Is the Fastest Way to Grate Any Vegetable
Remember those disk attachments that came with your food processor? It’s time to dig them out from the depths of the pantry. Instead of standing over a box grater, endlessly shredding carrots, look to them for an easier way to grate your vegetables. There should be two disks that generally come with your appliance: a slicing one (it has just one, slim opening on it) and a shredding one (dotted with a handful of holes). Both can save you serious prep time in the kitchen.
Mar 29, 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
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Food Processor
I don’t have a whole lot of fancy appliances in my kitchen, but one I find absolutely essential is a food processor. I use it to help me make everything from hummus to pasta dough. But to really get the most out of the machine, you need to learn how to treat it right. Keeping it in the best working order and using it the way it was intended to be used ensures that your food processor will have a long and happy life. Here are five things to watch out for.
Mar 17, 2016
7 Things I’m Doing Now That I Have a Food Processor
For various reasons — namely lack of space, followed by procrastination — I didn’t come to own a food processor until about six months ago. Now that I have one and use it weekly in my cooking, I’m still not quite sure how I went so long without it.
Mar 14, 2016
An Exclusive Interview with Jack Donaghy About Microwaves
If you’re a fan of NBC’s dearly departed hit series 30 Rock, then you’re probably also a fan of the completely entertaining, completely memorable, if not completely lovable, Jack Donaghy. I know I am, and I have to confess that it’s not often that I snag such an exclusive, elusive interviewee as the mostly fictional character played by Alec Baldwin.
Mar 9, 2016
Help! Everything Burns in My Stainless Steel Pans
Q: I just switched from nonstick pans to stainless steel pans, but now everything I cook sticks on there, unless I use copious amounts of oil. What can I do to make cooking with these a little easier? Sent by Alexandra Editor: Alexandra, the solution isn’t in adding more fat, but rather when you add it. Stainless steel needs to be preheated before you add fat to the pan.
Feb 29, 2016
What’s the Difference Between Bundt Pans, Sponge Cake Pans, and Chiffon Pans?
Size matters, and so does shape. This truism is never as true as when you are baking in tube pans. Each has a specific purpose and usage, and they aren’t easily interchangeable. Does that mean that if you want to bake a Bundt and a chiffon cake or an angel food cake that you need different pans? The answer is a firm yes. Tube pans share one distinction: the tube down the center. But some have sloped sides, some drop straight from top to bottom, and some are decoratively fluted.
Feb 16, 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
10 Classic Gifts for a New Cook’s Kitchen
Have a newbie cook you’re eager to support in the kitchen? If they’re already set with the basics — a few pans, a good chef’s knife, measuring cups and spoons — you’re left with the fun part: picking out a classic cooking tool to give them that’ll go far and live long in their kitchen. Here are 10 ways you can show them you believe their best cooking days are yet to come. Le Creuset Heritage Baker, $49.
Dec 8, 2015
The Night Your Kitchen Tools Freaked Out Over Who Was Going to Be Picked for the White Elephant Party
‘Twas the night of the white elephant party, and all through the kitchen the tools were stirring. (Especially the wooden spoon.) Word on the countertop was that one of the RUTs — the Regrettable Unitaskers, for those who aren’t familiar with interior kitchen cabinet slang — was on deck to be that year’s giveaway, and tensions were high. “It’s going to be me! I know it’s going to be me,” sobbed Avocado Saver to Salad Spinner.
Dec 3, 2015
With Pitchers Like These, Who Needs a Gravy Boat?
I use a gravy boat approximately one time a year: Thanksgiving. That’s it. So while a traditional gravy boat lends a classic touch to the holiday table, it feels redundant the rest of the year. That’s why I usually skip the boat altogether in favor of a small, pretty pitcher that makes itself at home in my kitchen in so many ways beyond Thanksgiving: as a pitcher for milk, cream, or dessert sauces; just enough wine for one; or a vase for flowers.
Nov 18, 2015
Why the Mighty Fish Spatula Earned a Spot in My Kitchen
I don’t cook a lot of fish, but when I do, I most often bake it in foil packets. So how did a fish spatula even enter the vocabulary of my kitchen? For all the other small, but mighty, things it’s good for. My fish spatula makes itself useful and earns its keep in my kitchen every single day. A fish spatula has a surprising number of things going for it.
Nov 5, 2015
10 Smart Ways You Should Be Using Your Immersion Blender
It wasn’t until I owned an immersion blender that I realized how truly versatile and convenient they are. Not only do they take up very little space, but they’re also a breeze to clean and have so many smart uses. Kristin ditched her regular blender in favor of an immersion blender and hasn’t looked back since. I totally understand way.
Nov 4, 2015
A Short History of Pyrex: The 100-Year-Old American Classic Glassware
Who: Pyrex What: Iconic glass kitchenware Where: Corning, NY, and Charleroi, PA If you’ve ever measured out milk for pancakes, melted butter in the microwave, scooped out a slice of lasagna at a potluck buffet, or even just dug into a bowl of popcorn while speeding through the entire season of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” you’ve likely had your hands on a piece of Pyrex in your lifetime.
Nov 3, 2015
I Seasoned My Cast Iron Pan with Flaxseed Oil, and Here’s What Happened
It took 18 hours, but it was totally worth it. Here's why.
Oct 14, 2015