Gear & Gadgets

Why Every Baker Really Needs an Offset Spatula

Whether you call it an offset spatula or a pallet knife, no baker should be caught in the kitchen without one. An offset spatula has a long narrow flexible metal blade with a rounded end and either a plastic or wooden handle to hold on to. The long blade makes it easy to smooth cake batter into the corners of […]

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Kyocera’s Paring Knife and Peeler: A Great All-Purpose Kitchen Duo

The only three knives home cooks really need are a chef’s knife, a serrated knife, and a paring knife. Once you get into deboning ducks and fabricating pork quarters, then you can add a boning knife and cleaver to your knife rack. I don’t recommend buying a ceramic chef’s knife because they’re fragile, but I do like the new Kyocera […]

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Terrific Kitchen Tool: Two Space-Saving Utensils in One Set of Tongs

Given the limited space in our kitchen, I am always looking for tools that will do more than one job. This applies to appliances as well as simple utensils, like Kuhn Rikon’s Tong Tools. The set is actually three tools in one. When assembled (the end of one tool slips into the handle of the other) they function as tongs. […]

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Ingredient 1 Grocery Shopping App

When you are trying to eat healthier and make better decisions in the grocery store, you can find yourself buying the same products week after week. Who has time to read every nutrition label in the grocery store? Without a healthy variety of foods, you can associate eating healthy with boring eating, and it can become hard to stick to. However, […]

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The Alpha Toaster: Wolf Gourmet’s Toaster Can Do It All

Toast is having a moment. From smashed avocados to delicately shaved lox with cream cheese, folks are finding so many creative ways to expand toast beyond butter and jam. No wonder the toaster industry has truly blossomed. From inexpensive (but adorable) options to top-of-the-line behemoths, you can find a toaster for just about every taste. So if you are a fan […]

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How to Get Good Grilled Flavor When You Don’t Have a Grill: The Indoor Grill Out Experiment

Afternoons spent on the deck tending to the grill and imbuing meats and veggies with exuberant levels of char is one of the glories of summer. And scarfing down an array of fare with that smokey oomph is as voraciously welcomed as any first-of-the-season tomato or peach. Unfortunately for my smoke loving palate, my apartment is a bit–shall we say–deckless at the moment. And as […]

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Why You Should Try Sous Vide Cooking at Home

Long championed by the who’s who of today’s acclaimed chefs, sous vide is a cooking technique that has recently started to penetrate the home kitchen. Essentially this is a process by which ingredients are vacuum sealed in food-safe plastic bags and cooked at a very steady temperature that is generally lower than more traditional methods for longer periods of time. Basically, you […]

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Gear Guide: The Best Blender for Your Buck

We like the Cuisinart Velocity Ultra ($100) for its powerful motor that can crush ice for our Raspberry-Lime Rickey Slushies just as easily as it blends hearty ingredients like fresh kale to smooth perfection. This blender handles big jobs, too: The lightweight, BPA-free plastic jar holds up to 7 cups, making it possible to puree soups like our Golden Gazpacho all […]

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Biolite BaseCamp: Charge Your iPhone While Grilling Dinner

When it comes to camping, I’m always searching for the next great gadget—a tent that’s truly rain proof, a mattress that stays inflated, a camp chair with a cup holder designed for my Scotch glasses—and I may have found it in the BioLite BaseCamp, a grill funded by crowdsourcing that will cook your food while also charging your electrical gadgets via […]

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My Favorite Earth-Friendly Find: Epicurean’s Recycled Milk Jug Cutting Board

The love for the Earth is palpable today. (It is Earth Day, after all.) That’s why I wanted to share with you my newest favorite eco-friendly kitchen find. With as much plastic waste is there is in the world, I appreciate a genius (and handy) way to recycle. Epicurean’s Recycled Plastic Cutting Boards (starts at $20, epicureancs.com) are made from an […]

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