Gear & Gadgets

Swipe Right to Yum

Tender is an image-driven app geared toward helping users find delicious recipes from around the Internet and build excitement while doing it. The same rules of the popular dating app Tinder apply: Like what you see? Swipe right. Not so appetizing? Swipe left. Not sure? Tap and get more info (i.e., the full recipe). Fortunately, those pork and ginger pot stickers don’t […]

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Trending Now: The Spiralizer

When life gives you carrots, zucchini, and sweet potatoes, spiralize them! The gadget that turns vegetables into delicate, twirly noodles has taken Pinterest boards and home kitchens by storm. Gluten-sensitive eaters and creative cooks tout the tool’s power to make day-to-day meals extraordinary. But go beyond veggie spaghetti—use spiralizers to make stunning salads, vegetable-packed bowls of faux pho, and crazy […]

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What Is a Bench Scraper?

The tried and true bench scraper is known by many names, such as dough scraper, bench knife, and bench chopper. Whatever you want to call it, it is an indispensable tool when baking bread. Its stainless-steel blade cuts and portions bread dough cleanly, it provides support for lifting and turning dough, and it makes quick work of cleaning up a […]

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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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