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Gadgets: Make 5-Minute Ice Pops With the Zoku Quick Pop Maker

Gadgets Donna Currie 8 comments

Realistically, you can make ice pops in paper cups with wooden skewers for handles, but that's probably not as fun—or as trendy—as using a Zoku quick pop maker. Either way, it's certainly not nearly as fast. More

Gadgets: Use a BNTO to Pack Your Lunch in a Canning Jar

Gadgets Donna Currie 10 comments

The BNTO from Cuppow is very simple, but very effective. It's a dishwasher-safe plastic cup that nestles into a canning jar, allowing the jar lid to be screwed on to keep the cup and its contents safely separated from the rest of the jar. More

11 1/2 Things You Can Do With a Wooden Spoon (Besides Stirring)

Gadgets Donna Currie 30 comments

Wooden spoons have been around... oh, since sticks were invented, probably. How many other kitchen tools do you use that have changed so little since your grandmother's time. But wooden spoons are useful for things other than stirring. Here are a few of my favorites. More

Gadgets: The Progressive Funnel Will Simplify Your Home Canning Projects

Gadgets Donna Currie 5 comments

Funnels are pretty basic items. I've got a few with openings of different sizes to fit narrow-necked bottles and to fit larger jars, but the new canning funnel from Progressive ($15) has a few—actually, make that five—unique features that make it worth the storage space it takes up in my kitchen. More

Gadgets: Breville's Smart Waffle Maker Produces Perfectly Browned Waffles

Gadgets Donna Currie 42 comments

I've owned at least five waffle makers, not counting this one, maybe more. Which is crazy, considering that I don't make a lot of waffles. But hey, when I want waffles, I want good waffles. More

Gadgets: Mix, Rise, and Bake Bread in the Lekue Silicone Bread Maker

Gadgets Donna Currie 6 comments

I'm not exactly sure what to call the Lekue Silicone Bread Maker ($35). I mean, they call it a bread maker, but it's really more of a bread pan that can be used as a bowl. That said, it does have some nice perks. More

12 Things You Can Do with Silicone Muffin Cups (Besides Bake Muffins)

Gadgets Donna Currie 20 comments

I love thinking outside the box—or bowl, or spoon, or whatever—when it comes to kitchen gadgets and tools. Many common gadgets have uses beyond what they're sold for, and it makes them so much more valuable than those one-trick gadgets that you seldom use. Silicone muffin cups are a prime example. Sure, we know they can be used for baking muffins and cupcakes. But what else could they be used for? More

Gadgets: Put Training Wheels on Your Rolling Pin

Gadgets Donna Currie 6 comments

Have you ever run into a recipe that required you to roll dough to a specific thickness? Do you actually measure, or do you eyeball it and hope for the best? Sure, with a lot of practice, you can probably gauge a 1/4 inch thickness, or at least get pretty darn close. Or you can do the sensible thing and cheat; put training wheels on your rolling pin, if you will. More

Gadgets: A Pair of Tools for Pepper Prep

Gadgets Donna Currie 6 comments

Is there any fruit or vegetable that doesn't have its own special tool? (In case you were wondering, that's a rhetorical question.) And peppers have the Progressive Pepper Corer Duo ($9.69), which is actually a set of two tools, paired to core and seed peppers of all shapes and sizes. The larger corer works on bell peppers and the like, while the smaller handles jalapeƱos, serranos, and other diminutive varieties. More

Gadgets: Get Your Garnish on With the Mastrad Spiral Veggie Slicer

Gadgets dbcurrie 8 comments

If you're itching to make fancy zucchini fettuccine, but you don't want to commit to a spiral slicing machine, the Mastrad Spiral Veggie Slicer ($14.99) may just be your new best friend. Yes, okay, I'm sure Chef Morimoto could carve zucchini into ribbons with a chef's knife, but normal mortals probably need some sort of a tool. The advantage of this one over a spiral-cutting machine is that it's small and simple, and the pieces nest together for more compact storage. More

Gadgets: Get Wavy With the Kuhn Rikon Krinkle Knife

Gadgets dbcurrie 12 comments

Making wavy cuts in vegetables isn't an essential task by any means, but with Kuhn Rikon's Krinkle Knife ($14) knife, it's no more difficult than making straight cuts. And it makes presentation more fun. More

Gadgets: Give Your Canning Jars New Purpose With the Sip & Straw

Gadgets dbcurrie 7 comments

Is there anything worse than reaching for that frosty glass of lemonade on a warm day, only to find a recently-airborne critter doing the backstroke in your drink? Well, yeah, I can tell you what's worse. Taking a gulp, then realizing there was a swimmer in the pool. A sports bottle or an insulated travel mug with a lid solves the problem when it's just you in the back yard, but when you're hosting a barbecue, maybe you'd like something a little more festive for the mojitos and margaritas. Enter the Sip & Straw More

Gadgets: Colorful, Disposable Paper Bakeware That Works Like a Charm

Gadgets dbcurrie 22 comments

Considering how many baking pans I own, paper bakeware was never really on my radar. But I thought it would be fun to test. Not only did they work like a charm, but they come in hard-to-find sizes and make for a bright and colorful way to package baked gifts. More

Utensil Pot Clips Are a Great Alternative to Spoon Rests

Gadgets dbcurrie 6 comments

If you've ever thought, "I really need a better place to put this spoon than in this hot pot," a utensil pot clip may be for you. More

Make Breakfast More Whimsical With Egg Shapers

Gadgets dbcurrie 10 comments

Egg Shapers are silicone molds designed for cooking eggs, with appropriately-placed round holes to corral the yolks. They're easy to use: just crack the eggs into the mold and cook the eggs as you'd usually cook your sunny-side or basted eggs. More

Prevent a Boil-Over Mess With the Kuhn Rikon Spill Stopper

Gadgets dbcurrie 5 comments

The Kuhn Rikon Spill Stopper is a big concave silicone disk that's designed to stop spillovers. There's a removable piece in the center that acts as a vent and allows liquid to bubble up and collect in the "bowl" of the Spill Stopper rather than spilling over the sides of the pot. More

Don't Like Deep Frying At Home? Try the Philips AirFryer, a Convection Oven on Steroids

Gadgets dbcurrie 16 comments

The Philips AirFryer has a basket that food goes into, like a deep fryer, but that's where the similarities end. Rather than dunking the food into hot fat, you coat it with a little bit of oil (or not, depending on what you're cooking) and let the AirFryer blow hot air over it. More

Food Huggers Help Keep Cut Produce and Open Containers Fresh

Gadgets dbcurrie 18 comments

Food Huggers are designed to push onto the cut portion of a fruit or vegetable, keeping air out to keep the food fresh. They also work as covers for things that don't have their own lids, like glasses, open cans, or small serving bowls. More

Gadgets: Mastrad Minute Cooker

Gadgets dbcurrie 9 comments

The minute cooker is simple. A somewhat square (wider at the corners, gently curved in the center), somewhat flat bowl nestles in a silicone base with a silicone lid. We gave it a run for its money to see if it would steam our food as efficiently as promised. More

Silpain, the Silpat for Bread, Is a Welcome Addition to the Bread Baker's Kitchen

Gadgets dbcurrie 4 comments

Although I have a Silpat, I never use it for bread. It's too slick and smooth and I don't get the crust I like. So when I found out that the Silpat folks had a mat made specifically for bread, I figured it was worth a try. The difference is that the Silpain is a fine mesh mat instead of an impermeable silicone mat, allowing air to circulate under the loaf. More

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