'Gadgets' on Serious Eats

Gadgets: A Pair of Tools for Pepper Prep

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 jalapeños, serranos, and other diminutive varieties. More

Gadgets: Microplane Adjustable Slicer

If you've been thinking about buying a paddle-style slicer, the Microplane Adjustable Slicer with Julienne Blade is all that and more. It straddles the line between being an inexpensive paddle-style slicer and being a full-fledged mandolin. More

Gadgets: Chef'n SleekStor Measuring Beakers

SleekStor Measuring Beakers aren't so innovative that I'd suggest throwing out your existing measuring cups to buy them. But if you need an extra set, I'd suggest looking at these. The three-piece set—4-cup, 2-cup, and 1-cup—nests for storage, is heat resistant to 650°F, and each cup has its own lid so you can store things in them. More

Equipment: We Test The New Breville Crispy Crust Countertop Pizza Oven

I imagine that if my rice cooker got it on with my Roomba, their offspring might look a bit like the new Breville Crispy Crust countertop pizza oven, a new plug-and-go appliance that promises "professional brick-oven results right in your own kitchen." Considering how poorly our testing of previous countertop pizza cookers has gone, we weren't holding out too much hope of the Breville contraption producing anything but middling results. Happily, I can report that the oven indeed doesperform as advertised, pumping out crisp-crust 10-inch pies in about 7 minutes, crisp bottom crust, decent charring and all. More

Gadgets: Hot Logic Mini

If you want a hot lunch at work, but the office microwave frightens you, what are your options? Toaster oven? Hot plate? Crockpot? Maybe that's a little too much. How about a little insulated container that heats your food and keeps it hot? That's what the Hot Logic Mini ($49.97) is—a lunch-size insulated bag with a carrying handle. A heating plate on the bottom takes care of warming food slowly and gently, keeping it warm without burning it. More

Gadgets: The Grab Opener, aka The GrOpener

Bottle openers have been around since our Cro-Magnon ancestors first encountered bottled beer. Okay, maybe not that long, but bottle openers have been around for a long time—you'd think we'd be done updating them by now. Apparently, we are not: meet the latest bottle-related tool to hit the market, the GrOpener, short for Grab Opener ($16). More

Gadgets: The Spifter

The Spifter is a spoon-sized sifter. It would take you forever to sift flour with this for your cake, but it's ideal for neatly spewing paprika onto deviled eggs or sprinkling colored sugar onto cookies. Since it's small, you get more controlled placement of whatever you're sprinkling. More

Gadgets: Microplane Elite Star Grater

Microplane's star grater is now my favorite for grating hard cheeses, no doubt about it. Before this, I was using a fine grater, but this one definitely is easier to use and I'm pleased that the cover it comes with holds a reasonable quantity of cheese. More

Gadgets: OXO Mini Adjustable Measuring Cup

If you already have a kitchen full of measuring devices, this isn't going to be an essential addition to your kitchen. But for someone with a less-comprehensive setup, or who measures a lot of small amounts of goopy substances or who needs to measure 1/4 and 1/2 tablespoons a lot, this could come in handy. Since it's adjustable, it takes the place of other measures. More

Gadgets: OXO Egg Separator

This unitasker isn't an earthshaking, innovative device, but someone probably needs it. If you have egg-separation anxiety issues, this product is for you. Otherwise, I'm sure you've got your own favorite method already. More

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