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The Crisper Whisperer: Top 10 Kitchen Tools for Veggie Lovers

Crisper Whisperer Carolyn Cope 19 comments

When your crisper is jam-packed, the basic tools in your kitchen can make or break your relationship with those vegetables. With the right set of equipment, most of which is not particularly fancy, you can show your produce who's boss, and do it in style. And when you come right down to it, what else is summer for? These are my top 10 tools for keeping things under control in the passionate heat of summer produce season. Did I miss anything? Let us know in the comments! More

Equipment: Which Food Processor Should I Buy?

J. Kenji López-Alt 46 comments

This week we start dipping into the realm of countertop appliances, and as far as usefulness goes, the food processor elbows for the top slot right along side the stand mixer. The thing about food processors is, they ain't cheap. What could be worse than shelling out three figures for an appliance that either doesn't do its job, or is so cumbersome to use that it ends up as just another place to practice your dusting? More

Guide to Essential Kitchen Hand Tools, Part 3

J. Kenji López-Alt 46 comments

Here are the last five items you need to round out your hand tool collection. If you've read through the first and second guides and have got all the items on the list, you've officially got a well-stocked kitchen. That's assuming you've got pots, pans, tools, and all those other fun things we'll be covering in the future. More

Guide to Essential Kitchen Hand Tools, Part 2

J. Kenji López-Alt 26 comments

In the second installment of our guide to essential kitchen hand tools, we cover a few more of the basics. More

Guide to Essential Kitchen Hand Tools, Part 1

J. Kenji López-Alt 56 comments

Every cook has to start somewhere, and the cheapest place to start is with your small tools. These are the hand tools that should be constantly by the side of your stove top, ready to stir, whisk, flip, or pick up any food item at moment's notice. As the list is long, we're dividing it into three parts. These first 7 are the most essential. More

The Food Lab's Top 10 Pieces of Kitchen Gear

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 81 comments

Sure, maybe early man got away with a fire and a stick, but any budding kitchen sleuth, or even a good home cook knows that the right equipment can make life in the kitchen a whole lot easier. So here we go, in no particular order: The Food Lab's Top 10 Favorite Pieces of Kitchen Gear. More

What Are Your Favorite Kitchen Tools?

Erin Zimmer 40 comments

A kitchen tool for a chef is like a bowling ball for a bowler. It's special, and sometimes so irreplaceable, even a similar-looking, similar-functioning object of the same name will not do the trick. What are your favorite kitchen tools? More

Cork Uncorked

Amanda Clarke 2 comments

In the last few years, with demand for environmentally friendly, natural materials on the rise, much attention has been paid in this regard to bamboo. But while it is a beautiful, sustainable, durable and versatile substance, we need not live by bamboo alone, particularly when there’s cork. More

Roasters Do More Than Just Roast

Lia Bulaong 3 comments

Chris of Apartment Therapy: The Kitchen declares it's time to find new uses for roasters: "No matter how sexy-shiny our All-Clad roaster is, in order to justify the purchase, we need to cook with this $159.99 pan more than once a month. Down with expensive, single use kitchen tools!" One of their commenters says her mother uses her roaster to cook mussels for a group, because it's the perfect size and height and you can serve them in it; another makes caramel corn in it during the holidays. What do you do with your roaster?... More

Peanut Butter and Jelly Spreader

Lia Bulaong 1 comment

If you've ever had trouble buying something for someone who seems to already have everything, I can all but guarantee they won't have Cuisipro's Peanut Butter and Jelly Spreader. $11 buys you a foot-long tool with color-coded silicon paddles on each end—light brown for the peanut butter and purple for the jelly—to prevent the dreaded bottle cross-contamination and horrible bread tearing that the usage of knives inflicts. Yes, it's dishwasher-safe, and yes, it comes with a 25-year warranty, although really, by the year 2032 our sandwiches should be spreading themselves.... More

Mushroom Kitchen Timer

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I can't decide whether this mushroom kitchen timer is so cute it's hideous or so hideous it's cute, so I'm just going to say that it's 3"x3.5", from Japan (if you hadn't already guessed), $12 at Fred Flare, and you should buy it if it makes you happy. [via Apartment Therapy]... More

Crucial or Needless?

Nathalie Jordi 1 comment

I'm a gadget minimalist, but the following kitchen tools culled off the Well Fed Network's various sites are kind of intriguing: --The Food Loop, a kind of reusable kitchen string (for tying up joints of meat, piles of stockpot veg, etc.) --The OXO Angled Measuring Cup, so that you don't have to bend in half when you're pouring out milk or oil. This one, on the other hand, is just stupid: Spepper, a salt-and-pepper mix. But I LOVE these toasters by the Sarut group! Their Nemo whisk and graters are cute too, although they look less well designed.... More

Can a Vegetable Peeler Be Sharpened?

Adam Kuban 2 comments

Short answer: No—buy a new one. Some good options at Apartment Therapy's The Kitchen.... More

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