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Video: Alton Brown's 5 Essential Pieces of Kitchen Equipment

Jessica Leibowitz 26 comments

Now that it's a new year, we're on our way to becoming our best, healthiest, most organized selves. For those looking to simplify their kitchens, we gladly present: Alton Brown's five essential pieces of kitchen equipment. In our latest episode of the Chewing the Fat video series, TV personality and food science whiz Alton Brown (Good Eats, Iron Chef America) elaborates on quite the interesting hit-list, including a few "essentials" many might not include. More

Traveling Pizza Kit

Slice Adam Kuban 10 comments

Yesterday I mentioned in passing I'd give you a run-down of the "away game" pizza-making kit I dragged over to a friend's to do a tasting flight of four pies. If you make pizza at home already, you've probably got all the junk you'd need. Still, if you're curious, here's my tool bag, after the jump. More

Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Kitchen Tool Crossover

Caroline Russock 6 comments

Last week's Weekend Cook and Tell was inspired by the story of the Microplane grater, a wood rasp that found its way into the kitchen and never looked back. For Kitchen Tool Crossover challenge we asked all of you to tell us about tools that have made their way into your kitchen by way of the basement, garage, or tool shed. Let's take a look at some of our favorite multipurpose responses. More

Slice Gift Guide for Pizza Lovers

Slice Maggie Hoffman 15 comments

If you're looking for a gift for a pizza lover, you've just hit the jackpot. Here are our top suggestions to please your favorite pizza devotees, from Slice-tested home pizzamaking tools to ingredients to books, as well as pizza experiences your loved one will never forget. More

Equipment: Ice Cream Scoop

J. Kenji López-Alt 17 comments

For someone who doesn't eat much ice cream, I sure use my ice cream scoop an awful lot. As a baking tool, a few different sized scoops are essential—there's no faster or more consistent way to get cookie dough from the bowl to the baking tray. Muffins and cupcakes benefit too, making filling up the wells quick, even, and mess-free. More

6 Things Every Griller Needs

J. Kenji López-Alt 34 comments

There are hundreds of so-called grilling "essentials" on prominent display at food stores and catalogues, but over the years, you figure out that the only real tools you need are the ones that help you bring your food close to fire (preferably without burning yourself). After all, isn't that what grilling is really all about—food and fire in all its primal glory? Here are the six items you really need. Everything else is just bells and whistles. And please, don't even think about buying those "grill kits." Not even as a gift. 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

Critic-Turned-Cook Gives A Cheer For Most Valuable Tools

Leslie Kelly 9 comments

[Images: Cooking.com] In honor of the Big Game, I thought it might be fitting to recognize some of the Most Valuable Tools (MVTs) in the kitchen. Can I get a wave going for the Drew Brees of all appliances, the %2Fshprodde%2Easp%3FSKU%3D314236">food processor? What did cooks do before the food processor? Spend endless hours chopping, whisking and kneading by hand, that's what. My poor personal Cuisinart is on its last legs, the base held together with duct tape—kinda like Vikings quarterback Brett Favre right before that interception. Still, my ancient food processor gets a daily workout, especially since I've mastered the art of making mayo; specifically, anchovy mayo that I transform into sublime Caesar dressing. Because January was all about eating... More

Gadgets: Candy Thermometers, Digital and Not

Gadgets Nikki Goldstein 4 comments

[Photograph: Williams-Sonoma] Apparently I was late on the bandwagon by only recently finding out that there was such a thing as a digital candy thermometer. Frankly, it was a while before I realized there was need in my life for a candy thermometer at all. It all started with a recipe in the December 2007 issue of Gourmet for Toasted-Coconut Marshmallow Squares. One enormous batch of 100+ marshmallows later, I was hooked. As it turns out, though, candy thermometers come quite in handy—DIY candy-making is now my favorite gift-buying alternative, and frying gets a lot easier when you can figure out exactly how hot your oil is versus how hot it should be. Whether they need to be spiffy digital... More

Is There Any Reason for This to Exist: The Ham Dogger

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 15 comments

[Photograph: Taylor Gifts] Adam Kuban says: "No." I say; "No, but now I wonder what a log burger tastes like." Stick meat in tray, put on cover, press down, and there you go. Here's an instructional video to go... More

Sur La Table 'Slider' Mini-Burger Tools

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 1 comment

A new product in Sur La Table's catalog is their 'Slider' Mini-Burger Tools. The line includes a burger press ($25), a burger grilling basket ($25), and a bun cutter ($5). You could also just, like, form the patties with your... More

Burger Maker/Storage Set

A Hamburger Today Adam Kuban 2 comments

Freezing patties isn’t ideal, but whose life is conducive to grinding fresh beef each time you want to make burgers at home? This set looks like it might be a good compromise between optimum flavor and convenience. Simply place your... More

A Medieval Multitasker: The Whisk

Amanda Clarke 4 comments

The whisk is more than a tool for aeration. Useful for making sauces, emulsions and more, it is one of the home kitchen’s greatest multitaskers. Here is some information for selecting and making the most of this apparatus, which dates to medieval times. More

Gear: Measuring Up

Harold Check 4 comments

After decades of Pyrex primacy, the last ten years have seen some advances in liquid measuring tools. The arrival of the angled "view from above" measuring cup spared home cooks the neck-craning, easy-to-mess-up chore of eyeballing the level. The innovation was cause for much rejoicing, and if you haven't bought one for your kitchen yet, you won't regret springing $7 on the OXO Angled Measuring Cup with its rubberized handle. Along similar lines, the narrow base and wide mouth of Emsa's Perfect Beaker makes smaller liquid measurements easier to accomplish. On the dry-measure frontier, things aren't quite as rosy. There is plenty of variety in dry measuring cups and spoons but really no clear-cut quantum leaps. Not to say that... More

Left to Your Own Devices

A Hamburger Today Adam Kuban 3 comments

If, no matter what you do, you always end up cooking your burgers to the hockey-puck point, some high-tech help might be just what you need to make flame cookin' the delicious and relaxing endeavor it should be. The New... More

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