The 9-inch square PushPan from Kuhn Rikon has a loose bottom, much like a tart pan, but the difference is that the removable bottom of the PushPan is rimmed with silicone, creating a gasket-like seal to keep the dessert in the pan and the water bath out.
The Zenker Layer Cake Slicing Kit ($58.50) has turned me into a cake slicing expert. Heck, it could turn my nine-year-old self into an expert. There's nothing to set up or adjust. Just slice between the guides, and you can slice a cake into multiple layers.
The Swissmar cheese holder's three short prongs poke into a hunk of cheese to grip it without stabbing so deeply that the cheese begins to crack or tear, allowing you to slice the cheese without using your hands to hold it. Meanwhile, the knob is big enough to hang onto easily.
For the most part, garlic presses operate the same way: they mash garlic cloves through small holes. The Garject Lite ($19.95) from Dreamfarm does that and a little more.
Spoons. They're so simple. But Michael Ruhlman thought they weren't designed quite right, so he started bending them to make them easier for basting, skimming, and scooping.
Bright, fresh orange juice, made a bit heartier and less acidic with the addition of sweet carrots.
This gadget lets you easily whip up small quantities of whipped cream, mayonnaise, and more.
The first thing I have to say about the folding proofer ($148) from Brod & Taylor is, "How have I survived so long without this?"
While this pink concoction, made with pineapple, apple, and fresh cranberries, is intended as a morning juice or afternoon pick-me-up, it would be completely at home in a cocktail glass.
The Drosselmeyer nutcracker ($39.95) easily handled every type of nut I threw into it.
I'm not really into the super-green juices that taste like fresh lawn, but that doesn't mean I don't like green. This drink is the most refreshing green juice combination that I know.
If you've watched enough food shows, you've probably seen chefs using a tamis—a drum-like sifter that can be used for puréeing berries, smoothing mashed potatoes, or getting the lumps out of flour. That's what the Sift'n Sieve ($17.99) from Chef'n is, but instead of being made entirely of metal it combines a plastic rim with metal mesh.
I don't cut a lot of fondant, and I don't expect to in the future, but I like the fondant cutters from Cake Daddy for making cute bite-size cookies.
I may be the only person on the planet who thinks this is a problem, but it bugs the heck out of me when I take the lid off a pot and need to find a place to set it down. The Onpot helps solve that problem.
From stocking stuffers to extravagant, indulgent gifts, it's time to make that list and check it twice, whether you're shopping for your best pal or making your own wish list. If you're celebrating twelve days of Christmas, here's a gift for every day.
This collapsible silicone strainer/steamer basket may not be an earthshaking kitchen tool, but it's useful and practical, especially for people who don't have a lot of storage space.
Have you ever sharpened your pizza wheel? Have ever even thought about sharpening it? Yeah, me either. I mean, it's not like you need a sushi knife for whacking your pizza into pieces, right? So when I saw that a pizza wheel sharpener ($14.99) existed, I was surprised. Then again, now I have a pizza wheel that might actually be sharper than it was when it was new.
No, these buns aren't made from stuffing—they're made to taste like stuffing. Of course, every family's stuffing recipe is different, and some are very, very different. But this one hits all the typical flavor notes.
You can't shoot turkeys with the Turkey Cannon, but you can make beer can chicken on steroids. The Cannon rests the turkey at an angle while it creates steam-action inside the bird.
Soft, lightly sweet, and golden brown, these classic Parker House rolls are the perfect side for a home cooked meal.
With this mini pie maker, I plan on making a whole army of turkey pot pies after the bird is done and freezing them for easy lunches.
Who says pumpkin's just for dessert? These sweet buns laced with a hazelnut-graham cracker swirl are perfect breakfast treat. The sugary drizzle is optional but pretty.
The Pin Pair ($39.99) from Chef'n saves space by using a French rolling pin as the handles for a silicone rolling pin.
The Staybowlizer's main purpose is to keep bowls from slipping around on a table—useful for folks who need an extra hand in the kitchen or for kids who want to help mix and stir—but the longer this thing hangs around my kitchen, the more uses I find for it.
The big benefit to the T-fal OptiGrill is that it senses doneness, making it perfect for those who tend to overcook everything. I tested the grill with fish and steak, with good results.
There are a lot of different rye flours available, including light rye, medium rye, and pumpernickel flour. However, my local grocery chains tend to have one brand and one type, and that's stone-ground rye. It's a coarser, grittier rye than most of the others that I buy online, but it still makes a nice bread. If your local markets have other varieties of rye flour, use what's available or what you like best.
In this bread, instant mashed potatoes create a softer, fluffier texture. I almost always use them in dinner rolls for that reason. The instant potatoes I buy are little more than dehydrated cooked potatoes, with no strange preservatives, chemicals, or flavors. The resulting bread is a very pale yellow, and very soft and fluffy with just a hint of flavor from the egg.
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