Cooking Tools & Gadgets
Being efficient in the kitchen has never been easier thanks to the many available cooking gadgets. Handheld tools perform many functions and make you look like a master chef. Shop for a can opener, egg timer, spoon rest, pasty blender, pizza cutter, whisk, grater, and more tools in sizes and styles that suit your kitchen.
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Jaccard Super Meat Tenderizers
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Hamilton Beach 2-Speed Hand Blender w/ Food Chopper Attachment Black
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Think of your pantry not as just another cupboard in your kitchen. These days the refrigerator, freezer, and several cupboards serve as a pantry for fresh and stored foods. Keep your foods fresh and your kitchen organized with a variety of food containers. Meal prep and recipe making goes better with an organized storage system.
Food storage vessels come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. From canning jars and food-safe containers to kitchen canisters and cookie jars, there are many tools to contain and preserve foods for long-term use. Whatís most important to look for while shopping? A storage container that is airtight to keep your food items fresh and tasting good.
Gone are the days when you stick a fork in meat to see if itís done. Todayís accurate, easy-to-use food thermometers are gems for judging when food is done. There is no more dry meat or overbaked foods when you use a food thermometer to gauge your success. Itís the best way to ensure youíre serving a safe and thoroughly cooked meal to your family.
Get into the groove of grilling year-round with the proper tools. You donít need to be a master chef to be a great griller. And with the right tools, many tasks that go along with grilling are easier. Keep your grilling area clean, prepped, and ready with the right tools for making your backyard barbecue fun.
You may be a foodie who likes to cook by weight of ingredients or simply on a diet and need to weigh your servings -- either way, a kitchen scale is necessary. A scale ensures that measurements are absolutely accurate, and it also frees you of measuring with cups and spoons. Recipes that call for grams or ounces instead of tablespoons or cups are a welcome alternative for fans of cooking with scales.
The wok pan's original Chinese design calls for a curved interior. Whether you choose a flat or rounded base, a wok's deep, sloped sides help keep bite-size pieces of food in the pan while stir-frying. Toss together a healthy, flavorful stir-fry meal in this pan, and your family will think you (ahem) wok on water.
A griddle and a grill pan are one of the same, except for the interior bottom. A griddle is flat while a grill pan is ribbed, giving the foods you cook the appearance you get from cooking on an outdoor grill. These pans have low edges, making it easy to capture the grease that cooks off. Some pans include a small drainage spout on the edge so you can easily dispose of the grease or other food particles.
A good skillet can be your best friend in the kitchen. It is the starting point of many delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and it ends up being one of the most-used kitchen items. It's nice to have an assortment of sizes, as each is used for cooking different types of recipes -- small skillets are great for making omelets, medium and large are perfect for sauteing vegetable mixtures, and extra-large skillets are handy for pan-searing pork chops, chicken, and more.
A roasting pan is quite versatile. Not only is it perfect for roasting a turkey or meat roast, it is also great to use for big-batch cooking or baking snack mixes or caramel corn. There are various sizes of roasting pans, so it is easy to find one that meets your needs. A roasting rack, often included with the pan, neatly holds poultry or meat in place and away from drippings. A roasting rack also allows better heat flow around the bird or meat, resulting in even cooking.
Single-cup coffeemakers offer perfectly brewed coffee one cup at a time. With this type of machine, there are no hassles of grinding beans, deciding how much coffee or water to add, and cleaning up grounds. To make a cup, you simply choose a flavor, add water to the machine's reservoir, and press the size-selection button (if there is one) -- within a minute or two, your coffee is ready. Manufacturers offer as many as 200 flavors from 25 brands of hot or cold beverages to make in single-cup systems.
Take stock in a pot that can be used for cooking a variety of foods: stock, soup, stew, pasta sauce, braised meats, and more. Because a stockpot is so versatile, it's important to purchase one that will hold up for many years of use. Skip over the pots made of thin, flimsy materials, and purchase one that is heavy-duty and high-quality.
A batch of warm homemade cookies is a sure hit with family and friends. Know that the baking or cookie sheets you use can affect the results of your fresh-baked goodies. Cookie sheets come in several materials, including metal, aluminum, aluminized steel, and more, and they range in quality as well as price.
This versatile, medium-height round pan with a dishlike shape is commonly used for braising, slow-cooking, and poaching. Because braising requires less liquid than stewing, the sides of the pan are shallower than those of a Dutch oven. The braiser is designed to keep foods moist while cooking, so a tight-fitting lid is key. Without the lid, the pan can be used on the stovetop as a saute pan or in the oven as a baker.
The smell of fresh-baked bread wafting through the house is a real treat. And although the art of bread making is treasured, so is the ease of making and baking bread with an electric bread maker. Baked goods such as bagels and baguettes can also be made in certain bread maker models.
A Dutch oven is a pot that is suitable for use on the stovetop as well as in the oven. It's a staple to have in your kitchen repertoire because it is great for cooking braises, soups, and other one-pot meals. Although there are many available sizes, a 4- to 6-quart size will handle many kitchen duties, the most rewarding being a slow-cooked meal.
A mixer is high on the list of must-haves in any kitchen. A hand mixer is a gem for fast, easy recipes that call for mixing. But a stand mixer that makes it easy to mix stiff cookie dough and knead light bread dough is the belle of the ball. Allowing you to walk away while the machine does the work, a stand mixer is liberating and efficient.
A new salad bowl and salad spinner can make you feel happy and healthy at the same time. Spinners take the hassle out of washing greens and getting them dry and crisp. They can be used to clean and dry other vegetables and berries, too. Once spun dry, greens can be tossed in a beautiful bowl for a splendid salad presentation.
A chefís pan, also known as a saucier, may sound like a culinary must-have, but itís really an optional item. With its rounded sides, a chefís pan somewhat resembles a wok, but it has a flat, thick bottom. This versatile pan is typically used for sautťing, browning, and simmering. A chefís pan is designed to heat up quickly and offers exceptional maneuverability.
More people seeking good nutrition means more people interested in blenders and juicers. Itís hard to beat the multiple functions a blender gives you at the touch of a button for making quick smoothies, protein shakes, and pureed soups. And thereís no easier way to extract healthful juices from fruits and vegetables than with an electric juicer.
Get cutting, chopping, slicing, and dicing with a collection of cutting boards. To keep foods safe and your cutting boards bacteria-free, designate one board for raw meats and another for fresh fruits, vegetables, or nuts. Smaller-size boards are just the ticket for a quick, small chop, and larger, over-the-sink options are nice for foods that need cleaning before slicing.
If you like deep, dark, full-flavor coffee, a coffee press is the answer to your java dreams. Once the coffee grounds have steeped, the press forces grounds to the bottom of the brewing pot to capture the concentrated coffee flavor. A French press consists of a narrow glass carafe, lid, and metal plunger for pressing. Coffee connoisseurs prefer coffee from a press because of the rich, complex flavor attained by none of the essential oils being trapped in a filter.
Steaming is a fast and easy way to cook delicious vegetables while retaining their color and nutrients. Steamers come in a variety of types and styles. Decide if you want to control the cooking duration or set a timer to do it for you. Vegetables can easily become soggy and overcooked when steaming; a timed method is a surefire way to have crisp-cooked vegetables with your meals.
Nothing says comfort food like a fresh-from-the-oven casserole. Whether served for breakfast or dinner, the oven-to-table beauties range in style, and so do the dishes used bake them. When putting your collection of casserole dishes together, choose different shapes, materials, and colors.
Standard food choppers that chop a single ingredient, such as nuts, have been on the market for years. Now, however, these handy tools have developed into versatile gadgets, designed to accomplish more than a single chopping task. Depending on the model, you can chop, mince, and even puree foods with the simplicity of a food chopper. The popularity of this easy-to-use gadget is growing, and new versions are evolving.
Fondue is a former food trend that's making a comeback. It's great for entertaining, because people gather around the pot and eat as well as converse. A fondue pot is the perfect vessel for a cheesy, meaty, or chocolaty mixture. For a great crowd-pleasing twist on serving tired old dip recipes, a fondue pot can perk up the party.
Yummy foods like bread puddings, cobblers, and crisps are often made in a baking dish, not a pan. Baking dishes and casseroles function for baking and serving. Starting with egg strata in the morning and ending with a one-dish dinner in the evening, baking dishes are the workhorses of your kitchen and ideal for oven-to-table service.
While microwaves have certainly evolved since their commercial invention in 1945, some of the basic features remain. They're small, self-contained kitchen appliances that help cooks with heating, melting, thawing, and cooking foods in a short amount of time. Whether you're buying new or replacing an old one, here's a guide to choosing a new microwave oven.
When the weather doesn't cooperate or you live in a climate with cold-weather months, an indoor grill keeps summer recipes alive. Grilling meat or vegetables can be an easy, year-round routine on the smaller surface of an indoor grill. Just be sure your kitchen has the proper ventilation.
Ahh, a nice juicy steak to cut into. But wait, what's this? The knife won't cut the steak? That's not a good scenario for you or your guests when serving a delicious cut of meat. Steak knives with sharp blades are a must for entertaining and enjoying a meal. Look at your options when registering for or buying steak knives for long-lasting use.
Contrary to its name, a pressure cooker can relieve pressure from cooking -- this pot with an interlocking lid can take hours of cook time off recipes. Meats, soups, and other main dishes cook faster with ample moisture for a delicious outcome. Whatever type of pressure cooker you choose, just be sure to follow its cooking directions. Recipes designed for stove-top or oven methods do not automatically convert to pressure-cooker settings.
Cooking pasta is a relatively easy task, but it's important to pay attention. Pasta can quickly go from perfectly done to overcooked and limp. Also, if not served immediately, pasta can become cold and rubbery. With the right cooking equipment, you'll have perfect pasta every time.
Peelers and graters help you add punch to your cooking. Peelers are an obvious must-have for removing skins from vegetables, but you can also them to create ribbons of melon or shavings of chocolate. In a variety of sizes, graters and shredders can give you everything from a pinch of fresh ginger or nutmeg to heaping amounts of cheese or zucchini.
With seemingly countless cookbooks available, itís easy to find one specific to just about any food category, style, or topic. If you have a favorite cooking show host, food blogger, restaurateur, or food publication you follow, chances are you can find a cookbook showcasing their cooking knowledge, insight, and special recipes.
The humble muffin tin is marvelous for making muffins, cupcakes, and individual servings of a favorite dessert. Most are made of aluminum or silicone, and the interiors are nonstick-coated or not. Available in more than the standard size, these pans are fun to make miniature treats as well as jumbo ones.