kitchen tools

What Is A Dough Hook?

What do you do with this stand mixer attachment?
Aug 2, 2013 2:00 pm

Got a stand mixer? Hopefully you didn't throw away the dough hook because you thought it was a broken whisk or weird food-torturing device or you'll be kneading dough by hand for quite a while. And that is boring. Here's how one simple tool results in fluffy, chewy bread. 

Finally, A Fruit Bowl That Will Tell You When Your Bananas Are About To Go Bad

Hey fruit eaters, here's a prototype to watch for
Jul 16, 2013 10:01 am

Time to eat those quickly ripening peaches and bananas! As an effort to curtail food waste, London-based design student Jagjit Chodha developed a fruit bowl that changes color to tell when a fruit has become ripe — and when it's about to pass its prime. More info about this exciting concept after the jump.

Can You Crush Ice With An Immersion Blender?

Where Frozen Drinks Week meets understocked kitchen
Jul 10, 2013 2:31 pm

First, we brought you the enlightening "What Is An Immersion Blender," and now that we're knee-deep in our first annual Frozen Drinks Week, we've gotten more than a few inquiries on crushing ice with one. Can you crush ice with an immersion blender? Should you? Will you anyway?

How To Keep Cheese From Sticking To The Cheese Grater

One step no-effort cheese grater cleanup
Jun 17, 2013 3:31 pm

The easiest hacks are obvious our favorites, and we're on a lifelong mission to memorize as many of those as possible. Knowing a trick like how to keep cheese from sticking to your grater when you're diligently grating your own for any number of macaroni and cheese recipes is particularly useful.

What Is A Double Boiler?

You're going to need it to melt that chocolate, pal
May 14, 2013 1:31 pm

You need heat, but it can't be direct. It also can't come from a microwave or an oven, and the sun just won't cut it. Your recipe calls for something to be melted or whisked over a double boiler, but what the hell is it? How you can you double boil something? 

Spring Cleaning: 5 Outdated Kitchen Tools You Should Toss Right Now

Good-bye, old kitchen crap taking up all my space
Apr 18, 2013 9:01 am

Happy spring cleaning! Let's cut to the chase: get rid of all this crap you never use that's cluttering up the kitchen. Do it. I've decided that these five things are taking up the space preventing you from spreading your culinary wings and soaring like a food eagle. 

What Is A Ring Mold? Plus 8 Recipes To Stuff Into One

The simplest tool creates the fanciest presentation
Mar 28, 2013 1:31 pm

Ring mold: not a disease, but a very important tool in every kitchen from beginner to master. Ever wonder how fancy restaurants plate food in perfect circles? It's not hard. Also known as biscuit cutters, metal ring molds are a versatile and cost-effective way to bring a little class into the joint at about $5 a pop.

What Is An Immersion Blender?

Meet the trusty blender you can't live without
Mar 26, 2013 1:31 pm

Let's go back to the basics. If you don't have one of these handy little deals in your kitchen, you're a few fries short of a Happy Meal. You weren't really going to transfer batches of cooled soup from your stockpot to your blender, only to have it probably explode on you anyway, right? You were? Okay, allocate $30, purchase one of these immediately and listen up.


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