kitchen tools

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Spring Cleaning: 5 Outdated Kitchen Tools You Should Toss Right Now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

You Only Need One Reason To Buy A Rice Ball Maker

Where to get and how to use rice ball makers
Jan 14, 2013 12:31 pm

Here's what's dangerous: me, a brand-new set of rice ball makers and the fridge after I go food shopping for the week. I think there's a misconception that rice balls are Japanese, period. I mean they are, but once you have the proper tools in place to make them because you learned how to use a rice ball maker on Food Republic, you might just go all fusion on everyone. Here are a few of my favorite ways. 

A Lifestyle Shop For The Modern Art Collector

Eat, sleep, breathe art? Check out Grey Area
Oct 2, 2012 9:01 am

It's no big secret that we're huge fans of design objects that fit within the parameters of a normal person's habitat — especially the parts that involve drinking and eating — which is why we're obsessed with the collection of merchandise on Grey Area's website right now. Such as these five items...

The World's 8 Strangest Food Inventions

There's strange. Then there's these eight products.
Sep 20, 2012 10:01 am

Chocolate and peanut butter. Lettuce and tomato. Bacon and… seemingly everything.  Some culinary combinations seem so natural that it’s hard to believe they were invented at all. Other food-related creations may require a bit more imagination. Make no mistake, futurists have...

Tested: OXO Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer

A one-trick tool for your favorite tropical fruit
Jul 19, 2012 10:01 am

Say “pineapple” and two things come to mind: piña coladas and pizza toppings. Being a New York street slice purist, the latter is sacrilege and of no interest to me. But a frozen cocktail — or better yet, a spiked popsicle — is something I could never refuse. We tested out a ratcheting slicer. A what?

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