kitchen tools

The Caveman-Era Mortar And Pestle Finally Gets A New Look

Designs where modern form meets classic function
Apr 1, 2014 10:00 am

Multifunctional and endearingly low-tech, the mortar and pestle gets high marks for longetivity (it's one of the oldest-used kitchen tools, dating as far back as the time of the Egyptians). Thankfully, someone finally gave the basic duo a contemporary new look for the years to come. 

Why Do You Tie A Roast?

Grab some butcher's twine and truss like a boss
Nov 6, 2013 2:30 pm

Before we teach you how to tie a roast (we use the word "teach" loosely here), don't you want to know why you're tying up a nice piece of meat in the first place? You don't? You're walking into this whole roast thing totally blindly, trusting that the butcher's twine has some greater purpose you're not even curious about? Good, that's what we thought. Grab some string and let's get into it.

Video: How To Cut Food... With Dental Floss

Slicing cake, cheese has never been easier
Oct 9, 2013 4:30 pm

It can be difficult to slice common kitchen ingredients with precision, especially when the equipment isn’t up to par. But what if the proper equipment were right under your nose the entire time? Or, in your bathroom cabinet? Enter dental floss. The video, after the jump.

Should I Use A Wood Or Plastic Cutting Board?

Practical advice on when to use wood vs. plastic
Oct 4, 2013 2:00 pm

First, what are you cutting? There's no definitive rules that dictate that meat goes on plastic, vegetables go on wood, serrated knives go on plastic, butcher's cleavers are for wood, etc. It's more about practicality and food safety that anything.

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.

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