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You Aren’t Still Using An Old School Vegetable Peeler Are You? Y-Shaped Peelers Win.

Kuhn Rikon Peeler

Good lord, you aren’t still using one of those old-fashioned vegetable peelers where the blade is in the same line as the handle, are you? The motion and control with these Y-shaped peelers is so much more efficient, you’ll be peeling your carrots and potatoes twice as fast. I like the minimalist Kuhn Rikon peelers, but …

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My Favorite Citrus Juicer

Citrus Juicer

I use a lot of lemon and lime juice in my cooking, so I’ve tried quite a few ways to get that juice over the years. I’ve tried wooden reamers (ugh, my hand is covered in juice!), one-piece counter models (rarely strain well), and electrics (only really worthwhile if you need to do dozens of …

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The Best Salad Spinner – Because Wet Lettuce Is Terrible

Starfrit Salad Spinner

The worst thing you can do to a potentially great salad is try and dress it with the leaves still wet from washing. The dressing runs right off, leaving a watery, unappetizing mess.

I’ve owned a number of salad spinners over the years, and when my last one broke I asked my friends for recommendations. …

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Why You Need an Instant-Read Kitchen Thermometer

Digital Kitchen Thermometer

An instant-read thermometer might seem like one of those kitchen gadgets you don’t really need. Most of us cook by the seat of our pants anyhow, right? Maybe it seems a little too “cheffy?” But I think you’ll find that if you get one, even a basic $12 model like I have pictured above, you’ll …

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Silicone Pastry Brushes – A Huge Improvement

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Old-school pastry brushes always drove me crazy. They never seemed quite clean no matter how much I washed them, and you couldn’t put them in the dishwasher because the glue would loosen and the bristles would fall out. After awhile, the bristles would be all clumped together and even more frightening.

Silicone pastry brushes have changed …

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Mini Offset Spatula – The Pastry Cook’s Secret Weapon

Mini Offset Spatula

These little offset spatulas are workhorses for pastry chefs. The offset-handle design keeps your hands out of the way of the work and lets you reach down into baking pans and get right up to the edge. They are also fantastic for frosting cookies and cupcakes. No more sticky fingers. I like the Ateco model …

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Quinoa Cakes With A Farmer’s Market Riot – Recipe

On the way home from the farmer's market, Sarina and I joked that I wouldn't be able to resist playing with the molecular gastronomy toys, turning the zucchini into gel, the tomatoes into powder, spherifying the cukes and making the corn into a tableside sorbet with liquid nitrogen. But it was just a joke. With …

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