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My Kitchen Tool Recommendations

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Readers often ask what tools I use in my kitchen. I recently discovered kit.com, which makes it easy to curate products into easy-to-use lists. So here’s my first kit, a collection of the countertop appliances that have earned their precious square inches by being rock-solid workhorses for years.

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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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Lentil and Cucumber Salad – Perfect for Potlucks – Recipe

Lentil and Cucumber Salad

This salad is great to have in your back pocket for summer potlucks and picnics  (*). It is easy to make, light and healthy and packed with flavor that adults will love, but manageable for kids too.

In this kind of salad, cucumbers tend to leak a lot of juice, dilute the dessing, and make a …

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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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