Tools & Gadgets

This category covers everything from kitchen necessities like scales and instant read thermometers to admittedly gimmicky but useful one trick ponies like pineapple corers and cherry pitters.  If you’re a cook like me, no matter how many gadgets you own, there’s always room for more. And if you’re shopping for a cook, they make the perfect stocking stuffer.
 

Kitchen Tools for First Year College Students

August 17, 2016 0 Comments
Kitchen Tools for First Year College Students

What Kitchen Gadgets Should You Bring to Your College Dorm? My oldest daughter is about to head off to college. It is her first year and we are trying to figure out what kitchen items, tools, gadgets she might need to help her transition. It’s been 40 years since I’ve been in college so I’m […]

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How I Saved My Legs and Back From Long Hours In The Kitchen

June 6, 2016 0 Comments
How I Saved My Legs and Back From Long Hours In The Kitchen

Are Those GelPro Mats As Good As They Look? For years I’ve seen GelPro mats advertised in my cooking magazines and wondered if they were as good as the reviews I’ve read. Then, a few weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative from the company asking me to talk about their product and I […]

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New Silicone Gloves Are Better Yet | KitchenTuff Giveaway

March 16, 2015 48 Comments
New Silicone Gloves Are Better Yet | KitchenTuff Giveaway

Silicone Gloves With Better Design Many years ago I purchased my first pair of silicone gloves that worked well but were stiff and difficult to work with. Yes, I could stick my hand into a pot of boiling water to remove a cooked lobster but the problem was holding on to it. These gloves were […]

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Top 12 Cooking Utensils to Have In Your Kitchen

December 9, 2014 0 Comments
Top 12 Cooking Utensils to Have In Your Kitchen

  What Are the Top 12 Cooking Utensils Every Cook Should Own? There are so many great cooking gadgets on the market and lots of options associated with each tool. What it’s made of? Size? Type of handle? Weight? Design? You may think this makes choosing the right one for you needs more confusing and […]

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Salt Mill or Pepper Mill

November 4, 2014 0 Comments
Salt Mill or Pepper Mill

What Is the Difference Between a Salt Mill & Pepper Mill? We most likely use salt and pepper in every recipe, yet not much thought goes into how we store, use and produce these ingredients. For example, did you know that high-end pepper mills use hardened steel for its machinery whereas salt mills use stainless […]

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Pepper Mills

September 16, 2012 6 Comments
Pepper Mills

All About Pepper Mills Chef’s All Say, “Use Freshly Ground Pepper”   Why?  Because once the peppercorns are ground they start to lose flavor and after about 3 months there will be a noticeable difference. Test it yourself by grinding some fresh pepper and comparing it to the pepper in your spice cabinet that’s been there […]

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Wine Corkscrews

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Wine Corkscrews

A Good Corkscrew Is Important In Every Kitchen! A Good Corkscrew is an important item to have in your kitchen toolbox especially if you enjoy a glass of wine with your meals. The Reluctant Gourmet has been known to enjoy a sip or two while preparing a meal. So lucky for me, I was given […]

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Cooking Utensils

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Cooking Utensils

Cooking Utensils Don’t Get the Credit They Deserve I have an inexpensive industrial plastic slotted spoon that won’t scratch any of my nonstick pan surfaces, but I have to admit those stainless steel ones sure look good. I purchased my plastic slotted spoon at the same place I purchase my tongs but they are available […]

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Cooking Tongs

September 14, 2012 0 Comments
Cooking Tongs

  Cooking Tongs might just be the most used tool in my kitchen! I purchased my first pair of kitchen tongs (not to be confused with those extra long barbecue tongs) in a kitchen supply shop. They only cost me about $8.00 but are one of the most utilized utensils in my kitchen. Great for […]

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Wooden Spoons – A Must in Every Kitchen

August 17, 2012 23 Comments
Wooden Spoons – A Must in Every Kitchen

Wooden Spoons – Why Chefs Recommend Cooking With Them I cook with wooden spoons that are at least 30 years old! Have you ever read a recipe that calls for “stirring with a wooden spoon” and wondered why? Why not stir with a metal spoon? Or a silicone spoon or spatula? Is it important what […]

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