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.
 

Bagel Cutter – How to Slice a Bagel

June 14, 2012 1 Comment
Bagel Cutter – How to Slice a Bagel

Have you ever been cut while slicing a bagel? Well I have and it required a untimely visit to the emergency room and a few stitches. Not to mention it hurt. Here’s the ironic thing. My mother-in-law had given us one of those “Bagel Biters” as a gift and I refused to use it. I […]

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Wooden Spoons On The Water

March 25, 2011 3 Comments
Wooden Spoons On The Water

Do Wooden Spoons Help You Cook Better? “Wooden spoons on the water, very free, and easy Easy, you know the way it’s supposed to be” I know, it’s supposed to be “wooden ships on the water” from David Crosby’s classic song but when I was photographing my own wooden spoons I couldn’t get this song […]

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Whisks

October 28, 2008 0 Comments
Whisks

All About Whisks Plus A Whisking Video Most of us have at least one whisk (sometimes called a whip) in our kitchen, but do we really know how they meant to be used. Whisks seem to come in many shapes and sizes and it is easy to get confused when trying to figure out which […]

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Dry Measuring Cups vs Liquid Measuring Cups

May 15, 2008 44 Comments
Dry Measuring Cups vs Liquid Measuring Cups

Measuring Cups I recently received this email from a visitor asking, “If a recipe calls for four ounces of something, how do you know if they mean four ounces on the food scale, or in the measuring cup? What’s the difference between dry measuring cups and liquid measuring cups, why would you need different cups, […]

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One Handed Butter Cutter

February 13, 2007 0 Comments
One Handed Butter Cutter

The One-Click Butter Cutter Every once in a while someone will send me a new gadget to try out and write about on the ReluctantGourmet.com. Recently, I received a One-Click Butter Cutter from Linnea whose father invented this interesting butter “guillotine” like tool for slicing butter easily, quickly and rather effortlessly. You might think this […]

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Do You Own a Splatter Screen?

November 3, 2006 3 Comments
Do You Own a Splatter Screen?

Do you use a splatter screen in your kitchen? You know one of those round screens you put on top of your frying or sauté pan to prevent the hot spatters from making a mess of your stove top or jumping up and hitting your face. I’ve owned one for years but hardly used it. […]

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I Broke My Butter Bell

October 6, 2006 5 Comments
I Broke My Butter Bell

What is a Butter Bell? Also called a French butter bell crock or butter keeper, a butter bell is a ceramic two-piece dish that stores butter out of the refrigerator. When I first read about it in one of the cooking magazines, I didn’t believe it would keep butter fresh. After thinking about it a […]

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