Reviews

Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan reviewed
Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan reviewed by Ginger Cook

Comments: Oh my gosh – you never knew there were so many people who love the middle brownie until you get a brownie pan that makes only edges! Then they’re crawling out of the woodwork. If you like/love...

Smith Abrasives 12-Inch Sharpening Steel
Kitchen Tools Smith Abrasives 12-Inch Sharpening Steel

Comments: “Sharpening steel,” as we all know, is a misnomer. A steel doesn’t actually sharpen a knife (which involves grinding away the old weak edge and reshaping a new stronger edge). The sharpening o...

by Ginger Cook
OXO Digital Leave-in Meat Thermometer
OXO Digital Leave-in Meat Thermometer

Comments: This leave-in, or probe, thermometer is easy to use – occasionally too easy, it turns out, but we’ll get to that in a minute. OXO has taken the guesswork out of cooking meats, as the thermome...

by Ginger Cook
Amco 2-In-1 Squeezer reviewed
Amco 2-In-1 Squeezer reviewed

Comments: This sturdy squeezer incorporates a large bowl for squeezing lemons and a plate in the middle with a smaller bowl that folds down for squeezing limes. Whether you use one half or the other is ...

by Ginger Cook
Camerons Stovetop Smoker reviewed
Camerons Stovetop Smoker reviewed

Comments: Place a tablespoon or so of wood chips in the bottom of the pan, insert the full-size drip pan and the non-stick grilling rack, place the food on top of the rack, slide on the lid, and cook ov...

by Ginger Cook
Cuisipro Non-Aerosol Spray Pump reviewed
Cuisipro Non-Aerosol Spray Pump reviewed

Comments: First of all, the instructions are hidden inside, so don’t even think of filling this with olive oil until you’ve rescued the instructions. (There’s a little sticker on top that tells you the ...

by Ginger Cook
Trim-N-Turn Ultra Rotating Cake Stand
Trim-N-Turn Ultra Rotating Cake Stand

Comments: Even if you decorate a cake very rarely, having a turntable is an undeniable aid – there is nothing like having fair access to all bits of your cake. The top turns nicely in either direction ...

by Ginger Cook
CIA Masters Collection Salt Mill
CIA Masters Collection Salt Mill

Comments: Grinding pepper has a very clear purpose – you get the most flavor from freshly ground peppercorns. The longer ground pepper sits, the less it tastes like pepper. Is the same true of salt? No...

by Ginger Cook
GrillGrates reviewed
GrillGrates reviewed

Comments: Some grill manufacturers have been developing better grill/rack/rock/briquette/spatter systems for a number of years. But if you have a charcoal grill or a low- to mid-range gas grill, flare u...

by Ginger Cook
OXO Good Grips Ginger Peeler reviewed
OXO Good Grips Ginger Peeler reviewed

Comments: Do you need a special piece of equipment for every single kitchen task? No, definitely not. But we heard a member of our review staff oohing and aahing over one new tool that has only one task...

by Ginger Cook
Taylor Digital Thermometer with Pager
Taylor Digital Thermometer with Pager

Comments: We have totally gotten used to carrying a timer around, lest we overcook something we have painstaking prepared and slipped in the oven. Now the clever folks at Taylor have taken this one step...

by Ginger Cook
Fire Wire Flexible Grilling Skewers
Fire Wire Flexible Grilling Skewers

Comments: The Fire Wire Flexible Grilling Skewers solve a number of problems that crop up when you want to make shish kebabs or otherwise grill food cut into pieces. This flexible cable allows you to u...

by Ginger Cook
CIA Masters Collection 7-inch Santoku
Kitchen Tools CIA Masters Collection 7-inch Santoku

Comments: A sharp knife is a wonderful thing. A wonderful, sharp knife is almost beyond description. This is a wonderful, sharp knife. A few may scoff that this is made of high-carbon, no-stain German...

by Ginger Cook
Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker
Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker

Comments: Personal preference matters. It’s one thing whether you routinely cook for a crowd and need a 7-quart slow cooker or just for a few and need a small one. But it’s the bells and whistles – prog...

by Ginger Cook
Zyliss Lettuce Knife reviewed
Kitchen Tools Zyliss Lettuce Knife reviewed

Comments: Does it do just what it says it will do? Yes, it does – it cuts lettuce. Do you need a special implement to cut lettuce? Many make do, and many tear their lettuce to have rougher edges for dre...

by Ginger Cook
Copco’s Universal Can Drainer reviewed
Copco’s Universal Can Drainer reviewed

Comments: Not in a thousand years would we admit to draining water from a can of tuna by pressing the cut lid into the can and squeezing tightly until most of the water is forced out. How unsanitary! Do...

by Ginger Cook
Skrapr reviewed
Skrapr reviewed

Comments: The Skrapr is billed as “the ultimate utility tool,” which works on all smooth surfaces such as glass, ceramics, aluminum, stainless steel and marble. In the kitchen, it is touted as the perfe...

by Ginger Cook
Cook’s Choice 14 Piece Measuring Kit
Cook’s Choice 14 Piece Measuring Kit

Comments: It’s like someone has done all the shopping for you. Technically this is three sets (measuring cups and two sets of measuring spoons) with one small addition (a 1.5-quart bowl), but sold as on...

by Ginger Cook
Rösle Meat Tenderizer reviewed
Rösle Meat Tenderizer reviewed

Comments: It has been proven that you can cover a pork cutlet or chicken breast with a piece of plastic wrap, have a go at it with a short two-by-four (rolling pin, heavy skillet, etc.), and turn it int...

by Ginger Cook