Kitchen Basics: The Best Kitchen Trash Can

Ok, so this might not seem like the most exciting topic. However, having a good kitchen garbage can is like having good kitchen towels—if you take the time to make careful choices, these simple items help your kitchen run more smoothly. When you’re not worrying about these background elements, you can appreciate those flashier items … Read more

Weigh your Options to Find the Best Kitchen Scale

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When I got married, a kitchen scale was a “must have” on all the registry lists. I’d never used a kitchen scale before, but now I can’t imagine living without one (and I really can’t imagine how my mom always got on without one). In this article, I’ll discuss the value of having a small … Read more

Get Juicy, Tender Meat with a Meat Tenderizer

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My mom still has her old meat tenderizer. A simple wooden tool with a heavy, toothy head and a long, slender handle. It works just fine, except when the head flies off on your backswing and wreaks havoc in the kitchen! She’s overdue for an upgrade. From heavy mallot-type tenderizers to more complex contraptions that … Read more

The Wooden Spoon: Humble but Mighty!

I have lots of kitchen utensils, but it’s always my wooden spoons I reach for when doing pretty much any sort of mixing or stirring or sautéing. There’s something about the feel of wood that’s just right. But not all wooden spoons are created equal. Those cheap bags of 3 you can buy in the … Read more

Love Fluffy Mashed Potatoes? You Need a Potato Ricer!

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I consider myself well-versed in kitchen implements and gadgets, but upon a recent visit to a friend’s house, I discovered a completely new-to-me tool: the potato ricer. I was digging through her drawer looking for a masher to help her with the side dish to her roasted chicken. “No masher!” she said. “Check this out!” … Read more

Easy Cheese Shredding with a Rotary Cheese Grater

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Once you have freshly grated cheese at home, you’ll never buy the factory-grated stuff again! We go through so much parmesan cheese that we’ve begun buying it in huge chunks. We can never get enough on our pasta dishes, in salads, on roasted vegetables, in soups, etc. I use our pyramid style cheese grater, which … Read more