From Season 11: Chewy Brownies and Chocolate Cupcakes
Here in the test kitchen, we love to bake. Here are some of our favorite gadgets designed to make baking easier.
Reaching between cookies on a crowded baking sheet or trying to dig brownies out of a pan is tough to do with a full size spatula. We found one with a short handle and flexible edge, which helps us glide right under all kinds of cookies and baked goods. And if you like to bake cookies but find yourself short on counter space, we’ve found a cooking rack that holds up to four sheet pans or baking dishes. It’s nice and sturdy, folds up for easy storage, and is reasonably priced.
There’s nothing more frustrating than baking a beautiful frosted cake only to see it get smushed en route to a party. Our favorite cake carrier keeps cakes in perfect shape and features comfortable handles, snap locks, and a nonskid base. It also collapses for easy storage, and can hold up to 24 cupcakes with a special insert.
If you’re still icing cakes and cupcakes with a butter knife, it’s time to move up to a real icing spatula. Our favorite has just the right combination of sturdiness and flexibility in the blade, with a round tip and an easy-grip handle.
Victorinox (formerly Victorinox Forschner) 6-inch Straight Boning Knife: Flexible
The nonslip grip and narrow, straight blade let testers remove the smallest bones with precision and complete comfort. Perfectly balanced with enough flexibility to maneuver around tight joints. The low price was a bonus.
|★ ★ ★||★ ★ ★||$19.95|
Wüsthof Classic Boning Knife
Hefty in weight, this knife was a solid performer when removing poultry bones, and the handle was easy to grip, even when covered in chicken fat. Piercing silver skin was a challenge since the tip wasnt sharp enough and the long narrow blade produced slightly jagged cuts.
|★ ★||★ ★ ★||$99.95|
|Recommended with Reservations|
Mundial Boning Knife: Flexible
The sharp tip performed well when removing silver skin, but it was too flexible when maneuvering around poultry joints, leaving testers feeling a lack of control. The heavy handle was slightly unbalanced and became slippery once covered in poultry fat.
|★ ★||★ ★||$19.95|
Shun Gokujo Filet Knife
Designed to replicate a samurai blade, this expensive knife was a disappointment. It struggled to pierce the silver skin, although long cuts were smooth and even. Minimal flexibility and extreme curve got in the way when maneuvering around joints. The smooth handle was hard to grip and slippery.
MAC Boning KnifeChef Series
The large, cumbersome handle reminded testers of an outdoors knife for fishing and hunting. The blade was too wide to maneuver around joints and it struggled to pierce silver skin. Unlike other knives, this boning knife could only slice in one direction, making intricate cuts around joints difficult.
Messermeister San Moritz Elite Flexible Boning Knife
The blade was so flexible it led to erratic cuttings; testers said the knife was hard to control. The blade was not sturdy enough to maneuver around joints and the lightweight handle felt flimsy and unbalanced.