From Season 11: Summertime Supper Fare
There’s nothing like a glass of iced coffee on a hot summer day. For quickly turning hot coffee into iced coffee, we found a retro-style ice crusher that grinds up to 2 quarts of ice in two minutes. Simply clamp it on the counter, add ice to its bin, and turn the crank. The ice is nicely broken into shards—not ground into snow—so it doesn’t water down your drinks.
Another one of our favorite summer gadgets is odd looking but really useful: a soft silicone ice tray that doubles as an ice bucket. We found even more uses for it. It also keeps ice cream frozen en route to a summer picnic, and chills dip and bottles of wine in no time.
If you’re tired of lugging heavy bottles of seltzer home from the store, consider buying a seltzer maker. Our favorite is easy to use and the canister it comes with makes 60 liters of seltzer before you have to replace it—unlike other models that require a new charger for each liter produced.
What would summer be without the perfect cocktail shaker? Our preferred product has double-wall insulation, which keeps drinks cold but doesn’t produce any condensation on the shaker’s exterior, reducing chances that it will slip out of your hands.
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.