Kitchen Timers

From America's Test Kitchen Season 8: Two Ways with Shrimp

Overview:

A kitchen timer is one of those pieces of equipment that most home cooks don't give much thought. In a professional test kitchen, however, a good timer is essential. We use the same models available to home cooks, but we rely on them at least a hundred times every day. Each test cook has his or her own timer and we decided to find out which model is best.

We tested 10 models designed to handle multi-task timing. We were looking for timers that had a range of at least 10 hours (for longer braises, brines, and barbecues) and could count up after the alarm and display two times simultaneously. One compact, easy-to-use model impressed us the most, while our second-place winner offers the same functions but isn't so easy to use. But at half the price, it's our choice for Best Buy.

A kitchen timer is one of those pieces of equipment that most home cooks don't give much thought. In a professional test kitchen, however, a good timer is essential. We use the same models available to home cooks, but we rely on them at least a hundred times every day. Each test cook has his or her own timer and we decided to find out which model is best.

We tested 10 models designed to handle multi-task timing. We were looking for timers that had a range of at least 10 hours (for longer braises, brines, and barbecues) and could count up after the alarm and display two times simultaneously. One compact, easy-to-use model impressed us the most, while our second-place winner offers the same functions but isn't so easy to use. But at half the price, it's our choice for Best Buy.

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