Kitchen Basics

49 Kitchen-Tested Products

Kitchen Shears
From the EpisodeNew Flavors on the Grill
Published: May 2018
Kitchen Shears
A pair of scissors can be a sheer pleasure to use in the kitchen—if you get the …
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Syrup/Honey Dispensers
From the EpisodeBetter Breakfast
Published: May 2017
Syrup/Honey Dispensers
What’s the best tool to control a sticky situation?
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Collapsible Steamer Baskets
From the EpisodeClassic Chinese at Home
Published: July 2018
Collapsible Steamer Baskets
A bad steamer basket can be a hot mess. Could we find a good one?
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Dutch Ovens
From the EpisodeHow to Braise Everything
Published: September 2018
Dutch Ovens
Dutch ovens do it all. But which pot makes “it all” easiest?
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Wine Openers (Twist Corkscrews)
From the EpisodeElegant Dinner Party
Published: January 2018
Wine Openers (Twist Corkscrews)
Wine can be intimidating. Your corkscrew shouldn’t make it more so.
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Parchment Paper
From the EpisodeThe Perfect Cookie
Published: March 2018
Parchment Paper
Parchment paper is simple. Why are so many products hard to use?
Meat Cleavers
From the EpisodeChinese Favorites
Published: November 2017
Meat Cleavers
Traditional meat cleavers are built like medieval weapons. Could we find one fit…
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Stovetop Kettles
From the EpisodeThe Perfect Cake
Published: September 2017
Stovetop Kettles
Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and kettle bubble.
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Oven Mitts for Kids
Published: September 2018
Oven Mitts for Kids
Cooking is all fun and games—until someone gets burnt.
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Silicone Spatulas
Published: March 2017
Silicone Spatulas
A spatula should feel like an extension of your arm, nimbly stirring, scraping, …
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Universal Knife Blocks
Published: November 2016
Universal Knife Blocks
We tested 10 universal knife blocks priced from $24.99 to $248.64, using them to…
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Santoku Knives
Published: September 2017
Santoku Knives
With its petite build and curved tip, this friendly-looking Japanese blade is gi…
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Dry Storage Containers
Published: May 2016
Dry Storage Containers
Dry storage containers are designed to ensure that staples like flour and sugar …
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Electric Kettles
From the EpisodeFlavors of Thailand
Published: September 2016
Electric Kettles
Electric kettles are handy for making tea or coffee and for any cooking task tha…
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Paper Towel Holders
From the EpisodeCast Iron Staples
Published: September 2015
Paper Towel Holders
We purchased six paper towel holders, priced from $13.00 to $24.99, determined t…
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Flat Whisks
From the EpisodeSummer Dinner Party
Published: May 2016
Flat Whisks
We tested six flat whisks, using them to make a béchamel sauce and a pan sauce f…
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Mini Prep Bowl Sets
From the EpisodeAutumn Desserts
Published: January 2016
Mini Prep Bowl Sets
Mini prep bowls allow cooks to measure out, separate, and organize these element…
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New-Generation Kitchen Trash Cans
From the EpisodeBack to Basics
Published: September 2015
New-Generation Kitchen Trash Cans
We purchased five tall kitchen trash cans, including standard bargain bins and l…
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Carving Boards
From the EpisodeA Roast for the Holidays
Published: January 2015
Carving Boards
Clever features on new carving boards promise easier carving and serving. But do…
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Food Storage Bags
From the EpisodeA Meal to Celebrate Fall
Published: July 2014
Food Storage Bags
Crummy plastic food storage bags leak, rip, and are tricky to seal. We wanted a …
Silicone Food Covers
From the EpisodeA Meal to Celebrate Fall
Published: November 2013
Silicone Food Covers
Flexible, silicone food covers help reduce the need for plastic wrap in both foo…
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Soup Ladles
Published: May 2014
Soup Ladles
We put five soup ladles to the test.
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Mixing Bowls
Published: September 2014
Mixing Bowls
This most basic piece of cooking equipment might not seem worthy of scrutiny—unt…
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Chef's Knives for Kids
Published: July 2018
Chef's Knives for Kids
When kids help in the kitchen, they need real tools—not toys. Which knives are s…
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Skewers
Published: July 2013
Skewers
We got grilling with six different sets to find the best of the bunch.
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Heavy-Duty Handled Scrub Brushes
Published: May 2013
Heavy-Duty Handled Scrub Brushes
Scrub brushes are essential for cleaning heavily soiled cookware, so which brush…
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Cheese Storage Wraps
From the EpisodeClassic Italian Fare
Published: January 2013
Cheese Storage Wraps
Can these specialized products keep your cheese fresher longer?
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Parchment Cooking Bags
From the EpisodeClassic Italian Fare
Published: November 2012
Parchment Cooking Bags
PaperChef Culinary Parchment Cooking Bags take a traditional French cooking meth…
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All-Purpose Spray Cleaners
From the EpisodeTurkey on the Grill
Published: January 2012
All-Purpose Spray Cleaners
For cutting through grease, grime, and food splatters on counters, stoves, and …
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Plastic Food Storage Containers
Published: May 2018
Plastic Food Storage Containers
Could we find a well-made, easy-to-use container that wouldn't warp, stain, leak…
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Cut-Resistant Gloves
From the EpisodePork Two Ways
Published: January 2009
Cut-Resistant Gloves
Cut-resistant gloves are designed to protect fingers when you grate, slice, or c…
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Slotted Spoons
From the EpisodeBistro Steak Dinner
Published: September 2016
Slotted Spoons
We rounded up eight dishwasher-safe nylon, silicone, and stainless-steel spoons,…
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Can Openers
From the EpisodeEasy Skillet Suppers
Published: April 2015
Can Openers
One smart new opener kicked the rest to the curb.
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Kitchen Tongs
From the EpisodeMore Tex-Mex Favorites
Published: February 2018
Kitchen Tongs
Which pair offers the best precision and comfort?
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Twines & Ties
From the EpisodeGrill-Roasted Pork Loin
Published: April 2013
Twines & Ties
We tested cotton and linen kitchen twine as well as two brands of silicone food …
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From the EpisodeTexas Rib House
Published: March 2010
Taking Care of Cast Iron
How do I take care of my cast-iron cookware?