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38 Kitchen-Tested Products

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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Collapsible Steamer Baskets
From the EpisodeA Moroccan Feast
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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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?
Potholders
From the EpisodeCookie Jar Favorites
Published: May 2003
Potholders
Cool is good, hot is not.
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Digital Instant-Read Thermometers
Published: July 2018
Digital Instant-Read Thermometers
We've recommended a Thermapen for more than a decade, but there's new competitio…
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Plastic Wrap
Published: June 2018
Plastic Wrap
Using plastic wrap can be an exercise in frustration. Could we find a stress-fre…
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Kitchen Shears
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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Rasp-Style Graters
Published: May 2017
Rasp-Style Graters
We love the Microplane Classic, but it’s not the only rasp around anymore. Can a…
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Food Mills
Published: July 2016
Food Mills
We wanted to know which food mill was the most stable, efficient, and easy to us…
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Piping Sets
Published: February 2016
Piping Sets
We tried five sets, priced from $11.63 to $29.95, each containing between nine a…
Innovative Food Wrap
Published: January 2014
Innovative Food Wrap
Is this environmentally friendly plastic wrap alternative a viable option?