Cooking Equipment: Most Popular Articles
What's the difference between gelato vs. ice cream? While some may think that gelato is simply the Italian name for ice cream, there are a few key differences. Here's what you need to know about gelato vs. ice cream.
When to splurge and when to save when buying kitchen products.
Induction cooking is all the rage, but is your cookware ready to join the trend? Find out how to tell what cookware is compatible with induction cooktops.
The two main types of juicers are masticating and centrifugal juice extractors. Learn the difference between masticating and centrifugal juicers.
How do you dispose of cooking oil? There are ways to properly dispose of cooking oil. Read on to learn what about of the best ways.
With an automatic ice cream maker, you can enjoy homemade ice cream quickly and easily. This tutorial demonstrates how to make vanilla ice cream with a custard base.
The DeLonghi Gelato Maker (Model GM6000) has a compression freezer so you can make authentic-tasting gelato at a moment's notice. Read the review.
Which slow cookers have delayed start timers? Find out if there's a slow cooker on the market that has a delayed start timer.
Bialetti's Aeternum cookware has an eco-friendly ceramic nonstick coating and a cheerful red and white finish. Read the review of this eco-friendly nonstick cookware.
There's no doubt that Cuisinart and KitchenAid are the reigning brands in the food processor category. Here's a side-by-side comparison between two of their food processor models to help you decide which is for you.
Get the taste of a long-simmered applesauce in minutes by making it in a pressure cooker. This applesauce is chunky, tart and chock-full of cinnamon.
PFOA is a chemical used to manufacturer nonstick coatings, such as for nonstick pans. Read more about PFOA to learn if you should be concerned.
The Ninja Professional Blender is one of the most affordable high-powered blenders on the market. Read a review of the Ninja Professional Blender.
These must-have kitchen gadgets and tools will make every cook's life a little bit easier.
Making pulled chicken in the slow cooker is easy and only requires a few ingredients. This step by step guide will help you master slow cooker pulled chicken.
Rice cooker recipe for risotto. Includes step by step instructions for making risotto rice cooker recipes in your rice cooker.
With an electronic yogurt maker, it's easy to make your own yogurt, and you can control the quality of the milk you use and the type of flavorings. These step by step instructions will show you how to make homemade yogurt.
Know which cookware pieces you need and how to choose the best cookware metals for your needs. This article will help you pick the best cookware for your kitchen.
Oven baking bread machine dough recipes will give you smaller, more manageable loaves and will impart a different flavor and texture to your bread. Follow these steps for oven baking bread machine dough.
Use these indoor grill cooking tips to get the best results from stovetop or countertop grilling.
A lime rickey is a fizzy, tart nonalcoholic drink. Made with fresh lime juice, simple sugar and seltzer water, lime rickey is the perfect refreshing summer drink.
Homemade pasta has a superior flavor and texture to the boxed, dried versions. This article shows you step-by-step how to use your pasta machine for making homemade pasta.
Follow these tips to keep your electric waffle maker clean and in good working condition.
A range of induction compatible cookware options.
The Vita Mix blender is one of the most powerful blenders on the market, and also among the most expensive. Read the review of the Vita Mix blender to determine if a Vita Mix is a good choice for you
A look at spiral slicers for making vegetable noodles.
To avoid food poisoning, be sure to cook meat to a safe internal temperature. This chart will tell you the safe internal temperatures for every type of meat.
Maintaining and using your cooking equipment properly will extend its life and give you better results. Here is a list of 10 no-nos when it comes to using and caring for cooking equipment.
What cooking equipment do you need to outfit your kitchen? This basic kitchen checklist includes just the must-have tools needed for making most recipes.
All the tools needed to make and serve salad.
Easy enough for a weeknight, special enough for company, these marinated tuna steaks cook up quickly on a contact grill.
Made with egg noodles, applesauce and raisins, this noodle kugel, a traditional Jewish dish, will guarantee a sweet new year. Serve this noodle kugel warm from the oven.
You can easily make restaurant-quality rotisserie chicken at home with this recipe. This spice-rubbed rotisserie chicken recipe is easy to make in a countertop rotisserie oven. Roast it in the oven if you don't have a rotisserie.
Cuisinart's most basic ice cream maker is inexpensive and easy to use. This ice cream maker features an insulated freezer bowl, eliminating the need for ice and salt like old-fashioned ice cream makers.
The Victorinox Swiss Classic Chef's Knife has a reasonable price and a stellar performance. Read a review to learn about this kitchen knife.
A stand mixer (made by KitchenAid or other popular brands) or hand mixer can help with a wide range of baking and cooking tasks. Here's what you need to know before you shop for stand mixers or hand mixers.
Shopping for a food processor? Learn about choosing a food processor with the right power, capacity, features and accessories for your needs.
Making homemade sausage is easy and delicious. This step by step tutorial will give you a basic understand of sausage making. For easy sausage making, use a KitchenAid stand mixer and the food grinder and sausage stuffer attachments.
This chocolate glaze can be used to drizzle over bundt cakes, sugar cookies, doughnuts, quick breads and more. This chocolate glaze is rich and decadent and dries to a shiny, but soft, consistency.
Today's pressure cookers are safer than ever, with multiple locking features that keep them secure. But there still are some precautions cooks need to take when using a pressure cooker. Follow these tips for safe pressure cooker use.
A bread machine will give you fresh, warm loaves of bread whenever you want them, with little effort. Here's what you need to know when you're shopping for a bread machine.
Should you choose nonstick or uncoated stainless steel cookware?
A pressure cooker is a fast and effective tool for cooking artichokes. One of the drawbacks in preparing artichokes is that it can take them as long as 45 minutes to cook, but with the pressure cooker they'll be done in 15 minutes. Use your pressure cooker next time you're thinking of cooking artichokes.
This easy, casual dish takes minutes to put together in the morning, and simmers all day while you're at work.
Making ice cream at home is a fun and gratifying pastime. Here are some tips for getting the best results when you're making ice cream in a home ice cream maker.
Loaded with features, KitchenAid's 5-Speed Blender is one of the most powerful blenders on the market.
When it comes to pressure cookers, there are many choices in terms of brand, size and features. Use this guide to pressure cookers to choose which one is right for you.
You can eat the rind and all with this recipe for Sauteed Delicata Squash, which is a great way to use your mandoline slicer.
Learn all about the different types of food steamers, and tips for the best steaming results.
Inexpensive and easy to use, a slow cooker could quickly become one of your most-used pieces of cooking equipment. Use these tips on buying and using your slow cooker to get the most out of your slow cooker purchase.
This review outlines the pros and cons of the versatile Cuisinart Griddler, which can serve as a contact grill, a grill top, a griddle and a sandwich press.
Are wooden spoons sanitary? Yes - wood is highly antibacterial. Tips on caring for and cleaning wooden spoons and wooden cutting boards.
Use this dry rub to season chicken or pork. With herbs, garlic, paprika and brown sugar, plus a little kick of cayenne, this dry rub recipe strikes the perfect balance between sweet and spicy.
What small appliances do you need to have a well-outfitted kitchen? This checklist outlines the small kitchen appliances you need to be prepared for every cooking task. Start with this basic kitchen equipment and expand according to your needs.
A set of mixing bowls is truly a kitchen essential. Here's a guide to the different types of mixing bowls so you can choose the best ones for your needs.
Lodge Logic cast iron cookware is timeless, durable and comes already seasoned. Read a review of The Lodge Logic line of cast iron cookware.
Homemade ravioli is fun to make if you have the time. This homemade ravioli recipe uses ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese for a flavorful, creamy combination.
Here's how to make mini pumpkin soup bowls out of mini pumpkins. These little bowls make an attractive presentation for pumpkin soup or other recipes. Learn how to make mini pumpkin soup bowls with these easy step by step instructions
What is a forged knife? This article describes a forged knife and how to tell if a knife is forged.
A KitchenAid stand mixer on the countertop is a status symbol in the kitchens of many cooking enthusiast. The classic series KitchenAid mixer is the company's entry-level product but still delivers power and versatility. Read the review of the Classic Series KitchenAid stand mixer, model K45SSWH.
Take care of your kitchen knives and they'll last you a lifetime. Follow these dos and don'ts for the best ways to clean and maintain your kitchen cutlery.
To make soft boiled or hard boiled eggs, nothing beats an egg cooker for ease of use and convenience. These egg cookers offer a wide range of varieties and price points.
Pots and pans come in many different shapes, each with specific features that make it ideal for certain techniques and types of recipes. This cookware guide will help you identify the characteristics of the wide range of pots and pans, and what purpose each piece of cookware is best suited for.
This pressure cooker recipe for hearty Guinness and beef stew is inspired by the traditional Irish recipe. It is quick to make in your pressure cooker.
The MC2 line from All-Clad cookware is at the lower end of the cookware company's price spectrum, but still has all of the durability and superior quality for which All-Clad cookware is known.
Cutting boards range in terms of size, price and what they're made of. Here's what you need to know to choose the best cutting board for your needs.
Pie filling, frozen puff pastry and a simple icing are all it takes to make this fruit strudel recipe. Make this fruit strudel recipe with your favorite fruit pie filling.
Zojirushi's Home Bakery bread machine is a favorite among baking aficionados, but there are some drawbacks. Here is a review of the Zojirushi bread machine.
Frozen puff pastry makes this braided apple-walnut strudel a cinch to make.
All have their place in a well-equipped kitchen. Learn which cooker can be used for which type of recipe and what to look for as you shop for cookers.
A steaming bowl of chicken and dumplings is comfort food at its best. This recipe for chicken and dumplings simmers for hours in a slow cooker.
The Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with eLume Touchscreen Technology has a sleek design and a fun touchscreen control panel. Read the review of the Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with eLume Touchscreen Technology.
If you're looking for a cutting board, there are myriad options out there for you to choose from, in all shapes, sizes and materials. Here are some of the coolest cutting boards on the market.
A review of Panasonic's Automatic Bread Maker, a good all-purpose bread machine for the beginning bread baker.
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Made in an ice cream maker, this custard-based vanilla ice cream is a perfect base for add-in ingredients.
Buying kitchen knives and cutlery can be confusing and frustrating – there are so many choices, shapes and prices. This guide will help you pick the best knives and cutlery for your needs.
Your cookware is probably the hardest-working cooking equipment in your kitchen, and it can also be the most challenging to keep clean. Follow these tips for how to clean cookware, from cast iron to stainless steel to nonstick. It's also a good idea to refer to the cookware manufacturer's instructions or website to find out specific recommendations on how to clean your cookware.
Nothing compares to the flavor and texture of homemade ice cream. Here's what you need to know to get started making your own homemade ice cream.
A review of the Vitamix 750 blender.
Induction cooking is one of the newest, most high-tech cooking methods. Learn what induction cooking is and whether it's right for you.
Anolon Nouvelle Copper Cookware is a line of cookware from Meyer Corp. that has a sturdy, effective construction made from three types of metal. Read the review to see if its thoughtful design is worthwhile.
The Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Maker allows you to make delicious handmade pasta the old-fashioned way. Read a review of the Atlas 150 Pasta Maker
Honey and lime gives this vinaigrette salad dressing an appealing sweet and sour flavor. Honey Lime vinaigrette is an easy salad dressing recipe and is perfect to top a wide range of salads and vegetables.
A handy multitasker in the kitchen, ideal for kitchens with limited storage space, but each of its functions doesn't necessarily have the full features.
A potato ricer looks like a giant garlic press and works much in the same way—smashing chunks of boiled potato to make smooth, creamy mashed potatoes.
Swiss Diamond Nonstick Cookware. Pan pros (durable, oven-safe, heat-retaining) and cons (heavy, expensive, hard to clean.) Worth the price.
If you live in a high altitude, bread machine recipes might need to be adjusted. Here's how to adjust your bread machine recipes for high altitude baking
Homemade ice cream is easy and fun to make. Even better, you're not confined to the flavors in the supermarket freezer case. Here a few interesting and unusual ice cream flavors you can make at home.
If bread-baking seems like a mystery or a complex scientific process, a bread machine can take out a lot of the guesswork. Follow these easy steps to make basic white bread to attempt your first loaf.
Do food processor or blender blades ever need to be replaced or sharpened? This article explains how to clean and care for food processor and blender blades.
The Fagor Portable Induction Cooktop is a sleek, efficient, safe cooktop that can serve as a portable kitchen or an extra burner in your own kitchen. Read the review of the Fagor Portable Induction Cooktop.
Learn how to smoke salmon in a stovetop smoker. This step by step tutorial will explain how to smoke salmon, using a stovetop smoker. Once you master the basics of using a stovetop smoker with these instructions, you can easily smoke other kinds of food.
Tips for using and caring for nonstick cookware
The Sodastream soda maker can carbonate water for seltzer, sodas and spritzers. The Sodastream soda maker is easy to use and environmentally friendly. Read the review of the Sodastream soda maker
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If you have a culinary torch that you rarely use, check out some of the ways you can make the most of it, including roast peppers, crème brulee, and more.
A review of KitchenAid's 13-Cup Food Processor, model KFP1333.
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A mandoline slicer can make your cooking look more professional. The OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer has some nice safety features and is easy to use, once you master the basics.
Available in 2 sizes, the Sanyo Micom rice cooker (MOdel ECJ-HC55S and ECJ-HC100S) doubles as a slow cooker.
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Want to know how to roast peppers? It's easy and doesn't take very long. Roasted peppers have a distinctively rich flavor and can be used in a number of ways: on salads, in pasta, pureed into dips, and more. Learn how to roast peppers by following these easy steps.
Making stew in a pressure cooker can give you the same flavor and tenderness as an afternoon of simmering on the stovetop, but in a fraction of the time. This tutorial is of a classic Irish recipe, Beef and Guinness Stew, but once you master the technique, you can use any combination of vegetables, liquids and seasonings to make your own creations.
Learning how to cook a pumpkin is surprisingly easy, and yields pumpkin that is fresher tasting than the canned pumpkin. These easy steps will show you how to cook a pumpkin for pumpkin pie, pumpkin butter, pumpkin bread and more. Page 6.
A stand mixer (made by KitchenAid or other popular brands) or hand mixer can help with a wide range of baking and cooking tasks. Here's what you need to know before you buy a stand mixer or a hand mixer. This page includes information about tilt-head vs. bowl lift stand mixers, and advice on choosing a stand mixer bowl size. Page 2.
Learn all you need to know about choosing a kitchen scale.
Straight from one of the biggest housewares-industry shows in the world, here are some of the latest kitchen countertop appliances to watch for.
The Emerilware Bread & Baguette Maker is versatile and easy to use. The review of the Emerilware Bread & Baguette Maker weighs its pros and cons.
The addition of pureed spinach turns homemade pasta dough a brilliant green, and gives the pasta a boost of vitamins, as well. This recipe for homemade spinach pasta dough can be made into spaghetti, lasagna or ravioli.
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Using a pressure cooker for quick soaking beans.
This butternut squash and ginger soup was created by Danny Boome of Rescue Chef and The Chew, using T-Fal's Ingenio cookware.
Steel cut oats take a notoriously long time to cook, but this makes them ideal for cooking overnight in the slow cooker. Made in the slow cooker, steel cut oats become soft and creamy.
Israeli couscous is a quick and easy side dish. This Israeli couscous with spinach and parmesan cheese is satisfying and kid-friendly.
This bread pudding recipe is flavored with pumpkin and fall spices. Make this bread pudding recipe in the slow cooker while you're finishing dinner preparations and it'll be ready in time for dessert.
The Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker comes with a probe to cook according to internal temperature. Read a review of the Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker.
Not all burger recipes are as delicious when made indoors. But this recipe, which adds flavor to the meat with the additions of molasses and Worcestershire sauce, gives burgers enough flavor to stand on their own, even without the smoky flavor that's missing from indoor grilling. This burger recipe is ideal for a lean ground meat like bison or turkey.
Basil pesto, made with basil plucked right from the garden, is one of summer's greatest pleasures. Here's how to make pesto with your food processor.
Sous vide cooking has become popular thanks to the molecular gastronomy movement and celebrity chefs like Thomas Keller and Richard Blais. The SousVide Supreme allows home cooks to try their hand at sous vide cooking. Read the review of the SousVide Supreme to see if it's a good investment for your kitchen.
The All-Clad 4-Square Belgian Waffle Maker is a pricey model as far as waffle makers go, but it's beautifully designed and makes thick, fluffy waffles.
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Tips on cooking with and caring for cast iron cookware.
The Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker, model SD-RD250, has easy-to-use controls and a dispenser for fruits and nuts. Read this review.
The new Dash blender is giving Vitamix and Blendtec a run for their money.
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This juicer recipe for carrot apple ginger juice has a hearty flavor with just a bite of ginger. This recipe is sure to become one of your favorite juicer recipes.
These high-tech kitchen products might change the way you cook.
Saladmaster is a line of cookware and other cooking equipment that can only be purchased through an authorized dealer. Read a profile of Saladmaster and its product line.
A roundup of must-have products for cooking in a dorm or other student housing.
This recipe for poached chicken makes it easy to cook chicken or turkey to use in salads, pot pies, soups, sandwiches and other recipes calling for cooked chicken or turkey. Poached chicken is simple to make and can even be served on its own as an easy main course.
This easy recipe for delicata squash includes bacon and onions for flavor.
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Ask these questions when shopping for cooking equipment
Versatile, basic and easy to make, simple syrup can be used to sweeten iced tea and coffee, moisten cakes and as a building block for cocktails or nonalcoholic drinks. The recipe for simple syrup is quick and easy.
The George Foreman fryer, called the George Foreman Lean Mean Spin Frying Machine, is designed to reduce the amount of fat retained in fried foods. Made by the company that revolutionized the indoor grilling category, George Foreman, this fryer is easy to use. Read a review of the George Foreman fryer.
Learn the difference between a steam pressure canner and a boiling water pressure, and which is best for which type of canning.
Epicurean Cutting Boards are made of environmentally friendly and knife friendly composites. These cutting boards are maintenance free, since they can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Read the review of Epicurean Cutting Boards.
Learn about a rondeau pan. Cooking Equipment.
The right pastry tools will help you master making pies, tarts and other pastries. This list of tools for pastry making will help you make the best pies and tarts.
Instructions for how to prepare and use an ice bath in cooking.
Learn how to make smoked salt with a stovetop smoker. This article explains how to make smoked salt.
Learn about the features of the double balloon whisk and what it's best used for.
Making a pie crust recipe is fast and easy in the food processor. This basic pie crust recipe requires only 4 ingredients (one of which is water) and can be made in just a few minutes. Use this pie crust recipe for sweet and savory pies, tarts and quiches.
The Misto is a reusable oil sprayer that allows you to use healthier oils.
The George Foreman Evolve Grill aims to do it all, with a host of interchangeable plates. But as a grill, it's a little lacking.
360 Cookware is high-quality cookware with a special claim - it purports to cook in its own vapors, without added fat and oil. Read the review of 360 Cookware to see if it works.
Crock Pot certainly is the best known brand of slow cookers, but there are plenty of other slow cookers on the market as well. Here is a comparison of two popular oval 6-quart slow cookers, the Crock Pot VersaWare Slow Cooker and the West Bend Versatility Slow Cooker.
This slow cooker, or crock pot, has a clever design in which three different sized crocks fit into one base, enabling the cook to make slow cooker recipes for two or for a crowd.