Science: The Best Way to Use a Whisk

Published July 1, 2014.

We’ve noticed that different cooks seem to favor different motions when using a whisk. Is any one of these motions more effective than the others?

Science: Crispy Fried Food

Published March 1, 2014.

We take a closer look at the purpose of batters on fried foods. What do they do, and how do they work?

Stand Mixers (High-End)

Published November 1, 2013.

A stand mixer is one of the most expensive appliances in your kitchen, so it had better do it all—from whipping a single egg white to kneading thick pizza dough.

Science: Why Young Cheese Melts Better than Aged Cheese

Published September 1, 2013.

Anyone who’s melted cheese for a sandwich knows that some types melt better than others, turning creamy without releasing fat. Why accounts for the differences?

Chef's Knives

Published September 1, 2013.

One chef’s knife has been a champ in our kitchen for nearly two decades. Can any other blade come close to offering what it does—and at a bargain price?

Innovative Cookware

Published July 1, 2013.

Can newfangled designs improve on—or even stand up to—the tried-and-true pots and pans we’ve used for years?

Science: A Closer Look at Gluten

Published July 1, 2013.

See and feel gluten with this simple kitchen experiment.

Charcoal Grills

Published May 1, 2013.

We’ve happily made do with Weber’s basic kettle for years. But would newer, more tricked-out charcoal cookers be worth the upgrade?

Automatic Drip Coffee Makers

Published March 1, 2013.

The success of our favorite—but very pricey—Dutch automatic drip model spurred the launch of new rivals. Could any brew a great cup with less pain to our wallets?

Pressure Cookers

Published January 1, 2013.

The convenience, ease, and (yes!) safety of the modern pressure cooker will put dinner on the table fast—and make it taste as if you spent the whole day at the stove.

Pepper Mills

Published November 1, 2012.

This everyday gadget has been designed and redesigned a thousand times. But does a fancier mill mean the perfect grind?

Blenders

Published September 1, 2012.

When our affordable favorite went kaput after less than a year, we had to wonder: How much would we need to spend for durability and a little peace of mind?

Vegetable Peelers

Published July 1, 2012.

Why do some peelers skin produce with ease while others barely make the cut?

Graters

Published May 1, 2012.

A box grater has always been the go-to tool for shredding cheese and vegetables by hand. But given that most of us only ever use one side, shouldn’t there be something better?

Sauté Pans

Published March 1, 2012.

These big, straight-sided vessels have their uses, but how much should you pay for a pan you don't pull out every day?

All-Purpose Spray Cleaners

Published January 1, 2012.

For cutting through grease, grime, and food splatters on counters, stoves, and cabinets, which household cleaning spray is best?

Knife Block Sets

Published November 1, 2011.

Nine pieces of matching cutlery, plus a block for easy storage? It could be a bargain—or a rip off.

Cutting Boards

Published September 1, 2011.

We thought we’d picked a winner—until our favorite board warped after just a few years. This time we upped the ante: three months of test kitchen boot camp.

Coolers

Published July 1, 2011.

The difference between a good cooler and a great one isn’t add-ons like cup holders and telescoping handles. The decisive element is much more fundamental: air.

Toaster Ovens

Published March 1, 2011.

Do you really need to spend $250 to get a good piece of toast?

Paring Knives

Published January 1, 2011.

Is it worth shelling out the bucks for forged German steel, or can a $5 blade make the cut?

Editors' Stocking Stuffers

Published December 1, 2010.

Buying a gift for your favorite foodie this season? Here are some gifts, chosen by the editors of America's Test Kitchen, that are guaranteed to impress.

Food Processors

Published November 1, 2010.

If a food processor is supposed to be a faster, more convenient alternative to your chef's knife, why do so many models fail to make the cut?

Buying a Baking Stone

Published September 1, 2010.

The best baking stone in the world does you no good if it is not the proper fit for your oven.

Tomato Paste 101

Published September 1, 2010.

Here we demystify this kitchen staple and illustrate the best methods for storing unused portions.

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