It's Easy Being Green with These Gadgets
We appreciate a good eco-friendly kitchen tool, but the green we’re talking about right now is the color. In a playful turn, we’ve gathered some of our favorite gadgets that have impressed us in the kitchen and are also, coincidentally, available in this lucky hue.
If you’re also a fan of eating greens, The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook is a must-have title for any kitchen library. From globally inspired salads to quick, hearty main dishes, there’s plenty for everyone at the table.
This juicer expertly and securely extracted juice with two sizes of medium-ridged reamers. An attached carafe saved us from spills and detached easily for table use. It’s cheap, light, and easy to clean, with a screen for adjusting pulp levels and a quiet motor that won’t wake late sleepers.
This thermometer, with an oven-safe probe, was the most accurate among those we tested, plus it had an intuitive design. It’s the only model we tested that can be calibrated; we also liked the programmable high- and low-temperature alarms, the adjustable brightness and volume, the on/off switch, and the small knob on the probe that stayed cool for over-the-pot adjustments.
The Mk4 takes all the accuracy and speed of the Classic Thermapen and adds a couple of nifty features that improve the user experience: its display now auto-rotates, lights up in low light, and wakes up when the unit is picked up. It takes a single AAA alkaline battery and is also more water-resistant than the Classic, capable of surviving a half-hour bath. It's probably available in your favorite color, too.
This thermometer was fast, accurate, and easy to hold. It had a few cushy extra features, including a rotating display and a backlight, which came in handy for grilling. It also comes in a variety of colors—including green. The ThermoPop is an excellent inexpensive alternative to the Thermapen.
Eggs cracked into the pods set in 4 to 6 minutes once the pan was covered, and released easily (we oiled the pods, as recommended) to reveal perfectly cooked circles (albeit with the symmetry of a hockey puck or an Egg McMuffin). Dishwasher and microwave safe, the Poachpod makes poaching a breeze.
BUY FOR $10
This inexpensive green plastic pail is 8½ inches wide at the base and fits on the counter or in a cabinet under the sink. Food scraps broke down as expected, and odors were completely contained. We fit an average of 12 recipes’ worth of waste before having to empty the bucket. The hinged lid was easy to flick open and closed with a single hand, and the latch kept the lid secure. (A pack of three replacement filters is $7.95; the filter is supposed to be changed every three months.)
A built-in julienne blade and slice adjustment settings make this paddle efficient, compact, and supereasy to use. One quibble: The thinnest slice setting was almost flush with the platform and worked best with firm foods that could push down the platform.
BUY FOR $15
This sturdy, well-designed mini colander has a useful twist: a snap-on base that seals the drainage holes and catches drips. The soft silicone sides collapse to just 1 inch for storage, and the oval shape (8 inches long by 5.6 inches wide) makes it easy to tip clean fruit into a bag or bowl without spills. With a 3.5-cup capacity, it’s just right for washing a pint of berries or a small bunch of grapes. It’s dishwasher-safe—but with no nooks or crannies to catch dirt, it’s just as easy to hand wash.
Stick this small plastic spray pump into a piece of citrus fruit and press to release a fine, even mist of juice. It gave us 10 to 12 full sprays per insertion—and if that’s all you want, the rest of the lemon can be stored in the fridge for later use. It may look a little silly, but it certainly does its job.
BUY FOR $5
A neat, tight, reliable seal, good capacity, and solid performance in every test made this container a standout. We didn’t perform the “drop” test on this or any other glass container because of the certainty of breakage, and it was heavier than the lightweight all-plastic containers, but if you are concerned about microwaving food in plastic storage containers, this is the one to choose. Downsides: The lid is washable only on the top rack, and the container has a deep tall shape, which is less preferable than a shallower, flatter shape for quick freezing and heating.
BUY FOR $39
The six massive 2-inch cubes look impressive, but more important, they keep drinks from tasting watered-down. Just be sure the cube fits the inner diameter of your favorite glassware—or they’ll get stuck halfway down the glass.
BUY FOR $9
A good Dutch oven is a versatile kitchen workhorse, and you’ll find yourself reaching for it almost every day. We love that it can be used on the stovetop as well as in the oven, and it’s the perfect vessel for boiling pasta water. In our Dutch oven equipment testing, our Best Buy pick never let us down, producing glossy, deeply flavored Belgian beef stew; fluffy white rice; and crispy French fries. The best part? Its relatively low cost means you’ll get tons of value out of it over the years. Next best part: It comes in a variety of colors.
Whether maneuvering a screaming-hot stainless-steel skillet or a Dutch oven filled with boiling water, we always felt safe and confident using this potholder. It had cotton for flexibility and comfort and grippy, high-heat silicone for protection. At 10 by 8 inches, it was big enough for full coverage but also nimble, thanks to a pocket that allowed testers to precisely pinch thin baking sheet rims and to rotate cake pans with ease. It's also available in a few fun colors, too.
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