More Essential Kitchen Equipment
How we tested
12-Inch Slicing Knife
Ensures supremely thin, even slices of roast beef, turkey, and smoked salmon. Our winner has a tapered, razor-sharp blade that is long and wide enough to draw through a large roast in one stroke.
We prefer the one-handed pump action of the OXO spinner to models with cords or levers.
Microplane Rasp Grater
Useful for foods with round or irregular shapes, which don’t grate as easily on a box grater—think Parmesan cheese, citrus, chocolate, and ginger. Our favorite is exceptionally sharp for quick, ultra-fine grating.
We want our wooden spoons to be lightweight yet durable, with a comfortable handle, a broad bowl, and thin edges to stir and scrape effectively.
Indispensable for scooping food out of pots of boiling water. Choose one with a deep bowl, plenty of holes, and a lightweight design.
Look for stainless steel (plastic stains and can melt on the stovetop) and make sure the handle is long enough to reach deep into pots—at least 9 inches. Our top choice has a drip-preventing pouring rim.
Comes in handy for dusting a tart with powdered sugar or turning cooked raspberries into a seedless sauce. Also makes an excellent stand-in for a sifter. We prefer an ergonomic handle and deep bowl.