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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.

Toaster Ovens

Published March 1, 2011.

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

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.

Choosing an Inexpensive Ice Cream Maker

Published September 1, 2010.

We pitted inexpensive ice cream makers against their pricey counterparts to see if it is really worth more than $200 for a bowl of ice cream.

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.

Buying Fish Spatulas

Published March 1, 2010.

When working with delicate foods, there is no substitute for a sturdy, flexible fish spatula.

Fat Separators

Published January 1, 2010.

When used properly, this tool is the best way to remove fat from pan drippings.

Green Skillets

Published September 1, 2009.

Eco-friendly nonstick skillets promise to help the planet while they cook your dinner. But do any actually measure up?

Using Portion Scoops

Published September 1, 2009.

In the test kitchen, we use portion scoops for everyday tasks. Here's why they make such a good measuring tool for more than just ice cream.

Electric Griddles

Published January 1, 2009.

A great griddle should heat up quickly, clean up easily, and have plenty of cooking space on a nonstick surface. We tested seven models to find the best griddle at the best price.

Traditional Skillets

Published January 1, 2009.

A 12-inch skillet should last a lifetime and cook almost anything. But does quality construction have to cost top dollar?

Serving Pie

Published July 1, 2008.

Without a sharp and steady pie server, and the right slicing technique, dessert can go from flawless to fractured in moments.

Silicone Spatulas

Published July 1, 2008.

Newfangled silicone spatulas are too flimsy, too rigid, weirdly shaped, or uncomfortable to hold. Do any avoid these problems and deliver a better tool?

Choosing a Pastry Bag

Published March 1, 2008.

Canvas is traditional, but we found other materials make a better bag. In a pinch, zipper-top bags make for a good substitute.

Stand vs. Hand-Held Mixers

Published March 1, 2008.

In head-to-head competitions, stand mixers always best hand-held mixers. So does it make sense to even buy a hand-held mixer?

Buying a Dutch Oven

Published January 1, 2008.

A good Dutch oven is an essential piece of kitchen equipment that every cook should own. It's ideal for braises and stews, plus much more.

Stocking Stuffers

Published December 8, 2007.

With the holiday season upon us, we came up with a list of great gifts that any cook would love. And each one can be found for less than $50.

Buying V-Racks

Published November 1, 2007.

A V-rack makes a huge difference when roasting poultry. Elevating the food allows the oven's heat to circulate around the meat or poultry evenly.

Buying a Rimmed Baking Sheet

Published November 1, 2007.

A heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet is a workhorse that every cook should keep in their kitchen. But which one should you buy?

Selecting a Cake Pan

Published May 1, 2007.

When choosing a baking pan, it's important to consider both the shape and material of the pan. Look for straight edges to produce evenly shaped baked goods.

How to Make Smart Cooking Shortcuts on Thanksgiving

With all the cooking around Thanksgiving, we wanted to know: Which shortcuts work, and which really don't?

How to Equip Your Kitchen for Thanksgiving

Here are the best tools and gadgets you'll need for Thanksgiving success.

Spotty Cabbage Leaves

If cabbage has black spots, does that mean it's not good to eat? We decided to find out.

Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas: Part 1

Buying a gift for someone who loves to cook? Lisa McManus, our gadget expert, presents the best in tried-and-true kitchen gear. Watch Part 1 of 3. Gift #1: Mason jar adapters. Gift #2: Jar spatula. Gift #3: Tongs. Gift #4: Cold brew coffee maker.

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