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.

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.

Testing Plastic Food Storage Containers

Published May 1, 2010.

We froze, washed, shook, microwaved, and dropped eight different storage containers and found only one model that could pass our battery of tests.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

Spotty Cabbage Leaves

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

How to Equip Your Kitchen for Thanksgiving

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

Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas: Part 2

Buying a gift for someone who loves to cook? Lisa McManus, our gadget expert, presents the best in tried-and-true kitchen gear. Here's part 2 of 3. Gift #5: Baking peel. Gift #6: Cutting board. Gift #7: Knife Sharpener.

Sous Vide Guide: What is Sous Vide & How to Use It

Sous vide cooking allows you to achieve perfect results with eggs, poultry, meat, and more. Learn everything you need to get started in our step-by-step guide.

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.

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?

Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas: Part 3

Buying a gift for someone who loves to cook? Lisa McManus, our gadget expert, presents the best in tried-and-true kitchen gear. Here's part 2 of 3. Gift #8: Food processor. Gift #9: Tea machine. Gift #10: Carbon-steel knife.

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