Category Archives for "Kitchen Tools"

Sous Vide: Passing Fad or Here to Stay?

In less than 5 years, sous vide cooking has moved from the food geekery fringes into the mainstream spotlight. Immersion circulators have become a popular gift item for cooks and food lovers. Food blogs–and not just “modernist” ones–have exploded with sous vide recipes and techniques. It’s a craze that’s taken the culinary world by storm.But […]

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The Best Frying Pan in Every Category, For Every Use

Looking for the best frying pan out there? What makes a frying pan “the best”? Frying pans, also called skillets, are the true workhorses in your cookware collection. They’re the best tool for searing and browning, which means they get the hardest use–hot cooking oil, rapid temperature changes, and constant scraping with utensils. They’re used primarily […]

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Modernist Cuisine

The Rational Kitchen’s 2018 Ultimate Gift List for Cooks and Food Lovers

Kitchen items don’t always make the greatest gifts. They can be seen as too practical and unromantic to be gift material. So before you buy a loved one a kitchen-themed gift, make sure it will be appreciated.  Having said that, there are a ton of really wonderful kitchen items that can make fabulous gifts. If you’re going […]

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Thinking of Getting Someone a Coffee Pod? Go Old School Instead (And Love Your Coffee Again!)

If you’re thinking about buying a pod coffee maker for yourself or as a gift for someone, please read this first. There are better ways to go–no matter what your priorities are! Coffee pods have taken over the market. According to this article, coffee pods accounted for 35% of coffee sales in 2017. This translates to […]

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A Guide to the Best Induction Cookware – Reviews

Looking for the best induction cookware? Quality levels vary considerably among makers, as do prices. You can end up paying too much for an inferior brand if you’re not careful. This is why it’s SO important to educate yourself about the clad cookware market before you buy. There’s a lot to know, but we demystify your […]

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Can Modernist Cuisine Work for Home Cooking? Absolutely!

Modernist Cuisine, a 5-volume set plus recipe book. When Modernist Cuisine came out in 2011, Michael Ruhlman wrote a mixed review of it for the New York Times. He was daunted by the task, and for good reason. The 5-volume set had more than 2,000 pages and as much science in it as it had recipes. On […]

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Is Induction Cooking Safe?

Is induction cooking safe? Because induction stoves are electrical, they have all the hazards of every other electrical appliance in your home. That is, they emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs). But how hazardous are these EMFs, and how dangerous is an induction stove? Depending on who you ask, they might be very hazardous to human health, […]

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