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The Rational Kitchen Ultimate 2019 Gift Shopping Guide

Happy Holidays 2019!Here, we share our favorite kitchen-, cooking-, and food-themed gift ideas for 2019. If you have someone in your life who loves to cook (or eat), you’re sure to find something for them here!  Contents How To Use this GuideAbout Buying OnlineCookwareInductionSous VideVacuum SealersGifts for the Baker in Your LifeHomemade GiftsFancy Foods (That No […]

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Bosch 800 Series/Benchmark Induction Range Review

Updated for 2019!Bosch makes two 30-inch induction range models: the 800 Series and the Benchmark. In this review, we will compare features to help you understand the differences and decide which model best suits your needs. Table of ContentsBosch Induction Ranges At a GlanceFlexInduction Vs. AutoChef: Which Is Best?Bosch Induction Range Features OverviewBosch 800 Series […]

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How to Choose Cookware (That’s Right for YOU)

How do you pick cookware? How do you know what’s right for you? We can help! Start here for an overview, then check out our cookware archives for more detailed articles and reviews. Table of Contents Aluminum (Non-anodized)Aluminum (Hard Anodized)Cast IronCarbon SteelCopperEnameled Cast Iron Dutch OvenGlass/Stone/Ceramic CookwareClad Stainless SteelNonstick CookwareFinal Thoughts Aluminum (Non-anodized)Example: Tramontina Professional […]

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Clad Stainless Cookware: 55 Micro-Reviews to Help You Choose

When All-Clad’s patent on tri-ply cookware expired in the early 2000s, hundreds of brands sprang up to compete with them. Today, the clad stainless cookware market is huuuuge. If you’re trying to select a good brand at a good price, it can be overwhelming.  It would be impossible for even the biggest research outfits to test […]

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The Top 5 Brands of Clad Stainless Cookware (And Why You Should Buy Stainless)

This 8 minute video from America’s Test Kitchen is an excellent introduction to clad stainless cookware (we agree with almost all of it!): The clad stainless cookware market is big. On Amazon alone, there are hundreds of brands to choose from. If you include other websites–from Williams-Sonoma to Wal-Mart, and everything in between–the number of […]

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Tramontina Tri-Ply Clad Cookware: A Comprehensive Review

Tramontina makes several lines of cookware. This review is for Tramontina Tri-Ply stainless tri-ply clad cookware. See Tramontina Tri-Ply cookware on Amazon nowSee tramontina Tri-Ply cookware at wal-Mart.com now You can find Tramontina cookware at other retailers as well, but Amazon and Wal-Mart tend to have the best prices–Wal-Mart in particular. Here, we first provide an “at a […]

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The 5 Must-Have Cookware Pieces Every Cook Needs (Plus a Few Nice Extras)

Most cooking sites have an article like this one. They list the essential cookware pieces that every cook must have. The lists number from as few as 2 (a frying pan and a sauce pan) to as many as 10 (including every basic pan type plus other tools like knives, a cutting board, etc.). We think […]

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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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Nonstick Cookware Brands: PTFE or Ceramic? A Comprehensive Guide

Confused about nonstick cookware brands?You’re not alone!​​​When we started our research to find the best nonstick pans, we were stunned by how hard it was to find accurate information.​​ ​So we backed up until we found as much of the truth as we could about as many brands a possible. Table of ContentsWhy Nonstick Cookware Is […]

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The Ultimate All-Clad Cookware Review: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About All-Clad

All-Clad is the original clad stainless cookware (the founder of the company invented the cladding process). It’s still American made, and it’s the industry standard for clad cookware. Few people would argue that it’s high quality stuff. But is it worth the high price tag? All-Clad cookware review When most people think All-Clad, they think of […]

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