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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20 Ways to Use a Whipping Siphon

If you’re looking for a new kitchen tool that you can have a ton of fun with, experiment with inexpensively, and make fancy foods you never thought would be so easy, consider the humble whipping siphon. You may think it’s what Alton Brown would call a “unitasker,” used only for whipped cream, and pulled out only […]

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The Best Skillet in Every Category

Looking for the best skillet out there? What makes a skillet “the best”?Skillets (also called frying pans or fry pans) 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 […]

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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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My Favorite French Press…And One I Hated

​Updated January 2017 A French press makes the best coffee in the world. With the right equipment, you can have coffee-house coffee at home! Here’s everything you need to make great pressed coffee…and a little about what you don’t need, too… Have you ever used a tool or appliance that was so terrible, you couldn’t even believe […]

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Is Induction Cooking Safe?

Table of Contents How Induction Cooking WorksWhy Is there So Much Controversy About EMFs?​What are Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)?​The Electromagnetic SpectrumFrequency and WavelengthIonizing Versus Non-Ionizing Radiation (The Crux of the Matter)Exposure Levels and Safe LimitsHome Levels of EMFsBut What About All the Cancer?But Shouldn’t I Be Skeptical, Anyway? Better Safe Than Sorry?So What’s the Upshot? Is […]

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