In this section we talk about miscellaneous small kitchen tools. Some are lifesavers in the kitchen, others just captured our interest. It's also a bit of a catch-all for kitchen and cooking-related topics that aren't reviews and aren't how-tos.

Kitchen Tools


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

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

The following sous vide time and temperature tables are adapted from the Modernist Cuisine Kitchen Manual. Here are a few general tips on cooking proteins sous vide:Add seasonings as desired and small amount of fat (butter, olive oil) to bags before cooking.Use small amounts of salt (if any) for long cooks (more than 12 hrs).Bolded times

Sous Vide Time and Temperature Tables for Proteins (With Printables!)

This article explains the different types of baker’s yeast–all the yeasts used in baking.  Yeast is confusing. Many people don’t understand how yeasts differ, or how to make substitutions when necessary.  In this article, you’ll learn all about the different types of baker’s yeasts, basic rules on how to use them, and how to substitute them for

Types of Yeast and How to Use Them (Infographic)

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.

Can Modernist Cuisine Work for Home Cooking? Absolutely!

If you Google for “knife safety,” “knife basics,” or “knife skills,” you’ll find a ton of articles on the Internet. The only thing new about this article is that we pull it all together into one piece: here, you’ll find basic knife safety, basic knife care, and basic knife skills all in one spot. Enjoy! Table

Knife Safety, Knife Care, and Knife Skills: The Basics for Beginners

There are a lot of tools not designed for the kitchen that are useful in the kitchen. Or, there may be a kitchen version, available in a kitchen store, which will cost you a great deal more than the version you can find in a hardware store or on Amazon.  Here are five of our favorite

5 Non-Kitchen Tools That Are Lifesavers in the Kitchen