Tagged With kitchen tools

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Control over your ingredients gives you control over the final dish, and squeeze bottles can help you become the master of your culinary domain. With them, you can put the exact amount of a liquid ingredient precisely where you want it, and they're super cheap.

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A double boiler setup is crucial when you're gently heating foods such as chocolate, eggs for custard, or certain sauces, but I don't do enough gentle heating to buy one, and you probably don't either. Luckily, you can make one from stuff you already have; all you need is a pot, a bowl, and a chopstick or wooden spoon.

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Everyone should have a wide-mouth canning funnel. It is a bold proposition, I know. You don't even can, probably. Certainly, I do not can. Moreover, I have no plans to can. I do not have a robust tomato crop to preserve, for one thing, and also I am nervous about hobbies that can give me botulism. (This is due to my own lack of vigilance; canning is great!)

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Though I would like to stock my kitchen utensil crock with every Star Wars-themed spatula in existence, I just don't have the room -- or the need -- for that many turners. Really, the average home cook only needs three spatulas.

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A decent serrated bread knife should be able to carve through crusty breads, split cake layers, slice squishy tomatoes, and easily cut stacked sandwiches with ease. If you're tired of your knife making a mess out of your food, here's what you should look for in a new one.