Kitchen Tools

I Sold All My Belongings to Travel the World. Here’s What I Kept. — Travel Intelligence

At age 42, I whittled my life to nine boxes to cram in a friend's basement. The worst part was selling the kitchen gear I'd amassed over 25 years of being a food nerd. From my tagine to a Thai mortar and pestle to unusual utensils, it was a gut-wrenching lesson in how much cooking tools are part of how I feed my soul. But in my new nomadic life, I didn't have space for non-essential ephemera, so into someone else's home it all went — save for a few select items.


This Aluminum Foil Fact Is a Game-Changer — Storage Smarts

Aluminum foil is a pretty cool kitchen tool. It can be molded to any shape and can completely block moisture and air if you fold the edges properly. And you can use it more than once. That's right — more than once!

We're not just talking about the fact that you can usually recycle it with the rest of your empty cans and jars. We're talking about the fact that you can recycle the same piece over and over again in your own kitchen.

Related: Stop Throwing Out Your Aluminum Foil


Brighten Up Your Kitchen with This Set of Rainbow Nesting Bowls — Amazon Deal of the Day

If you have a kitchen that's on the small side (or you just happen to have a lot of stuff!) your cabinet space is likely limited. That means you need to take advantage of stuff that nests, collapses, or folds up as often as possible.

Which brings us to this colorful Joseph Joseph Nesting Bowl Set, now on sale on Amazon for $30.


The Most Important Tool for an Organized Freezer — Freezer Intelligence

My mother-in-law is an excellent cook. She bakes, she makes soup from scratch, she gathers herbs from the garden to blend into pestos and more, and, luckily for me, she usually makes more than she and my father-in-law can eat. Many a time we've gone to visit for the weekend and come home with a tote bag full of delectables and end up eating like kings for the week.

Beyond her skills and years of experience, my mother-in-law has one secret weapon for her freezer: masking tape.


3 Reasons You Need to Invest in this Wooden Cutting Board Right Now — Amazon Deal of the Day

There's a reason why Boos cutting boards are in nearly every restaurant kitchen and home kitchens of amateur chefs who know what's up: Boos is synonymous with superior craftsmanship, and the company has a 125-plus-year legacy to lean on. Yep, 125 years. Since 1887, Illinois-based Boos (named after founder John Boos) has been cranking out the most high-quality wooden cutting boards you'll find out there.

That's why you should snatch up this 24-by-18-inch Boos cutting board, on sale right now for just $90 (an incredibly good deal if you're familiar with how much these guys usually cost). If a good reputation (and a bargain!) isn't enough to convince you to ditch the cheap, worn-out plastic cutting board you've been using for years and invest in a Boos, allow us to help convince you.

Here are three reasons you should consider spending the money on this board.


Ina Garten’s Go-To Outdoor Party Tool — Patio Perfection

(Image credit: Quentin Bacon)

I've learned a lot from Ina Garten over the years. No, we're not close friends (I wish!), but her cookbooks and TV shows are filled with little nuggets of brilliance that I happily work into my own kitchen. Whether it's sage cooking wisdom or ways to make date night a little more special, Ina has all the answers.

Now that summer is here and patio season has commenced, my questions mostly revolve around outdoor entertaining. Specifically, what's the secret to hosting al fresco without breaking a sweat? Turns out, all you need is a good tray. (Or two!)


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