Tools & Utensils

It’s Time to Finally Get Your Utensil Drawer in Order — Amazon Deal of the Day

If your kitchen drawers are a mess, you probably spend way too much time searching for the one tool you need — whether it's a rubber spatula, a whisk, a fork, or whatever else you might need.

Nodding along with us? It's time to get your drawers in order, and a good way to start is by picking up this expandable utensil tray.

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Upgrade Your Kitchen Utensils with This Bamboo Set — Amazon Deal of the Day

Take a quick survey of your kitchen utensils. We're willing to bet it's a pretty motley crew between the half-melted spatula you left on a hot stove for too long, the worn-out wooden spoon you've been carting from apartment to apartment since college, and the various other tools that have seen (much) better days.

It's time to upgrade, and there's no better way to do it than by buying a set. Everything will be brand new and everything will match (a first for many of us).

We're partial to this Viable Creations set (on sale right now on Amazon).

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The One Tool You Need for Cooking & Serving Pasta — Shopping

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Pasta is the great equalizer. Whether you're trying to get dinner on the table for your family on a hectic weeknight or you've invited your boss over for a fancy dinner party, you can always count on this fast and filling pantry staple to satisfy everyone.

If you preach the pasta gospel, you'll love Colu Henry's debut cookbook, Back Pocket Pasta. The #backpocketpasta idea was conceived originally as a way to document the on-the-fly pasta concoctions Colu would "cobble together" after long, tiring work days. Thankfully for all of us, the project eventually morphed into this collection of inspired, deeply personal recipes. The pastas range from classics passed down through her Italian family (like Mama's Marinara and Nonni's Tuna-Clam Sauce) to dishes influenced by her travels and home in New York (like Moroccan Lamb Ragu and Creamy Saffron Risotto-Style Fregola). Most recipes have short ingredient lists, so you can easily whip them up at a moment's notice, and there's also a side dish and cocktail section to round out the meal if you're entertaining.

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The One Kitchen Unitasker I Can Actually Get Behind — One Good Thing

I see a lot of so-called innovative products for my job. Someone recently pitched me a tool specifically designed for breaking up cauliflower. I've seen all the yolk separators in the world. (Yes, I see that it's shaped like a robot. No, I'm still not impressed!) And if one more company shows me an avocado tool, I might scream.

All of that is to say that I'm always skeptical of products that claim to make life easier, better, or faster — especially ones that are total unitaskers. So imagine my surprise when I saw one that actually made my jaw drop. I had to have one.

What was it? The Lékué Citrus Sprayer. Allow me to explain.

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5 Ways Kitchen Shears Make Cooking Chicken Easier — Tips from The Kitchn

You're probably used to reaching for your trusted chef's knife, or maybe even a boning knife, when it comes time to prep chicken. That was certainly my go-to for a long time. But it turns out there's an even better tool for nearly any job involving chicken: kitchen shears.

Here is how they make prepping and cooking whole chicken and individual pieces even easier.

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How To Clean and Disinfect a Dish Brush — Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

There's an age-old argument about the best option for cleaning dishes: dish cloths, sponges, or dish brushes. My friend still defends her grandma's crocheted cloths — you know the ones I'm talking about? — but dish brushes, hands-down, are the most hygienic option. Unlike dish cloths (basically petri dishes for bacteria) or even sponges, which have pockets where bacteria can grow, the synthetic bristles of dish brushes shed moisture so they don't harbor bacteria or develop any offensive odors.

Plus, they're easy to clean — here's how.

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