Ice cream and Summer might as well be synonymous. While it's always a fun trip to the neighborhood ice-cream parlor, there's nothing quite like freshly churned ice cream, made in the convenience of your home. If you're in the mood to make homemade ice cream, then you might need a few of these tools and makers to get you started.
Not only did we sample and sip galore while in Aspen for the Food & Wine Classic, but we also sat in on countless seminars. One of my favorite talks of the weekend was led by Jim Meehan, mixologist and owner of PDT, as well as author of The PDT Cocktail Book
As Meehan explained, people are spending more time and money than ever before outfitting their kitchens; "the day where people start upping their game with cocktails is coming, if it's not already here." With that in mind, he showed the importance of investing in the right bartending tools by demoing how to make a variety of cocktails. Keep reading to learn what bar equipment Meehan suggests stocking at home and our top picks for each type of tool.
- A sturdy cocktail shaker: For newbies, Meehan suggests a cobbler shaker ($40), as it's the easiest to use (one caveat: they're prone to getting stuck when cold). For those up for a little challenge, make like professional bartenders by employing a Boston shaker. While a pint glass and larger metal tin are standard, he prefers a set of two metal tins ($17). Not only is glass heavier than tin, which can lead to fatigue from shaking multiple cocktails, but metal and glass also contract at different rates, potentially causing sticking.
- Jiggers: Meehan stressed the importance of measuring ingredients to keep results consistent, even when it comes to quantities as small as 1/4 teaspoon or 1/4 ounce. For teaspoon measures, use a set of measuring spoons
($15); for ounce measures, a pair of dual-sided jiggers in small ($7) and large ($9) sizes proves indispensable.
- Strainers: If working with a Boston shaker (vs. a cobbler), a hawthorne strainer
($10) is a must buy; he also swears by double-straining through a fine-mesh strainer
($22) for smooth cocktails.
We've already shared our picks on what alcohol makes a home bar stocked, but here's a quick refresher course on what tools help make all the cocktails you've dreamed up a reality. We've got you covered with these eight items that are sure to make you feel like the serious bartender you are!
If you've just moved to a new city or are learning to cook for the first time, it can be hard to nail down new recipes, let alone all those kitchen tools. Just ask Eunice, who recently wrote in with this request:
"I've just landed my first real job, am moving across the country, and out of my parents' house for the first time. What are some kitchen essentials I should get? Can you direct me toward some companies that produce quality products [that won't] blow my whole budget? I'd like a good set of knives."
Eunice: we're here to help you — and anyone else looking for a complete set of cooking tools. Here are 10 pieces of kitchen equipment that are sure to be put to good use.
Many kitchen unitaskers are simply not worth the money or precious cabinet space. So when we find ourselves turning to one of these much-maligned tools time and time again, it only seems fair to share the tip. As a sneaky bonus, with creative thinking, a few of these unitaskers even shed their one-trick pony reputation. Click through for our top picks from stocking stuffers to bigger-ticket items.
Let's face it: Thanksgiving (and its requisite planning) is more a marathon than a sprint. This season, make your hard work count by avoiding common pitfalls like mangled pie slices, and lumpy gravy by outfitting your kitchen with these essential tools. As a bonus, there's not a unitasker in the bunch; all can be employed year round for a variety of tasks.
Most of us get excited about trying out international dishes, but the same can't be said for kitchen utensils from around the world. Not only are we often clueless about what they are or what they do, but it also seems futile to buy a tool with only one use. But many of these exotic implements can serve several different purposes. To help you out, we've put together seven valuable tools you might not even know exist!
Nothing compares to a perfectly baked pizza pie. If you're a pizza connoisseur who will find any excuse to bake a pie, then upgrade your kitchen with these seven tools (all under $100) that will make the difference between delivery and delicious. Then, it's time to make one of these easy, crowd-pleasing pizzas.
If the show Hoarders has taught me anything, it's that a cluttered home is the antithesis of chic. Regardless, my petite city kitchen has limited storage space, making for an ongoing struggle. Luckily, I've come across a handful of smart space-saving kitchen gadgets that are sure to aid organization no matter your square footage.