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CI’s best kitchen tools

Posted By Nicole On April 26, 2007 @ 8:14 am In Gear and Gadgets | 2 Comments

citools.JPGCooks Illustrated¬†is known for their willingness to exhaustively test different recipes,¬† ingredient¬†combinations and kitchen gadgets in their pursuit of the very best. When it comes to their recipes, I have been known to disagree with them from time to time when their perceptions of what a recipe should be differ from my own, but they tend to be very close to the mark on the gadget and kitchen tool front. And I’d rather take their advice than testing out ten types of salad spinners in my own kitchen. In the last issue, they rounded up their top 18 kitchen tools in a list that was complete with tips on why you need each one and why they liked the particular brand of tool. Unfortunately, they didn’t include a list of the tools that they didn’t like, so we don’t know which ones they recommend avoiding, but here are the top 18:

  1. OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
  2. Endurance Colander/Strainer (medium)
  3. OXO Goods Grips 12-Inch Locking Tongs with Nylon Heads
  4. Rubbermaid Professional 13-1/2 Inch Heat Resistant Spatula/Scraper
  5. Zyliss Jumbo Garlic Press
  6. Best Commercial Standard French Whisk, 12 Inch
  7. OXO Good Grips i-Series Swivel Peeler
  8. Messermeister Pro-Touch Serrated Peeler
  9. Amco Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set
  10. Rubbermaid Liquid Measuring Cups (I prefer the OXO liquid measuring cups)
  11. Cuispro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
  12. Cuisipro Accutec Box Grater
  13. Microplane Grater/Zester
  14. Take-Apart Utility Shear
  15. Thermoworks Super-Fast Thermapen
  16. Unicorn Magnum Plus Pepper Mill
  17. OXO SteeL Strainer
  18. Taylor Oven Guide Thermometer

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