Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

Zoku Single Quick Pop Maker, reviewed

Zoku single pop maker

The Zoku Quick Pop Maker is a neat gadget that allows you to make popsicles in minutes, rather than hours. It works because it has a super cold canister that you freeze in advance – much like the canister for certain types of ice cream makers. The slot for the popsicle is at the center of the canister and is designed to create a pop ... Read More »

Fat Daddio’s Sno-Cake Pan

Sno-Cake Pan

The standard pans that most of us have at home include sheet pans, round and square cake pans, rectangular baking dishes and muffin pans. These pans work for the majority of recipes, though specialty pans can come in handy when you really need to capture a specific shape in your baked goods. Fat Daddio’s Sno-Cake Pan has an unusual shape that can give you a ... Read More »

Chicago Metallic Ventilated Pie Weight

Chicago Metallic Disc Pie Weight

Pie weights are small heavy weights – usually ceramic balls, rice or beans – that are used to weigh down a pie crust during blind baking. The weights help to prevent the crust from shrinking and hold it flat against the pan so that you get a nice, even pie crust to fill with the filling of your choice. The problem with pie weights is ... Read More »

Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Fresh fruits and vegetables are fantastic when they’re in season and one way to preserve all that flavor for the rest of the year is to get started with canning and preserving. There are all kinds of resources out there to learn about preserving so that you can make and store anything from canned peaches to tomato sauce to pickles. By far, my favorite thing to ... Read More »

Viante Pasta Extruder

Viante Pasta Maker

Homemade pasta is something that I make every once in a while and it is a treat when I do. Like baking homemade bread, it can be a time consuming and messy process that you don’t always have the time or energy for. You can always use dried pasta, but if you are a true pasta lover you might want to look for other ways ... Read More »

Wilton Mini Whoopie Pie Pan, reviewed

Mini Whoopie Pie Pan

I wasn’t entirely sure that I needed a Mini Whoopie Pie Pan when I first heard about them. They’re put out by Wilton and they are lightweight, nonstick pans that bake twenty four tiny cakes at a time. The little cakes are about the size of mini muffin tops, and they are perfect for making bite sized whoopie pies, but they can also be used ... Read More »

Lékué Silicone No-Spill Bakesheet

Lékué Silicone Rimmed Pan

Silicone baking mats are a fantastic kitchen tool to have on hand, especially if you do a lot of baking. These ovenproof mats give you a nonstick surface on every pan and you can use them time after time. One feature that I appreciate about them is that they make it very easy to clean baking sheets, since cookies and breads barely come in contact ... Read More »

How to choose an ice cream maker

Ice Cream Makers

While there are recipes out there for great no-churn ice creams, if you want to make ice cream at home more than once or twice a year, you will probably want to consider buying an ice cream maker. An ice cream maker will help you make ice cream quickly and will ensure that you turn out a consistently great product that is smooth, creamy and ... Read More »

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