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Endurance Spice Measuring Spoon Set

Endurance Spice Measuring Spoons

Most measuring spoon sets come with round spoons. This design isn’t a problem most of the time, but I’ll run into a problem with it from time to time because those rounded spoons won’t fit into some of my smaller jars. This happens with spices, especially with those stored in smaller jars, and even with some sugars that I keep in small containers, such as ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated rates Cookie Jars

Cookie Jars

You might put out a tray of cookies or other baked goods when entertaining friends and family, but to keep them at their peak they should be stored in airtight containers to preserve their freshness if they’re not going to be eaten within a few hours. I used to have a few ceramic cookie jars (and I’m sure that I’m not the only one) that ... Read More »

Playing favorites with food creates new products, new markets

Edge Brownie Pan

When you bake a batch of brownies, which piece do you reach for first? A fudgier center piece of a chewier corner? Some people may like both parts of the brownie equally, but others have such a strong preference for specific parts of the food that they eat that they’ve inspired an industry of people who can deliver just those parts. The Wall Street Journal ... Read More »

Just a Slice Cake Pan

Just a Slice Cake Pan

The Just a Slice Cake Pan caught my eye because it’s so bright and colorful, but also because it has a pretty unusual design to it. It’s a silicone cake pan that bakes individual slices of cake, rather than one round that you slice after baking. This allows you to get perfect looking pieces every time and opens the door to allow you to bake ... Read More »

Baking Gear for Football Fans

Football Themed Baking Gear

When you think of football and food, you probably think of grilling and tailgates – not of baking. But I can assure you that there is something for dessert at just about all of those tailgating parties and at-home football viewing parties, whether you’re watching a regular season game or the Super Bowl. Football Baking Cups dress up muffins, cupcakes and single-serving portions of cornbread ... Read More »

Fortune Cupcake Wrappers

Fortune Cupcake Wrappers

For many people, the best part of Chinese takeout or visiting a neighborhood Chinese restaurant is getting a fortune cookie at the end of the meal. Fortune cookies aren’t the tastiest cookies out there (when compared to, say, chocolate chip), but those little paper fortunes are fun to read and are definitely something to look forward to as you eat. Not too many other foods ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Bundt Brownie Pan

Nordic Ware Bundt Brownie Pan

Brownies are usually baked in square or rectangular baking pans, which leaves them in an easy-to-slice – if somewhat boring – shape. You can put your brownie batter into pans of different shapes and sizes, but brownies are a very sensitive type of baked good where the size and depth of the pan really matter if you want your brownies to turn out to be ... Read More »

CR picks new “must-have” kitchen gadgets

Gadgets

There are new kitchen gadgets coming out all the time. Improvements – or changes, at the very least – are made to kitchen staples like graters and can openers. New materials are added, designs are streamlined and bright colors enhance old fashioned looks. Many of these new and improved gadgets are touted as “must haves” and at Consumer Reports (February 2012), they wanted to determine ... Read More »

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