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Cook’s Illustrated Rates Dry Goods Storage Containers

Cook's Illustrated Rates Dry Goods Storage Containers

Dry storage containers are airtight containers that are designed to store flour, sugar and other dry goods, helping to keep them fresh and safe from both moisture and insects. Unlike your standard tupperware container, dry goods containers are large – usually large enough to hold several quarts – because you want them to hold at least a 5-lb bag of flour. Ideally, dry goods containers ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Belgian-Style Waffle Irons

Cook's Illustrated Tests Belgian-Style Waffle Irons

Crispy Belgian waffles with deep, syrup-catching pockets and fluffy interiors are a breakfast treat that many of us don’t get to eat nearly as often as we would like to. Belgian waffles¬†require a special type of waffle iron that will produce the correct waffle shape, as well as a great waffle batter recipe that will give the waffles just the right consistency. Fortunately, there are ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Food Processors


My food processor gets a lot of use because it is one of the most versatile tools in my kitchen. Food processors can do everything from pureeing ingredients for soups to whipping up fluffy whipped cream to kneading pizza dough – and that is just the tip of the iceberg. They’re also fairly large, as countertop appliances go, so if you are going to make ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Reviews Mini Loaf Pans


I love making mini loaves. They’re cute, fun to serve and easy to pack up as gifts for friends and family. The other bonus is that they have a shorter baking time than full sized loaf cakes and breads, so you will be able to eat your favorite baked goods with a much shorter wait time. Most recipes intended for 9×5-inch loaf pans can be ... Read More »

Cooks Illustrated Taste Tests Maple Syrups

Cooks Illustrated Taste Tests Maple Syrups

Maple syrup is one of my favorite ingredients, both cook with and to use as a flavoring to add a finishing touch to pancakes, waffles and more.¬†While fall is often associated with maple flavored treats (largely because maple goes so well with spices that are popular during the holidays), maple syrup is actually harvested towards the end of the winter and very early spring, when ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Offset Spatulas

Cook's Illustrated Tests Offset Spatulas

I find that people – myself included – do not always put as much time as they should into selecting spatulas for their kitchen. Many people assume that a spatula is a spatula is a spatula, only to discover (perhaps after melting a spatula or a spatula handle) that not all spatulas are created equal. The same is true of offset spatulas. These angled spatulas ... Read More »

Cooks Illustrated Tests Large-Batch Ice Cream Makers

Cooks Illustrated Tests Large-Batch Ice Cream Makers

Most ice cream makers intended for use in the home are fairly compact. They are designed not only to churn up delicious ice creams, but to be convenient to store when not in use. They generally churn 1 to 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream at a time. This amount is fine, given that most ice cream recipes (including my own!) are scaled to meet ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Rates Mixing Bowls

Cook's Illustrated Rates Mixing Bowls

Mixing bowls just might be the most important tool in the kitchen, especially if you’re a baker. All the spatulas, whisks and spoons in the world are awfully difficult to use if you don’t have a good bowl for mixing your ingredients! Mixing bowls are important, but most of us don’t pay all that much attention to the function of a mixing bowl in the ... Read More »

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