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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The ThawThat! II defrosting board does work, but it’s a pricey gadget.

Thawing board speeds defrosting time

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The ThawThat! II defrosting board does work, but it’s a pricey gadget.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Quickly defrosting a steak or chicken breast for dinner can be intimidating. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A quick squeeze and release of this silicone fish easily plucks an egg yolk from its white.

Egg separator is cute to boot

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A quick squeeze and release of this silicone fish easily plucks an egg yolk from its white.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm
While Christmas shopping online last year, I came across an egg separator in the shape of a fish. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A mandoline makes it easy to cut thin slices of potato for cooking in a microwave.

Make tasty, healthier chips

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A mandoline makes it easy to cut thin slices of potato for cooking in a microwave.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 7:52 pm
Are you regretting the handfuls of oily chips you consumed during your Super Bowl party Sunday? Maybe next year you can serve an oil-free option using Mastrad TopChips chip maker. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                OXO Good Grips Pour-Over Coffee Maker With Water Tank produces 6- to 12-ounce cups of coffee.

Coffee maker’s tank adds value

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                OXO Good Grips Pour-Over Coffee Maker With Water Tank produces 6- to 12-ounce cups of coffee.

Updated on  February 1, 2017 at 5:09 pm
I have to begin with a confession: I am not a “true” coffee drinker. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA CKOJIMA@ STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The AnySharp Pro knife sharpener is worth every cent.

Knife sharpener makes cut

CRAIG T. KOJIMA CKOJIMA@ STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The AnySharp Pro knife sharpener is worth every cent.

Updated on  January 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm
The banes of my kitchen existence are a couple of dull paring knives that my subpar sharpener can’t address. So when samples of two new knife sharpeners came across my desk, I was more than happy to give them a whirl. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Rapid Ramen Cooker microwaves instant noodles in about three to four minutes.

Microwave ramen cooker a reason to rejoice

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Rapid Ramen Cooker microwaves instant noodles in about three to four minutes.

Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm
I stumbled across the Rapid Ramen Cooker at Longs Drugs and knew I had to get it. We love instant ramen at our house, and the promise of cooking it even faster was appealing. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Mochi Renji gadget softens mochi in the microwave.

Mochi reheating made easy

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Mochi Renji gadget softens mochi in the microwave.

Updated on  January 10, 2017 at 8:30 pm
Thanks to Inomata’s Mochi Renji gadget, I can enjoy mochi filled with tsu­bushian (sweet bean paste) or topped with kinako (roasted soybean starch) in less than two minutes. Read More
 
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Use the needle in the Clever Cracker cup to pierce an egg, then turn the device on. It’s supposed to scramble the egg within the shell.

Egg-scrambling gadget not all it’s cracked up to be

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Use the needle in the Clever Cracker cup to pierce an egg, then turn the device on. It’s supposed to scramble the egg within the shell.

Updated on  January 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm
Of all the gadgets I’ve tested so far, this has to be the worst. Read More
2016 DECEMBER 09 FTR - HSA photo by Cindy Ellen Russell crussell@staradvertiser.com

Bacon Boss microwave oven bacon cooker. Gadgets. CRAVE.

Tool cooks bacon to perfection

2016 DECEMBER 09 FTR - HSA photo by Cindy Ellen Russell crussell@staradvertiser.com

Bacon Boss microwave oven bacon cooker. Gadgets. CRAVE.

Updated on  December 27, 2016 at 6:06 pm
A co-worker and crisp-bacon addict suggested I test Allstar Products Group’s BaconBoss. Read More
 
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Flip over the cutter and use it as tongs to remove each slice.

Mixed results for melon cutter

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Flip over the cutter and use it as tongs to remove each slice.

Updated on  December 20, 2016 at 5:40 pm
I started out panning the ez Slice Right from Spark Innovators Corp., which is supposed to cut even slices of “all sizes and kinds of melon” quickly, easily and with “no more messy cleanup.” Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The TouCan clamps onto the lid from the outside, cutting under the lip of the lid and removing the whole cover so there are no sharp edges.

TouCan prevents razor-sharp lids

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The TouCan clamps onto the lid from the outside, cutting under the lip of the lid and removing the whole cover so there are no sharp edges.

Updated on  December 13, 2016 at 6:47 pm
The TouCan boasts of being the world’s easiest hands-free can opener — “no razor-sharp edges on can or lid!” — which means no accidental cuts when removing lids from canned goods. The packaging also promises to open “all size cans” and be “fast and easy!” Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Clever Cutter works like a pair of scissors to cut vegetables, with it’s own little cutting board attached.

Clever Cutter lets you chop scissors-style

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Clever Cutter works like a pair of scissors to cut vegetables, with it’s own little cutting board attached.

Updated on  December 6, 2016 at 5:54 pm
A couple of people requested that I test the As Seen on TV Clever Cutter, which combines a knife and cutting board in one tool. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Rapid Brownie Baker is quick and easy to use. Pour brownie mix, water and oil into specific compartments, pour into pan, add an egg and mix before microwaving for 3-1/2 minutes.

For $5, brownie maker is pleasing

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Rapid Brownie Baker is quick and easy to use. Pour brownie mix, water and oil into specific compartments, pour into pan, add an egg and mix before microwaving for 3-1/2 minutes.

Updated on  November 29, 2016 at 4:17 pm
If you are finicky about your brownies, Rapid Brands’ Rapid Brownie Maker is not for you. But if you enjoy a fudgelike, chocolaty treat, give the product a try. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Barilla’s Pronto pasta makes cooks up in a skillet, absorbing all the water so there’s no need to drain.

No-drain pasta an easy meal

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Barilla’s Pronto pasta makes cooks up in a skillet, absorbing all the water so there’s no need to drain.

Updated on  November 25, 2016 at 5:20 pm
One of the world’s simplest meals is pasta using sauce from a jar. Boil water, cook pasta, drain, add sauce. Barilla’s Pronto pasta makes it even simpler by eliminating the pain of draining. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Farberware’s Dual Head Potato Masher.

2 isn’t always better than 1

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Farberware’s Dual Head Potato Masher.

Updated on  November 15, 2016 at 5:47 pm
Farberware’s Dual Head Potato Masher looks as though it would mash potatoes in half the time of a regular masher, but looks can be deceiving. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The SpreadTHAT! II knife’s serrated edge is designed to scrape butter off the block in thin strands, using the warmth of your hand to warm the blade and soften the butter.

Hotshot butter knife scores for good looks

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The SpreadTHAT! II knife’s serrated edge is designed to scrape butter off the block in thin strands, using the warmth of your hand to warm the blade and soften the butter.

Updated on  November 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm
THAT! Inventions’ SpreadTHAT! II is a butter knife that looks like it’s beendesigned by Porsche. But it tries to solve a dilemma that never really was a problemto begin with. Read More
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                                The Eggstractor is supposed to cleanly separate egg from shell with a single push on the accordianlike top. Actual results looked more like this.

Best not to shell out for this

PHOTOS BY CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Eggstractor is supposed to cleanly separate egg from shell with a single push on the accordianlike top. Actual results looked more like this.

Updated on  November 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm
The As Seen on TV geniuses seem to know what people want, even if those people themselves don’t know. Too bad each product is such a hit-or-miss proposition. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kyocera’s Extra-Wide Peeler has a 4-inch ceramic blade.

Peeler tackles thick and thin

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kyocera’s Extra-Wide Peeler has a 4-inch ceramic blade.

Updated on  October 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm
Kyocera says its Extra-Wide Peeler is super-efficient because of its 4-inch ceramic blade, which is great for heavy-duty peeling tasks such as the thick rindsof root vegetables, papayas and melons. Does it live up to its description? Yes. Is it easy to use? Well, that depends. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Cutlery Clean’R is for lazy dishwashers.

A car wash for your cutlery

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Cutlery Clean’R is for lazy dishwashers.

Updated on  October 18, 2016 at 5:46 pm
The Cutlery Clean’R will help clean your spoons and forks. If you need help, that is. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Stalkchop makes cutting cauliflower easier for some.

Tool safely separates, cuts cauliflower florets

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Stalkchop makes cutting cauliflower easier for some.

Updated on  October 11, 2016 at 5:40 pm
I have never bought cauliflower, much less prepped it. But since I had a Chef’n Stalkchop cauliflower prep tool in hand, I was excited to have the chance to roast the florets — seeing so many cookbook pictures of the tanned and charred veggie was motivation. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Simply push the tip of the gadget into the center of the Brussels sprout and twist to remove the core.
                                DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Five of these sprouts were trimmed and cored using Chef’n’s Twist’n Sprout, while four have yet to beworked on. The tool preps Brussels sprouts in a few easy moves.

Core Brussels sprouts like pro

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Simply push the tip of the gadget into the center of the Brussels sprout and twist to remove the core.
                                DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Five of these sprouts were trimmed and cored using Chef’n’s Twist’n Sprout, while four have yet to beworked on. The tool preps Brussels sprouts in a few easy moves.

Updated on  October 4, 2016 at 5:50 pm
This is a gadget you’ll never knew you wanted until you’ve tried it. Read More

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