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‘Gripper’ gives users leverage with tough jars

Updated on  February 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm
Kuhn Rikon’s Gripper Jar Opener is “good for people with arthritis,” and is touted as providing “strain-free lid opening”and “great leverage” for threaded lids that are 1 inch to 3-1/2 inches in diameter. Read More

iDrink puts sparkle in low-calorie beverages

Updated on  January 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm
The iDrink product adds bubbles to beverages, pulped juices excluded. I tested the DrinkMate on water, juice, tea and cold-brew coffee — all were fun to do and drink, except the coffee. Read More

Fizzics Waytap adds dense foam layer to beer

Updated on  December 5, 2017 at 8:16 pm
Changing the way people drink beer, and making brews from the bottle or can taste better than draft beer from a keg — these are claims made by the creators of a device called the Fizzics Waytap, which pumps beer from a bottle or can through a tap and adds a dense layer of suds on top. Read More

Sealer good, but stirrer isn’t useful

Updated on  October 31, 2017 at 5:37 pm
Kitchen Tool’s bag sealer is a pretty good gadget for $2.99. It’s fast and easy to use once you get the hang of it. But Stir Crazy, intended to be a hands-free stirring device, doesn’t live up to its claim of stirring “all sorts of custards, sauces and soups.” Read More

Parsley mill handy, but pain to clean

Updated on  October 6, 2017 at 12:44 am
Ipac Italy’s Prezzemolina’s parsley mill is affordable, but cleanup is a hassle. Read More

Wine gadgets help save juice, illuminate room

Updated on  September 26, 2017 at 4:33 pm
Joie’s Expand and Seal Bottle Topper and Rabbit’s L.E.D. Bottle Stoppers are worthy of a place at the table during your next party where wine is served. Read More

Gluten sensor not guaranteed to work

Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 4:58 pm
Nima’s Gluten Sensor is pretty pricey for something that can’t guarantee items are gluten-free. Read More

Yoshi Copper grill mat has pros, cons

Updated on  September 12, 2017 at 4:59 pm
The Yoshi Copper Grill Mat lives up to most of its claims, such as preventing flare-ups. However, it fails in its declaration of producing perfect grill marks. Read More

Cheese papers don’t live up to hype

Updated on  September 5, 2017 at 6:27 pm
Chronicle Books’ Cheese Papers claim to be “ideal for any variety (of cheese)” but don’t really deliver on that promise. Read More

Device preps strawberries in seconds

Updated on  August 29, 2017 at 9:42 pm
The OXO Good Grips Strawberry Huller works just as fast as a straw and removes all the leaves, but it probably removes more of the fruit, too, depending on the size of the strawberry. Read More

Cuber makes quick work of Hass avocados

Updated on  August 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm
The Williams Sonoma Avocado Cuber works best on fruit of a certain size and shape. Read More

Ice cream tool makes users want to scoop

Updated on  August 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm
Urban Trend’s Fruzen Ice Cream Scoop looks — and works — like a standard ice cream scoop, but instead of rounded edges like a spoon, the Fruzen has a zinc alloy “power tip” with angled sides like a shovel. It easily slides through hard ice cream. Read More

Patience is key for Dripo coffee maker

Updated on  August 8, 2017 at 5:43 pm
The Dripo took six hours and 17 minutes for ice to melt and water to seep through two filters and ground coffee to create a finished drink. Read More

Boil water in a jiffy with hot pot

Updated on  August 1, 2017 at 5:34 pm
Proctor Silex’s Durable Hot Pot boasts on its packaging that it is “Faster Than a Microwave,” so I had to see whether it was true. Read More

Slicer quarters produce nicely

Updated on  July 28, 2017 at 12:43 am
OXO’s device (also known as the Tot Grape Cutter on and quarters fruit quickly and easily with a single push by the thumb. Read More

Quickpit is an efficient cherry pitter

Updated on  July 19, 2017 at 3:58 pm
With cherry season just beginning, I was excited to receive Chef’n’s Quickpit cherry pitter. Read More

Garlic press shows improvements

Updated on  July 11, 2017 at 5:42 pm
Dreamfarms Garject Lite improves on the garlic press with its self-cleaning component. Read More

Peeler keeps chestnut intact

Updated on  July 4, 2017 at 6:34 pm
I thought I’d happened on a spectacular find in Kai House Select’s roasted chestnut peeler, a way to save my uncles the trouble of splitting open chestnuts with their teeth. Read More

Mandoline stand-in proves safer to use

Updated on  June 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm
For cooks hesitant to use mandolines for safety reasons, Kuhn Rikon’s Easy Cut may be the ideal device. Read More

Tool pits, but mangles, mangoes

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 1:04 am
A mango-slicing gadget seemed like the perfect tool for someone like me — I love mango but am sensitive to the sap. Read More

Not all juicers are easy peasy lemon squeezy

Updated on  June 13, 2017 at 5:27 pm
A reader emailed asking for a good “lemon squeezer.” Read More

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