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PHOTOS BY MICHELLE RAMOS / MRAMOS@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer works well with precookied items, such as frozen chicken nuggets. At right, breaded chicken pieces were baked in the oven, left, and in the air fryer. The air fryer produced a crisper result, but the two pieces filled the entire basket in one layer.

Air fryer an OK substitute for oil

PHOTOS BY MICHELLE RAMOS / MRAMOS@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer works well with precookied items, such as frozen chicken nuggets. At right, breaded chicken pieces were baked in the oven, left, and in the air fryer. The air fryer produced a crisper result, but the two pieces filled the entire basket in one layer.

Updated on  May 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm
Makers of the NuWave fryer state that it “fries” foods without fat or oil, using “hot air with high-speed air circulation. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Frozen bananas are turned into a soft-serve dessert that can be flavored with other frozen fruits, chocolate, cake, etc.

Yonanas produces refreshing desserts

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Frozen bananas are turned into a soft-serve dessert that can be flavored with other frozen fruits, chocolate, cake, etc.

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 4:51 pm
Dole claims that its Yonanas “turns any frozen fruit into soft serve” — similar to the nondairy banana soft serve offered at Banan on University Avenue. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                An ear of corn was passed through Amco’s Corn Desilker five times and still had strings of silk attached to it.

Corn silk remover fails to remove silk

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                An ear of corn was passed through Amco’s Corn Desilker five times and still had strings of silk attached to it.

Updated on  May 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm
I enjoy eating corn on the cob, but it’s a pain to remove the corn silk. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                As Seen on TV’s Chop Magic produce dicer has stainless-steel grids that make cuts in two sizes.

Readers rave about dicer, egg cooker, butter mill

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                As Seen on TV’s Chop Magic produce dicer has stainless-steel grids that make cuts in two sizes.

Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm
This week I would like to share two favorite gadgets of our readers. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Casabella’s Exact Egg Boiler produces perfectly cooked eggs — from front, medium-boiled, soft-boiled and hard-boiled.

Egg cooker an imperfect device

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Casabella’s Exact Egg Boiler produces perfectly cooked eggs — from front, medium-boiled, soft-boiled and hard-boiled.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 4:34 pm
While the the Casabella Exact Egg Boiler does work, there were some stumbling blocks, so its usefulness will depend on the operator. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Pull’n Slice Box Mandoline has a safety hood that protects fingers.

Mandoline keeps fingers safe

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Pull’n Slice Box Mandoline has a safety hood that protects fingers.

Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm
Chef’n has created a mandoline that lessens the hazards of using such a device. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Egg-Tastic ceramic microwave cooker can make up to four scrambled eggs at a time.

Gadget makes scrambled eggs in the microwave

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Egg-Tastic ceramic microwave cooker can make up to four scrambled eggs at a time.

Updated on  April 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm
When I opened the Egg-Tastic box, I knew there was hope for this microwave scrambled egg maker. Read More
 
COURTESY TARYN MANUEL
                                Pancakes made in the Flippin’ Fantastic took longer to cook compared with free-form pancake.

Circular cooker falls short of fantastic

COURTESY TARYN MANUEL
                                Pancakes made in the Flippin’ Fantastic took longer to cook compared with free-form pancake.

Updated on  April 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm
A couple of people who’d seen the Flippin’ Fantastic commercial wanted to know if it really was fantastic. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Make two-tone cupcakes with the add of a plastic device from Wilton.

Cupcake insert gives food split personality

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Make two-tone cupcakes with the add of a plastic device from Wilton.

Updated on  March 28, 2017 at 7:04 pm
Wilton’s Sweet Surprises Cupcake Insert makes use of two cake batters and a cupcake tin to make what Wilton calls “exciting multicolored and multiflavored cupcakes.” Read More
 
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The OXO Good Grips 3 Blade Hand-Held Spiralizer is a compact version of the company’s countertop tool. The gadget produced fettuccinelike strands of beet, left, ribbon curls of carrot and spaghetti spirals of radish.

Hand-held device does job of bigger spiralizer

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The OXO Good Grips 3 Blade Hand-Held Spiralizer is a compact version of the company’s countertop tool. The gadget produced fettuccinelike strands of beet, left, ribbon curls of carrot and spaghetti spirals of radish.

Updated on  March 14, 2017 at 6:04 pm
As no-carb diets grew more popular, so did spiralizers, because they gave people a substitute for spaghetti and fettuccine. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Norpro’s Butter Spreader is best used with a hot cob of corn.	The stick of butter is placed through the bottom and pushed up.

Butter spreader’s worth limited to corn-cob dining

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Norpro’s Butter Spreader is best used with a hot cob of corn.	The stick of butter is placed through the bottom and pushed up.

Updated on  March 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm
Norpro’s Butter Spreader with its curved bottom is for using on corn cobs, pancakes, toast and for greasing baking pans. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Chef’n’s Lemon-Aid Citrus Spiralizer works like other hand-held spiralizers but produces thicker ribbons.

Doohickey delivers a pretty cut

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Chef’n’s Lemon-Aid Citrus Spiralizer works like other hand-held spiralizers but produces thicker ribbons.

Updated on  February 28, 2017 at 4:41 pm
While spaghetti spirals are the norm for most hand-held spiralizers, Chef’n’s sunshine-toned tool creates a beautiful ribbon spiral about a quarter-inch thick. Read More
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

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