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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

Cutter saves time skinning kiwi

Updated on  June 9, 2017 at 1:01 am
At a price of $9.99 this gadget was worth a try. Read More

Doohickey for rice saves time

Updated on  May 30, 2017 at 4:21 pm
Rapid Brands’ Rapid Rice Cooker promises “Perfect Instant Rice in 3 Minutes!” — not to be mistaken for perfect rice, instantly. Read More

Air fryer an OK substitute for oil

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

Yonanas produces refreshing desserts

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

Corn silk remover fails to remove silk

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

Readers rave about dicer, egg cooker, butter mill

Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm
This week I would like to share two favorite gadgets of our readers. Read More

Egg cooker an imperfect device

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

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