Chowhound’s Hottest Cookware Discussions of 2013

Chowhound is full of lively debate and great tips, but some cookware discussions in 2013 were particularly fruitful. Here are some of the topics from the Cookware and General Topics boards that got the most people talking.

1. ELECTRIC VS. GAS BURNERS
Which do you want in your kitchen, an electric or gas range? Find out the pros and cons of each.

2. WHEN YOUR DISHES STICK TOGETHER
How to unstick hopelessly stuck dishes and cookware items without breaking them.

3. ONE-TRICK-PONY GADGETS WE LOVE
Which single-use kitchen gadgets can't you live without?

4. WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT A MICROPLANE GRATER?
Why do cooks gush so much about their beloved microplane graters? Are microplanes really that big of an improvement over box graters?

5. INFOMERCIAL COOKWARE THAT ACTUALLY WORKS
Have you ever wondered if those gadgets and pans sold on TV infomercials are any good? Find out what items of cookware Chowhounds love that were first seen on TV.

6. BAKING 101
What is the minimum equipment you need to get started baking? Find out what to buy and what to avoid.

7. THE BEST KNIFE FOR CUTTING A TOMATO
You want to easily cut through tomato skin and make nice, even slices, but you don't want the hassle of sharpening your own knives. Find out great solutions for slicing tomatoes every day.

8. SALAD SPINNER: KITCHEN ESSENTIAL OR WASTE OF SPACE?
Who keeps a salad spinner in the kitchen—and what is it good for?

9. NOSTALGIC JOY OF HOTDISH
Share stories and recipes about that essential Midwestern item of cuisine, hotdish.

10. YOUR DIRTY LITTLE FOOD SECRET
We're all very sophisticated gourmets here—except when it comes to our embarrassing, déclassé, and oh-so-delicious secret food cravings.

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