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Tools & Gadgets

RSVP International Onion Goggles

Slicing onions can be a painful, tear-filled process. Are the RSVP International Onion Goggles the key to smooth slicing and dry eyes? We got chopping to find out. READ MORE

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Aerolatte Milk Frother

It's no sweat making frothy coffee drinks when you have an espresso machine. If you don't, it's a challenge. Aerolatte makes a battery-powered milk frother you can keep in your gadget drawer, but can it really froth like a pro? We gave it a whirl. READ MORE

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OXO Good Grips Cookie Press

The classic cookie press takes muscle and determination, so when we saw that OXO Good Grips had a press with a lever trigger, we were intrigued enough to give it a try. READ MORE

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Chef’n PinPair 2-in-1 Rolling Pin

A solid, American-style rolling pin has distinct advantages over a nimble French-style pin, and vice versa. Can the two styles be combined in one convertible pin? We tested the Chef'n PinPair to see just how it rolls. READ MORE

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Dreamfarm Garject Garlic Press

Lots of different gadgets promise painless garlic mincing. Garject claims to top that, with a nifty eject button that's designed to remove the papery clove peels from the equation. We gave it a whirl. READ MORE

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Dexas 4-Inch Nib Mini Mitt

Many cooks have a preferred way to grab hot pans, be it with quilted oven pads or wadded dishtowels. How about nubby, brightly colored silicone mitts that look a bit like hand puppets? We gave the Dexas 4-Inch Nib Mini Mitts a try. READ MORE

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Norpro Stainless Steel Baster

The problem with the old-school bulb baster is that it’s hard to clean—at some point, the plastic and rubber wear a permanent film of grease. Norpro remade the classic design with stainless steel and silicone. We gave it a try. READ MORE

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Microplane Classic Spice Grater

Microplane's wood rasps have been kitchen grating and zesting essentials for more than a decade. Is the smaller Microplane Classic Spice Grater a must-have for grating nutmeg over that punch glass of holiday eggnog? We got busy on a whole bunch of grateables to find out. READ MORE

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Tovolo Easy Reach Baster

The good old bulb baster is something you probably fish out of the tool drawer once a year, on Thanksgiving morning. Kitchenware company Tovolo, for one, hasn't been content with the rubbery classic—its Easy Reach Baster is full of design innovations. We gave it a squeeze to see how it works. READ MORE

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Polder Classic Digital Thermometer/Timer

Every cook needs a decent thermometer. There are so many out there, from the inexpensive instant-read to the high-end digital, it can be confusing to pick the right one. The Classic Digital Thermometer/Timer from Polder promises a lot of features for around $20. We cranked up the oven and gave it a spin. READ MORE

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Sur La Table Potato Ricer

A ricer is a simple mechanical gadget for producing mashed potatoes, but not all ricers are created equal. Where does Sur La Table's classic lever-style model fall on the ricer scale? We cooked up some potatoes to find out. READ MORE

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West Bend Back to Basics Peel Away Apple Peeler

West Bend's Back to Basics Peel Away Apple Peeler looks like it should be in some farm kitchen diorama in a museum. Is this old-time mechanical gadget still relevant in the age of KitchenAid and Cuisinart? We took it on a little spin to find out. READ MORE

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Harold Imports Dual-Action Potato Masher

A potato masher that combines the virtues of an old-fashioned wire zigzag with a ricer seems too good to be true, but is it? We tested the Harold Imports Dual-Action Potato Masher to see if it's the masher we've been waiting for. READ MORE

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KitchenAid Gourmet Dual-Headed Melon Baller

Does anybody even need a melon baller? The KitchenAid Gourmet Dual-Headed Melon Baller tries to convince you it's an essential culinary tool. We got scooping with this baby to find out if it's true. READ MORE

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OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set

We've all done it—held a measuring cup aloft and strained our eyes to see if the liquid is exactly at the 1/2-cup line. Angled measuring cups allow you to look down into the cup instead. Does this three-cup set from OXO Good Grips put an end to squinting and guesswork? We decided to see how these cups measure up. READ MORE

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Taylor Glass Digital Kitchen Scale (3842)

A good scale is a kitchen must-have. But whether this compact digital model from Taylor measures up is a question of how often you plan to use it, and for what. We did some testing and weigh in. READ MORE

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Taylor TruTemp Instant Read Digital Thermometer

Taylor Precision Products sells many kinds of instant-read kitchen thermometers. We wanted to see if a basic one priced under 10 bucks—the TruTemp Digital—has what it takes to be the home cook's go-to temperature gauge. To find out, we got cooking. READ MORE

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Tovolo Groovy Pop Molds

What makes one set of ice pop molds better than another? Ultimately, it's how easily the ice pops release. Tovolo's Groovy molds have textured grooves that make the finished pops look kind of cool, but do they facilitate an easy exit? We got freezing to find out. READ MORE

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Chef’n Emulstir

Seattle-based Chef'n makes kitchen gadgets whose forms spring directly from function. Is the company's new, improved Emulstir salad dressing mixer a modern masterpiece? We get out the oil and vinegar to find out. READ MORE

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OXO Good Grips Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer

It's always kind of a pain to peel, core, and slice a pineapple into neat rings. The OXO Good Grips Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer seems to offer a sweet solution, but does it really work? We get to the heart of the matter. READ MORE