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Efficient Pasta Cooker: Zevro Perfetto

by Justin Thomas •

Here’s a promising product that will be introduced soon — the Zevro Perfetto is a pasta cooker said to save up to 70% of energy and up to 50% of water compared to cooking pasta in a traditional pot. Only about 32 fluid ounces (1 liter) of water is needed and there’s no need to stir or watch the pasta …

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Top Rated Chef’s Knives

by Justin Thomas •

If you are going to be doing any kind of cutting in a kitchen, it is definitely worthwhile to invest in a quality chef’s knife. Experts say you don’t necessarily need to buy a lot of knives — a single quality chef’s knife can handle most cutting tasks. It’s generally agreed that the best knives are forged — a process …

Renewable: The “Square” Bamboo Bowl

by Justin Thomas •

This attractive bamboo bowl is made using the “vertical grain” or the side of the split bamboo pole. The dark border color is achieved by a steaming process that brings out the natural sugars in the bamboo, carmelizing it to a permanent stain. It’s priced at $40 and available from IKH

Flip-Top Dishrack by Simplehumans

by Justin Thomas •

If you really appreciate a well-designed dishrack this may be up your alley. It’s designed by simplehumans and is priced at $63. Aaron Ebata explains why he thinks it’s worth the money, on the review site Cool Tools. The manufacturer says: The flip-top dishrack adjusts to hold the different tools you use throughout the day. A compact shelf provides quick …

Soymilk Maker Reviews

by Justin Thomas •

Do you spend a lot of money on soymilk? You may want to try out a soymilk making machine — these devices allow to make fresh soymilk in your kitchen. We found a good review of the different soymilk machines out there by Vickilynn Haycraft on her site Real Food Living. Apparently the SoyaPower machine is the best one available, …

Best Manual Juicers

by Justin Thomas •

Manual juicers are handy to have in the kitchen &#8212 they don’t require electricity and are relatively inexpensive. They can juice a surprisingly large variety of fruits and vegetables. Best of all, they are usually easier to clean than their electric counterparts. Many people use manual juicers to squeeze wheatgrass into a nutritious drink. Most reviewers seem to recommend Z-Star …

Top Rated Rice Cookers: Zojiriushi

by Justin Thomas •

Rice cooker reviews are little hard to find — the bigger consumer magazines don’t seem to cover them, but some other sources on the web do. Reviewers on Cool Tools and Sally’s Kitchen both recommend Zojirushi Rice Cookers. Popular in Japan, Zojirushi cookers are pricey ($150-$200). But they also have no-frills models for about $60.

Rotary Cheese Grater by Cuisipro

by Justin Thomas •

These devices make grating Parmesan and other European hard cheeses a breeze, compared to a plane or box grater. You can use any reasonably sized blocks of cheese (1/2″-2″). Soft cheeses do not work well in this grater — they become stuck in the grate barrel and become glued to the internal structure.

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Best Pizza Stones: Soapstone Pans

by Justin Thomas •

​​​​Soapstone is a stone that retains heat efficiently and evenly. It’s an excellent material for cookware. Soapstone pans and pots are handmade in Brazil and are able to withstand temperatures twice as high as cast iron and other metal cookware. Soapstone develops a natural non-stick surface and lustrous black patina finish after curing. They can be put in the oven …

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Best Toaster Oven: Cuisinart TOB-175

by Justin Thomas •

Toaster ovens are very handy devices in the kitchen, but often overlooked. They can be used to heat and reheat a variety of meals(not just toast), and they are also quite energy efficient when compared to regular ovens. So which oven is top rated? Reviewers fairly unanimously chose the Cuisinart TOB-175 Convection Toaster Oven. It gets 4.5/5 stars from buyers …