10 products that take the annoying parts out of cooking


#21

One of these items (the enameled pan) is actually useful.


#22

Puppets doing product reviews! How intriguing.

Steamed eggs are pretty great, but for a little more money you can get a proper vegetable steamer that is much more versatile.

And I don’t think I realized before that the multi-blade contraption is “herb scissors”. I thought they were meant to be used as a low-budget manual paper shredder. (And they’re actually pretty crappy when it comes to that, as it takes a lot of force to push five blades through paper.)


#23

Every single one of these products is unnecessary


#24

I hoped it was highly cynical. But wondering now.


#25

10 products that take the annoying parts out of cooking, and introduce their own versions of annoying hell.


#26

“Dropping noodles in the sink is dinnertime tragedy”

Only if the rest of the family finds out.


#27

Come on! The Star Wars ice tray is

ESSENTIAL!


#28

Boo-hoo – my fave product for taking the annoying parts out of cooking’s not listed. It’s a…Chevy Trailblazer! Here’s how to use it for a perfect meal –

Step 1: warm up Trailblazer for about 2 minutes, engage seat belt;

Step 2: drive to the rib shack;

Step 3: say “Thank you very much!” to the nice lady.

Works every time!


#29
  1. Salad to go container: very handy, but this isn’t for cooking…its for convenience in packing a lunch.
  2. Every single other thing is crap.

Just get better knife skills, and buy high quality kitchen knives (an 8" chef’s knife, 3-4" pairing knife, 1 good utility knife, 1 bread knife, 1 boning knife, 1 carving knife, and I personally love a 7" santoku knife - it is my go to for pretty much anything and a good honing steel). Those are all the “kitchen tools” you truly need.

The only other tools I use regularly are my micro planer, citrus reamer (just less messy and faster than using a blade), a peeler comes in handy always, have 3 tongs for cooking (2 short one steel and one rubber griped, and 1 long), wooden spoons for various duties, 1 turner/flipper, and a few rubber spatulas a various sizes, and kitchen shears (VERY handy for breaking down chicken).

For those who do not know the difference…
Turner/Flipper:

Spatula:
https://images.crateandbarrel.com/is/image/Crate/WhiteSpatula11p75SHF16/web_product_hero&/160920122624/silicone-spatula.jpg


#30

#31

Older eggs is the trick.

If you buy eggs and try to HB them within the first few days, the albumin will stick to the shell more making peeling a total PITA. However…just allow those eggs to sit in your fridge for about 7-10 days and then boil them. The albumin will have separated from the shell more and peeling should be much easier. Also using a slight trickle of running water helps too.

This is not 100% fool proof, but from my experience it is like 99% better and the only method that has seemed to ever truly work for me. Pepin also swears by popping the air cell with a push pin at the base of the egg prior to boiling…I’ve not actually done it.


#32

Get something like this

https://www.johnlewis.com/eddingtons-egg-perfect-egg-timer/p183637?sku=230448449&s_kwcid=2dx92700023126403838&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIprmZhfDe1QIVp5PtCh2Y3Q-CEAQYBCABEgJr-PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

It sits in the water with the eggs and as it warms up it changes colour (ours turns white) starting at the edges and creeping in. Perfect boiled eggs every time.


#33

Bought these the other day (Not on Amazon. Local shop. €6.25 incl. tax), as a lark, really - but they actually do the job nicely.


#34

Over here, that’s called a ‘fish slice’ (despite not being used for slicing, nor exclusively for fish).


#35

There is no rib shack within driving distance for me.

:frowning:


#36

Carving Millennium Falcons out of ice by hand always was the hardest part of cooking. At last, I can make stir-fry again. Thanks, BoingBoing.


#37

fish turners are different. The metal is much thinner and more flexible.


#38

Cost of dropped noodles: Negligible. Cost of kitchen gadget to prevent it: $12. Great if you’re OCD, $12 of peace of mind.

Lemme see. Assuming 2-4 noodles dropped per serving (and assume 2-3 meals per box, depending on size of meal being cooked). ~580 noodles per box, according to the intarwebs, and let’s be charitable and use more pricy pasta at $3/1lb box.

You’d have to cook 144 lbs of dried pasta to hit break even point for the cost of this tool, assuming you buy more expensive pasta.

ETA: Crap, it’s $13, and before tax. You get my point anyways.


#39

Great use of incorporating OCD into the need for domestic economics.

Well done!


#40

I think they missed “plate sharpener” for when you don’t have enough of cutting knives. They turn every ceramic plate into a knife. Useful, right? No, not really. Just as every item listed here.