Category: Cooking with Kids

Best Sous Vide Containers

What’s the best sous vide container? We tried out 7 containers with our sous vide to find the best one. Which was most sturdy? Easiest to use? Included a lid? Here are the ones we’d recommend.

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Best Gochujang

What is the best gochujang? Popular in Korean cooking at a marinate or condiment, gochujang comes in two varieties: a paste or a sauce. To find the best, we did a blind taste test with 7 gochujang brands with Korean BBQ (a tough job, but someone had to do it). Here are the ones we liked the best!

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Best Saffron

What’s the best saffron? With roots tracing back to 2000 BCE, saffron is often cited as the world’s most expensive spice. Why? A single pound of saffron requires the stigmata from 75,000 flowers! This labor-intensive process makes saffron expensive to produce. To find the best bets, we tried out several brands of saffron in our favorite paella recipe. Which had the best flavor? Aroma? Here are our favorites.

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Best Bottle Blender

What’s the best bottle to blend protein shakes and smoothies? To find out, we tried out 8 bottles from different brands. Which did the best blending? Was easiest to use? Sturdy? Here are the ones we recommend.

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Best Sous Vide Bags

What are the best sous vide bags? We love our sous vide—it is amazing gadget to make tender pork chops or perfect steaks. But the key to success is making sure you put the food in vacuum-sealed bags. Which are the best? To find out, we tried 7 brands of sous vide bags in the real world. Which were easiest to work with? Which bags come with a vacuum pump? Seal tightly? Here are the ones we’d recommend.

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Best Powdered Milk

What are the best powdered milks, if you want cow’s, goat or coconut milk? We tried out several different powdered milks before crowning these winners. We judged on taste, quality and affordability. Here are the winners.

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Best Knife Sharpener

What’s the best knife sharpener? We surveyed our parent readers who are cooks to get their favorites. Then we interviewed the owner of a small knife sharpening business for their insights. With these suggestions, we did another 8 hours of research to compare options—looking for ease of use and effectiveness. Here are the knife sharpeners we’d recommend.

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Best Electric Kettle

What’s the best electric kettle? To find out, we surveyed the readers of our parenting books to find their favorites. Then we narrowed down the field with more research, comparing features/value and testing out models here at our home office. Here are the best bets!

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Best Ice Cream Mix

What’s the best ice cream mix? To find out, we fired up our ice cream machine and did a blind taste-test with 8 brands. Which was the creamiest? Best for a party? Here are the winners.

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Best Learning Tower

What are the best learning towers? And how are they helpful? Learning towers are step stools with safety rails for toddlers. In the kitchen, a tower brings the toddler up to counter height so he can help a parent prepare dinner. Or make cookies. To find the best ones, we tried out several learning towers with actual toddlers. Which ones were best? Here are our recommendations.

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Best Paper Plates

What are the best paper plates? We tried out several major brands, putting them to the test with various foods to see which held up best. Then we looked third-party strength, soak through and microwave performance tests. Here are the ones we’d recommend.

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Best Ghee

What’s the best ghee? And what is ghee anyway? Popular in Indian cooking, ghee is clarified butter that is often used as a cooking oil thanks to its high smoke point. Even though it is made from cow’s milk, ghee is often labeled as lactose-free, since most of the milk solids are removed in processing. After trying out 7 brands of ghee and doing blind taste tests, here are the ones we’d recommend.

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