Tis the season for Rainier Cherries

Rainier cherries have the highest sugar content in the cherry family. I buy them every season for breakfast cereal, smoothies and to make ice cream. However, pitting cherries one at a time is a slow process, with hits, misses and pits flying everywhere. I hate doing it. So here’s the solution: Can’t say this is …

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Another Useful Kitchen Gadget

Kitchen tweezers have been around for a long time, most of them small and flimsy. Not these! Swiss made and machined well from heavy stainless steel stock, they are large, sturdy and lend a firm grip. Handy for bottom fishing in near empty jars of cocktail onions or cornichons; for moving shrimp around a hot …

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A Very Good Kitchen Gadget

WMF, a German food service equipment manufacturer of all things from cutlery, glassware and kitchen gadgets to coffee brewers and pressure cookers, has been in business since 1853. I don’t know if they invented the “ball whisk,” but they sure make a good one. Two sizes: eight and twelve inches at Sur la Table for …

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Hand “Stick” Blenders 

I know.  You probably have a Cuisinart, a hand mixer, a whisk and maybe even a blender, ricer or food mill.  Why then another gadget to puree product?   Well, stick blenders are compact, portable, quick to use and clean.  They work inside a small container to make an instant emulsification of vinaigrette or to whip …

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The Smoking Gun

As a useful kitchen gadget this device does not rise to the practical level of the ball whisks, described below. Not even close. But if you like smoked food, here’s a tool that infuses meats, poultry, veggies, cocktails and ice cream with smoky flavors without using a Camerons Stove Top smoker, a Weber Smoky Mountain …