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qwerty78 Aug 26, 2009 06:33 PM

hi everyone- I need a new can opener (glamorous, I know) and chose a safety opener from kuhn rikon. I'd also like an egg slicer mostly to use on mushrooms and chose one of those as well... so now i figure i should take advantage of the amazon buy 3 get one free promo...

any suggestions? would prefer that it be in the same price range so it's sort of worth it...

i'm leaning toward an all clad pasta ladle? anything else? I don't have tons of space for uni-taskers but do love kitchen gadgets....


  1. CatherineMcClarey Aug 26, 2009 07:02 PM

    I got some nice plastic measuring cups and spoons from Amazon a couple of years ago, after reading the Cook's Illustrated equipment review on the subject. (The ones I got were not one of the brands CI had recommended, but did have good customer reviews on Amazon.) Lately I've been eyeing a (CI-recommended) Trudeau gravy/fat separator and either the (CI-recommended) Cusipro measuring cup or the OXO Good Grips measuring cup (I've got the Oxo 2-cup, but need to replace my cheap 1-cup liquid measuring cup). If you have a subscription to the Cook's Illustrated website (the 2-week trial is free, and subscribers to their print edition get a discount on the website subscription), just browse their equipment reviews for stuff that looks useful where the recommended models are relatively cheap, and then look for those particular items on Amazon.

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    1. re: CatherineMcClarey
      itryalot Sep 26, 2009 04:53 AM

      Which brand of measuring spoons and cups does CI recommend then? They also recommended cookie sheets and baking pans, but I lost all that info. Can you help?

    2. greygarious Aug 26, 2009 07:44 PM

      I've been meaning to get a silicone mixing bow or measuring cup, for the convenience of being able to neatly pour pancake and muffin batter, and homemade salad dressings into narrow-mouthed jars.

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        chuckl Aug 26, 2009 08:38 PM

        do you have a microplane?

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        1. re: chuckl
          miss.foodie Aug 26, 2009 09:23 PM

          i second the microplane if you don't have one already.. it is very useful.. not just for grating parmesan.. but also for zesting lemons/oranges.. or grating ginger..

          1. re: miss.foodie
            Chemicalkinetics Sep 30, 2009 07:41 AM

            I thrid on microplane. It is a great zester. I also suggest looking into a nice wood rolling pin or a lemon or lime squeezer.


        2. goodhealthgourmet Aug 26, 2009 09:04 PM

          the microplane is always a good call. other ideas: a silpat if you do any baking, or a small spice mill if you like to grind your spices.

          1. meatn3 Aug 26, 2009 09:46 PM

            This is about $30, but is my favorite kitchen addition in the past few years.
            You can set 4 timers at a time and it is set up visually, so I can immediately see which eye of the stove I'm setting it for. I absolutely love this thing!


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              fauchon Aug 27, 2009 07:29 AM

              the non stick Kuhn Ricon non-stick paring knife costs $9.95. It's super sharp, comes in lots of cheerful colors, has a blade protector & is great for loads of small kitchen chores. I bought one on a whim (as if I need another knife) & reach for it all the time!


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                itryalot Sep 26, 2009 04:54 AM

                Try any of the microplane zesters. Love them!

                1. coney with everything Sep 29, 2009 05:34 AM

                  another vote for microplane

                  I'm also very fond of my lemon squeezer--like this one

                  1. JohnE O Sep 29, 2009 12:57 PM

                    If not the microplane grater, then how about a zester:


                    I use mine mostly to get peels for drinks.

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                    1. re: JohnE O
                      qwerty78 Sep 30, 2009 07:07 AM

                      oops sorry i missed many of these ery helpful replies- i ended up just getting the opener- to save myself from spending more money and storing more gadgets. though agreed that a microplane is very handy.

                      speaking of, is there a microplane that gives a heartier grate? i have the standard one i think and sometimes (for cheese) i'd like a little more thickness to the grates. any ideas?


                      1. re: qwerty78
                        Beckyleach Oct 1, 2009 10:23 PM

                        Yes, there's a "fatter" short cousin, with much larger holes. It's touted as being for chocolate shavings but I use it on cheddar and jarlsburg cheeses, and such....

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                      jujuthomas Oct 2, 2009 10:55 AM

                      probably missed your order, but I love the poach pods i got on amazon. now I own 3 sets for when company comes!

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