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your best kitchen related purchase of 2010

Big or small! lets hear it!

Mine was the introduction to carbon steel cookware and my modestly priced $9 (on sale w/ coupon) carbon steel crepe pan has become a workhorse in my kitchen and changed the way on how I approach cooking meat proteins.

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  1. - a nice tri-ply sauté pan, and a stainless steel braising pan (both wegmans brand)
    - an oven thermometer (you'd be surprised how inaccurate the oven temp on any given stove is)

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    1. re: linguafood

      I just had to recalibrate my oven - it was off by over 25 degrees!!!

      1. re: flourgirl

        How d'you do that, if you don't mind me asking? Mine's about 20 degrees off, too..... (it's a ceramic top electrical).

        1. re: linguafood

          Mines all gas, but it's digital. I was able to google how to recalibrate a GE Cafe Gas Range and the directions came right up. Try to search by the model etc. It worked perfectly and I'm really happy I didn't have to pay a repairman to come in & do it..

    2. 9" carbon steel pan. period.

      wish I knew about it 10 years ago!

      1. this is fun- i'll say:
        an all clad saute simmer whatever 4 qt pan, i haven't used it bc there's no space in my jitchen but we got a great deal and i forsee it being a workhorse for many years to come.

        toast tongs, i have burnt my fingers too many times- and i use it for many other small tong related things.

          1. i'm *hoping* it's the Cuisinart Die-Cast Elite 16-cup food processor i just snagged on sale from Williams Sonoma...picking it up tomorrow.

            last year's best purchase - my Aeropress - was a teeny bit less costly ;)

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              How messy is the Aeropress? I am looking for something to take when visiting family/traveling to get my espresso fix.

              1. re: lulou23

                i don't travel without mine :)

                don't want to go too off-topic here & get scolded by the mods, so check out some of the threads about it:
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673213
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/376390
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/692635