January 03, 2011

It goes without saying late-night TV kitchen gadgets aren’t essential tools from a professional kitchen, but they are great for a holiday white elephant party. The

The Skillet: A stainless steel skillet is a real treasure for the knowledgeable cook. Stainless steel can be used with metal utensils, can handle high heat, and is oven safe. One with various metals sandwiched together on the bottom will heat evenly. Look for a pan that is heavy for it’s size and big enough to fit four chicken breasts comfortably. Take the next step by getting a non-stick pan of the same size.

The Tongs: A great pair of tongs is irreplaceable. Nothing else in the kitchen can grab food without causing damage like tongs can. Tongs can easily pickup and place your food where you need it without struggling with high pan edges, big pieces, or gravity. Look for tongs with thick metal, non-serrated points (not the type you get in the grilling kit), a pull lock at the top, and solid construction. OXO makes several good options. Take the next step by buying two more in varying sizes.


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