Are You a Kitchen Gadget Guru?


The need for food prep gadgets has been a part of life since prehistoric times. The basic knife (made out of sharp stone rather than high-carbon stainless steel) is probably one of the oldest tools. And then there were mortars and pestles, which scientists date back to approximately 35000 BC. Over time, metallurgy produced more useful tools. By the 8th century BCE, the Romans popularized a variety of kitchen utensils, including precursors to the ladles, spatulas, colanders, and kettles we use today. Over the centuries, kitchen tools have become more and more specialized. In 19th century America, there was a dramatic explosion of new kitchen utensils — everything from can openers and jelly molds to potato peelers and salad spinners. No matter how crude or high-tech, all kitchen utensils have one thing in common: they save us time and labor in the kitchen. Plus they’re fun…if you know how to use them. Have all those hours in front of Master Chef and The Great American Baking Show taught you a thing or two? Prove you're worth your salt with this kitchen utensil quiz.

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Why are people so crazy about pressure cooking?

Called the “Swiss army knife of kitchens,” advocates of the Instant Pot (the modern-day electric and programmable pressure cooker invented by Dr. Robert Wang) claim this new top tool can replace a whole mess of food prep gadgets. It can steam, warm, sterilize and make everything from hard-boiled eggs and yogurt to mac'n'cheese and pot roast. It works by sealing food and liquid in an airtight vessel. Pressure builds up and simulates the effects of long braising or simmering — but with a much shorter cooking time. Despite the current craze, pressure cooking has been around for at least 350 years. French physicist Denis Papin invented the first known pressure cooker, the "steam digester," back in 1679. Conventional stove-top pressure cooking gained popularity during World War II when people realized they could save fuel by using the quick-cooking appliance. Today, the Instant Pot is the best-selling product across all categories on Amazon.

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