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Food Processor vs. Blender: What's the Difference?

Serious Eats / Vicky WasikBefore air fryers and Instant Pots hit the scene, blenders and food processors reigned supreme. (Yes, we rhymed on purpose.) The two small kitchen appliances have been instrumental in both professional and home kitchens for decades—they blend, purée, emulsify, chop, grate, and pulverize faster and often more efficiently than...

Why an Offset Spatula Is the Tool I Can’t Bake Without

Serious Eats / Eric KingAn offset spatula can be found in the tool kit of most every recipe developer, chef, and food stylist, but I’m willing to bet a lot of home cooks don’t have one. And for why! Why shouldn’t you be able to create ethereal swoops on a chocolate buttercream-covered birthday cake, or spread ultra-even, level layers of filling and...

What is Sumac?

Serious Eats / Amanda SuarezI grew up eating sumac, though for most of my life I had no idea what the burgundy powder was called or just how powerful it can be. If there was a Middle Eastern dish on the table (which most nights, there was), it was almost always finished with sumac. My mom sprinkled it on everything from hummus to babaganoush, and it...

Our Winning Milk Frother Is Finally Back in Stock—And It's On Sale

Serious Eats / Ashley RodriguezMilk frothers are a great way to bring coffee shop quality milk foam into your home; you can make perfectly frothed café au lait, hot chocolate, or even matcha lattes from the comfort of your kitchen. Out of the 20 models we tested, the Miroco Milk Frother was our top pick due to its solid performance and affordable price...

Honing Versus Sharpening a Knife: What's the Difference?

Serious Eats / Vicky WasikOne of the most important tools in a cook’s arsenal is a good, sharp knife, and while some knife manufacturers would have you believe that the more money you spend on a knife, the sharper it will be, most knives come factory-sharpened (i.e. near-razor sharp). There are many other factors that contribute to how long a knife's...

How Do Air Fryers Compare to Convection Ovens?

Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm“Isn’t an air fryer just a miniature convection oven?” It’s a skepticism we’ve heard (and maybe even asked) as air fryers have enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity.Although we at Serious Eats are not usually swayed by trendy cooking gadgets, a recent in-depth test of 11 air fryers (that included cooking 30 pounds...

14 Last-Minute, Food-Related Valentine’s Day Gifts

Serious Eats / Chloe JeongWe (unsurprisingly) think food is a wonderful way to care for the ones you love. But, alas! You’re down to the wire for Valentine’s Day and don’t know quite what to get, what with the limited amount of things that’ll even come on time. So, we put together 14 of our favorite last-minute, food-related gifts (14 for the 14th,...

Lomi Composter Review: Here’s Whether It’s Worth It (or Not)

Serious Eats / Riddley Gemperlein-SchirmI’m not going to say countertop, electric composters have become my beat here at Serious Eats, but the Lomi Composter is the second one I’ve reviewed (to be clear, there aren’t many out there—the other prominent one is the Vitamix FoodCycler.)Lomi’s manufactured by Pela—a certified B corporation that makes eco-friendly...

Spice World: A Look Inside the Serious Eats Team's Spice Cabinets

Most humans, by nature, are undoubtedly nosy, and we here at Serious Eats will be the first to admit that curiosity drives a lot of what we do. There's a particular joy that comes from seeing how other people live—their relationships, their homes, even their routines. (Just look at the flood of social media content dedicated to how influencers organize...

20 Sides to Go With Wings

Vicky WasikWhat's game day without a big plate of juicy wings? While we have no shortage of wing recipes to choose from, we're not just going to plop a plate of them on the table and call it a day. In the interest of sparking inspiration and helping plan out a more well-rounded game day (or any day!) table, we've put together a list of sides to serve...

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