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    Prime Day 2020: The Best Kitchen Deals!

    Prime Day is here!
    At 12:01am this morning, Amazon cut prices across hundreds of its products in celebration of its annual Prime Day event. Naturally, we’ve zeroed in on the best kitchen deals, and there are some good ones.
    We’ve found fantastic deals from the likes of Instant Pot, USA Pan, Nordic Ware, John Boos, Victorinox, OXO, Silpat, Lodge, Le Creuset, Lenox — and more are coming!
    Check out a few of our favorites and get them before they’re gone!

    We’ll be updating this page throughout the day as new deals open up, so keep checking back!

    BEST KITCHEN DEALS OF THE DAY
    Updated frequently! Last update 08:00 CST on 10/13.
    Small Appliances
    Editor’s Picks: I’ve had a BlendTec blender for years and love it. Also, you know our love for Instant Pot, so that’s a no-brainer if you don’t already have one!

    This John Boos board cream is on sale as a part of a set!

    Tools & Utensils
    John Boos Block Mystery Oil & Board Cream Care Set, $13.97 – 29% off
    John Boos 24 x 18 x 1.5 Maple Cutting Board w/ Juice Groove, $82.57 – 28% off
    Mercer Culinary Multipurpose 8 7/8″ Kitchen Shears, $13.36 – 21% off
    Mercer Culinary 8-inch Kitchen Shears, $16.05 – 62% off
    Mercer Culinary 8-inch Multipurpose Kitchen Shears, $22.39 – 49% off
    Taylor Precision Oven Dial Thermometer, $5.25 – 83% off
    Taylor Precision Waterproof Quick-Read Digital Thermometer, $8.84 – 64% off
    Gorilla Grip Oversized Cutting Boards, BPA-free, 3-Piece, $11.85 – 70% off
    Victorinox 3″ x 6″ Slotted Fish Turner, $16.33 – 46% off.
    Editor’s Picks: Remember when I sang the praises of the fish spatula? The Victorinox fish turner is a superb upgrade. And Mercer Culinary kitchen shears are excellent.
    Knives
    Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-inch Forged Chef’s Knife $27.81 – 32% off
    Mercer Culinary Genesis 9-inch Forged Chef’s Knife, $21.75 – 48% off
    Victorinox Fibrox Pro 5-inch Chef’s Knife, $14.99 – 34% off
    Victorinox Fibrox Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife, Rosewood, $37.15 – 52% off
    Victorinox Chef’s Knife Bundle Set, $48.59, 45% off
    Victorinox Fibrox Pro 6-inch Curved Boning Knife, $15.99 – 48% off
    Victorinox Rosewood Straight Steak Knives Set, $108.63 – 54% off
    Victorinox Rosewood Serrated Steak Knives Set, $112.65 – 55% off
    Wüsthof Gourmet 7-Piece Traveler’s Set, $99.95 – 55% off
    Zwilling J.A. Henckels Steak Knife Set, $39.95 – 75% off
    Editor’s Picks: Victorinox makes a great budget chef’s knife, as I wrote about here, but the rosewood-handle version is even better. I’m also 100% on board with that Wüsthof traveler’s set, too. Great knives and a great value at that price.

    Stasher silicone storage bags, all colors on sale!

    Food Storage
    OXO Good Grips 3-piece POP Storage Container Set, $29.99 – 30% off
    Pyrex Glass Decorated Food Storage Set, 8-piece, $23.99 – 20% off
    Pyrex Glass Bakeware & Food Container Set, 14-piece, $35.99 – 26% off
    Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Snack Bag, all colors, $7.49 – 25% off
    Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Sandwich Bag, all colors, $8.39 – 30% off
    Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable 1/2 Gallon Bag, all colors, $14.24 – 28% off
    Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Stand-Up Bag, all colors, $14.99 – 25% off
    Stasher 100% Silicone 4-Piece Set, all colors, $37.49 – 25% off
    Editor’s Picks: OXO POP containers are the best for storing pantry staples. I’ve used them for years for flour and sugar, and have no plans to ever use anything else. Stasher’s silicone bags are a good choice for homemade smoothie packs, too, as we wrote about here.

    This 8×8 Pyrex glass baking dish is on sale as part of a set!

    Bakeware
    USA Pan Quarter Sheet Pan and Nonstick Cooling Rack, $15.99 – 35% off
    USA Pan Quarter Sheet Pan, $10.99, 38% off
    USA Pan Half Sheet Pan, $15.99, 35% off
    USA Pan Mini Round Cake and Cinnamon Roll Pan, 6 well, $18.39 – 38% off
    USA Pan 9×13 Cake Pan, $15.99, 35% off
    Silpat 9-inch Silicone Round Cake Liner Bake Mat, $15.99 – 20% off
    Silpat 9-inch Silicone Round Cake Liner, 2-pack, $19.99 – 20% off
    Silpat Half Sheet Size Silicone Baking Mat, 11 5/8″ x 16 1/2″ , $19.97 – 20% off
    Silpat Petite Jelly Roll Silicone Baking Mat, 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″, $12 – 20% off
    Nordic Ware Aluminum Baker’s Half Sheet Pan, Set of 2, $17.59 – 20% off 
    Wilton Nonstick 6-Cup Muffin Pans, Set of 2, $8.79 – 23% off
    Pyrex Deep Baking Dish Set, 6-piece, $31.99 – 20% off
    Editor’s Picks: As I wrote about in our Baking Pans guide, I have a number of USA Pan baking pans, and they are my absolute favorite. I’ll be buying a few more of the pans above for sure, as well as a couple more Silpats. (It’s the original silicone baking mat, and still the best in my opinion.) And if you don’t have any half sheet pans, snatch up a few from either USA Pan or Nordic Ware! They’re a definite kitchen essential.

    Silpat, the original baking mat, has both the rectangular and round cake pan sizes on sale!

    Cookware
    Lodge Enameled Dutch Oven, 6 quart, Sandalwood, $49.99 – 56% off
    Lodge Enameled Dutch Oven, 6 Quart, Storm Blue, $49.99  – 56% off
    Tramontina Stainless Steel Tri-Ply 8-inch Fry Pan, $25.97 – 56% off
    Tramontina Stainless Steel Tri-Ply 10-inch Fry Pan, $31.95 – 54% off
    Tramontina Stainless Steel Tri-Ply 12-inch Fry Pan, $38.97 – 56% off
    Tramontina Stainless Steel Tri-Ply 1.5-quart Sauce Pan, $41.97 – 58% off
    Zwilling J.A. Henckels Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set, 10-Piece, $279.95 – 56% off
    Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skinny Griddle, all colors, $89.99 – 43% off
    Editor’s Picks: Tramontina offers excellent, affordable tri-ply cookware, even more so at these prices.
    Glassware & Tabletop
    Editor’s Picks: A 4-piece set of Mikasa champagne flutes for a mere $10? Yes, please.
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    Editor’s Picks: Specialty Pasta-Making Supplies

    Homemade pasta is always worth the effort. You can make it entirely by hand with nothing but a rolling pin, or you can use a pasta machine and a few extra tools.
    That’s where this list comes in. If you want to get serious about homemade pasta, here are the specialty supplies we recommend. LEGGI TUTTO

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    Why I Love the Norpro Nut Chopper

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    Forget a knife or food processor! This glass hand-cranked nut chopper is the best way to chop nuts.

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    Welcome to One Simply Terrific Thing, our ongoing series highlighting the small tools and kitchen goods that make life better!

    Are you nuts for nuts? I sure am, and not above deploying bad puns to prove it.
    To aid me in achieving maximum nut consumption, I love the Norpro Nut Chopper. It’s a smart upgrade to an old-fashioned gadget you may very well have seen in your grandmother’s kitchen.
    Why the Norpro Nut Chopper Is the Best
    I am usually not a big fan of single-use tools; that this nut chopper has earned a nook in my cabinets for years is a mark of its handiness.
    The Norpro Nut Chopper is the spitting image of an old relic I found at a thrift store when I was in my 20s that I still use out of stubborn sentimentality. It features a glass jar and stainless steel blades, and I highly recommend it over choppers made from plastic. The sturdy glass jar can withstand the stress from handling, while users report threads cracking in the jars of plastic models. (I remember customers returning plastic choppers to the cookware store I worked at years ago for the very same reason.)
    It chops nuts better than either you or your food processor, and the nuts are consistently sized. When you load nuts into the top compartment, depending on which direction you crank the handle, the blade will chop coarsely or finely and the chopped nuts fall into the jar below.

    One caveat about hand-cranked nut choppers is they’re not that great with almonds, which are perhaps a bit too hard for them to handle with ease. But that still leaves pistachios, cashews, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, and peanuts for hours of nut-chopping pleasure. (PS: Kids love using this thing.)
    As intended, I use the chopper for nuts only, and thus hardly ever wash it. The jar can go in the dishwasher if you like, but the top fares best simply wiped off.
    Cheers to good tools!

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    Sara Bir
    Sara Bir a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and the author of two cookbooks: The Fruit Forager’s Companion and Tasting Ohio. Past gigs include leading chocolate factory tours, slinging street cart sausages, and writing pop music criticism. Sara skates with her local roller derby team as Carrion the Librarian.
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    Why I Love OXO’s Garlic Press

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    Garlic presses get a bad rap, but if you find a good one it’s an incredibly useful, helpful tool. The OXO garlic press beats all others!

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    Photography Credit: Sheela Prakash

    Welcome to One Simply Terrific Thing, our ongoing series highlighting the small tools and kitchen goods that make life better!

    For a long time, I was very anti-garlic press.
    I used to think a garlic press was the #1 most unnecessary kitchen tool, and I would get on my imaginary soapbox and share my strong feelings to anyone who would listen.
    But just a couple of months ago, I found myself retracting this bold statement after using the OXO Good Grips garlic press.
    WHY THE OXO GARLIC PRESS IS THE BEST
    My encounter with OXO’s garlic press was quite unplanned.
    After years of growing up with a constant stream of useless garlic presses, I’d always felt this tool never worked as well as it claimed to, and was a pain to clean. I promised myself I’d never own a garlic press.
    But when we went to stay with my dad a few months ago near the start of COVID quarantine, one night during dinner prep he pulled his own garlic press –the OXO one– out of the drawer. I grumbled, but when he insisted it actually worked, I gave it a try.
    It turned out OXO magically solved every single qualm I’d had with the garlic presses of my past.
    What’s ingenious about the OXO garlic press is you don’t have to peel the cloves. Slip one, two, or even three cloves into the press (yes, it conveniently holds multiple cloves), squeeze it using the comfortable, rubber-gripped handles, and the sturdy press efficiently pushes the garlic pulp out of its large hole.

    To clean it, simply flip the handles around and a red rubber strip pushes out the papery skin and any pieces of garlic that remain in the press. After that, it’s usually already pretty clean enough that a good rinse or a gentle wash is all it needs. If you don’t want to do that, you can toss the press right in the dishwasher.
    Since I’ve been using this garlic press at my dad’s over the past few months, I’ve become a total convert – so much so that after years of putting my foot down, I’ve already ordered one for myself to finally add to my own kitchen.
    Cheers to good tools!

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    Sheela Prakash
    Sheela Prakash is a food and wine writer, recipe developer, and the author of Mediterranean Every Day. Her writing and recipes can be found in numerous online and print publications, including Kitchn, Epicurious, Food52, Serious Eats, Tasting Table, The Splendid Table, Culture Cheese Magazine, Clean Plates, and Slow Food USA.Sheela received her master’s degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, holds Level 2 and Level 3 Awards in Wines from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), graduated from New York University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, and is also a Registered Dietitian.
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    Editors’ Picks: Baking Pans

    When that first chilly gust of wind hits your neck sometime in late September and makes you reach for a sweater, do you know what time it is? “Fall,” you say. Yes, fall. But more importantly … it’s the beginning of baking season!
    While not an official day on the calendar, it might as well be. Summers have their berry pies and fresh fruit muffins, but fall is baking’s dream date. Give me your falling leaves and chilly evenings, it says, and I will give you every way to bake an apple, pear tarts and pear cakes, decadent chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, pumpkin pies and pecan pies, oatmeal muffins, and Brookies. (Because they’re wonderful year-round).
    If you want to be set to bake this season, check out our list of essential, editor-approved baking pans. This collection will enable you to bake almost anything your tastebuds desire! LEGGI TUTTO

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    The 8 Instant Pot Accessories Worth Getting

    There are so many Instant Pot accessories out there, it can be hard to know which ones to buy. That’s why we did some testing of our own, and we think these are some of the best Instant Pot accessories you can get!

    When I first started cooking with my Instant Pot, there were no accessories; you just had to wing it! I raided thrift stores for old pans and rigged up all kinds of contraptions from wads of foil that worked okay if you didn’t breathe on them the wrong way.
    That wasn’t even ten years ago, but since then a multitude of accessories designed just for Instant Pots have popped up. Which ones are worth bothering with? I tried out a dozen, and here’s what I liked best.
    (And, before you go on an ordering spree, always check to see if the accessory is compatible with your model. There things are not always universal.)
    Hadrigo Steamer Basket
    Accommodating everything from broccoli to tamales to beets, here’s the One Steamer to Rule them All. For years, I’ve used a totally old-school collapsible metal steamer just like my mom had, only I got mine at the Goodwill. It’s worked fine but was hard to fish out of the pot.
    But now I’m a convert to this Hadrigo steamer.

    It’s huge, maximizing the area of the cooker so you can steam around ten eggs without having to pile them on top of each other. It’s got a handle for easy lifting and it’s way easier to store than some floppy silicone thing.
    In fact, when you’re not using your Instant Pot, you could keep it nestled in there. Just be sure it’ll fit in your pot. It fit in my Ultra but not in my circa 2015 Duo.
    Instant Pot Mini Mitts
    Reaching into the Instant Pot puts your hands right in the way of scalding-hot steam, putting potholders in danger of getting wet. And while a pair of tongs can get jars, pans, steamers, or even halved acorn squash out of the pot, it’s all too easy for them to lose their grip.
    Enter these mini mitts!

    They’re substantial enough to protect your hands from the ample steam a pressure cooker produces, but not so thick they’re ungainly (a complaint I’ve had with many other silicone mitts). I often lift hot inserts or steamer baskets out of my cooker, and these made it by far less nerve wracking.

    7″ Springform Pan
    For years, I steamed cakes and custards in an 8” aluminum cake pan that barely fit inside my Instant Pot. No longer!
    I love the 7” springform pan because it’s much more user-friendly. It’s petite but not mini and gives you cute cakes a smaller household can polish off before they go all stale.

    Desserts in the IP are a revelation! Try a recipe from our site, or, if you’re really bonkers over sweets, check out Laurel Randolph’s Instant Pot Desserts (the flourless chocolate cake is divine) for plenty of chances to get the most out of this pan.

    Instant Pot Silicone Egg Bites Pan
    This is a single-use item, true, but it does the best job of making egg bites.
    This mold holds seven egg bites and comes with a lid so you don’t have to grapple with foil to keep condensation from dripping on the cooking bites.

    But I’d say only get this is if you adore egg bites. If you really, really love them, get two so you can steam a double recipe. (Psst, we’ve got an egg bite recipe here!) I tried to brainstorm another use these—sweet little custards? tiny Boston brown bread?—but didn’t come up with anything. If you have one of these and use it for other recipes, we’d love to know.

    Instant Pot Glass Lid
    Oh man, of all the fun new toys, this one was my favorite. A lid?! What’s so great about a glass lid?
    This lid will only be handy if you often use your Instant Pot without pressure cooking (you can’t pressure cook without the bulky lid the unit comes with).

    The two main pressure-less instances are making yogurt and using the slow cooker function. The glass lid gives you much quicker access (no locking and unlocking), plus there’s way less condensation dripping down off the glass lid.
    I was using the lid from one of my other pots as a faux glass lid, but it didn’t fit nearly as well, so this specialized one is worth it.
    Silicone Lid
    Sometimes I refrigerate food right in the Instant Pot insert. This happens most with yogurt (it’s best to chill it overnight before straining) and giant batches of soup or stew I don’t want to deal with.
    Having a lid that’s just the right size to snap on sure does save a lot of plastic wrap.

    And hey, if you’re refrigerating soup or stew, make sure to let it cool down all the way first so it does not go sour. You can set the hot insert in a large pot or sink full of ice water to speed up the process.
    Sealing Rings, Red and Blue
    Extra gaskets—or, as they call them here, sealing rigs—are a huge plus. I recommend them to anyone who uses an Instant Pot once a week or more. Have you ever made chili and then had that chili smell lurk in the gasket for ages? And you want to make cheesecake and not have it tinged with chili? There are hacks that supposedly get rid of the lingering odor, but I’ve tried them, and none of them work.
    Having two gaskets on hand (one for chili/curry/etc., one for delicate foods like custards and cakes) is the best solution. They’re color-coded so you can remember: use red for chili/curry/etc., blue for delicates.

    Plus, if you store your IP correctly (with the gasket removed to encourage airflow and discourage mildew) and use it a lot, the gaskets can stretch out and the pot won’t come to pressure. This way, you always have an extra on deck.

    Extra Insert
    If, like me, you bang out yogurt and the aforementioned giant batches of soup or stew, you’re often ready to fire up your IP … only to find your insert is already occupied. Gah!
    The solution? An extra insert. Be sure to order one that’s compatible with your model; the 6-quart insert I ordered for my older Duo did not fit in it, thought it did fit in my 6-quart Ultra.

    Did we miss any of your favorite Instant Pot accessories? We’d love to hear. Please tell us all about it in the comments! LEGGI TUTTO

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    Why I Love Weck Juice Jars

    Traditional water pitchers are fine, but Weck Juice Jars are the best—not just for water, but for iced tea, cold brew, or even as a wine decanter!

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    Photography Credit: Sheela Prakash

    Welcome to One Simply Terrific Thing, our ongoing series highlighting the small tools and kitchen goods that make life better!

    Nothing against fancy carafes and pitchers, but Weck Juice Jars are what truly have my heart.
    I bought a set of three about five or six years ago and they’ve been one of the most reached-for items in my kitchen ever since.
    I initially purchased them because I was having trouble diligently drinking water throughout the day. While I wasn’t keeping track of how much I was sipping, I knew I wasn’t staying well-hydrated because I’d feel unnecessarily fatigued and end up with nasty headaches. Keeping a carafe full of water always within reach so that I’d have zero excuses, plus be able to roughly keep tabs on my consumption, seemed like an easy solution.
    I ended up settling on these Weck Juice Jars mostly because they’re incredibly affordable ($22 for a set of three 40-ounce jars) and also because they’re sturdy and I liked their cute, vintage look.

    Well, I’ve gotten more than my money’s worth over the years.
    I make it a goal for myself every day to drink two full juice jars-worth of water, which has been surprisingly easy, and I can vouch for feeling much better and hydrated.
    It’s not just the personal health goal that has made me love these juice jars, though; it’s the endless number of other great uses they have, too.
    I use them to make sun tea, store cold brew, as a substitute for a wine decanter, to make a small batch of pitcher cocktails, and even as a vase for flowers. Oh, and of course you can do as the name implies and use them for juice, too.
    I did end up buying plastic lids separately to be able to store them airtight without spilling in the fridge, and I’d recommend them. While you can use the canning lids the jars come with, the metal clips are fussy to unlatch if you’re opening and closing the juice jars frequently.
    I also love the look of these wood lids, but they’re unfortunately not intended for storing liquids. These cork lids are new since I bought my jars, though, and I definitely have my eye on them for the future!
    And I always get compliments when I keep a Weck Juice Jar filled with water or wine or whatever it may be out on the table when we have people over—an added perk!
    Cheers to good tools!

    This post may contain links to Amazon or other partners; your purchases via these links can benefit Simply Recipes. Read more about our affiliate linking policy.

    Sheela Prakash
    Sheela Prakash is a food and wine writer, recipe developer, and the author of Mediterranean Every Day. Her writing and recipes can be found in numerous online and print publications, including Kitchn, Epicurious, Food52, Serious Eats, Tasting Table, The Splendid Table, Culture Cheese Magazine, Clean Plates, and Slow Food USA.Sheela received her master’s degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, holds Level 2 and Level 3 Awards in Wines from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), graduated from New York University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, and is also a Registered Dietitian.
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    Why I Love the OXO Fat Separator

    If you love making meals like short ribs, bone broth, and meat roasts in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot, then you need this fat separator. It’s the best one!

    Welcome to One Simply Terrific Thing, our ongoing series highlighting the small tools and kitchen goods that make life better!

    Separating the fat out of cooking liquids is a kitchen task that I wouldn’t have thought could be streamlined in such a delightful way. But now that I have such a nice fat separator, I’m much more inclined to make dishes that require that step.
    WHAT IS A FAT SEPARATOR? 
    Growing up, and then in my own kitchens as a young adult, I always had a small, very simple fat separator. If you don’t know what I mean by fat separator, it’s basically a clear plastic measuring cup with a pour spout that, with the help of gravity, separates the fat from the rest of the cooking liquid when you’re making a soup, stew, or braise.
    When I was writing my Instant Pot cookbooks I found that I was using my fat separator a lot — so many pressure cooker recipes are for meats that release a lot of fat when cooked, and you need to separate the fat out of the cooking liquid to finish making the sauce.
    With my old-fashioned fat separator, it was very tedious to pour the liquid through a strainer into a bowl or pitcher and then run it through the separator, one cup or so at a time. It made a lot of extra dishes, too. The frustration of repeating that task so many times inspired me to search online for a better fat separator — surely the designs must have improved since I was a kid, right?
    Yep, they sure had.

    OXO MAKES THE BEST FAT SEPARATOR
    The OXO Good Grips Fat Separator is OXO’s most expensive fat separator model, but not outrageously so, priced at $25. It would make a great housewarming gift or holiday present for that friend who is really into making their own bone broth. (I’m sure you know someone in that category, right?)

    I like a lot of things about this fat separator. For one thing, it has a 4-cup capacity, which is very generous, plenty large for one pass when I’m separating out the drippings from a chicken or turkey.
    Another nice design feature is the strainer attachment on top, so there’s no need to strain everything separately into another container first.
    And finally, my favorite innovative feature is the release mechanism, wherein you squeeze the trigger handle to open a silicone valve, pouring the liquid out of the bottom of the fat separator. This method makes it much easier to tell when you’ve strained off all the fat down to that last drop of cooking liquid – way better than traditional fat separators that pour out of a spout.
    My favorites pressure cooker recipes are short ribs, oxtails, pork loin roasts, and beef bone broth. If you like to make these sorts of recipes, do yourself a favor and upgrade your fat separator! You won’t regret it. LEGGI TUTTO