Other Prosumer Options: Knives and Gadgets
Restaurant-quality knives and small appliances may cost more than consumer-grade items, but they can be an affordable luxury. Which products pass the pro test?
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Tanaka says that lots of manufacturers, from Viking to Creuset, "make a pretty nice pot." In general, thicker is better. "A thin pan will cool down quickly when you put a piece of cold fish in there, while the thicker metal will sear better because it won't let the pan cool off even as you add new ingredients."
Keep in mind, says Tanaka, who also cooks at home for his two children: "Heat is just heat — it can only reach your food through the pans."
KitchenAid mixers and attachments, www.kitchenaid.com
Kyocera Knives from Chef Ming Tsai, www.mingspantry.com
Kershaw Alton's Angles Knives from Alton Brown, store.foodnetwork.com
Le Creuset, www.lecreuset.com/usa
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