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4 Great Kitchen Gadgets

  • Food Thermometer

    Why We Love It: There's no more guessing whether the food's reached a safe temperature.
    Look For: An alarm and a probe with a silicone cord that lets you monitor without opening the over door.
    One To Try: Taylor TruTemp Digital Cooking Thermometer ($17,

  • Silicone Basting Brushes

    Why We Love It: They're dishwasher-safe, so you can lower the risk of foodbourne illness from raw meat. Plus, no stray bristles.
    Look For: Brushes that have silicone handles as well as bristles (some have wooden handles.)
    One To Try: Cuisinart silicone basting brush ($10,

  • Kitchen Shears

    Why We Love It: You can trim green beans and remove skin from poultry and fat from meat faster than with a knife.
    Look For: Stainless-steel blades that come apart to clean and sharpen.
    One To Try: Messermeister Take-Apart Kitchen Scissors ($25,

  • Immersion Blender

    Why We Love It: It's smaller than a regular blender, and you don't have to worry about spilling when you're pureeing hot liquids.
    Look For: One that comes with a blender cup (easier for whipping up smoothies!)
    One To Try: KitchenAid Immersion Hand Blender ($70,