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A&K’s Top Grocery Bag Kitchen Tools

Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Tags:

For our series Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag, we sure do test a lot of gadgets! Here are some of the stand-out products we've tried on the show.

UNDER $20

microplanezester  The Microplane Zester: $10-$12

  • Model 40020
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Zests easily without requiring extra work (e.g. chopping, extracting)
  • Read our zester test
 

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

oxo swivel peeler OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler: $6-10

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Easy peeling, just the right amount
  • Read our veg peeler test 
 

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

zyliss-canopener Zyliss Lock ‘n’ Lift Can Opener: $8-12

  • Ergonomic handle
  • Magnet easily lifts lid 
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Read our can opener test 
 

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

accusharp2 Accusharp Knife Sharpener: $14

 

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com 

oxo citrus juicer OXO Good Grips Citrus Juicer: $16

  • Catches seeds in a strainer
  • Has a bowl attachment with measurement markings
  • 2 reamer sizes for different fruits
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Read our manual juicer test 
 

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

oxo balloon whisk Oxo Good Grips Balloon Whisk: $10-15

  • Light and comfortable
  • Easy to use
  • Mixes and aerates effectively
  • Read our whisk test
 

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

muddler RSVP Endurance Muddler: $17

  • Stainless steel
  • Santoprene (rubber-like) end
  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Read our muddler test
 

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

 

A good set of mixing bowls

  • We like glass, stainless steel, or copper (more pricey). All of these materials are better to use than plastic, which can break down.
  • Read our mixing bowls review 

 

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

bodum Bodum Yo Yo Stainless Steel Tea Infuser with Lid: $19.95

  • Stainless steel
  • No leaves leak out
  • Good circulation
  • Easy to clean
  • Read our tea infusers review
 

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

UNDER $50

benriner slicers Benriner Japanese Mandolin/Slicer:  $35-50

  • Three interchangeable blades
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Read our slicer test
  Amazon.ca

 

Amazon.com

oxo salad spinner OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner: $24-30

  Amazon.ca

 

Amazon.com

totallybamboo Totally Bamboo Wooden Cutting Board: $25-31

  Amazon.ca

 

Amazon.com

orka oven mitt Orka Silicone Oven Mitt: $25-38

  • Heat-resistant
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Easy to manipulate and grip
  • Read our oven mitt test
  Amazon.ca

 

Amazon.com

silpin rolling pin Sil-pin Silicone Rolling Pin: $35-50

  • Dough won’t stick
  • Smooth rolling action
  • Lightweight
  • Read our rolling pin test 
  Amazon.ca

 

Amazon.com

escali primo scale Escali Primo Digital Kitchen Scale: $41

  Sears.ca

 

Amazon.com

swiss chopper Kuhn Rikon Swiss Chopper
$45

  • Stainless Steel
  • Consistent chop size
  • Easy to use
  • Read our chopper test 
  CityChef.ca

 

Amazon.com

 

UNDER $130

 lodge pizza stone

Lodge Pro Logic Pizza Stone: $79.99

  • Cast iron
  • Produced a crust that was close to a real pizza oven in taste and texture. 
  • Read our pizza stone test
  Amazon.ca 

 

Amazon.com 

cuisinart-blender Cuisinart Smart Stick® PowerTrio™ Immersion Blender: $89 

  Amazon.ca

 

Amazon.com

cuisinart-wafflemaker Cuisinart 6-slice Traditional Waffle Iron WAF-6C: $99

  • Quick cooking time and even cooking temp for the perfect waffles every time.
  • Read our waffle irons test
 

HomeDepot.ca
Amazon.ca 

Amazon.com

 

sodastream2 SodaStream Genesis Soda Maker: $130

  • $130 (starter kit)
  • 40g (60L) cartridges: $34.99 ($0.58/litre) or refilled at $16.99 ($0.28/litre)
  • Also requires brand-only carbonating bottles ($6.50 for 0.5L; $8 for 1L)
  Amazon.ca

 

Amazon.com 

Outlet at Sears.ca

 

THE BIG GUNS

 nespresso pixie Nespresso Pixie (D60) Capsule Espresso Machine: $249

  • Capsules: $0.63/each
  • 16 varieties
  • Easy to use, great crema, and perfect temperature espresso every time.
  • Read our capsule espresso machine test
   Amazon.ca

 

Amazon.com 

ka-food processor KitchenAid 12-cup Food Processor: $330

  • Direct-drive motor for more power
  • 4-cup mini bowl included
  • Bowl and attachments dishwasher-safe
  • Many colours to choose from
  • Read our food processor test 
. .

Amazon.ca

Sears.ca

 

Amazon.com

zojirushi Zojirushi Mini (1lb) Breadmaker: $220

  • Compact, user-friendly
  • Great results, thin crust
  • Also makes cakes and jam 
  • Read our bread maker test
  Amazon.ca

 

Amazon.com

ka stand mixer KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer: $400-500

  • The Cadillac of mixers: well-made, sturdy, beautiful
  • 10 speeds, super low flour-mixing speed
  • 5 quart bowl plus 3 beater types
  • Many colours to choose from
  • Read our stand mixer test
. .

Amazon.ca
Sears.ca

Amazon.com

barratza vario  Baratza Vario Coffee Grinder: $469.00

  • For the ultimate java bean connoisseur
  • Produced the best grind consistency, provide lots of control, and was easy to use.
  • See our coffee grinder test
   Espressotec 

 

Amazon.com 

         

(Note: prices listed above are approximate (2012) and in Canadian dollars)

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  • Vi

    unfortunately the 6 waffle Cuisinart is not available anymore on any of the links….they still do make a 4 waffle one though. :(

    • annaandkristina

      Yes it disappeared quickly!