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Best Meat Slicer

What would a sandwich be without thinly sliced deli meats? Pretty disappointing, that’s what. And if you’re tired of paying a premium for thinly sliced … Read More

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Best Commercial Sous Vide Machine

I got my first taste of sous vide cooking in culinary school. We had a huge multi-compartment bath that we used to cook proteins and compare them to traditional cooking methods. I was blown away.

Then, I entered the restaurant scene at the perfect time. The technology was becoming widely available and it allowed me to get intensive hands-on experience.

Today, I’ll be using over a decade of experience with the industry’s best commercial sous vide machines. By the end, you’ll know what to look for when shopping and how you can save money and improve the efficiency of any commercial operation.

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Best Commercial Vacuum Sealer

Commercial vacuum sealers are a big step up from household units in both performance and cost. So, while a FoodSaver is a great option for cooking sous vide at home, it just won’t cut it when you’re dealing with 100’s of vacuum bags a day.

With more than 10 years of hands-on experience, I know how crucial it is that a commercial vacuum sealer be fast and reliable. Having a machine that’s slow or constantly in need of service and repairs can cause huge setbacks.

No matter if you’re an avid home cook or running your own kitchen, I’ll be breaking down the three best commercial vacuum sealers that you can count on every day of the week. 

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Best Vacuum Sealer For Sous Vide

A vacuum sealer isn’t 100% necessary for sous vide cooking. But, the two machines are perfect companions.

I’m accustomed to using commercial vacuum sealers that are huge and cost thousands of dollars in restaurant kitchens. Luckily, we’re now spoiled for choice when it comes to affordable and easy-to-use models that fit in a home kitchen.

But, sifting through hundreds of choices can be daunting and plain old annoying. So, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Using years of professional experience, I’ve picked the three best vacuum sealers to make sous vide cooking easier and more delicious.

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Best Sous Vide Machine

Sous vide cooking is easily as cool as it is functional. Sure, it’s not an essential piece of cookware. But, it’s one of the easiest ways to get professional-level cooking results without much effort.

My first foray into sous vide cooking was in 2012, and I’ve used them extensively in just about every restaurant I’ve worked in since. The technique remains the same but options have gotten smaller, more powerful, and less expensive. A perfect recipe for home cooks.

Today, I’ll be using my own professional experience, hours of research, plus a few consultations with fellow chefs to break down three of the best sous vide machines for use in a home kitchen environment.

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Best Japanese Rice Cooker

My Chinese grandmother served rice with just about every meal. She used a simple, one-button rice cooker, measured the water using her finger, and it was perfect every time. At least that’s how I remember it.

If you didn’t have anyone to pass down their secret rice technique, you’re in luck! Rice cookers have come a long way since then and the Japanese models are the cream of the crop. Through hours of research and my ingrained love of rice (no pun intended), I’ve chosen three of the best Japanese rice cookers that will suit any home cook.

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Best Mini Food Processor

Looking to simplify chopping, slicing, and dicing but don’t have the counter space for a full size food processor? You should consider going for the best mini food processor for your kitchen instead. These pint-sized powerhouses are excellent space (and labor) savers.

Thanks to a decade of professional kitchen and bar work, I’ve had my fair share of experience with food processors of all shapes and sizes. And in today’s guide, I’ll be sharing my first-hand knowledge with you to help you discover the perfect mini food processor for your home kitchen.

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Best Blender Under $100

A blender is one of a home kitchen’s most versatile tools. What other single appliance can make you sauces, dips, smoothies, and cocktails?

Unfortunately, a “less-than-great” blender is more likely to be a source of headaches than delicious drinks and snacks. This puts people on a tight kitchen budget in quite the pickle.

But fear not! With my expert guidance gained from 15 years of kitchen and bar work, I’ll guide you through a foolproof process for choosing the best blender under $100. I’ve had success with blenders from $20 to $200 or more, and am happy to share my favorite choices with you.