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Best Knife Set

Is it better to buy your knives individually, or get them in a set? It’s one of the culinary world’s most contentious questions. And one that I’m here today to answer, complete with reviews of the best knife sets available today.

For this review, I’ll be combining a decade of professional kitchen experience with hundreds of hours of research. By the end of this read you’ll know for sure whether to buy individual knives or a set, no matter your budget or cooking style.

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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.

Best Grill Pan

A grill pan is great to have on hand when the weather turns wet and cold and you don’t want to fire up your backyard bbq.

They’re also excellent companion pans to go along with your trusty frying pan and sauce pot. Charred veggies and bread are an easy way to add more flavor and dimension to any meal.

Through my personal and professional restaurant experience, I’ve explored all the options available. And, I’ve picked the three best grill pans for every use and cooking style.

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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 Comal Pan

Store-bought tortillas are fine, but is “fine” really what we want from our food? Not if you ask me. Start making your own tortillas and you’ll never look back, but where to start. With the right pan of course!

Choosing the best comal pan can be a bit tricky, especially because they go by many names. Not to worry, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Using my professional cooking experience as well as hours of research, I’ve picked out three of the best comal pans for every kitchen and budget.

Best Roasting Pan

Not enough people take full advantage of the versatile roasting pan. Most of the time they sit in a cupboard or closet until a holiday rolls around, then they’re thrust into the spotlight. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way, and a good roaster can be a useful tool all year long.

In professional kitchens, a roasting pan is an essential piece of cookware that’s used daily. It’s called upon to roast meat, veggies, and bones, but also to make sauces and even sauté directly on the stovetop.

I’m going to guide you through choosing the best roaster so that you can get more use out of a pan that has the potential to be a true kitchen workhorse.

Best Stovetop Pressure Cooker

If you’ve never used a stovetop pressure cooker before, they can seem intimidating and even dangerous. But, once you get your hands on one and use it for the first time, you’ll realize they’re safe and easy to use.

These low-tech cooking gadgets are the best way to speed up cooking times for things like tough cuts of meat, dried beans, soups, and stocks. They can be a real game-changer when it comes to getting weeknight dinners on the table on time

From my professional kitchen experience and hours of research, I’ve chosen three of the best stovetop pressure cookers for any budget. By the end, I think you’ll feel more comfortable with this useful cooking tool, and maybe even come away with a few ideas to try at home.

The Best Kitchen Shears For At-Home Chefs of All Skill Levels

Even with a collection of nearly a dozen specialized kitchen knives, my love for kitchen shears hasn’t diminished. When I’m looking to cut herbs, open packaging, or quickly prepare raw chicken, they’re my first choice. Not just any pair of scissors will do — but thankfully, even the best kitchen shears are affordable enough for any home cook.

After being introduced to the versatility of kitchen shears through a chef I worked closely with, I set out to learn everything I could about these useful tools. Now, I’d like to share that with you in this guide! In it, we’ll explore my favorite pairs of kitchen shears, as well as the reasoning behind my testing and reviews.