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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 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.

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Best Blender Food Processor Combo

So, you want to make delicious sauces and dips at home. Maybe some smoothies, too! And heck, why not cut down on your vegetable prep time? Only the best blender food processor combo is the right tool for all of those jobs (and more).

After spending over a decade in professional kitchens and cocktail bars, I know a thing or two about blenders and food processors. 

Now that I’ve hung up my apron, I’ve gained greater insight into bringing restaurant-quality food into my home, too. And in today’s guide, I’ll be sharing some of that hard-won experience with you! Join me as I take you through the exact process I use to decide on the best blender food processor combo for home kitchens.

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Best Roaster Oven

As an apartment-dwelling home cook who isn’t afraid to make large meals for six, eight, or ten guests at a time, I know the value of the best roaster oven.

After hours worth of work whittling down my favorites based on price, size, temperature control, and other factors, I’ve chosen a select few to stand out as the best.

See for yourself what makes these little appliances the perfect choice for any home cook.