Kitchen Gadgets 1/23/12

Published On: Jan 23 2012 12:41:42 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 23 2012 03:50:23 PM CST

You could spend hundreds of dollars on kitchen gadgets. How about a crinkle cutter for veggies or goggles for cutting onions? Consumer Reports wanted to size up which kitchen gizmos are the biggest help … so it asked for a little help from its friends. "We asked our Facebook fans which gadgets they rely on and use, then we narrowed down the list and had our testers check them out." The list of essentials included can openers, graters, garlic presses, and peelers. Consumer Reports' expert sensory panelists tried out traditional versions of these handy helpers along with ones that offer a twist. This is actually a garlic press. And here's a new take on a cheese grater. And this is a retractable peeler. But, new-fangled doesn't necessarily mean "improved." Testers had to pick out the garlic from that funky garlic press. And some of the gadgets were just plain awkward. For example this Joseph Joseph collapsible cheese grater doesn't lock. And this squeeze grater wasn't a favorite, either. A better option - this Oxo Good Grips Box Grater for 18 dollars. And it even has a compartment with measurement markings for your grated cheese. Handy! Dan DiClerico, "More often than not our testers preferred tried-and-true designs.
The Oxo Good Grips garlic press for 16 dollars has a large chamber and a built-in cleaner. And this 20-dollar Oxo Magnetic Locking Can Opener was a lock - with its cushioned grip and magnetic arm that keeps the lid from falling into the can. ."