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Kitchen must-haves

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

What's Hot/ What's Not

Need to know which kitchen gadgets are a must-have? Though there are plenty to choose from, here are the essentials that will make your time in the kitchen best spent - and a few ways you shouldn't be spending your time.

What's Hot and What's Not
What's Hot/ What's Not

What's HOT: Letting your "little chef" use the handheld stick blender to make a cake.

What's NOT: Letting your "little chef" use it to make mud pies.

Handheld stick blenders make easy work of pureeing soups right in the pot, making milkshakes and smoothies, and mixing other liquid-based ingredients. The Braun MR 5550 also makes easy work of chopping, crushing ice and whipping cream or eggs. (Making mud pies isn't recommended.)

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