Trust Me—Giant Water Bottles Live Up to the Hype

The new year is here, but I am the same me, which means that I’m probably definitely dehydrated. There’s so much iced coffee to drink! Why would I bother with water? But in 2022, I am finally allowing my parched organs to be quenched because I have se…

The new year is here, but I am the same me, which means that I’m probably definitely dehydrated. There’s so much iced coffee to drink! Why would I bother with water? But in 2022, I am finally allowing my parched organs to be quenched because I have secured a series of giant—no, positively gargantuan—water bottles.

I blame my brother for my fixation on an increasingly large water bottle. It’s not news that they’re popular—Jonah Hill was an early adopter in 2018 when he hauled around a 64-ounce Hydro Flask (which is four years ago in real time but about two decades in pandemic era time). Since then, there’s been a rash of large water bottles on the scene, including giant jugs that have inspirational sayings at each ounce mark to encourage you to get your H2O in from morning until evening. But none of them really appealed to me until I spent the Fourth of July with my brother, when he lugged around a half gallon of water everywhere.

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14 Pro-Approved Pizza Tools for the Best At-Home Pies

There’s no way around it: making pizza is hard! Take it from me—a lifelong cook from one pizza hotspot (New Haven adjacent) now living in another pizza mecca (New York City) who’s eaten vast and varied slices in her hay day and still can only mus…

There's no way around it: making pizza is hard! Take it from me—a lifelong cook from one pizza hotspot (New Haven adjacent) now living in another pizza mecca (New York City) who's eaten vast and varied slices in her hay day and still can only muster up ho-hum dough slabs in her home kitchen. It takes time, effort, and patience, and pop culture presents this notion that you have to drop everything to become a pizza maker's apprentice in Italy in order to learn all the secrets.

As alluring as that sounds, I can’t just hop on a plane tomorrow, so I did the next best thing and consulted a few NYC-based pizza pros to let me in on a few tips and tools that at-home enthusiasts need to mix, proof, bake, and slice some pretty incredible pies. Their recommendations range between simple tools like squeeze bottles and investment pieces like the Baking Steel. If you already cook and bake like clockwork, there’s a good chance you already have some of the essentials. And if you don’t, grabbing them will only strengthen your kit for all your cooking projects whether it’s artisanal pizza or rainbow cookies

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Everything You Need to Bake Bread, According to Josey Baker

There’s not much that compares to fresh-baked bread. Well, except for a loaf that you baked yourself. If you’ve never baked bread before, I heartily suggest that you give it a shot. It’s easy, you don’t need that much equipment, and you wind up w…

There's not much that compares to fresh-baked bread. Well, except for a loaf that you baked yourself. If you've never baked bread before, I heartily suggest that you give it a shot. It's easy, you don’t need that much equipment, and you wind up with something delicious.

But a word of caution? You may enjoy it so much that you end up quitting your day job and bake bread all the time...which is what happened to me—and I'm certainly not complaining.

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The Internet’s Favorite Grandmother on Her 10-Year-Old Meat Thermometer

Welcome to Playing Favorites, a new monthly series that puts our most beloved tools and gadgets front and center. Check in each month as our favorite cooks, authors, designers, and experts share what they reach for over and over again. From the dust-bu…

Welcome to Playing Favorites, a new monthly series that puts our most beloved tools and gadgets front and center. Check in each month as our favorite cooks, authors, designers, and experts share what they reach for over and over again. From the dust-buster that misses nothing to the blender that tackles anything and the packing cubes that make travel a cinch, it’s the one time when playing favorites is a good thing.


Almost half a century later, Barbara “Babs” Costello still remembers being so embarrassed about serving undercooked oven-fried chicken to her cousin at a dinner party. “I thought the chicken looked totally done,” says the social media personality, viral TikTok star, and now author of Celebrate with Babs: Holiday Recipes & Family Traditions. “We took our knives and dug in, but the pieces in the center were red, almost blood red, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, stop eating!’ I was so worried about food poisoning, it was not good. It went back in for 15-20 mins and we tried it again.”

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9 Gift Ideas for the Meal-Prepping Pro in Your Life

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to share smart tips, cooking inspiration, and gift ideas to get you through the holidays. A delicious idea: Give the gift of Blue Apron’s top-rated meal kits so your friends and family can get cooking this winter and bey…

We've teamed up with Blue Apron to share smart tips, cooking inspiration, and gift ideas to get you through the holidays. A delicious idea: Give the gift of Blue Apron's top-rated meal kits so your friends and family can get cooking this winter and beyond.


I've always wanted to be the type of person who meal preps on a regular basis—batch-cooking grains and vegetables to mix and match throughout the week, freezing soups and casseroles for a heat-and-eat dinner, you get the picture. Though I may not have achieved meal prep superstar status yet, there are people on my holiday shopping list this year who definitely have, and maybe you know some, too.

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Instant Pots Are at Their Lowest Price Ever During Black Friday

Instant Pots are one of the most versatile kitchen gadgets, and in recent years, they’ve been guaranteed to be on steep sale during Black Friday. But that also means filtering through tons of deals. That’s why we’ve done all the legwork for you with th…

Instant Pots are one of the most versatile kitchen gadgets, and in recent years, they’ve been guaranteed to be on steep sale during Black Friday. But that also means filtering through tons of deals. That’s why we’ve done all the legwork for you with the very best Instant Pot Black Friday deals right here—and get this—some are at their lowest price to date.

Now, two things upfront. Even though most Instant Pots come in 3-, 6-, and 8-quart capacities, we’ve focused on deals for the 6-quart, which is the most popular size. The 3-quart capacity is best for up to two people and the 8-quart for larger households up to eight—so six is the happy median. We’re also excluding the entry-level Instant Pot because we haven’t seen any deals on those yet (although that might change as more retailers release their sales). Currently, there are better sales on other models that have more features like the Duo, Crisp, and Pro Crisp, so you’re getting more versatility for less money.

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The Essential Tool Sam Seneviratne Uses for Any (Every) Bake

Welcome to Playing Favorites, a new monthly series that puts our most beloved tools and gadgets front and center. Check in each month as our favorite cooks, authors, designers, and experts share what they reach for over and over again. From the dust-bu…

Welcome to Playing Favorites, a new monthly series that puts our most beloved tools and gadgets front and center. Check in each month as our favorite cooks, authors, designers, and experts share what they reach for over and over again. From the dust-buster that misses nothing to the blender that tackles anything and the packing cubes that make travel a cinch, it’s the one time when playing favorites is a good thing.


It’s safe to say that Sam Seneviratne knows her way around baking equipment. After all, she’s a baker (of course), James Beard Award-nominated food writer, three-time cookbook author, food stylist, and Food52 Resident. And while she can probably bake to the same degree of success with jerry-rigged tools and creative thinking as with a whole fleet of gadgets, she’d definitely still prefer having a trusty set of spatulas on hand—especially the two from our FiveTwo Ultimate Baking Set.

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The Simple Cold-Brew Maker That Changed My Entire Morning Routine

Just like how soccer is life for Dani Rojas in Ted Lasso, cold brew is life for me. It’s what I look forward to every morning when it’s warm outside and the sun is shining, but also when there’s a blizzard and I can’t see my porch through all the snow….

Just like how soccer is life for Dani Rojas in Ted Lasso, cold brew is life for me. It’s what I look forward to every morning when it’s warm outside and the sun is shining, but also when there’s a blizzard and I can’t see my porch through all the snow. It’s my go-to drink for any time, any place—at brunch, a mid-afternoon break, or just running errands on the weekend. My love for cold brew knows no bounds and no seasons.

Back when I left my house more regularly, I would grab an iced coffee on the way to work, even if it meant being late to a morning meeting (sorry, folks!). Stopping by the coffee shop was the little breather I needed, sandwiched between a crowded commute and a busy day—a routine that was just for myself.

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6 Best Meat Thermometers, According to Home Cooks & Chefs

A meat thermometer might sound unnecessary, but ask any home cook or chef and they’ll tell you it’s one of the most important kitchen tools. There’s nothing worse than slicing into a marvelously marbled cut of meat or hefty bird, or diving into a baked…

A meat thermometer might sound unnecessary, but ask any home cook or chef and they’ll tell you it’s one of the most important kitchen tools. There’s nothing worse than slicing into a marvelously marbled cut of meat or hefty bird, or diving into a baked potato only to find that it’s partially cooked through.

A good meat thermometer provides assurance that you’re hitting the right temperatures every time you cook, no matter what you’re cooking. You can trust your gut and senses for a lot of things, but gauging temperatures in roasts and grills without cutting into them is no place for that sort of guesswork. Cooking to proper internal temperatures is also important for food safety (if you’re curious, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides this helpful chart).

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7 Best Carving Knives You’ll Use Well After Thanksgiving

A carving knife will come in handy during the holidays when you need to maneuver around a giant bird without making a mess. But it can serve you elsewhere too—thwack up massive fruits and veggies à la Fruit Ninja, saw through layer cakes, and slice up …

A carving knife will come in handy during the holidays when you need to maneuver around a giant bird without making a mess. But it can serve you elsewhere too—thwack up massive fruits and veggies à la Fruit Ninja, saw through layer cakes, and slice up crusty boules of bread. A classic chef’s knife can do a lot, but it can’t do everything. Likewise, a carving knife can’t do everything, but it can do more than meats the eye.

Here are the seven best carving knives you can buy online, according to chefs and butchers who use them on and off the job. If you’re on the hunt for a practical pick or budget-friendly buy, we’ve got you covered. And if fancier options that scream “restaurant-quality” are more your style, we’ve got those, too.

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