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Past articles by Sharon:

I’m a Professional Gear Tester and a Bit of a Minimalist — But I Use This $11 Gadget Every Day

This professional gear tester is a total minimalist when it comes to her cooking tools, and yet she reaches for this $11 gadget every single day. Find out what she loves about it. → Read More

5 Things I’ve Learned About Cast Iron During My 30+ Years as a Professional Gear Tester

With more than 30 years of experience as a professional gear tester, this writer has learned some valuable lessons about cast iron. → Read More

The Best Instant Pot Model You Can Buy for 2022 (and Beyond)

This model has a combination of settings and improvements to its design that make it the best Instant Pot yet! Let's take a look to see what our gear tester had to say. → Read More

I’m a Gear Pro — These Are the 3 Things I Use to Take Care of My Knives

It's important to take care of your knives and keep them in good working condition. So we asked our resident gear pro to tell us the three essentials she swears by when it comes to keeping her knives in tip-top shape. → Read More

What Are Garlic Keepers, and Do You Need One?

These little containers sure do look cute, but do they keep garlic fresher, longer? We did some testing! → Read More

What Is a Braiser, Do I Need One, and Which One Should I Get?

What is a braiser? Do you need one? And which one is the best one to buy? One of our top gear pros breaks it all down. → Read More

I Tried 8 Nonstick Skillets That Cost $20 or Less — And One Blew Me Away

It's actually from a commercial line, so it's got a pro-level look and some impressive heft to it. → Read More

What You Really Need to Know About Exploding Glass Bakeware

Here's what causes thermal shock, how likely it is to happen, and some best practices to prevent it. → Read More

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Cast Iron Skillet

Did you know you can use soap? And that it doesn't actually heat up all that evenly? Let's take a look! → Read More

I Tested 10 Chef’s Knives That Are $20 or Less — This One Was Amazing

You don't have to drop $150 on a great chef's knife. We tested 10 different budget-friendly options and found three that we really loved. → Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Chest Freezers

Chest freezers were sold out virtually everywhere this spring. Now that they're getting restocked, we thought now would be a good time to take a closer look. → Read More

How Can Lodge Cast Iron Skillets Be So Darn Inexpensive?

A Lodge cast iron skillet usually costs less than $25, but can almost always be found on sale for closer to 15 bucks. Here's how the company manages to keep costs down. → Read More

6 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Replacing Appliances

In case you're in the market for a new fridge, oven, or dishwasher (or you think you might be in the market sometime soon), we've rounded up the biggest, most important things homeowners should know. → Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Charcoal Grills — All in One Place

Is a charcoal grill right for you? Which charcoal grill should you get? How do you light a charcoal grill? We'll cover all this and more in this comprehensive story. → Read More

What Is a Bluicer — And Do You Need One?

Breville just came out with a new countertop appliance called the "Bluicer" that promises to blend, juice, and bluice. We tried it out and here's what we thought. → Read More

The Knife Set Our Gear Pro Uses at Home in Her Own Kitchen

This is the knife set that's earned a spot on the counter in our gear pro's home. Meaning: You know it's gotta be good! → Read More

Can an Indoor Grill Ever Rival an Outdoor Grill?

What if you don’t have a backyard or any outside space? Can you get in on the fun by picking up an indoor grill? Can you use it to get a burger or a t-bone comparable to the one you'd cook outside? Let's find out. → Read More

I’ve Tested Nearly Every Food Storage Container on the Market. This Is a List of the Best of the Best.

These are the best food storage containers — whether you want something that's glass, plastic, or cheap enough to give away to neighbors. → Read More

Why You Should Throw Out Your Oven Thermometer

It could be sabotaging you! Here’s how. → Read More

How Does an Air Fryer Work?

An air fryer is actually a lot like a countertop convection oven. Just with a few differences. → Read More