A comal is a round, thin griddle pan for baking and toasting foods in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America. Comals have very low-rimmed edges to allow food to easily be slid off.
Contact paper is water repellent, self-adhesive paper that comes on rolls for covering kitchen surfaces with. There are zillions of patterns available. Fans inspire each other to find uses for contact paper throughout the house.
A cookie cutter is a tool used to cut “rolled cookies” in decorative shapes out of a rolled-out cookie dough. They can be made of metal or plastic.
A cookie press (aka “cookie pistol”) is a kitchen tool used to make cookies with special shapes. You pack the tube with dough, and then press either a trigger or a plunger on top to force the dough out through a nozzle at the bottom of the tube to which you have attached the desired shape.
Cookware is anything you cook in, whether in the oven, on top of the stove, over a campfire or in a microwave. At a minimum, such items need to be heat resistant. For stove-top use, they need to be flame-resistant as well. For microwave use, they need to be microwave safe. Various materials can be…
A cooling rack is a slightly-raised rack that you put hot baked goods on straight out of the oven, either still in the pan or removed from the pan. The rack allows air to circulate underneath, which helps prevent condensation which could cause baked goods to develop soggy bottoms.
A cork is a bottle stopper, generally used for wine bottles to stop the wine in them from oxidizing. The word used to mean a stopper made from the bark of the cork tree, but now is used generically for a bottle stopper made from any material. Cork Corks The material known as “cork” comes…
A corkscrew is a device used to open bottles sealed with corks by extracting the corks from them. They are primarily now used on wine bottles. There are many, many different kinds now, as everyone tries to invent a better or a novel one. Most, however, have one thing in common still: a screw at…
A corn peeler is an implement used to quickly and easily strip kernels off cob. Though it’s a single task tool, people who preserve corn yearly may decide it’s worth a place in their kitchen for the time it might save them.
Cornbread pans are typically a cast iron tray with around seven moulds in it. These moulds are long, and shaped like an ear of corn with kernels indents in them.
CorningWare® is a glass material that cooking dishes of the same name are made of. Some electric stovetops are also made from it. Most CorningWare cooking vessels can be used on both the stovetop and in the oven. Just check the bottom; if it is stovetop safe, it will say so on the bottom. They…
Crêpe pans are very shallow frying pans, with outward-sloping sides specially designed for frying crêpes in. They are usually carbon steel pans, but also come in with non-stick coatings for home use.
Cucumber slicers allow a cook to create very thin, uniform slices of cucumber to be used for sandwiches, salads or garnish. There are two different types of cucumber slicers. One is a round device turned by crank. You clamp it to a table and press the cucumber through with a pusher. Original ones were made…
A “cuillerée” is a French home cooking measurement term that means “spoonful.” It’s usually accompanied by some kind of description such as: cuillerée à café – teaspoonful; or cuillerée à soupe – tablespoonful. If the size of spoonful isn’t specified, you have to make your best guess as a cook based on the quantity of…
In Naples, a cuppetiello / cuppitiello is a small cone made from newspaper or tin foil put on the spout of a coffee pot called a “Neapolitan Flip Coffee Maker” to keep the aroma in while the coffee is brewing.
Cutters have evolved as kitchen tools to provide greater efficiency than knives always can. Many are designed for special purposes, which can be speed, decoration, or accuracy.
There is probably no simpler item in the kitchen than a cutting board, yet few items provoke such heated debate. Cutting boards are available in a range of materials – including various woods, plastic, acrylic, glass and bamboo. That range, too, forms part of the debate.
A Danish bread whisk (aka dough whisk) consists of a long wooden handle, at the end of which is attached two rings of stiff wire, a smaller one inside a larger one.The outer ring is about 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter; the smaller ring has a loop introduced into its circle. The handle is…
A dariole mould is a cylinder-shaped mould for baking or moulding. They often look like miniature metal flower pots.
A Deba Bocho knife is a Japanese knife that is good for cutting through bone and skin. It can cut meat, fillet fish, and chop through fish bones. This is a knife that you would use to cut fish into large pieces, before switching to a finer knife to make thin sashimi slices.
Deep-fat fryers are cooking vessels designed for the frying of foods in several inches or more of hot oil. Food safety experts now advise against stove-top ones and recommend instead electric ones that have safety cut-offs.
Dishwashers are perhaps one of the most important labour saving devices in the kitchen. Most people would give up many other things in their home before they’d give up their dishwasher.
A donabe is a lidded Japanese crock made of clay or earthenware for simmering and stewing in.
A double boiler is a set of two pots that uses water between the source of heat and the item being heated or cooked in order to moderate the level of heat being delivered.