We have all those useful tools in our kitchen that we look for time and time again; many have been around for decades. Tupperware and pressure cookers, anyone? Consumer Reports looked at some tried-and-true gadgets and some with a modern twist to see which really stand the test of time.
Similar to Tupperware, melamine dishes have been popular since the 1930s. Consumer Reports just took a look at several sets you can buy at places like Walmart and West Elm.
Melamine is a great solution if you’re looking to get rid of plastic or paper plates. A plate looks like a regular plate, but it’s lightweight, unbreakable, and generally dishwasher safe.
The Certified International Talavera 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set for $47 ($92 in Canada) is versatile enough to take out on a picnic or dinner date. And the dishes are not scratched by knives and forks.
And another note on melamine: it should not be placed in a microwave oven. Small amounts of melamine can leach into your food, especially if you eat something acidic.
The next kitchen tool might not seem essential, but once you own a juicer, it’s pretty hard to come back to life without it. Most of the time, they help keep seeds and lots of pulp out of your mix.
The Chef’n FreshForce Juicer costs between $18 and $30 and is easy to grip and convenient for squeezing multiple lemons in one sitting.
Coffee lovers, get ready for the Chemex 6-Cup Coffee Maker for $50. It might make you think twice about the idea of this drip coffee maker taking up space on your counter. It was invented in 1941, still looks identical to its original design and also works.
The pour-over style coffee maker is easy to use, hard to break, and delivers an aromatic, balanced brew.
CR says that to get the best taste from your Chemex, use the filters designed for it, which are thicker, and prevent the grounds from entering the coffee and clouding it.
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