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Everything You Need to Turn Your Kitchen Into a Cookie Factory

It’s cookie baking (and swapping, and sharing) season—which means you’re turning your kitchen into a cookie factory, right? Before you get going on all those recipes, make sure you’re fully prepared. This means stocking up on all the tools you need to make and package your goodies. From precut parchment paper (trust us, you’ll never buy a roll again) to sturdy boxes that will ensure your cookies hold up during long-distance shipping or schlepping, here’s what you’ve got to have on hand.

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Why a Dustbuster Belongs in Your Kitchen

Note: This post was originally published in January, but we’re repromoting it because the Black + Decker dustbuster is on sale for Cyber Monday 2018.

One day, food director Carla Lalli Music walked over to my desk and said, “WHY HASN’T ANYONE WRITTEN ABOUT BRAD’S DUSTBUSTER ADDICTION?”

So here we are.

In the Bon Appétit test kitchen—a place where Claire makes gourmet Gushers and where dreams come true—cooking also happens, and so do messes. Which is why test kitchen manager Brad Leone keeps a dustbuster always charged and at the ready. Maybe too ready.

“Coffee beans, flour, he’s down there with that Dyson,” Carla told me. Brad clarified: “Whoever said Dyson? It’s Black and Decker.”

“It’s Brad’s thing,” added Carla, “It’s hilarious when he goes crazy [vacuuming everything]. When you say, Brad, dustbuster this up? [Carla imitates Brad vacuuming like it’s the Last Crusade.] He likes to get in the shelves, too.”

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Photo by Emily Schultz

Brad’s one true love.

In the test kitchen while he was making some breakfast tacos, Brad told me about all the ways he uses his trusty dustbuster. “You’re chopping onions,” he said, picking up some onions from a bin to show me specifically the vegetable of which he speaks, “and suddenly that stuff’s all over the floor,”—he points to some onion skins on the floor— “it always happens. Or you’re dicing carrots and you get a couple carrots there, and real quick boop-boop-boop, it’s so easy. The filter is washable, a crucial detail. At home, he has a slightly smaller, cheaper model that can hang on the wall so as not to use up counter space.

Other things that need dustbusting in the kitchen, according to Brad:

“A little spice mixture on the floor.”

“Some ground beef. Wait, not like raw meat.”

“People are always dropping herbs.”

“You get the flour bag out, and boom-boom, there’s always some flour that falls on the ground.”

“In the fridge crisper drawer, maybe there’s a green bean dehydrated back there.”

“As long as it’s not greasy, in the oven.”

“Toaster oven, lift up the little thing and zzing-zzing-zzing.”

“Around my coffee grinder, the general coffee station.”

Sure, a dustpan could also clean these things, but you never get it all, said Brad, “You need that suction.”

You. Need. That. Suction.

“It really came in handy when Emily Eisen broke a full jar of dried turmeric INSIDE HER PURSE,” recalled Claire “Half-Sour” Saffitz. “No one asked why she had it in there in first place. But boy, does Brad love that thing.”

And it’s a passion he’s passed down to his toddler. “Griff loves it, he walks around like this [imitated baby using dustbuster.] It’s just a really, really, handy tool.”

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Photo by Emily Schultz

Related: A Riveting Conversation with Brad Leone, the Star of It’s Alive

Watch Brad make kimchi:

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Cyber Monday 2018: All the Kitchen Deals We’re Shopping Today

It’s not only flat-screen TVs and Alexa-enabled devices that go on sale on Cyber Monday—there’s a ton of high-quality Bon Appétit-approved kitchen gear waiting to be scooped up. If you missed your chance to buy that Joule sous vide machine last week, you’re in luck: it’s back on sale today. Add free shipping and zero heavy lifting, and you’ve got the best online shopping day of the year. Watch this space closely—we’ll be adding Cyber Monday deals as we hear about them over the next 24 hours. So go forth and get your holiday shopping done early while never leaving the comfort of your couch (or your cubicle).

AllModern: Get 70% off select items and an extra 20% off select items with the code ACTNOW.

Amazon: There are major discounts on Breville appliances, OXO coffee & tea gear, and the Vitamix 5200 blender.

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Dansk products are 30% off at Anthropologie.

Anthropologie: Get 30% off everything plus free shipping on orders over $100. We’re eyeing all the Dansk cookware on sale:

Bed Bath & Beyond: All Cyber Monday deals can be found here. Of note:

Brigade Kitchen: Through Cyber Monday, you can choose between two discounts from the direct-to-consumer cookware brand: a 25% discount on your order (code: BKTHANKS), or a 15% discount, where the other 10% will go towards the New York non-profit City Harvest (code: BKHARVEST).

D’Artagnan: Get up to 30% off Cyber Monday specials.

East Fork: Get 20% off all non-pottery items from the Asheville-based brand.

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Buy a cast-iron skillet from The Field Company and get a second one 50% off.

The Field Company: Buy any size Field Skillet from the cast-iron specialist and get the No.8 50% off. Or, buy two or more skillets and get at least one No.8 free.

Food52: Get 20% off everything with the code YAYMONDAY.

H&M: Get 30% off everything plus free shipping. You can get a ton of chic glassware and stoneware for less than $10, plus tablecloths and linen napkins for less than $25:

Huckberry: All Cyber Monday deals can be found on this landing page.

Jet: All of Jet’s Cyber Monday 2018 deals can be found here. There’s a lot of KitchenAid on sale:

Made In: Take 15% off everything; 25% off orders over $300; 50% off orders over $500

Need Supply: From November 26 to 28, get 20% off sitewide with the code INTERNET20. That means huge discounts on glassware and ceramics from Hawkins New York, Helen Levi, Yield Design, and more:

Nordstrom: Home items are up to 60% off through Monday November 26. The Black Friday sale extends to its Le Creuset and All-Clad inventories, which includes items like:

One Kings Lane: Get 20% off sitewide plus an extra 10% off with the code OKLCYBER18.

Potluck: The direct-to-consumer cookware brand is offering 10% off orders with the code BAPOTLUCK.

Saks Fifth Avenue: Get $50 off for every $200 you spend with code MONDAY18.

Snowe Home: Save 20% on orders of $75 or more. If you’re looking for a set of high-quality dinnerware, the minimalist Starter Eat Bundle is a great place to start.

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Photo by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott

Tons of Staub cookware is on sale at Sur La Table, here.

Sur La Table: Take up to 75% off select products.

Thrive Market: Get 30% off your first order from the online natural food store.

Totokaelo: Get up to 50% off sale items.

Urban Outfitters: Get $10 off purchases of $50 or more; $25 off purchases of $100 or more; $50 off purchases of $150 or more.

Have you met our favorite non-stick pan? It’s on sale today:

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Black Friday 2018: All the Food and Kitchen Deals to Shop

Black Friday is no longer a one-day event that requires bargain hunters to get up at the crack of dawn and make a pilgrimage to the nearest mall. You don’t have to leave your house anymore to shop the best Black Friday 2018 sales, nor do you have to do it all in one day—in fact, many of deals last well into the weekend (and into Cyber Monday). We’ll be updating this page all weekend long with Black Friday home & kitchen sales, keeping a special eye on big ticket items like KitchenAid mixers, Le Creuset Dutch ovens, Vitamix blenders, and more. So make yourself a hot turkey sandwich with gravy mayo and scroll through pages upon pages of discounts. Bless.

Bed Bath & Beyond: All Black Friday 2018 deals can be found here. Plus, get free shipping on orders over $39. Standout sale items include:

Brigade Kitchen: Through Cyber Monday, you can choose between two discounts from the direct-to-consumer cookware brand: a 25% discount on your order (code: BKTHANKS), or a 15% discount, where the other 10% will go towards the New York non-profit City Harvest (code: BKHARVEST).

D’Artagnan: Through Sunday November 25, get up to 40% off select products. Eligible products can be found here.

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Our favorite non-stick pan, the Zwilling Madura Plus, is on sale at Food52 right now.

Food52: Through Sunday, get 20% off orders of $100 or more with the code EXTRAHELPING.

East Fork: The Asheville, North Carolina-based pottery brand is offering free shipping all weekend long.

Goop: Select items are marked down up to 40%. It’s mostly apparel, but there are some good hostess gifts, including:

Huckberry: All Black Friday deals can be found on this landing page; we’re eyeing the Stagg EKG electric kettle ($119, originally $149).

Made In: Take 15% off orders of less than $300; 25% off orders between $300 and $500; and 30% off orders over $500.

Need Supply: From November 23 to 26, get 20% off sitewide with the code BACKINBLACK. That means huge discounts on glassware and ceramics from Hawkins New York, Helen Levi, Yield Design, and more:

Nordstrom: Home items are up to 60% off through Monday November 26. The Black Friday sale extends to its Le Creuset inventory, which includes items like:

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Courtesy of Potluck

Over at Potluck, all orders are 10% off with the code BAPOTLUCK.

Potluck: The direct-to-consumer cookware brand is offering 10% off orders with the code BAPOTLUCK.

Snowe: Save 20% on orders of $75 or more. If you’re looking for a set of high-quality dinnerware, the minimalist Starter Eat Bundle is a great place to start.

Sur La Table: Select items are up to 75% off for Black Friday 2018. All of the sale products can be found here, but here’s what stands out:

Totokaelo: Get up to 50% off sale items.

Yield Design: Through Tuesday November 27, get 20% off storewide with the code CHEERS.


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8 Tips for Avoiding a Messy Kitchen When Cooking

There are two inevitabilities that come with cooking: good food and a mess to clean up. For every baking project, every dinner party, even every one-pot meal made for you and you alone, there are also splatters and spills and stray ingredients in strange corners of your stove. Sure, it would be nice if the rule of “whoever doesn’t cook is on dish duty” solved everything, but simply washing pots and pans never really cuts it.

Take, for example, BA’s Best Baked Ziti, a dish that is worth every bite but is also cause for some disorder. Here are some tips to help tackle the post-cooking mess.

Wash dirty linens immediately

Yes, you should wear an apron, but aprons still need to be cleaned. Regardless of whether or not you covered up your crisp white shirt, regardless of whether or not you managed to escape the flying red juices of canned tomatoes, some splatter is unavoidable. The solution is to put those linens into the wash as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get the stains out.

Clean as you go

Every pro knows that the key to an efficient work station is to clean as you go. There’s nothing worse than a full sink that needs to be addressed after dinner is done and you’re a glass of wine or two deep. Soak that pot that had tomato sauce in it while the pasta water boils, wash that cheese grater while you blend the sauce, and rinse those bowls as soon as you’re done using them.

Pour off excess grease into a jar

Grease is the enemy of cleaning. It just… never seems to come off of any surface. But if you pour the excess into a jar before you move on to scrubbing, you’ll have an easier time. Plus, this saves your sink from clogging because grease is not good for your pipes; it will get stuck down there and eventually cause plumbing trouble.

Soap, water, and elbow grease

You generally don’t need fancy sprays or wipes for surfaces. Soap and water on a sponge—with the help of your strong arms on tougher parts—should work perfectly fine.

Use water and a brush for cast-iron

A cast-iron skillet can be a bit of a beast, and it needs to be taken care of. For this, just use water to rinse and a brush to get off any residual food. Then set the wet skillet over a low flame to make sure it fully dries.

Get into the nooks and crannies of your stove

For a gas range stove, use a brush to clean the top grates. Then lift them up and off and use a sudsy cloth to wipe the part underneath. For an induction stove where the whole surface is smooth, you’re good to go with just the sudsy cloth.

Use a sheet tray as a catch-all

The oven is an often-overlooked part of kitchen cleaning. The food that falls down to the bottom tends to be forgotten about. One way to avoid that is to place a sheet tray on the rack underneath whatever you’re baking. In the case of baked ziti, it will catch anything that boils over.

Save water by using a dry brush to clean dishes

When loading up the dishwasher, it’s important to get the caked-on food off beforehand, otherwise your dishes won’t get properly clean. But it wastes a lot of water to rinse them and then run the machine. So instead, try wiping off the leftover bits and pieces with a dry brush. It works perfectly well and is better for the environment. That’s what we call a win, win.