TODAY | March 27, 2013
>>> the series is to arm you with useful multifunction gadgets to make life easier. we're starting in the kitchen. christopher kimble is the host of "america's test kitchen " and editor of "cooks illustrated." good to see you. good morning.
>> good to see you, matt.
>> this is a great idea. if you're on a budget or in a pinch around the house, you can use gadgets for many purposes. we're starting with simple tongs.
>> or if you're unorganized like me you can't find what you need, if you want a lime or electric lemon and juice, it take tongs and go like this. it works well like a reamer.
>> all right. this is in decision to using it to flip the steak or grab pasta out of a pot.
>> or open beer.
>> opening the bottle of beer, you've got to have sturdy tongs. you have cheap tongs, it's going to break.
>> this is the best reason to have quality tongs.
>> all right. three uses for the tongs. by the way, you were telling me this doesn't work as well opening the bottle with a thong. just the tongs. okay. let's move on --
>> the new matt lauer .
>> let's move to crushing spices. a lot of people at home your a mortar and pestle.
>> or whack it on the counter. if you want a few, you can take a coffee cup , take the actual bottle that the peppercorns came in. go like that and do your own mortar and pestle.
>> second use for your coffee mug .
>> there you go. clean it out before you fill it up.
>> this next one -- a lot of people -- people come over unexpectedly. you have wine that's warm, you need to chill it. most people pop it in the freezer.
>> takes an hour in the freezer. this takes a half-hour. water and ice gets to 32 degrees, obviously -- why don't you hold this?
>> and angle maybe a little bit. if you add salt to this, what's going to happen is the water temperatures going to go down to 32 to 25, 26, fairly quickly.
>> why does that happen? i failed junior high school chemistry.
>> it's complicated, but the basic concept is the ice melts, it's drawing energy out of the water, energy means heat. the temperature goes down as the temperature of the ice goes up.
>> then to follow your logic, you popped that bottle of wine in that water with the salt in it, it's going to chill faster than in the freezer?
>> like 25 degrees, a half-hour instead of an hour in the freezer. salt takes it from 32 to 24.
>> a great idea. really good. and bunt pan, most people make a take with a bundt pan .
>> i'm making a chicken because sometimes you don't have a vertical roaster. a great way to roast a chicken. you don't have to flip it in the oven. it's nice and aevent. there you go. -- and even. there you go. don't do it with a live chicken.
>> you see? i know --
>> all right. pasta, pasta. problem is you need a cake tester or maybe a toothpick to figure out when a cake is done. you can take spaghetti if you don't have that and see if it comes out clean.
>> and if it's sticky, it's not done.
>> yeah. if you have a few crumbs with chocolate, but not too many.
>> that same piece of spaghetti can be multipurposed into --
>> into a way of covering up a cream pie or cake with -- instead of using toothpicks. i'm dropping them here.
>> that's all right. you would take this, create a canopy. put the cover --
>> finally, what do we call these? beer cozies?
>> a beer -- someone said cuzzy. i do hiking or hunting. i have a knapsack, i put it in, it keeps them fresh. they don't get bruised. or going to the office.
>> there you go. chris kimble. thank you very much.
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