Rather than ladling broth from one pot to another when making dishes that require it (like risotto or soups), use a designated tea kettle to heat the broth. When it’s time to add it in, the spout gives better control than the ladle and prevents splatters and spills.
The small footprint of a toaster oven is great, but the small rack leaves little room for a bulky oven mitt to grasp its edge. To avoid a burn, pull the rack out using a wooden clothespin. (If you're curious what our favorite toaster oven is, watch our video on the equipment testing and results.)
Individually portioned desserts such as custards are a great make-ahead solution when entertaining, but only if you have enough refrigerator space to accommodate multiple ramekins. Maximize space by placing a tiered cooling rack in the fridge: With multiple shelves, you can chill several servings at once.
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