1. Stem Citrus Spritzer, available on Amazon
At first glance, this citrus spritzer looked a little silly to us, but when you need just a squirt of lemon juice for finishing fish, shellfish, vegetables, or sauces, this tool is a surprisingly efficient alternative to a citrus juicer. About 3 inches long, it looks like the plastic pump from the top of a spray bottle. All you do is stick it into a lemon—no peeling or knife work needed. Within seconds after inserting it, we were releasing a fine, even mist of juice without the bother of fishing out seeds released in the process. It gave us 10 to 12 full sprays per insertion—and if that’s all you want, the rest of the fruit can be stored in the fridge for later use.
2. Orka Flavor and Oil Mister with Filter, available on Crate and Barrel
The nonstick cooking sprays that abound in supermarkets might make refillable oil misters seem like a gadget without a cause. But they offer savings over the long term (9 cents per ounce to refill with canola oil versus 60 cents per ounce, the cost of PAM), and being able to choose the oil has its appeal. The Orka consistently delivered a fine spray and thin, uniform layers. Inexpensive, comfortable to use, and simple to clean up, it’s also entirely dishwasher safe (unlike some of its rivals). We also tested it by adding dried basil to olive oil and it performed well, cleanly expelling flavored oil. PAM had the most powerful spray overall so we’ll still stock it in our kitchen, but our winning oil mister is an excellent, cost-effective, and refillable alternative.
3. Round Spritz Melting Moments
Ok, so these cookies aren’t gadgets, but they have “spritz” in their name and they sure taste better than the previous two items on the list. The delicate crumb and piped starred shape make them about as satisfying (and fun) as it gets.
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