Test Kitchen tips: Heat diffuser
The above contraption may look a little funny, but it can be essential in the kitchen. Meet the heat diffuser.
When you have a recipe that requires stove-top cooking over an extremely low and gentle flame, or are using a delicate cooking vessel like a clay pot, a diffuser is perfect for softening and evenly spreading the heat. And it's great for eliminating hot spots.
A heat diffuser (like the much-loved one pictured above from the Test Kitchen) is easy to use: simply set the diffuser over the burner and place your pot or pan on top, then start cooking. And they're relatively cheap; a diffuser should set you back no more than $10 to $15 at most cooking supply stores (they're also easy to find online).
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-- Noelle Carter
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