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Test Kitchen tips: Heat diffuser

January 19, 2012 |  7:00 am


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).

If you have any kitchen tips or questions you'd like me to explore, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at noelle.carter@latimes.com.


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