Kitchen Must Have – Sur La Table “Dizzy Dog” Cutter

dizzy dog

Stay with me here because I know this sounds like a silly and useless kitchen gadget but believe me when I tell, this just took my hot dog to the next level of perfection! I love my grilled dogs nice and charred, the darker they are cooked the better in my opinion. I love the crispy skin and slight crunch when you bite into them. The problem is, the inside of the hot dog remains the same no matter how long you grill the outside. Until now.

The Dizzy Dog® cutter cuts a spiral into each hot dog that when grilled, expands and allows the heat to get into the dog and cook it as evenly as the outside. Not only you do end up with a delicious charred skin but now the inside is perfectly cooked as well. Trust me when I say, they are absolute heaven! Even my kids, who don’t like hot dogs at all, eat these because they love the way they are cooked. And let’s be honest here, who doesn’t love a fun spiraled hot dog to boot? The other nice thing about the spiral design is that you can get condiments into all of the nooks and crannies and you can even stuff the spiral with yummy things like cheese or bacon. Mmmmmm.

“Spiralizing” the dogs only takes a few seconds each. You just pop them into the plastic cylinder and spin the cutter mechanism, it couldn’t be any easier. Even cleanup is a cinch, just toss it in the dishwasher when you’re all done. I highly recommend this nifty little gadget, I don’t think you will be disappointed. If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, just click here to be linked to the Sur La Table website. Act quickly before they are all gone for the season! Normally priced at $9.95 they are on sale for only $4.99! They would make a great stocking stuffer for the grill master in your life. Enjoy!

Kitchen Must Have – Taylor Grill Beef Button Thermometer

Taylor Thermometer

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The Taylor Grill Beef Button Thermometer is tiny but mighty and a definite “Kitchen Must Have“. While you can learn to test a steak or other meats for doneness simply by doing the touch test it’s far easier to use this simple little gadget. Since I’ve been using it my steaks have been coming out absolutely perfect EVERY single time!

Before placing your meat on the grill simply insert the thermometer into the side of your steak until it’s touching the meat, avoiding any gristle or bone. Once inserted, grill as you normally would periodically checking the thermometer as you go. Take into consideration carryover cooking when determining if the meat is cooked to your liking. (Carryover cooking means that the meat will retain heat and continue to cook even once it is removed from the heat source.) For me, I like a nice medium cooked steak so once the arrow gets into the medium range I remove my steak from the grill and allow it rest for about 10 minutes. By the time I slice it it’s a perfect pink center overflowing with juiciness.

I think this little gadget will become indispensable in your kitchen and I highly recommend purchasing one. This particular model seems to be a little harder to find, I had found it on clearance, but I did see that Target carries it. Click here to get yours!

Handy Chart for Proper Thermometer Placement

Thermometer Placement