After taking a break from television, Alton Brown is back on our screens with Good Eats: The Return. The show is filled with all new lessons about the food we eat and the best ways to cook them. While waiting for the next episode to air, we wanted to uncover some of the genius tips Brown has already shared and we stumbled upon a chat Brown had with Men’s Journal about his essential kitchen tools.
As you’ve probably already guessed, Brown mentioned a few tricks that would have never crossed our minds — like using dry ice to quickly freeze leftover chunks of avocado to save for later. “People are afraid of dry ice, but really, is it more dangerous than open flames?” he reasoned. “Just be safe.” He makes a good point, but we still aren’t sure we’re ready to handle something so potentially painful just yet.
Brown also shared some less intimidating tips and how he thinks most people are missing a simple yet seriously handy item in their kitchen cupboards. “I don’t understand how people can exist without a board scraper or a dough blade,” he explained. He’s so baffled by it, in fact, that he apparently makes sure to pack one in his suitcase every time he travels. “I spend a lot of time in AirBnBs and they never have one in the kitchen.”
You might be wondering how a simple board scraper could be so beneficial or even what one is. They are broad metal or plastic blades (but not sharp) that are typically used for shaping ingredients in recipes like bread or pizza dough, but Brown explained how they can be helpful in other ways, too. “I move things around with it. If you chop up a bunch of ingredients, how are you going to move them all around? I use it as an extension of my hand. I can use it to clean a counter quickly. I find it’s an extremely simple but useful addition to any kitchen.”
And here we’ve all been using our regular hands to move ingredients around like total amateurs. If you want to up your culinary game (and make Brown proud), you can invest in your own board scraper for relatively cheap ($5.90, Amazon).
We were already happy to see Brown back on TV with Good Eats: The Return, but now we’re even more excited to see what other tricks he’ll spill in upcoming episodes!
This story originally appeared on our sister site, First for Women.
We write about products we think our readers will like. If you buy them, we get a small share of the revenue from the supplier.