Hot or not: Stainless Steel Flavor Infuser

The All-Clad Stainless Steel Flavor Infuser is a good idea, but is it worth 40 bucks?

All-Clad Stainless Steel Flavor Infuser

I'm not sure what to think about the All-Clad Stainless Steel Flavor Infuser, which showed up in Williams-Sonoma's online fall catalog. fall On the one hand, genius: even if I have cheesecloth handy in my kitchen (a 50/50 proposition), I rarely have the patience to assemble and tie a proper bouquet garni. This gadget saves the trouble, letting you just drop your herbs into the 3-inch stainless steel mesh ball, latch it shut, and drop it in a soup or stew. The attached, 9-inch handle makes it easy to remove--not to mention lets you encourage infusion by stirring the herb sack through the broth.

On the other hand: $40. Despite my intense and sometimes irrational love for kitchen gadgets, I have to wonder whether the handle really adds much value to a mesh strainer that can be found elsewhere for one-tenth the price.

What say you, readers: Is this a genius invention or a waste of hard-earned money?

About the author

    Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.


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