Reduction Tester

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Reduction Tester This is a favorite cooking tool that I store next to my stove. It’s a wonderfully simple and useful tool modeled after a tombo, or dragonfly stick I use in throwing (pottery speak here- made on a potters wheel) consistantly sized cups. However, this cooking version is a tombo with its wings torn off… Sorry tombo!

My reduction tester is just a chopstick with a rubberband around it. When I’m cooking, and the recipe says to cook a liquid until it is reduced by half or a third, etc… I take out my reduction tester and dip it into the liquid and shift the rubberband up till it just marks the level of the liquid in the saucepan. Now it marks my beginning liquid level.

To measure my progress in reducing a liquid, I dip the chopstick back into the liquid and see how the new level compares to the original level marked with the rubberband. This lets me quickly and more importantly, accurately gauge how far along in my reduction I am.

To make your own reduction tester- look for really small rubberbands, as they fit around the small diameter of a chopstick without slipping around and losing your level. The green one pictured on my reduction tester can be found in a farm supply store. It’s a perfect size- that of a cherrio. It’s manufactured for use in castrating animals… but I bet you didn’t need to know that either…


posted July 16th, 2005 at 8:34 pm

o ingenious you–fantastic!

posted July 17th, 2005 at 2:28 pm

Hi McAuliflower, How ingenious you are! Now I have my own reduction tester. I also found the perfect(sterile I might add) rubber bands. They are used for banding hemorrhoids – bet you didn’t need to know that either!

Lol! I’m glad we have our little niches…


posted July 18th, 2005 at 10:07 pm

that is pure genius. Who needs a $300 gift certificate for Sur La Table with you around, McCauliflower????

Awww, I’m glad you got together quite the recommendation list of goodies!


- sam
posted July 20th, 2005 at 7:06 am

Oooh, that is so smart. I love that. Must try. :)

- Anne
posted July 20th, 2005 at 8:04 am

When I got to the “cheerio” part I figured out what you had used for your rubber band. Uh oh. Giggle. Do you think she knows what it is used for? With some trepidation, I kept reading -but you knew!

I knew there had to be something to those silly rubberbands! ;) We use them at work to tie off bags of fish and water (so they don’t leak in the mail). Darned if I can use them with out launching them across the room, Even with the special put-them-on tool… grrrr.


- Twiss
posted February 20th, 2006 at 3:10 pm

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