From designer Kim Joonmin comes a concept that is both interesting and space saving - the kitchen light dishwasher. We love combo concepts and this one doesn't disappoint. We are a little worried about the mess, but perhaps this would work. You open the front and back of the dishwasher to gain access, but we'd also assume you'd need some way to lower it. Also - it would need to be really big and how would the water get in? Through the cords? Who knows but still it's interesting.
AmazonFresh is Microsoft's grocery delivery service, and so far it's only available in Seattle and only available on the Windows Phone platform as a native app. Okay - so that may sound limited but you can see the idea here - integrate your shopping needs with your kitchen appliances say a wired refrigerator, and have it keep track of what you need. Then your phone gets a notice it's time to order the groceries. iPhone owners can order through a mobile-optimized web page so their not left out either while this test goes on.
Samsung has included apps in the latest addition to its line of refrigerators by installing an 8 inch Wi-Fi LCD screen complete with Twitter, Pandora, AP, WeatherBug, Calendar, Epicurious, Photos and Memos. We don't often TWEET from our fridge, but we would find adding different memos and such to track what we need as being a good thing. We can only hope the fridge hooks up over wi-fi because having to both plumb it and provide an ethernet jack would suck.
Want to make sure the steaks you're grilling are rare, medium, or well done? Then stick them with a Steak Button. The Steak Button is a staineless steel thermometer you push into your steaks to make sure steaks are cooked just right. They also wipe clean after use, and we think look pretty darn cool. They are sold in a set of four, and that little display is made out of glass that also wipes clean.
Want to bring back the 70s in style? Then you'll need this UZO1 Illuminated Lighted Party Beverage Fountain. It's like a punch bowl on throwback steroids that will keep your guests entertained. The self-serving beverage station is illuminated with 6 light bulbs, and there's a 2-Gallon drink capacity on that spiked puch. It runs on electric adapter or batteries (not included).
We really like this blender from JC Penny, because the shape, color, and accessories seem spot on. The Cooks 5-in-1 Power Blender chops, grinds, mixes, whips and blends and features a stainless steel grinding and blending blade. The 12 piece set also includes 2 tall blending cups, 1 small grinding cup, 2 shaker tops, 2 resealable lids, and 2 comfort lip rings all for $29 bucks. Not too shabby and surprisingly JC Penny.
The VÄRDE Counter storage unit from IKEA is a work of freestanding kitchen art. We love the many drawers, and the design lines are clean and simple. VARDE features adjustable legs, and stands steady on uneven surfaces. The drawers feature smooth-running slides and also have a stop. The countertop is made of solid wood, and you can addd a hardwearing natural material that can be sanded and surface treated if required for more furious cutting episodes in your kitchen.
Kuhn Rikon has a new set of hot pan products including this 2 liter casserole. The heavy-weight, non-reactive 18/10 stainless cook pan works well on both conventional and induction stoves. It features a heat-efficient core that distributes heat evenly so food won't burn or stick, and there is a serving holder to keep food hot after cooking for 2 hours. It's nice to see a pot that comes with a little extra stuff, and serving a casserole table side in an attractive dish and serving holder is a plus.
Mr. Bar-B-Q sent us their Hydro Grill Brush Blaster just over a week ago, and we've been using it for over a week with nothing but a smile on our face. If you don't know how a steam cleaning grill brush works then you are not alone. At several of our grilling sessions our guests would always look at me while cleaning the grill between items as if I had invented some weird way to perfectly clean the grates in our grill.
The hydro brush is filled with water that trickles out from the brush head making steam on hot grates which cleans with ease. Their is also an oversized replacement head brush with stainless steel bristles if you ever need to replace the head, but after a week we're still looking great. The water also fills into the handle, and there's a trigger for the water.
Really great design we only hope they can get a hook on the end so we can hang it on the side of our grill in future revisions.
The Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker makes baby food from start to finish. It's a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster in one compact appliance. The BabyCook steams vegetables, fruits, meat and fish in less than 15 minutes, preserving vitamins and flavors, and also because you're using the ingredients you know and love the food is safe. It also has a blender that purees or blends foods to the desired consistency. You can also use the steamer to defrost pre-cooked baby food that you've frozen, so you don't have to make it from scratch every time. The appliance is also BPA free, and recipes are included. The design is also really pleasing - with bright green and orange accents to make baby food making a little more fun.
The Venturer KLV3915 15.4-Inch Undercabinet Kitchen LCD TV/DVD Combo features a 15.4-inch undercabinet LCD TV/DVD combo, and the flip-up screen flips around and up to save space and protect the screen. The DVD player is compatible with DVDs, CDs and JPGs. And for broadcast and cable options there's a Digital/analog ATSC/NTSC TV tuner. The set includes a magnetic remote control and under-cabinet mounting hardware. We've had a Kitchen TV for a long time, and can safely say it's really nice for not just cooking shows, but catching the game while you prep food and bake.
Popcake is an amazing pancake maker that's fully auto-matic, and given that Father's Day is just days away perhaps the perfect gift for the pancake eating dad in your life. We love how fully automated it is, and it's also commercial grade so when dad finally opens that breakfast place he can take his Popcake machine with him and serve up some blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes with ease.
We've not seen a counter top water distiller before, but the Mini-Classic ll Counter Top Pure Water Distiller will make 1 gallon of distilled pure water using a carbon filter cartridge process. The storage container is glass, and the cost is about 25 cents a gallon. Pretty amazing, and yes it might be an investment but in the end you're not throwing away all those containers for water you buy and lugging them all home. We'll have to look more into this and see if we can find even more making your own pure 99.99% water at home kinda contraptions.
BeepEgg is a bit of a different egg timer because it plays tunes while bobbing in the hot boiling water to indicate the different hardness or softness of the eggs cooking. Also when the water is at full boil, BeepEgg will tell you how hard or soft the eggs are with tunes. So it's more than just a egg timer - it's an egg friend that can also whistle a tune. You can also store BeepEgg right alongside your normal eggs in the refrigerator because BeepEgg is the size of a normal egg. Expect BeepEgg to last at least 18 months of egg boiling before a replace.
Taylor's Coloured Kitchen Knife Block is a thing of beauty. The five knives sit suspended in a acrylic see through knife block. We love the color variety, and the only issue we could see was not keeping your knife block clean and this looking less than see through, but that could also be a plus because you'll know the interior of your knife block is a bit dirty. Whatever the case you'll get the following knives with this killer block:
We really love this 12-ounce gravy boat that seems to exude style where most gravy boats have none. We love the patterned edge, and the mosaic tiles are bright and actually interesting. This gravy boat is both dishwasher and microwave safe, and we're pretty sure will look amazing on our summer kitchen table.
We use a BBQ Smoker Box but ours isn't as nice as this one. The current model we have is one that fits in the grill grates and is triangle shaped, but impossible to get to when wanting to add more chips. This smoker box is much better in design as it goes on top of the grill grates and allows for a bit more temperature control as you can move it around like a pan. And if you haven't added a little smoke to your ribs, chicken, or fish when grilling you're missing out.
You can also get a variety of chips like apple, mesquite, and others to change the flavor profile. We're pretty partial to our apple smoke for chicken - delicious. Make sure you soak your chips when using one of these smoker boxes because they get very hot very quick and you'll use up all your smoke before the cooking is done.
Our kitchen can be a bit cramped and that's when we thought about an under counter trash can. Problem is they just sit in there and you have to put the trash in or pull it out a bit to get the job done. This kitchen trash can with a slide-out design from simplehuman uses 13-gallon standard trash bags and makes the job easy. Simply reach in and pull the can out to get to it and slide back in. The bearings that drive the track to slide it on are even commercial grade. We're not sure how easy it is to mount, but given our success with just about every simplehuman product we're thinking it's going to work just fine.
We've been using a Bissell Sweeper for just about 4 years now because we can't seem to let go of a little carpet in our kitchen and also there's all those debris that need cleaning. It picks up just about anything a quarter inch or smaller, and is easy to put away by simply sticking it in the corner. Given you get dual dustbins inside the Bissell, you can use it for about 1/2 the week or so before emptying. It's also great to use around the house for quick pickups and it can remove a kid made cheerio mess in about 5 seconds.
We've seen just about everything a Weber grill has to offer but this one surprised us - how about a pizza oven? Yep this do it yourself pizza maniac has created an insert you can buy to work on just about any Weber Kettle Grill called the Kettle Pizza Oven. The add on allows you to keep a consistent temperature in your Weber Kettle Grill and make amazing pizza.
The Kettle Basic package costs $99, and it's made for 22.5" grills. The basic kit includes a USA made 304 grade stainless steel KettlePizza insert, hi-temp thermometer, realwood handles w/ stainless hardware, and a 15" aluminum pizza pan. We're pretty sure you can't go wrong with this extra if you love pizza, and especially fire grilled pizza with that smoky taste.
This set of 3 kitchen towels: waffel cotton, terrycloth with a ruffled hem, and printed cotton also match a Cherry Apron and Cherry Oven Mitt. We love the 50's and think this motif would suit us for a themed dinner or just fun in the kitchen. All three are 100% cotton and machine-washable.
May 2011 was another amazing month of Kitchen Contraptions - filled with kitchen gadgets, small appliances, and other kitchen wonders. We've been pretty grilling obsessed this past month, and we'll probably be even more grilling obsessed in June. Thanks again to all of our loyal readers for visiting us each day, and you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Later this summer when our fruit trees start to produce we're always overwhelmed with what to do with all those cherries, plums, and other fruit. How about make your own juice? We've never seen a steam juicer before but this 12 Quart capacity for juicing bushels of fruit and berries will make juice from just about any fruit. The kit includes lid, steamer, juice kettle, water pan, drain tube, and clamp, and is constructed of high polished aluminum. We'll just have to let you know how it goes later this Summer but this looks like it will solve the problem of all that extra fruit.