February 29, 2012
We promise this will be our last iced tea maker for the foreseeable future, but we really liked the look and features of this iced tea maker as well. The West Bend Iced-tea maker with timed brewing and steeping settings has a reusable stainless-steel filter that works with both bagged and loose tea. It also features a brew-strength selector, removable sweetener chamber, and has a 2-3/4-quart plastic pitcher. The Auto shut-off will help make you not worry you left the iced tea maker on, and the drip tray for quick cleanup makes wanting to use it over and over an easy decision.
At West Bend 68303 2-3/4-Quart Iced-Tea Maker
February 28, 2012
We thought we'd feature another iced tea maker as an alternative to yesterday's tea maker. This 2-1/2-quart iced-tea maker works with loose or bagged tea and has a really nice design. The water window in reservoir, and adjustable brew strength along with a permanent filter make this a tough iced tea offering to beat. There's a simple on/off button with power indicator light, and the iced teat maker has an auto shut-off for safety. The pitcher is also dishwasher safe.
At Oster BVST-TM23 2-1/2-Quart Iced-Tea Maker
February 27, 2012
All we really know is that it's February here at Kitchen Contraptions, and yes it's cold here in the Northeast, but we drink iced tea all year round. We also know for many people in the US and abroad it's summer or spring all year long - perfect for iced tea.
This slim, 2-quart pitcher fits in refrigerator door, and there's an adjustable brew-strength selector to get the iced tea in your flavor range. This iced tea maker will also make fresh-brewed iced tea from leaves or bags in under 10-minutes.
At Hamilton Beach 40911 2-Quart Electric Iced Tea Maker
February 24, 2012
The Babycakes CP-12 Cake Pop Maker can bake 12 cake pops or doughnut holes in minutes, and the nonstick baking plates produce ideal results and easy clean up. The set includes a plastic cake pop stand, fork tool, 50 cake pop sticks and recipes.
February 23, 2012
You might call us crazy, but in our kitchen we always have a vacuum at the ready for those big messes like after baking. This upright vacuum cleaner with Dyson Ball technology for smooth steering gets your kitchen floors clean fast. The root cyclone technology ensures no clogging or loss of suction, and it's effective for all floor types like wood, or carpets. The telescope Reach wand cleans up countertops quickly, and the HEPA filter keeps this vacuum certified asthma friendly.
At Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner
February 22, 2012
We're always on the lookout for a trivet that is both beautiful and functional. This set of two bamboo trivets is constructed of high quality Moso bamboo, and has grooves in both the round and square trivet to keep hot pots in place. The round trivet measures 8-inch in diameter, and the square trivet is 8-inch squared while each trivet is 1/2-inch thick.
At Totally Bamboo Lattice Trivets
February 21, 2012
Vinotemp 2- Drawer Wine and Beverage Cooler is perfect for those of us that have both wine and beverage can needs. The Vinotemp can hold 12 bottles in the lower zone and 24 cans in the upper zone. The external temperature control panel with digital display allows you to easily set the optimal temperature for storing beverages.
Continue reading: "Vinotemp 2- Drawer Wine and Beverage Cooler"
February 20, 2012
It's time for a little dinner theater while you clean up those dishes. DISH PLAY PUPPET DISH GLOVES will do teh work, and stay engaged with the dish audience the entire night. These 100% latex gloves with flocked lining are Nontoxic, and have durable printing to last for many sold out performances.
February 17, 2012
These smiling peas will make you remember the early times with that loved on in your life. You can celebrate such times by seeing these two peas in a pod every night at dinner time.
At TWO PEAS IN A POD SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS
February 16, 2012
Keep your cookies safe from all of those humans in your life with this UFO COOKIE JAR. The cookie jar features lights that run on AA batteries, and also help you find the cookie jar in the middle of the night.
These modular kitchen tools will build upon each other allowing you to put them away or create Spoontula - a super spoon with more kitchen functionality than you need. There are four sets to choose from at $16 each. Each set has redesigns of forks, spatulas, and even spoons. Their bent handles make them easier to use in deeper pots, and a special groove near the top allows them to be combined and used as serving tools.
February 15, 2012
The portable kitchen hob, called the O table, is available in multiple colors and has already grabbed an IF design award. The device is controlled using a "groove touch pad" which you can draw a circle on to control the thermal output of the hob. Pan detection technology and boil pover preventative gadgets are all commonplace in this portable cooker.
The O table is available in Capri Blue, Ruby Red, Mint Green, Stylish Black and Cream White.
February 14, 2012
Sure it's Valentine's Day and it may be a little late for fondue in your day, but we think maybe you'll get one so that next year you'll be that romantic kitchen geek anyone could love. This electric fondue set is suitable for chocolate, cheese, broth or oil includes base, bowl, temperature probe, 8 fondue forks, and fork rack. The brushed stainless-steel 3-quart bowl with nonstick interior has a removable temperature control that's adjustable for a wide range of recipes.
We're partial to oil and meat dipping, but if chocolate is your game make sure and get both savory bits and sweet bits for dipping.
At Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker
February 13, 2012
These Kotobuki Plastic Rabbit and Bear Egg Molds shape hard-boiled eggs into rabbit or bear faces. The easy-to-use mold works like magic on a just-cooked egg.
Continue reading: "Kotobuki Plastic Rabbit and Bear Egg Molds"
February 10, 2012
With a concealed cord holder for tidy storage, the Bodum Bistro Two Speed Juicer has a drip free pour spout that prevents sticky messes. It also features a high clearance pour spout for tall glasses, and comes with two juice glasses and glass carafe. We simply love the chartreuse green color, and with this juicer in your life things have got to be brighter and more fun.
February 9, 2012
We're not big on heart shaped pots and pans but maybe we can start to be if they're made like this one. The Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 2-Quart Heart Casserole can be used in the oven or on the stovetop, and features enameled cast iron that efficiently conducts and retains heat. The heart heavy, tight-fitting lid is well - heart shaped, and the knob on the lid is ovenproof to 450 degrees F.
February 8, 2012
We love recycling concepts, and KooiJ takes old refrigerators, which have been ground up into tiny bits, melts them down, and then sets Fanuc to work layering the melted waste into beautiful creations.
Continue reading: "Cool Chairs Made From Old Refrigerators"
February 7, 2012
You can keep your kitchen and family organized with special apps made for your refrigerator that showcase themselves on the 8" LCD touch screen. From Pandora to Twitter you can also stay up to date with all your family activities with Google Calendar. There's even access to hundreds of recipes from Epicurious, plus, get the latest weather and news via Weather Bug and Associated Press.
The fridge is also WiFi-enabled, and has 28.0 Cu. Ft. of storage guarded by french doors that have the Samsung Thru-the-Door Ice and Water feature.
At Samsung Refrigerator with LCD Screen and Thru-Door Water and Ice
February 6, 2012
Our good friend and blogger Jason Butler has recently taken up the task of writing 39 essays in 1 year, and one of them is his take on The Joy of an Induction Stove. He's an avid fan of an induction cooktop, and we think his thoughts from someone who uses one 2-3 times a day are hard to find and amazing to get.
- It’s incredibly fast. It boils water in less than half the time of our old electric stove, and faster than our gas one. You grow to love this.
- Our cooktop is a smooth surface that wipes clean easily. I used to have chase crumbs and spills down the burners, and scrape the grates and the electric coils. This stovetop is so much easier.
- The rest of the stovetop doesn’t get hot when things are cooking, and the stove itself cools down very quickly. (It still stays warm for a couple of minutes after you take the pot off, so you still have a pay a little attention.)
- In order to use an induction cooktop, you need pots and pans that are magnetic. In general, this means that you should stick with stainless steel and cast iron cookery. Aluminum, copper and glass pots won’t work.
February 3, 2012
The Urbano Eco Trash Can is the winner of the 2005 Pratt Product Design Competition, and it deserves it. This recycling focused trash can allows you to store and reuse the plastic bags that you collect from shopping. Simply loop trash bags around the cut-out sides and push them all the way down. This creates a visual of stacked handles all along the side, and shows you how many bags you have left to use. When you are ready to use one, just move it up to the handles and hook so that it won't fall in on itself. Made in the USA.
We've since switched to getting either paper or using our own bags when we remember as we're not perfect. However we still get a bag or two that's plastic here or there, and right now store them in our simplehuman bag holder. This would just make more sense for the kitchen and the bathrooms instead of storing them for some possible use in the future.
February 2, 2012
Sometimes you need a kitchen contraption to go, and the American Weigh Signature Series Black Digital Pocket Scale allows you to do just that. If your'e like me you want to know portions when at the office or on the go, and having a pocket scale might sound nuts but it's not. When starting any diet off you need to re-learn portion size and having a durable and compact digital pocket scale for easy portability makes the task easy.
This pocket scale weighs items up to 1000 grams in 0.1 gram increments, and has an easy-to-read, backlit LCD display. The stainless-steel weighing surface is smooth and easy to clean, and the entire scale is powered by 2 AAA batteries, and a set of which comes included. So get your weight loss or portion control New Year's resolution off to a better start with this pocket scale.
February 1, 2012
January 2012 was another amazing month of Kitchen Contraptions - filled with kitchen gadgets, small appliances, and other kitchen wonders.
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