February 15, 2011
We think it's time to hack your slow cooker to cultivate your own delicious home made yogurt. Sure you can purchase a yogurt machine for home, but you pay a premium and they don't often do the entire process - meaning heat and sterilize. Over at Make magazine Chris Reilly decided to experiment with using an Arduino chip to control the thermostat of a slow cooker and turn it into an all-in-one yogurt making machine.
Via Lifehacker at Yobot Arduino Yogurt Maker
February 4, 2011
Spoons can make a mess when cooking, simmering, and sipping is involved. These clamp bots that look like Pac-man attacking a spoon will help with the mess. We think this is a great alternative and space saver over a spoon rest that sits on the counter.
Via Gizmodiva at ObjectM
January 27, 2011
We use one of these to measure the temp in our teas we brew, but they're really great for meats, candies, and other cooking in your kitchen. This water-proof thermometer displays an easy-to-read 4-digit LCD readout on a 1-inch dial, and the 5-inch stainless-steel stem stores in an antibacterial storage and carrying sleeve. Temperature range is from -40 to 450 degrees F, and -40 to 230 degrees C, and an on/off button protects the life of the battery.
At Taylor 9842 Commercial Waterproof Digital Thermometer
January 26, 2011
We've always had a Misto in our kitchen, and we love having it to mist olive oil onto pans while cooking, and other items we're prepping like muffins and breads. You simply pump the Misto after filling with olive oil to make the Misto work. You can also use your favorite vegetable oil as well in it.
At Misto M100S Gourmet Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer
January 12, 2011
The Oransi Ionic Fridge air purifier cleans the air in your refrigerator so it smells amazing by emitting ozone. We've been using it in our fridge here in the Kitchen Contraptions test kitchen over the holidays and into the new year and love it. There is a fresh difference and we think the difference is even a little better than our baking soda in a box we typically use. It's also very compact and can be put anywhere in the fridge to keep it fresh.
- Patented Piezo-electric ionizer (ozone safe - 0.011 ppm, that’s more than 78% below the FDA limit)
- Micro CPU controls the operation of the air purifier to cycle between on/off mode
- LED display indicates mode of operation
- Noise Level: Silent
We never thought there would be an ozone unit that would work in our fridge, and now we're happy to share it with you. Thanks to Oransi for sending this over for us to review.
At Oransi Fridge air purifier
December 27, 2010
If you're going to make a meal with garlic, you're going to need a commercial quality garlic press, and this one from Parderno is one of the best we've tried. The stainless steel construction has a comfortable grip, and it's easy to use once you've got your garlic cloves. We've had more complicated presses, and we just like this classic design because it doesn't get all gummed up and works consistently.
At Paderno World Cuisine Garlic Press
December 23, 2010
We've been using the Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator for over a year now, and we really enjoy the difference in a budget wine. The big difference is in the flavor right away, and of you do and A/B test you'll notice the wine just tastes better.
- Easily and conveniently enhances the flavor, bouquet, and finish of any wine
- Patent-pending design speeds up breathing process by instantly aerating in the time it takes to pour a glass of wine
- Hold aerator over glass and pour wine through for instant aeration; mixes proper amount of air in right amount of time
- Made of acrylic, the aerator has a no-drip stand and a handy travel pouch
- Measures 6 inches high by 2 inches wide; safe to clean in the dishwasher
At Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator
December 20, 2010
You can never have too many measuring cupss, and this comprehensive 19-piece kitchen measuring set in red, white and gray has both standard and metric measurements. The large handles provide a more secure grip, and all pieces are dishwasher safe
- Cup measurements: 1/8, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 1, 1-1/2, 1-3/4, and 2 cups
- Spoon measurements: 1/32 tsp, 1/16 tsp, 1/8 tsp, 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 2 tsp, 1/2 Tbls, and 1 Tbls
At Progressive GT-3520 International 19-Piece Measuring Cup and Spoon Set
December 8, 2010
This multi-purpose snap-together kitchen gadget is available to purchase. Typically we see these devices of the future and they never come to be, but you can purchase this one. Why? The creators are a small design team that takes bids on winning designs you choose to sponsor. We think the Click and Cook must have been a no brainer. We're tired of having a bucket full of utensils when we only ever use 2-3 tops when cooking.
Via Gizmodo at Click and Cook
December 2, 2010
This set of 6 dry measuring cups made in the shapes of traditional Russian matroyshkas even nest like Russian dolls for easy storage, and they're easy to find in any drawer or cupboard. The 6-cup set includes 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, 2/3 cup, 3/4 cup, and 1-cup sizes. Made with heavy-duty construction, the cups are built to use and to last.
They are food safe and come in a full-color gift box.
At Fred M Cup Measuring Matroyshkas