October 21, 2005
Juice pressed out a machine does in fact taste better. We've had this juicer in our kitchen since we first read about it at productdose.com and in the LA Times article. We love fresh pressed grapefruit juice and sometimes a nice mix of orange and grapefruit some times.
As an article in the LA Times this morning declared, “We don’t know why, and science can’t seem to explain it, but the juice out of a press just tastes better.” Try it and you’ll believe us. We recommend the Metrokane All Chrome Mighty OJ Juicer. The juicer leverages 600 lbs of pressure and it comes with a lifetime warranty. Do yourself a favor and get juicing.
At Metrokane Mighty Mini Bar Juicer and at TableTools
Heat water up to 50% faster than traditional tea kettles with the Ottoni stovetop water kettle. The specially designed base is built to focus the heat and assist in boiling water faster. With an elegant wood handle and design, the Ottoni water kettle is a true example of combining design with functionality. We like how it looks both regal and also like a weird wedding cake with a spout on the side.
At Bodum Ottoni Stovetop Kettle
What's not to love about a bacon press and pancake rings? We often want our bacon flat and our pancakes round but we also love to have out eggs come out round for a nice homemade egg mc muffin. This heavy-duty 3-piece set includes a cast-iron bacon press and two chromed-steel rings. The 6 ¾" x 4", heavy-weight press keeps bacon strips from curling as they cook, while the two 4" diameter rings create perfectly round fried eggs and pancakes.
At Bacon Press with Egg / Pancake Rings
October 20, 2005
I have a hive modern on this morning. The Maple Wood pepper mill from Ettore Sottsass is simply amazing. Alessi makes it but they sure didn't design this one. The pepper mill is a piece of art in its own right and makes quick-work of your gourmet peppercorns.
October 18, 2005
We are on a clear tear this morning! This tamper is formed of high grade stainless steel has a convex tamping surface and a colored acrylic handle with a stainless steel crown. We love the dreamy blue middle that seems like a warp core from Star Trek and harkens to the future of tamping devices everywhere! The clear espresso tamper is dishwasher safe and fits espresso and coffee machines from: Astoria, Astra, Azykoyen, Bezzera, Brasilia, Bravo, Bunn, Caramali, Cimbali, Compak, Conti, ECM/ Giotto, Elektra, Expobar, Faema, Futurmat, Gaggia, Grimac, Isomac, La Marzocco, La Valentina, Magister, Nuova Simonelli, Pasquini, Rancilio, Rio, Salvatore, VBM, VFA, Wega and more...
At Blue Espresso Hand Tamper/ Coffee Tamp
Now this makes sense - why hide your bread when you can see it and also know the mold factor! One part traditional, one part new. This bread box is unique in that it's part wood, part acrylic. The bottom, sides and back are made of finely finished maple; the top and lid are acrylic, joined by hinges that open wide for storing and retrieving fresh breads, rolls and other baked items.
At Clear Solutions Breadbox
October 17, 2005
It's about time we got a less annoying kitchen timer than the one built into our stove. It's so relentless. It just keeps beeping and making a fuss when we don't get up to check what we've timed. I think this little timer from Alessi might be a bit more forgiving and it looks like the snout of a mouse combined with a top.
October 13, 2005
Some mornings we find a gadget that blows our mind. It's not that the kitchen contraption is so amazing - it's just amazingly simple. The Zevro Perfetto™ Pasta Cooker is such a product. How many times have you cooked pasta and jammed the pasta down the sides of the pot trying to get it cook. Now you can save up to 70% of energy and up to 50% of water by using Perfetto™ compared to cooking pasta in a traditional pot. Only 1 liter (slightly more than 1 quart or 32 fluid ounces) of water is needed and there's no need to stir or watch the pasta while cooking. Plus there's no risk of water boiling over while cooking pasta. Best of all? You can store pasta in it when not using it to cook pasta. Brilliant!
At Zevro Perfetto™ Pasta Cooker
We think it might be the week of chrome and silver here at Kitchen Contraptions. I'm pretty sure we've covered no less than 10 things in this week that come in brushed nickel or stainless steel. You've got to love the Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Gift Set. It's just the same old great Metrokan Rabbit wine opener but now in a brushed silver.
This powerful, award-winning tool effortlessly extracts the cork from any wine bottle in 3 seconds with simple lever action. Handles with comfortable rubberized padding easily clamp onto a bottle's neck; the lever drives the tough worm into the cork with a push and then pulls the cork out cleanly with a simple pull. Releasing the cork involves the same action, only with the handles clamped onto the cork.
This model of the Rabbit has a velvety, silver finish, as do the four tools accompanying it. The tools include a squeeze-and-twist foil cutter to strip away the foil covering a cork, a drip-stop ring that fits onto any size wine bottle to prevent stains on table linen, a sealer that twists so tightly into any size bottle's neck it preserves even Champagne bubbles, and a "wax whacker" that flips the wax tablet off a wine cork. Also included is a replacement worm--the installed worm wears out after 20,000 or so corks.
At Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Gift Set
October 12, 2005
We love our wine and love to know what's in our wine collection. Typically we really want to know what we've had for wine and whether or not we've liked it. The Wine Collector 150 is for the person who's serious about their wine collection.
The machine uses Bluetooth wireless technology to allow you to scan the retail barcode on the label of your bottles for automatic identification of the name, varietal, winery, country, type, color, region, and more. Included software can automatically calculate optimal maturity periods, print detailed reports, and lets you add your own custom ratings. When you've finished the bottle, just scan it again to take it off the list.
Via Uncrate at Wine Collector 150