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.
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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.
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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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January 31, 2012
The Urban Cultivator is an enclosed hydroponic system designed for growing herbs and smaller vegetables indoors. A computer unit controls water, light cycles, humidity, and air circulation. All you need to do each week is add some fertilizer, and you need to eat the greens when they're ready to harvest of course.
Continue reading: "Urban Cultivator Grows Greens In Your Kitchen"
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January 30, 2012
With the iPhone app Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage you can slice, blend, and dice your way through lots of fruit and be happy with the results. If you're unfamiliar with Annoying Orange, head on over to their web site and then you'll know why you need this app to continue on in your mobile existence.
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January 27, 2012
The Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain makes juicing just about anything quick and easy. The heavy-duty compact juice fountain with centered knife blade assembly features a 700-watt motor that operates at 14,000 RPM for maximum extraction of all things juice. The extra-large 3-inch centered feed tube will fit entire limes, lemons, and even oranges. There's even a stainless-steel micro-mesh filter for keeping out the bad things you don't want in your juice.
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January 26, 2012
The SlatGrill can be rearranged to fit any backwoods cooking regime, and is one of the first rearrangeable grills we've ever seen. It costs just $110 and is also portable. Four pieces make up the base of the grill, and the slats fit in the top. All of the pieces will fit in a green bag packed flat for trekking out to your favorite camping spot.
Read More in: Grilling | Outdoor Kitchens
January 25, 2012
Look how happy this girl is in the picture, and you'll realize how happy you could be if you had the Joyoung Easy-Clean Automatic Hot Soy Milk Maker. This soy milk maker has six intelligent protection functions for safe operation, and comes with an easy to clean stainless steel jug, filter, blade, and heating element.
The Joyoung Easy-Clean Automatic Hot Soy Milk Maker makes up to 1.6 Liter of fresh milk from soy beans, rice, mung beans, and almonds. We have a young son with soy allergies, but it's nice to see you can make rice milk with this maker. This set also include their exclusive best taste NON-GMO (not genetically modified) Soybean samples of 0.3LB gift bag, and a special discount voucher to order from their soybean farm store.
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January 24, 2012
Did the Nasa Mars program just land a robotic garlic press on our countertops? We guess not but a Garlic Zoom XL did just land, and we're driving it around to garlic chopping success. How does it work? Just insert one or two peeled cloves in the trapdoor on top, close it up, and then drive your Zoom around the countertop. The stainless steel blades whizz around inside, slice and dicing the garlic.
- Clear acrylic body with stainless-steel chopping blades
- Fun for kids (the driving part! Don't let kids near the blades inside.)
- See-through design lets you see when garlic is chopped enough
- No more smelly garlic hands
- Blade unit removes for cleaning; top-rack dishwasher-safe
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January 23, 2012
The Oster 4722 Rice Cooker with Steaming Tray in red cooks a variety of food including rice, soup, fondu and even steams vegetables. You can prepare up to 10 cups of rice, and it also features a 1-liter steaming tray. There's an automatic keep warm feature, and it's very simple to use with a one touch button. We really like the red color, and the brushed look of the exterior is also a nice change over shiny plastic or just plain metal. We are eating more and more steamed vegetables this year, and we think you'll welcome the change. Don't over steam them, but steam enough to make broccoli and asparagus crispy fresh.
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