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This French Press Brews Coffee In Your Car Or With Solar Power

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If you’re camping or on a road trip, a steaming pot of coffee is one of the things many of us look forward to in the morning. A new crowd-funded device could make it possible to brew your coffee from your car, or entirely on solar power.

This new coffee maker comes from GoSun, a company known for making solar-powered cooking tech — like stoves powered by the sun. Their new GoSun Brew, which launched recently on Kickstarter, combines a French press and a coffee brewer together while making power options easily accessible.

If you have a car charger port, the coffee maker can plug into that to charge. You then just need to add coffee grounds and water, heat up the device, and plunge to get that French press coffee experience.

GoSun also has a solar-charged power bank that can charge or power the coffee maker as well as charge a bunch of other devices, making it clutch for when you need your phone in the wild.

Both of these products are available as part of GoSun’s Kickstarter, which is fully funded but still actively running. The GoSun Brew is available at a pledge of $59 or more, and has a suggested market price of $99. Getting the power bank thrown in requires a pledge of $269 or more, with a suggested retail price of $499.

It’s definitely expensive in terms of both coffee makers and power banks, but the solar powered aspect, allowing you to self-charge whenever the sun is out, comes in clutch. Plus, there’s not exactly a Starbucks on every street corner when you’re on a trip — so what’s that phone charge and coffee worth to ya?!

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This Kitchen Appliance Acts As A Fridge AND Cooks Your Meals

Photo courtesy of Suvie

With the amount of work folks do these days, whether at home or braving to go into offices and factories, there’s usually not a lot of time left for meal prep.

There’s plenty of companies that capitalize like that, such as Blue Apron. Not many, however, have a device that’s capable of refrigerating and cooking your food, timed to when you want it.

Photo courtesy of Suvie

The team at Suvie has built such a device. Their combo fridge/sous vide oven can keep your food at fridge-cold temperatures, then begins cooking it to time it to whenever you program it to. Theoretically, this could let you set prepared meals in the kitchen gadget, program it to cook when you’re home from work, and not have to worry about making dinner at all.

Suvie’s appliance has multiple functions: it uses water to keep your food cold, then heats it up to start boiling and steaming to bring everything up to temperature. It can then drain that water, if you’re making something like pasta, and even broil foods like chicken or vegetables to give them caramelization and color.

Each of the four drawers inside can be controlled independently, ensuring that each part of the meal cooks to where it needs to be, rather than overcooking to whatever needs the most time.

Photo courtesy of Suvie

A device like this does come with a hefty price tag: $1,200, to be exact (there are sometimes discounts available). Suvie also does prepare a bunch of meal kits that can be delivered to your home, further removing you from the cooking process if needed.

Nonetheless, a device that can cook everything for you, as long as you stick everything in it at the beginning of the day, sounds like a potentially useful gadget for those trying to spend less time in the kitchen.

Kitchen Gadgets Technology

Futuristic ‘Smart Toaster’ Is Programmed To Perfectly Toast Baked Goods

To be honest, toasters really haven’t changed much in the past couple of decades. Thus, it was only a matter of time before we got a futuristic “smart toaster” that takes technology possible with a toaster and puts it over the top.

Photo courtesy of Revolution Cooking

Created by Revolution Cooking, the toaster comes with a touch screen that lets you control the level of browning on your bread. It even has a function that lets you see how brown the bread is without having to restart your toaster completely.

Is it extra AF? Absolutely. But, it also addresses problems with toasters that we may never really think about, and yet would welcome some pretty intriguing solutions too.

The smart toaster is designed to get a variety of baked goods, including bread, waffles, bagels, and more, to the shade of brown you want it to be. It can also customize based on whether what you throw inside is fresh, frozen, or being simply reheated, and comes with a digital or analog clock, in case you need your toaster to tell time as well.

Admittedly, the auto lowering and lifting mechanism is pretty cool, as you can see in the above video of the toaster in action.

While you can get a basic toaster for as little as $10 today, this smart toaster comes in at a whopping $300. If you’re obsessed with smart gadgets and having that level of control on your bread, however, it may well be worth the cost to you.

You can purchase the smart toaster on Revolution Cooking’s website, as well as at places like Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers and online websites.

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MAC ON TAP: Stouffer’s Unveils Mac & Cheese Tap Pour Prototype

At bars and convenience stores alike, you can find some interesting things on tap beyond beer and wine. Kombucha, nacho cheese, and chili are just some of the dispensers out there today.

Stouffer’s has made an addition to that lineup of out-there food dispensing gadgets with a tap that pours mac & cheese on anything you can imagine.

The gadget appears to be in its final phases of testing and perfecting, but Stouffer’s has built one out that they’re ready to share with the masses. How they manage to get the pressure to dispense creamy, rich mac and cheese, I don’t know, but to be able to pour out something that viscous from a dispenser is quite impressive.

Stouffer’s has yet to announce where they will be rolling this device out at, instead calling on folks to let them know on social media where they should set one of these mac and cheese “taps” up at.

This is still a prototype that hasn’t been fully unveiled, so we don’t know exactly how viable it is yet. However, if it lives up to the hype, hopefully there’s an eventual at-home purchase option too. I could see myself smothering many a food item with some custom mac if possible.

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10 DIY Food Kits for the Experiential Foodie

If you love cooking & crafting as much as we do, then you are going to dish over this list of DIY food kits. It is a beautiful feeling to put the newly remodeled kitchen to work and serve up special home-made products that were crafted by your own two hands. You thought you had an obsession with cheese until you made it from scratch and really TRULY enjoyed a cheese board. DIY food kits exist to help you be the best self-proclaimed chef in your sanctuary, bragging rights included. So if you’ve ever thought about growing your own mushrooms or making your own beer, then we get you … the passion for the culinary lifestyle is real! 

1. Kombucha from Cultures for Health—$40

diy food kit

Up your booch game by crafting it yourself! I mean … if this isn’t a cool time-lapse idea, we don’t know what is. If you ever wondered how this stuff was made, Cultures for Health gives you the low-down with a hands-on approach. And for those of you who don’t know what kombucha is … the Oxford English Dictionary online defines “kombucha” as “A beverage produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria.” Advocates say it helps your digestion, rids your body of toxins, and boosts your energy, according to WebMD.

2. Mushrooms from Back to the Roots—$20

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If you love the umami flavor of mushrooms so much that you eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, then this kit has your name on it. Imagine yourself growing your very own organic oyster mushroom farm, where you just add water and you end up creating really delicious organic gourmet mushrooms from home — in just 10 days! It’s environmentally conscious to buy local and organic produce, but even better to grow your own.

3. Hot Sauce from Tastemade —$40

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The hottest way to spice up Taco Tuesday in your kitchen right now is to make your very own hot sauce. Bring the ice cold glass of milk with your specialty prepared hot sauce … because things are about to get spicy tonight! This kit brings the flavor game to taco night, celebrating the complex flavors of guajillo peppers, chipotle peppers, and arbol peppers.

4. Bitters from High Desert Botanicals on Etsy—$50

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Craft cocktails are all about the bitters, and you know you love it when a bartender divulges that it’s made in-house … that you love it that much more. Learn how to make your own and stock up your bar cart entirely your way. High Desert Botanicals was inspired to create bitters from home due to her love of cocktails but stumbled upon the struggle of finding the best seeds and roots in local markets or the reasonable amount of quantities online. She put together these kits to help people experiment with herbs and have fun with it. Happy mixing!

5. Beer from Williams Sonoma—$50

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Brewing ale from home is the perfect way to turn your love for IPAs into a  hoppy hobby. Go beyond the barrel and learn how to be a part of the craft! Cheers!

6-7. Wine and Cheese from Uncommon Goods—$60/25

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Forget romantic getaways to your local vineyard, and impress your significant other from home. Take a cheese and wine night to the next level with a charcuterie board prepared from these impressive Uncommon Goods kits.

8. Bacon from Urban Accents—$15

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What’s better than the smell of sizzling bacon in the morning? Bacon that you prepared yourself! Urban Accent’s bacon kit has everything set up for you to be an expert meat curer to top off the most important meal of the day.

9. Sushi from Global Grub—$25

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If you’re a fan of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, then you understand the pride that goes into preparing global dishes. Carley from Global Grub had the same vision to bring family and friends together with her food kits to prepare dishes she loved while traveling. Make a party out of it and roll in the sushi prepping!

10. Gin from Homemade Gin—$50

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The Homemade Gin kit is perfect for any amateur mixologist looking to craft their own gin.  Here’s how it works:  Obtain a generic bottle of vodka, infuse it with a balanced blend of botanicals and aromatics provided by Homemade Gin, and wait 36 hours. Voila!  You have the perfect cocktail base to wow guests at your next dinner party.

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Article by Elena Perez for Sauté Magazine. Read the original article here.

Hit-Or-Miss Kitchen Gadgets Sustainability Technology

This New Cooler Is Powered By The Sun, So Forget About Those Soggy Ice Bags

Summer is finally on its way, which means you probably have a few beach days or barbecues in the works. (Hooray, warm weather!) Before you pack your old cooler with soggy bags of ice, check out the GoSun Chill. It’s a solar-powered cooler that doesn’t require any ice at all (seriously), which means you can pack your frozen goods without squeezing them into piles of melting cubes. Yup, that means you can kiss the days of wet food and overflowing coolers goodbye.

The GoSun Chill was announced on May 7 by GoSun, the company behind those solar cookers you know and love. Similar to GoSun’s ovens and grills, the Chill can be powered by the sun. Yes, that means you won’t have to stop at the grocery store for three bags of ice on your way to the beach. Instead, you can charge up your GoSun Chill cooler using solar energy.

Thankfully, charging the GoSun Chill is really easy. TBH, there are a few ways you can do it — but I’ll start with the solar option. (That’s the point, isn’t it?) According to GoSun, the cooler’s Lithium Powerbank (which powers the device) can be charged with a solar table or a solar panel. Thankfully, both devices come with the purchase of a GoSun Chill, which means you can pick whichever one is more convenient for you.

Once your Powerbank is charged, it’ll run your cooler for up to 14 hours in 80-degree weather. So, yes, it’s safe to say that your beers will stay cold (even during those long, steamy beach days).

Courtesy of GoSun

The Lithium Powerbank can also be charged with an AC Adapter (aka a wall outlet), which leads me to my next point. If you’d rather bypass the whole “solar” part, you can use an AC Adapter or 12 Volt Cord to plug your cooler directly into your outlet or car. That way, you won’t need a charged Powerbank to run your mini fridge.

Even so, using the Lithium Powerbank sounds like a pretty convenient option. In addition to powering your GoSun Chill, the Powerbank can be used to charge cell phones and laptops (thanks to its convenient USB ports). Therefore, if you need a quick charge during your camping trip, go ahead and use the Lithium Powerbank after cooling down your Chill.

Courtesy of GoSun

If you want to give the GoSun Chill a try, you can order one for $479 on Indiegogo. However they probably won’t be shipped until August 2019 — so plan your summer beach days accordingly.

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4 Foods You Should Absolutely Avoid Pouring Down The Drain

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Who wants to have a clogged kitchen sink? It’s really annoying and an inconvenience. Isn’t it better if you just develop some healthy habits around your sink and find out which things you should never pour down the drain?

It doesn’t matter if you have a garbage disposal or not. Some things should not be poured down the drain, period. I usually feel like I would much rather protect everything in my kitchen than to end up having to take a day off and get a plumber or have to handle weird smells coming from my drain.

I am not a huge fan of surprises on the home front and I prefer to be careful about these things. Especially since I am a woman living alone and I have to just handle every bit of unpredictable myself. That’s why I’ve researched what kind of foods should be disposed of properly. Here they are.

4 things to never pour down the drain

1. Greasy and fatty things

Whatever has a high-fat content should stay away from your drain. Whether we’re talking about melted butter, margarine, grease, and other fats, you should make sure to get rid of them in other ways. This includes any type of cooking oilsmayo, and whatever greasy salad dressing you might have made.

That’s because they can build over time and create barriers that have water resistance. And that means annoying clogging.

2. Coffee grounds

Sure, doesn’t it seem like a simple way to clean your French press, just rinsing it down with a stream of water and then putting it out to dry? Yeah, let me tell you I have made that mistake in the past. But coffee groundsaren’t soluble in water, which means there’s a pretty significant chance they stick to your pipes, especially if you haven’t completely respected point number one. Coffee grounds should never be poured down the drain because the combo of them and grease can spell catastrophe.

Collect them with a spoon, if you can, and compost them if you do that. Otherwise, just throw them in the trash, in bags.

Avoid Clogging: Things to Never Pour Down the Drain
Coffee grounds tend to stick to the grease in your pipes and clump together.

3. Rice and pasta

Sure, rice granules don’t seem like a very dangerous thing to end up down the drain. The problem is that when in contact with water, they tend to absorb it and grow in size. If you’re cooking a lot of rice, they could build up together and form an impenetrable and moist barrier against the water.

It’s quite the same with pasta, too, when you’re draining the pasta water, make sure none of the pasta escapes the sieve and goes on to clog your pipes.

4. Flour

What do you get when you mix flour and water? Think about it carefully and take doughs as an example. It gets really sticky in your hands and so it does in your pipes. The result is pretty much something that has the consistency and adhesive properties of glue. Not something you want in your drain, that’s for sure.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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The 5 Dirtiest Kitchen Items, And How To Clean Them

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You may not believe which are the dirtiest things in the kitchen! Some of them can be cleaned, but some you’ll just have to throw away!  

If you think your entryway or bathroom is the dirtiest room in your house, you’re wrong. Usually, the dirtiest things are in your kitchen, no matter how often you clean there. Why is it that important to know which are the dirtiest things in the kitchen? You might ask. And we’re here to answer: because that way you’ll know you should clean those things more often, with more attention or even special substances. You should also consider if it’s time to replace some of them.

5 of the dirtiest things in the kitchen

1. Dishwashing sponge

This is not one of the dirtiest things in the kitchen, but the dirtiest THING in the kitchen. Because the dishwashing sponge is the worst of all, it’s number one, the king, the diva of the dirtiness. The washing sponge collects so many germs that you should change it once or twice a week.

According to a new study reported by The New York Times, there is no way to sanitize it. So, throw it in the trash and get a new one more often!

2. Kitchen dish towels

Your hand towel is not dirtier than your kitchen dish towels. One of the reasons is you probably change the hand towels more often than the kitchen ones. Instead of cleaning your kitchen counters by wiping them down with a kitchen towel, you’re probably just spreading the bacteria.

Even if it sounds like too much, you should use a different dish towel every day of the week. Then, at the end of the week, wash them at high temperature and add a small amount of bleach to the water or machine.

3. Salt and pepper shakers

Let’s be honest, how often do you wash your salt and pepper shakers? I’m lucky that they sometimes slip out of my hands and they break. Otherwise, I don’t remember the last time I washed them. Salt and pepper shakers are some of the dirtiest things in the kitchen because they are among the most touched objects in the kitchen.

Before filling them up again, put them in your dishwasher or wash them in high-temperature water. Don’t just hand wash them. Hot water must get to a temperature of 140 degrees F in order to sterilize them. Also, in between washing them, clean their outside with antibacterial wipes.

4. Kitchen handles

Oh, besides salt and pepper shakers, the kitchen handles are also very often touched. The refrigerator, dishwasher, cabinets, and pantry door handles are among the dirtiest things in the kitchen too. So, while you’re waiting for your food to cook, clean the handles with disinfecting wipes. Also, buy a sanitizer and use it once a week, it’s not very time-consuming!

5. Cutting board

Not only hand washing the cutting board doesn’t clean much of it, but you might contaminate other things too if you’re not sterilizing it. Why is that? Well, after cutting up chicken or any other meat, you risk contaminating any food item that touches that surface.

Wood has a surface that’s difficult to clean, especially since you can’t wash it in the dishwasher. High-heat temperatures and bleach can ruin a wood cutting board.

It’s better to use wood for cutting veggies. For meat, use plastic cutting boards. To clean plastic cutting boards, just throw them in the dishwasher. For wood, use quaternary ammonium sanitizer.

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Article by Raluca Cristian from So Delicious. View the original article here.