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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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 oils, mayo, 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.
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.
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.
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 boarddoesn’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.
A sandwich maker can be a treasure for people who prefer simple cooking techniques. Turns out you can cook pretty much anything with it. Not soup, but still. Check these out!
The first time I had a sandwich maker I was living in a rented apartment and I fell in love with it right away. The trouble is that, when you have a sandwich maker and you love making crispy sandwiches, you end up eating a lot of bread. And so did I. After a couple of years I realized I should eat less bread and I gave up on the sandwich maker until recently, when I bought a new one to make delicious sandwiches for my daughter. It turns out she doesn’t like toasted bread that much, so my sandwich maker quickly became a decorative piece I was only touching when I cleaned the dust. But then I realized I can make so many different things using just the sandwich maker, and without turning on the stove.
If you have a sandwich maker with interchangeable plates, you can use both the grill or triangle toaster. There are also machines that have waffle plates, and yes, we warmly recommend them.
So, lazy and creative people, using the sandwich maker for other things than sandwiches is for you! Here’s what I’ve tried until now:
7 things to do with a sandwich maker, other than sandwiches
To make fritters in your sandwich maker, you need to first whip up the mixture, like you usually do, only you won’t use the stove and way too much oil this time. So, you might say cooking with the sandwich maker is healthier, at least sometimes.
Use the triangular-shaped plates and don’t forget to grease them before adding the fritter mixture inside. We made potato fritters, but you can try other veggies too.
2. French toast
You don’t need the stove to make French toast. This delicious breakfast can be easily made in a sandwich maker. Don’t forget to butter the sandwich maker. Just do the same: make the egg mixture (with beaten eggs, milk, salt, sugar, and maybe cinnamon) and dip the bread slices in it, on both sides. While doing that, preheat the sandwich maker. When it’s hot, grease with butter on the toasting surfaces. Use a flat spatula to lift each egg-coated bread slice gently and place it into the open sandwich maker. Close it and cook until ready. It can take about 5 minutes, depending on your machine. In the beginning, you’ll need to check the French toast often, but then you’ll get used to it and know when your breakfast is golden and well-done. You can serve your French toast with sweet or salty toppings.
3. Pizza pockets
You can make pizza pockets in the sandwich maker. In fact, it’s a really quick, easy, and delicious dinner or snack idea. Just take pizza dough and roll it into squares of dough about the size of your sandwich maker plate’s size. Bigger if you use the grill, smaller (about a square slice of bread) if you use the triangles.
Spread sauce and add shredded mozzarella and salami on one square, place it into the sandwich maker, cover with the second square, close the sandwich maker and let it do its job. The secret is not adding too many toppings!
Toasting pastries in your sandwich maker is quite similar to making pizza pockets. If you have some puff pastry in your fridge, thaw it and use it as we did. We chose bacon, Cheddar cheese, and spring onion for the filling, but you can be creative with ingredients! You can even add sweet fillings, such as grated apples. You’ll get something similar to apple pie in terms of taste.
You can make an omelet in your sandwich maker if you use the triangle-shaped plates. You can also add vegetables to your quick and easy omelet.
Heat up your machine before adding the eggs to it. Add small pieces of butter, to grease the sections and, when the butter melts, pour the beaten egg into the triangles. If you’re adding cheese or vegetables, that’s the moment. Make sure they’re shredded or thinly sliced. Then close the lid and allow them to cook for a minute or two until the surface shows some browning.
6. Fried eggs
You don’t want sunny side up eggs because you want to avoid frying them in too much oil, but you also aren’t in the mood for boiled eggs? How about frying the eggs in your sandwich maker? All you need is spray oil, a spatula, and eggs. Crack the eggs in the triangular holes (you should use the plates with edges to prevent the egg from running out the sides) and cover. The eggs will be done faster than in a skillet, just make sure you preheat the machine before adding the eggs!
You can make 4 eggs at a time or make 2 eggs and 2 sandwiches. What a delicious breakfast you’ll have!
7. Sandwich maker donuts
But salty dishes aren’t the only ones you can prepare with a sandwich maker. You can make donuts even if you don’t have a donuts maker. Just make the batter by beating eggs, then add butter, vanilla, and milk. Also, add flour, baking powder, sugar, a pinch of salt, and your favorite spices. Make sure you get the right consistency.
As we always say, remember to preheat the machine first. You can spray some oil on the plates, then pour batter in the sandwich maker, using the plates with edges. Close and bake your sandwich donuts for about 3 minutes, after which you can open and check to see if they are done.
They will turn a golden brown when ready, and when you cut into them they will have a light and fluffy texture. Serve the donuts the way you like, with icing sugar, melted chocolate, honey or Nutella. Just eat them warm!
Life sometimes feels like an endless loop of grocery shopping, stocking up the fridge with the best intentions, but still feeling like there’s nothing to eat. I see the food, I recognize the food, and yet it sits there daunting and questionable. When did I buy that? Is it even good? You take a whiff, but doubt how much you can trust your nose. Plus, depending how organized you keep your fridge, food is hidden behind other food and some of it is in jars or Tupperware you’re afraid to open and quite frankly, it’s all a little bit terrifying.
It always seemed like one of those problems with no real answer. In our modern day we’re beginning to have smart-everything and now here comes the next thing we didn’t know we needed — Smarterware!
Smarterware works using a system of “SmartTags” that can be linked to Alexa. The idea is that you get back from the grocery store and grab your smart tag, say “Alexa this is a bell pepper” and it will light up green. The smart tag changes from green to yellow to red as the days pass pulling the data on the life span of food from their database (which they are updating regularly). When the food is reaching its final days you’ll receive a notification on your phone along with recipe recommendations using what you have in your fridge. No more helplessly wondering what to do with what you got, Smarterware will help you out.
For those who don’t have access to Alexa, fear not, using these does not require its assistance, as you have the option to input what food you have right through the app. Also, as their database grows, they’re not going to have everything just yet, but you can easily add any obscure food item and its lifespan.
If you’re clueless like me it will default to three days. Not only that, but you can customize your preference for food freshness in case you think certain foods just shouldn’t last that long.
By the way, this isn’t just for grocery fresh food, SmartTags are designed to stick on your Chinese takeout box, too. Ovie’s goal is to utilize what you have in a smarter way to prevent food waste in the home and eventually make a difference on a larger scale. Co-founder and head of brand for Ovie, Stacie Thompson, stated that, “Most Americans don’t know what they’re having for dinner at 4pm, but we think dinner is already in your fridge. So we want to help you find it!”
Smarterware is designed to accommodate everything in your fridge. The SmartTags can be used in a clip, on a Smarterware container, or with a small connecter that can stick to anything. There are kits available for pre-order online at ovie.life ranging from $130-$300 depending how many you need with an option to build your own kit if you’d like. Pre-orders are expected to ship in March this year.
The end of December is quickly approaching, y’all, which means it’s time to set some New Year’s resolutions. If you’re hoping to step your cooking game up next year, you might be interested in some of Amazon kitchen gadgets for 2019. Whether you’re looking for high-tech butter knives or stainless steel dumpling molds (yes, they exist), you can find ‘em online. Once you get your hands on a few of these devices, you’ll be able to channel your inner chef in no time.
Back in February 2018, the Foodbeast team rounded up 15 must-have Amazon products for your kitchen, and the list was pure fire. Between vegetable peelers, defrosting trays, “thaw claws” and more, it was packed with items that would take your kitchen to the next level. However, Amazon stepped its game up for 2019 and is currently selling gadgets that you’ll definitely see in yours and your friends’ houses this year.
Let’s get to it, shall we? Make some room on your counter, because you’re going to want to stock up on these kitchen toys ASAP.
Sure, this commercial grade french fry cutter looks like a fierce, metallic counter kitten. But, it’s also extremely efficient and will help you cut fries like a champ. Using its stainless steel rod and cast iron body, you’ll be able to easily cut ⅜” fries without breaking a sweat. Plus, it has suction feet that’ll prevent any counter slippage. (If you’re anything like me, that’s a very good thing.)
This 3-in-1 “magic” butter knife will bring your butter-spreading skills to the next level. Not only does it spread the goods, but it also grates it, slices it, or curls it. Whether you’re planning on adding butter to your bread or adding a fancy side to your steak, this knife will have you covered.
Why order takeout dumplings when you can make your own? These stainless steel molds will let you fill your dumplings with whatever your heart desires. Plus, they’ll crimp the edges of each one to give ‘em that “pie crust” aesthetic.
Cutting pineapples can be tough, but this stainless steel slicer will help you cut the juiciest pieces without the hassle. All you have to do is slice the top of the pineapple off and start twisting the blade into the fruit. It’s literally that easy.
If you’re someone who likes licking the spoon when you’re done baking, this gadget might not be for you. However, it’s great for anyone who hates cleaning in between all of the metal rods on a whisk. All you have to do is glide the device from the bottom to the top of the utensil, and it’ll collect leftover residue as it goes.
Chopping the perfect salad can be tough, but this salad cutter bowl will help you cut your lettuce like a champ. All you have to do is add your greens into the bowl, flip it over, and slide your knife through the holes on the sides of the container. Then, voila! You’ll have a perfectly chopped salad.
If you’re hoping to preserve your herbs (and make your fridge look futuristic AF), buy some Herb Savor Pods. By adding herbs to a pod and putting fresh water into the cap, you’ll triple the lives of your greens. That’s a pretty huge deal.
Cutting cake can always get a little messy, and it’s always kind of annoying to measure out everyone’s individual pieces. This one-step cake cutter eliminates that process, because it’ll help you cut the perfect piece with one swift movement.
Slicing tomatoes can get a little slippery, and this gadget will eliminate the chances of accidentally gliding the knife into your hand. All you have to do is place the tomato (or onion, or potato) into the grip and use the device’s ridges to help you cut thin slices.
If you’re stocking up on kitchen gadgets for the new year, that probably means you’re going to be doing a lot of cooking. Therefore, you’re probably also going to be doing a lot of dishes. This magnet will help you warn your fam about whether or not the dishes in your washer are clean, which will avoid the dreaded, “Are these dirty?” question.
As you can see, there are a ton of kitchen toys waiting for you — and by trying them out, you’ll be starting 2019 on a delicious note. Go ahead and set your New Year’s cooking resolutions so you can start having some fun.