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The Amazon Gadgets Everyone Should Have In Their Kitchens In 2019

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.

1. French Fry Cutter, $64.97

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.)

2. 3-In-1 “Magic” Butter Knife, $12.95

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.

3. Stainless Steel Dumpling Mold, $14.49

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.

4. Portable Soda Dispenser, $5.53

If you’re sick of flat soda, you should definitely give this portable soda dispenser a try. All you have to do is twist the device onto your bottle and start serving up the fizz.

5. Stainless Steel Corn Peeler, $3.00

Peeling corn the old fashioned way can be a total drag, and this gadget is going to help you do that without flaw. All you have to do is rotate your cob through the device and watch the kernels fall.

6. Stainless Steel Pineapple Slicer, $5.99

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.

7. Whisk Wiper, $19.95

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.

8. Salad Bowl Cutter, $16.95

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.

9. Prepara Herb Savor Pods, $34.96

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.

10. One-Step Cake Cutter, $3.59

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.

11. No-Slip Tomato Slicer, $12.99

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.

12. Dirty-Or-Clean Dishwasher Magnet, $13.99

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.

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‘Keurig For Plants’ Runs Your Countertop Garden, No Skill Required

The future of indoor farming may already be here, in the form of a growing system that uses a Keurig-like system to grow your produce for you.

Photo courtesy of aspara

Created by aspara, this hydroponic Smart Indoor Garden will take whatever seed pod you place into the different slots and take it through the entire growth process. It uses sensors to sense levels of water, oxygen, and nutrients in plants, and knows how to regulate them to keep the plant going until it’s ready to be harvested. LED lights help to enhance and accelerate the growing process, yielding a 50% faster timeline.

The hydroponic system has a cyclic process of water and nutrients coursing through it to ensure all of the plants get the nutrients they need. As a result, you barely have to lift a finger during the growing time, as the indoor garden will take care of it for you. It’ll alert you via a smartphone app if something does need to be changed or replaced.

Photo courtesy of aspara

The Keurig pod-like capsules are designed to plug directly into the system, and guarantee a 100% germination rate, meaning the seeds will sprout to grow into produce. aspara has produced over 15 types of pods so far, with several types of lettuce, tomato, arugula, and herbs available to place into the system.

Photo courtesy of aspara

What’s most intriguing about aspara’s technology is how it could potentially revolutionize indoor farming. By making it ultra-convenient and self-regulating, it increases the opportunity for people to grow their own vegetables, which helps cut down on food waste from grocery shopping and promotes healthier lifestyles. In addition, the system uses 10% of the water typical farming methods consume, meaning it’s more sustainable and helps prevent overconsumption of natural resources.

It’ll be interesting to see just how popular this new indoor garden becomes, because if it does become ubiquitous enough, it could become a piece of technology that’s instrumental in saving the planet.

aspara’s indoor garden is currently a project on Kickstarter. It’s been fully funded, but you can still fund the campaign in specific amounts to get your own set pre-ordered for when the system launches. A pledge of $349 gets you the indoor garden, 16 seed capsules, and access to the mobile app.

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According To Butterball, You CAN Actually Microwave A Whole Turkey

This Thanksgiving season, there’s been a viral prank going around that encourages folks to text their moms asking how to microwave a 25-pound turkey. While it’s elicited some pretty funny WTF reactions that people have posted online, turns out there actually IS a way to cook the whole bird in the microwave, and it could save you a bit of time.

Butterball went on the record with TODAY Food to explain exactly how it was possible. While they recommend against it for anything over 12 pounds based on health and safety reasons, smaller birds can cook in about 2 hours time using the microwave oven properly. These are the steps they recommended:

  1. Thaw the turkey out first to room temperature, then place breast-side down in a microwave-safe dish or plate.
  2. Microwaving will happen in two stages. The first part will be at full power, for 4 minutes per pound. So, if you have a 10-pound turkey, it will take 40 minutes.
  3. Set your microwave down to half power, remove the drippings from the plate, and turn the turkey back over. Baste the skin, then microwave for 8 minutes per pound. Make sure to baste every 18 minutes, taking the turkey’s temperature in the thigh and the breast each time.
  4. When the turkey thigh reaches an internal temperature of 180-185 degrees F and the breast is at 170-175 degrees F, the turkey is done. Baste once more, then serve.

Based on these instructions, the total cooking time for a 10-pound turkey would be 2 hours, not counting time needed to baste and thaw out the bird. If you were to do it an oven, recommends about 3 hours for a similar turkey (unstuffed), so you’d save a significant amount of time using the microwave.

To make sure that the Butterball hotline wasn’t pulling the wool over our eyes on this one, we reached out to them West Wing-style, noting that we were interested in cooking a turkey in the microwave. This is the response we got:

“Butterball has not tested cooking directions over anything larger than 12 pounds. We recommend following the microwave’s manufacturer’s directions. Just make sure your thigh reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees F and your breast reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees F.”

“Microwaving a turkey under 12 lbs is an option but there are many steps. Call or email for complete directions.”

E-mailing a request for complete directions for a 10-pound turkey yielded the following recipe, which is pretty similar to the one Butterball gave to TODAY:

Many microwaves have small interiors and carousels, be sure turkey and tray fit.  Begin by evenly stabilizing turkey, breast down, with microwave-safe item, in microwave-safe dish.

To cook, follow these steps 3 to 4 times:

1) Brush back of turkey with one tablespoon of Browning Sauce*.
2) Microwave at high power for 4 minutes per pound. If no turntable, rotate at 2 minutes.
3) Remove and discard drippings (remove so microwave energy remains on turkey; discard they are partially cooked and therefore unsafe to consume).
4) Turn turkey breast up (protect fingers with paper towels).  Brush breast with one tablespoon of Browning Sauce*.
5) Microwave at medium power for 8 minutes per pound.
6) Remove and discard drippings.

After third interval, check temperatures.  If all parts not up to temperature, microwave for fourth interval and recheck temperatures to ensure breast is at 165 degrees F and thigh is at 180 degrees. F.  Cover cooked turkey with foil and let stand for 15-20 minutes before carving.

* BROWNING SAUCE:  1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup); 1/4 teaspoon paprika; 1/8 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet or Gravy Master

While the 25-pound turkey everyone is pranking their moms with isn’t a real microwave option, know that if you are in a time crunch and have a smaller bird, using the appliance might be a real option to cooking the bird faster.

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New Cooking Appliance Acts As Both An Instant Pot And Airfryer So You Don’t Have To Buy Both

The two kitchen appliances that virtually everyone owns these days are the Instant Pot and some type of airfryer. They’ve both gained popularity in recent years and have made pressure cooking and oil-free frying household techniques. Now, a new device called the “Ninja Foodi” is combining the two devices into one so you don’t have to have both crowding up kitchen space.

ninja foodiPhoto courtesy of Ninja Foodi

Scientifically, it’s a little bit strange to put together a pressure cooker and airfryer. One works off of hot steam, and the other utilizes dry air. By doing so, however, you can pull off some culinary wizardry that would be nearly impossible otherwise.

One example of this magic is the ability to cook an adequately-seared steak from frozen. After transferring the steak straight from your freezer into the Foodi, it pressure cooks it to an appropriate temperature. A “crisping lid” then blasts hot air to caramelize the outside, ensuring your steak is both browned and cooked through. Not bad for coming straight out of a cryo-sleep.

That’s not all this appliance is capable of. It has the potential to pressure cook ribs in half an hour, then crisp them and develop a sticky glaze without having to transfer to an oven. You can cook whole chickens, and the air fryer will ensure they don’t look anemic. Brunch lovers can build a frittata inside the cooker, steam it to perfection, and then broil it for a crispy brown exterior. Gameday preppers looking to get their wings done fast can also use this device to cook them straight outta the freezer bag, and even add a sauce that properly coats the wings.

The Foodi also has functions outside of the pressure cooker and airfryer combo it is. You can still do things like slow cook chili, cook rice, or even broil sausages. However, it’s that combination of the two technologies and the saving of kitchen space that really makes it stand out.

At $180, the Foodi’s cost is comparable to buying both an Instant Pot and airfryer. Thus, there’s no real economic advantage to owning one of these. However, it can still accomplish things that either of the devices it combines cannot on their own, making it a unique tool to have when trying to make a roast dinner on the fly.

If you’re interested in checking one of these out for yourself, you can find the Ninja Foodi at various retailers nationwide, as well as on Ninja’s website.