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15 Amazon Products Our Kitchen Needs ASAP

It’s been a minute since the Foodbeast editorial team has been together in the same room outside of our office.

With dynamic and busy travel production schedules, like eating pasta in Verona, or all-you-can-eat riblets at Applebee’s, hosting Noodle festivals, or revisiting Hooters to see how men interact with the boobsteraunt in the current social climate — we rarely get to sit and cook together.

Thank goodness for a chance delivery of steaks to Elie’s house. If there’s one thing everyone on our writing team can bond over, it’s a good ole fashioned steak. Boy do we love steak.

Foodbeast team members Reach, Constantine, Isai, and myself all posted up for the day at Elie Ayrouth’s bachelor pad.

Elie, who pretty much just goes home to sleep, only had the bare essentials for us to work with in the kitchen.

Though mad appreciative of the burrito-busting writer lending us his house and kitchen for the day, we couldn’t help but wish we had a few things items and gadgets to make our lives just a tiny bit easier in the kitchen.


Disposable Gloves

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Working with raw meat all day, and pounding away at a laptop can be tricky. You’re not going to want to keep rewashing your hands over and over again. Some disposable gloves would have saved us a ton of water and paper towels throughout the day.

Price: $16.87 (1,000 Count)

Vegetable Peeler

There a few things you don’t really need to scrimp out on when it comes to the kitchen. A good knife is one, and a good vegetable peeler is another.

Price: $8.99

Defrosting Tray

We set aside some pots and pans to help defrost the frozen meat. Unfortunately, we needed to use some of that cookware after a while. Having a few defroster trays on deck would have freed up some.

Price: $15.95

Thaw Claw

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Since we pretty much needed the meat to defrost ASAP, Costa also recommended a Thaw Claw. The purpose of the claw holds down the frozen meat and submerges it under water – allowing it to thaw several times faster.

Costa explains:

You want the meat fully submerged because it gives you an even distribution of “heat” to help thaw out the meat not just more evenly, but more quickly since water absorbs and gives off heat very well compared to air.

It’s nice having a food scientist on deck in the kitchen. Everyone should get one.

Thaw Claw Price: $11.95

Costa: Priceless

Onion Chopper

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Arguably one of the most extra appliances we’ve seen so far, this onion chopper takes the tears and the mess out of dicing one of the most essential ingredients. It’ll also store the onions for you for future use.

Price: $22.87

Steamer

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Reach came across a problem when he was making his purple cauliflower puree. He boiled it too long.

I wish we had a steamer, because boiling this cauliflower took a lot of the color out.

While the dish still looked and tasted phenomenal, that extra vibrance would have added that extra bit of pop to Reach’s dish. Still, not bad.

Price: $23.06

Steak Knives

There were a few knife options in Elie’s kitchen. For presentation purposes, however, we would have loved to have some steak knives on deck to slice through the meat like butter.

Price: $66.47

Food Processor

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I think Reach made his cauliflower puree in a blender, but a multi-functioned food processor would probably have given him less of a headache.

Price: $34.88

Roasting Oven

Whether we were roasting Brussel sprouts, artichokes, or a giant slab of tri-tip, a roasting oven would have saved us a ton of time switching back and forth from the kitchen oven.

Price: $40.52

Fire extinguisher

Constantine’s mushroom sauce was easily one of the highlights of the day’s cooking session. One of the steps he took was flambeing the sauce.

Unfortunately for Elie, we didn’t have a fire extinguisher on had in the event Costa burned the house down. Should probably add one to the list for good measure.

Price: $15.29

Skewers

Bacon-wrapped beef medallions as stunning as the ones Constatine prepared were 99 percent perfect. All they really needed were some skewers to hold the bacon together with the beef.

Price: $5.29 (300 Piece)

Snap n Strain

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Where was this when I was growing up? The Snap and Strain would have really helped keep those stray mushrooms and broccoli florets from falling into the sink while I was on vegetable duty.

Price: $15.99

Meat Thermometer

A crucial element to cooking meat is to know when it’s ready, as to not over cook it. Having a meat thermometer on hand would have given us that safety net we needed to know when to pull our beef from the heat.

We pretty much just eyeballed it.

Price: $12.99

Cutting Boards

Five guys in a kitchen can get pretty crowded. Elie only had two cutting boards for us to work with: one for raw meat and the other for vegetables. Just having a few extras would have helped.

Price:$17.99

Gas Grill

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In Elie’s back yard, there was actually a pretty solid gas grill we threw the flap and picanha cuts in. No complaints there. I just want one for myself now.

Price: $399.00


While our lives would have been much easier with these appliances, I have to say, our results did not look too shabby. You can read more about our exports that day (along with some stunning photography by yours truly) in a post soon to come.

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10 Useful Amazon Kitchen Products That Cost $5 Or Less

We’re plenty guilty of surfing through Amazon and buying a ton of unnecessary things from the online retailer. Quite a few of them, actually, are things to litter our kitchens with. So when an inexpensive kitchen gadget that makes our cooking experience much easier comes along, we kind of throw caution to the wind and go for it.

Fully realizing that all too common scenario, here are ten kitchen toys we found on Amazon that are less than $5. Our apologies ahead of time for any discomfort you might feel in your wallets.

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Onion Holder Slicer

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To the uninitiated, chopping an onion can be one of the most difficult tasks in the kitchen. Still, we hold back tears and risk bloody fingers just to dice that little bastard, because almost everything tastes better with onions.

Having an onion holder on deck assures that our fingers won’t accidentally slip and get sliced while we get to work. The tears, however, will probably be there.

Price: $3.25

Avocado Peeler & Cutter

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Sure, you could learn how to properly peel and cut an avocado with a regular knife, or even a paring knife, but then you couldn’t play around with this nifty green gadget.

The avocado peeler and cutter will do exactly what the name mentions in a few extra steps less than if you are to use a knife. Anything to get that guac started.

Price: $2.60

Finger Protector

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Anyone who has ever sliced their finger while prepping vegetables will know the value of practice… or a finger protector.

This gadget will protect your digits as if they were a mother bear protecting her cubs.

$1.79

Hot Dog Cutters

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Your bored, uninspired hot dogs have left you wanting more when it comes to barbecuing. Luckily, this hot dog spiraling device will ensure that your wieners get the pizzazz they’ve been desperately needing.

Price: $4.20

Mayo Knife

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One of our biggest problems when making a cold sandwich is getting bits of mayonnaise at the base of our knife and then getting said mayonnaise on our fingers shortly after. The Mayo Knife is a plastic device designed specifically to avoid that problem as well as to give your sandwich a nice even spread.

Price: $4.29.

Fruit Core Splitter

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It’s said that an apple doesn’t actually have a core. For those who still want to avoid eating the center of a Red Delicious anyways, this fruit core splitter is just the thing to pop the inside our your apples straight out. There will be no unnecessary debate or worry about consuming those apple seeds.

Price: $3.22

Bear Claw Meat Shredder

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Freshly smoked pulled pork is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Unfortunately, shredding it can leave your fingers burnt and calloused if done improperly. Unless you’re the Wolverine, you may want to invest in these dope bear claw meat shredders.

Price: $3.92

Garlic Peeler

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Like onions, garlic is one of the most essential delicious ingredients at your disposal. The only problem is, working with garlic often leaves your finger smelling for hours. Unless you’re willing to take the necessary precautions to manually get that odor off, you can invest in this garlic peeler.

With a couple quick rolling motions, your garlic is peeled and your fingers smell as good as they did before you partook in this endeavor.

Price: 4.95

Egg Yolk Seperator

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A huge part of baking is making sure you have egg yolks and whites. This means you have to know how to properly separate the components of the egg. If you tend to have trouble getting the whites outta there before your yolks crack, this separator will simply suck the yolks out in one quick motion.

This should make baking a lot simpler as you’re not having to mess around with shells.

Price: $2.27

Shark Fin Ice Tray

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Cooking, while relaxing, can also be an exhausting experience. You’re gonna want to stay hydrated while in the kitchen. This shark fin ice cube tray will not only cool your drink, but create the whimsical illusion that there are some icy sharks cruising through your beverage.

Price: $4.96

Note: Prices may fluctuate a dollar or two from the time this article launched.

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Breakfast Sandwich Making Tower Is 5-Minute Win

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Breakfast sandwiches are the ultimate early morning meal. Think about it — the delicious union of eggy, meaty, cheesy goodness is the stuff of perfection. And fast food versions? Incomparable. The thing is, breakfast sandwiches take effort to make (UGH) and by the time you’re done making it you’ve already eaten half a box of Frosted Flakes. That is, until now.

The folks over at Hamilton Beach have taken care of all our at-home breakfast woes with this Breakfast Sandwich Maker. It’s genius, really. The gadget has separate compartments to warm bread halves, cook an egg and heat a meat/cheese duo, all in under five minutes, making for a fool-proof way to enjoy a scrumptious start to your day. Plus, it looks awesome.

Breakfast Sandwich Maker $30 @Hamilton Beach

H/T + PicThx Gizmodo

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Creepy/Awesome Valentine’s Gift Idea: Your Head on a PEZ Dispenser

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Yes, you read correctly. Hot Pop Factory insists that it’s not strange and terrifying to eat sugar pills from your own plastic neck. Using X-Box Kinect motion sensors to scan your cranium and mold you into a candy dispenser that roughly resembles a soap carving of the expressionless mannequin version of you is perfectly normal. Welcome to the new year.

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I very much think I’d prefer the Disney Princess version. Belle and I were always tight.

H/T Geekologie +PicThx Hot Pop

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Party Like the Jetsons with this Wireless Blender

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At this year’s CES, Chinese tech company Haier revealed a whole line of things you might have seen Rosie the Robot using way back (forward?) in the Jetsons’ heyday, including this wireless blender which charges directly from your countertop.

Okay, technically, it charges using the “power transmitter”  you’ve already installed in your counter (oh, that old thing? Just my countertop induction coil!), but the point is you don’t plug it into the wall. Use it to impress your friends with magic and subbar margaritas!

H/T + PicThx Gizmodo

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The Milkmaid Jug Will Figure Out Spoiled Milk, So You Don’t Have To

Do you ever crave doughnuts at three in the morning and you come home with a huge box, only to wonder to yourself: Is the milk in the fridge bad? Your stomach says, ” Just go for it, and deal with the consequences when you wake up”, and your nose says, “Hey man, I’ve been working for you all day. You’re on your own for this one.” What’s a guy with a box full of delicious doughnuts to do? Milkmaid.

Milkmaid is a convienient kitchen gadget that holds about a quart of milk, and through pH sensors, is capable of telling you whether your milk has spoiled. If it hasn’t spoiled, it will also give you a heads up on how long you have before you need to get more milk. The Milkmaid also has weight-sensors that tells you how many cups of milk you have left in the container. Is this product convenience overkill?

$18 is the current projected price for this product.

via: Quirky

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Take a Look at This Deep Fried iPhone, and Other Deep Fried Gadgets

How often do you cycle between new gadgets? Brooklyn-based photographer Henry Hargreaves has teamed up with food stylist Caitlin Levin to bring you an art project titled, “Deep Fried Gadgets.”

The project, which consists of real electronic devices as well as their not-so-real counterparts, can be seen as an interesting take on consumerist culture and how we junk perfectly working gadgets for newer ones.

Sure, maybe the series was done for the sake of deep frying electronics, but think about how quickly you got sick of your old phone. I know some of you out there are already sick of the stuff you have and it’s barely been 2 months!

These are just a few photos from the series, so click here if you’d like to see the rest:

(Thx: Geekologie)

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The Knork – Knife and Fork Combined

Just when you thought the world couldn’t amalgamate another two diametrically opposed eating utensils, the Knork shows up on scene. It’s exactly what it sounds like–a cross between a knife and a fork. No longer will hungry people have to leave the duties of cutting and stabbing to two separate tools.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re worried about cutting open the side of your mouth when using this little miracle. Rest assured, the Knork doesn’t really slice your food, so it won’t be slicing your lips either. The Knork uses selectively distributed force on its rounded edge to separate food when a bit of pressure is applied. Think of it as a miniaturized pizza rocker on the edge of your fork.

Another great thing about these little guys is that they’re reasonably priced. You can purchase a plastic 4-pack for $2 or you can buy in bulk with a 24-pack for $4.