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5 Kitchen Tools You Take For Granted


While no one’s going to cry if you lose your melon baller, there are some single-use tools that will actually make a difference in the kitchen. They’re easy to leave out, since they only do that one thing, but nothing comes close to that convenience when you need them. Take a look at these five utensils you take for granted before you find yourself up a creek without a can opener. Speaking of…


Can Opener


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What good is a can opener? Well, when you consider that the alternative is smashing it open with a rock, pretty darn good. Aside from opposable thumbs, can openers are the only thing that separates us from wild animals. Either use them both, or accept your feral life among the woodland creatures.


Pizza Cutter


Photo: Pizzacraft

After a long day of moving with your friends, your only means of paying them back is your cheap and trusty friend pizza. But now you’re faced with the prospect of asking your friends to risk burning themselves by tearing apart a piping hot pizza. E tu, pizza?


Lemon/Lime Juicer


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Yeah, you can squeeze a lime or lemon with your bare hands, but you risk making a mess or shooting citric acid straight into your eye. Either pack goggles or bring along this handy squeezer, which will give you more control as you add flavor to everything you cook.




Photo: Joseph Joseph

Pasta is another cheap and easy dish, and you can probably make enough to feed all your buddies for under 10 bucks. But without a colander, you’re simply tempting fate, my friend. If you leave this handy strainer behind, you’ll either be scalding yourself for forgetting it, or just plain scalding yourself.


Wine Bottle Opener


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This is the first level of hell. You’re already out of meal ideas, and now you can’t even open a bottle of wine to help melt that stress away. You try that trick with your shoes, but it just won’t work. Too bad Domino’s doesn’t deliver pinot grigio.


Save Counter Space With This All-in-One Kitchen Tool Set

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At first glance you might wonder, “why the hell is this wine bottle so colorful and where’s all the wine?!”. Sorry kids no alcohol here, this nifty little bottle of fun is actually nine different kitchen tools. Tucked into the space saving size of a single wine bottle, this All-in-One Kitchen Tool Set by Akebono includes a funnel, flower vase, lemon squeezer, spice grater, egg masher, cheese grater, cap opener, egg separator and a measuring cup.


The various tools included in the set are all made up of plastic but are practical for various kitchen needs, even though I really don’t know why someone needs an egg masher.

Perfect for home cooks with small spaces this all inclusive kitchen set being sold though MoMA’s Design Store as part of their Spring/Summer 2014 collection but can also be found on Amazon.

Akebono All-in-One Kitchen Set, $27.79 @ Amazon


Transform Your Lime Into a Spray Bottle with The ‘Stem’ Attachment

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You’re out with your friends, and they’ve dared you to do the stuntman shot. Sniff the salt, check. Down the tequila, check. Squeeze lime juice in your eye . . . D’oh! The damn lime just won’t give up any juice!

Now you can quit yer complaining about having to wash, slice, squeeze and juice citrus, thanks to this handy reusable gadget called Stem. Just stab your next fruit victim with the serrated end of the plastic tube, push deep into its squishy innards, and spray away!

Stem can also be used for spraying onto fresh-cut produce to protect them from browning, to create beach-bum highlights in your golden locks without ever leaving the couch, or as a pick-me-up perfume when you’ve gone one too many days without showering.

Stem $5 @ Quirky


V-Shaped Toaster Solves All Your Half Sandwich Problems

When it comes to the sandwich game, sometimes we want to go halfsies, but things can get super tricky when we’re dealing with toasted bread. Trying to cut crisped slices in half makes for the crumbiest of messes, but we’ve come across a genius solution — the V Toast designed by Zlil Lazarovich.

V Toaster

This toaster browns bread just like any other one on the market, except that it does so in a V shape. That way, the result is an easily breakable piece of toast that’s ideal for a warm PB&J, for example. Even cooler? It comes with a Y-shaped knife, so there’s no double dipping shenanigans going on — one side is for jelly and the other, peanut butter (or whatever combo your hungry heart desires).

V Toaster

H/T + PicThx Yanko Design


Party Like the Jetsons with this Wireless Blender


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


The Most Inconvenient/Awesome Way To Pop Popcorn

I’ve got a confession to make: I like food. I like it a lot. I like it so much that sometimes, I eat snacks, even when I’m not that hungry (‘MURICA)! I tend to prefer salty to sweet things, pretzels, potato chips, and, of course, popcorn. But that bagged-and-boxed stuff is like eating grease-coated arterial blockage, and air poppers are so loud.

Great news – these Swedish students have solved all my problems.

Their popcorn popper, dubbed the ‘Oncle Sam’, apparently focuses on achieving perfection one kernel at a time through a carefully constructed Rube-Goldberg-esque machine, complete with a tea candle, some salt, and a little oil. Is it quick and easy as a microwave bag of popcorn? No. But is it fun to look at? Kinda!

And by the time I manage a whole bowlful, I’ll be starving. Win-win. Thanks, Sweden!

via psfk