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Refrigerator light gnomes expand operations

Cooler Light from Taylor Gifts

Does the light really shut off when you close the ice chest door? Wait, there is no light inside the ice chest. That is, unless you have this Cooler Light from Taylor Gifts. Other than providing minutes of entertainment as the mystery of the cooler light is explored by opening and shutting the ice chest, the cooler light provides much needed illumination for when the party heads into the night. There’s nothing worse than grabbing a Coke when what you really wanted was a PBR. Now that all-too-common mix-up can finally be avoided. As for the cooler light? Yes, it does shut off automatically twenty seconds after you close the lid. But to see the light gnomes in action, you’ll have to buy one and see for yourself.

August 14, 2009   No Comments

Somebody actually bothered to invent the Wild Fling Popcorn Basketball Bowl

Wild Fling Popcorn Basketball Bowl

The Wild Fling Popcorn Basketball Bowl may just be the most ridiculous sports-watching accessory since the beer helmet. Not surprisingly, the two hunks of plastic complement each other; drink with one, eat snacks with the other.

Dust off your old beer helmet (because every closet has one, right?) and get up to date with this snack bowl. When the beer helmet runs dry, enjoy the convenience offered by the integrated beverage holder. You’ll find it right next to the remote control. If your beer helmet is in the shop, no worries, because when the popcorn is all gone and the game is over, the bowl doubles (triples?) as a stylish helmet. Remember, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you watch the game.

August 13, 2009   No Comments

Life after induction for old pots and pans

Burton 8-Inch Induction Interface Disk with Heat-Proof Handle

If you’ve gone induction, chances are you had to swap out at least some of your favorite cookware. Cooking via induction is highly efficient, as the cooking vessel itself is part of the system that generates heat, but the method only works with ferrous pots and pans (not to mention an induction cooktop). But what of all that old cookware you have come to know and love? There is a solution.

The Burton 8-Inch Induction Interface Disk with Heat-Proof Handle lets you use any of your old cookware on an induction cooktop. The stainless steel disk heats up when it comes into contact with the induction cooker, and transfers that heat to any cooking vessel. Of course your induction cooker won’t act like an induction cooker while using this eight-inch diameter disk, but if you want to use the cookware that you just haven’t been able to part with yet, this little contraption can bring them back to life.

August 10, 2009   No Comments

Meatball Baker makes life less greasy

Meatball Baker

Everybody loves a good meatball, but not everybody likes making them. For some, the thought of a frying pan filled with little sizzling spheres splattering in their own grease keeps meatballs off the menu. Luckily, there is another option. If you liked the Meatball Grill Basket, the Meatball Baker is right up your alley.

Basically a roasting pan with a special rack, the gadget keeps meatballs elevated, allowing for fat to drip away from the food. Featuring three rows that hold the meatballs in place, the nonstick carbon steel pan measures 10-inches by 13-inches with a depth of 2.5-inches. The insert itself is 9-inches by 11-inches and can be used for much more than meatballs.

With the rack and pan set having the ability to keep food raised above dripping grease, the opportunity to dig deeper (and greasier) into previously avoidable recipes is just too good to pass up. So dust off that old cookbook from a time when fat content didn’t matter and get to exploring!

August 5, 2009   No Comments

Know when to be hungry with the Cube Timer

Cube Timer

Kitchen timers may not be difficult to operate, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t be made easier to use. The Cube Timer takes the process and makes it as easy as possible. Just pick up the cube and put it back down again with the desired time interval on top. The timer counts down from a 5, 15, 30 or 60 minute setting, while the “0” setting stops the timer in progress. For those that can’t stand the suspense, an LED readout displays the exact time remaining–good news for the hungry clock-watchers that tend to gather by the stove around dinnertime.

August 3, 2009   No Comments

Simple solution for storing nonstick pots and pans

Pan Protectors

Nonstick cookware goes bad. Not in the sense of that rotten tomato lurking in the back of your fridge, more like the coating just wears off after so many uses. Other than scraping the surface with metallic utensils, there is another common way to hurry your cookware into the pan graveyard: by storing it.

All nonstick pan owners are faced with a dilemma: Just where am I supposed to store this thing? You could put one on top of the other with the nonstick surfaces facing each other, thereby protecting the coating. Or, another popular option is to just keep the nonstick pans on top of all the other cookware. However, at some point it’s time to get real. Other than a wall rack or hanging ceiling mount the best place for pots and pans is stacked right on top of each other. Right on top of each other, that is, with these Pan Protectors sandwiched in between.

July 30, 2009   No Comments

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