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Past and present collide with this kitchen tool

Homo Sapiens Caveman Kitchen Tool

If only all kitchen tools were this easy to use. You look at it and you know what it is used for: anything it wants. The Homo Sapiens Caveman Kitchen Tool is a throwback to the earliest days of cooking. While I doubt too many cavemen were concerned with grating garlic or ginger (as this sandstone tool is capable of), the simple effectiveness of a heavy object as a useful cooking implement cannot be denied (nor will it).

Useful for tenderizing meat or grinding herbs into a paste, the tool also features a flat edge for sharpening knives. Unlike the cooking tools of the far past, this one has one additional benefit that eluded our caveman ancestors: it is dishwasher safe.

July 15, 2009   No Comments

Not a pasta tree


It looks like a pasta tree, but since pasta doesn’t grow on trees, it must be something else. Oh. It’s a rack. For drying pasta. Eh, still looks like a pasta tree to me. But if you insist, we can call it by its real name: Wooden Pasta Drying Rack. It also looks like an old telephone pole, but a Pasta Telephone Pole would just be ridiculous now, wouldn’t it? TGIF.

July 10, 2009   No Comments

When life gives you lemons, make lemon wedges

Citrus Wedger

Sure, you could do as the old saying suggests and make lemonade, but why stop there? Lemon wedges are totally the way to go. Besides being convenient and versatile, they have the added benefit of being a delicious ingredient in many an adult beverage. Save the lemonade for the kiddies, and give life a kick right back in the pucker.

Easily slice and divide lemons and other citrus fruit into uniform slices with the Citrus Wedger from Williams-Sonoma. Accommodating fruits up to 2.75-inches in diameter, the kitchen gadget creates six wedges with one simple motion. No matter how many lemons you may have hanging around, a handy device such as this makes prepping them that much easier.

UPDATE 6/30/12: The link from Williams-Sonoma no longer works, so check out the Norpro Lemon Lime Slicer instead. Four-and-a-half stars and less than ten bucks!

July 9, 2009   No Comments

Zombie-bait salt and pepper shakers

Brain Salt and Pepper Shakers

Trying to catch a zombie? You’ll need some bait. That is unless you wish to put your own braaaaaains at risk. While Brain Salt and Pepper Shakers might not contain all the smarty goodness that zombies crave, the discerning zombie will surely seek out a way to season their victim’s braaaaaains. When not attracting zombies, the two hemispheres hold together via a magnet and supply your dining table with good ol’ salt and pepper. Meanwhile, when you want to take a break from your zombie hunting, check out this Crawling Zombie Torso Gelatin Mold after the jump.

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July 9, 2009   No Comments

Eat your way through the eventual robot uprising


The obligatory war with our eventual robot overlords will not be as distasteful as once thought. In fact, quite the opposite: it will be delicious. The Robot Twist And Press Cookie Cutter twists and turns allowing for dozens of robot configurations. The rotating top, middle and bottom sections each feature a corresponding robot part, letting you assemble the exact robot you want. With an army of robots reduced to cookie form, it’s a win-win situation. We get to earn our freedom and eat cookies at the same time.

July 8, 2009   No Comments

No more chasing runaway fruits and vegetables


We all know that any fruit or vegetables we purchase should be washed first. It’s just basic common sense. No matter how far your food has traveled, it still needs a good rinse to wash off (at least) the particulate matter that it unavoidably accumulates. Usually the best tool for the job is a colander; just hold it under the faucet and let the water do all the work. Sometimes, however, we just want a small snack and digging out the colander (which tends to be large and cumbersome) can be an easily overlooked step. For these times, I use a folding steamer basket (you know, the one that looks like a UFO), but without any sides, food can escape and roll away (and quite often does).

These Mini Colanders are perfectly suited for small-sized rinsing. Measuring just six-inches by 3-inches, the small size allows for easy storage when not in use. The colanders are available in a variety of colors to match any kitchen décor: white, turquoise, kiwi, green, red or yellow. Best of all, the sturdy melamine construction comes with easy to grasp handles, so it’s not only easy to store but convenient to use. My steamer basket will just have to go back to being just a steamer basket (and occasionally a UFO).

July 6, 2009   No Comments

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