Beyond The Kitchen Sink Kitchen Gadgets and Food News

Roll your own hot dogs (wherever you want to)

Nostalgia Electrics Vintage Collection Carnival Hot Dog Cart with Umbrella

With the street food craze still going on in full swing, it’s time to get back to basics. While we may never know what the original street food really is (noodles in China being a good bet), the iconic street food item of the modern era in the U.S. (or at least NYC) is the hot dog. While the close companion of the hot dog, the hamburger, might best be prepared on a backyard grill, the hot dog just isn’t a hot dog unless it comes from the street. Or at least a cart.

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December 15, 2009   No Comments

Three times the timer

Maverick Professional Digital 3-Line Timer and Clock, TM-03

It’s winter, and winter spells delicious. The cold weather encourages us to stay inside to cook rather than hunt down food in the wilds of our shopping centers. Maybe that’s why holiday season comes at the end of the year. Either way, there’s going to be a whole lot of cookin’ going on.

Whether you’re cooking for friends, family or yourself, you are going to need keep an eye on what’s on the stove. Often, this means a kitchen timer. The Maverick Professional Digital 3-Line Timer and Clock keeps track of up to three events at once. Most stovetops have four burners, so if you’re cooking for a crowd, I guess someone will just have to stand guard on the fourth burner. That is, unless you can think of a way to avoid Aunt Sally’s Boiled Green Bean Surprise this year.

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December 14, 2009   No Comments

Serving little green men

Wooden Flying Saucer Serving Bowl, To Serve Man -- Museum of Robots.

Wooden ships may float, but wooden spaceships? Maybe. But if you’re using this Flying Saucer Serving Bowl, you’re probably going to hope that it is too weighed down with delicious foods to get up and fly away. Depending on what you’re serving, that is. I’ll pass on the bowl of little green men, thank you very much.

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December 11, 2009   No Comments

Water water everywhere, with filtered drops to drink

The Self Filtering Water Bottle from Hammacher Schlemmer.

Sure, we all know that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment, and are pretty easy to phase out of our daily routines. All it takes is a getting some sort of reusable water bottle, and those are certainly plentiful. Water may indeed be everywhere, but when out in the wild there is usually not a filtered drop to drink. Until now.

The Self Filtering Water Bottle from Hammacher Schlemmer is a stainless-steel water bottle that comes complete with an integrated filter. Able to treat up to 100 gallons of water before replacing, the water bottle/filter combination provides the equivalent of 757 1/2-liter plastic bottles. Using adsorption, chemical bonding, and 1/500-millimeter perforations to remove 99.99% of microbes, the water bottle is a convenient accessory for modern life, or even as a means to ensure access to potable water when out on the hiking trail—you know, out in the environment we’re all trying save.

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December 10, 2009   No Comments

Finally, a chance for Bread People to lead a normal life

Swissmar Bamboo Crumb Catching Board w/Bread Knife

It goes without saying that Bread People eat a lot of bread. Which also goes to say, they have a lot of crumbs in their homes. As all this bread-eating usually outpaces bread-cleaning, all those crumbs pile up. Just like you don’t clean the crumb tray out of your toaster after every use, Bread People don’t clean away the crumbs after slicing into a loaf; it’s just going to get all crumby again at the next meal. I know all this, because I am a Bread Person.

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December 9, 2009   No Comments

Consume the internet, but please cook it first

The CastOven, a YouTube enabled microwave oven.

Forget about that JooJoo tablet thingy that sounds to me like Arrington wanted to hijack: if you want to consume the internet, you’re going to have to cook it first. In a microwave. Literally.

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December 8, 2009   No Comments



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