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Bodum Bistro Mug Press

For those that absolutely must have freshly-made hot coffee, here is the Bodum Bistro Mug Press. With the inclusion of a grooved lip, it is designed to rest directly on the rim of your personal coffee mug. Fill with your favorite ground coffee, let it steep and press down when ready. The result is a cup of piping hot coffee, (almost) ready to drink.

Like a French press, except on a small scale, the Mug Press is sure to create a delicious cup of coffee precisely to your liking. However, the lack of a carafe strikes me as unsettling. I don’t like running out of coffee, and I don’t know many coffee drinkers who do. I’ll stick to the French Press and the comforting thought of a refill just being a pour away.

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March 3, 2009   1 Comment

Better baking biscuit butter by Butter Butler

Butter Butler
Novelty food items are a lot of fun, but they usually prove to be ultimately worthless. Sometimes, the fun is just in trying to come up with an actual use for them. In the case of the Butter Butler, there may be no end to the possibilities.

Operating like a Play-Doh Fun Factory the Butter Butler squeezes out fun shapes of butter. Simply place the butter in the gadget, choose a shape and extrude. You probably never thought you would need long strands of butter, but sometimes unnecessity is the mother of invention.

Consider biscuit making. The idea is to “cut” the butter in without entirely melting it. Also, a minimum of mixing is preferable in any biscuit-making endeavor. So, what if this device actually could help? It’s possible after all. As far as I’m concerned, when biscuits are involved, the more research the better. And hey, if that doesn’t work, I’m sure I could come up with some sort of butter spaghetti application.

(Serious Eats via Dvice via Book of Joe)

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March 3, 2009   2 Comments

Lift & Serve Pan makes bite-sized baking a breeze

Lift & Serve Single Squares PanAnybody with a penchant for hors d’oeuvres is going to appreciate this nifty pan. From bite-sized quiche to tasty little cakes, creating petite snacks has never been easier.

The Chicago Metallic Lift & Serve Single Squares Pan bakes a dozen appetizing treats at a time. It features twelve individual cups each measuring 1¾-inch square by ¾ of an inch deep. When done, the delicate dishes pop right out of the nonstick pan simply by pushing up from underneath. Unlike other stubborn pans, the removable inserts help to lift the food out, leaving you with easy to handle delicious appetizers that are just a bite away.

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March 2, 2009   No Comments

Pack up the cool with the Circulon Induction Burner

Infinite Circulon Portable Induction BurnerIt looks cool, and it is cool. This 15-inch Infinite Circulon Portable Induction Burner stays cool to the touch when cooking. Instead of a traditional gas flame or electric burner, the portable cooker works via induction, which transfers heat directly into the cooking vessel. Why waste all that energy heating up the air around your cooking pot? Other cooking methods may only use 55% of the generated energy, but induction cookers are capable of 90% efficiency.

With nine preset power levels, and seven preset cooking temperatures, the cooker is not only efficient, but also precise. Capable of a temperature range of 150 to 430 degrees, the cooker also includes a timer that can be set for up to ten hours. From slow cooking to entertaining to just having an extra cooktop available, induction cooking with a portable cooker makes it easy to cook precisely what you want.

Since the cooker does not become hot, there will be no baked on foods; simply wipe to clean. As a nice feature, the control panel slides in and out for easy use and storage. All good things, because with ease of use and portability, you’ll be taking this cooker everywhere.

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February 27, 2009   No Comments

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

Make Your Own Hot Sauce

If there is one thing that there can never be too much of it’s types of hot sauce. Each and every one has its own perfect use. From Sirracha on noodles and rice dishes to Tapatío on all foods Mexican, hot sauce is the essential condiment that completes the meal. From vinegar based recipes to those that rely heavily on the peppers, now you have a chance to find the perfect blend with the Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit.

Including instructions and recipes along with six starter spices (allspice, black cumin, curry powder, achiote, Jamaican jerk, ginger), the kit is attractively priced at $19.95. Perfect for anybody who likes to linger a little extra longer in the hot sauce aisle. Recipes include: Cajun Garlic Lover’s Sauce, Easy Going Achiote, Tropical Storm and Flaming Fruit Sauce.

Via Cooking Gadgets

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February 27, 2009   No Comments

Triple Timer times in any era

Triple TimerHoused in a cast-aluminum frame, this Triple Timer features classic styling and elegant grace. Looking like a set of controls that might have come from some sort of steampunk airship, the countdown starts from either 20, 60 or 120 minutes. With easy to read numbers and retro-molded knobs, the three separate timers are complete and ready to go. No need to attach any gears, levers or steam pipes.

Perhaps in a nod to its old-timey styling the timer also includes a “voluminous audible signal”, which is something I’m betting no wimpy battery-operated digital timer can match.

UPDATE: Sold out at the link above, but apparently available at Williams-Sonoma.

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February 27, 2009   No Comments