Beyond The Kitchen Sink Kitchen Gadgets and Food News

Aha! So That’s Where To Set Down The Lid And Spoon

Combo Lid/Spoon Rest

Aha! You see spoon rests all the time, and you see lid-holding gadgets on occasion, so it’s about time somebody put the two together. Result: the Combo Lid/Spoon Rest. The well thought out kitchen accessory is actually a pretty good idea. It answers the eternal question of where to set down lids on crowded countertops—and even collects drips in the base of the stand. Finding a place to set down a spoon can be just as challenging—either dirty a plate, or dirty the countertop. Until they make a spoon rest built into a lid without that pesky handle getting in the way and knocking about, this will have to do.

March 22, 2010   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.

December 14, 2009   No Comments

A different kind of Pot Drainer

Silicone Pot Drainer by Trudeau

Everybody has a method when it comes to cooking pasta. Some people like to throw a strand of spaghetti against the wall to see if it’s done, while others opt for cleaner walls and a more traditional taste test. No matter what method you use, or if you add salt or oil to the cooking pot, that pasta somehow, someway, has to come out of the water.

While every pot of pasta should come in contact with a strainer, in the real world that simply doesn’t always happen. Quite often, a fork is used to push back the pasta while the water is drained. It’s not a perfect solution, but it keeps dirty dishes to a minimum. Due to its flat design, the Silicone Pot Drainer by Trudeau doesn’t take up as much space as a colander, thus saving space and being easier to clean, but I just don’t imagine it faring too well piled high with a heaping bite of sauce and pasta. Long live the fork!

October 13, 2009   No Comments

Personal chef on your kitchen counter

Belling MediaChef

There is no end to the amount of culinary information available on the Internet. However, if you don’t keep your laptop in the kitchen, chances are it does little good. Sure you could print out content (gasp!) and follow along, but that doesn’t help much when it comes to video tutorials.

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October 6, 2009   No Comments

Pesky fractions are no match for Kitchen Calc

Kitchen Calc

Finding a recipe that looks interesting is usually just a starting point. The personal embellishments and preferences of the actual cook making the meal always trump what’s written down. Sometimes however, you want to follow a recipe exactly. Whether it be for reasons of taste or ratios, that recipe usually needs to be scaled up or down.

The Kitchen Calc works in units common to the kitchen such as fractions, Celsius and Fahrenheit. The handheld calculator converts cooking volume units and also units of weight. Even dash and pinch are represented. Of course, while the Kitchen Calc may handle those pesky fractions, it also works as a standard calculator too.

May 14, 2009   No Comments

Utensil Pot Clips keep the cooking going

Trudeau Utensil Pot Clips

I am forever dropping utensils when I get going in the kitchen. It gets pretty fast and furious in there. While my creations may or may not always turn out delicious, one thing for sure is there will be plenty of dirty dishes — a good amount of them forks, spoons and stirrers that ended up on the floor.

These Utensil Pot Clips by Trudeau could change all that. Designed to keep your cooking implement close at hand (and off the floor), the pot clips offer a convenient place to keep your utensil when cooking. If you tend to rest your spatulas, ladles and all-purpose stirrers on the edge of the pot (and then on the floor), these clips might just be the item to keep the heat going in your kitchen.

April 30, 2009   1 Comment