- Food and Cooking
Neat Products for the Kitchen
Whether you like to spend time in the kitchen or not, most people would agree that any tool that could help cut their cooking time would be great. Oh heck, even neat and novelty gadgets that brighten your day or make you laugh can have its place in your home right? There are so many kitchen utensils out there (beyond the basics) that it can be hard to navigate through all the endless websites with hundreds of products out there. I've complied a list of some fun and quirky products for the kitchen that might make its way into your home. Useful or just novel? You decide.
I Could Eat a Horse
Not sure how much pasta to use when making dinner for yourself or family? This neat little measuring device can help you measure enough pasta for yourself, another person (there are slots for child and adult portions), a family or even for a horse! You can literally feed the pasta to a horse, but I'm not sure if they'd eat anything other than veggies. This product can even get your kids involved in the cooking process: just give this gadget to them and have them measure out how much is needed to cook your meal. This product is priced at $15.90.
Roll Dough to Even Thicknesses
For the bakers out there, this can be a neat gadget to have on hand when rolling out dough or fondant ( I can only think of these two, but I'm sure there's more than that to baking!) and you need to make sure you have an even thickness. This might even save you time at having to constantly stop and eyeball the dough to make sure you have the thickness you need or it you are rolling it evenly. It comes with four different thicknesses, so you don't think that just using a rubber band will do the trick.
Quirky Stem Hand Juicer
Love using lemons but hate having to deal with juicing them? Or sick of cutting up lemons only to risk cutting your fingers? This seems pretty easy to use. All you have to do is insert it into the lemon and then use the pump to spray lemon juice where you need it. Of course, if you need a lot of lemon juice (such as making lemonade or where lemon is the main ingredient) this might not be the item for you. But if you need a spray here or there to add some extra flavor to your food, then this could be a much beloved item. This product goes for $4.99. lemon spritzer
Stainless Steel Ice Cubes
If you hate having ice melt and watering down your drink but like your drink kept cool, this could be a possible solution. Made of stainless steel, you can simply freeze them and pop these in your drink when the occasion calls for it without risking watery drinks. They are also eco-friendly because you can use them again and again. These ice cubes comes with a container and handy tongs to serve them with. It costs $49.99.
Opera Singer Pasta Timer
Do you like opera but don't want to fork over lots of money to hear a show? Or do you want a timer that ensures you are by the stove when your pasta is perfectly done? How about both? This pasta timer measures in seven, nine and eleven minute intervals to help you know when you pasta is ready. The cool part? It sings opera! The singer sings a different song at each time interval. The battery is safely inside, but you can't replace it. It costs $29.99.
Knife and Fork Chopstick
If you need more that just a 'spork' (a spoon and fork all in one neat little package), then consider this utensil that does triple duty. You can connect the knife and fork together to make a neat pair of chopsticks. This can be handy for travel or if you are trying to live a more minimalist mindset.
If you are clumsy with a knife or just want something to help cut down your prep time, then this cool peeler can do the trick for you. It works just a regular peeler except that it cuts your vegetables into thin strips instead of peels. You can use this to prepare vegetables for stir-fries, matchstick fries, or to make veggie pasta (if you want a nice carb-free option). If you want to use this beyond the kitchen (I'd recommend getting a second one then), you can consider placing one on your craft room to cut clay or other mold-able materials.