Beyond The Kitchen Sink Kitchen Gadgets and Food News

Pop Goes The Retro Style Popcorn Popper

Popcorn is fun. It always has been and it always will be. As a snack food that can also be healthy, the nutritious little morsels that explode forth from the kernels are about as exciting as health food gets. (Just kidding.) Unsurprisingly, popcorn makers come in all shapes and sizes, and tend to slant towards serious fun. The Little Bambino 2-1/2-Ounce Table Top Retro Style Popcorn Popper by Great Northern Popcorn mixes classic styling and important features into one fun unit.

Featuring a “revolutionary” (seriously—that’s how it is described) serving tray that settles in the base of the unit, the popcorn maker pops up to one gallon of popcorn per batch. A built in stirring system keep the kernels moving, while a handle mounted on the outside lets users pour the finished product out.

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December 20, 2010   No Comments

Kitchen Gear Made For Kids

Curious Chef 27-Piece Foundation Set

Kids aren’t particularly good chefs, but that’s not (entirely) their fault. Often, nobody has taught them what to do. If the very real concern of letting them use the grown-up tools is the issue, then perhaps setting them loose on their own kitchen gear is the way to go. The Curious Chef 27-Piece Foundation Set is a (knifeless) kid-friendly set of kitchen tools designed for small hands. While the good news is teaching kids in the kitchen will provide valuable life long skills, the better news is that with their own gear they will stop messing up the good stuff.

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December 2, 2010   No Comments

Hand-Painted Silk Bacon Scarf

Hand-Painted Silk Bacon Scarf

Bacon may not be healthy to eat every day, but wearing it should pose no health risks. And besides, bacon never goes out of style. Check out the Hand-Painted Silk Bacon Scarf over at ThinkGeek.

November 5, 2010   No Comments

Ditch The Bagged Tortillas

CucinaPro Flatbread Maker 1443

There is no comparison between fresh tortillas and those found on the end-cap at the supermarket. Tortillas are not necessarily difficult to make at home, but specialized equipment provides the best results. One could use a rolling pin, and one could use a fry pan, but to get the best results, a tortilla press and a griddle are recommended. Or one appliance that serves as both.

The CucinaPro Flatbread Maker is a 1000-watt combination griddle/tortilla press. Producing 10-inch tortillas of your own creation, the gadget makes it easy to enjoy fresh tortillas without a trip to the store. Considering the non-stick aluminum cooking surface and convenient vertical storage, it may even be easier than getting in the car. Certainly tastier.

October 28, 2010   No Comments

Bag That Boxed Wine

Jakob Wagner Baggy Wine Coat by Menu

Drinking wine-in-a-box is a time-honored tradition that everyone has partaken of at some point in their lives. Cheap, portable and plentiful, the ultimate party wine is an easy choice for entertaining on a budget. Which is why the Jakob Wagner Baggy Wine Coat from Menu makes so much sense. Featuring room for an ice pack, along with a rubber base, the wine accessory offers a stylish alternative to the bulky box that the wine comes in. And considering that many winemakers are now putting better quality wines into bags, your friends will never have to know exactly what the swill is you decided to serve them.

October 21, 2010   1 Comment

Put Your Name On That Steak

Original Monogram Branding Iron

Pointing at the steak or chop you have scoped out on the grill only goes so far. Some sneaky grill usurper can always come swooping in, stealing the precious grilled goodie and claim it as their own. “Well, I didn’t see your name on it,” they might say with a little smirk of their face. With a little forethought, you can have them turn the steak over and find out just how wrong they are.

The Original Monogram Branding Iron is a three-letter customizable grill accessory that literally puts your name on your food. (For those willing to share, the middle letter could be an “&”.) Available in a gift box, the branding iron could also serve as a not-too-subtle gift for those friends that have a tendency to always grab the wrong grilled goodie.

September 13, 2010   No Comments