Beyond The Kitchen Sink Kitchen Gadgets and Food News

Slice And Julienne At The Table

Swissmar Finale Slice and Julienne

A meal is never complete until it hits the table. Sometimes however, that is just the penultimate step, as a diner will look to put their own finishing touch to their plate while at the table. From cheese to garnishes to everything in between, the personal touch is quite often the last order of business before setting down to eat.

Designed for use directly at the table, the Swissmar Finale Slice and Julienne provides a means for diners to easily perfect their individual plates. Measuring only 5.5-inches long, the Finale is made to fit comfortably in the hand, offering an easy way to slice or julienne by using one of the two included blades. All that’s left after using this tableside gadget is to dig in, and enjoy your meal!

June 23, 2010   No Comments

Pressed For Tea? Press Your Own

Tovolo Tea Press Infuser

There are a great deal of options available to any on-the-go caffeine aficionado. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the right choice is always available. More so than any other group of people, coffee and tea-drinkers know exactly how they take it, and their preferred option simply isn’t always available. For tea-drinkers, if this happens more often than not, perhaps it’s time to explore other options (without eliminating your favorite blend).

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May 13, 2010   1 Comment

Results are in: Cadillac takes the Kitchen Sink beyond


In 1956 General Motors for some reason put a sink in a Caddy. It’s called the Maharani Special and was built for the traveling (of course) Motorama exhibition. Apparently at the time, people didn’t see the need for a full-service kitchen installed in the passenger seat of their cars, but times have changed, and the Kitchen Sink Cadillac is changing hands.

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January 26, 2010   No Comments

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

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.

December 10, 2009   No Comments

Portable pepper

Thumb-Operated Pump Mills

Pepper shakers at restaurants are just for show. Otherwise, the salt would look lonely. So we include another shaker, fill it with what once was a tasty spice, and pass it off as pepper. While this impulse may satisfy our instinct for paring off, our palates suffer with dry, tasteless pepper that might as well be sawdust.

These small Thumb-Operated Pump Mills bring portability to pepper. Measuring 5.5-inches long, the stainless steel mills feature not only a small size, but also one-handed operation. So pass the pepper at the table—literally—and grind your own with a push of a button.

November 3, 2009   No Comments