Titanium. Named for the primeval race of immortal giant deities descended from Gaia and Uranus, and a composite material for armor plating, spacecraft, missiles and the Titanium Funnel Flask. But the titanium construction of this holder of spirits isn’t the prime feature of this one of a kind vessel; it’s the unique filling apparatus built into the flask itself. If you’ve ever filled a flask – and what groomsman hasn’t – you know that even if it comes with a funnel, after the first fill the funnel is long gone and subsequent refills are prone to making sticky hands and wasted hooch. The integrated silicone funnel of the Titanium Funnel Flask makes sure you’re never without an easy, spill-proof filling method again. To fill, simply flip the funnel up, then flip it down when filling is complete. No funnel to lose and no plastic or metallic aftertaste. And with almost a third of a fifth capacity (8 oz., or 5 generous shots), you’ll be ready to make any event more interesting.
We’re all for putting more time or effort into our coffee making ritual if it’ll result in a better cup. But for situations where time or access to equipment is lacking, there’s Jiva Coffee Cubes. These gourmet instant coffee cubes are made using premium Colombian Arabica beans and unrefined cane sugar, quickly transforming a cup of hot or cold water and/or milk into good old coffee. They’re particularly well suited for camping, hiking, and frantically rushed mornings.
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So you’ve already made your own beer before tackling gin and wine. Sake’s next. Norse Hutchen’s Sake Making Kit covers just about everything you need to brew one gallon batches of your own sake, including a one gallon glass carboy, siphoning apparatus, tubing, yeast, short-grain rice, and fermenting bucket. Just add one pound of white raisins, 2.5 pounds of sugar, and a bit of elbow grease before enjoying large batches of your own homemade rice wine.
What biltong isn’t: a method for picking up ducks, the sound of a wrong note on a didgeridoo, a Michael Bolton album. What biltong is: South Africa’s version of Jerky. But what makes this jerky different is that instead of drying the meat by heat, it’s dried with wind, much like the way Native Americans cured their game. Different drying methods produce different mouth-watering flavors, each packed with protein, low in fat, and devoid of MSG, gluten, and nitrates. What’s more, for the free range loving type, you can get grass fed biltong that’s hormone- and antiobiotic-free for a few extra bucks.
By the same people who brought you Grandpa’s FireFork Roasting Prongs comes Grandpa’s FireGrill, a half-DIY, half-sensible way to roast grub over a fire. This clever contraption is devoid of a handle, instead attaching firmly to practically any stick for safely securing most food thanks to an adjustable grid height. And when you’re done grilling, chuck the stick and collapse it down before packing the lightweight FireGrill away, until the next time it’s called upon.
Get one on Amazon – $20
Sure, Red Bone’s Grillin’ Spray Marinades are incredibly convenient to use as they eschew the need for the traditional bowl & brush and instead are simply sprayed on meat, veggies, and the like, all while they’re grilling, but the crafty bottle is just the tip of the iceberg. These delicious marinades feature recipes adapted from those used by the Red Bone Alley restaurant, concentrated to deliver full flavor on the spot without the need to think about it ahead of time. And with four recipes to choose from, including Chipotle, Teriyaki, and the Cola-based Cola Q, you and your guests are bound to keep coming back for more.
Check out the lineup at Red Bone Foods – $5
A fine espresso machine is beautiful, but it’s not exactly space efficient. This applies even more so to coffee bars, where monstrous machines create a literal wall between baristas and their customers. So when it comes to freeing up counter space, ModBar is a game changer. This modular espresso makers puts the bulk of the hardware out of sight and under the counter, showing nothing but a gorgeous chromed tap above. They’re also highly customizable with pressure profiling and temperature controls, amongst others, go from off to fully heated in 5 minutes flat, and are sold alongside ModBar’s Steam and Pour-over modules as well for a well-stocked coffee corner.
Learn more at ModBar – $5,400
Sure, you could make a cup of cold brew by taking hot brewed coffee and pouring it over ice (or into something like Zoku), but for a smoother, less acidic cup, employing an actual cold brew process is preferred. Better yet, leave all the hard work to someone else. Brewed then bottled by hand in Brooklyn, each batch of Grady’s Cold Brew Coffee is submitted to a lengthy steeping in water overnight before going through a two-step filtering process. The resulting concentrate is best enjoyed cold (or even hot in cooler months) in a 1:1 dilution with milk or water, lest you really need some caffeine and quick.
Check out Grady’s Cold Brew for more – $12
Massimo Castagna’s Glass Pot gives a different perspective on the physical process of boiling. This 8-quart tempered glass pot easily shrugs off the high temperatures associated with your electric cooktop or burner (think college chemistry glassware), showing off the mesmerizing display of dancing vegetables or pasta right through its sides. And, like stainless steel, glass is entirely non-porous, sparing your food from any imparted flavors, though it mightn’t fare as well following a drop.
Sure, we’ll happily lug around a high capacity water bottle when it’s full, but once we’re through with its contents, we rather it’d vanish into thin air. Hydrapak’s Stash does just that thanks to thermoplastic polyurethane walls that fold down to fit between its molded top and bottom, which snap together to keep its collapsed height at just under 2 inches tall. It also comes in a wide variety of colors, is dishwasher safe, naturally antifungal, and holds up to 750ml – a fair amount by any standards.
Coming soon. Learn more at Hydrapak – $18