Like most people, we struggle with our love-hate relationship with ice cream. In any event, we’re about to take it to the next step – moving in – with a bit of help from Cuisinart. Their ICE-21 Ice Cream Maker includes a double-walled freezer bowl filled with liquid coolant, a mixing paddle, and a heavy duty motor that spins your ingredients into creamy goodness. While it does take some time (roughly 16 hours) to freeze the bowl before use, it’s still much simpler to use than models that require the addition of ice, and once frozen, loading and running the device takes a paltry 20 minutes. With a 1.5 quart capacity and the ability to make frozen yogourt and sorbet, too (though who are we kidding?), it’s still surprising that this machine is set at such a dangerously reasonable price.
Grab one at Amazon – $47
And the assimilation of bottle openers into just about everything continues with the Bottle Opener Cutting Board. As its name so subtly suggests, these bamboo boards integrate a simple stainless steel opener into their tail end or corner, meaning they’ll help pop open a brew and provide a surface to slice up some lime, too. They’re available in two sizes – standard and travel (shown) – and, optionally, come with a stand and knife holder.
Find it at Kickstarter – $9+
Brewing great coffee entails giving your full attention to every single step along the way, since even a fancy $500+ machine can’t spare your espresso from a fate defined by poorly ground beans. And contrary to those of the mechanical variety, Porlex’ hand grinder makes very little noise as you turn its manual hand crank to grind up to 30 grams of beans. Porlex uses ceramic conical burrs that adjust from fine to coarse at the turn of a lock nut, resulting in superior longevity since they stay sharp longer, clean easier, and won’t ever rust. Else, they come in two varieties – tall and mini – both which fit inside an Aeropress, and work just as well in the kitchen as they do in the middle of nowhere.
Have you ever yearned for an adventure where the open road meets the unexplored? It’s easy to hop in your SUV for an off road adventure, but what do you do when you get hungry? Power bars start off great but can taste like sawdust. You need a hot meal, but towing your Weber behind isn’t practical. That’s where the Front Runner Spare Tire Mount Braai cooking grate comes in. This all stainless steel grate stores over your spare tire and takes up virtually no space. Able to adjust to fit tire sizes from 29″ to 37″, the grate can go anywhere you do and has sections for grill and griddle cooking, doubling your campfire cooking options. Just don’t forget to hose it down after a long drive through winding dirt roads.
Read more at Front Runner Outfitters – $125
Running out of fresh, interesting ways to spice up your meat? Try seasoning them from the inside with Seasoning Sticks. Open the clasp and load these stakes up with herbs, peppercorn, garlic, lemon zest, or whatever else you’ve got lying around, then drive them into your roast right before cooking. Perforations on all sides passively infuse the meat with taste, contrarily to injectors that often lead to unevenly dispersed accumulations of flavor. Each set includes two Seasoning Sticks – one 10-inches in length, the other 4-3/8ths – plus two pull rings for easy removal.
Depending on the legality of street or park drinking in your city, chances are you’ve already had wine from a can – probably an empty Coke or the like. Underwood’s Pinot in a can makes drinking wine more approachable (and slightly more discreet) by packing it into a 375ml aluminum can. Since canning is cheaper than bottling, these portions of Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris cost less than Union’s standard bottles by volume, and make wine a go-anywhere choice by providing both freshness and a portable, easily-packable receptacle from which to enjoy your vino.
Learn more at Union Wine Co – $24 for a four-pack
If you’re anything like us, you already pour conventional sriracha onto just about everything edible. And that’s precisely why SOSU’s Barrel-Aged Sriracha is dangerous. Starting with a simple ingredient list – fresh locally-sourced chili peppers, brown sugar, garlic, plus salt – SOSU’s sriracha undergoes a month-long barrel-aging process that involves loading the pepper mash into whiskey barrels to imbue them with distinct flavors. The result is a sriracha like none other, with complex, fruity flavors, and a touch of smoke that perfectly complements its natural spiciness.
Find it at Kickstarter – $25
Timolino’s TeaGo Vacuum Mug sports an subdued yet elegant concave design that’s perhaps a little misleading – the lack of flash and overhype might make one overlook what’s amongst the best insulated compact travel mugs available. Aside from being perfectly leakproof when closed, this stainless steel mug boasts effective vacuum insulation to keep your beverage warm for hours, easily enduring most of a standard work day in our experience. It also has a cap-integrated infuser for steeping tea that comes apart to facilitate washing or to use the mug for carrying around coffee instead.
The reign of the mason jar continues with Intelligent Design Co’s pour over mason jar attachment. This sturdy apparatus screws snugly over any standard mason and makes stellar filtered coffee thanks to its taste-free 18-gauge 1100 aluminum alloy construction. Granted, virtually all mason jars are probably already compatible with most any run-of-the-mill pour over systems, but the specificity of the Pour Mason makes it a perfect addition to our ever-growing collection.
Tinkering under the hood, mowing the lawn, doing a bit of hands-on work at home – the one thing these activities have in common is that all are better with beer, albeit lacking in a handy place to set it down (you know, for when you’re actually doing work and not taking swigs). HomeWetBar’s Stay Put Magnetic Koozie is just right for the job, equipped with powerful magnets in its base to stick your can onto nearby metal. These stainless steel Koozies also boast removable thick foam insulation to keep your 12-oz can cold longer.