Even experienced cooks could use a little help in the kitchen. Stirio’s new Hands-Free Stirrer lends a hand by stirring your porridge, risotto, stew, or just about anything that needs it to let you focus on more important tasks. This device improves upon the original thanks to a quieter motor, the use of easier to clean non-stick surface materials, and a clever one-size-fits-all blade that adjusts to your pot. Setup is still as easy as ever using its dual extendable clamps, and everything is dishwasher safe — except the motor, of course.
Find it at Unikia – $62
Cold brew and iced coffee: not the same thing but often confused. Unfortunately, most caffeine addicts looking for a refreshing drink are stuck using hot brew methods before cooling the resulting coffee, which — while still delicious — eschews the advantages of cold extraction and imparts the coffee with more acidity and bitterness. Cold bruer offers a far better alternative. This slow-drip percolator is surprisingly easy to set up and use: just pour in ground coffee, drop a filter on top, put it together and fill the tower with water & ice, then adjust the drip rate by turning the knob before placing it in your fridge for awhile. Come back to it three to twelve hours later (depending on the drip rate) for true cold brewed coffee that’s tastier and naturally sweeter than most anything you can find in shops or cafes.
Hit up Bruer or Amazon to learn more – $80
Snacking on the go usually leaves something to be desired, notably either its taste or the healthiness of its ingredients. Munk Pack found a way to create a grab-and-go snack that’s both delicious and made using good stuff. These oatmeal fruit squeezes come in three flavors — Apple Quinoa Cinnamon, Blueberry Acai Flax, and Raspberry Coconut — and contain absolutely nothing artificial, instead filled with whole grain rolled oats, flax, and fruits. They’re also tailored to suit virtually everyone in that they’re vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO.
Grab some on Amazon – $15 for 6
Spilling wine or spirits is tragic waste, not to mention that red wine stains are a pain to remove. Superduperstudio’s Saturn Glasses largely do away with this all-too-common problem thanks to a brilliant design that’s hard to spill even if you’re trying. Stand one of these California-made hand-shaped glasses flat on its bottom and push it over to have it dissipate the force and, seemingly magically, not spill. Alternately, just leave it on its side: even fast rotations (within limits) won’t cause its contents to overflow.
Find them at Superduperstudio – $52 [via]
Love bacon? Prep some yourself with Williams-Sonoma’s Bacon Making Kit. Each box comes stuffed with sea salt, coarse peppercorns, coconut sugar, a thermometer, and a recipe booklet with detailed instructions on how to make your own flavorful bacon from fresh pork belly. The kit is good for five two-pound batches, though about a week of patience is required during the curing process before the meat is ready to hit the skillet. Store-bought bacon will have to do in the interim.
Learn more at Williams-Sonoma – $40
The concept behind the Keyboard Waffle Iron is simple: make delicious, crispy keyboard-shaped waffles. This die-cast aluminum waffle iron is drop-dead simple to use: just pre-heat and coat in a non-stick cooking spray, pour in batter, then flip after a couple of minutes to cook the other side before enjoying your oversized keyboard waffle. Included is a versatile collapsible trivet that folds either flat or at a 45 degree angle to show off your iron.
Find it at Kickstarter – $60
Add a bit of kick to your otherwise unimaginative meals with St. Lucifer Spice, a masterful blend of garlic, salt, vinegar, and habanero peppers that’s hot enough to please but not overwhelm. Use it as part of your dry rub on ribs, add generously to tacos, fish, pasta, meats… in short, pour some onto just about everything. Plus, since it’s a dry spice, it won’t tarnish a plate’s visuals like most delicious hot sauces.
Grab a bottle at Saint Lucifer Spice ($6) or Amazon ($11)
We put sriracha on nearly everything, but beer? We’d try it. Rogue’s Sriracha Hot Stout Beer is made from Huy Fong’s actual hot chili sauce, complemented with sun ripened ingredients and of course alcohol. Naturally, it goes well with with a variety of comfort food including pizza, chow mein, burgers, hot dogs, and everything else you’d normally want to pour loads of sriracha onto. It’s also a good way to taper towards hydration and end the night after taking numerous shots of sriracha vodka.
Find it at Rogue – $13
The moka pot: iconic, widely used, and often resulting in a muddy cup of coffee without the proper know-how. In collaboration with Joey Roth, Blue Bottle Coffee’s modernistic Moka Pot represents a re-envisioning of the device, simplifying its use to more consistently produce delicious coffee. It works just like traditional Moka Pots, too, pushing boiling water through the coffee grounds and out into the ceramic serving chamber. Plus, its side-mounted cork handle stays cool to the touch and facilitates pouring.
Preorder at Blue Bottle Coffee – $100
Crack some nuts while simultaneously relieving pent up frustration with Menu’s Nut Hammer. This hammer boasts a solid ash handle and makes getting into nuts a breeze: just place one in its silicone cup, pop it onto the cast iron hammer head, and smack it hard against a solid surface. By design it also keeps fragments within the cup, making cleanup a breeze.
Check it out on Amazon – $35