I found this article last night and I couldnâ€™t resist.Â I thought it
would be a short list of pasta thongs and wooden bowls â€“ but since this
appeared in Popular Mechanics â€“ itâ€™s beyond that! I had to share â€“ this
article has all the fun stuff in life â€“ beer, pizza and ice cream!
We have a special place in our hearts for crazy, single-purpose
gadgets that straddle the line between humorous and ingenious. These
one-use wonders should be on any high-tech chefâ€™s wish list.
Weâ€™re hard pressed to think of a more macho kitchen gadget than a gun
that shoots beef jerky. Maybe one that makes beer at the same time. But
then it would be multipurpose, and out of the scope of this article.
The barrel of the Jerky Works Gun holds a whopping pound of meat, which
means less refilling (reloading?) for you. It comes with five spice
packets and three different nozzles, each of which â€œshootsâ€ a different
style: strips, double strips, or sticks. Once youâ€™ve discharged all your
beef, simply dry your jerky in the oven at a low temperature, or in a
Not quite as savvy as a sommelier when it comes to opening wine?
Until now, the fanciest alternative to the basic corkscrew was the Metrokane Rabbit,
which, with all its lumbering levers, is a bit confusing to maneuver
and more than a tad inelegant. But with Waring Proâ€™s new Professional
Cordless Wine Opener you can say Ãƒâ€so longâ€™ to splintered corks and
jammed synthetic stoppers, all while one-upping your friends and
The battery-operated opener is easy to use: to extract the cork,
simply place the lightweight, rubberized handset on top of a wine bottle
and press the â€œdownâ€ button. To release the cork from the opener, press
the â€œupâ€ button. Youâ€™ll be swirling your sauvignon blanc in no time.
The opener can uncork 80 bottles on a full charge, making it an ideal
choice for the office Christmas party, and overkill for pretty much
If you ask us, chicken wingsâ€“whether cooked at home or purchased by
the bucketloadâ€“are supposed to be a greasy, saucy mess. But maybe for
some misguided reason you disagree. In which case you might appreciate
Harriet Carterâ€™s Chicken Rack, which is kind of like a coat hanger for
everyoneâ€™s favorite game-day grub. Capable of dangling up to a dozen
wings over your grill or in your oven, the Chicken Rack cooks meat
evenly while all the unhealthy (read: delicious) fat melts away. You
wonâ€™t be able to slather them with mop sauce and they probably wonâ€™t
turn out all that crispy, but then again you wonâ€™t stain your shirt and
your pants will still fit. Hey, lifeâ€™s a compromise.
Ever ordered a pizza and had it delivered unsliced? Neither have we,
but stranger things have happened. Arm yourself with the Pizza Pro Pizza
Shears, a combo cutter/spatula that allows you to slice and lift at
once, without fear of spilled pepperoni or dreaded cheese dislocation.
Made of dishwasher-safe stainless steel, the shears can be used
interchangeably by right- and left-handers, and will fit right in with
the rest of the junk crowding your kitchen drawers. Perfect for those
ambitious, if often imprudent, Boboli moments; as well as all those
times when you only want half a slice. Though, come to think of it,
thatâ€™s never happened to us, either.
Say â€œBrÃ¼tÃ¼lâ€ three times fast: BrÃ¼tÃ¼l, BrÃ¼tÃ¼l, BrÃ¼tÃ¼lbrew tool. Get
it? This â€œsnappyâ€ silver contraption bills itself as the worldâ€™s most
â€œversatileâ€ beer-layering device. Perfect for those times when you just
canâ€™t choose between a rich, creamy stout and a crisp, clean ale, the
BrÃ¼tÃ¼l lets you enjoy both at once. Simply pour half a glass of the
lighter beer, balance the Lagerhead Turtle on the rim, and top off your
pint with the darker brew. Now you can enjoy blended beer beverages like
the Black Velvet (Guinness and Champagne), the Snakebite (Guinness and
hard cider), and the Bumble Bee (Murphyâ€™s and Dundee Honey Lager)
without having to go to a fancy bar. Guaranteed to come in handy at
least once every few decades.
Whoppers are so over. The biggest trend in hamburgers these days is
little. Sliders are popping up at many of the nationâ€™s choicest
restaurantsâ€“made with grass-fed beef and topped with artisanal cheese,
The Big City Slider Station is kind of like a stove-top muffin pan,
but for meat. Made from aluminum with a double-sided nonstick surface,
it allows you to cook five perfectly proportioned mini burgers without
the â€œhasslesâ€ of pressing or flipping them in a plain old skillet with a
boring old spatula (yawn). You see, the Slider Station cooks the
burgers on both sides at once: simply scoop your meat of choice into the
divots; press on the handy, grill-marked lid; and sear on the stovetop.
In just two minutes youâ€™ll be digging in to beefy, bite-size bliss.
Making hamburgers has never been easier, not that it was ever that hard.
For tastier instructions about how to cook a burger, check out our
expert advice from Steven Raichlen.
Sometimes, particularly after knocking back a few, it can be
difficult to pinpoint where you put your latest beer. Did you leave it
next to the fridge, on top of the TV, or (admit it) on the back of the
toilet? This handy pager ensures that you will never loose another can,
whether you are tinkering in the kitchen or kicking back with the guys
and watching the game.
The cozy-coaster combo comes with a pocket-size pager that clips to
your belt. When you canâ€™t find your cold one, simply press the red
buttonâ€“emergency!â€“and the coaster lights up and emits an
oh-so-hilarious belching sound. It works from up to 60 ft. away, even
through walls. Just make sure not to misplace the remoteâ€“your beer wonâ€™t
be able to locate it.
Speaking of beverages, nothing adds insult to injury quite like being
stuck in morning rush-hour traffic and discovering that the coffee in
your (green! reusable!) travel mug has gone ice cold. This mug heats its
contents through USB power or via an included 12-volt car adaptor.
Though we were initially skeptical about what seemed to be a throwaway
gimmick, the gadget quickly became central to the before-sunrise commute
of a high school teacher friend. Once connected to a car or computer,
the mug instantly heats up to the desired temperature, ensuring that you
never have to drink a lukewarm latte again. The stainless-steel mugâ€™s
press-on lid features an â€œeasy accessâ€ thumb slide for sipping that
couldnâ€™t be simpler.
Go ahead, strip. Corn that is, without making a mess, using this
clever if somewhat ridiculous device. How many times have you tried to
de-corn your cob, only to send those little suckers scattering across
the counter and onto the floor? Whatâ€™s that, never? Well, it could
happen, in which case OXOâ€™s Corn Stripper would come in handy. It looks
like a cross between a computer mouse and a Matchbox car and works by
collecting the kernels in a 1/2-cup container (approximately one ear,
according to experts) as it wheels up and down the cob. There is a hole
in the top for pouring out the corn, and the entire contraption comes
apart for easy cleaning. The Stripper has a stainless-steel blade and
pressure-absorbing, ergonomic grips to prevent you from getting
corn-related carpal tunnel.
Wish shaking your WiiMote during all those hours of Cooking Mama had
tangible, edible results? We do. The best way to turn jumping and
shaking into food is with a Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker. Unlike
most ice cream machines, the Play & Freeze needs no electricity (and
doesnâ€™t need to sit in the freezer for 12 hours in advance) so itâ€™s
perfect for those afternoons in the park when thereâ€™s no Mister Softee
in sight. Just fill the two compartments in the ball with ice cream base
and rock salt and shake (or play catch) for twenty minutes. Available
in both pint (2 pounds; makes 1 pint) and mega (3 pounds; makes 1 quart)
sizes, not to mention a rainbowâ€™s worth of colors, the Ice Cream Ball
is soft serve meets the gymâ€™s medicine ball. Twenty minutes may seem
like a long time to shake and rattle, but look at it this way: youâ€™ll
burn off at least 10 calories.