Scooping ice cream isn’t rocket science, but if you eat bucket loads of the stuff on a regular basis you’ll likely appreciate a tool that’s well suited to the job — and one that’s designed by an aerospace engineer. Unlike a spoon or traditional scooper that has to be dragged and pried through cold, solid ice cream, Midnight Scoop boasts a curved handle with an end that rests in your palm and spares your wrists, instead letting you push it through even the hardest frozen snacks using locked wrists and the stronger muscles of your arm and chest. It’s also nigh indestructible thanks to a solid 6061 aluminum construction and comes in four colors that include Chrome (shown), Moonstone (white), Graphite (basically gun metal), and Gold.
Grab one at at Midnight Scoop – $35
If making bacon wasn’t a bit of a mess we’d probably eat even more of it, which is to say too much. Feel similarly? Then steer clear of the Bacon Express Bacon Grill. While it’s really only good for one thing, that thing is cooking bacon to a perfect crispiness, which more than offsets the sacrificed counter space. Open the two doors and load it up with regular or thick-sliced bacon, then adjust the dial and close the doors back up. Its vertical cooking surface won’t trap grease and fry the bacon in its own fat like pan frying does, instead draining it with the help of gravity in a slide-out drip tray so you can feel slightly less guilty — and compensate by eating more.
Find it at Amazon – $40
Chances are slim that whatever martini glass you’re currently sipping from starts as a 25 pound block of 303 stainless steel. The Adamantini Indestructible Martini Glass does and that’s just the reason it’s basically unbreakable, even if you tend to clink glasses real hard. Milled down and hollowed each Adamantini still weighs just over a pound and holds 8 ounces of your preferred cocktail. Since it’s bottom-heavy a relatively small base stabilizes the glass — and your drink.
Find it at Wolfram Manufacturing – $200
Juicing is great. The cleaning of the machine that inevitably follows isn’t. JUISIR follows in the footsteps of the uber-convenient Juicero in making juicing close to effortless, albeit with reusable juicing bags (or single use, if you’re lazy) to fill with your own fruits and/or vegetables instead of purchasing proprietary (and pricy) juicing packs from the company. To use it, you’ll need to chop up some fruits and vegetables into dollar coin-sized pieces and load the bag up with about 0.8lbs of the stuff. Then, insert the bag into the slot on top and press the machine’s only (and very prominent) button to put it to work exerting about 8 tonnes of pressure on the bag’s contents. Out comes about a cup of juice over the next 90 seconds, and since no parts of the machine come in contact with the bag’s contents other than the bag itself there’s nothing else to clean.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $450
Its job is nothing complex: just slosh some liquid and fruits/herbs/spices around, then dispense the resulting drink via a spout. Still, the Nostalgia Electric Drink Infuser & Dispenser does the above on a large scale with its three stackable one-gallon reservoirs that can make one drink each and that boast a slow-rotating paddle to stir the ingredients up and hasten the infusion process. Serve your drinks stacked on the stainless steel base or remove and cover each reservoir individually with the three included covers. It’s also got filtered infusion chambers for keeping certain ingredients from ending up in drinks and LEDs in the base to light up the stack during late-night parties.
The champion of charcoal or baron of BBQ has a new weapon in his arsenal to achieve the perfect grill. Brookstone’s Grill Tumbler is an easy way to evenly cook meats and veggies without the need for tongs or spatulas. The Grill Tumbler not only makes for even cooking, it comes with a tray that ensures all pieces are equally marinated and a non-stick coating to make cleanup a breeze. The design makes turning your food as easy as rolling the Tumbler across your grill, and the silicone handles keep the basket closed and protect your hands against the heat. There’s even a tray lid to keep odors contained while your food marinates in the fridge.
Find it at Brookstone – $50
Fellow’s original Stagg Pour-Over Kettle had a precise thermometer up top so you’d know when its water was at the right temperature. The Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle, on the other hand, takes care of for you thanks to a base that heats it up to exactly the temperature you’ve set. This is accomplished through the use of an intuitive twist dial on the right side that then pushes down to activate, showing the selected temperature — anywhere from 135°F to 212°F — on the inverse LCD to the right. Once the desired temperature is attained the EKG either goes to sleep or holds for 30 minutes, this choice dictated by the only other physical input on the device: a toggle on the back. Each of course includes the kettle, with a precision pour spout and a counterbalanced handle for a more stable hold. And it’s also available in a EKG+ model that’s got all of the same features but that’s powered by Acaia and includes Bluetooth for full controls from the Brewbar app and for connectivity to Acaia’s scales and the Baratza Sette 270W grinder to produce (and reproduce) precise brew recipes with ease.
Find it at Kickstarter – $105+
Draft beer isn’t impossible to pour at home, it’s just that typical systems are more complex and expensive than the average beer lover would like. Now there’s another, simpler option with the Fizzics Waytap Draft Beer Dispenser, which recreates the taste and texture of draft beer without taking up much space or pulling beer from a keg. Instead, the tap fits over a standard/tall can or a bottle of beer and pours at the pull of its lever. When the handle is pushed to the closed position to finish the pour the Waytab converts the exiting brew’s natural carbonation into perfect foam by using sound waves instead of nitrogen canisters. It works with all types of beers and runs on four AA batteries so it’s portable, too.
Grab one at Amazon – $130