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
Infusing butter or oil with botanicals — whether of the mind altering variety of not — is a messy and time consuming job. The coffee machine-sized Levo Oil Infuser originates, unsurprisingly, out of Colorado and automates the process, doing all the handiwork for you with dead-on precision. Insert the herbs and oil, set the time and desired temperature on its intuitive touchscreen, and start Levo up. When the infusion’s done the oil is filtered and dispensed, and all that’s left in terms of cleanup is to throw the reservoir in the dishwasher for a hands-off cleanup.
Learn more at Levo – $140
They boast handsome oak handles and look like they’re cast iron. But in actuality you’ll be surprised if you lift one since the pots and pans that make up Eva Solo’s Nordic Kitchen collection are built of sturdy but lightweight aluminum and boast a four-layer non-stick Slip-Let coating for cooking with less fat (and easy cleaning afterwards). The core collection includes several pot sizes, a sauté and three frying pans, plus a saucepan (shown). Also part of Nordic Kitchen series are a triad of cutting boards, an 8-knife stand, and several mixing bowls, though the latter are made of melamine and not aluminum.
Wood wouldn’t quite keep a razor-sharp edge, so the Skid Wooden Chef Knife isn’t technically 100% made of wood. Instead this remarkable knife’s composition is closer to 97% wood and 3% alloyed carbon steel, the latter very hard and used just for the blade’s edge. The Robinia wood used itself is harder than oak and boasts a high percentage of tannin which has antibacterial properties so that nothing but warm water is needed to clean the blade. Wood and metal come together seamlessly and durably, and the knife handles nicely due to its low weight. Also available in other woods including mahogany, smoked mood oak coupled to Damascus steel, and ebony.
Find it at Indiegogo – roughly $200