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Tag Archives: Cooking

Karate Chopper Lettuce Knife

Karate Chopper Lettuce Knife (Images courtesy GAMA-GO)
By Andrew Liszewski

I don’t care what Cook’s Illustrated has to say about it, if they made a stainless steel version of this Karate Chopper lettuce knife, I’d use it for anything and everything in my kitchen. They say that Bruce Lee was able to halve an onion with his hand from just an inch away (yes, I know his discipline was Jeet Kune Do, not Karate) but with this knife anyone can feel like a martial arts master, even if they’ve never broken a single board in their life. This version is made from dishwasher safe high-impact plastic, and is available from GAMA-GO for just $12. It’s fine for vegetables and breads I suspect, but until a metal butcher knife version is available, I’d avoid going to town on meats with it.

[ Karate Chopper Lettuce Knife ] VIA [ Fancy ]

Sharp Act Knife Sharpener

Sharp Act Knife Sharpener (Image courtesy NeatoShop)
By Andrew Liszewski

Novelty items and sharp kitchen knives probably shouldn’t go hand in hand, but we can’t help but be enamored by this clever sharpener that’s designed to look like you’re about to saw a woman in half. The magic trick might be old hat and pretty uninspired when compared to today’s magicians and their ‘mind-freaking’ illusions, but anyone with even a passing knowledge of Harry Houdini and magicians of yesteryear should appreciate its novelty. And if you’re wondering how the knife goes from dull to sharp after being dragged through the device, I’m afraid the explanation is just good old fashioned magic. (And possibly a ceramic sharpening stone.) $11.95 available from the NeatoShop.

[ Sharp Act Knife Sharpener ] VIA [ Fancy ]

Electrolux Powermix Silent Blender Is Ten Times Quieter

Electrolux Powermix Silent Blender (Image courtesy Electrolux)
By Andrew Liszewski

While not particularly new, yesterday’s 100+ degree day (where I live at least) has gotten us thinking about ways to beat the heat. And Electrolux’s Powermix Silent blender will not only come in handy for mixing up smoothies and other frozen drinks, but it also does it in a way that’s 10X quieter than your standard blender. Now referring to it as ‘Silent’ is a bit of a stretch since it still produced about 80dB of noise, similar to being inside a car at 50MPH. Compared to 90-95dB of a regular blender which is more like the roar of a motorcycle.

The quieter performance is thanks to the blender’s patented ‘Sound Reduction System’ which incorporates reduced vibrations and better airflow around the motor. But as far as blending goes, it also apparently improves on older models there too with a triangular jug design which better creates a vortex effect, pulling materials down to the blades. Unfortunately though, like a lot of products under the Electrolux brand, it’s only available in certain parts of Europe.

[ Electrolux Powermix Silent Blender ] VIA [ Fancy ]

Alessi’s Grooved Chopping Board Could Oust The Wheel As Greatest Invention Of All Time

Alessi Chop Cutting Board (Images courtesy Alessi)
By Andrew Liszewski

Now seriously, why has it taken mankind so long to make such a simple improvement to the wooden cutting board? Chop was created by French designer Patrick Jouin for Alessi’s Fall & Winter 2010 collection, and simply adds a concave groove around the rim that allows you to slide a plate below the cutting surface and easily scrape chopped food onto it. Unfortunately it’s $100, but fortunately it looks like it’s less complicated to make than a grade school wood shop project. Now where’s my router?

[ Alessi Chop Cutting Board ] VIA [ Core77 ]

S’More To Love Rack

S'More To Love Rack (Image courtesy The Fulham Group)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re keeping score, humanity loses another few points today with the creation of the S’More To Love rack which manages to simplify a ‘cooking’ process already easy enough for monkeys and dolphins to follow. And if your kitchen isn’t already filled with enough unitasking contraptions, the S’More To Love will be a welcome addition, particularly if the act of heating a marshmallow, a piece of chocolate and graham crackers has you completely befuddled.

I’ll agree that starting a small camp fire in the kitchen sink just to make s’mores hasn’t always turned out the way I had hoped, but as an alternative the microwave does just as good job at heating the aforementioned ingredients without the risk of burning. Well, with less risk of burning. Of course as always I’ll leave it to you to decide if the $19.95 asking price is worth it, and it just might be if you think you’re as hopelessly inept as the actors appearing in this promotional video.

[ S'More To Love ] VIA [ Gear Patrol ]

Ventu – The World’s Most Advanced Serving & Straining Bowl

Ventu Strainer Bowl (Images courtesy Quirky)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m a big fan of Quirky, and like that it gives amateur inventors the real opportunity to bring their creations to life. But at the same time it can be really frustrating to stumble across an innovative new product you really like, only to discover it’s a Quirky project still waiting for enough commitments to become a reality. Such is the case with the Ventu. It’s a combination serving/straining bowl that uses a unique pivoting armature to seal up a built-in colander once you’ve drained foods like freshly cooked pasta.

Made from brushed stainless steel with acacia wood handles the Ventu also looks as good as it functions, and the pivoting part can be removed for easy cleaning. At the moment it’s even on pre-sale for just $49.99, but unfortunately it’s only received 55 of the 1800 commitments needed for it to move into production, which could mean it’s going to be a long time before this sees the light of day.

[ Ventu Strainer Bowl ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

COOKUP200 Portable Solar Death Ray Disguised As A Solar Oven

COOKUP200 Portable Solar Oven (Image courtesy iD Cook)
By Andrew Liszewski

I try not to lose too much sleep over it, but every once in a while the worry that my home will be invaded by a Roman fleet gets the best of me. I’m not proud of it, and I’ll admit there’s a chance I’m maybe being a little paranoid, but I just know the second I let my guard down- BAM!… Roman Centurions knocking on my door. Thankfully I’ll now be prepared though because some clever Greeks (I’m assuming, possibly even the direct descendants of Archimedes, even though their website’s in French) have created a portable solar death ray cleverly disguised as a solar oven.

The horribly named COOKUP200 can be assembled in as little as 10 minutes (I can probably get that down to 8 with years of practice) which should be enough time to get it set up and properly aimed if invading forces are spotted early enough. By default the parabolic mirrors are focused on the cooking plate so that the naive will think it’s designed for cooking, but I’m sure the focal point can be adjusted to cause one’s enemies some real discomfort. It even comes with its own carrying case making it easy to haul up on the roof giving you the high ground, and a built-in orientation sensor helps you properly align it towards the sun. The ~$700 (€499.95) price tag does have me a little worried, but I guess you can’t put a price on your home’s safety.

[ COOKUP200 ] VIA [ re-nest ]

Chopula Is Everything I’ve Ever Wanted In A Spatula

Chopula (Image courtesy Dreamfarm)
By Andrew Liszewski

Even though I have the opportunity to play with new high-techery week in and week out, it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate those simpler gadgets that have just as much potential for improving our lives. And I’ll be honest, I have just as much gadget lust for this brilliant Chopula spatula as I did for anything I saw at CES earlier this year.

The clever pun of a product name pretty much sums up the Chopula’s greatest strength, a unique head shape which allows you to use one edge to ‘chop’ food in the pan. It’s probably no match for meats or vegetables, but with eggs or other softer fare it saves you from having to reach into a hot pan with a dedicated cutting utensil. The head’s also made from flexible, premium-grade silicone with a multi-curved design making it easy to scrape every last bit from a pan. And if that wasn’t enough to sell you on its design, its even got a built-in kickstand which keeps the head off the counter when not in use. ~$15 from Dreamfarm.

[ Chopula ] VIA [ Holycool.net ]

In-Car Kettle Seems Like A Pretty Safe Idea

Smart Pot To Go Portable Heating Appliance (Image courtesy Things You Never Knew Existed) By Andrew Liszewski

Listen, I know in the morning there’s not always a lot of time to squeeze in a healthy breakfast. But if you absolutely have to have a cup of coffee to get you prepped and awake for work, just do yourself a favor and set your alarm back 10 minutes so you have enough time to brew a cup in the safety of your kitchen.

I mean it’s not that I think that this fine automobile-based appliance isn’t up to the job of boiling 20 ounces of water, soups or even re-heating meals. There’s just some weird nagging voice inside me that thinks that trying to boil a pot of water and mix up a cup of coffee while sitting behind the wheel of a car in traffic could be dangerous. Just maybe$24.98 from TYNKE.

[ Smart Pot To Go Portable Heating Appliance ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]