The Crazy Russian Hacker tries out 8 kitchen gadgets

I have a lot of kitchen gadgets that I like and use (and almost every time I write about them, an Alton Brown devotee will explain why my opinion is wrong in the comments). In this video, the famous YouTuber Crazy Russian Hacker tries out eight kitchen unitaskers. Some of them, like the cantaloupe cutter, are junk, but others, like a leftover pizza crisper, is a winner. Read the rest

Rock your way to crushed garlic

I've yet to find a hinged garlic press that I love. The ones I've tried are inefficient, fragile (especially the hinge, which inevitably fails), and not that easy to clean. I end up having to peel the unused garlic from the inside of the press, and my fingers stink for days. Everyone has their opinion about crushing garlic - my top choice is Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher, Press, and Mincer ($15). Read the rest

The best looking electric kettle

This KitchenAid 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle is by far the best-looking electric kettle ever made. Carla got me the pistachio colored one for Christmas last year. It heats up quickly (under five minutes when full) by setting it on the base and has an auto-shutoff. It has a lime scale filter so your hot water doesn't end up with little flakes in it. Other kettles cost less, but they aren't as cute as this. Read the rest

Electric milk frother great for mixing anything you drink

I dropped our little Ikea battery-powered milk frother and it broke. We needed a replacement ASAP, because everyone in the family uses it every day - to froth milk, make cocoa, make matcha, mix butter into coffee, and blend foul-tasting powdered herbs and supplements into water. Amazon recently started selling Ikea stuff, so I bought a replacement for $5.49 and all is right in our household now. Read the rest

Use plastic lids and Mason jars to store food and other things

You can't use these plastic lids for canning (they don't form a tight seal and wouldn't survive the high temperature) but they do a fine job for storing food or other things in Mason jars. Amazon sells 16 wide mouth jar lids for $10. And you can buy wide mouth Mason jars in a several different sizes, from a half-pint to a hald-gallon. Read the rest