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May 18, 2016 • Reviews

The Barbarian: The Only Bar Tool You’ll Need to Buy

If you are setting up your kitchen or bar for the first time, then you know that there are quite a few tools that will need to go into your drawer including a citrus press, a corkscrew, a bottle opener, and a jigger. The Barbarian has all of that built into one very clever, well-built …

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February 18, 2016 • Reviews

Barbarian Bar Tools’ Simple Tool: Make Your Bottle Opener Work for You

We’ve all got a bottle opener or two in our kitchen drawer, but most of them are pretty straightforward: bottle opener on one end, can opener on the other end. Barbarian Bar Tools’ Simple Tool can open your bottles and cans, but it also has a few other tricks up its sleeve.

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February 17, 2016 • Reviews

The Spongester: Keeps Your Good Sponge Separate from Your Evil Sponge

If you use sponges (or O-Cell-O pads) in your home, then you probably have two: one that you use on dishes and countertops and one that gets used in places like the toilet, floor, or worse. The Spongester is a simple two-tiered stainless steel rack that stores your sponges so they can dry, keeping them clean …

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August 15, 2015 • Reviews, Yum Log

Hello Fresh and The New iPad App Might Turn Me Into a Cook!

When I moved into my own apartment back in January I initially planned to eat all of my meals either out or as prepackage, already prepared food. I quickly found that this was not healthy nor financially wise. That’s why I was excited to check out Hello Fresh, their food delivery service, and their new …

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May 12, 2015 • Reviews, Yum Log

Use the iGrill Mini to Get perfectly Cooked Meats for Memorial Day Weekend

With Memorial Day coming up in the next few weeks, one thing is for certain, everyone will be out grilling. If you’re not grilling steaks, vegetables, chicken, you name it, I’m sure you know someone that will be. But obviously there’s a lot to perfecting your favorite meals and making sure that NY Strip is actually …

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April 7, 2015 • News, Yum Log

The Orange Chef Countertop System May Be the Kitchen’s Operating System

A new and exciting kitchen device coming out this fall, is the Orange Chef Countertop. It syncs with your everyday kitchen appliances as well as your activity tracker to provide personalized recipe recommendations, helping you cook step-by-step, as well as keep track of your nutritional intake. It is now available for preorder at $99.95, 50% off future …

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February 6, 2015 • News

Easily Defeat Keurig 2.0 DRM with the Roger’s Coffee Freedom Clip

Last year I wrote about Keurig’s new version 2.0 K-cup brewer, and how they were including digital rights management like features into it that would prevent owners from using any other K-cup except “approved” ones.  This has been worked around by many, but this free Freedom Clip from Roger’s Coffee has managed to make it easy to defeat this technology.

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December 24, 2014 • Crowdfunding

Keyboard Waffle Iron Could Be the Greatest Holiday Gift Ever — Next Year

True story: a great deal of the gifts I got for family and friends this year came from either Kickstarter or Quirky, and if this keyboard waffle iron had only been available in time, I know exactly who I would have given it to! It wasn’t, but for $60 I’ve backed it, and I’ll be …

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September 10, 2014 • News

Updated: Finally, We Can Get “The Ex” Voodoo Knife Holder in a Metal Edition

I’ve wanted “The Ex” Voodoo Knife Holder set since I first saw the red one years ago, but … for whatever reason I held back, and now I’m glad I did. The original was made of plastic, and its blades were made in China. This Kickstarter project brings ‘The Ex’ to us in a solid …

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August 2, 2014 • Reviews, Yum Log

Colossal Cube Molds Review: Big Blocks of Ice for the Best Drinks

I’ve been on a “designer” ice-cube kick for a couple of months now; the bigger and more interesting, the better. I’ve finally come across a clear winner; say hello to the $14.95 Tovolo Colossal Cube Molds. These molds produce blocky ice cubes that will look impressive in your glass as they chill your beverage!

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June 17, 2014 • Reviews, Yum Log

Ice Balls Review: Make those Frozen Spheres that Mixologists Love

When I was in Barcelona, a “steampunk gastro-bartender” named George made me one of the foulest-tasting alcoholic concoctions I’ve ever tried. It didn’t matter, though. After watching all of the steps he took to create my gorgeous drink, capped with the flavored ice balls he was rationing out as if they were gold, I sipped and pseudo-savored that sucker.

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June 16, 2014 • Reviews, Yum Log

Jaz Innovations Oven Rack Guards Review: Stop Burning Your Wrists!

I love to cook, but there is one part of the process where I regularly drop the ball. and I have a lifetime collection of burn scars on my right hand to prove it. I can’t seem to help myself, but now I have a solution: Jaz Innovations Oven Rack Guards. No more painful wrist and hand burns for …

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May 7, 2014 • Crowdfunding

Can the Made Simplify Your Kitchen and Make You Eat Better?

If the idea of bringing home bulk beans, lentils, rice, and loose grains causes you to get nervous because you don’t want to figure out cooking measurements, but you know you need to integrate these healthy items into your diet more, then The Made might just be a Kickstart project that you should back.

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May 7, 2014 • Gear Bits

Towlhub 4 Port USB Charger – with Complimentary Wine Stopper Top

I noticed the Towlhub, a 3-in-one paper towel holder while browsing SkyMall on the flight back from the happiest place on earth. It features  a 4-port USB power , paper towel dispenser, and a hidden wine stopper (which also holds the paper towels); this MacGyver-ish device will set you back $49 –  add  Bluetooth speakers for a total …

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April 16, 2014 • Gear Bits, Yum Log

Like Your Whiskey Cold but Strong? Check Out Balls of Steel!

If you like your whiskey a bit chilled, but hate the way ice cubes melt and dilute the sweet elixir, then you will want to check out Balls of Steel. These whiskey drink chillers not only reduce the temperature of your drink without diluting it, but they also help battle testicular cancer.

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March 10, 2014 • Editorials, Rants and Raves

DRM or Cream in your Coffee? Soon you Could have Both with Keurig 2.0

Let me preface this with a well-known fact: I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Keurig. With that said, my current Keurig could be my last one, since Green Mountain is souring my morning cup with a little Digital Rights Management in their Keurig 2.0 machine coming this fall. This idea is so bad that I will …

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February 20, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits

Brew Cutlery Makes Loving Beer Even Easier

I recently built a home bar; between glass wear, jiggers, shakers and openers, there are tons of gadgets I could fill my drawers with, but a recent Kickstarter campaign has introduced an item I have never seen. Brew Cutlery combines stainless steel eating utensils with a bottle opener. A $20 Kickstarter contribution will let you …

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February 20, 2014 • Gear Bits

Lay Claim to Your Soda or Beer With CanStamp

Want to make your can of Bud stand out during a party? Want to lay claim to your Diet Coke when vacationing with others? If you answered yes, the $8 CanStamp is for you. Featuring statements like “mine”, “in use” and “fuel” it is a fun and kinda practical way to personalize your can. Check …

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January 29, 2014 • Reviews

Blend and Cook Soupmaker by Cuisinart Review

The Blend and Cook Soupmaker by Cuisinart lets kitchen culinarians make hot soup on a chilly day, then totally switch to frozen mixed drinks in the summertime with this flexible right in the glass blender jar. The black finish design looks great and helps with stains, while other advantages include BPA-free materials and the familiar …

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January 8, 2014 • Gear Bits

Lynx Brings Gas Grills into the Modern Age with its Smart Grill Concept

When’s the last time you heard of a truly innovative gas grill?  Lynx has just announced a concept that will bring the outdoor kitchen into the modern age.  Using smartphone integration and voice commands, Lynx’s Smart Grill can automatically cook your food using pre-programmed recipes created by master grillers.  Read more about it at Lynx’s …

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December 17, 2013 • Reviews

Ball FreshTECH Automatic Canning System, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Canning

Canning is one of those things that always sounded so good, but the actual process intimidated me terribly. It’s why I was so excited to jump on the chance to review the FreshTech Canning System. Could this all in one device provide all of the benefits of canning with none of the headaches? Read on …

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