With Spring fully sprung, now’s the time to toss out the old, and get some new things, especially in your home. Luckily, Home Depot’s got your back. With specials going on all month, there are just a few more days left to catch their Spring Black Friday deals, and there’s plenty worth checking out.
Kitchen and Bar Gear
I am learning that there are certain kitchen gadgets that I’ve never given a second thought to, but that once used become nearly indispensable. Examples include the Gourmia Air Fryer I reviewed last year (that I still use all the time), and the Gourmia GFD 1950 9-Tray Dehydrator we’ll be looking at today.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Hopsy SUB Compact, and I’ve been testing it for the last week. The SUB Compact is a beautiful and functional device that will be an excellent addition to any home bar as long as you have patience and can deal with the noise of the cooling fan. The Box The SUB Compact arrived in a large cardboard box which contained both the actual device and four mini-kegs of different flavors each containing 67.6oz of quality beer. One thing to note right off the bat is that this SUB Compact can only be…
Have you ever heard of Super Steel? Well, me either, but supposedly it makes for amazing kitchen knives! Artisan Revere has crafted a chef knife using Elmax Super Steel that was designed and manufactured in the USA and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. The Artisan Revere Chef Knife has already surpassed its Kickstarter funding goal!
If you live in a small space, or don’t want to use your full-sized oven for smaller items, you should certainly check out Calphalon’s Quartz Heat Countertop Oven. I’ve had a chance to check it out over the last few months, and not only is it a mainstay in my kitchen, but its do-all approach allows you to do a bit more cooking, faster.
St. Patrick’s Day has become synonymous with drinking and partying to the wee hours of the night, which usually meant having to navigate through a drunken zombie landscape. However, Hopsy has a better solution. They’ve created the SUB Compact, a device that lets you enjoy craft beers on draft right from your home just in time for the festivities.
Teplo wants your tea to be reflective of your mood when you’re drinking it so they’ve created Teplo Tea which is an internet-connected tea kettle with a heart rate sensor built-in to help it determine your state of mind.
Breville’s new Smart Oven Pizzaiolo is specially designed to make restaurant-quality pizza in your home kitchen; it’s the first domestic countertop oven that reaches 750F, similar to a brick oven. Breville connected me with Dan Richer, chef and owner of Razza Pizza Artigianale, to give me a demonstration; I left impressed with both the oven and the chef.
Sous Vide is probably my favorite method of cooking my meals. From comfort foods to premium cuts of meat, when I want to make sure they are cooked evenly and not too tough, you can always trust this process. And with Chefman’s Sous Vide Precision Cooker, all of your meals will be made to perfection.
If you are a huge coffee drinker who is looking for a more cost-effective method for making your iced coffees in the morning, the Cold Brew Coffee Maker by Gourmia may be just the thing you need.
One thing I hate about making meals in the kitchen is that most of the time I’m away from my television, so I end up missing that important catch in the playoffs or the plot of a tv show. Now thanks to Funai, Philips is introducing a 24″ Kitchen Android TV complete with Google Assistant
Chefman’s new Chef IQ App, which is in beta release now, will allow consumers to control their kitchen appliances, monitor their cooking progress, and view recipes with step-by-step videos. This first of its kind app will connect to the appliances via Bluetooth and WiFi.
There’s nothing better than a cool glass of water, but most city tap water is chlorinated, fluoridated, and loaded with minerals that can make it taste nasty. Or maybe you’re on tested-as-fine well water, but you prefer filtering your drinking water for extra peace of mind. Either way, you should check out The Pure Company Carbon Filter Water Decanter.
How in the world did I get by without ever owning an air fryer? In my defense, our kitchen space is limited, so we don’t have a lot of room for extra gadgets. But after trying out the Gourmia 5-Quart GAF575 Air Fryer, I’ve found a kitchen appliance I will simply have to find space to keep; it’s that good.
Sometimes you need a damn good pizza cooked in a scorching hot oven to make your life complete. For those times, you need the Uuni Pro 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven in your backyard. The latest oven from Ooni can cook pizzas in around 60 seconds, perfectly sear steaks, roast vegetables, and much more. Starting at $599, you can be cooking with gas!
Using a slab of aluminum to more quickly defrost your frozen meats is nothing new, yet it’s not something that many of us think to do. PDAir sent me a couple of their Energy Source Defrosting Trays to try. Two different styles; each has its own merits. Let’s take a look.
The latest high-tech grilling accessory for the summer is here: MEATER, the first wireless smart meat thermometer. MEATER is a Bluetooth enabled meat probe that you can leave in your meat throughout your cook, allowing you to keep track of your meat’s internal temperature remotely through a mobile phone app.
Do you love espresso or know someone who does and you wish you could have it anywhere, anytime? Look no further than the CISNO Portable Espresso Machine. This new gadget allows you to make espresso anywhere, whether it is in the office, stuck in traffic in your car, or at a remote campsite…voila, espresso!
As a member of a competitive BBQ team and lover of smoked meats, I do a lot of smoking in the summer. The big secret to great BBQ is correct temperatures and timing. ThermoWorks offers many products to make sure the temps are correct, and I recently had the opportunity to try their newest product, the $69 BlueDOT.
If you read my review series on the PicoBrew S, then you probably thought that being able to brew beer on your kitchen counter was pretty cool — but that price tag, though! $799 is a lot to invest if you’re just a hobby brewer, but now Pico has come out with a sub-$200 solution for everyone, the Pico U.
As much fun as this looks, a garden torch probably isn’t the safest and best way to light a barbecue grill. I have used a torch hooked up to a propane tank in the past, but despite my friend’s enthusiasm in this photo, I’ve found a better way: The Bison Airlighter 420. Here’s why The Bison is a significant improvement.