Kitchen

A different take on the square meal

Princess Compact4All Appliances

Even if you’ve got ample counter space in your kitchen, pile on a bevy of appliances, and your fat cup’a joe is elbowing in for some premium real estate next to your dish rack and your collection of Major League beer steins. Innovative but simple, Princess Compact4All Appliances (~$52) can return much needed space to...

Rise and Grind

Baratza Virtuoso

Regardless of what those holiday commercials suggested as you were growing up, you can’t get excellent coffee by just scooping it out of a refrigerated red container. Grinding fresh beans is the fastest way to improve the quality of your coffee, but the way you grind is a big question mark. The Baratza Virtuoso ($249)...

To the Paper Go the Spoils

Fenugreen FreshPaper

According to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans throw out approximately 25% of the food they purchase each year due to spoilage. Though we’ve never conducted our own study, the moldy strawberries and wilted spinach in the bottom of our waste bins suggest that number is fairly accurate. To combat this problem,...

Thanks a latte

Starbucks Verismo Coffee Maker

If you don’t yet have a single cup coffee maker, you probably will soon. And if you’re a ‘Bucks addict, your buy date just got bumped up. The Starbucks Verismo ($199+) maker takes a big step forward in home coffee brewers, providing a multitude of professional-level drinks in the comfort of your own home. Where...

Budget-chopper

Victorinox Fibrox 8-inch Chef’s Knife

Bang for your buck, though ignored by many snobs who insist on only buying “top-tier” products (with price tags to match), is not dead, nor even floundering. The Victorinox Fibrox 8-inch Chef’s Knife ($27) is a key kitchen tool that beats out competitors costing three times as much. The knife’s blade is made of X50CrMoV15...

Inception, Fridge-style

LG LFX31945ST Door-in-Door Fridge

We thought LG had destroyed the space war (not the cool, lasers and aliens kind) with their Super-Capacity French Door Fridge. Not so. The LG LFX31945ST Door-in-Door Fridge ($3,500) uses the same extra-thin ice maker in the door and clever shelving as other fridges, but adds an extra compartment within the door to reach an...

Kitchen Confidential

Miniki

As any urbanite living in a tiny apartment can attest, kitchens are love/hate: they’re handy when you’re hungry, but they take up too much damn space otherwise. While some other minimalist kitchens cram everything into a small area, the Miniki actually transforms your kitchen into useful open space when you’re not whipping up a delicious...

The Finnish products

Iittala Tools Cookware Series

If you consider yourself both a Zen master and a warrior in the battleground of the kitchen, the iittala Tools Cookware Series will satisfy your tandem desires for high-performance cookware that delivers and a design that brings peace to your busy culinary world. Beautifully designed by Björn Dahlström in 1998 for the Finnish company, the...

Moveable Feast, indeed

Critter Moveable Field Kitchen

If you’re a man who likes to cook outside the box (and the home) then the Critter moveable field kitchen just might be your perfect mobile culinary lab. Designed by Elia Mangia, the Critter was designed for serious gourmands who need extensive equipment with a view. Whether you don’t have access to a full kitchen...

Cup O'Excellence

Fracino Espresso Machines

A good cup of espresso can turn a bad day into a very good one. A bad cup can do the opposite. You can avoid the latter altogether with Fracino Espresso Machines, built in the UK for high end hotels, restaurants, and the best coffee shops around the world. Using ISO 9001 quality standards, their...

Not lost in translation

Guide to the Foreign Japanese Kitchen

Traditional Japanese cooking can be incredibly daunting if you’re not, well, Japanese. Moé Takemura helps confused Westerners and Japanese expats alike in her Guide to the Foreign Japanese Kitchen ($49), which thoroughly and simply details the necessities of Japanese cuisine from ingredients to silverware. Each of the 30 meals in the book is laid out...

Get it while it's (not) hot

Bodum Bean Set Iced Coffee Press

Thought there was already a coffee maker for every type of drinker? You’re wrong. The Bodum Bean Set Iced Coffee Press ($45) is a 1.5 liter French press specifically “designed” for making cold-brewed iced coffee. In reality, the only distinction here is an additional lid that replaces the plunger while the grinds steep in the...

A cut above

Wüsthof Precision Knife Collection

Williams-Sonoma and the famed German knife-maker have collaborated to create an exclusive Wüsthof Precision Knife Collection ($500) that are as versatile as they are affordable. Constructed with clean curves from high-carbon stainless steel and slip-resistant synthetic handles, these choppers fit nicely to the hand and accomodate a variety of grips. The set comes with an...

Good taste, year-round

Urban Cultivator

Looking to elevate your home cooking from Boyardee to Batali? Fresh herbs are an excellent place to start. The Urban Cultivator ($2,200) lets home chefs not living in the state of California do the impossible — grow fresh hydroponic herbs or greens year-round. The home appliance, which is roughly the size of a dishwasher, maintains...

Gas, powered or Electric effervescence

Sodastream Revolution

Sparkling water has been chipping away at soda makers’ market share, and Sodastream is taking full advantage of health and environmentalism trends with their expanding line of home soda makers. New to the roster is the Revolution, an electric-powered water carbonation appliance. They’ve come a long way since the Source. The Revolution adds power, a...

Everything in the kitchen sink

Kitchoo Compact Kitchens

A dream kitchen can mean different things to different people. To an affluent suburbanite, it may mean double farm sinks and a Sub-Zero. For cramped city dwellers it pretty much means anything with a dishwasher. Somewhere in the middle lies Kitchoo Compact Kitchens ($4700+). The English company boasts a collection of “mini kitchens” that are...

No pressure cooking

Kickstarter: Nomiku Sous Vide

Most of us need another kitchen appliance like Lebron needs to reconsider leaving Cleveland. The Nomiku, a KickStarter project, is an effort to bring pro-grade sous vide to the home kitchen, without incorporating an industrial-size immersion circulator. Sized to fit in a drawer and priced (~$300) to fit the amateur’s budget, the Nomiku is a...

Counter art

Cafino Coffee Maker

The Cafino Coffee Maker ($165) is a lean coffee brewer with a tasteful aesthetic meant to ease the daily grind. Made of borosilicate glass (thermal stress resistant — think Pyrex) and stainless steel, this Tassilo von Grolman designed brewer utilizes a steel mesh sieve to reduce waste while extracting the perfect flavor. After brewing, remove the...

Got Bad Milk?

The Milkmaid Smart Milk Jug

Classy as it may be, sniffing a milk carton to see if its contents have spoiled isn’t terribly precise. That pensive moment right before the sniff (or worse, taste) is downright Neanderthal. In an attempt to get us beyond this is the Milkmaid, winner of a Quirky and GE sponsored innovation contest. Basically, the Milkmaid...

Make hoarding look good

Menu A/S Juuri Storage Containers

Juuri Storage Containers from Danish homewares design company, Menu A/S, are made of very durable and heat-resistant borosilicate glass and stripped of unnecessary decoration or adornment for a very masculine aesthetic. A flexible silicone collar placed between the glass sections creates an airtight integrated container, perfect for dry goods, while the top and bottom can...

Adventures in molecular merrymaking

Cuisine-R Evolution Molecular Gastronomy Set

Are you having trouble getting a rez at WD50? Did your connections at elBulli or The Fat Duck across the pond fail to pan out? Well, you could own kitchen into an experimental food lab this weekend with the Cuisine R – Evolution Molecular Gastronomy Set ($60). Yes, with some time and a little experimentation,...

Any excuse to cut things...

Curtis Stone Workbench Cutting Board

Featuring one part cutting board and one part food storage unit (with a waste disposal unit to boot), the Curtis Stone Workbench slicing and dicing the most exciting part of your meal — in the off chance it wasn’t already. Made from an Australian grown Victorian ash wood (from an eco-sustainable plantation), there’s no need...

Elevated coffee, courtesy of gravity

Bodum PEBO Vacuum Coffee Maker

Behold: a coffee maker that would make both Norman Foster and Bill Nye the Science Guy proud. Bodum has, as usual, done it right with their PEBO Stovetop Vacuum Coffee Maker ($80). With a form that’s as elegant as its function, this brewing device boasts a stovetop-safe borosilicate glass which is extremely strong, scratch and...

Appliance Envy

SodaStream Source

Move the Salad Shooter and make some room on your countertop. SodaStream recently partnered with Yves Béhar, founder of design and branding firm Fuseproject, to give the home soda maker not only a facelift, but a complete redesign. Long attempting to fight the burgeoning problem of plastic bottle waste, the irony of SodaStream has always...

K-Cup, The Next Generation...

Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System

We’ve previously discussed the virtues of the Keurig brewing system and its thankfully-ubiquitous K-cup as a handy solution for a quick fix of caffeine. Now after years of success, it’s time to introduce K-cup’s second act – the Keurig Vue ($212). Gone are the days of having only one “brew” choice, and only physical buttons. Now...

Stick to it

Kudu Fridge Magnets

Owning something unmistakably yours has been a tradition for centuries. It could be a simple iPhone cover or shirt monogram, to something more elaborate like  Da’Vinci experts claiming that the Mona Lisa is actually Da’Vinci himself painted as a woman. Well, you might not be Leo D, but thanks to Kudu Fridge Magnets ($50+) you...

Behold, the ultimate wedding registry item

Stem Citrus Juice Sprayer

Like a lot of discoveries on Quirky, we’ve filed this away under “unnecessary, but cool”. The Stem ($5) is the latest bit of esoterica from the online incubator, and its design and purpose are both simple, straightforward and a bit ingenious: plug the plastic stem (see what they did there?) into your citrus du jour,...

Espresso for show. Otto's for pros

OTTO Stove Top Espresso Maker

The Atomic Espresso Machine, designed by Giordano Robiatti in 1947, is lauded by many espresso fans as a mid-century masterpiece. The OTTO stove top espresso maker (~$852) pays direct homage to this legendary machine (or outright copies it depending on your perspective) and has been somewhat of a Moby Dick of the coffee world. After...

Tastey Travel Tubes

Plant Studio Mobile Organic Spice Kits

Do right by your taste buds and support those less fortunate than you by purchasing a Plant Studio Mobile Spice Kit ($20). Each organic kit is assembled in Poughkeepsie NY, by a team of workers at the Hudson Workshop for the disabled. Four versions are available including a more general set for the mobile foodie,...

Better for you and the earth

Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter

We’ve blabbered more than Scatman Crothers about how to manually brew better coffee, but if you still can’t wean yourself from the convenience of the K-cup, foodie and tech writer Matt Buchanan points out that the Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter ($19) offers some reasonable middle ground. This exclusive filter for the K-Cup system...

Gunmetal Great

Le Creuset for Garden & Gun

Le Creuset’s wares have always been a staple of upscale kitchens, but we’ve never particularly liked their boisturious color options. This exclusive gunmetal gray version ($300) of their classic 7.25-quart round french oven done in collaboration with one of our favorite Southern publications, Garden & Gun, however, provides a tasteful upgrade to the deep black...

Chills beer in just five minutes

LG Super-Capacity French-Door Refrigerator

Technology is constantly striving to indulge our inner sloth. Manually setting reminders on your phone was deemed too arduous, so now you can speak them. Pulling out keys, inserting them into the ignition, and twisting was just pointlessly strenuous, so now we just push a button. Going to rent a movie at Blockbuster defined drudgery,...

Stuff in a box

S-Box Knife Box

A practical way to store not just knives but also spices, keys, power-outlets, iPods or even a small TV, the S-Box (costs vary) can be installed into any surface with cabinet space beneath. Think: end of a kitchen island, breakfast bar or near the primary workspace you like to do your best Mario Batali. With...

Double Kitchen Agent

Design Spotlight: Scoop Measuring Spoon

Spoons, forks and knives, have admirably served western eaters well for centuries — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for innovation. Following in the prestigious footsteps of the spork, the product think tank at Quirky has devised a new eating utensil that combines the shoveling benefits of a spoon with the spreading skills of...

Im-press-ive

Kickstarter: The Espro Press

Compared to standard drip methods, the French Press (or cafetiére as it’s known in the rest of the world) does an excellent job of brewing a great tasting cup of coffee. But it isn’t perfect. In fact, many java-elitest feel the process results in overextraction and dislike that used grounds often wind up thwarting the...

Never over cook again

SousVide Supreme

Sous-vide (pronounced soo-veed) is a rather nerdy, but effective cooking submovement in the world of haute cuisine. The term literally translates to “under vacuum” in french, and involves sealing food in airtight plastic bags which are then placed in a precisely maintained hot water bath for extended periods of time. Typically the water temperatures are...

Chuck the plastic, toast the steel

Nau x Kleen Kanteen Stainless Steel Pints

If you weren’t one of our eagle eye readers that spotted them in yesterday’s Tasting Notes feature (there’s a hint after the jump), this should make things a bit more obvious. A collaboration between Nau and the BPA-free boffins at Kleen Kanteen, these stainless steel ($39) chalices are made from food-grade stainless steel and feature...

Blended Blender

DeLonghi 12-Cup Food Processor with Blender

DeLonghi’s new 12-cup food processor with blender ($300) is designed to combat the kitchen gadget sprawl that plagues many yuppie households. Thanks to a dual-drive motor system, the die cast metal base unit supports speed variations found on most blenders and food processors. With that power issue out of the way, users just have to...

Chef by a thousand cuts

Microplane Easy Prep Meat Tenderizer

Just because you can’t afford to eat grass-fed Wagyu every day, doesn’t mean you have to accept the status quo from lesser cuts when it comes to flavor or texture. That’s where tenderizing your meat comes into play. While the usual methods of messaging your protein involve pulling a Thor on your helpless meal-to-be, the Microplane Easy Prep Meat Tenderizer ($20) keeps things quiet and simple. Rolling its sharp etched blades to break down tough fibers is the culinary equivalent to aerating your lawn. The experience may not feel as significant as wielding a heavy mallet, but the fine folks at Food Republic report that the results are still the beefs neez. Buy Now: $20

No Average Joe

GP Primer | Skip the Drip: How to Manually Brew Better Coffee

Auto-drip coffee is entrenched in American culture for three reasons. It’s cheap, easy to make, and has a relatively consistent taste wherever you order it, apart from the random Chicory-spiked landmines you can stumble on down south. Those benefits have been compounded now that the process of measuring grounds, water, and finding a filter has...

Scoop de Ville

Kapu Coffee Scoop

Sure, your tablespoon does a fine job toting grinds from the bag to your jo-ppliance, but that’s not quite enough now is it? The Kapu Coffee Scoop ($26) takes what might be an otherwise ordinary piece of birch plywood and applies a fine dose of Finnish design, but this scoop isn’t just a one-hit wonder....

Party Foul Proof

Silipint

Most people will take beer in any container they can get it in. Purists, however, tend to place the traditional pint glass above all us. The Silipint ($10) is an indestructible incarnation of the popular cup (sadly it’s the American 16 oz, not a 20oz British Imperial). Made from flexible, food grade silicone, it can...

Easing the Daily Grind

Breville BDC600XL YouBrew

The intelligent new Breville BDC600XL YouBrew ($280) is a grinder and brewer designed to dish out the perfect amount of coffee your jittery caffeinated-heart desires (as long as it doesn’t exceed 12 cups at a time). Yes, you can do this today by adjusting the amount of coffee and water in your standard dripper, but...

Time To Make The....

Automatic Mini Donut Factory

Typically we avoid covering anything that could anchor a 45 minute infomercial at 4:00 a.m. Based on your response to the King Arthur mini donut maker last spring, though, we had to share this automatic mini donut factory ($180) — which takes a vastly improved assembly line approach to creating the addictive breakfast staple. Simply...