Kitchen

British Waist

Labour & Wait Brown Canvas Waist Apron

For the past 10 years Labour & Wait has diligently served the famous East London market district as a purveyor of simple, functional, hardy home and kitchen products. Worn by everyone working at the shop the Brown Canvas Waist Apron ($33) finally came into production after customer demand, and is now a signature of the...

Mesh for Less Mess

Williams-Sonoma Mesh Chef’s Pan

Grilling smaller food items can be a bit like playing Lemmings. Careful attention will insure much of what you started with will survive, but some poor morsels are bound to slip through the cracks. While there are many tools and techniques out there to help with this problem, this mesh chef’s pan ($50) from Williams-Sonoma...

Authentic Tastes, Homemade Touch

Sodastream Sodamix Flavors

After reviewing the Sodstream Genesis, we got a lot of reader feedback wanting to know more about flavor options. So we hit up Sodastream,and discovered there are quite a few that range from the expected: cola, cherry cola, ginger ale and root-beer, to the not so anticipated: cream soda, orange mango and peach tea. There’s...

The Cooler Cooler

Coleman Steel Belted Cooler

Still made in the USA, the Wichita, Kansas-based Coleman company has been producing the Coleman Steel Belted Cooler ($130) since the 1950’s. An ever-classic staple of Americana, this 54 quart cooler will carry 85 cans of your friend’s and family’s favorite drinks with heavy-duty construction that you can pass down. Yes, a generational cooler. The...

5 Minutes to a Better Summer Beverage

GP Primer | How To Make Perfect Iced Tea

In case you didn’t already know, June is National Iced Tea Month. Don’t worry, we didn’t realize it either. Benefits of home-brewed tea are obvious: cost and avoidance of artificial sweeteners amongst others, but there’s more than one way to brew, chill, and serve this summer staple. Most of you guys already know how to...

Attractive, Affordable, Functional

Dualit Professional 5 Speed Hand Mixer

Hand mixers may not be on the top of your must own kitchen gadget list, but their main benefit over that aircraft carrier KitchenAid Stand Mixer you have prominently docked on your counter is that they allow you to bring the power to the place where you need it rather than transferring ingredients to the...

Lobster Boil? There's A Pot For That

Crate & Barrel Lobster Pot

Take NoteQuick Tip: The lobster pot is self-explanatory (and rock solid to boot). But make sure you get the right lobster. Here’s an interesting tip we picked up before our last boil: when selecting your lobsters look for the liveliest ones. If the claws are secured, then pick it up and check their weight. You...

Feature Filled Forceps

iSi Pro Tongs

Tongs, arguably one of the most critical items in a man’s kitchen repertoire. Especially when it comes to grilling. This past Memorial Day weekend, GP fired up our grills and put a trio of iSi Basics Pro Tongs to the test. Besides well-handled eats, the Pro Tongs proved that tongs can and are more than...

Otherwise Known as Deep-Fried Dough

Café Du Monde Beignet Mix

Based on the attention you all gave to the King Aurthur Flour Mini Doughnut Maker, we figured we’d share more with you in deep-fried goodness department. Anyone who has been to New Orleans and followed a guide books instructions has probably sampled the delicious offerings of Café Du Monde. If you enjoyed the experience, there’s...

Cook Like a Superhero (or Villain)

Boker Black Ceramic Kitchen Knives

By Gear Patrol reader Amos Kwon What would you get if you hybridized Bruce Wayne and Wolfgang Puck? A large, angry Austrian version of Squiggy from Lavergne and Shirley? Perhaps, but you’d also have someone who would use the dark and stealthy Boker Ceramic Kitchen knife to carve his Kobe Beef tenderloin in the shape...

Mmmmm.....Doughnuts...

King Aurthur Flour Mini Doughnut Maker

Indulge your inner Homer and make one of man’s greatest creations in the comfort of your own kitchen using a King Aurthur Flour Mini Doughnut Maker ($40). The doughnut market is essentially an electric non stick waffle iron retooled to make 6 rings of doughy goodness at a time, without deep frying. Readers South of...

Like A Built in Spidey Sense for Hot Beverages

Mug With Temperature Sensor

Sick of burning yourself on a regular basis from being over eager to sip your morning cup of coffee? Then the ingenious technological wizardry in this mug may make your day. While the image may look like a phone battery power icon, this detail is actually designed to alert drinkers just how hot their beverage...

Restaurant Quality Durability Meets Residential Good Looks

Moravia Table

A man’s kitchen table often resembles a war zone, especially if they have a young family in tow. Just because it’s a high-traffic piece of furniture, the daily use of which involves sharp utensils, liquids, and foods, doesn’t mean we have to accept shoddy looks. Built using contract-quality construction, the Moravia table ($799) from Design...

Things Can be Built Like They Used To Be

Philips Robust Kitchen Appliance Collection

The phrase “made to last” is not the first concept to spring to mind in a word association with kitchen counter appliances. After some serious design work and innovative thinking, Philips’ hopes that’s exactly the connection consumers will make though while coming across the company’s new Robust line of appliances. Distinguished by a nice mix...

No More Messy Counter Tops

Hamilton Beach Wavestation Express Dispensing Blender

Though it may not have the power to blend an iPhone, this 500 Watt Wavestation Express Dispensing Blender from Hamilton Beach ($20) does have one distinct advantage for those fond of protein shakes or margaritas. Instead of having to remove the top and pour, simply use the spigot to drain whatever you’re blending into a...

Carbonation Goodness At The Push Of A Button

Sodastream Genesis

It’s simple really: bubbles, water and sweetener. Why can’t soda (aka “pop”) be created at home? Well, the days of solely purchasing your favorite carbonated beverages at the local store are over. Soda can literally be created, cheaply, at the push of a button with a Sodastream Genesis ($100).

Iron Girder Approved

Classic Construction Worker Lunch Box & Thermos

Bringing your lunch to work is an easy way to save yourself a ton of time and money each week. Lets face it $10-$15 on lunch adds up, quick. If you’re into vintage or just want an alternative to Tupperware, then you’ll appreciate the Classic Construction Worker Lunch Box & Thermos ($40). Both are made...

Spoiler Alert

DaysAgo Refrigerator Timer

Have you ever reached for the milk in the fridge and wound up pouring a glass of yogurt all over your cereal? Or dipped into the salsa can during a late night craving to discover it fossilized? Well the DaysAgo timer is here to save you, and your innocent taste buds from future food encounters...

A Guy Friendly Table Setting

CB2 Basketweave Placemats

Placemats are a dining accessory many single guys take for granted. Putting them on the table just seems like extra, unnecessary work. Plus the act of washing them after a few meals just adds insult to injury. Though we won’t disagree with either of those points, we will stop to remind you that details like...

Functional Works of Art

Kitchen Balloon Shakers

Seasoning shakers rarely ever see any attention from anyone outside of the folks at Bed, Bath, and Beyond who continuously strive to find new ways to repackage and sell the same old stuff. So when we come across something like these, we can’t help but pass the knowledge along to you. Created by Shotoku Glass...

Putting Your Entire Recipe Library at the Tip of Your Finger

Demy Kitchen Safe Recipe Reader

Products like the Amazon Kindle, Apple iPadand Skiff E-Reader are clearly aimed at putting all those paperbacks you have lying around out of their misery, but what about your cook books? The reality is, none of the current crop of e-readers out on the market are really built to work in the hazardous environment that...

Great Tool for Keeping Meal Time on Time

Quad Timer Cooking Timer

Anyone who has ever hosted a big meal can probably relate to the stress of timing multiple dishes at once. While normally in these situations over-worked cooks might enlist the help of others in the form of “hey remember this time for me, will ya?”, the margin of error for this method could definitely use...

Heat to Perfection and Drink to Your Health

Cuisinart PerfeTemp Tea Kettle

Most of Gear Patrol’s editors aren’t serious enough tea fiends to ever justify dropping this kind of cash on a kettle. That said, we do know a variety of folks who take their leafy drink quite seriously, so we decided to share. Built with an integrated precision temperature gauge, this 3-quart tea pot is designed...

Pooh Approved

Bee Raw 4 Fruit Varietal Honey Flight

Anyone who drinks wine should know that much of a bottle’s particular taste comes from the soil the grape vines were grown in. Similarly, when it comes to honey, everything from it’s consistency to taste and coloration is largely dependent on the flora around the bee hive. Subsequently, the honey experts over at Bee Raw...

Better Than Brita?

Zero Water Filtration Pitcher

Brita’s massive marketing budget may have established the company as the “king” of water filtration, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they make the best product. Take, ZeroWater for instance, which boldly touts the fact that its water is the only filtered water from a pitcher that meets the FDA definition for purified bottled water. Unlike...

Personally Fight Back Your Trash

Smush Can Self-Powered Trash Compactor

If you’re looking to eliminate those frequent runs to the larger garbage can out back from your daily exercise routine, the Smush Can may just be your ace in the hole. Described as a “Self-Powered Trash Compactor”, like other trash compactors, the Smush Can is designed to maximize can space by crushing built up garbage...

Shucking Judiciously Since The 1960s

Clam Ram

In Connecticut, circa 1960s, the seemingly medical-toolesque Clam Ram was invented. As you can probably tell, it is a single purpose device with one goal for its operator: opening clams, quickly. Evidently the Clam Ram does so with aplomb, as the company has only ever received 2 complaints about the tool and is rightfully proud...

Drywall = Dry Erase

IdeaPaint

Sure, chalkboard paint is a unique way to turn any wall into a writing surface, but what about those fiending for a surface on which to use dry-erase markers? IdeaPaint by Behance makes that a reality for your home or office. The IdeaPaint kit includes enough paint to cover a 25 sq ft surface, a...

When A Chef's Knife, Literally, Just Won't Cut It

F. Dick Double-Edged Cleaver

For that rare moment when your dreams of culinary prowess coincide with childhood dreams of the arcade classic Gauntlet, German manufacturer F. Dick has a knife ready to fit the bill. The F. Dick Double Edged Cleaver is the ultimate blade for any heavy-duty application and qualifies as all-around, bad-ass kitchen gear. Seriously, a double-edged...

Keep Cold Drinks Just That

Thermos Element 5 Vacuum Insulated Hydration Bottle

Sure, that insulated coffee mug you picked up at Starbucks keeps your java warm in the morning, but what about this Spring and Summer when you’re looking to keep your cold drink, well, cold? Thermos is a brand you probably recognize, and their Element 5 Vacuum Insulated Hydration Bottle keeps your drink cold (for up...

Moving Coffee On Up... Off the Counterside...

Black & Decker SpaceSaver Thermal Coffeemaker

Kitchen gadgetry is, of course, something we’re suckers for. Unfortunately, establishing a hefty collection of thingamajigs often leads to crowded counters. Thanks to Black & Decker’s SpaceSaver Thermal Coffeemaker, you can now make room for more whatsits by mounting a full-fledged drip coffee maker under your cabinets. While, at some angles, it definitely looks like...

Pack Your Blades Safely While on The Go

Monogrammed Knife Roll

Perfect for the finicky chef in your life or aspiring knife thrower , this knife roll provides protection and a personal touch to a cook’s most precious piece of preparation equipment. How do you like them alliteration apples? Made of water-resistance fabric, this simple pouch has eight reinforced slots for knives, along with separate pockets...

Get It "Before 'Ze Germans Get There"

Wüsthof Gourmet 7-Piece Knife Set

We love our knives. Whether they come in the form of utility, pocket, kitchen, multi-tool, champagne sabre or jungle swathing blade, a good knife will always have a home here at Gear Patrol. Perhaps even better is a well-priced knife. In the mass of Black Friday products, we noticed an especially good deal at a...

Torch The Taste Buds One Gallon At a Time

Personalized Tabasco Gallon Jugs

If you or anyone you know enjoys a little kick with their food, these personalized, gallon jugs of Tabasco’s famous hot sauces should have you salivating (or sweating) already. Available in the classic original, as well as their four other popular flavors including chili pepper, chipotle, green pepper, and tongue-scorching habanero, buying one for the...

Let The Juice Flow

The Sharper Image Super Juicer

Lets get it out of the way. Making your own juice is neither a cheap nor convenient endeavor, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made quicker and easier by employing the right tools. If you’re the kind of guy that keeps fresh produce around (a good thing), then a juicer is a piece of...

Drink to the Greatest Staches of All Time

Great Moustaches Mug

Watching the finale of HBO’s new series Bored to Death last night, I happened to see Zach Galifianakis drinking out of a mug that was particularly relevant to this month’s Movember charity and epic mustache growing event. Shown here, this Great Moustaches Mug is a man’s kitchen must have. Adorning the cup are 14 different...

License to Fry

Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer (Win This Thanksgiving Day!)

Win a Butterball Turkey Fryer! | Thanksgiving Day Gear Patrol’s got a shiny new Butterball Turkey Fryer to giveaway. One lucky winner will get a chance to win the fried goodness on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 26, 2009) in a special one-day giveaway as well as a special Black Friday gadget giveway the following day. ENTER...

A Knife Can Never Be Too Sharp

Smith’s Diamond Sharpening Steel Rod

We’ve mentioned it before and we’ll mention it again, a man’s kitchen is only as good as his equipment. Caring for that equipment is not only good form, but it’s also how you achieve longevity. I sharpen my Global Knife using an older Smith’s EdgeSport sharpening rod, so when it came time for a replacement,...

An Appliance with Curves from a Bygone Era

Smeg Refrigerators

Stainless steel may be all the rage for modern kitchen appliances, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option available for those in search of panache and functionality. Mimicking classic 50’s styling, these colored throw backs would have seemed quite at home in the kitchens of Marilyn Monroe or Elvis. Don’t let their looks fool...

This Is NOT A Slap-Chop

Global 8″ Hollow Edge Chef’s Knife

First, a chef’s knife is one of the only knives you need in your kitchen, but like any good gear, it must be sturdy, strong, and serve multiple purposes. The Global 8″ Hollow Edge Chef’s Knife certainly does that but manages to retain the modern Japanese design Global has become famous for. Unlike a Slap-Chop,...

Taking the Strain Out of Straining

OXO Good Grips Silicone Cooking Colander

Transferring massive pots of boiling water and their cooked contents from stove to sink is one maneuver most cooks never look forward to. It’s dangerous, heavy, and an overall pain in the ass. For those with access to full-sized kitchens and a dual-sink setup, using integrated pot strainers is one way to avoid the situation...

Have Outlet, Will Charge

EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station

We’re big fans of clever space utilization; consequently, it’s surprising that we haven’t come across something like this before. The EZ Mount Cell Phone Charging Station replaces your standard two-outlet wall plate with a wider panel that has a built-in key hook (also doubles as an excess cable reel) and a non-skid, angled shelf for...

Be An Organization Tour De Force

Pottery Barn Daily System

Being a bit compulsive, a bit obsessive, and certainly with disorder it’s tough to compare myself to Gear Patroller Patrick Tuttle. His tenacity to be on time, with the right goods and gear in hand is inspiring, if not a bit frustrating (he consistently makes, and I’m willing to bet enjoys just a little bit,...

Post-it Notes Better Watch Their Back

The Digital Video Memo Fridge Magnet

Sometimes, a quickly-scrawled, half-torn receipt of a note just isn’t enough to get your message across. This is especially true if, let’s say for instance, you were having a beer before heading over to a Knick’s game and accidentally spilled it all over your girlfriend’s cashmere sweater while she was working late (hypothetically… of course)....