For some reason, most refrigerators have not been designed with these vertically challenged containers in mind, and when I run out of space in the door, I have to stuff bottles on their sides on the middle shelf in a pyramid of glass and plastic that takes up all of the room and often leaks … Read more
Pity the poor toaster. Like a single person surrounded by married couples, it seems destined to be fixed up again and again, with the promise that this coupling will be the match that lasts.
The latest pairing to come to my attention: a Breakfast Set from Team Appliances, which combines a two-slot toaster with a five-cup drip coffee maker. All the expected features are here, from a removable crumb tray and adjustable darkness settings on the toaster to a reusable filter and automatic shut off on the coffee maker. What's missing? A timer to start your coffee brewing before … Read more
I get that washing dishes by hand is probably more energy efficient than running the dishwasher. But I hate washing dishes, and if I didn't have a husband to pick up the slack, I'd leave mine in the sink for so long that I'd have to fumigate the house eventually. And that just seems like a terrible energy waste, not to mention what the chemicals would do to my kids.
I have to believe that I'm not the only woman out there who adores the convenience of modern appliances, so I'm a fan of dishwashers … Read more
Summer has started, and the heat is on. Those of us in the Kitchen Appliance blog network have brought you blogs about industrial-size icemakers, portable countertop icemakers, and ice cream machines in the last few weeks, and as June draws to a close, things don't seem as if they're going to cool down anytime soon.
Sipping a drink on ice is one way to cool down, but the tastiest and most delicious way to cool your core temperature on a sweltering 90-plus afternoon is a cool cup of ice cream or sorbet. There are a number of places … Read more
Nearly 15 years ago, I rented a ground floor apartment with no washing machine. When my future mother-in-law suggested I get familiar with the route to the nearest Laundromat, I actually laughed out loud. Instead, I got a full-size washing machine that my soon-to-be husband hooked up to the kitchen sink. The washer wasn't really designed for that--the shaking of the spin cycle nearly wrenched the sink from the wall more than once. There was also the minor issue of not having any room to actually cook in my kitchen, but I am much less opposed to eating out … Read more
Italian manufacturer Futuro Futuro has expanded upon their recently introduced Aqualina model line with the Murano Collection of kitchen range hoods. They are available for mounting from either the wall or the ceiling, so the company has you covered wherever your range may happen to be situated. Sleek and elegant, both square and round versions are available to complement your current kitchen.
Practicality aside, Futuro Futuro may have gone over the top with the design. The New York and Zebra versions might seem fit only for bad '80s sitcoms or maybe Steve Martin's mansion in The Jerk, but luckily, … Read more
I have a secret defense when it comes to toast: I like mine just a little less crunchy than my husband does. There's no way to toast it just "a bit more," which means that, if I've walked away from the toaster, my breakfast will still be there when I get back.
But Breville has made a toaster that makes every aspect of toasting bread just a little bit easier. The Die-Cast 4-Slice Smart Toaster even has "a bit more" function that allows a user to pop a slice back in for just a … Read more
No, this kooky contraption isn't the newest version of that chemistry set you got for your 12th birthday: it's the Heidolph VV Micro Evaporator by Brinkmann, a tabletop distiller that allows you to turn your favorite foods into concentrated flavor syrups.
The Micro Evaporator is made to be used in several types of applications, including chemical and pharmaceutical research and determination of fat and … Read more
Dot matrix printers were never very good at printing. They were loud, large, and produced lousy results. Plus you had to pull off that threaded edge with all the holes. Come to think of it, perhaps those annoying strips of holey paper were the inspiration behind this odd dot matrix toaster from Inseq design in Austria. Maybe the designer has a penchant for PB&J sandwiches with the crusts cut off.
Food prices are on the rise, and I make a point of stocking up when I find a sale. With meat and other perishable groceries, it's hard to do that without a decent-size freezer. Even with a good freezer, though, you may have to chip out that dense layer of permafrost to get everything in. Not interested in spending all that time with your head in the freezer?