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Herb Savor

As much as I like buying fresh herbs, I hate it. They seem to always go bad as soon as you use them. And saving them in the fridge is always a pain in the ass and never seems to keep them fresh either.

You really only have a couple options to solve this. You could go to a site like this one and attempt to follow one of the 7 different herb-keeping methods. Or you could head over to the A + R site and take a look at some of their well-designed herbal solutions.

First, check out the Herb Savor ($34).

We love to shop at the farmer’s market, and carry home big baskets of fruit, veg and herbs. But the truth is those gorgeous fresh herbs do not stay that way for long. After a few days (even wrapped up in the fridge) they loose a lot of their vigor. Enter this clever device from brand-new designers Prepara in New York. Simply place your fresh herbs in the removable stainless steel herb basket and fill the base with water. The herb stems sit slightly submerged in the water of the water-well, keeping them fresh and prolonging their life for up to three weeks. The Herb Savor’s slimline shape means it easily finds a place in your fridge (or fridge door) while its modern form showcases the natural beauty of the herbs within. A perfect gift for any cook!

Or if you want something you can keep on the counter, check out the Fresh Herb Pot ($18).

Scandinavian in its simple, unadorned and practical design, this ceramic pot from Sagaform is an ingenious way of enjoying fresh herbs much like flowers: Insert a bunch in the enlarged opening, and keep hydrated by pouring water into the corner hole. The broad base ensures that all those little stalks have access to water, while allowing air to circulate so herbs keep from becoming limp and waterlogged. Easy to take apart for cleaning. And at this price, you can buy several and surround yourself with the scent of freshly cut herbs.

Seems like either option would work better than bagging your herbs and will save you some money in the long run.

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Meet the Chins!

Mr. Chin

Since I’m not asian, I can’t really comment on the politically correctness of this, so hopefully no one is offended by it.

However, if it was a little jewish boy kitchen timer, I wouldn’t be offended. I’d find it funny. So that said, here’s the Mr. Chin Kitchen Timer.

Mr. Chin comes from a long line of Chins, including an egg cup, as well as a salt & pepper set, which includes his wife, Mrs. Chin. According to Uncrate

Questionable use of ethnic stereotypes aside, we really like this Mr. Chin Kitchen Timer ($45) from Alessi. The timer is made from thermoplastic resin, hand decorated, and can be set for any time up to one hour. For more fun with the Chins, check out the Mr. Chin Egg Cup as well as the Mr. & Mrs. Chin Salt and Pepper Set.

Foldable BBQ

Fold BBQ

I saw this on Mighty Goods and thought I’d share.

This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” things that is a brilliant idea. A foldable BBQ. Why not? And such a simple design!

I’m assuming you just fill it with coal or something burnable, light it up and get to work.

It’s available in the UK so shipping might be a bit much, but it converts to only $40 US. Might be worth it if you don’t have room for a BBQ at your place or want something that’s ultra portable.

Order it here.

Pinkberry-like Frozen Yogurt at Home

Ice Cream Ball

This recipe is totally jacked from 101 Recipes but it sounds pretty easy as long as you have an ice cream maker or cheese cloth.

Although if you want a cheap and fun ice cream maker, you could always pick up the Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker for less than $40 for the mega size.

First off, remember it is important to use good-quality whole-milk yogurt. The version in David’s book is Vanilla Frozen Yogurt. This time around I skipped out on the vanilla, opting for straight, bright white yogurt with the sweetness playing off the tang of the yogurt. I also used slightly less sugar than called for here, more like 2/3 cup – but you can go either way depending on what you like.

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups (720g) strained yogurt (see below) or Greek-style yogur
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix together the yogurt, sugar, and vanilla (if using). Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. To make 1 cup (240g) of strained yogurt, line a mesh strainer with a few layers of cheese cloth. then scrape 16 ounces or 2 cups (480g) of plain whole-milk yogurt into the cheesecloth. Gather the ends and fold them over the yogurt, then refrigerate for at least 6 hours. So, for the above recipe start with and strain 6 cups of yogurt.

Makes about 1 quart.

Hot Rod Mop Brush

Hot Rod Brush Mop

Now that summer is just about here, it’s time to get out your BBQ tools. If you don’t have any or if you left yours out on your balcony all winter (like I might have) you should pick up this super cool Hot Rod Mop Brush as seen on Uncrate.

This isn’t just your average grill brush. This stainless steel brush features unique flame etchings almost as cool as the classic hot rods. There’s a detachable silicone mop which holds large amounts of whatever you’re slathering on your meat. There’s rubber grip for easy handling and the brush is heat resistant up to 650ºF/340ºC. But the best feature of all is the bottle opener end. No need to carry a brush AND bottle opener anymore.

And for $15 it’s totally worth it. Head over to their website to find out where to pick yours up.

Oh, and if you need an entire new set of BBQ tools, you can pick up all the Hot Rod utensils which include a spatula (turner), tongs, and a fork.

Snoopy Sno-cone Machine

Snoopy Box

When I was a kid, I had one of these. Then I lost it. Then when I was in high school I found one at Toys R Us and bought it. Then I lost it.

If you also lost yours over the years, here’s your chance to redeem yourself and support the original Snoop Dog. Plus with summer just around the corner, I’m sure this’ll come in handy.

Head over to FredFlare.com to purchase yours for $20. Not only is the Snoopy Sno-cone Machine a reminder of the 80s, but it makes a great gift for adults who remember them or even for kids who don’t.

According to FredFlare…

Let the fun begin!!! We love Snoopy and sno-cones are totes delicious!!! Includes sno-cone maker with metal ice shaver, syrup bottle, package of unsweetened drink mix, 3 paper cups, shovel scoop & instructions! Measures approx. 12”x13.5”x3” We’re thirsty!!

And if you really want to see details on this thing, head over to 80’s fan site X-Entertainment for the full review and pictorial. Here’s what they say…

For years, a whole lot of years, The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine has delighted millions. The ability to create flavored ice shavings with very little adult supervision is something every kid pined for, and if the equipment used to do that just happened to be shaped like Snoopy’s doghouse, then that’s just the gravy baby.

Also, in case you weren’t around during the 80s or you miss this, this SpongeBob SquarePants version is almost as cool. Not as cool as Snoopy, though.

Monkey Peeler

Monkey Peeler

I could really use a potato peeler and for $8 why not get this one? It’ll go perfectly with your frog & dog oven mitts.

Amazon says the orange monkey peeler is king of the kitchen with his swivel blade stainless steel peeler, built in eye remover for potatoes. Our monkey cleans up nicely with a quick trip through the dishwasher.

Toucan Opener

And how about a Toucan Opener? Yours for $18.

According to Amazon the Toucan can opener will have your family squawking with delight with each newly opened can. The Toucan looks good, but also gets the job done with its ergonomic design, soft non-slip grip and stainless steel cutting blades.

Lucky Clover

Sure, a cup of coffee these days costs a couple of bucks (more or less) and it seems like a bit of a rip off. But a new machine that just came out justifies the price.

Drip coffee is getting a serious upgrade, thanks to a new machine called the Clover. A high-tech gadget that looks like a cross between a water cooler and a microwave (and it’s the size of a small one), the Clover brews a single cup of coffee at a time, to order, through a process that allows the barista to adjust the brewing to fit the flavor profile of specific lots of coffee.

Coffee brewed in the Clover has the depth of flavor of a French-press brew with none of the sediment; it has a clarity and focus, even an elegance, that you just don’t experience with other brewing methods.

This $11,000 machine, yes, $11,000, is currently up and running at only one location in LA, at the Groundwork Coffee Co.’s newest brand downtown. Two are currently operating in San Fran, and only one is being used in Seattle.

For more info and for the article on the Clover found in today’s LA Times, click here.

And speaking of coffee…don’t forget to take your Starbucks coffee break tomorrow between 10am – noon for your free cup of coffee.

Will It Blend?

Blendtec

This is quite possibly the best blender ever. I don’t know from experience, but the videos are amazing. Will it blend glowsticks? You bet. A plungger? Of course. Diamonds? If you please. Annoying Valentine’s Day gifts? Without a doubt! Head over to the official Will It Blend? website and see for yourself. If you want to purchase one for your self, you’ll have to shell out $399 for the home version, but after watching the videos it looks like it might be well worth it.

Take me IN to the ballgame…

Hot Dogs

Some people would argue that watching a sports game on TV at home is almost a better experience than being at the venue itself. Well the view might be better, but the food most likely isn’t the same. Until now. Thanks to the Mr. Frank Hot Dog Broiler (as seen on Uncrate) you can cook up to 48 hot dogs at a time, while warming 36 buns. And in case you have a full house, the broiler can heat up to 150 hot dogs an hour.