Every house has a kitchen, kitchens are full of gadgets so it makes sense that our second gift guide for Christmas 2008 is full of kitchen gadgets.
As its name suggests, the Toastabag allows you to cook things in a toaster. Not in every toaster, just the slotted kind that most people have nowadays. All you do is put the ingredients in the bag, pop it down in the toaster and wait.
Toastabags are available from Firebox for $9.95.
With baking, precision is absolutely vital. Measuring your wet ingredients and your dry ingredients with our new ultra-precise spoon scale. With two spoons included, you can scoop out just the right amount of sugar, or even 10-1 grams of salt! To get this level of precision, you’d normally need a separate scale, but we’ve combined two immensely useful kitchen gadgets into one, and we love dual-use devices in the kitchen!
The Precision Spoon Scale is available from Think Geek for $24.99.
Rotato® Express automatically peels potatoes, fruits and other vegetables in seconds. Puts an end to thick peels and waste. Simply skewer potato on bottom spike and lower the top spike. Then, push the button to start peeling – automatically stops when complete. Skin peels off in one continuous piece.
The ROTATO EXPRESS is available from Taylor Gifts for $29.98.
This is the electric spice mill that grinds whole spices at a touch of the lid, producing freshly ground spices without the laborious manual efforts required with a mortar and pestle. The device allows you to always cook with the freshest possible spices, ensuring better flavor and aroma than pre-ground spices that quickly lose their potency.
The one touch spice grinder is available from Hammacher for $39.95.
Happily, one enterprising cooking geek put a thermometer right inside the pan, and a readout in the handle. So, now when the recipe calls for “medium-high heat”, and the pan reads “400 degrees F”, and your traditional Oaxacan Platanos Asados come out just right, you can mark down in the margins the precise temperature, and get it right every single time. Science – it’s all about being able to duplicate results.
The Digital Thermometer Pan is available from Think Geek for $49.99.
If there’s something every Sith Lord knows how to do it’s make a balanced breakfast. While the Jedi have to live off of Jawa juice and fried nerfsteak, the Dark Lord of the Sith prefers to have a reminder of his fiery Mustafar defeat at his breakfast table. Every morning he burns that moment into a slice of bread with the Darth Vader Toaster. This black, ominous kitchen appliance easily leaves the mark of Vader’s helmet in every yummy piece of toast.
The Darth Vader Toaster is available from The Star Wars Shop for $54.99.
Sony’s ICF-CDK70 Under Cabinet Kitchen Clock Radio with CD-Changer makes working in the kitchen a lot more fun. Pop in 3 CDs and listen as you cook, clean, or just hang out in everyone’s favorite room. It also plays music from your digital music player or 20 preset radio stations. For added convenience, the supplied remote control is magnetic, making it perfect for the refrigerator door. Additionally, a built-in cook timer allows you to keep an eye on your culinary creations.
The Under Cabinet Kitchen Clock Radio is available from Amazon for $63.
This is the voice activated grocery list organizer that comes pre-loaded with over 2,500 food, beverage, household, beauty, and office items, and recognizes words as specific as swordfish, emory boards, and lawn bags, allowing you to store and print shopping lists simply by speaking the name of the item.
The Voice Recognition Grocery List Organizer is available from Hammacher $149.95 for .
his is the world’s most advanced espresso maker. Manufactured in Mantua, Italy, it produces 15 bars of pressure, which is 15 times greater than atmospheric pressure and double the amount found in lesser espresso makers, creating maximum coffee flavor and topping every espresso with a perfect crema, the caramel-colored signature of the finest Italian espresso. Unlike conventional espresso machines that grind beans and store them in a chamber where they oxidize and lose flavor before they enter the brewing system, this machine uses a direct grind-to-brew system that immediately brews the beans you grind into the espresso you are about to drink, creating the freshest possible flavor.
The Bean Grinding Espresso Maker is available from Hammacher for $1,499.95.