Cooking can be a lot of fun, and the end results are usually worth the effort. The only bad part is if you want to cook all of your own meals regularly, you’re basically taking on a part-time job. You have to stand there and stir sauces, chop veggies, and wash a million dishes by the end of the process. If despite this fact you still want to make food yourself, then you might be interested in getting some gadgets and gizmos to take some of the manual labor out of the process.
Are you ever scared that you’re going to cut up your hands when peeling veggies or fruits? We’d like to think we’re as coordinated as the cooks we see on shows, but most of the time we’re a fraction of an inch away from a trip to the emergency room. While most of the injuries are caused by the hand that’s holding the item to be peeled, getting a new tool for the job might lessen your chances of blood loss.
If you were thinking of some things that are associated with masculinity; fire, meat, metal, tool boxes, cars, and guns (arms or weapons, it’s up to you) might come to mind. While none should be worried about fitting the stereotype, it’s sometimes fun to indulge in the ideal societal standard. Since no one in their right mind would turn down grilled foods because they’re amazing, having a BBQ could be your time to shine as a man’s man who wants to sear cow flesh over a blazing fire.
There’s nothing wrong with getting your hands dirty while you eat. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with not getting your hands dirty while you eat too. Ribs slathered in BBQ, hot dogs, pizza, and burritos are all going to get stuff on your hands if you’re not super careful. There are some of us who will take a knife and fork to all of it just to avoid the very uncomfortable minutes of having residue on your hands and under your fingernails.
If you got into the juicing fad, or have worked at a place where juicing is standard, you know exactly how loud, tedious, and disheartening it is. The finished product is delicious sure, but there’s so much pulp at the end that you feel like you’re being wasteful. Not only that, but most of the pulp is very moist, and you feel like the juicer should be getting more out of the plants it’s grinding and crushing to oblivion.
When you love coffee to the point that you’re having it every morning, you start experimenting with different methods of making it. We’ve looked at cold brew, drip coffee, espresso makers, and presses, but they all have their own problems to deal with. For those of us that love the French press, the biggest issue is having to clean out the grounds.
Have you ever gone to a restaurant and been wowed by something on the menu? Most of the time it’s just something that’s out of the ordinary that you don’t make at home, which makes it seem extra fancy. If you break down the components of the entree, you could probably figure out how to make the more complex things at home, and who knows, it may lead to you getting interested in whipping up even more exciting combinations in the kitchen.
Coffee and tea from home always taste the best because everything is to your exact specifications. Well, that and it’s actually fresh, and hot. We put them into a thermos and sip casually on the way into work, but if you’re not quick about it you’ll be stuck downing a cold, sad drink. Thankfully there are some pretty decent quality thermos options out there, but how many of them will heat up your drink rather than keeping it the same temperature?
The summer is slowly but surely approaching, and we’re all preparing to have deliciously fresh produce again. If you’re buying it at the farmer’s market, you can get everything from fresh honey to corn grown a mile or two away for not much more than the store price. If you have a soft spot in your taste buds for sweet corn, then you know there are a few annoyances that come with eating it off the cob.