These Novelty Appliances For The Kitchen Will Turn You Into A Well-Seasoned Chef

If you spend as much time in the kitchen as I do, then you are always looking for new ways to be more efficient, while keeping your favorite room looking stylish!

When something can make your food look straight out of a cooking show AND taste amazing, then you know it’s a deal.

Here are some of the best items that will help you go from amateur to chef quality food!

Listen, I love hard-boiled eggs, but I hate having to scoop them out of water, only to guess when they are cooked correctly. Stop mucking about with pots and pans, just rest your eggs in this automatic egg cooker and for consistently perfect hard-boils!

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Are you still eating regular burgers? That is so 2017. Knock your BBQ patties up a notch with this incredibly easy to use burger press and add cheese, mushrooms, peppers or anything else! The options are endless!

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But how do you keep your kitchen spotless with no effort at all? These next deals of course!

4 Tips For The Perfect Chili That Will Help You Bring The Heat

Who doesn’t love a big bowl of piping hot chili? It’s definitely one of the best things you can eat after a long day out in the cold, and you can have it with just about every meal!

There are a lot of recipes out there for all sorts of variations of this dish, and there’s plenty of ways to mix up your traditional ingredient lists to make something bold and new.

When making your chili, be sure to follow these neat little tricks to step up your game and wow everyone at the table!

While you can make chili out of a wide range of meats (including chicken, turkey, and bison) we’ll stick with the classic ground beef recipe.

When choosing your ground beef, go for extra-lean, low fat variety. It means more protein and the flavor profile will be much richer!

Next, get the stove top onto a high heat, add your oil, and then add your beef without touching it for 3-5 minutes. Once it begins to brown, then you can begin to break it apart.

You are going to want to use real chili’s for this dish. They will taste better, add extra heat, and are much healthier for you too!

The same goes for all the vegetables that you plan on using in the chili, especially the beans! Instead of using canned black bean, buy dried ones and add them to water. They will have significantly less sodium than the tinned variety.

Feeling the heat? Don’t sweat, we’ve got more tips heading your way!

The Way You Defrost Food May Be Putting Your Family At Risk

Okay, you just got home from a busy day, kids are running amok, the pets are screeching for food, and you still have to do laundry before the day is over. Now is a pretty bad time to realize you forgot to take dinner out of the freezer this morning.

If this has been you, then you know the frustration that this timely error has just cost you, but what can you do? Luckily, there are a few ways to get the job done, and plenty of wrong ways too.

Let’s see if you are putting food on your family’s table safely!

It seems like the fastest way to get this done right? Well, while that may be true, you are actually creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

Note: This means water colder than room temperature!

You’ll need to put the meat in a bowl so that it stays submerged in the cool water, allowing it to thaw quickly and safely. The temperature prevents bacteria from forming, but you’ll need to change the water every 30 minutes to keep it that way.

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You may think that you’re correctly thawing dinner by leaving in room temperature, but unfortunatel, this is not the case.

Even this is too warm for meat to safely thaw. You also expose it to bacteria and contaminants that could be present on the countertop.

So what are the best ways to get dinner thawed?

See Inside Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen In His Renovated London Home

After shelling out millions on a new home in the upmarket London suburb of Hampstead last year, Jamie Oliver has created a home to be proud of.

His wife, and mother of five, Jools, has shared a glimpse into how the family live in their new home and we are impressed!

The Olivers bought the historic seven-bedroom home for $12 million and then gave it a complete overhaul from its former 70s-style interior.

The couple’s five children including 15-year-old Poppy Honey Rose, 14-year-old Daisy Boo Pamela, 8-year-old Petal Blossom Rainbow, 7-year-old Buddy Bear Maurice and 1-year-old River Rocket have also added their special touches to the home.

The former model shared the photos of their updated home on her Instagram and it was no surprise that the renowned chef had a kitchen that any of us would love to cook in!

For Only $75, You Can Get The Pot That Everyone Has Been Talking About

Let’s face it, we can’t do everything. What with all the cleaning, the errands, looking after the family, and somehow finding time to be chef of the year, it can be trying.

So anything that can make life more efficient is definitely a win in our books. That’s why this Instant Pot is your top choice this Cyber Monday!

If you’re not familiar then prepare to be amazed because this is going to be the life-saving device for your kitchen in 2018!

The Instant Pot is a multi-use programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice maker, yogurt maker, egg cooker, saute unit, steamer, warmer, sterilizer, and it even makes cake, so you can celebrate your awesome purchase with a party!

You’re going to want to check out this deal in particular, because the savings are off the charts. Normally you would be spending over $100 or more on a hyper-functional device such as this one, but with 38% off of the price tag there’s no reason to wait and every reason to hurry up and catch this deal! Get your Instant Pot here!

$74.95 for an Instant Pot is pretty amazing, but when you see the sort of recipes you can make with this device, you’ll be cashing out your cart faster than you can say Spicy Sausage Cheese Dip!

15 Creative Gadgets That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

The word “gadget” was originally a handy placeholder for another word that you couldn’t remember.

That’s fitting, because nowadays gadgets are products that solve problems we didn’t even realize we had. The good folks at the Gadget Flow have curated some of the coolest, most cutting edge products to solve all kinds of everyday problems. Here are 15 of our favorites:

1. ORII Voice Powered Smart Ring

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Even smaller than a smart watch, this handy device puts all the uses of a smart phone in the palm of your hand. It sends texts, makes calls, and sets reminders, all using voice commands. Plus it’s splash-proof.

2. Chevalier Stemless Aerating Wine Glass

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The amateur sommelier in your life (that’s French for wine snob) will get a kick out of these glasses with built-in aerators. Simply pour and enjoy the full flavor of your favorite wines. The stem-free design also helps prevent spills.

3. Ibis Volcanic Basalt Hanging Basket Chair

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Comfy, stylish, and environmentally friendly. This hanging chair is made from volcanic rock and natural resin, so it’s lightweight but also very sturdy. The striking black color and unique design make this a perfect conversation piece for your living room.

4. Scewo Stair Climbing Wheelchair

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Finally, a product that gives total mobility to the people who need it the most. The Scewo can pivot in place, climb stairs, and adjust to suit your height. The chair’s large wheels, rubber grips, and self-balancing technology guarantee a safe and comfortable ride.

5. DeskView Lightweight Standing Desk

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We could all use a change of scenery now and then. With the DeskView, you can take your work anywhere and everywhere. It installs in seconds using high-quality suction cups and can easily hold your laptop. Great for the office, or for working on-the-go.

6. Kuvée Smart Wine System

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Take your next dinner party into the 21st century with this electronic system. The special dispenser keeps oxygen from touching your wine so it stays fresh for 30 days. You can even order refills and learn about your vintage from Kuvée’s touch screen.

Here’s a demonstration of how it works.

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7.HP Z VR Backpack PC

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Virtual reality (VR) technology is the next big thing, and the HP Z setup lets you take the immersive experience anywhere thanks to the comfortable custom backpack. You can even play longer thanks to the bag’s swappable battery system.

Keep reading for more cool gadgets, including a helpful robot…

Create Your Own Custom Napkin Designs Using These Everyday Household Items

Who knew it was so easy to create your own custom napkins? These Stamped Napkins are fun to make, and you can get as creative as you like with the stamps you use! We used a sliced lemon, fork tongs and a straw to create our designs, but you can experiment with whatever you like!

  • 4 cloth napkins
  • white fabric paint
  • 1 lemon
  • plastic fork
  • paper straw
  1. Lay your cloth napkins flat on your work surface.
  2. Dip your object in the white fabric paint.
  3. Stamp on your napkins until happy with the designs!
  4. Allow to dry completely before using or washing.

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How To Make The Best Spaghetti Every Time

While it seems like one of the simplest things to get right in the kitchen, if you’ve ever had pasta at someone else’s house and found it just a little too chewy, or mushy, or just not quite right, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

So say Adiamo! because tonight we’re doing spaghetti the right way!

The first thing you want to do is grab the largest pot you have in the kitchen. Your spaghetti is meant to be prepared in long strands and you should never have to break it in half in order for it to fit!

You want to first add several quarts of water, the idea being that you want the spaghetti to be fully submerged when you add it later on. Next, add some salt. Then add some more. Keeeeep going…..Great! You want at least a tablespoon in order to bring out the full flavor profile.

Now that you have your water salted, it’s time to get it to a rolling boil with bubbles popping up non-stop. Be patient! Only then should you add your spaghetti, letting it lean to the side of the pot until it sinks in naturally.

Stay vigilant, you’ll want to stir constantly so that the starches don’t cause the noodles to clump together!

But like any good recipe, the secret is in the finish!

The Secret Tricks To Making The Perfect Boiled Egg Every Time

Look, it’s not as though we don’t trust you. Really we do, but I’m sure we all know someone who claims to be a chef extraordinaire when they probably shouldn’t even be standing too close to a toaster. So for everyone’s sake, we’ll begin with the basics.

Let’s get cracking!

Not literally of course. But a mistake people often make is not adding enough water to the pot, which causes some issues. First being that the egg may not heat evenly if the water doesn’t cover it completely. You’ll also have trouble if you are dropping it into the water and it cracks, as part of the egg will leak out and compromise the yolk.

Protip: Bring the water to boil before adding the egg. It cooks faster and more evenly!

Later, when you are serving the egg, you don’t want the shell to be too difficult to remove. Fix this by adding a tablespoon of baking soda to the boiling water. Others say that white vinegar is the way to go.

You can also add salt now to make the egg more flavorful, unless you prefer your yolks au natural.

Next we’ll go over egg-sact cooking times!

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Cast-Iron Pans

You may have recently picked up a phenomenal new piece of kitchenware made from cast-iron and are wondering just how the heck you are supposed to use this heavy pan? Follow these tips and tricks to unleash the full potential of this awesome kitchen tool and ensure it lasts a lifetime!

We’re not talking pumpkin spice here. One of the many cool features of cast-iron is the natural build up of a seasoned base, meaning a type of oil that bonds to the bottom of the pan which changes the flavor of your dishes, forever.

First you need to scrub down to the iron bottom. Feel free to use soap here, and really, really, scrub it out. Make sure you get both sides of the pan and the handle! Finish by rinsing it under hot water and letting it dry out completely.

Now that your pan is thoroughly dry, you’ll want to add a thin layer of oil (preferably lard or bacon grease) to cover both sides of the pan. Wipe off any excess oil as this will make the surface sticky. Place the pan inside an oven at 450-500°F for approximately one hour before turning off your oven to allow the pan to cool.

NOTE: Put a layer of foil on the bottom of the oven to catch any oil drippings!

Next you’ll learn how to cook with your seasoned pan and make incredible home-style food!

8 Things You Didn’t Know Your Kitchen Was Missing

Fancy yourself a budding Julia Child? Want to try out chef level dishes? Maybe you would like to step up your dinner parties to impress your family and friends? No matter what your intention is, here are eight affordable appliances that top kitchens across the country are using to improve their stations!

Well-known by professional chefs to be a superior cooking tool for many home-style dishes, the cast-iron skillet offers many advantages to typical frying pans. Due to it’s iron composition, it is able to retain heat for far longer, and with careful maintenance can be seasoned to prevent rusting and create a natural non-stick surface. You can snag your own right here!

While there’s no denying that cooking is an art form, incorporating science into the process allows you to reproduce even the most complex recipes. The benefits of having an accurate scale become immediately apparent through any genre of cuisine and any situation where efficient measuring is needed. This one from AccuWeight calculates up to 11 lbs and down to just 0.1 oz!

One of those little-known but often used pieces of a chef repertoire, a cheese cloth becomes a necessary addition for many cooking formulas. Primarily used in the cheese-making industry, it can also be utilized in filtering wine, straining broth, and turkey basting. You can pick them up pretty cheap for many sq. feet of cloth!

You don’t have to be a master of Italian cooking to make your own pasta at home! This hand crank cutter with nine different settings won’t break your budget and allows you to create signature spaghetti dishes in no time!

Here are more handy tools to have around the kitchen that chefs consider essential for their trade!

10 Reasons Why Bacon Grease Is The Secret Weapon You Should Be Using In The Kitchen

Growing up, our moms had all these tricks that they would use in the kitchen. They would pass them down through generations, but it seems like a lot of people are leaving behind these old traditions and moving on to new techniques.

One popular trick our moms once used was bacon grease. Now, a lot of people just throw it away, but when we were kids our moms had a bunch of different uses for it. Did your mom ever do any of these?

French toast is already pretty amazing, but the bacon grease will help take it to the next level.

This one requires a little bit more work, but if you heat up bacon grease, coconut oil and beeswax in a double-boiler, you can make it into a candle. Once it is 140 degrees, pour it through a cheesecloth and then you can use that to pour into a jar with a wick.

Use it while it’s warm and mix it with red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard to create a unique salad dressing.

Cast iron skillets are great, but to keep them in their best possible condition you need to season them. If you rub a tablespoon of bacon grease over a heated pan, you can cook it at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes it will stay rust-free for a lot longer.

A little bit of strained bacon grease goes a long way. You can use it on a soft cloth to polish leather boots or belts.

That’s not all bacon grease can do…