Hot dogs, while charming in their natural tube steak form, could certainly stand to have a little more personality. Enter the Octodog, a shaft filled with spokes of blades, which slides over a raw wiener to divide it into eight tentacles. A separate punch gouges a pair of eyes in the critters, completing the cephalopodization.
Walk around the kitchen rattling off ingredients, and the SmartShopper organizes your list by supermarket section as it records each item. Leave the device magnetized to the fridge or mounted on the wall, where it prints out your order (and the day's errands) on an alphabetical list about the size of a receipt.
Truffles on Shuffle
In case the hegemony of Apple's design hadn't fully hit you, here's a kitchen timer that bears more than a passing resemblance to an iPod. Its backlit display makes the Triple Timer's three independent clocks easy to read, and its faux jog dial might make your teenager grab it from the kitchen by mistake.
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The Breakfast Nexus You want an English muffin, you want eggs, you want sausage – but all that multitasking makes you lose your appetite. Thankfully, the Egg and Muffin Toaster does it all in four minutes, and the food finishes simultaneously in less time than it'd take to hit the drive-thru. Poach an egg while the muffin toasts, and a little warming tray in the back heats up sausage or Canadian bacon.
A Better Tether
Toothpicks can break or splinter, and string has a tendency to meld with the meat. The Food Loop silicone trussing tool, on the other hand, resists heat up to 675 degrees Fahrenheit, and can be washed in the dishwasher for reuse. Tie up turkey legs, wrap stuffed whole fish, or use several together to make a steak-and-spinach delicacy the manufacturer's recipe calls a "meaty blunt."
Edges for Everybody
The maze-like design of the Baker's Edge brownie pan maximizes the crispy quotient in a typical batch of brownies, preventing family fighting over coveted perimeter pieces. Because heat takes longer to reach the center of a typical pan, this one's extra edges ensure more consistent batch-to-batch results. However, middle pieces will be in short supply.Steel, Almost Real
Thomas' Liquid Stainless Steel gives any drab surface the shiny look of cold steel. You could transform a bland fridge, dishwasher, or toaster oven – but why stop with appliances? Be the first house on the block to sport steel cabinets, barstools, or even lampshades.
Spray the Batter Blaster onto a hot griddle or waffle iron, and the organic dough fries up with what its former-chef manufacturer calls an "airy, beignet-like consistency." The company plans to develop strawberry and apple-cinnamon flavors, and perhaps some cookies and brownies some time in the future. Don't worry – they'll all be Blast-able.
This Baster/Injector's two interchangeable heads switch from syringe to sauce-squirter as needed. Start out by bayoneting the marinade beneath the bird's skin, then use the baster to drench it in its drippings as it roasts.
Pour a can of beer down the Turkey Cannon's shaft and impale the poultry upon it. The liquid boils as the bird roasts, and its insides are infused with delicious steamed beer, cranberry juice, or a white wine, sage, and lemon infusion.
Fill one side of the Play & Freeze's central cylinder with ice and rock salt, then fill the other with cream, sugar, and a flavor of your choice. Shake it, pass it, or roll it until the mix freezes. If you like ice cream, but getting off the couch isn't your style, some creative customers have had dogs bat the ball around, or even dragged it behind a boat.
Chrome, satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze ... and now beech! Taking faucet finishes in an entirely new direction, Omax Woods of Italy has released a line of wooden kitchen and bath faucets in species such as walnut, cherry, teak, and wenge. Let's just hope they don't expand too much when you get them wet.