Wackiest Kitchen Products V
Puzzle pepper mills, cake-making sandwich molds, and more from the latest crop of weirdo devices made for the kitchen
The wackies, that is. Welcome to the fifth installment of TOH's Wackiest Kitchen Products. From a Rubik's cube pepper mill to a glass Ziploc, these finds are proof that there's no shortage of strange in the kitchen. Enjoy browsing our picks and keep an open mind—some of these inventive oddballs are actually quite useful.
Relive those old school days of quenching your thirst with a nice long swallow at the water fountain—minus the Flock of Seagulls haircut and inevitable wedgie—with the Tapi Water Fountain. Just place this nifty gadget in your faucet stream and squeeze to wet your whistle.
About $5; dreamfarm.com
Is your roasted ham missing a certain woodsy je ne sais quoi? Williams-Sonoma's Smoking Gun allows you to infuse your meats, vegetables and cheeses with a variety of tasty flavorings, such as applewood and hickory, with no grill and no fuss. Tech-y and tasty? Yes, please.
About $100; williams-sonoma.com
Boiling water. It sounds so easy, but how do you know when the water is actually at that crucial stage...that is, aside from all those gurgling bubbles. Thanks to this handy boil buoy that chimes when the time is right, you'll never have to wonder again. If you've already mastered the whole bubbling-means-boiling thing, you can still take advantage of the boil buoy's ringing alarm that'll free you from your pot-watching post.
About $10; quirky.com
Life is all about the simple pleasures—like cheese. Enjoy deli-fresh slices of Swiss, Cheddar or Mozzarella in seconds with this factory-chic cheese slicer. Just turn the crank for perfectly uniform portions; then, cover your cheese block with the included cap for maximum freshness. An added bonus: it's a great party trick.
About $95; uncommongoods.com
Ever see a bright-eyed little tot watch a scoop of ice cream roll off his cone and splat on the floor? It's not pretty. Eliminate dreadful dairy travesties with Cuisipro's Scoop and Stack Ice Cream Scoop that creates cylinders of your favorite frozen confections—sure to stay on a cone and keep those bright eyes dry.
About $12; amazon.com
Design your way to citrus-y goodness with this orange peeler from Alessi. You might say, "But isn't it easier to peel my orange the old-fashioned way?" To this, we can only reply that it's not about the destination, folks. It's about the journey.
About $27; lumens.com
There's nothing worse than chomping down on a juicy cherry and cracking your tooth on the pit. Save your teeth and reap the sweet rewards as Talisman Designs' charming little creature does the pitting for you—by chomping on the cherry before you get your chance. Got a savory tooth? He likes olives too.
About $9; amazon.com
What makes bread more fun? Toasting it. What makes toast more fun? Stamping it. With this Toast Strips Stamper, you can make mini toast sections that are perfect for dipping in soup, making finger sandwiches, or just munching in a super fun way.
About $4; perpetualkid.com
What do you get when you mix rubber gloves with a hard-working dish sponge and add a touch of Carol Brady? Flower Sponge Gloves! These fab kitchen accessories are functional, stylin' and will protect your manicure.
About $13; perpetualkid.com
How do you improve on peanut butter and jelly? Same way you improve on anything—add cake. These ingenious Sandwich Molds allow you to swap out bland bread for delicious, buttery cake. Just bake up your "bread", slather some creamy peanut butter and sugary jam in the center, and you're good to go. Now might also be a good time to renew that gym membership.
About $24; thinkgeek.com
It looks like a Ziploc; it stores like a Ziploc, but wonder of wonders, it's not a Ziploc! Made of hand-blown glass, this serving bowl is perfect for hosting nuts and making your guests do a double-take.
About $20; perpetualkid.com
Why worry about solving a Rubik's cube when you can use it for a much tastier purpose? These throwback salt and pepper mills will season your food and add eighties geek-chic style to your decor. What they won't do? Frustrate you into a senseless rage. Sounds like a reasonable trade-off.
About $15; thinkgeek.com
Called the "Egg," this concept design is an all-in-one cooking center that allows you to prepare, cook and wash food. Our favorite futuristic boon? An interactive holographic projector that allows the user to go online for recipes.
Concept by Vlad Icobet, University of Fine Arts Bucharest, Romania.
With all the technological advancements of the digital age, the one thing we've learned for sure is that you can never have enough apps. So why not share them with your fridge by turning them into handy magnets? Now your eyeballs won't miss those friendly little icons when you go to grab a soda.
About $13; thinkgeek.com
Nothing is more irking than having to scrub down a splattered cooktop every time you stir or taste a cooking meal. Want an easy fix? Keep your saucy spoon positioned safely over your bubbling stew with Trudeau's spoon rest, and taste your culinary concoction as many times as you like—drip-free.
About $6; amazon.com