There are mixers, then Vitamix mixers. I was skeptical, but like fellow Gear Joe Ray reviewers, the Vitamix made me a great guy. The blender is, basically, just a blade over a motor. Everything else gets in the way. The motor is why the Vitamix is so good. And yes, it’s pricey, but it’s worth it. This isn’t the best deal we’ve ever seen, but it’s the best deal we’ve seen this year.
There is no such thing as homemade ice cream. We didn’t test this 2-liter model, but I used a smaller version, and it worked great. It’s especially fun if you have kids who can make their own creative ice cream flavors.
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One of our favorite teahouses is the site-wide sale. I am particularly fond of this mug, which acts as a brewery and keeps tea hot for several hours. The deal also provides you with three samples of tea. You also get free shipping (unless you’re in Alaska or Hawaii).
This is in our guide to the best chef’s knives, and it has been the most popular knife in every restaurant I’ve worked in. It’s lightweight, holds its edge well, and since the blade is thinner and softer than most European-style knives, it’s easier to sharpen.
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Want to throw a pie party in the backyard? Ooni pizza ovens are the best we have tried. They are all for sale, so browse the site for yourself, but we think the best deal is the Karu 12 multi-fuel oven. It gives you the flexibility to use wood or charcoal when flavor is key, or switch to gas for those times when you need pie in a hurry.
Take the kitchen outdoors with the Solo Ranger fire pit. We love the Solo Yukon, but it’s just too big. This cheaper model offers the same well-built (and smokeless) fire pit experience, just a little smaller. It’s perfect for roasting marshmallows after a gentle grill.
Difficult to describe flying from Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp. It’s hot but not too hot. It is oily but not too oily. It’s smoky and delicious and there are little crunchy bits of chili that add an interesting texture. It goes well with pasta, soup, pizza, and eggs, but some testimonials online swear that the sauce goes well with peanut butter or ice cream. WIRED Reviews editor Julian Chokkattu loves it.
Cooking is fun and games, but someone has to clean up too. Make their life (or yours) easier with this innovative cleaning device from Japan. I have a few, because they’re great for cleaning other things too – muddy shoes, kitchen sink, even burnt caramel – and they usually don’t leave traces of scratches (however, always test in an inconspicuous spot first).