Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

I’m at the point in my cooking “education” (part self-taught, part watching a lot of YouTube videos) where I’m starting to get fed up with my cheap knife set. Several of the knives are on their way out or were … (More)

KeepCup Brew

(Photo credit: Alex Bernson, While we’re on the subject of coffee, we should talk about an awesome vessel for consuming the stuff. The KeepCup Brew—a brand-new glass version of the plastic KeepCup Original—is a reusable coffee cup that aims … (More)

Rancilio Silvia V3 Espresso Machine

For serious coffee fanatics, having an espresso machine at home can certainly be an expensive affair. Most of us aren’t world champion baristas though, and prefer not to break the bank to get our fix. The Rancilio Silvia V3 is … (More)

Paprika Recipe Manager for iOS

For a long time, my go-to recipe manager was Evernote. Then, it was Basil for iPad. It’s been a while since that switch, but the limitation of Basil being iPad-only (amongst a few other quibbles) has finally started wearing on … (More)

Mercer Hell’s Handle Fish Spatula

As I’ve mentioned in the past, the best tool in my kitchen is my cast iron skillet. My cheap metal spatula kind of sucks though, so I’ve been on the lookout for something better. Thankfully, The Sweethome did the leg … (More)

Eva Solo Coffee Maker

The same people who designed our favorite cheese grater are also the makers of a great coffee maker. Similar to a French press, the Eva Solo coffee maker uses a full-immersion brewing method. Just dump some coarsely-ground coffee and hot … (More)

Soma Water Filter

The majority of water-filter pitchers out there are terrible (or at best, uninspired) but that doesn’t have to be the case. Enter the Soma water filter, which is a beautiful and eco-friendly water filter that puts the competition to shame. … (More)

Zojirushi NS-TSC10 Rice Cooker

Sometimes there’s just nothing better than a simple bowl of steaming, slightly sweet, slightly sticky, Japanese-style short grain rice. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. It’s possible to make this stuff in a standard stovetop pot (and I have), … (More)

Lodge’s Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillets

If you ask me, no kitchen is complete without at least one cast iron skillet around — they just cook food so perfectly and only get better with age. The one I own used to belong to my grandma and … (More)

Simplehuman Wall-Mountable Grocery Bag Dispenser

I don’t know about you guys, but in my household we tend to accumulate a lot of plastic grocery bags. We rarely just throw them away after grocery trips because they often come in handy later, so there’s a big … (More)

Ratio Eight Coffee Machine

If there’s one thing we at Tools & Toys (and many of our readers) are not in need of, it’s another coffee-making contraption. I mean, the lot of us are nearly full-on baristas at this point. But this beautiful, upcoming … (More)

Nespresso Aeroccino 3

Before the coffee geeks cry out with indignation: yes, I realize I am linking to a Nespresso product and Nespresso is a blight on the coffee-making world, but this is not one of their wasteful coffee pod contraptions. No, the … (More)

RSVP Stoneware Grease Keeper

I’m a big fan of Dan Benjamin’s Bacon Method site, which describes how to make perfect bacon every single time using an oven pan rather than a skillet. (Admittedly, I still like to use my cast iron skillet for this … (More)

Baking Steel

Baking pizza at home seems like it should be a simple project, but it can be a little tricky. The outer crust and the pie center don’t always cook evenly, and you might even end up with some burnt zones. … (More)

Neat Ice Kit

The guys at Studio Neat, makers of the Glif tripod mount for the iPhone and the Cosmonaut stylus for iPad, are putting on another Kickstarter for a…*cough*…neat kit for making super-clear ice at home. It uses an insulated, block-shaped ice … (More)

Bialetti Pasta Pot

I’ve been cooking a lot of pasta at home lately, and it’s gotten a bit tiresome transferring noodles back and forth between the cooking pot and our colander, possibly losing some noodles along the way. The 5-quart Bialetti Pasta Pot … (More)

Toddy Cold Brew System

There have been a lot of coffee makers and accessories on Tools & Toys over the years, but somehow, the Toddy Cold Brew System has never been featured (only mentioned once by yours truly). Maybe Shawn and Stephen just aren’t … (More)

Eva Solo Stainless Steel Grating Bucket

I enjoy having freshly grated cheese over a store-bought package, but what I don’t enjoy is the inevitable cleanup afterward. The way most graters are designed, the cheese just falls all over the place if you’re not careful, but not … (More)

Camano Coffee Mill

The kitchens of many coffee nerds are practically overflowing with coffee paraphernalia, but a lot of that stuff isn’t very well-suited for traveling. Electric burr grinders are no exception to this, which is why hand grinders are so great. They … (More)

Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Tablet Mount

The generically-named Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Tablet Mount is a great way to use your tablet (ok, let’s face it, your iPad) in the kitchen without putting it in danger of being spills and accidents. With an easy-to-install arm that requires … (More)

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