The laziest cooking method of all time just got even lazier with the Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Slow Cooker ($100) — the first ever web-connected crock-pot. Adding to their existing line of connected home devices, this crock-pot lets you turn it on or off, adjust cooking temperature, and change time using their app for iOS or Android from anywhere. It's perfect for cooking chili, soup, and other common crock-pot meals, even if you're schedule is unpredictable, letting you turn it off if you're working late, or if you get stuck in traffic. With push reminders and the ability to calculate cook times and processes on its own, it takes all the difficulties out of something that was already pretty simple to begin with.
For the minimalist coffee lover in you, there's the Canadiano Coffee Maker ($60-$80; includes one pound of coffee). Carved from a single block of cherry, walnut, or maple wood, this coffee maker is truly as simple as it gets, featuring a metal filter that never needs to be replaced. Each variety is meant for a specific sort of coffee — with walnut made for darker roasts, and maple or cherry made for nuttier, more citrusy beans. All you need to do is place it over your mug, add in two scoops of coarsely-ground beans, and pour over hot water. With two to four minutes of brewing, and stirring to suit your preference, you get a personalized single cup of coffee every time, without all the waste of other single cup methods.
While, admittedly, not everyone is going to necessarily find everyday applications for a product like the Searzall ($65), if you're a serious home cook (or small-time professional chef), you'll wonder how you ever did without it. It's a fixture for a standard blow-torch, making it much better suited for use with food by helping eliminate the torch-taste commonly found in foods seared with a torch. It works by forcing the flame through two layers of heat-proof mesh, largely reducing the flame to radiant heat, and letting it perfectly sear sous-vide foods, foie gras, fish, steak, burgers — really anything.
If normal brewed coffee isn't always enough of a jolt to get you rolling in the morning, but you still don't like spending your mornings in long lines waiting for a latte, you should consider brewing your own espresso. The La Cafetiere Stovetop Espresso Pot ($30) easily brews six shots of espresso at a time on gas, electric, and radiant cooking surfaces. The soft touch handle makes it easy to use, even when it's hot, while the durable aluminum body endures years of brewing. It's the perfect way to brew strong espresso at home or at work, and avoid all the frustrations of the coffee shop — now all you have to do is learn to make your own triple venti soy no-foam latte.
Sure, there are worse things than those freezer-burnt excuses for waffles you get at your local grocery — but come on, you can do better. With the Waring Commercial Waffle Maker ($450), you can enjoy fresh, tasty, Belgian-style waffles at home — and it's pretty hard to beat fresh. This side-by-side waffle maker can cook two waffles at the same time, and its rotary feature lets you evenly bake and brown. Its triple non-stick coating virtually eliminates mess, while making it a breeze to remove your waffles, and the precise heating elements give you a golden-brown waffle every time.
Add a touch of rustic charm (without sacrificing class) to your next meal with these Phillippe Starck Log Knives ($465). This set of six knives is made entirely from stainless steel, carefully formed, detailed with a wood bark design, and finished in matte. Each one is forged into a seamless piece of stainless steel, for workmanship that will last and last, while still maintaining a light weight that feels natural in your hand.
If you've had the pleasure of enjoying a cup of coffee brewed in a Chemex (or similar pour-over coffeemaker), you know that there are few better ways to prepare your favorite morning pick-me-up — but you also know how difficult it can be to get it right. The Ratio Eight Coffee Machine ($400) combines the same principles used to brew by hand in a pour-over device, and adds precise technology so you get the perfect brew every time. Carefully heated water reaches the proper temperature for your brew, then pours water over the grounds allowing them to bloom, before finally pouring additional hot water to finish the brewing process. What you end up with is an excellent pot of fresh coffee, with repeatable results, and zero fuss.
How could we not write about a drinking vessel that so obviously looks just like the Uncrate site? The Rogue Territory x Robert Siegel Tumbler ($32) features a tasteful, yet understated black and white color scheme, just like yours truly. Hand-crafted by artisans in downtown Los Angeles, each tumbler is completely one-of-a-kind, individually wrapped, hand stamped, and dipped in matte black glaze. They are three inches tall and three inches in diameter, making them perfect for sipping your favorite beverage. They are dishwasher and microwave safe, so you don't have to worry about messing up your new favorite cup — or its beautiful design.
Sous-vide cooking — a method that uses carefully-regulated water at a low temperature to cook meat and vegetables sealed in an airtight bag — is a great way of evenly cooking food while keeping it juicy and tender. But previously the equipment needed for sous-vide cooking was prohibitively expensive, keeping it pretty much exclusively in professional kitchens. With the Sansaire Sous Vide Circulator ($200) you get all the advantages of sous-vide, without all the cost. This small, portable cooker lets you immerse it in any vessel, easily set the temperature, and leave it to work its magic.
Just because there's a nip in the air, doesn't make a bowl of ice-cream any bit less delicious. So the next time you enjoy a few scoops, serve it in style with the Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop ($39). This ice-cream scoop is not only designed to be a beautiful object worthy of passing down through the generations — available in jet black, gun-metal gray, matte silver, or chrome — it's also built with ergonomics in mind, letting you comfortably use it each time. It features an angled head and a spade-shaped leading edge, so it's perfectly designed to scoop ice-cream with very little effort.
Taste the flavors of the world without ever leaving your zip code with Old Salt Merchants Teas, Salts & Sugars ($10-$15). Imported from far-flung destinations across the globe, their curated selections of teas, flavored sugars, and seasoned salts will liven up any of your meals and recipes, whether you're enjoying rum and cola tea with breakfast, sea smoke salt on grilled salmon, or Jamaican ginger sugar on the rim of your favorite cocktail. Each one is made from a blend of high-quality ingredients, with no artificial flavors or additives, and nothing but the best natural stuff.
Instead of that boring baked turkey you have every year on Thanksgiving, do something a little different with the Waring Pro Rotisserie Turkey Fryer/Steamer ($250). Capable of cooking up to an 18-pound bird, this turkey fryer can prepare the most important part of your fall feast in just over an hour thanks to its rotisserie mechanism. Once turkey season passes, you can still get plenty of use out of it as a deep fryer for chicken wings, french fries, and more — or you can fill the reservoir with water and use it as a steamer.