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.
Take every step of the coffee preparation process into your own hands using the Bonaverde Roast-Grind-Brew Coffee Machine ($300). This machine does it all — starting off by roasting green coffee beans straight from the farm, then grinding them to the exact consistency you prefer, and finally brewing the freshest pot of coffee you've ever enjoyed. The revolutionary machine is just one part of the service they offer. The other part is an online marketplace that lets coffee drinkers connect with farmers and buy beans directly, potentially changing everything we know about the coffee industry.
Whether you're fed up with using a design that hasn't changed for generations, or you just like to outfit your kitchen with nothing but the latest gadgets, pick up a Normann Copenhagen Nutcracker ($53) just in time for the holiday season. Unlike the nutcrackers you're used to — awful metallic contraptions that pinch skin and grow uncomfortable with use — this one features an aluminum middle covered in thick, flexible silicone, making it more comfortable to use. It's durable, dishwasher safe, comes in red or black, and is easy to use, so odds are, you won't be going back to that old nutcracker any time soon.
Get a jump on your fall and winter holiday cooking preparedness with the Joseph Joseph Carving Set ($45). This set includes an eight-inch Japanese steel carving knife and seven and a half-inch stainless steel carving fork set that magnetically connect together for easy transportation, no matter where you find yourself cooking. The included chopping board features a no-slip angled cutting surface, an integrated meat grip, and corners made for easy pouring — so it's perfect for carving roasts or poultry, without wasting any of the juices.
Finally, an electric grill for the culinary impaired among us who wouldn't know how long to cook a chicken breast if it came with directions stamped into the meat. The T-Fal OptiGrill ($210) comes programmed already with the ideal time and temperature for a range of common grill items — everything from fish and steak to poultry and sandwiches — taking the guesswork out of indoor grilling. It features a cooking surface that's large enough to accommodate a meal for an entire family (or one really hungry guy), as well as non-stick removable grill plates, a floating hinge that lets you fit large cuts of meat, and a large drip tray that makes cleanup a breeze.
If you're not lucky enough to have been passed down an antique cast iron skillet through the generations — seasoned by years of lovingly-prepared family meals — start your own cooking tradition with the Finex Cast Iron Skillet ($125). This is the cast iron skillet reinvented, with an eight-sided design that gives it six separate pouring points, making it much easier to handle. A coiled wire spring handle allows it to dissipate heat quicker, making it easier to hold and move. The interior is CNC machined, making it smoother than your grandma's skillet, so it's less prone to sticking and easier to wipe clean.
Get delicious smoky flavor in your meat and fish without the hassle using the Camerons Stovetop Smoker ($33). Made to work over just about any heat source, it works great on your gas or electric indoor range — so you won't have to do your smoking outdoors once the cold weather sets in. Its seamless stainless steel construction holds in the smoke, while cleaning up easily in the dishwasher. At seven by 11 inches, it's plenty big to hold a large piece of meat, or a filet of fish, but still small enough to fit on your stove. It includes a supply of wood chips, a recipe booklet, and a non-stick rack, so you'll be all set to get started.