As we all know, the biggest event of November is the last Friday of the month when you can buy some of the coolest gadgets on the market for less than half the price. The same holds true for kitchen gadgets, only this year we have noticed how Amazon started the Black Friday deals earlier. They tend to do this every year, and now the deals seem to have gotten even sweeter than before and also so much earlier. So we decided to monitor all the products that come on sale and highlight for you every kitchen gadget that we think is interesting enough and is warrant the price.
Needless to say, we are not going to be able to review these products on our own, as we usually do, but we are going to use our experience with kitchen gadgets, highlight the features that we believe are the most important, and are going to check out the reviews other people have left. That is to say, although we are going to do our best to bring you only the most useful, interesting and high quality gadgets, you should take the reviews below with a grain of salt.
Also, and this is really the most important fact, you should check back with us every day, because every day we are going to update this list with new products. For those of you who do not know how the Amazon deal week works, you need to know that they usually will come out with products that are on sale only for a limited period of time, usually between 4 and 6 hours. Our updates may not come as often, particularly since you do not get a lot of kitchen gadgets with every new round of deals, but we are going to post as often as we can.
So without further ado, here are
Thursday, November the 26th Black Friday Week Deals
Those of us who are true cappuccino enthusiasts will know just how important the milk froth is, in the making of an excellent cup of the stuff. In fact it could be argued that you can use the espresso function on even a capsule coffee maker and, provided the milk froth is of the best quality, you are still going to get be very happy with the end result. So we were very happy when we saw that one of the best modern coffee maker manufacturers has decided to create a dedicated frother, basically accepting that the stuff they are shipping out with most of their products is of inferior quality. We all knew that was the case, so no big mystery there, but the interesting thing is that the Krups XL2000 Electric Milk Frother actually does make the perfect milk froth for cappuccino. It also has a different setting for latte, and it can even just warm up the milk if that is what you are looking for. The obvious problem with a product like this is that most espresso makers now also have an adequate, if not perfect frother, so, if you are not an enthusiast, you may not care that much about it as to invest its full price. But this is the Black Friday Week, and this Thursday you can actually get the XL2000 for a lot less than it usually costs, so make sure to check out the price change when it does come up in the next few hours.
For some reasons, and despite the fact that we have already featured an article about knife sharpeners, most households do not have well sharpened knives. In fact, most people would not even entertain the idea of sharpening their own knives, but actually prefer to buy new knives when the old ones are beyond use. If you are one of those people you are going to love the Vremi Peacock Set Stainless Steel Chef’s Knives Black Friday Deals offer, and we could not be more on board. The quality of the steel is not something to write home about, so we are not going to mention it here, but the design of the knives and the display case are just great. The thing to understand is that these are not knives that you will be able to sharpen, so if you own at least 2 knife sharpening devices, be them electric or simple stones, it would be better to choose other knives. But if you just tend to go through knives and simply buy new ones once a year, than this is the perfect set for you, and this is the perfect time to buy it. Taking advantage of this Black Friday Deal means you will have an excellent set of knives for the next year, and then, perhaps, you can come back to our site to check out next year’s deals.
Finally, we are going to talk about one of those deals that do not come up too often, but that are definitely worth the wait. The Philips Viva Digital Airfryer with Rapid Air Technology is not only the perfect example of a kitchen gadget that we can gen wholeheartedly behind, but one that has actually made it in the kitchen gadgets main stream. The reason why there are not more people using this technology, is its high cost. So it is great to see that you can already take full advantage of this Black Friday Week Deal, and start cooking in a healthier manner. For those of you who are not quite familiar with the technology, the Philips Viva Digital Airfryer works pretty much like a convection oven, where hot air is circulated all around the food you are cooking so it gets done much faster. Because you are using just hot air, there is no need to use any oil, for its conventional use of not having the food stick on the bottom of the pan. However, you may want to use just a teaspoon of oil for its secondary effect of getting the food to come out that little bit crispier and fuller of flavor.
Tuesday, November the 24th Black Friday Deals
One of the biggest surprises we have had today was to find that the Millennium Falcon was actually made into a chopping board and that you can get it as part of Amazon’s Black Friday Week Deals. Hardcore Star Wars fans will certainly already have bought this chopping board, but for those of us who still have a lingering melancholic idea about Star Wars but do not have the inclination to keep up with the latest fan memorabilia, this is certainly the best time to wake up the child in you. The quality of the chopping board is undeniable, especially since it was made under a license deal Star Wars, so they have made sure that this product is apt to represent them. We particularly enjoyed the high resolution image and the fact that no amount of cutting and chopping seems to affect the overall quality of the design.
We have already featured yesterday a cookware set, and were truly impressed by the excellent discount provided by Amazon. Today, they have another cookware set, this time one that was specifically designed for an induction cook top. That is not to say that you cannot use this cookware set on a regular stove, quite the contrary, because of its extra thick metal bottom, the entire set provides perfect heat distribution regardless of what is generating that heat. However, because it was designed to be used with an induction cook top, it will be able to make perfect use of the induction technology. That gives you a significant advantage when cooking because you will be able to get the food up to cooking temperature very fast, and control that temperature with ease. There is also the fact that the interior is made from stainless steel, which basically means that the food will not get in contact with any nasty chemicals or non stick surfaces, which, although they do make your life a lot easier, have also been reported to contribute to all types of cancers.
The final deal that you can look forward to on the Tuesday Amazon Deals is a brilliant Matcha Tea Gift Set. For those of you who are not that passionate about the Japanese Tea Ceremony, this offer makes no sense, but we have several people in our team who are absolutely crazy about old Japanese culture. So, if you are one of those people or have friends who have talked to you about the tea ceremony, you should consider this offer. The package has everything you would need to start a tentative practice, although, in time, you may want to invest in a Tea House, or at the very least, in a fireplace where the sound of the samovar and of the burning wood can blend together. Until that time comes, you can still practice the meditative techniques of pouring the water, adding the matcha tea, blending, and serving the tea.
Monday, November the 23rd Black Friday Deals
Depending on when you read this article, you may still have to wait a little bit for the offer to activate, but on Monday you will get one of the best Black Friday Week deals you could hope. We are talking about a complete, 15 piece T-fal cookware set for less than half of its regular asking price. We know that even half the price could be seen as a major investment, but what you have to realize is that these deals are rare enough to be worth the money. The set includes 3 frying pans, 4 sauce pans, a Dutch Oven and a steamer insert, plus lids for each one of them. One very interesting thing to note here is that all of the handles are actually oven safe, so you can move from searing on the stove, straight into the oven, if you are into that type of recipes. There is also the fact that, as you would expect from a T-fal product, you have a thermo spot on the bottom of each pan, so you know when it is just hot enough to place the food in for cooking. Another interesting feature is the fact that the exterior is hard anodized which allows the manufacturer to offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty. That, coupled with the high quality T-fal non stick interior means that you can think of this offer as the chance of a great investment that will really raise the level of your cooking to a new high, and offer you to opportunity to further develop your abilities as a chef for many years to come.
The second set that you get your hands on this Monday is actually a ceramic set of knives from Miyako. There are many reasons why you may be interested in a ceramic knife set, not the least of which being the fact that they look so much cooler than anything else on the market today. However there are extremely practical reasons like the fact that the ceramic blade does not contribute to the process of oxidation. So, an apple, potato, or eggplant, to name just a few of the most obvious culprits that can be affected negatively from oxidation, will maintain their color and crispness after having been cut with a Miyako ceramic knife, than they would with a regular knife. In terms of their edge, these knives are very sharp, and, it is well worth pointing out that ceramics are harder than steel and therefore will retain their sharpness level for longer periods of time. The downside, though, is the fact that, because they are so much harder than regular knives, they cannot be sharpened with regular knife sharpening tools. In fact, because they are also a lot more brittle, we recommend that you take good care of them so that you will benefit from their use for longer, but either sent them to a sharpening expert, or simply buy a new set on the next Black Friday Deals opportunity.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner you may want to pay for Amazon’s Next Day Delivery system if you are going to take advantage of the deal they have on the Tovolo Dripless Baster. Not having tried it we are somewhat doubtful about its ability to retain any type of sauce without any drips, but, on the other hand, even if it lets just a small drip form, it will still be a better choice than most other products of its kind. However, the thing to remember is that cooking an entire turkey is an inherently messy affair, so we are only recommending this baster if you do not have one already, and are planning to cook a big Thanksgiving meal. The price alone recommends it, and we can certify that most of the people who have bought it were reasonably happy with it.
Friday, November the 20th Black Friday Week Deals
Perhaps the best deal we are going today is the Trudeau 3 in 1 Double Boiler 1.5 quart Fondue Set. The thing about these Black Friday Week Deals is that you are not really going to get any of the essentials that a modern kitchen would need; they are really saving those for the actual Black Friday. Still, they will come up with some of the most interesting knickknacks that you may not buy at the regular price, but that will feel very tempting at a discount. And we have to admit that the Trudeau 3 in 1 Double Boiler 1.5 quart Fondue Set is just such a fancy little kitchen gadget that you really must make sure to buy. It has a silicone insert that you can place in the fondue bowl when you want to keep chocolate or cheese warm, and you can take it out and use hot oil if you want a traditional fondue dinner. It even comes with a set of 12 forks, 6 of which being made of plastic, so you can use them with the silicone insert, and 6 for meat. The best thing is that the plastic forks were actually designed to be safe for children, and they are usually interested in the chocolate recipes anyway. The one thing that is always the case with these fondue sets, and this one is no exception, is that they do not come with their own fuel, so make sure to order a bottle the very same time you order the set itself.
Whereas most people, and even most cooks will use some sort of baking bowls or even marbles to keep the pie dough flat, there is a more modern, and interesting alternative: the Chicago Metallic CMB033 Pie Weight. In terms of how the pie comes out, it really does not have any significant advantages or disadvantages over the ball system. The difference is in the fact that the Chicago Metallic CMB033 Pie Weight is a lot easier to handle, especially when you need to take it hot out of the pie crust, and it is a lot easier to wash, and, finally to store away. Since this is not a necessary buy, you could be excused for not going for it on a regular day, but since now it is so much cheaper than usual, you really owe it to yourself to upgrade the way you cook pies.
The last kitchen gadget on sale today, Friday the 20th, is the Fagor Cayenne Stainless Steel 6 Quart Pressure Cooker. Pressure cookers are certainly very interesting pieces of kit in any kitchen. There are those who would argue that they tend to take the flavor out of the stuff you cook in them because of the ultra high temperature, but the trick there is to actually keep to the timings prescribed for pressure cooking and not go a minute over them. In fact, if at all possible, we recommend dipping the entire pot in cold water, after you have release the pressure of course, to stop the cooking process. So if you want to give this process a go, make sure to try the Fagor pressure cooker. If you do not like it, you will be happy to note that it can also be used as a regular pot with a slightly less conventional lid. But the best thing about it is the self locking mechanism that will allow you to safely use this pot, right out of the box, without the need for any formal training.
Thursday, November the 19th Black Friday Week Deals
The grilling season well past its mark, but we must not forget that in less than 6 months we are going to have the first signs of spring, and nothing celebrates the return of the warm season better than a nice barbecue. For that reason you may want to take advantage of the Amazon deal for the Grill Logic – Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Gloves. These gloves are certified to 220 degrees Farhenheit, and are made of FDA certified silicone. On a personal note we noticed the dozens of bumps that cover the surface of the gloves and that will allow you to have a much better grip on the barbeque tools, even if the gloves get wet. There is also the fact that they come with a Satisfaction Guarantee where they will give you your money back if you are not happy with the gloves.
On closer inspection of the reviews we noted that even people with larger hands “made them (the gloves) work” which leads us to believe that the gloves themselves are rather big, especially for people with very small hands. You should also note that the only available sizes are these, which are the One Size Fits Most” and then progressively larger gloves. So you may end up in a situation where the gloves will feel big, but there will be nothing for you to do except to try and make them work for you too.
There has long been a tradition in the home cook category to do a sort of seat of the pants cooking. In fact there are those who will argue that the best cooks do not even taste their meals and just go on instinct and experience. However, that is not how the Michelin grade cooks do it. Instead they use fancy gadgets like the ThermoPro TP-06 Digital Probe Oven & Roasting Thermometer with Timer to know exactly when their steak has reached the perfect temperature and stop the cooking process. The ThermoPro uses a probe on a long, heat resistant wire, so you can just leave it in the oven, or in the smoker, or even on the barbeque, and monitor the temperature increase during the cooking process. That way, you can take out the meat precisely when it is done cooking and save as much as possible of those tender juices. Obviously this is not the type of gadget that most home cooks, even the enthusiasts, could afford to buy or should do so, but on this special occasion, with 70% off the standard price, it may be a good idea to do so. As far as the reviews go, we did not find anything that warrant mention here.
That is it for today, but make sure to come back soon for more deals.