There are blenders, and then there are Vitamix blenders. I was a skeptic, but like my colleague, Gear reviewer Joe Ray, Vitamix made me a blender man. In essence, the blender is just a blade on a motor. Everything else just interferes. The engine is the reason Vitamix is so good. And yes, it’s expensive, but it’s worth it. It’s not the best deal we’ve seen for him, but it’s the best we’ve seen this year.
There is nothing like homemade ice cream. We haven’t tested this 2-quart model, but I used a smaller version and it was fantastic. It’s especially fun if you have kids who can come up with their own creative ice cream flavors.
The Tea Spot (CYBERTEA on payment)
One of our favorite tea shops is selling throughout the site. I especially like this cup, which serves as a brewer and keeps your tea hot for a few hours. The deal also provides you with three tea samples. You will also receive free shipping (unless you are in Alaska or Hawaii).
This is in our guide to the best chef’s knives and it was the most common knife in every restaurant I’ve worked at. It is light, holds its edge very well and because the blade is thinner and softer than most European-style knives, it is easier to sharpen.
Williams-Sonoma,, Oony,, Dick’s sporting goods
Want to organize a pie party in the backyard? Ooni pizza ovens are the best we’ve tried. They are all on sale, so it’s worth exploring the site 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 taste is key, or switch to gas for those times when you need a pie quickly.
Take the kitchen outdoors with the Solo’s Ranger fireplace. We love Solo Yukon, but it’s pretty big. This cheaper model offers the same well-maintained (and smokeless) hearth experience, only less so. It is ideal for roasting marshes after a nice barbecue.
Fly by Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp is hard to describe. It’s spicy, but not very spicy. It’s greasy, but not very greasy. It is smoky, spicy and has small, crunchy chili pieces that add an interesting texture. It goes well with noodles, soup, pizza and eggs, but some online recommendations swear that the sauce even goes well with peanut butter or ice cream. WIRED review editor Julian Chockatu likes it.
Cooking is all fun and games, but someone also has to clean up. Make their (or your) life easier with this ingenious scrubber from Japan. I have a few because it’s also great for cleaning other things – muddy boots, a kitchen sink, even burnt caramel – and it usually leaves no scratch marks (that is, always test in an inconspicuous place first).