It's been a long, sleepy road. Finally, we get to enjoy the luxury of sleeping in on a Monday morning. But it's an exception, not the rule, and tomorrow and many more days to follow we'll find ourselves sleepily waking and pushing our way through the daily grind. But hopefully our Monday Morning Blues Tech Cures series has provided some aid in making your mornings a little bit easier...
Whether you're into veggie burgers or all-beef patties, the time for backyard BBQs and cookouts is upon us. Here are five apps with everything from delicious recipes, to timers to help you make sure everything is cooked through, to BBQ locators for when you can't be bothered to make it yourself.
Usually, refrigerators are part of those major appliances that can easily set the tone of any kitchen. In our mind, fridges shouldn't be hidden away, they should be displayed to showcase elements of design. Thanks to certain appliance manufacturers, you can buy some really good-looking refrigerators. The trick is to find one that fits well with your other appliances.
When Ryan decided to meet his wife's request to install a computer in the kitchen, he went all out to create a custom touch screen system that continues to grow with their family. This wonderful DIY device is connected to the internet access, acts as a digital picture frame when not otherwise in use, includes a barcode scanner for grocery list creation, acts as a TV, and so much more.
Unplggd's Sonia Zjawinski recently moved to a new house in Northern Cali outfitted with a common feature in Europe and Asia, but still a rarity in the States: the tankless water heater. We've discussed the importance of the installed location of these energy saving appliances, and now Sonia goes into detail about whether the on-demand heaters are the right choice for your household for the NY Times' Gadgetwise blog…totally worth a read if you're considering switching to a tankless setup.
How many times have we been in the middle of a cooking project and realized with dread that we were out of a crucial ingredient? Too many times, that's what. Now there's an app to help us in our hour of need for those of us who include an iPhone or iPad amongst our kitchen tools.
Maxwell has been testing one of these in our NYC office for the past few months, and like us here at Unplggd, he's discovered it's a winner. Strange at first to have the top automatically open for you, it has changed the way we've worked in our own kitchen, making it more convenient to dispose food waste and garbage when our hands are full (we now sometimes hover our hands over other waste receptacles thinking they will open automatically too!). This is a good example of where a little technology makes certain household tasks notably easier and you soon find yourself surprisingly wondering, "How did I live without this?"...
We've griped about tiny under-counter fridges in the past, so we’ll spare you the litany of complaints today. Suffice it to say; while a regular old Frigidaire would set our heart to palpitating with desire, these dreamboats have us positively swooning!
We've been using a refillable glass spouted soap dispenser in the kitchen for awhile now, purchasing soap in bulk to cut down on packaging waste. But something that always bothered us with both this and every other bottle is the mess we often transfer while pouring/squeezing the liquid soap out while cleaning up (aka spaghetti stain fingerprints), alongside the risk of it slipping out of our soapy hands. Call us neat freaks, but we LOVE the automated simplehuman sensor pump, which eliminates the need to touch anything. Just place your hand underneath it and the right amount of dishwashing soap is dispensed onto the sponge each and every time (you can adjust the amount), with nary a fingerprint. And anything that makes dishwashing easier is a welcome addition into our home.