Medium kitchen plug-ins

Cooking is a new passion here at shopper central and it goes hand in hand with penchant for gadgets. A while ago we published a blurb about small kitchen electrics, and the list. This type of collection usually starts with a stand mixer for most, us included. We’re quite happy with the 6qt KitchenAid device. This one is on the higher end of the range, but the tilting head and extra power are worth the upgrade if you’re going to use it more than a handful of times a year. There is a broad range of accessories starting with a very practical grinder and ending with a whimsical and aspirational ice cream maker! While on the subject of rotating things, a food processors is also useful, though there is a KitchenAid attachment if you prefer that, There is always a balance between do we want to cut through these vegetables quickly and then have to wash the machine, or take longer with a knife. It’s a difficult choice.

Tangent time! We absolutely love the Victorinox (the pocket knife people!) kitchen steel, both the European-style chef’s knife and the Santoku. We do the chopping on a thick Epicurian board, it’s definitely a splurge. Here are our favorites.

Back to spinning things, blenders are popular, we have one. We can make smoothies from everything between spinach cement bricks. There is a lot of Asian cooking in our kitchen, so a rice cooker is a necessity, this is definitely not for everyone. Also helpful, and from the same manufacturer – Zojirushi (the makers of our favorite portable thermos), is a water boiler. If you drink tea or like to make pour-over or French press coffee, this makes the right temperature water a button press away. Rounding out the list is an induction cooktop, another nice-to-have. When the stove is too small for too many large pots, this turns any surface into a cooking surface.

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Not on the list is an instant pot, but if that’s your thing – this model has 9 programs!

We should talk about cameras

We have some die-hard Nikon and Sony fans our team, one of us is actually a semi-pro. Nikon recently introduced a system – Z. It’s all cool and very exiting but it is not yet ready for prime-time simply due to lack of lens selection. Surely Nikon is mitigating this problem by offering a mount converter, but that’s merely a stop-gap. Professionals are likely to stick to the D-series hardware for some time to come, and advanced amateurs are certain to benefit from possible discounts on the F-mount glass. We have a few lists for you below that should satisfy a range of users.

The Z list

The D-Pro list

The amateur list

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Eco-friendly toys

Green Toys has a very interesting product. They make toddler toys, though they’ve been expanding, out of recycled milk jugs. Throughout their manufacturing process they take steps to be easy on the environment. Their packaging, in addition to being recyclable, is refreshingly easy to open. The toys themselves start from a food-safe plastic and are made to withstand the carelessness and violence of their young target audience.

We love the sea plane, the construction truck set, and the ambulance with medical tools. Their vehicles are colorful, durable, and fun. We have lists for you below by age group that we hope you find useful.

Little babies and Big babies

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Surviving the dorm

So you moved to the university, that’s exciting, but now you have to provide your own toilet paper, and soap, and toothpaste, and other stuff. Here’s a handy list. We’d add shampoo to that, but you probably know which one you like already. Oh, the baby wipes on that list — that’s not just for babies…

Surviving the dorm list

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