This Balanced Bowl-Colander Hybrid Saves Time and Water

Equilibric, Kickstarter
Equilibric, Kickstarter

Sorry, lazy home cooks: You really do need to wash your fruits and vegetables before you eat them. Rinsing produce thoroughly removes up to 90 percent of harmful pathogens, but between dirtying a colander, using up water, and inevitably spilling some food in the sink, it's also a huge pain. Equilibric, a combination food strainer/serving bowl—currently raising money on Kickstarter—makes the process a lot simpler.

Instead of using a separate colander and bowl to prepare a meal, this hybrid kitchen item saves you a step. If you're washing fruits, vegetables, beans, or grains, just add your ingredients to the Equilibric colander, fill it with water, and use the handle to pour out the liquid into the sink. As the water flows from the bowl, it rinses the food inside the colander. According to Equilibric, this method uses the 60 percent less water than traditional strainers and washes away twice as many contaminants.

For straining ingredients that have already been cooked, like pasta, the product works the same way. And when your food is strained, you can serve it straight from the bowl instead of transferring it to a new vessel. It can also act as a defrosting bowl. When you have frozen items that need to come up to room temperature, just place them in the colander—the bowl will collect any water that accumulates and make for easy clean-up.

Equilibric comes in two shapes: a 9-inch-wide round colander and a 12-inch-by-8-inch rectangular one.

Buy one on Kickstarter for $15 and up, with delivery estimated for August of this year.

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The Bartesian Is Basically a Keurig for Cocktails

Bartesian
Bartesian

The call for a classic cocktail can be hard to resist, but going out to bars gets pricey, and trying to combine the perfect amount of different juices, bitters, and liquors on your own is a tough skill to master. The Bartesian, available on Amazon for $350, wants to take the hassle out of homemade cocktails by serving up classic drinks in just a few simple steps.

To start, purchase the cocktail capsules of your choice, which contain all of the bitters, extracts, and juice concentrates you need for cocktails like old fashioneds, margaritas, martinis, Long Island iced teas, and more. Then, pour your preferred liquor—whiskey, vodka, rum, gin, and tequila—into one of the five glass bottles that comes with the Bartesian and screw it into its proper reservoir on the machine. (Vodka and gin occupy the same reservoir, so the machine will double-check that you're using the right one before making a drink with either.)

Once you’re set up, simply insert the capsule and the Bartesian will instantly identify your cocktail selection and the spirit will be automatically drawn. You can even specify the strength of your cocktail, whether you want a mocktail or something strong after work. If you want to make the concoction even more authentic, the machine will also suggest the proper glassware for each.

Bartesian provides an automatic rinse after each use, and the reservoirs are easily removed and dishwasher safe.

So whether you're looking to gift yourself or the cocktail lover in your life this holiday season, the Bartesian makes mixed drinks easy.

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10 Splendid Gifts for Royal Family Fanatics

Funko/Amazon
Funko/Amazon

Between the never-ending publicity surrounding Meghan Markle and the long-awaited third season of The Crown on Netflix, Americans seem to be tuning into the intimate goings-on of England’s most famous family now more than ever. From corgi-covered socks to a Kate Middleton fashion coloring book, here are 10 brilliant products to help you showcase your passion for all things royal.

1. Royal Windsor Monopoly; $56

windsor castle monopoly
Winning Moves Games/Amazon

Forget Baltic Avenue and Marvin Gardens—take your tiny top hat on a tour of the Windsor grounds, from St. George’s Chapel to Eton College. This edition of Elizabeth Magie’s classic board game still has many opportunities for taxes, bankruptcy, and jail, but with an undeniable air of sophistication.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Corgi Socks; $7

corgi socks
Hot Sox

Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s long-standing love for corgis by sporting some of the smiling puppers on your very own two feet.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Princess Diana Funko POP! Doll; $9

princess diana funko pop doll
Funko/Amazon

While you’re waiting to see Emma Corrin portray Princess Diana in season four of The Crown, treat your toy shelf to a Funko Diana doll, clad in her iconic black gown. There are more royal Funkos, too, like Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton.

Buy It: Amazon

4. Twinings Earl Grey Tea; $9

twinings earl grey tea
Twinings/Amazon

Twinings has been the official tea supplier of the Royal Household since the 19th century, and according to former royal chef Darren McGrady, the Queen likes Earl Grey the best. If you really want to mirror the monarch’s preferences, add a splash of milk—but skip the sugar.

Buy It: Amazon

5. Royally British Mug; $16

royally british mug
Victoria Eggs/Amazon

What better way to sip the Queen’s favorite tea than from a teacup bearing symbols of her kingdom? Not only is this 12-ounce bone china mug hand-illustrated with Balmoral Castle, Windsor Castle, and Buckingham Palace, it also features all of the UK’s national flowers: England’s rose, Wales’s daffodil, Scotland’s thistle, and Northern Ireland’s shamrock.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Kate Middleton Royal Fashions Coloring Book; $4

kate middleton fashion coloring book
E.R. Miller Designs

Kate Middleton manages to stick to the many royal family fashion rules while still stepping out in some impressively voguish ensembles. Add your own polychromatic flair to her most memorable looks in this coloring book, with special appearances by Prince William and more.

Buy It: Amazon

7. How to Speak Brit; $16

how to speak brit book
Avery/Amazon

Though the royal family doesn’t likely deign to speak the slang of the masses, How to Speak Brit also contains plenty of posh phrases, along with explanations of how they came to be. This dictionary-slash-cultural-study is handy for anyone who watches Downton Abbey, The Great British Bake Off, or any other British television series or film.

Buy It: Amazon

8. LEGO Buckingham Palace Set; $72

lego buckingham palace set
LEGO/Amazon

This 780-piece buildable version of Queen Elizabeth II’s primary residence includes a double-decker bus, black cab, and the Victoria Memorial. It also comes with a booklet on the design, architecture, and history of Buckingham Palace.

Buy It: Amazon

9. Royal Carriage Jewelry Box; $17

qifu royal carriage jewelry box
Qifu/Amazon

We can’t all roll up to special events in a gold-embellished stagecoach, but we can store our jewelry in one. The Fabergé egg-inspired design of this carriage makes it a perfect mantelpiece decoration, too.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Buckingham Palace Jigsaw Puzzle; $30

buckingham palace jigsaw puzzle
Gibsons/Amazon

This 1000-piece puzzle depicts the scene at Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s birthday celebration. In the image, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are trotting off to Horse Guard's Parade for Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s annual inspection of the military.

Buy It: Amazon

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