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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Dominate Game Night With Godzilla-Themed Monopoly and Jenga

Usaopoly
Usaopoly

Competitive board games have a tendency to bring out players' monstrous sides, and later this year, you'll be able to embrace those destructive impulses with Jenga and Monopoly games inspired by Godzilla.

Both products featuring Japan's iconic mutant menace are a collaboration between games publisher USAopoly (also known as The Op) and entertainment company Toho International, CBR.com reports. The first one, dubbed Monopoly: Godzilla, is billed as a "city-terrorizing twist on the classic board game." The properties available for conquering include Monster Island, Goro’s Workshop, and Kitakami Lake. Instead of the classic game pieces, players use tokens of monsters like Mothra, Rodan, and Godzilla to dominate the board.

The second game pairs so perfectly with Godzilla that it may rival the classic version. In Jenga: Godzilla Extreme Edition, the block tower resembles a skyscraper taken from downtown Tokyo, and it comes with a cardboard cutout of Godzilla unleashing a beam of atomic breath. With every role of the die, Godzilla moves along the "approach track," increasing the number of blocks removed each turn and hastening the building's destruction.

Godzilla Jenga.
Usaopoly

Monopoly: Godzilla will sell for $40, and Jenga: Godzilla Extreme Edition will cost $20. You can find them in select stores when they debut in the spring.

Are You a Friends Superfan? Then You Need This Friends-Themed Cards Against Humanity

The One With All the Cards/Amazon
The One With All the Cards/Amazon

For a seemingly simple show, Friends has continued to entertain fans around the world for more than 25 years. The ’90s sitcom allowed viewers to follow the lives of six tight-knit friends and—most importantly—quote many hilarious lines and references. Now, you can mix and match some of the show's best moments with The One With All the Cards game, which looks and plays a lot like Cards Against Humanity. You can find it on Amazon for $30.

While the game isn’t a Cards Against Humanity expansion pack, it’s quite similar. There’s a set of black question cards containing classic lines like “WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY SISTER?” to which players respond with white cards that feature answers like, “Feeling my bicep, and maybe more.”

When you’ve established who is the best at Friends quotes, you can see who the real superfan is with The One With All the Questions. This trivia game features more than 300 quiz questions and you can find it on Amazon for $33.

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