This Modular, Magnetic Spice Rack Helps You Organize Your Spices by Cuisine for Easier Cooking

Chef Caddy
Chef Caddy

Many kitchens appear neat and organized until you open a cabinet. Instead of keeping your herbs and spices out where you can see them, you may file them away behind a door for the sake of neatness. But when it comes time to make a recipe, you have to spend forever rummaging through jars to find the right ingredients. No more. Chef Caddy, an appliance currently raising funds on Indiegogo, is an organizational system for spices that you'll want to show off on your counter.

The modular Chef Caddy system divides spices into columns of four, with end caddies for cooking oils and vinegar. One section is meant for basic spices that are used across multiple cuisines, including salt, pepper, onion, and garlic. Additional caddies are meant to hold spices that are specific to a certain cuisines. Your Thai column, for example, may hold Thai basil, red curry powder, chili powder, and mint, while your Mexican caddy may be used to store Mexican oregano, cumin, paprika, and cayenne.

So far, Chef Caddy has raised more than $112,000, far surpassing its initial $25,000 funding goal. You can pledge $39 on Indiegogo to receive one base unit, which includes a bottle caddy, a spice caddy with four spice bottles, and a set of blank labels. A set of three spice caddies and two bottle caddies costs $99, and for $179, you can get three more spice caddies and three mounting plates. All options are still available, and it's estimated that the Chef Caddy will ship in December 2019. 

Casey Moulton came up with the idea for Chef Caddy when teaching his "Kitchen Karate" meal-prep classes. The secret to prepping a week's worth of meals in a couple hours, he told students, is to organize herbs and spices according to cuisine. In addition to saving time looking for spices, the system makes it easier to cook without a recipe. After hearing the positive response from students, he decided to turn the DIY kitchen hack into a product anyone can buy. 

The set comes with blank labels for the spice jars, so you can customize your caddies to reflect the cuisines you cook most. Larger blank labels that go on top of the caddies act as cheat sheets: You can use them to write down condiments and aromatics that fit the cuisine (for French cooking, you might write butter, shallots, wine, and Dijon mustard). That way, you can create a cohesive flavor profile for the dish you want to make without opening a recipe book.

The Chef Caddy organizational system allows you to easily find whatever spice you're looking for, no matter how many spices you use on a regular basis. Each section of the modular spice rack snaps together with magnets, so you can add more spices to it as you expand your culinary repertoire. And it looks appealing sitting on your kitchen counter.

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Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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If you’ve always envied people who could sit down and sketch anything, this course is for you. Score over 55 hours of easy-to-follow lessons for traditional and digital drawing.

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