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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This Gorgeous Vintage Edition of Clue Sets the Perfect Mood for a Murder Mystery

WS Game Company
WS Game Company

Everyone should have a few good board games lying around the house for official game nights with family and friends and to kill some time on the occasional rainy day. But if your collection leaves a lot to be desired, you can class-up your selection with this great deal on the Vintage Bookshelf Edition of Clue for $40.

A brief history of Clue

'Clue' Vintage Bookshelf Edition.
WS Game Company.

Originally titled Murder!, Clue was created by a musician named Anthony Pratt in Birmingham, England, in 1943, and he filed a patent for it in 1944. He sold the game to Waddington's in the UK a few years later, and they changed the name to Cluedo in 1949 (that name was a mix between the words clue and Ludo, which was a 19th-century game.) That same year, the game was licensed to Parker Brothers in the United States, where it was published as Clue. Since then, there have been numerous special editions and spinoffs of the original game, not to mention books and a television series based on it. Most notably, though, was the cult classic 1985 film Clue, which featured Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren.

As you probably know, every game of Clue begins with the revelation of a murder. The object of the game is to be the first person to deduce who did it, with what weapon, and where. To achieve that end, each player assumes the role of one of the suspects and moves strategically around the board collecting clues.

With its emphasis on logic and critical thinking—in addition to some old-fashioned luck—Clue is a masterpiece that has stood the test of time and evolved with each decade, with special versions of the game hitting shelves recently based on The Office, Rick and Morty, and Star Wars.

Clue Vintage Bookshelf Edition

'Clue' Vintage Library Edition.
WS Game Company

The Vintage Bookshelf Edition of Clue is the work of the WS Game Company, a licensee of Hasbro, and all the design elements are inspired by the aesthetic of the 1949 original. The game features a vintage-looking game board, cards, wood movers, die-cast weapons, six pencils, an ivory-colored die, an envelope, and a pad of “detective notes.” And, of course, everything folds up and stores inside a beautiful cloth-bound book box that you can store right on the shelf in your living room.

Clue Vintage Bookshelf Edition is a limited-release item, and right now you can get it for $40.

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This Smart Accessory Converts Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

Amazon
Amazon

If you can make a recipe in a slow cooker, Dutch oven, or rice cooker, you can likely adapt it for an Instant Pot. Now, this all-in-one cooker can be converted into an air fryer with one handy accessory.

This Instant Pot air fryer lid—currently available on Amazon for $80—adds six new cooking functions to your 6-quart Instant Pot. You can select the air fry setting to get food hot and crispy fast, using as little as 2 tablespoons of oil. Other options include roast, bake, broil, dehydrate, and reheat.

Many dishes you would prepare in the oven or on the stovetop can be made in your Instant Pot when you switch out the lids. Chicken wings, French fries, and onion rings are just a few of the possibilities mentioned in the product description. And if you're used to frying being a hot, arduous process, this lid works without consuming a ton of energy or heating up your kitchen.

The lid comes with a multi-level air fry basket, a broiling and dehydrating tray, and a protective pad and storage cover. Check it out on Amazon.

For more clever ways to use your Instant Pot, take a look at these recipes.

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