Home Kitchen Gadgets

Whether it is fresh or cooked, food needs to be stored properly. Good quality containers will help you to increase its shelf life significantly. You can prevent an unnecessary wastage by proper storing of foods. Thanks to various sophisticated ventilation systems and seals, this kind of container retains optimal atmosphere for a specific ingredient. Choose the containers according to your needs and you will be satisfied.


Reliable Vacuum

It is not new that removing of air extends the shelf life of foodstuffs significantly. You can appreciate vacuum containers not only at home but also when you are travelling. If you prepare an airtight snack with ham and cheese in the morning, it will be still edible and tasty in the evening.

In vacuum, foods do not get dry, odours are not transferred between them and they do not lose their colour, nor taste. The vacuum also avoids the loss of nutrients and vitamins, and especially it prevents fungal infestation and propagation of other microorganisms in the food. This kind of protection of food is worthy not only in the summer months.


Ventilation For Freshness

Certain foods, such as herbs, do well when they get fresh air. That is why some food containers have valves in their lids. However, similar openings are fitted on containers you use for microwaving food. You always need to check the use, because some plastics do not stand high, or vice versa low temperatures.


Colours And Organization

A variety of colour options of lids and containers does not serve only the aesthetics of the product, but it also helps to distinguish them quickly. If you decide e.g. that a box with a white lid is used for dairy products, with red lid for meats and with green lid for herbs and vegetables, you will always be sure to reach for the right one. The transparent containers serve for quick orientation, too. Visual inspection is the easiest and fastest method. That is why even some tin boxes have a “window”, which allows you to check the content, as well as the quantity remaining inside quickly.


Glss Containers

The indisputable advantage of plastics is their lightweight, however glass has different advantages. For example, a glass bowl (made of heat-resistant borosilicate glass) can be put in the oven for baking. Glass is inert, it does not transmit odours and does not get discoloured and a glass container looks like a new one after thorough washing. Advanced systems of closing with seals enhance the comfort of glass containers further. Glass also impress the fans of traditions and it is especially suitable e.g. for kitchens in the traditional or vintage designs, where plastic would not look inappropriate.


Tin Containers

Metal, and particularly stainless steel, is a frequently used material. Large metal containers are great for storing, e.g. bread and pastries. Tin containers can easily be decorated with high quality powder, health and environmentally friendly, paints. You can choose from countless colours and patterns. Everyone will certainly find the best one according to his or her taste. Additionally, beautiful boxes and jars for food may brighten the kitchen up in an interesting way.


Save Food

Nearly 60 percent of Czech households discard unused food at least once a month, and 20 per cent of them do this every week. However, according to the surveys, there is a new positive trend meaning that 83 percent of Czechs currently pay attention to the proper storage of food in their refrigerators.

Every year, countless useful products come to the market, which make our everyday life easier. Beside them, you can also buy cute useless things. Would you buy one of the following curiosities?

These are things you did not know you need them. Or you do not need them? Consider it yourself.


Shining Ending On A Water Tap

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Have you ever had the idea, you could wash your hands in the dark, only with a neon light from the water tap, which changes colour according to the water temperature? Then you have a similar imagination as the creator of the gimmick.


Artificial Garden Stone

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It is not a conventional artificial stone, but a real dummy, aimed to hide something that looks unsightly in your garden. However, it is questionable, what can hide the unsightly dummy…


Saucer On Your Finger

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The essence of it comes from the English term “finger food” used for canapés. With this saucer, it will be “finger dining” indeed. Distribute the saucer to your guests and you will have a lot of fun.


Shower Step For Shaving

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A gimmick specially aimed for ladies (although actually, who knows?). It may be difficult to shave your legs comfortably in the shower, unless you have this special step, which can be used to support your leg elegantly.


Mirror In The Shape Of A Water Drop

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Do you know the annoyance when you cannot keep the bathroom mirror clean and free from water drops? And how about a mirror that looks like one big drop?


Bowl For An Apple And An Apple Core

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A small piece of cookware designed specially to fit an uneaten apple, as well as an apple core.


Notepad Into The Shower

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It would be a shame to lose a brilliant idea just because you came up to it in the shower and you did not have a chance to put it down. A waterproof notepad is not built for writing long texts, but it can easily cope with writing down notes.


Pizza Scissors

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Proper pizza is thin and therefore somewhat difficult to cut up. Many people have already had the idea to cut it with scissors. If you are one of them, you can finally put your kitchen scissors away and take this special tool.


Bathplug With A Toy Boat

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If a bath itself is not sufficient enough for you to unwind and relax, you can watch a small toy boat floating on the surface (from the bathplug) at the same time. Could there be anything more poetic?


Banana Case

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No more crumpled bananas! You can pack your morning snack without the fear that you would come to work with a banana puree in your briefcase.

Are you planning a reconstruction of your bathroom? Already during building and equipping a bathroom, a maximum security should be considered. The first requirement for a safe movement in a bathroom is, of course, a sufficient free and open space and a non-slip floor.

There is a number of fixed, subsequently built-in and freely usable tools, so that you can use a bath or a shower without the risk of injury.


Prevent Slipping

Slipping can be prevented e.g. by means of non-slip strips, that glued to the installed floor, by mats with a rubber underside or by chemical agents in the form of a paint (so called “wet brakes”). The measures to avoid a fall include a bath with a non-slip bottom, tub handles and stools; a seat in the shower, as well as a low or a partially sunken bathtub, will help those with reduced mobility. The turned on under floor heating dries a wet floor quickly.


Tiles Are Important

When choosing the tiles, you need to consider their finish, as well. You can install large format tiles even a small bathroom and they can enlarge it visually. Choose the calibrated tiles because their calibration enables you to install them with minimal joints, which is very practical for the maintenance of a bathroom. The generally compact surface is also better for laying the textile anti-slip mats.


Hot Water

The hot water means another common type of risk in a bathroom; scalding is unfortunately quite often and it is caused by inappropriate water taps. There are a large number of valves with the control settings for water temperature on the market. These thermostatic valves with safety function enable you to set a stable temperature of e.g. 38 ° C.


Think About The Future

Young people do not mind crossing the high rim of a bathtub. However, you should keep in mind, that both you and your family members will get old and have reduced mobility. With regard to the convenience as well as in terms of safety, it is preferable to equip a bathroom with a shower with no obstacles around it (instead of a bathtub). Additionally, the shower tray can be fitted flush with the floor. Here again, choose the products with good slip resistance.

“When choosing the shower interior, pay attention to its tightness. There is nothing worse than stepping out of the shower onto a wet floor,” an expert highlights the potential risks. “Check the joints between the glass panes carefully, because that is where the water can leak. Some showers miss the sealing completely, while others´ sealing do not fit tightly. Pay attention to sealing on the bottom edge of the door, as it is often distorted.”

Choosing of the “drainage canals” can enable you to create a disabled access bathroom, as well as the possibility to install the under floor heating. These are incorporated directly into the stripped floor, so you do not need a floor tray. This solution allows the installation of a shower of any size.


A Bathroom With A Toilet In One Room

Many bathrooms are equipped with a toilet and a bidet. An unexpectedly sharp fall of the board can cause injury, too. However, you can get a toilet model with an automatic soft folding.


The Electrical Equipment

Do not forget the safe placement of the lights, sockets and switches. (In the CR), a bathroom is divided into the zones No. 0, 1, 2 and 3, and different rules apply for each of them; the rules are indicated by the CSN standards.

We will not stay only in the kitchen, even though you can use most of the following  tricks there.


  1. Storing Of Lemons

Lemons always come in handy at home, whether you use them for your tea or for making homemade lemonade, so it is not unusual to buy many pieces at one time. To keep them good as long as possible, put them in a sealable bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. Then place the bag on the bottom of a fridge. While the lemons stored out of a fridge would dry out, those stored in a fridge will be great for several weeks.


  1. Garlic Peeled Quickly

When you are preparing potato pancakes or pork with garlic next time, remember the following method of fast peeling of garlic. Divide the garlic into cloves, squeeze them gently with a cutting board or a platter and put them in a sealable container. Shake the container vigorously for a few minutes, so that the cloves will rub and peel themselves clean.


  1. Silicone Will Help You To Fill Salt Or Pepper

How to pour ground pepper in a pepper shaker or how to fill a small salt shaker with salt without spilling it all over? A silicone muffin mould can be a great help for you so that you can accomplish the task easily.


  1. The Muffins Without Cups

Have you ever made muffin dough and found out, you do not have enough cups for baking? You do not need to despair, as the cups can be easily replaced by the squares of the normal baking paper. Use a glass with the same diameter as the holes in the baking sheet, press the paper in and shape it inside.


  1. A Cutting Board Not Slipping

Do you need to affix the cutting board, so that it did not move on the worktop while you are cutting? All you need to do is to spread a wet towel or a dishcloth below the cutting board and it will cling.


  1. Storing Of Flip Flops

The flip-flops or sandals will survive the winter without pressing down the bends when you hang them on a hanger e.g. at the bottom of a cabinet. You can adjust a normal wire hanger by bending it to create a hanger for the flip flops.


  1. Non Slippery Slippers

Do you know the uncomfortable feeling when your slippers slide on the floor? You can avoid it easily by applying a little matter with a melting gun on the soles, ideally into the recesses of the pattern, so that it did not protrude and pinch.


  1. Peeling Of Ginger

You should always have some ginger at home in winter to use it as first aid for colds. We are going to advise you how to peel it easily without struggling with a knife on the surface unevenness or without cutting off too much pulp. Just take an ordinary spoon and try to peel the ginger with it.


  1. The Quick And Healthy Ice Cream

In winter, you usually do not have plentiful supplies of ice cream in your fridge. However, we have a tip for you how to meet you kids´ tastes quickly and healthily. Put an ordinary cheese dessert or yogurt in the freezer and stick wooden or plastic sticks from popsicles in it.


  1. The Lemon Shine

Do you need to polish a water tap or other kind of chrome finish? You do not need to despair if you do not have a special agent at hand. Just use a half of a lemon that you have squeezed into your tea before. The lemon juice will create a beautiful lustre on the surface.


Are you tired of arduous peeling of potatoes or grating cheese? You need not to be. The modern kitchen equipment will do these jobs for you in a flash. Pamper yourself with the new kitchen helpers!

A day spent in the kitchen preparing a great food can be romantic, but you do not always have so much time. Even the ordinary opening of a tin or grounding fresh spices can seem stressful and lengthy for you. So why not to make the work easier, sometimes? The kitchen gadgets can “save” you, when you are in a hurry.

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The Spices Always Freshly Ground

Do you prefer freshly ground spices, or do you rather buy them? If you want to really enjoy your food, nothing compares to the freshly ground spices. Their aroma and flavour are the most intense immediately after the grinding and so they last for a few following minutes.

The hand spice grinder has its charm, however the electrical one can handle much more. You simply tilt it to one side and it grounds the very amount of spices you need. So adding spice to your meals will be even faster than reaching for the bag, you have bought.


The Grater For Cheese, Chocolate And Nuts

Would you like an automatic or an electric grater? Anyway, with these devices you need not to exert any strain and handling them is safe. Both have powerful motors and solid removable graters, which can cope with both soft cheese and hard nuts. They shred the foods in a moment and some of their parts are dishwasher safe. The electric grater has also a cordless operation and it is powered by a rechargeable battery. The automatic grater works only with AA batteries. And if you want to make homemade breadcrumbs, you can use any of the two graters.


The Citrus Press

The vitamins found in the fresh fruit cannot be replaced by any other form, however effective they may seem. Nor can the necessary amount of vitamins be found in citrus juices, though there are reportedly full of them. But in citrus fruits, they are plentiful and, moreover, there are no preservatives or artificial sweeteners. But who is willing to squeeze quantities of oranges only because of vitamins every morning?

The electric citrus press can squeeze citruses quickly and without effort, so it is suitable to every home with kids. It is not completely silent, but it squeezes the oranges to the last drop. It is designed for squeezing of halved citruses and it turns on automatically, when you press the citrus to the surface.


The Potatoes Peeled In a Few Minutes

Can you peel 1 kg of potatoes in 2 minutes without getting your hands dirty? The electronic vegetable peeler can do it. In addition to potatoes it can peel other root vegetables in the same short time.

Just put 1 kg of raw material and a cup of water into the container and it will be peeled in just 2 minutes. The peeler can handle every size of produce, but sometimes it is necessary to finish cleaning the vegetables by hand. This device is appropriate for larger families.


The Electric Knife Can Cut Anything

The electric knife is capable to cut raw, frozen, boiled or roasted meat, cheese, bread, vegetables and many other foods in a few seconds. It can cope with fresh and old baked goods alike as well as with hard pie bases. The vibrating blade of the knife moves fast enough not to crease the sliced bread, so a single crumb will not be wasted. The blades are very sharp, so they should never get into kids´ hands. You can purchase a stand for the electric knife, too.

There are also wireless electric knives on the market, whose batteries are recharged via the stand.


Prepare A Homemade Yoghurt

If you have had the opportunity to taste yogurt on a farm, you know that it cannot be compared to regular yogurt from a department store. The homemade yoghurt is authentic and genuine, it has an inimitable taste and typically it does not contain any synthetic flavours or preservatives. However, you do not have to go to a farm to taste yogurt like this, as you can make it right in your kitchen.

A simple yoghurt maker prepares more than 1 l of yogurt in just 6 hours.


As Sharp As A Razor

A knife sharpener is suitable into every kitchen. Whether you use knives often or hardly at all, every knife becomes dull during the time and the sharpening steel is not be sufficient to sharpen it. The knife sharpeners can sharpen knives with smooth and wavy blades alike by means of diamond discs. Some types of sharpeners also polish knives thus increasing their lives. For a normal household, the cheapest sharpener is sufficient.



Utensils to Skimp On And Utensils To Spend On

The cooking is a popular hobby nowadays, which is a great opportunity for manufacturers to convince us that we necessarily need tens of different kinds of kitchen utensils. But which utensils are really worth your investment?

Do you also have mortars, bread makers and other gadgets gathered in your pantry and they only gather dust now? Read on to find which utensils are really worth an extra expense.


The Cutting Board

The plastic cutting boards have spread recently, but the wooden classic ones still have their advantages. First of all it is the durability – a well-treated wooden cutting board can last for many years. Unlike the plastic ones, they are more merciful to your knives and the research found out, surprisingly, that they do not hold more bacteria, as many people are afraid.

Choose a hard wooden cutting board and soak it with a mineral oil or with the mixture of a mineral oil and the beeswax (you can use the same mixture for your wooden spoons and other wooden utensils). Wash the cutting board in hot water with the (naturally degradable, if possible) detergent, but never soak it for a long time, otherwise the wood expands and warps.


The Good Frying Pan

The easiest and best dishes can be prepared on a good quality pan. A non-stick Teflon pan is a popular choice now, but a stainless steel pan is more versatile and it is suitable for several different methods of food preparation. Depending on the material of the handle, it can also be used in an oven.


The Chef´s Knife

It is not necessary to buy an expensive model that you could hardly appreciate during the normal home cooking. However, you should not skimp on it. A good cutting board and a good knife make the preparation of most dishes as easy as hardly anything else.

The chef´s knife is a widely applicable model of knife that can handle vegetables, above all, but meat and other ingredients, as well.


A Food Processor

If you often cook, bake or prepare jams at home, a food processor would be handy for you.  You definitely should not skimp on it, as it is an electrical device, which must be reliable and work as long as possible.

Once you buy a good food processor, you will find many different ways of using it. It can blend or chop, it can knead dough, whip cream or shred cheese. You can live without it, but if you find it practical, you can save the money and buy a better type and model.


The Pots And The Saucepans

You do not need a set of luxury pots, you can use much cheaper ones and their price depends mainly on their size. You do not need many of them.

Get one large pot, one medium sized pot and at least two saucepans with handles – they should be sufficient for everyday cooking. Just be careful so that the selected material and the model were suitable for your type of hob.


The Strainer, The Ladles And Other Metal Utensils

These metal utensils and tools do not require a large investment. Of course, you can buy e.g. design colanders for large sums nowadays, but they will do the same job as the standard ones. You should prefer a metal colander to a plastic one, and a stainless steel colander to an enamelled one. If you get a set of pots lined with the pasta strainer inserts, they will make your cooking a little easier.


The Baking Sheets and Trays

If you bake regularly, you will need two large baking sheets and one (deeper and smaller) baking tray. The classic black baking sheets are not ideal, but you can buy the lighter non-stick ones for an affordable price, as well.


The Dough Bowls

We are usually used to prepare the dough in a plastic bowl, but the glass or the ceramic ones have their advantages, too. The main advantage is their stability, which allows you quite vigorous mixing with a spoon or with your hand, depending on the type of the dough.

The deep bowl for rising of dough is a simple and inexpensive container. You can invest more in it only in the case you want to enjoy its nice decor when baking.