This Vitamix Turns Food Scraps Into Compost—& My Garbage Never Smelled Better

I was reminded recently about my love for the Vitamix Food Cycler when I had to take out the garbage. What would have normally been a bag of dust bunnies from my robot vacuum, random receipts, and half-used tissues ended up being three bags (two of whi…

I was reminded recently about my love for the Vitamix Food Cycler when I had to take out the garbage. What would have normally been a bag of dust bunnies from my robot vacuum, random receipts, and half-used tissues ended up being three bags (two of which were leaking) filled with the aforementioned garbage as well as fruit cores, vegetable ends, chicken bones, and possibly banana peels (I couldn’t really tell). In a word: it was gross.

You see, the odor-absorbing carbon filters were past their prime and I couldn’t run a cycle without stinking up the kitchen. You bet I was immensely grateful for the mail carrier when new ones arrived a week later.

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5 Best Sous Vide Machines, According to Chefs Who Use Them Every Day

Sous vide, French for “under vacuum,” is basically cooking food in a hot water bath. This sounds fancier (and maybe a bit more unappetizing) than it really is, but rest assured that it’s quite easy and the results are guaranteed to be delicious.

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Sous vide, French for “under vacuum,” is basically cooking food in a hot water bath. This sounds fancier (and maybe a bit more unappetizing) than it really is, but rest assured that it’s quite easy and the results are guaranteed to be delicious.

Let’s say you just bought a beautiful brisket. It’s a tough cut of meat so you’d normally have to cook it in the oven at a low heat for hours on end. But this is a long, involved process, and one that we don’t have time for if we want to eat dinner at a normal hour. When you ditch the oven for a sous vide machine, you can cook at a lower temperature in the same time (or less), and still get delicious, juicy results without constantly checking on things. “The gentle, moist heat of sous vide is an excellent way to get tough, cartilaginous cuts of meat to break down into silky perfection,” says cookbook author Melissa Clark. It also works magic on more tender cuts of meat, seafood, chicken breast, eggs, vegetables—you name it.

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15 Top-Rated Vacuum Cleaners That Can Handle the Dirtiest Floors

A good vacuum can be life-changing, if I say so myself. I remember the first time I bought a Dyson after years of using other brands—the amount of pet hair that came out of my carpet was honestly a little concerning and I was left thinking, “Oh, that’s…

A good vacuum can be life-changing, if I say so myself. I remember the first time I bought a Dyson after years of using other brands—the amount of pet hair that came out of my carpet was honestly a little concerning and I was left thinking, “Oh, that’s how it’s supposed to work!”

If your vacuum needs a dozen passes to leave your floors looking even remotely clean, short of changing out the filter, it’s safe to say that you need a new one. Luckily, there’s no shortage of top-rated vacuums, especially on Amazon Prime where you can take advantage of its free two-day shipping and easy returns.

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The Legendary Allure of Britain’s AGA Stove

I had always assumed the origins of the AGA stove were uniquely British, but this stalwart appliance was actually created about a century ago by blind Swedish physicist Gustaf Dalén, a Nobel Laureate. It took Dalén and his company seven years of protot…

I had always assumed the origins of the AGA stove were uniquely British, but this stalwart appliance was actually created about a century ago by blind Swedish physicist Gustaf Dalén, a Nobel Laureate. It took Dalén and his company seven years of prototyping to develop the AGA, and it was purpose-built as a solution to his wife Elma’s frustration at having to constantly stoke their cookstove and closely watch over the food she prepared.

At first glance, the AGA, while not without its throwback charm, may look like a curious relic of a bygone era to the uninitiated eye—an intimidating enameled hunk of no-thank-you, salvaged from a locomotive museum. Or something passed on from an old house’s original tenants, left in place, too heavy to extract or dismantle. Certainly it’s not something one would intentionally purchase today, and have placed in their contemporary kitchen, right? Well, guess again. The desire and considerable expense put forth to own and install this venerable tool continues seemingly unabated to this day. Never mind that it also demands users recalibrate their preconceptions of everyday food preparation techniques.

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The Vitamix Is More Affordable Than It’ll Probably Ever Be

Let’s get one thing straight: All blenders are not born equal. Which is why I have coveted my sister’s Vitamix A2300 ever since she bought it a few years ago. Cherry red and shiny, it takes pride of place on her countertop and is easily the MVP of her …

Let's get one thing straight: All blenders are not born equal. Which is why I have coveted my sister’s Vitamix A2300 ever since she bought it a few years ago. Cherry red and shiny, it takes pride of place on her countertop and is easily the MVP of her kitchen—blending, fluffing, and whipping effortlessly, reliably, and stylishly.

The only thing coming between me and a Vitamix of my own was, well, a great big price tag. Until today.

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7 Top-Rated Microwaves, Because Sometimes You Just Need One

I don’t use my microwave every single day, but when I need it, I really need it: for heating up late-night leftovers, quickly melting a few tablespoons of butter, bringing lukewarm coffee back to life, and the list goes on. Sure, I could whip out a pan…

I don't use my microwave every single day, but when I need it, I really need it: for heating up late-night leftovers, quickly melting a few tablespoons of butter, bringing lukewarm coffee back to life, and the list goes on. Sure, I could whip out a pan and use the stovetop. But the microwave is fast, easy, and cuts down on unnecessary cleanup.

If you're in the market for a microwave—whether you've recently moved, need an upgrade, or are buying one for the first time—there are tons of options to choose from. Tons. So many, in fact, it can get a little overwhelming if you're not sure what to look for.

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This Is How Often You Should Be Cleaning Your Phone

Even though using my phone is more or less an all-day activity that involves direct contact with my hands or my face—or, let’s be honest, the sidewalk—my phone’s cleaning schedule has traditionally depended less on its actual need to be cleaned, and mo…

Even though using my phone is more or less an all-day activity that involves direct contact with my hands or my face—or, let's be honest, the sidewalk—my phone’s cleaning schedule has traditionally depended less on its actual need to be cleaned, and more on whether or not I’ve happened to acquire a free alcohol wipe recently. Plus, until recently, I genuinely had no idea how often I’m actually supposed to clean my phone.

However, if the last few months have taught me anything, it is that keeping your phone sanitized is a smart way to keep germs off your fingertips. I've learned that the average user touches their phone nearly 3,000 times a day—and that the heaviest users are up to 5,427 touches a day, according to a study by web research platform dscout. During a pandemic—but also otherwise—that's far from good news.

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10 Labor Day Deals That Are Actually Worth It

Almost everything about the transition from summer to fall makes me a little sad, but that’s just the way it goes. At the very least, it makes my annual autumn soundtrack—Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and pretty much the whole Practical Magic soundtrack…

Almost everything about the transition from summer to fall makes me a little sad, but that’s just the way it goes. At the very least, it makes my annual autumn soundtrack—Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and pretty much the whole Practical Magic soundtrack—all the more poignant.

Still, I think we can all agree that one one of the best things about fall is that the shopping gets better—it is the September issue of Vogue that matters, after all. But it’s not just the fashion that gets better.

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