5 Ways to Roll Sushi Without a Mat (and Barely Have to Touch Raw Fish)

The act of rolling sushi is far more art than science. And for many newbie sushi chefs it can be an infuriatingly difficult skill to even learn, much less master. But with these helpful sushi-assembling assistants, you'll be rolling like Jiro-sama in no time. » 11/01/14 12:00pm 11/01/14 12:00pm

Sponges: How Do They Work?

They wash your dishes, your car, even your back. Sponges are a ubiquitous tool of the modern world—and have been since the earliest days of mediterranean culture—but how much do you really know about the absorbent little helper riding your kitchen sink's rim? » 9/09/14 3:30pm 9/09/14 3:30pm

Magical Butter MB2 Review: Your One Stop Edible Cannabis Shop

Toking's not for everyone and neither is vaping. A growing portion of both the recreational and medical marijuana crowds are turning to edibles to deliver their THC. Now, you can make your own cookable concentrates more easily and more quickly than you could by hand with the Magical Butter MB2. » 8/15/14 4:20pm 8/15/14 4:20pm

Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker Review: Let the Internet Help with Dinner

It's Friday night. You're out on the town when suddenly the realization hits: you totally forgot to turn off the crock-pot before you left for the evening. Now, instead of coming home to a delicious beef brisket dinner, you're going to come home to inedible charred mass. But with Crock-pot's new smart cooker, you… » 8/01/14 3:12pm 8/01/14 3:12pm

5 Easy Ways to Reorganize Your Kitchen Like a Master Chef

Does your kitchen look like a bomb went off even before you've started cooking? Do you spend more time looking for ingredients than actually using them? Here are five simple steps you can take towards the functional cooking space you've always wanted. » 7/26/14 12:00pm 7/26/14 12:00pm

How to Outfit Your Entire Home With LED Light

Now that incandescents have gone the way of the dinosaur and everybody's generally agreed that CFLs are terrible, it's finally the dawning of the age of LED. And there has been no shortage of bulb makers stepping up with offerings to hang in your house. Here are some of the latest and greatest options available on the… » 6/07/14 1:00pm 6/07/14 1:00pm

There's a pool hidden underneath this yard of grass

Magic floors that sink into the ground to create a pool are always cool but even those trick pools aren't as camouflage as this hidden pool. What looks like a seemingly normal backyard can actually transform into a pool when half the grass retracts to reveal the water. Fun! » 5/30/14 12:14am 5/30/14 12:14am

How to Build a Moat to Keep Out the Mongol Horde (and Your Neighbors)

Goddamn Mongolians keep knocking down your city walls? The fix is easy: build a moat. Just follow the instructions from William Gurstelle's new DIY home security manual, Defending Your Castle and you'll have your very own perimeter defense/neighborhood water hazard filling up in no time. » 5/17/14 12:00pm 5/17/14 12:00pm

What Actually Happens When You Put Metal in a Microwave

The rule is as simple as it is ubiquitous: don't stick aluminum foil in the microwave if you don't want to have to buy a new microwave. Everybody knows that, right? But, turns out, that old adage might be wrong. » 5/06/14 2:24pm 5/06/14 2:24pm

How the American Dream Is Killing the American Electric Bill

In 2012, American homes consumed 3.65 billion kilowatthours (kWh) worth of electricity—up from 720 million kWh in 1950—more than double per household than our British counterparts, and second only to China. How did the American home become such an energy hog, despite so many advances in efficient appliances and… » 4/10/14 2:00pm 4/10/14 2:00pm

These Hand-Forged Kitchen Knives Are Works of Rural Art

The world is not lacking for inexpensive kitchen knife sets—they've long been a staple of late-night infomercials and homeware bargain bins alike—but top-quality cutlery is much harder to come by. These blades from Chelsea Miller Knives offer a rare mix of artful simplicity and rugged sturdiness equally at home in New… » 4/03/14 6:00pm 4/03/14 6:00pm

The New Click & Grow Herb Garden Does Everything But Harvest Itself

Click and Grow's second generation home hydroponic system launches today that, like its predecessor, provides urban gardeners an organic, pesticide-free, and nearly autonomous herb garden. Except the new Smart Herb Garden doesn't need a bright window spot—it includes its own miniature sun. » 3/25/14 10:00am 3/25/14 10:00am

Magic floor sinks into the ground to transform into an outdoor pool

Everyone wants a pool in their backyard until they realize they never actually swim in it. Those neglected pools become nothing more than holes in the ground filled with cloudy water that act as mosquito magnets. Not this pool though. This outdoor pool is magic. The floors sinks into the ground and it fills itself up… » 3/14/14 12:43am 3/14/14 12:43am

How to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring Planting

Even as the East Coast continues to dig out of its latest snowpocalypse the country's more hospitable climes are already beginning to thaw out. And now that your garden no longer resembles tundra, it's time to dig in and get your plot ready for spring planting. Here's what you'll need to do. » 3/05/14 4:00pm 3/05/14 4:00pm

How to Conserve Water During a Drought

California is facing "perhaps the worst drought that [it] has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago," announced Governor Jerry Brown in a recent press conference after declaring a drought emergency for the state. Here are four easy ways to minimize your water usage until the rains come again. » 1/27/14 3:00pm 1/27/14 3:00pm

7 Plants To Scare Off Burglars, Nosy Neighbors, and Everyone Else

Do you want to avoid burglars and nosy neighbors? And pets and small children? And possibly all other human beings? But do you also have a refined aesthetic sense—none of that ugly concrete, please—and a green thumb? No worries! These anti-personnel plants are as effective as any moat. » 1/20/14 3:20pm 1/20/14 3:20pm

Cooking with Cannabis: How to Make Weed Butter

Getting your daily dose of THC shouldn't require coughing and hacking through bong hits or dropping hundreds of dollars on vaporizers. Here's how to give your cooking a dash of psychedelic deliciousness.
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Plumen's Beautiful New Bulbs Make Low-Energy Into High Art

A bulb is a bulb is a bulb. Wait, no, not—not when it looks like this it isn't. These energy-efficient bulbs make low power consumption a form of high art. » 1/10/14 9:20am 1/10/14 9:20am

How to Order Fresh Food Online

Services like Seamless, Grub Hub, and Eat 24 are lifesavers when you're hungry and don't feel like cooking, but they only serve prepared fare. So what do you do when you want to make your own meal but can't bother going to the supermarket yourself? Place your order with one of these helpful online grocers and get your… » 12/31/13 6:30pm 12/31/13 6:30pm

Build a Perfect Fire on Christmas Eve Without Burning Down the House

There's nothing quite like a Hallmark-style Christmas eve (or morning), replete with logs roaring in the hearth. And the hearth is where it belongs; nobody wants a house fire for Christmas. Here's how to properly and responsibly start up a yule log without resorting to Duraflames (because really, that's just cheating.) » 12/24/13 12:30pm 12/24/13 12:30pm