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Lab Stuff I wish I could use in my kitchen

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Lab Stuff I wish I could use in my kitchen

We recently had a feature from Jode on everyday equipment that you can use in the lab, but what about the other way around?

Do you ever take a look at what you’re doing in the lab and think, “Wow, this would really come in handy at home?” Here are a few of the things I use in the lab that I would love to have in my kitchen:

1. Stir plates and stir bars would be incredibly useful for cooking those dishes that need to be stirred constantly. Can you imagine making risotto on a stir plate? Just start up the spin function, and you won’t have to stand over a hot pot for 30 minutes just to make a tasty dinner.

2. Parafilm works so much better than saran wrap, I’ve often been tempted to “borrow” a roll for sealing food containers to store in my fridge at home.

3. Liquid nitrogen would be invaluable for flash-freezing veggies and meats to store in the freezer. Imagine making popsicles instantly, and never having to wait for the ice cube tray to freeze!

4. De-ionized water from a tap in my kitchen would seriously decrease the number of times I have to run vinegar through the coffee maker to keep it flowing smoothly.

5. Freezer labels that stay stuck in extreme temperature conditions could eliminate the “mystery meal” phenomenon of pulling an unlabeled tupperware out of the freezer and hoping it’s soup.

6. A vortexer would be an essential party asset for mixing drinks, especially if you could also find conical cocktail glasses!

7. Lab timers can time multiple procedures and have louder buzzers than any kitchen timer I’ve found; they would be perfect for busy cooking days.

8. Freezer racks and boxes would make much better use of freezer storage space at home. What if you could get tupperware containers the same size and shape as freezer boxes, and organize them in those vertical metal racks just like in the -80°C freezer in the lab?

9. A 30°C incubator is the ideal tool for making bread. No more guesswork when it comes to rising times for bread; at the optimal temperature for yeast growth, you know exactly what the doubling time is, and thus exactly when the bread is ready to bake.

10. A desktop autoclave could be really handy for sterilizing baby bottles. I’d also use it to sterilize glasses and flatware after an illness, to make sure the same bug doesn’t make an unwelcome reappearance.

What lab items do you wish you could use in “real life”?

Alternatively if you’ve ever wondered what everyday things are useful in a lab setting check out our 10 Top Everyday Items Useful in the Lab and 15 Laboratory Items You Can Buy In Any Store.

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  1. Mynahbird on July 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Parafilm and Liquid Nitrogen have been on my list WAY long. What a way to freeze leftovers and pack lunch!

  2. Katharine Wall on May 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I was very interested to find this thread as I am currently working on a product that is similar to a lab quality stir plate, for home use in the kitchen. It will be called the StirMaster. These items are very expensive to produce, and I haven’t been able to get the retail price down lower than $299. Does anyone have any feedback on this, any comments about how well it might work, etc? Is that price point way too high? I’m concerned about having to use only glass cookware as well, does the stir plate work with stainless steele cookware I wonder? All things to be tested.

    I’m interested in any feedback at all.

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