6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life
The only time you’ll ever be excited to see a cobalt-colored apple. Place this handy gadget in your fridge’s crisper to prevent fruits and vegetables from premature spoilage. The little blue apple features an active ingredient that’s designed to absorb excess ethylene gas (caused by ripening fruits and veggies) in your refrigerator for up to three months.
To buy: $10 for two, bedbathandbeyond.com.
A simple turn of the handle transforms this silicone-coated flat whisk, ideal for mixing sauces and gravies, into a balloon whisk, perfect for whipping egg whites or emulsifying ingredients. Bonus: Storing this two-in-one kitchen tool is a piece of cake.
To buy: $10, josephjoseph.com.
Ideal for all hair types, this innovative brush flexes when it comes into contact with stubborn tangles. The true magic behind this hair tool: It won’t pull or yank, but rather smoothes hair without the “ouch.”
To buy: $16, ulta.com.
Gooey, fluffy, and delicious, even though you don’t actually need another reason to toast marshmallows, here’s an added incentive: These extra-long stainless steel skewers have handles, which make them easy to hold far enough away from an open campfire. Plus, they have a special non-stick coating for even easier cleanup.
To buy: $14 for four, surlatable.com.
If pinch-here-dash-there isn’t quite your cooking style, you'll be delighted by these silicone cups, which make measuring even the smallest quantities of ingredients as precise as the recipe calls for.
To buy: $10 for two, casabella.com.
Let your family and friends know when you’ll be out of touch (forgot to charge the phone all day) by allowing this free app to send a personalized message (through Twitter, email, text message, or Facebook) to the contacts of your choice when the battery is running low.