Make Homemade Cheese in 48 Hours or Less With Fromaggio

Fromaggio
Fromaggio

Unlike sourdough bread or pickled vegetables, cheese isn't one of those artisan foods that tastes even better when you make it at home. Though some fresh cheeses like ricotta and mozzarella are well-suited to a home kitchen, hard cheeses like cheddar and parmesan traditionally require months of sitting in a temperature-controlled room to develop the right flavor and texture. But a new product on Kickstarter aims to change that. With Fromaggio, you can make hard cheeses on your countertop at home in 48 hours or less.

Fromaggio is a fully-automated cheesemaking machine. To use it, you just need to add your ingredients—milk, culture, and rennet—to the inner chamber and select one of the default cheese options on the touchscreen display. If you don't see the cheese you want to make in the system, you can connect the appliance to the companion app and select a custom cheese recipe from your phone.

Pouring milk into home cheesemaking machine.
Fromaggio

Fromaggio does the rest, from heating the milk and draining the whey to pressing the curds into the right shape. It can churn out almost any type of cheese, including mozzarella, blue cheese, cheddar, feta, Swiss cheese, cream cheese, and provolone. While complex hard cheeses can take up to two days to make, some soft cheeses are ready in as little as 30 minutes.

Pulling cheese out of cheese-making machine.
Fromaggio

If you want to experiment with the flavor of your cheese, you can take it out and age it after Fromaggio has pressed it into a hard block. The system also makes non-cheese dairy products, like yogurt and kefir, and it can cook non-dairy foods like tofu when you use it as a sous vide cooker.

The product's Kickstarter campaign has already raised double its original $50,000 goal (and there's still more than a month left to go). If you want more homemade cheese in your life, you can reserve your Fromaggio with a pledge of $299. It comes with a packet of rennet for an extra $15 and cultures for an additional $30. But even if you pledge today, you'll still have to settle for store-bought cheese for a while; the cheesemaker won't be delivered until March 2020.

Buy it on Kickstarter.

Fuel Your Cold Brew Obsession With This Elegant, Efficient Coffee Maker

Brrrewer
Brrrewer

The sun is scorching, the days are endless, and the gentle clinking of ice cubes in a glass of cold brew coffee sounds like chimes at the gates of heaven itself.

A beverage so divine deserves to be created by a machine to match, right? Meet Brrrewer, a coffee maker that will provide you with the smoothest, sweetest, richest cold brew coffee you’ve ever had—and it’ll do it in just four hours.

Brrrewer uses the cold drip method to brew coffee in which coffee grounds are suspended between two microfilter membranes. Water is poured over the top membrane, then slowly filters through the coffee grounds and drips out from the bottom membrane. The top membrane ensures that the water is evenly distributed among the coffee grounds, and the bottom membrane allows only the water-turned-coffee to fall into the carafe below, without any of the gritty residue. (That gritty residue is often a result of the full immersion method, which is popular among those with French presses; basically, you just steep your coffee grounds in cold water for 12 to 24 hours, strain out the grounds, and drink.)

The carafe is encased in a second layer of glass, providing thermal insulation and keeping your coffee cold for longer than a regular glass bottle or pitcher. And you can cross “coffee filters” off your shopping list—the microfilter membranes do that job already.

The Italy-based team at Essense designed Brrrewer with elegance and minimalism in mind, so it won’t throw off the aesthetic groove of your kitchen. In fact, it might enhance it. Also, it’s manufactured from a combination of borosilicate glass and BPA-free Tritan plastic; in other words, it’s extra-sturdy and environmentally friendly.

Mixologist Francesco Corona, five-time Italian “Coffee in Good Spirits” champion and world championship finalist, worked with Essense to develop special cocktail recipes for Brrrewer, which you can find in the paperback book, available on its own for $17 or with Brrrewer (the book and coffee maker combo is $78). Order Brrrewer by itself for $67 here, or see other purchase options from Kickstarter.

If four hours is more than you’re willing to wait for cold brew, check out Ninja’s Hot & Cold Brewed System, which can make it in about 15 minutes.

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‘Budget Meal Planner’ Website Shows You How to Eat Well on $5 Per Day

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Eating on a budget is often associated with instant ramen, fast food, and other meal options that offer a lot of convenience and not so much nutrition. But finding cheap, healthy ingredients at the grocery store is far from impossible: Many healthy staples—like brown rice, canned black beans, eggs, bananas, and sweet potatoes—can be purchased for less than $1 per serving. The one downside to buying fresh ingredients is that some planning is required to get them on the plate. You may still have to do the shopping and cooking yourself, but by using the website Budget Meal Planner, you won't have to worry about brainstorming new meal ideas each week.

According to Lifehacker, every meal plan on Budget Meal Planner can be made for less than $5 a day—which is roughly equivalent to the average food stamp allotment in the United States. Every meal plan includes grocery lists and recipes for seven days worth of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The plans on the site are broken down into different themes, including mushroom, Thai, Tex-Mex, potato, and Mediterranean. The recipes listed may be cheap and healthy, but they don't skimp on flavor. With Tex-Mex, you'll get chicken tacos, stuffed bell peppers, and chili. Choose Thai and enjoy Thai chicken cabbage wraps with peanut sauce and Thai yellow chicken curry.

The site includes meat-free options as well. Just select "vegetarian" beneath the "meal plans" tab for vegetarian versions of Budget Meal Planner's recipes lists. The vegetarian take on the Thai meal plan, for example, uses tofu instead of chicken and mushrooms instead of beef.

All of the meal plans on the website are free, but you can support the project by donating to the creator's Patreon. Patrons also have the opportunity to suggest new meal plan themes they'd like to see each week.

Budget Meal Planner publishes a new themed meal plan every Friday, and you can subscribe to the website's newsletter to stay updated. Here are some more helpful tips for planning your meals.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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