Best home & kitchen products according to redditors

We found 125,772 Reddit comments discussing the best home & kitchen products. We ranked the 50,696 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/gypsysauce · 772 pointsr/IAmA

I second the kitchen knife. It's a game changer and makes meal prep fun, which kind of pays for itself. Victorinox makes a great 8 inch chef's knife in that price range; I personally opted for the Frosts by Mora of Sweden which was around $50 as well.


Highly rated Victorinox 8" chef's knife for less than $40

Same knife with nicer Rosewood handle for $42

Swedish made Frosts by Mora that I opted for based on previous experience with Mora and am very happy with

Edit 2: Here is a pretty good article with some basic care instructions for your quality knives.

u/CheeseSteakWithOnion · 563 pointsr/IAmA

Here are 4 things that I think will allow you to cook about 90% of everything you see on the internet.

A decent 8" kitchen knife. The Victorinox is a heavy lifter without breaking the bank.

A solid dutch oven. Here I recommend a Lodge, but Le Cruset is fantastic as well. A dutch oven allows you to do tons of one pot meals, braising, frying, soups, sauces, baking bread etc..

A 12" fry pan. This is for proteins, sauteing, all kinds of breakfast applications (eggs, homefries, shakshuka, etc).

A 3 qrt saucier. This one is pretty pricey, but you can get other good, cheaper options if you do a little research. This can double as a pot to boil water, make sauces, curries, and candy. A sauciers smooth sides are much easier to clean and can serve as a good compromise between a saucepan and a saute pan.

I've listed them in order of importance. A knife and a dutch oven can do a ton by themselves. I'd also recommend a pair of kitchen tongs, a handheld fine mesh strainer, and am immersion blender. In fact, I'd try to get those before the fry pan and the saucier, they open a lot of doors for you.

u/CactaurJack · 377 pointsr/ExpectationVsReality

Here you go Everyone that has ever worked a kitchen knows this knife and knows that, it's fuck ugly, it's cheap, and god damn is it the toughest, hardest working tool in the damned kitchen.

u/optimatez · 271 pointsr/pcmasterrace

FAQ from previous post:

No input lag, everything is the same as when the desktops were on the desk.

I used 50ft hdmi cables running through conduit i installed in the walls for video, my older monitors required an hdmi booster:

I ran long usb active extension cables to each station and added a powered usb hub here: and

These are the LED lights, make sure to buy double sided tape because the sticky backing is worthless on them, but still worth it:

Price breakdown, purchased most everything over the course of 5 years:

My battle station: 2500
My wifes: 1000
The server: 2000
The rack and accessories: 400
Cables, mounts, LED's, UPS's, etc: 1000
PVC: 100
The TV: 550
Soundbar: 100
My surround monitors: 250/ea
My ultrawide monitor: 450
My wifes monitors: 150/ea
Electrician: 150-200
HTPC's: 500 each
Switch: 100
Router: 100
HDHomeRun: 100ish
Dozens of hours to set it up: priceless

Here are the server cases i used:

Everything is split across 3 810w UPS's, each is at about 25% load. I tested them recently and i can get around half an hour of backup power to all of the electronics in the house, included the TV's.

If you have any questions feel free to ask, it was an exceptionally fun project and the results were perfect. I was pleasantly surprised how well everything works after it all turned on the first time.

u/greenhokie · 159 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

Victorinox Fibrox fits the bill, very widely recommended, and what I've used for quite a while now as well.

u/fitzgerh · 125 pointsr/Coffee

Aeropress is another great (and cheap) piece of gear. You can't go wrong with a french press, though.

u/selfsufficientnigga · 113 pointsr/PrimeDay2016

Link without referral code:

u/loganwachter · 102 pointsr/funny

They're cheap as hell here is the one I have

u/-taco · 87 pointsr/trees

Dude here you go

7 bucks, free shipping. Mine has lasted me well over a year with no problems

u/drays · 79 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I spent 15 years as a professional chef using knives that cost less than 40$. Good knives are not expensive, and the difference between a 40$ knife and a 140$ knife is mainly cosmetic.

u/ItsDijital · 71 pointsr/rage

You can just eat below your TDEE everyday and lose weight. No need to worry about exercise until you're thinner.

Edit: TDEE = Total Daily Energy Expenditure. It's how many calories your body burns each day doing what it does. Everything you do from chew food to jog a lap burns calories, TDEE is the sum 24hr total of all that. The weight loss/dieting world is so overblown with bullshit and "market everything" that it's no surprise that TDEE isn't too well known. But it's fucking gospel in the bodybuilding world because it works. Actually, I don't even want to say it's gospel because it works. It is bodybuilding because it is how the body gains/loses weight, including muscle growth.

So if you want to lose weight I'll spell it out right here with ItsDijital's no exercise weight loss diet:

  1. Calculate your TDEE Recalculate it every few pounds you lose, because it goes down as your weight goes down.

  2. Sign up to myfitnesspal and track EVERY SINGLE FUCKING THING YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH. 1 cheerio? ENTER IT.

  3. Get a food scale. No idea how many calories are in 1 cheerio? No problem because you have a food scale and can look up how many calories are in x grams of cheerios. Weigh everything you eat that isn't outright clear about how many calories you are eating (i.e. 1 slice = 50 calories, and you have 1 slice, is outright clear). Cut a slice of cheese from a block, you need to look at how many cals per gram, then weight the slice you are about to eat.

  4. Eat whatever you want, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. You need to stay preferably 500 under your calculated TDEE everyday. So if noon comes and you already hit your max calories for the day, TO BAD YOU AREN'T EATING ANYTHING ELSE UNTIL TOMORROW.

  5. Don't cheat. There are no cheat days. You cannot skip adding anything to myfitnesspal. Use the app on your phone. Enter everything you eat god dammit, everything. ALWAYS stay under your TDEE. The more under you are the faster you will lose weight. Take a multivitamin for micronutrients (and enter the few fucking calories in that pill, because it's something you put in your mouth).

    If you follow this without cheating and still gain weight you are either cheating or breaking the laws of thermodynamics.
u/denovosibi · 70 pointsr/loseit

I would get a scale. I thought the same thing before I got my scale and it proved me so wrong. Invest in a scale and use it for a few weeks - if you come back 3 weeks later after using it (with 100% honest and accurate logging) and still haven't lost then I'll stick my foot in my mouth.

I highly recommend this one

Edit: linked to wrong one

u/semiquantifiable · 60 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Amazon reviews oftentimes aren't actually helpful, and people may just use "helpful" as an upvote button (i.e. when they find it funny).

I mean, the top review for this banana slicer currently shows that 58,215 people found it helpful. Yes, nearly sixty-thousand for a banana slicer.

u/arethosemyfeets · 59 pointsr/malefashionadvice
u/ShinyTile · 53 pointsr/Coffee





Get some beans, and you'll have better coffee than 95% of campus.

If you want to move to a Chemex instead of the aeropress, you totally could, but remembering dorm life, I'd absolutely pick an Aeropress.

u/literal-hitler · 51 pointsr/AmItheAsshole


My personal suggestion would be to just get a pour over cone and start using that for your coffee, but maybe don't tell anyone. Then you can't be accused of not cleaning something you didn't use. Especially effective if you wait until they've accused you several more times, or walk in on you using it after accusing you more.

I honestly couldn't tell you if this was more or less passive aggressive than filming it though.

EDIT: The less passive aggressive version might be to just switch to pour overs. Tell them it's because you prefer the taste (which is probably true), and because you want to avoid misunderstandings. Worst case scenario, the culprit starts cleaning up after themselves, and you have a new way of preparing coffee. You could also use an Aeropress or something, but a pour over is probably the minimalist solution.

EDIT2: Don't forget to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector.

u/CMG4ME · 50 pointsr/buildapc

Be a single 22 year old software engineer who eats nothing but cheap beef and rice, barely owns any furniture, wears the same high quality clothes I bought in college 3-4 years ago (that still look dope), and buy everything at Costco.

I could literally build a new computer every week with my cheap as fuck lifestyle.

Edit: To anyone reading this that wants a good tip: buy an instant pot, it lets you make really good food out of really cheap cuts of meat (think like $4.99 / lb or just vegetables if you're one of those people). Eating out like 3 times a week for lunch at work adds up really quickly. Making a whole lot of food in one of these bad boys is the easiest way to save money, and best of all, it's quick and you need approximately 2/10 kitchen skills. There's a cheaper one than the one I linked, but I have that one and basically everything I eat comes out of it.

u/Quinke · 46 pointsr/trees

I've owned this one for awhile now and love it. Never had an issue with it maxing out at 100g.

u/DianeBcurious · 44 pointsr/PressureCooking

The Instant Pot hands-down.
It's the most popular, best-selling brand of electric pressure cooker, and has some features most other brands don't one example, a stainless steel inner pot rather than non-stick-coated pot (no non-stick coating yet created will last forever since will eventually begin to come off into food or as larger flakes and then the pot will need to be replaced, plus some people feel no non-stick coating is as safe as not having one--and btw, stainless steel inner pots are still easy to clean since pressure cooking is a wet method so if ever necessary a bit of soaking and/or using BarKeepers Friend will be fine).

The "Best Review" of the T-Fal actually compares it to the Instant Pot (though lists only a few of the differences):
And you can get lots more info about the T-Fal from all its other customer reviews at Amazon:
Compare that with the customer reviews of the (most common) IP at Amazon, the DUO60:

We don't know which T-Fal you got though, but in general all the IP's are rated about as high as ratings go (and most of the low ratings are from people who were using it incorrectly, etc).
And the DUO60's are now all 7-in-1's too so will also make yogurt or congee and can also be used to ferment bread, tempeh, etc. (That's the IP model I've had for about 1 1/2 years.)

Also, there's much more info online for the IP specifically from the various Facebook groups for it (one of which is humongous, Instant Pot Community) where people ask questions or give recipes and solutions for any concerns, etc, and there are also many-many recipes/etc online specifically for the IP.

u/TheBimpo · 43 pointsr/Cooking

Victorinox 40520 Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife is a great value. Comes recommended by the staff at America's Test Kitchen and is well within your budget at $24.95

u/nickkoch · 43 pointsr/BuyItForLife

If your a home cook I recommend the Victornix Fibrox. You can buy it for under $40 and it's an amazing knife for that price.

Recommended by america's test kitchen.

3,500+ 5 star reviews

u/bearpics16 · 43 pointsr/Cooking

Quite honestly, this is one of the best knives out there: The Victorinox Chef Knife

Cook's Illustrated did a review on dozens of high end knives with prices running up in the several hundred dollar range and they concluding that this was their favorite (they are not sponsored in any way by this company)

I was prepared to drop around $300 on a good chef knife, but I'm so glad I didn't. The one and only downside is that is not a fancy looking knife. If you don't care about that sort of thing, then this is the knife you want. I like it better than any Wusthof

Edit: the reason I like it is that it is very easy to sharpen and if just feels perfectly balanced. I really like the feel of the grip too. Out of the box it comes insanely sharp and it stays sharp. The low pricetag makes more me willing to abuse it, and it's taken the abuse and then some.

u/Eli_Renfro · 42 pointsr/financialindependence

You're not seriously advocating that the OP go without a banana slicer, are you?

u/LifeUp · 39 pointsr/Coffee

Careful where you tread, your curiosity can lead to an expensive hobby. A lot of us started our coffee obsessions with those resusable k-cup pods. When you use your own coffee beans, the first thing you'll notice is that the coffee is much fresher than what comes in those pods. Eventually, you'll be grinding your locally roasted coffee beans and start to wonder, "why am I even using this keurig machine in the first place? All I need is the hot water from it." After all, that resusable k-cup pod is the same concept as the pour-over device thats been used for ages.

I don't hate the pods, I think they introduce a lot of people to coffee. I'm not fond of the potential environmental impact of the disposable keurig cups. Depending on your situation, a keurig machine may still be your best option, but I'd regret not telling you to investigate the aeropress as well as your local coffee scene. Have fun.

u/SixSexySockPuppets · 39 pointsr/AskWomen

This digital scale! I lost 70 lbs eating mostly pre portioned foods. I got this so that I can trust myself to portion out things like grilled chicken. I mostly use it to weigh cheetos, and liquids. I weighed one ruffle the other day but it just keeps me honest, so I don't second guess the numbers I put into My Fitness Pal.

u/ZedsTed · 39 pointsr/Coffee

The Hario Mini MIll is the coffee grinder I'd suggest you go for on a student budget. It's hand-cranked and a burr grinder that's pretty popular on here as an affordable, quality grinder - it's just not suitable for more than one or two cups at a time if you don't want a hand cramp.
Looking at Amazon Germany, it seems to be 25 euros -
Perhaps keep an eye on it and see if the price drops? Over in the UK it's currently £22 on Amazon but I bought it for £13 back in August from the same retailer.

It works very well with a french press for me, the grind can be a bit inconsistent, but I've never found it to be detrimental to the quality of the brew. I'm sure many other folks can chime in on their experiences with the Hario Mini MIll as well.

u/okanonymous · 37 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

I got this one:

It occasionally will drop to $70 (prime day) but usually sits around $80. You can look up the price history on camelcamelcamel.

8 quarts is pretty big if it's just for one person, but not necessarily so much if you meal prep multiple meals. You can also prep stuff, freeze it, and then cook from frozen.

In my opinion they're somewhat overhyped if you're already an experienced cook and enjoy cooking, but work well for quick and easy meals.

u/This_Is_Q · 36 pointsr/todayilearned
u/Milkable · 36 pointsr/Coffee

Here's a pretty good setup if you're willing to get whole beans and grind them yourself:

French Press ($12), Hario Skerton hand grinder ($40) - if you have a pot to boil water in this is all the setup you'd need for great coffee at only $52.

If you don't have a pot, add on an electric kettle for $20 and you're still only at $72 total.

u/Khatib · 35 pointsr/videos

A chef's knife. Probably 8 inch by the looks of it.

This is my favorite "cheap" one. I love this thing.

Victorinox Swiss Army 8-Inch Fibrox Straight Edge Chef's Knife

u/_ataraxia · 35 pointsr/snakes

i've been paged for my link dump, so here it is. the first three links are detailed care sheets, then a tub tutorial, and the rest are product recommendations. read everything thoroughly, come back with any questions. let me know if any of the links don't work.

glass tanks can be very challenging for ball python husbandry due to the high amount of air flow with the screen top and the total lack of insulation with the glass walls. it's generally recommended to use tubs or pvc reptile cages instead. wood enclosures can also be suitable if they're designed well and sealed properly to protect the wood against moisture. glass tanks can work, but they require a lot of modification and maintenance, which you'll find tips for in the second link. i'll give you product recommendations to cover options for tanks, tubs, and pvc/wood enclosures.

  • the basics and then some
  • common problems
  • feeding problems
  • here is a tutorial to give you an example of how to set up a tub. this is what i would recommend for an immediate setup, and you could upgrade to a pvc cage upgrade later. note: this tutorial shows adhesive velcro to attach the thermo/hygro to the tub wall, but you should not do that. tape and other sticky adhesives should never be used inside the enclosure, your snake can get stuck on it and suffer serious injuries. hot glue is the easiest reptile-safe adhesive option. screws or bolts can also be used to mount things on plastic/wood walls.
  • pvc reptile cages are ideal. they have the husbandry benefits of a tub with the aesthetics/visibility of a tank, they're much lighter than wood or glass, and they will remain unaffected by decades of constant high humidity. animal plastics, boamaster, and boaphile plastics, are some popular companies. many people will use a tub for a young snake and upgrade to pvc later.
  • spyder robotics makes high quality thermostats to regulate your heat sources with pulse/proportional temperature control and various safety features. this is a popular cheap thermostat with simple on/off style with zero safety features. inkbird thermostats are also low-cost but overall higher quality than the hydrofarm type. any heat source should be regulated by a thermostat to ensure safe and appropriate temperatures.
  • heat tape or ultratherm heat pads are high quality and affordable under tank heater [UTH] options. this is a suitable heat source for most enclosure types. remember that a UTH will not provide ambient heat, it will only affect the temperature of the surface to which it is attached.
  • a porcelain base lamp and ceramic heat emitter [CHE] is the best ambient heat source for a tank, and it will also work for some pvc/wood enclosures. any heat lamp that emits light, even red or blue, should not be used at night.
  • a radiant heat panel [RHP] is the best ambient heat source in a pvc/wood enclosure. there are a few options, such as reptile basics and pro products.
  • a digital dual sensor thermometer/hygrometer allows you to easily monitor the warm side floor temperature [with the probe] as well as the ambient temperature and humidity [with the main unit].
  • an infrared thermometer allows you to spot-check surface temperatures anywhere in the enclosure.
  • these hide boxes are a cheap simple hide with a design that offers the best sense of security for your snake. cave style hides, cardboard boxes, plastic food containers, etc, can also be used. half logs are not appropriate hides.
u/midnightjasmine1 · 34 pointsr/wedding

Power drill set for sure - something I would never think of but oh so totally useful.

I make sure to recommend the Instant Pot every time this question pops up here. It's the most used gadget in my kitchen now.

We also put a NAS on the registry. If you don't have a good backup system, it's definitely worth figuring something out for all the wedding, honeymoon, etc. photos to come.

u/Sleisl · 34 pointsr/Cooking

Victorinox Fibrox 8-inch Chef's Knife - $22 - $45 [1]. X50CrMoV15 high-carbon steel [2].

u/cocotel69 · 33 pointsr/Cooking

Stay at home Dad here. I cook for six every night. Prior to about four years ago the most cooking I did was on the grill. I started with the Betty Crocker Cook book. Literally. Red book in binder format. It has simple comfort food and the recipes are simple. I now have 30+ cookbooks, some better than others. (Giada's are only good for the pictures.) Once I started cooking, I then started watching Alton Brown for other ideas and other techniques, but without a firm base of at least six months of trial and error, it won't help much. Without that, it'd be like watching a Michael Jordan video having never even picked up a basketball and thinking you could play like him. Get used to the environment first.

Start simple. Do a chicken breast and a vegetable from a can. Maybe rice. But note what works and what doesn't. Get a feel for what a "done" chicken breast looks like and feels like. Same with a pork chop. Same with some pasta. Get yourself used to the chemistry and physics of cooking first, then work on more complicated techniques and dishes.

Starter Supplies:

  • One good frying pan - nonstick

  • One good Chef's knife - [$25 on Amazon]

  • Cooking Thermometer - $14 on Amazon - Cook all meats to 160 degrees F to start. You can get fancier later. To start don't poison your guests.

  • Flexible cutting boards - $5 Amazon This makes it easy to chop and then dump straight into the pot/pan.

    Clean while you cook.
    Salt and butter are always your friend. And cheese. If something sucks, add cheese. Good luck!!! Report back please.

    TL;DR Just start cooking. Keep it simple, but start cooking.
u/nimbycile · 31 pointsr/Cooking

Buy this -

It's good, cheap and you won't worry about ruining it. If it turns out you're really getting into cooking, then buy the $100 chef knife later.

u/VaporInABottle · 30 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

Thank you for posting this. I think they've assumed their users already know how to use it.

If I were a winner (which I am, actually, but do know what I'm doing) I would make some test batches with 0 nicotine, using the drop method. It's not even close to 100% accurate, but with what they're sending you, it's enough to get a feel for if you like DIY or not.

Mix up some 0 nicotine juice with what they send you. If you like it, order more. At that point, you'll want to invest in some actual equipment because by drops is inaccurate, but acceptable so long as you aren't using nicotine. is a great scale for small scale users. I remember it being much cheaper when I started than what I've linked, so maybe you can find it cheaper somewhere else, but that scale is what you need.

These are good pipettes for measuring with your new scale:

You can, as OP said, measure by volume, using syringes, but it's messy. It's hard to convince someone who hasn't tried mixing by weight to actually invest in the equipment, but trust me, if you're even somewhat interested in DIY, you want to do it by weight, not volume.

Also, really visit the forum OP linked. I never posted much there at all but I promise you VIAB wouldn't be around without the knowledge from that forum. Read, read and read some more.

u/Hoogs · 29 pointsr/Coffee

Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder

Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer


That leaves you with about $12 to spare, which you could spend on some beans.

(This is my own setup btw, so I may or may not be biased. It is cheap though.)

u/leftcoast-usa · 29 pointsr/Cooking

I discovered the Instant Pot, even though I had a nice pressure cooker, and my wife uses it at least once a day, it seems. I bought another 2 - one for my wife's sister and one for a niece.

u/NWSAlpine · 27 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Yes stay away. The go to Chef knife for high quality volume for little money is the Victorinox 8" or 10" fibrox chef knife

u/jackson6644 · 27 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

No question: Victorinox Swiss Army 8-Inch Fibrox Straight Edge Chef's Knife

u/andyfsu99 · 27 pointsr/MealPrepSunday

>But for real, you need a knife with a nice depth to it, so you can get a good chop on. Even a cheap one treated well would be better than chopping with the one you have.

A decent knife is a must. That's the classic "low cost, but decent" choice (there are others, but this is the most commonly available choice). It will make a big difference. Makes a good present if you can't afford it outright.

u/socialisthippie · 26 pointsr/ArtisanVideos

Good, sharp knives dont have to be expensive.



Slightly more expensive steel:

Ceramic is suuuuper insanely sharp and holds an edge for a very, very, long time if treated properly. It is however possible to break the blade with a sharp impact or drop. Not really feasible to sharpen at home. Kyocera does offer free lifetime sharpening if you pay shipping though.

Steel is nice because it's easy to sharpen at home with a little practice. I actually really enjoy sharpening my steel knives now that i am comfortable with the process. It's very zen. You'll just need a decent water or oilstone and some patience to learn.

u/zargamus · 26 pointsr/gaming

That's a Hario burr grinder (dear god why do I know that?). Mostly used for coffee.

Edit: link to product

u/TurboDisturbo · 25 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I gotta plug this bad boy every time I come across a coffee thread.

Have had the same Aeropress for just about two years now, only had to buy extra filters once, and they give you a gagillion of them. Also, you can reuse the filters a few times.

Makes great, smooth tasting coffee, and only requires some hot water. Highly recommended!

u/Feyden · 24 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

How am I supposed to use my Hutzler 571 banana slicer with this?

u/CG_Ops · 24 pointsr/bicycling

As a motorcycle racer, we pay a lot of attention to track temps b/c we get different tires depending on the heat. I have my IR surface temp thermometer for reading tire and track temperatures

Hot days can mean ridiculously hot surface temps... as in hot enough to blister your feed in a single step or two

u/skillz1318 · 24 pointsr/Coffee

Get a hario skerton for $29...the one at world market is likely crap

u/ghostsarememories · 24 pointsr/Cooking

I have a G-2 ($124) and a Victorinox 8" fibrox ($30) (and others) and I use the Victorinox more regularly than the Global.

The handle is comfortable and grippy. It costs 1/4 of the global. It sharpens well, cuts well. You could put the rest of the saved $100 towards a 6" version, a paring knife and a bread knife (if that's something you'd use)

u/ajfirecracker · 23 pointsr/Coffee

Aerobie Aeropress - $26 - plastic brew system which uses hand-generated pressure and hot water to extract coffee. It is considered very hard to get a bad cup of coffee with this system.

u/jon_titor · 23 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

You should check out an Aeropress before making your decision. Those are super simple to use, they make great coffee, and they're easier to clean than a French press. Also, if you use a French press with finely ground coffee you'll get sludge in the bottom of every cup, which is pretty gross. To really make good French press coffee requires a decent burr grinder that will set you back at least another $100.

Amazon link if you want to check it out

But I have all sorts of coffee making equipment (French Press, Drip machine, multiple pour-over cones, a Chemex, a vacuum pot...) and the Aeropress is seriously great. It makes great coffee and is probably the fastest of all the methods.

u/MakerGrey · 23 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I spent nearly 20 years as a cook-then-sous-then-exec in fine dining kitchens. I've bought cheap knives, and I've bought expensive knives. I finally found my sweet spot split between Misono Swedish Carbon and Misono UX10s. I have a few different styles of knives in each, and they each have their ups and downs. The downside to either of those is that they're not exactly cheap (but you can spend way more if you're so inclined).

On the cheap side of things, this series of knives form Victorinox is probably the best value out there. For a home cook, these are absolutely bifl, but they're not exactly sexy.

My recommendation when anyone asks me a question like this is to go for the Mac Professional Series. They're fancy enough to be a little special, but not so special that you're afraid to use them. Full disclosure, I still use a Chef Series Mac 5.5" utility knife. In a professional kitchen, your utility knife gets so much more use than you'd imagine, so having a cheap one without the bolster is nice in case someone drops it in the fryer and kills the temper, or kicks it under the dish station etc. For home, I'd get the nice (pro series) version.

Anyway, for a first investment in nice knives, I'd go for an 8" chef's knife, dimples or not, it makes no real difference, and a 5.5" utility knife. The second addition would be 10-12" carving knife. Of course, a serrated bread knife and a small paring knife are necessary, but that's where those Victorinox knives I linked above are perfect.

I'm sure the bifl crowd here will crucify me for recommending stainless, but unless you're using your knives every day for hours a day, it's way too easy to get lazy and you end up with pitting and rust on all those fancy carbon knives, and that makes you less likely to use them.

For sharpening, get a 1000/6000 grit whetstone. When I was cheffing for a living, I hit the 6000 every day, and the 1000 once a week. Now, I cook dinner maybe 4 times a week, and I hit the 6000 once a month, and the 1000 like once or twice a year. Keeping the knives in cases helps with this. Drawers will kill the edge. Youtube has plenty of tutorials on how to use a whetstone and keep everything straight.

As far as "sharpening" steels go, it's nice having one around if you're doing a ton of knife work and need a quick touch up, but slapping a knife on a steel is not the same as sharpening it, and if you let the edge get truly dull (by hitting the steel instead of sharpening it), you'll have a bear of a time getting the edge true again.

Anyway, if you buy something made by an ancient Japanese craftsman who's older than the volcano he forges in, sure, it'll be cool and have fancy wavy lines. If you buy garbage it'll be garbage. Whatever you do, just know that nothing screams recent culinary school graduate than a Shun santoku.

note: I've written "you" a bunch in here. It's less pretentious than saying "one may sharpen..." and less clumsy than referring to your partner at all times . I hope you'll forgive me.

edit: tl;dr get the Macs

u/PM_me_goat_gifs · 23 pointsr/Parenting

Not yet a parent, just someone who finds cooking really cognitively taxing. The things that have helped me the most have been:

0) Watching Alton Brown to get an idea of how cooking works.

  1. Installing Paprika for grocery shopping and keeping track of recipes

  2. Getting a slow cooker ^(I find the timer is worth the $30 difference) or even better an Instant Pot. See /r/slowcooking, whose recipes also work in the Instant Pot.

  3. Treating your kitchen like a workshop and arranging it to match. An IKEA kitchen hook system for making kitchen tools more accessible. Before that, I tried pegboard, and hooks but it doesn't work as well.

  4. For doing dishes that aren't dishwasher-safe, this brush is the best. The Scrub Daddy is also good.
u/SomeRandomMax · 23 pointsr/slowcooking

I would highly recommend getting an Instant Pot while they are on sale today. It is a great slow cooker, but also a pressure cooker, rice cooker, and lots more.

This is a great article going over why a Pressure cooker is better than a slow cooker for most dishes, and with the Instant Pot you get both.

u/lispychicken · 22 pointsr/gadgets

A LOT of people round here have one of these.. or similar. Great purchase!!

u/kidblast · 22 pointsr/Coffee

My simple guide for UK beginners.

  • Hario Mini Slim grinder
  • Aeropress
  • Decent coffee roasters house blend

    Don't waste your money buying fancy AA single estate small batch beans because you just won't get the best out of them. You want a reliable and inexpensive blend that doesn't need a chemistry degree and £300 worth of equipment to achieve good results every time.

    I would go as far as to recommend new comers just pick up some decent supermarket branded beans to practice your technique and figure out what type of coffees work for you. The when you become more confident with your method feel free to start exploring more luxury beans.

u/gooberfaced · 22 pointsr/xxfitness

Food scale.
$11 on Amazon- I have two of these and highly recommend it.
If you already have a food scale learn how to use it- if you tare out between each ingredient they are fast and easy to use.
Everyone thinks they are going to be too much trouble until they start and see how easy and efficient it really is.

>How can I estimate how much food I am eating more accurately?

You can't.

Eyeballing doesn't work.

u/jceez · 22 pointsr/orangecounty

For the best actual quality of beans, roasting and brewing technique, I have to go with Portola Coffee Lab.

It's not exactly the best "coffee shop" feel, but the actual coffee is so damn good. Highly recommend the siphon brew method... not many other places have it available. Also the cold brew is really good too (it's not the same thing as iced coffee). Also there's a beer & waffle place around the corner which is amazing (and heart attack inducing).

Keen is also SUPER good and a lot less pretentious.

I drink a lot of damn coffee. If you want to make coffee yourself at home, I highly recommend an Aeropress

u/Cosmic_Chimp · 21 pointsr/mildlyinfuriating

Nice doesn’t necessarily mean expensive either. Excellent knife.

u/SomeRandommDude · 21 pointsr/Cooking

If your budget is a concern, you wont beat this knife for the price:

You would want to get a honing rod too, they are pretty simple to learn how to use though!

u/ChuQWallA · 20 pointsr/Cooking
  • +1 for $30.59 cast iron and $30.00 non-stick. See if you can get a non-stick that is oven safe. It will be more versatile.
  • $13.58 Make sure to get a high temp silicone spatula so that he can use them in his non-stick pan. Nothing sharp in the non-stick, ever.
  • $39.95 Get him a decent, sharp knife. The Victorianox is a good knife that you can get for cheap.
  • $5.78 Tongs, metal tongs from the asian market are about 3 bucks but totally useful.

    Total ~119.90
    That leaves you ~$80 to get ancillary things like measuring cups and spoons, cutting board, and a sauce pot.
u/tardyontrain · 20 pointsr/india

This goes two ways depending on whether you're lazy or willing to work for your coffee.

Are you a very lazy person?

Get some ready-made decoction from Amazon. Boil water, mix a little decoction. Done. It's much better than Nescafé.

Are you willing to put in some effort? You need to buy beans, grind them yourself and use an espresso machine.

Beans: Blue Tokai is very good, but expensive. I've heard Koinonia is good, too, but it is again expensive. Devans has good coffee and is cheaper, but are sometimes inconsistent on the roast. The Coffee Gatherer is probably the cheapest source of good beans, but they don't roast well at all. This may or may not matter very much to you.

Grinding mill: buy a dedicated burr grinder. Use it only for grinding coffee. I have this. It's good enough but you can buy bigger and more expensive ones.

Espresso machine: I have a Tecnora. It's cheap and very good, builds great pressure, makes great espresso. You can dilute the espresso to make Americano. Machines from other brands in the same price range don't build up enough pressure and make a very weak Espresso.

I also have an Aeropress which I used for years. People swear by it, as I did, but the espresso machine makes much better coffee. I also used a French press before. It makes gritty and bitter coffee, and leaves grounds in so it keeps brewing as it sits. If you tend to sip large cups over a long while French press coffee is the worst.

u/pocketknifeMT · 20 pointsr/BuyItForLife

The dishwasher is bad for all knives. That said I should think you want to be looking at the Victorinox ones.

They are cheap and take a lot of abuse. But you will want to keep any knife sharp.

I have several I abuse in the dishwasher. I know a lot of Caterers like them too, because its not a devastating blow to lose one and if they don't go missing they will last and last as serviceable...but when you say dishwasher safe you have to understand you are saying "short early grave for my knife"

On the whole I would say its the AK-47 of chefs knifes. Its not "the best"...but it certainly is in the running for value for money.

u/JohnnyBrillcream · 20 pointsr/RedditForGrownups

You mention rice cooker, look into an Instant Pot, all in one kitchen appliance.

u/KY_Soze · 20 pointsr/budgetfood

Beans and Rice. Compliment it from time to time with some chicken or ground beef. Deal with the slight plainness of it until you can buy some spices to add flavor.

My recommendation for spices is: salt, pepper, cumin, Total Seasoning, oregano.

For sauces: A good hot sauce, Sriracha, Sambal Olek.

Splurge: Sour cream

Hit up your local asian or latino market for cheap spices, rice and beans. Generally your normal grocer will have 'manager specials' on meats... sometimes chicken as low as 0.79/lb.

Finally, to make it all so much easier, buy yourself a pressure cooker, I use the Instant Pot. Rice cooks in about 20 minutes, beans in about 35 (including time to pressure). I cook out of mine 6-7 times a week. Mostly beans and rice, but sometimes whole chickens that fully cooks in about 30 minutes.

u/jwanders71 · 20 pointsr/1200isplenty

I've got [this one] ( - it's the one recommended on the LoseIt sub and I've been happy with it so far, especially for the price.

u/BlondeFlowers · 19 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Jesus, you guys are the best!!! THANK YOU!!! I'm getting this one. I've been doing it wrong for too long. Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Black

u/CogitoNM · 19 pointsr/Coffee

In all honesty, if I was faced with a decision about what brand of instant coffee to buy, I'd drink tea.

That being said Tom Petty liked Maxwell House. Not instant, I know, but it's something.

I know you said you aren't looking to buy any coffee makers, but Aeropress is only $30 and I've used mine for going on 5 years now.

u/AsherMaximum · 19 pointsr/AskCulinary

If I had to make that small an area work, I would rely heavily on countertop appliances.

Forget a built in burner, takes up too much room.
Get a gas or induction hot plate for use in the summer, and use the black oven in the winter.

Make outlets readily available on the counter. Best place would be the underside of any cabinets, or just the wall.

You can do a lot with one of those combo griddles. Cuisinart makes a cheap one, but you can get nicer ones from others. Breville is one, but I am sure there are others.

Build your knife storage into the counter, a la Alton Brown. Saves space, and makes them always available.

Don't skip the dishwasher. It'll take up valuable storage space, but working in a small kitchen like that will be much more bearable if you don't have to wash dishes by hand.

Make sure you get plenty of prep bowls, and have storage space for them. Mise en place will be very important with a small space, and they will help a lot.

A Magic Bullet type blender is really handy for cooking for 2, and for a lot of tasks that would otherwise take up more counterspace (chopping onions, beating eggs, chopping herbs, etc).

Make the whole countertop out of end grain butcher block (or side grain if you don't want to/can't spring for end grain) so that you don't have to deal with cutting boards at all.

If you don't already, try cooking sous vide. Takes little space, and good for summer cooking as it won't let too much heat into the space.

Have a hood vent for your black stove, and in the summer, put your hot plate there. The vent needs to be the type that goes outside, not the filtering one.
You don't want a small space like that filling with smoke from cooking.
Actually, depending on how you build the kitchen, you might be able to just put the vent in the middle of the room. Have the ceiling slope towards the center a bit.

Don't skip the garbage disposal in the sink - you'll regret it. Also, stick with a single sink instead of the traditional double. You're better off with one normal sized sink than two half sized sinks.

Skip the microwave, and just get a large toaster oven instead, one of the deep ones that can fit a 12" pizza. You can do most everything you can do in a microwave in the toaster over, it just takes a bit longer.

Skip the coffee maker, and get a hot water ketttle with a gooseneck spout like this. Learn to do pourover, get an Aeropress, or a Chemex. Saves you counterspace, and you can use the electric kettle for other cooking things too.

u/farinasa · 19 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I have the BonaVita. I can't speak to BIFL, but I like it and there are no submerged plastic pieces.

u/arizona-lad · 19 pointsr/HomeImprovement

First of all, quit closing the doors. That right there is a big part of this problem. If you want nice cool air to flow into a room, you must also let it out. Blocking the air movement leads to stagnation and high humidity.

Second of all, you might want to try to balance the air flow.

Balancing the system only requires two inexpensive things, an anemometer and a non-contact thermometer.

First, open all the registers. Set the A/C about 5 degrees lower for this test, so that it stays running. Then walk around the house and record the air speed and temperature at each room's vent(s).

Now comes the balancing. Start closing the registers closest to the air handler (A/C fan). Is it in the basement or on the first floor? Restrict it way down. Maybe 25% of fully open. Don't worry, you can adjust it later.

Take a reading of the air flow. Now go to the next register in line. Greatly reduce it. Move on to the next....

As you do this, all the air is now being forced upstairs. The general rule of thumb is that you do not want to reduce the total air volume delivered by the A/C by more than 25% to 30%. More than that can make the fan work harder which means it could run hotter, which could shorten it's lifespan.

Your goal is to get maybe 60% of the airflow upstairs, and perhaps 40% downstairs. Some homes require 70% - 30% (depending on how it is built). Split levels can be a bit tricky, but I think you know what I am getting at.

Re-directing the air so more blows upstairs is not restricting it. A better term would call this a re-distribution of the available air.

Your goal with the anemometer and the thermometer is to get uniform air speed and temp across the entire upper levels. Just a reminder; all doors must be open, please.

u/HingelMcCringelBarry · 19 pointsr/gundeals

Probably not bad if you're ordering something anyways and want to add it on, but if you really want one of these I'd pay $15 for this:

333 cu ft versus 48 cu ft means spending a lot less often pulling it out of the safe to recharge.

u/mbarakaya_hu · 19 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I was thinking the same thing. I have this desk and it's cheap, sturdy, and aesthetically pleasing. It's harder to pick a chair without sitting on it.

u/Erathen · 19 pointsr/trees

AWS Gemini-20 is the gold standard. It's the most common .001 scale by far.

Amazon link if you're American.

Edit: More links for convenience.


u/russkhan · 18 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

How to wash a knife safely.

Don't get a set. Sets are designed to get you paying for knives you'll never use. I recommend starting with a chef's knife and a paring knife. The chef knife is your workhorse, you'll use it for almost everything. The paring knife is traditionally used for peeling and detail work, but just think of it as what you reach for when the job is too small for the chef knife. If you bake bread or buy unsliced loaves of it, you'll probably also want a bread knife.

Victorinox Fibrox knives are great knives for a new cook and an excellent value for the money. Here's their chef's knife, their paring knife, and their bread knife. That leaves you with enough money to buy a block and stay under $100. I like the wall mounted magnetic ones with a wooden face like this one myself, but there are plenty of other options if that's not what you want.

u/SqueakIsALittleBitch · 18 pointsr/AskReddit

Victorinox 8" Chef Knife for $35. Perfectly good knife that will last for years.

u/kdawgud · 18 pointsr/financialindependence

If anyone was holding out for a good deal on an Instant Pot (like me), it's Amazon's deal of the day today. $68.95.

Its normal price that I've been tracking is $110-120

u/HermionesBook · 18 pointsr/AskWomen

So I didn't purchase it myself but my boyfriend is getting me an Instant Pot from Amazon for my birthday this Friday. I'm so excited, it's going to change my cooking life. I do a lot of meal prep and I just know it's going to make it go smoother.

u/SmolderingDesigns · 18 pointsr/snakes

Your friend is incredibly irresponsible and should seriously be talked to. You don't dump an animal on someone who 1) isn't expecting it and 2) doesn't even know how to take care of it.

Get rid of the sand, it's not an okay bedding. You want shredded aspen or coconut mulch for a milk snake. You can find either of these options at most pet stores. Make sure you don't get pine bedding meant for rodents. Give him at least several inches of bedding because milks do love to burrow.

You want to give the snake very small, tight places to hide. They like to be squished, it makes them feel secure. So the coconut hide is too big and open to function as a safe space for a baby milk snake. Look at the pet store for small caves and hide boxes that will just barely fit your snake. You'll need at least two, one for the warm side and one for the cool side.

For the heat, a heat lamp is great but only if used correctly. You'll need an infrared temperature gun to check what the surface temperature of the bedding below the lamp is. You can get one from Amazon, this one is great and cheap. You want the temperature of the bedding to be around 85°f directly below the lamp. You'll want to put one of the hiding spots close to the warmest spot so he can choose to warm up while being hidden. As for bulbs, the one you have is likely going to be too hot but it depends how big your tank is. It might be some trial and error with dimmer bulbs. Have the bulb on for ~14 hours a day, really whenever it's naturally daylight where you live.

Milk snakes are easy and room temperature is fine for the rest of the tank during the day. The light will be off for night and as long as your house stays warmer than around 70° it's okay for the snake to have a night time temperature drop.

You might need to add a humid hide if you notice trouble with shed getting stuck. This is as simple as a Tupperware container with a hole cut into it and filled with damp sphagnum moss. It's just to offer a more humid place for the snake to use.

Grab some silk plants and fill the tank. Snakes like to feel invisible so don't worry if the plants take up a lot of space, he'll love crawling through them.

Milksnakes should be fed once a week as babies and once every 10-14 days as adults. You'll want frozen mice the same thickness as the snake or a little smaller. Thaw it in cold water or in the fridge before meal time and then warm it up with warm water right before feeding. You'll need feeding tongs, snakes like to "accidentally" grab fingers when in feeding mode. Don't pick the snake up for at least 48 hours after feeding to allow him to digest in peace. Also, there is a myth that you should feed in a separate container to avoid cage aggression. This is false and outdated information, just feed him in his enclosure.

Snakes don't require handling and would be perfectly fine without any. But they will tolerate it to some extent. Generally, only handle once or twice a week for 5-10 minutes maximum.

Clean up poop/urates as you see them, clean and refill the water dish at least every few days. Eventually you'll want to replace all the bedding. Depending on the snake and size of the tank, this could be every 3 months or every 9 months, just judge when the bedding is getting smelly.

u/mechaweavis · 18 pointsr/GifRecipes

Have you read the reviews?

u/GarthVaderBlarts · 18 pointsr/funny

Congrats! You can now expect one of these in the mail!

u/MithrilTuxedo · 18 pointsr/minimalism
u/bayernownz1995 · 18 pointsr/Coffee

Here's a really cheap grinder. I got it on Amazon for $20, so if you wait and watch, the prices might drop.

Depends on the store. Trader Joe's coffee is really good for the price. Whole foods is probably good too. I've heard got things about 8 O'Clock, a brand most stores carry, but I've never had it.

u/TooAbsurd · 17 pointsr/Supplements

Powdered caffeine isn't something you want to guess the dose on. A scoop is at best a guess since you don't know how dense the powder is.

You can get a milligram scale from Amazon for $20 and do it by weight.

u/cash_grass_or_ass · 17 pointsr/chefknives

ya seriously, don't bring over a grand worth of knives to school.

maybe bring just one, the chef knife, but definitely not the whole set. and i would wait like at least the second month into the semester, after everyone learns about the #1 rule of kitchens, which is "don't touch my knife without asking for permission."

i'd also be wary if you are the only person with a really nice knife, as it is good bait to be stolen, or people could fuck with your knife and break it out of malice or just incompetence. unless one is knowledgeable of knives, one will assume all are equal, and can do anything and everything with it, like trying to cut a butternut squash, or coring an would be shitty for a classmate to break your knife by doing something dumb with it, and how would you hold them accountable for breaking a CAD$ 350 ish knife? school ain't gonna do shit about it, just like in the industry.


since all your knives are SG2 steel, with a hrc of 63, you will also need a beater work horse knife to cut really hard stuff like butternut squash. i suggest you get something like victorinox fibrox, a CAD$60 stamped knife, which will get the job done.

another benefit of using something that's not laser sharp is that it forces you to have good technique when cutting, great for when you are really practicing your cuts. this knife can get decently sharp if you use whetstones, but just has shit edge retention.

think of the analogy of getting a honda civic as your first car to learn to drive, as opposed to getting a ferrari.

edit 2:

in continuation of the car analogy, when you start your first job, you better fucking have good knife skills, or you will be clowned day and night. as the "FNG" (fucking new guy/gal), you will earn a lot of respect if you rock a fancy knife and can back it up with the knife skills, but will lose a lot of respect if you can't cut for shit.

don't we all just laugh at all the youtube videos of jackasses trying to stunt with their supercars, only to crash into a light pole 30 seconds later? ya, kinda like that.

u/bbrooking · 17 pointsr/Coffee

I've used a AWS SC-2KG for many years. It's 0.1g precision and has always been spot on when I've used a calibration weight on it. They're cheap and I've seen a number of cafes using them.

u/fishsupreme · 17 pointsr/AskCulinary

You could get a Wusthof Classic 8-inch chef's knife for $80.

If you're not willing to spend even that much, there's a reason this Victorinox Fibrox is the #1 seller on Amazon. It's stamped and has a nylon handle that feels cheap, but it works, it's well balanced, it can hold a good edge, and it'll last.

u/TheLadyEve · 17 pointsr/Cooking

I have an Instant Pot and I just love it. It's safe, reliable, and everything I've made in it has turned out perfectly, but mine is only 6QT.

u/[deleted] · 17 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Alright, /u/EmmaBourbon, here we go.. Upvotes for everyone!

  1. I woke up this morning and felt great. Why is this awesome? Well, because I finally found the amount of drinks I can take that make me feel really good and tipsy, but doesn't affect me at all the next day. THIS IS A BREAKTHROUGH

  2. /u/AuntChiladas is probably the best person at WikiRacing around here. Just found that out this morning.

  3. /u/thisisnotmyfault - Sorry I keep tagging you, but I don't know anyone else! haha Get in this thread!

  4. If you like coffee, this will change your life.

  5. Pass!
u/Semiorganic · 17 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

I dunno if they're real reviews though. I don't know where all the people come from, but there's some sort of Amazon Funny Reviews Brigade that posts a lot of comments on a lot of obscure and absurd items (for example the banana slicer, "For Her" pens, and Tuscan Whole Milk)

u/lightmonkey · 17 pointsr/pics
u/Mattyy_Westside · 17 pointsr/Fitness

This is the one I have and I like it a lot

edit:link format

u/Chimaerik · 16 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

I would strongly recommend picking up a kitchen scale and learning these things first hand.

u/funchords · 16 pointsr/loseit

Hi there... just a note to say it's okay ...

Let's just log Calories for now. Don't worry about your Calorie goal yet. Make a week of complete logging your "baby step"

How to get started using MyFitnessPal:

That's the method that I'm advocating, except for you and your hypoglycemia or blood-sugar volatility, I'd like you to set MFP to lose 1 pound (½ kg) per week and to treat the calorie goal as a GOAL and not as a limit. Over the long term, you're going to try to eat at about that many calories -- it's equally okay to be 100 over or 100 under.

BUT FOR THIS WEEK, just log and get good at that and figuring out the amounts (weight, measures) that you're eating. Buy a digital food scale if you don't have one. Estimate well when you can't use a scale.

> And getting super discouraged and hating yourself?

100% calorie counting works. It's not religion and doesn't care how much you believe in it. However, we are emotional beings and psychology is a large part of weight loss. So those two words at the top -- "it's okay" -- I'd like you to make those words part of your regular vocabulary.

It's okay if you have a bad day. It's okay if you caved in at a moment of weakness. We're still going to log it and use that information to do better in the long run. Success at weight loss doesn't hinge on any one weekend, it's a process and a set of habits that we are developing. That will bring better control and that better (not perfect) control will bring the weight loss.

^M52 ^5'11½"^^/182cm ^SW:298lb^^/135kg ^Maintaining ^~185lb^^/84kg ^for ^12^mo. ^Goal:18^mo. ^[recap] ^with ^MyFitnessPal+Walking/Hiking+TOPS

u/TheSourTruth · 16 pointsr/Coffee

From reading this subreddit for a couple days, this sounds like what /r/coffee would recommend:

  • Grinder

  • Aeropress

  • Local, freshly roasted coffee (use internet to find local places that sell coffee right after they roast it)

u/cook_ · 16 pointsr/Coffee

Drink better coffee.
I started drinking black coffee when a friend bought me a grinder and an Aeropress. I started buying different beans from gocoffeego and now get 2 bags a month. Have never looked back to cream and sugar.

u/tangerinelion · 16 pointsr/Coffee

Hmm... if he just got a French Press for Christmas and is buying pre-ground then I would say to get him a burr grinder such as the Hario Mini Mill (amazon).

Basically, good coffee needs only a couple things and one of them is freshly ground and freshly roasted beans. It doesn't matter what coffee you brew if you didn't grind it freshly it won't be as good. The Mini Mill is also pretty affordable so you could pair that with a bag of freshly roasted coffee. If you don't mind buying things offline (ie, in the real world), then I would try and find a local roaster that you can drive to. Odds are if you're in/near a city you have one but may not know you do. You mentioned a particular place, they sound like a re-seller but likely they do get very fresh shipments (perhaps once a week since this is how my local shops work). If you would prefer to buy it online, then I can suggest Klatch Coffee Roasters in CA and Verve Coffee (also in CA). The former charges for shipping, but it's $5-$6 via USPS. The latter does not, which is fantastic if you're interested in ordering one bag of coffee. I wouldn't pay $5-$6 to ship one bag of coffee, but I would to ship two bags.

The important thing to remember with coffee beans is that you want it fresh. Ideally a couple days after being roasted, if not sooner, so you should be looking to buy this a few days before Valentine's.

u/hexachoron · 16 pointsr/researchchemicals
u/owlsandjazz · 16 pointsr/Cooking

Buy this chef's knife!

If you buy the other two knives in the "Frequently bought together" recommendation (the bread knife and paring knife), you'll have a pretty solid knife set. And you'll be right around your $50 budget.

u/fleshexe · 16 pointsr/leopardgeckos

dried mealworms have no nutritional value. leopard geckos need live bugs.

here's an affordable thermometer. you really need one so you can make sure they're able to digest their food.

u/Dorkamundo · 16 pointsr/chefknives

So you are in TJ Maxx looking for a good Japanese starter knife? Probably not going to find one there.

That said, these are the same knife, no difference. Probably 440 steel and not worth your money. They go for about $15 on Amazon.

As far as a different option, I am not sure of a good one of this type at a cheap price. If you are dead-set on japanese-style, I don't have an answer for you.

But if you are willing to go western, go Victorinox Fibrox chef's knife for about $35.

u/Trent_Boyett · 16 pointsr/slowcooking

Check out the Instant Pot

Along with sauté, steam and slow cooking, it's a rice cooker and pressure cooker too.

I've had mine for 6 months and I use it 2 or 3 times a week.

My best week was a slow cooked chicken on sunday, then pressure cooked the carcass into broth on monday, and then brined and slow cooked porkchops in the chicken broth on thursday.

u/KernicPanel · 15 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

Since your lanlord doesn't allow ovens get yourself an instant-pot and enjoy delicious meals that are ready in 5-10 minutes! Much much better than a slow-cooker.

u/salvagestuff · 15 pointsr/Cooking

You don't need a knife set, you can get the vast majority of kitchen tasks done with just a chefs knife and paring/utility knife. The rest of the set knives will usually just sit in the block gathering dust.

The Victorinox Fibrox chefs knife is a very popular recommendation because it is a pretty good knife for a pretty good price.

You can also consider a pairing knife from the same manufacturer.

u/zinko55 · 15 pointsr/Cooking

Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife 40520, 47520, 45520 Frustration Free Packaging

u/Fidoh · 15 pointsr/malefashionadvice

That's a pretty terrible grinder. Coffee snobs won't like it.

In this price range, for a coffee geek, you're better off getting them a nice cup, like this or a manual grinder like this. An AeroPress would be amazing as well.

u/EskimoPrincess · 15 pointsr/loseit
u/Kurtikus · 15 pointsr/Coffee

A nutribullet probably uses blades like a spice grinder or blenders. You’ll get a huge difference in the consistency of the grind using a burr grinder. You can pretty easily get a manual burr grinder from amazon and even the cheap ones will be a lot better than a blade one. The Hario Skerton is on the less expensive side and will definitely be good enough for a french press starting out. Not sure what the price is like in Ireland though.

u/MikeTheBlueCow · 15 pointsr/Coffee

Hario Buono kettle and either the Hario Skerton or Porlex. Use the rest to buy a scale if you don't have one, or a pour over if you don't have one, or a bag of beans :)

u/MyCatsNameIsBernie · 15 pointsr/Coffee

AWS 2kg. $20.50. Has 0.1g resolution. Mine works great! Its often recommended here by others.

u/FloatingFast · 15 pointsr/Cooking

google this knife. i don't have it, but it's supposed to be amazing.

u/SuspiciousRhubarb4 · 15 pointsr/Cooking

Go to this site: Budget Bytes. Spend 30-60 minutes going back through a few dozen pages, finding recipes you think you might like, and pasting the title & link into a Google Doc (or worksheet). Pick a couple out each week and give them a shot. If you don't know how to do a step, watch a YouTube video, such as dicing an onion/garlic, sauteing vegetables, etc.

That site has great low-BS, easy, cheap recipes that are as quick as you're going to get for a good, fresh home-cooked meal.

You can use whatever cookware and kitchen tools you have around, but it's imperative you get a good knife and a decent cutting board.

Once you've gotten the hang out of a couple dozen Budget Bytes recipes, post again or search this sub for new recipe blogs to branch out to.

u/guinnesssynd · 15 pointsr/Chefit
u/owanderhoffe · 15 pointsr/Cooking

do you have a chef's knife? this would be a great investment, as you can use it for pretty much everything, including cutting up birds. i have victorinox chef's knives in both 8 and 10 inches. they're widely considered to be the best bang for your buck...
good luck!

u/the_fake_banksy · 15 pointsr/trees

Decided to test this. Went here (posted in this thread earlier) and looked at the "customers also bought" section.

Baggies, grinders, screens, rollers...heh.

u/dragonbubbles · 15 pointsr/kratom

Hello and welcome... Many people have, inded, found kratom to be useful for quitting opiates including heroin to manage withdrawals so you are not alone and you CAN do this. The Kratom 101 has a lot of good general information about kratom and its uses. Finding what works can take some time, patience, and trial and error but it can be worth it. Many times people starting out think that it is not 'working' at first. Some of that is about managing expectations. Your best course of action is to try a handful of different strains and keep notes - dosages, effects, pros & cons, etc. It is best to use a scale and read about figuring out dosages

Here are some previous discussions that may you might find useful/helpful as well:

u/sfaticat · 14 pointsr/Coffee

For the best value, get a hand grinder. Electric you are paying for convience and the motor. Hand grinder usually has better quality to warrent the price. I recommend Lido 3 (best but a little expensive, $200), Porlex Mini, or Hario Skerton

u/UnluckyPenguin · 14 pointsr/Nootropics

Holy shit! That scales "Acceptable Tolerance (+-)" is 200mg! Source

In case I'm not being clear: 100%, you cannot trust that scale.

If you're measuring anything below 1g, it requires extreme accuracy, which that scale cannot provide!

Here is the recommended scale of /r/nootropics:
American Weigh Scales GEMINI-20 Portable MilliGram Scale, 20 by 0.001 G

I have this scale. Even though it measures down to 1mg (.001g), the acceptable tolerance is still +-5mg. It also measures up to 20g, so that's an overall accuracy of +-0.025% compared to the max weight, which is extremely accurate for a scale (note: your scale comes in at 0.033% compared to the max weight)

If you have any questions, let me know. Good luck!

u/aschapm · 14 pointsr/AskCulinary

this is a pretty common/inexpensive scale i use for coffee. 2kg max, 0.1g sensitivity, works great:

u/tibbles1 · 14 pointsr/Cooking

The Victorinox knives are generally considered to be the best "bang for the buck" knives in that price range. The 8 inch is a little more than $30.

Pretty much anything else in that range will be cheap stamped Chinese garbage. Even if it is called "German steel," if it's cheap, it's Chinese garbage.

If you absolutely must stay under $30, then get the cheapest one you can find and start saving for an upgrade.

EDIT: Here's the santoku. A little more money, but it will be worth it:

u/findthezspot · 14 pointsr/Cooking

You only really need a chefs and paring knife to do 99% of your kitchen work, so you don't have to buy a whole set. And you have to drop a ton of money on them.

Here's a good chef's knife that will hold up for a while. My parents have been using theirs for a few years. And it's cheap enough that you can toss if it breaks

link to amazon

Also global makes some decent stuff too.

I have Shuns; they are fantastic. They are pretty expensive and high maintenance though, but they will last forever.

u/jmottram08 · 14 pointsr/Cooking

Get a chef's knife. Buy the Victorinox 40520 Fibrox 8-Inch Chef's Knife. It has a lifetime warranty, great reviews, and is 25$. Same with the Victorinox 47508 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife.

Get a good, thick, wood, end grain, 12" cutting board.

Watch some videos like this about how to hold a knife, and how to chop with one.

This will do the most toward making cooking easier.

u/sumfish · 14 pointsr/Cooking

Some slow cookers have features that allow you to sear and roast and even pressure cook. Something like that would definitely give you the most versatility.
My friend has this one and loves it. It even works as a rice cooker.

u/myinnervoice · 14 pointsr/RedditForGrownups

An Instant Pot is the way to go if you occasionally want a faster meal. Electric slow cooker/pressure cooker in one, very cheap and has an active fan base.

There are plenty of recipies around the place customised for this thing, /r/instantpot/ is a good place to start.

u/HairyHorseKnuckles · 14 pointsr/instantpot

DUO60 are currently $69.95 on Amazon

u/ThePienosaur · 14 pointsr/BeardedDragons

That's very cool! I should warn you though, caring for a baby beardie isn't easy or cheap. They need to eat at least twice a day, have salad made every morning, have poops cleaned every day, and have baths regularly, which is a lot to do and can be overwhelming. Their food is also pretty expensive because they can eat over 100 insects per day, it often comes to $20-40 a month. Plus the initial setup will cost a few hundred dollars. I say this not to scare you off (I always love when people get their first reptile) but to warn you. Reading it again it sounds more complicated than it actually is, but you should definitely be prepared to deal with those things.

For now make sure he/she is in a place where they can get to 75-80f. You can worry about high temps later, right now I don't want to risk overheating. Don't worry about feeding for now, they need specific temps to be able to digest, just give some water for now, maybe a place to hide. This should be fine for a few days while you gather the materials you need.

Read through the sidebar and ask questions if something is confusing.

The basic list of stuff you'll need is here:

Enclosure: minimum adult size is 36" x 18" x 18", but 4' x 2' x 2' is better. Can be an aquarium or a wood/pvc enclosure. You can get a 20g tank and upgrade, but there's no point in spending​ extra money, they don't get scared by big spaces.

Heat: a heat lamp is the best heat source for beardies, it doesn't have to be reptile branded. As long as it gives off bright white/yellow light and gets the temp to 100-110f it works, I have a 90w halogen flood light.

UVB: proper UVB light is essential. The best/only guaranteed good UVB lights are either Mercury vapor bulbs (heat and UVB combined) or fluorescent tubes. Compact bulbs can cause eye problems. Tubes are used much more often and are cheaper and better for beardies. You'll want either a reptisun 10.0 or Arcadia 12% tube, roughly 2/3 the length of the enclosure. They come in two sizes, t5 and t8, t5 is newer, stronger, and better. It gives you more options for where to place it and is lasts 12 months instead of 6 so it's cheaper. Basically, you want either a reptisun 10.0 t5 or Arcadia 12% t5.

UVB fixture: heat lamp fixtures are easy to find, but for uvb it's a bit tougher. This is what I use for my 22" t5:

Timer for the lights

Substrate: tile is the best, imo. Paper towels and reptile carpet also work, just stay away from sand.

Basking spot: a large, flat object that absorbs heat well, a tile on a platform works well.

Hides: personally I've never seen my Beardie use a hide, but they're good to have.

Other decor: totally up to you, just make sure it's safe. Reptile hammocks are popular.

Dusting powder: you'll want calcium w/D3 and vitamins, calcium should be used more often.

Thermometer: analog thermometers are inaccurate, you want either a probe thermometer or a temp gun. This is what I have:

Some housing for feeder insects to stay alive for a few weeks and to gut-load them.

Let me know if I forget anything or if you have any questions. Good luck!

u/Randomacts · 14 pointsr/wheredidthesodago



What the fuck are you smoking?

One of the more popular kettles in the tea community is this and it is great there are a few higher end ones that heat up even faster as well.

The variable temp is important for tea ofc but lmfao @ you thinking that I'm using a stove or that it would be unsafe. This thing will hold the temp for 2 hours before it gives up and turns off.

u/Malician · 13 pointsr/Frugal

For personal coffee, I like the aeropress ($25 on Amazon.)

It takes a little more attention than an automatic coffee machine, but is quite quick and easy to clean (especially if you have an electric kettle.)

More importantly, it makes superb coffee. I keep one at work despite (or because) of the fact there is a fancy Keurig available.

u/crashequipment · 13 pointsr/BuyItForLife

What about an Aeropress? Downside: Probably more parts (though doubtably more volume) than a simple French press.

u/SalsaRice · 13 pointsr/personalfinance

They're great. More of an "entry-level" item for moving into good coffee. Like only $25, brews in about a minute, and makes one cup. I mainly use a French press, but I still use my old aeropress a few times a month.

I bought a $5 metal filter so i didn't have to keep buying the paper ones. Also, Google the "inverted method" for using an aeropress. The book doesn't tell you, but it's really the superior way to use the product.

u/menschmaschine5 · 13 pointsr/Coffee

from /u/eeyore9999:

Bonavita Variable Temp [$61 on Amazon] (

u/cravf · 13 pointsr/Coffee

I'd go for an aeropress. It's what got myself, and later on my girlfriend, into coffee, and it's pretty cheap. It will make a strong, small batch of coffee each time, somewhere between an espresso and a french press (in my opinion).

I'm guessing the macchiatos your fiance is talking about is the Starbucks variety. Macchiatos are supposed to be an espresso shot with very little milk added.

Anyway, continuing on the assumption that the drink she likes is 1-2 shots of espresso and a mug of foamed milk (and flavoring), I would start by making a copy of that at home with the aeropress.

The way I did that is I'd warm up a mug of milk while I'm boiling the water, and use a handheld frother to froth the heated milk. (This won't create the same caliber of foamed milk as you'd get from an espresso machine/steamer but I'm guessing you don't want to drop the cash on one quite yet)... Once the milk is frothed and the water is heated I'd add freshly ground beans(important that they're fresh!) to to the aeropress, and then water, and brew the coffee right into the mug of frothed milk.

At this point you have a pretty close replica to a latte. Since you are newcomers to coffee, you might want to add some sort of flavoring to it. I rarely do, but when I did, I'd just add a little vanilla extract and sugar.


  • You're going to want to grind your beans at home. Buying preground beans almost guarantees they're going to be stale.
  • Following what I said above, freshness is key. Try to buy freshly roasted beans.
  • A lot of the process of coffee making is tinkering to your own taste. If you make a cup of coffee and it's way too strong, don't give up. Try something else untill it's good for you!
  • Once you get used to the milk-laden coffees, try to broaden your horizons. There are a wide range of coffee types, and they all have their bonuses.


  • Aeropress $25.95
  • Milk frother $2.00
  • Hario Skerton Hand Grinder $48.50 (Ceramic burr grinders are the best type of coffee grinders, but they run around $300 on average, this one, however is $50.00 but requires some work. I own one and it's worth the effort in my opinion)

    Beans: (Places I've tried)

  • Intelligentsia
  • The Roasterie
  • Klatch Coffee


  • Great mug
  • Also great mug, but pretty large

    If you have any questions, or if I'm wrong about something let me know! I think this is all for now.
u/6745408 · 13 pointsr/Coffee

The Harios are decent hand-grinders

u/field_retro · 13 pointsr/nintendo

Collecting games and systems can be a very exciting and rewarding hobby. I would start by picking a collecting goal before embarking on this journey. Here are some items to consider.

  • Do you only collect games that you want to play, or do you want to include other criteria?
  • Do you want to collect from a single region or all regions -- such as only NA copies.
  • Just the game disc, game and cover, CIB?
  • Are you including Special Editions and cover variants?
  • Where are you going to store your collection? (Don't overlook this item and it's impact on your partner and housemates.)
  • Are you looking for promotional materials, posters, and other Wii-branded tchotchkes?

    Here are some links you may find helpful.

  • Spare Game Cases. You may find it easier to by a dozen or so and keep them handy. You may find the perfect game, but the case is ruined, has a sticker on it that won't come off, or it's just the wrong case, but the rest is fine.
  • The Cover Project. You may find that some games have missing covers. This side has a repository so you can print off Game Covers for many games and regions.
  • List of Wii Games. The fine folks at Wikipedia have curated a list of Wii games from across regions. You can peruse this list to help your formulate your collecting criteria.
  • Silica Gel Packets. I keep these stored with games packed away in boxes. Humidity is a silent killer of retro games -- Disc rot is real!
  • Mini Dehumidifier. I keep these in my enclosed bookshelves.

    Good luck and have fun!
u/Avgvstvs_Caesar · 13 pointsr/Coffee

Thanks for the update. That's plenty of money to start.

The two big things you can do to drastically improve your cup is 1.) fresh WHOLE coffee beans (check the roast date); none of that pre-ground stuff. If you are looking for speed and cheap this is a decent grinder that will meet your needs, however if you have the time, (effort) and want to do it right. I would strongly recommend something like this. It is a burr grinder and will give you MUCH better results (rather than chopping beans you are actually grinding them. Burr grinder = squeezing out the best aromas and flavor into your coffee). You can buy one for ~$40 (along with ~$30 for a decent french press).. Get the beans whole and grind them before each use (two scoops of coffee per 6 ounces of water); don't let the beans sit for more than a month. They lose freshness and aroma/taste each day after it's been opened. 2.) use good water. You don't have to use bottled, Brita is fine or tap if you have good water.

and that's it. From there you can explore the types of roast you like, the different regions, blends, etc since you will be making consistent coffee each time this way (very few variables unlike many of the methods of brewing- but hey, isn't that half the fun? Although most would suggest getting a scale right away, I would recommend holding off. A scale can then help you fine tune your technique, but is IMHO a bit too complicated to start with. Instead, I would take the money saved and check out some good coffee shops in your area, particularly ones that roast their own coffee. You'll quickly learn what you like and what you don't.

Good luck, have fun and feel free to msg me if you have anymore questions.

Also: you can try to adjust the grind for the strength of your coffee (to taste). More fine = stronger. More coarse = less strong. That will affect not just the strength, but also the body and "mouth feel" of the coffee (if you do go with a french press, you want a "coarse" grind).

u/beurre_noisette · 13 pointsr/Cooking

You don't need a set at all. Buy one chef's knife, a paring knife, and maybe a bread knife--and they don't have to be from the same brand. Buy one that feels good in your hand. You can try Wusthof and Shun at Williams-Sonoma.

None of them are that amazing if you don't keep them sharp anyway.

If you want to save money, get this one for now, and only upgrade for a good reason:

u/cnash · 13 pointsr/Cooking

This /r/ gets this question all the time, and the answer is always the same. The Victorinox is the best choice. It's not the very best knife in the world (though it is, by unanimous acclaim, the best under-$50 knife), but once you go beyond the basics, knife preferences vary wildly from person to person, and you have to pick it for yourself.

u/Septotank · 13 pointsr/AskCulinary

The Victorinox Fibrox 8 inch chef’s knife is only $36 on Amazon and is consistently rated top honors by America’s Test Kitchen. It is sharp, keeps an edge, and even though I own a Wusthof I usually end up reaching for it first. It’s not $80-100 but I still can’t recommend it enough!

Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife, 8-Inch Chef's FFP

If you’re looking for something reliable and sharp for daily use (and aren’t yet sure-about/familiar-with high end knives), look no further.

u/Keifru · 13 pointsr/Sneks

Sounds like you were getting outdated or flat-out incorrect information and those 'experienced snake owners' are likewise misinformed. There are very few snakes that legitimately have evolved to thrive on sand-based substrate (irony being the Sand Boa is not one of them; they live in sandy soil which is very different composition than straight sand). The Ball Python is native to the svannah/jungles of Sub-Saharan Africa. Its dirt, soil, and burrows. Not a majority or even significant amount of sand.

Additionally, if I extrapolate correctly from this singular picture, your BP is also in a glass enclosure and has a log-style hide. The former makes keeping humidity in the 55~80% range a difficult exercise, and the latter, is a stressor as BPs do best with a hide that has a single-entrance or is cave-like; the more points of contact, the better, and a single entrance means they can feel safer.

I'm going to steal _ataraxia's ball python dump and toss it below:

i'm going to dump a bunch of links to get you on the right track. the first three links are detailed care sheets, the rest are product recommendations. read everything thoroughly.

glass tanks can be very challenging for ball python husbandry due to the high amount of air flow with the screen top and the total lack of insulation with the glass walls. it's generally recommended to use tubs or pvc reptile cages instead. wood enclosures can also be suitable if they're designed well and sealed properly to protect the wood against moisture. glass tanks can work, but they require a lot of modification and maintenance, which you'll find tips for in the second link. i'll give you product recommendations to cover options for tanks, tubs, and pvc/wood enclosures.

  • here is a tutorial to give you an example of how to set up a tub. this is what i would recommend for an immediate setup, and you could upgrade to a pvc cage upgrade later. note: this tutorial shows adhesive velcro to attach the thermo/hygro to the tub wall, but you should not do that. tape and other sticky adhesives should never be used inside the enclosure, your snake can get stuck on it and suffer serious injuries. hot glue is the easiest reptile-safe adhesive option. screws or bolts can also be used to mount things on plastic/wood walls.
  • pvc reptile cages are ideal. they have the husbandry benefits of a tub with the aesthetics/visibility of a tank, they're much lighter than wood or glass, and they will remain unaffected by decades of constant high humidity. animal plastics, boamaster, and boaphile plastics, are some popular companies. many people will use a tub for a young snake and upgrade to pvc later.
  • spyder robotics makes high quality thermostats to regulate your heat sources with pulse/proportional temperature control and various safety features. this is a popular cheap thermostat with simple on/off style with zero safety features. inkbird thermostats are also low-cost but overall higher quality than the hydrofarm type. any heat source should be regulated by a thermostat to ensure safe and appropriate temperatures.
  • heat tape or ultratherm heat pads are high quality and affordable under tank heater [UTH] options. this is a suitable heat source for most enclosure types. remember that a UTH will not provide ambient heat, it will only affect the temperature of the surface to which it is attached.
  • a porcelain base lamp and ceramic heat emitter [CHE] is the best ambient heat source for a tank, and it will also work for some pvc/wood enclosures. any heat lamp that emits light, even red or blue, should not be used at night.
  • a radiant heat panel [RHP] is the best ambient heat source in a pvc/wood enclosure. there are a few options, such as reptile basics and pro products.
  • a digital dual sensor thermometer/hygrometer allows you to easily monitor the warm side floor temperature [with the probe] as well as the ambient temperature and humidity [with the main unit].
  • an infrared thermometer allows you to spot-check surface temperatures anywhere in the enclosure.
  • these hide boxes are a cheap simple hide with a design that offers the best sense of security for your snake. cave style hides, cardboard boxes, plastic food containers, etc, can also be used. half logs are not appropriate hides.
u/Dogwithrabiez · 12 pointsr/chefknives

You're new to the industry, and new to cooking. Quite frankly, your skills are at the point where you won't really have a huge preference one way or the other, and you won't perform any differently with a 50 dollars knife versus a 5000 dollar knife. Similarly, fancy whetstones, glass stones, sharpening systems, etc won't make a difference either.

Right now, get the basics. Good solid stuff that's relatively cheap so that you can figure out what you like, and don't like. You have 1300-1500 to spend-- Good. Save it for now. Industry doesn't pay much. Here's the basics to start you out that has the best bang for buck, and gives you some different styles and feels to try out, so that you can figure out what you'll eventually enjoy the most. If you want more information on any of the knives, let me know.

This is a knife that's full tang, VG-10 steel(same as Shun), and has decent heat treat. Western style handle, with a westernized santoku Japanese style blade. At 60 bucks, it's a steal.

Ubiquitous western style knife. Steel is the same as the more expensive Wustofs, Mercers, and anything that claims to use "German Stainless Steel". It's all x50crmov15, with slightly different heat treats. Victorinox does it right.

HAP40 high speed tool steel. This is the high tech stuff used in blade competitions. Japanese style handle, maintains a really sharp edge for a really long time. A little more expensive, but that kind of steel for that price is really, really worth it.

Look, a cleaver's a cleaver. You don't need fancy steels or anything-- You just need a whole lotta force behind a whole lotta steel. Hone and sharpen often, and this'll do great for you.

Speaking of cleavers, though...

Chinese cleavers are awesome. They're not actually cleavers though, don't use them on bones and the like-- They're the Chinese version of the all purpose chef knife or gyuto knife. Chinese chefs are expected to be able to do everything with this knife, from fileting to tourne to peeling to chopping to brunoise, so they're actually quite versatile. Speaking of which-- This also fills in for the Japanese Nakiri role. Tons of fun to use.

This is a fantastic stone, one that Master Bladesmith Murray Carter uses. I ran a knife sharpening service, and this is the one I used for most knives as well. Since you won't have to deal with weird recurves and tantos and nightmare grinds and the like that can show up on folding knives, this will serve you very well.

This is in case you get some gnarly chips on any knives. This'll get it out quick and easy. Bonus-- Use it to flatten and maintain your King stone. This and the King stone is all you really need for sharpening. You can easily get a shaving edge with it.

Besides those, stick with what you got in the Mercer kit for the specialty knives. You really don't need fancy versions of those. You also really don't need a serrated utility knife at all. In the professional kitchen, the three knives that saw the most work were the overall chef knife(even for fileting and some light butchering), the 4 dollar Victorinox paring knife(quick and easy to sharpen), and the Mercer tourne knife.

Buying all this will amount to 431.31, giving you a combination sharpening stone, a flattening/reprofiling stone, and 5 fun knives of all different kinds to play with, at a fraction of the cost. You'll notice I didn't put any Super Blue or White #1 steels in there-- That's because A) They're more difficult to take care of, and B) They're really overpriced for what they are, simply because their "japanese" moniker makes people think they're super laser swords from a land of secret steels(they're not). The HAP40 steel beats these steels in pretty much every category.

Hope you found it helpful! Have fun with whatever you decide to choose.

u/out_stealing_horses · 12 pointsr/SubredditDrama

Well, they help. If you're cooking in a fine dining kitchen, there's a reason why those folks usually have their own knives, and they are usually really expensive.

Cooks Illustrated loves the Victorinox Fibrox chef's knife, and it's quite inexpensive. It's a workhorse, and it will get the job done for most cooks.

That said, if you hold and use a Victorinox and then use one of the Damascus steel Shun knives on something that's a pain in the ass like a butternut squash? The quality difference is enormously apparent. The shun will hold its edge longer, it's much lighter in the hand, it will make finer cuts, and all of those things will translate to "nicer" feelings in a cook that's cutting stuff.

Sharper knives are better, from a safety perspective. You cut faster, truer, and require less force behind the knife, meaning less risk to your digits if you accidentally get one mixed up with a steak.

u/kittlesnboots · 12 pointsr/Cooking

America's Test Kitchen, cookbooks or the PBS show (your local library may have the DVD's to check out).

Cook's Country magazines or cookbooks-also very likely your local library will have available to check out.

They both have nearly fool-proof recipes that are pretty basic, everyday American-style recipes with color pictures. Sometimes they do stir-fries or other sort-of ethnic cuisines. Good instruction on WHY you are doing something and points out essential techniques/ingredients/equipment. You will generally have good success with their recipes, which will be satisfying to make, and teaches you how to cook at the same time. Cook's Illustrated magazines/cookbooks are also very good, but they don't contain photos, and tend to be either more complicated recipes, or require things a new cook probably doesn't have--however they are an EXCELLENT source for equipment ratings.

I also like Alton Brown, but don't have any of his books. He explains the science behind cooking and his recipes are very good.

James Kenji Lopez-Alt's The Food Lab is excellent, another "science of cooking" guy. His pancake recipe is my all-time favorite.

Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything books are good, and quite comprehensive, but lack the "why" that the above sources provide.

I do not recommend Pinterest or All Recipes or other online recipe aggregates, they are chock full of bizarre untested recipes that typically utilize "cream of crap" in everything. You will become frustrated with their recipe failures.

This knife is essential: Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge Chef's Knife, 8-Inch

Cooking is one of the most satisfying hobbies! Good luck!

u/Fl1pzomg · 12 pointsr/Cooking

For those getting into knives and wondering what a good starter is. I highly recommend Victorinox's fibrox chef knife, its a good bang for your buck.

u/Durchii · 12 pointsr/videos

Victorinox makes an excellent 8-inch chef's knife that sells for $30 on Amazon.

I have two of these and they sharpen up with stones really well, however it usually only takes a couple of swipes on my honing rod to restore the edge. Very solid knives, and if something happens to them... well, they're only $30, so I won't cry over it the way I would a Shun.

u/oddlycalm · 12 pointsr/AskCulinary Good starter knife, cheap, solid, not too flashy.

u/fukitol- · 12 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

Canned vegetables and meat are cheap. Chicken and tuna particularly.

Frozen vegetables are better than canned and comparably priced, but obviously not as shelf stable

Chicken thighs - learn to love them. I get a dozen of the skin-on bone-in thighs for like $4. Season liberally with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Bake at 350 for like an hour skin side up. Skin will be nicely crisp, and the thigh is delicious. If you don't have a meat thermometer, get one. Pull the chicken when it temps out at 165F right next to the bone and in the big pad of meat.

Cabbage is cheap, nutritionally dense, and very good when treated properly. Get two smoked sausages (the kind in packages are fine), and slice them in half-inch slices. Chop a head of cabbage into bite-sized pieces (note: they shred it here, just chop your pieces bigger, maybe a square inch or so). Get two large cans of diced tomatoes, and some blackened cajun spice. Dice an onion and 3-4 cloves of garlic. Put some bacon grease at the bottom of a large (8qt) sauce pan and get it hot. Add your garlic, onion, and sausage. Saute that until the sausage has some crispness to it and the onions are translucent. Add the tomatoes with the juice from the can, and stir to deglaze your pan. Add 4tbsp of the cajun spice, 2tsp salt, 2tsp black pepper, stir well. Add your cabbage in handfuls, stirring every time to ensure even mixing. Stick a lid on it, and cook on medium heat stirring every 10 minutes or so until the cabbage is tender. The cabbage will release a lot of liquid, it'll turn kinda soupy. That's ok, the broth is very good. This recipe freezes very well portioned, too.

Edit: Your first place on your own will have a small kitchen most likely. Read some Alton Brown stuff to make sure you don't buy useless kitchen gadgets. One gadget I do suggest getting, however, is an Instant Pot. They don't take up much room and are remarkably versatile. Learn to use it at /r/instantpot

u/OddJackdaw · 12 pointsr/slowcooking

Get an Instant Pot. It is a good enough slow cooker, but it is an outstanding pressure cooker, and for the big majority of what you do that is better than a slow cooker. (And if you really want to hit that $150 mark, add a cast iron dutch oven)

u/robertpeacock22 · 12 pointsr/PrimeDay2016

It's on too, which is amazing because we rarely get sales that .com gets.

u/kracivaya · 12 pointsr/AskCulinary

How about both? I don't have one, but I have friends that swear by their instapots. Something like this:

Does both pressure cooking and slow cooker and more. Not sure this is the best model, but perhaps someone else can offer more specific advice on models?

u/Beef_Enchilada · 12 pointsr/loseit

Because you said you're just starting, you might find this helpful.

The very basics:
In order to lose weight, you must use more calories than you take in. This is called a caloric deficit. If you do this, you will lose weight over the long term. This is often summarized by the term "Calories in, Calories out."

|Step 1: Calculate your sedentary TDEE. |
|Your sedentary Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) is a crucial number for your weight loss. It represents the total number of calories your body uses in a day. Go to this website and fill in the information, then make a note of your sedentary TDEE.|

|Step 2: Create a MyFitnessPal account. |
|Go to this site and create an account.|

|Step 3: Count your calories.|
|To count your calories, you will need a food scale, like this one. Read the information on your food packaging, weigh all of the things you eat and drink, and accurately record the amount of calories you consume in your MyFitnessPal account.
To lose about 1 lb/0.5 kg per week, your daily intake should average about 500 less than your TDEE from step 1. To lose 2 lb/1 kg per week, your daily intake should be about 1000 less than your TDEE. It is not a good idea to lose faster than this.|

|Step 4: Add some exercise (optional).|
|If you would like to add some exercise, there are a lot of options, and your choices are largely based on your own preferences and resources. /r/fitness offers a wealth of information, and a quick Google search for "bodyweight workout" will show you options for strength training you can do at home with limited equipment. Alternatively, you can do things like walk, run, or swim for exercise as well. Use your imagination! Please note that we say that exercise is OPTIONAL. You do not need to exercise to lose weight. Exercise has many benefits, but creating a caloric deficit is best accomplished by controlling your diet.|

u/Bell_Biv_WillemDafoe · 12 pointsr/Coffee

Beginner's Kit around here is pretty much going to be a grinder, scale, and Aeropress.

For a grinder, unless you want to jump into the depths of coffee, I'd probably suggest a Porlex, or either a Hario Mini Mill or Skerton.

For a beginner's scale, you can use whatever you have on hand, if you already own one. If you need one, American Weighs are highly recommended.

And the Aeropress! Despite all of the gear I've picked up, I still come back to this method. It's clean, simple, and fast.

But don't forget the fresh coffee. That's going to make the biggest difference.

u/mamaof2boys · 12 pointsr/funny

I fucking love amazon reviews. Seriously the most random stuff has the best reviews. Check out the banana slicer or a unicorn mask's customer photos.

ETA: links
Banana slicer:

Unicorn mask: well damn I can't find it but there was an epic slide show of people who attended a wedding wearing one and had so many professional photos of them doing weird shit in a tux/dress and unicorn mask.

u/rtbear · 12 pointsr/Coffee

It looks like you are set on a grinder. Virtuoso and Encore are both great. It's up to you if the Virtuoso is worth the additional expense.

The Fellow Stagg Kettle looks sexy, but honestly the basic Bonavita gooseneck kettle is a workhorse and a great value. If you want a little more temperature control then you can go with the variable temp Bonavita gooseneck kettle. I have the basic Bonavita gooseneck kettle and honestly it does exactly what I need it to and I haven't missed having a temp control.

I recommend a stainless steel insulated french press, like this one from VonShef. It keeps the water temp from dropping during the brew process and it won't break like the glass body french press.

Good luck!!

u/fjwright · 12 pointsr/Coffee

I wrote an answer to a similar question yesterday. Here's a version edited for you, hope this helps.


Cheapest possible way to get into it is a whirly blade grinder and a french press. No filters needed, just fresh ground coffee made rather quickly and easily. This was my first ever coffee set up, and really got me into drinking better coffee. Buying locally from a reputable roaster will be the best option for quality beans for a good price, and you seem to know that already.

The other option, is to buy nice or buy twice. After using the above set up for a few months I was hooked and decided to upgrade everything. So I will send you some options for the most cost effective way to make specialty level coffee. For this I would look at a nicer grinder and a pour over set up. While hand grinders are great, almost everyone upgrades to an electric one. The linked options there are my favorite for the money. The electric model from baratza can be found refurbished on their website from time to time for additional savings.

The next thing you'll need is a pour over and a kettle to pour with. I recommend a Chemex here as they are good for serving one to three cups comfortably. I recommended a glass handle chemex because they are beautiful, but wood necked models are a little cheaper. I would get the white square filters with it as they impart less papery flavor. As for a kettle you have a ton of options. I am going to link a budget electric kettle as I find the stovetop models to be more of a hassle. The additional cost for an electric kettle is pretty marginal.

Hope this is helpful! Happy brewing and welcome to the fam!

u/Jordan33 · 12 pointsr/Coffee


>Capresso Infinity - $89
>Hario Mini Mill Slim - $30 - If you don't mind hand-grinding your beans

Coffee Maker

>Aeropress - $23 - Balanced flavour, easy cleanup
>Hario v60 - $19 - If you enjoy the process of preparing your coffee, and enjoy a brighter (more acidity) cup of coffee.
>A french press - $20 and up - If you want to make more coffee at a time than the Aeropress, don't mind a "thicker" (more coffee particulate and oils in the cup) coffee, and are not opposed to having a little bit more clean-up.

You'll need a kettle for any of these brew methods; a programmable/temperature controlled kettle like this one ($95) is ideal for manual brew methods, but any kettle (and a thermometer if you'd like to get fussy) will do just fine.

Personally I would get the Capresso and the Aeropress if I were you. It's a very balanced and forgiving brew method that can make coffee a few different ways (eg. paper filter for a "brighter" cup, metal for a thicker one). Set aside the rest of your budget and find a good coffee roaster near you!

u/failsafe0 · 12 pointsr/xxfitness

I second the food scale specifically, the one I have and has worked for 5 years is this one and get a foam roller with the remainder. This foam roller is $13.51 and is the same style that my gym has.

That said, this food scale is only 11 bucks with the same rating as mine, so I would recommend buying that one! The most important thing to me for a food scale is idle time -- if I leave it for 2 minutes, will it turn off? I don't want it to, sometimes I am mid-weight and still chopping and want it to remain "on".

u/paingawd · 12 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

Here's the short and dirty list:

  • Scale for mixing by weight It's recommended that you start mixing by weight. It makes your results more repeatable and cuts down on cleanup.

  • Vegetable Glycerin

  • Propylene Glycol

  • Bottles to contain your juice(I prefer HDPE bottles over PET or glass) A great vendor on Amazon for bottles is 510 Central. Get a few different sizes: 10 ml for testing flavors and new mixes, 30-120 ml bottles for making larger batches of juice(I usually use 30 or 60 ml bottles)

  • Labels for said bottles. You can go with printing your own on a printer, or you can slap a piece of masking tape on the bottle and write the juice name on that with a sharpie. Choice is yours, but use some sort of label so that you're not playing "guess the flavor" after a week's steeping.

  • Nicotine, if you use juices that contain nic. If you're a no-nic vaper, skip it. If you want nicotine in your juice, don't go cheap. Two of the most suggested companies to source nicotine are Carolina Extracts and Nicotine River. Carolina is more expensive, but it's clean with ZERO flavor(That's a good thing) I just recently ordered some nicotine from Nic River, so I can't speak to quality, but it's what a good number of mixers use. I prefer to mix with 100 mg/ml nicotine in a 100% PG base. PG-based nicotine is less prone to "hot spots"-Areas of liquid in the container where the nicotine concentration is higher than specified on the label. Hot spots are more common with VG-based nicotine(So I've read). Regardless of whichever base you choose to go with, ALWAYS shake your nicotine before using it or pouring off into a smaller container! In fact, ALWAYS shake your ingredients! Nicotine and flavor concentrates should always be brought to room temperature and shaken before use to ensure that they haven't settled between mixing sessions.

  • Flavors. Don't go willy-nilly buying flavors that sound good. Some work well with each other, and some get along about as well as Jack Daniels and pizza. Instead, find 2-3 recipes that sound good to you and buy the concentrates to make those juices.

  • Head over to /r/DIY_eJuice and read the sidebar. Once you're done, read it again. I'm not trying to sound elitist. There's a shit-ton of great info in the sidebar and wiki. Use the knowledge that others have gathered together in one place to your advantage. There's even a "first flavors list" over there that if followed, a new mixer can make some very decent juices straight out of the gate.

    That's the quick run down. It's a blast to do, and a helluva lot cheaper than buying at your local B&M! The up-front cost is a little steep, but for about $100 you can get to making some great juice.
u/Gandalv · 12 pointsr/Cooking

Since you didn't state budget, I'm going to assume that economical is your target. If that's the case, you can't do much better than Victronix Fibrox. The knives are consistently rated at the top of their price category, they are stainless steel and carry a lifetime warranty.

Not quite BIFL, however, until I can afford the highest quality, these will do rather than buying the cheapest China has to offer.

u/awesomeo111 · 12 pointsr/Cooking

Grab one of these. Best value in kitchen cutlery anywhere. Period.

I've had one for almost 5 years and it's still sharp. If you take care of your kitchen tools, they will take care of you!

u/0six0four · 12 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Am I winning?

u/pokoleo · 11 pointsr/uwaterloo

After much experimentation, you have a few options:

  1. On-campus
  • EngSoc C&D: Though not world-class, the coffee is very inexpensive. It runs at about $1 per cup. It's less if you bring your own mug. A++ would recommend if caffeine boost is all you need. Cash only. Profits go to Engsoc.
  • Mathsoc C&D: Similar quality to the EngSoc C&D, and around the same price as the EngSoc C&D. Cash, Debit, and Visa. Profits go toward C&D improvements (furniture & appliances).
  • Science C&D: I've only stopped by once while it was open, and didn't buy coffee :(. Cash only. I assume profits fund SciSoc.
  • ENV C&D: I've heard amazing things about the C&D, and it seems like it's run very well. Similar to Science, I've never had a chance to stop by, but will try to this term. They seem to be very entrepreneurial, and are one of the few non-school-run places on campus to offer catering (of limited size). Unsurprisingly, things are green/fair trade. Cash only. Profits go to improving the C&D.
  • Arts C&D: I've never seen it open. ¯\(ツ)
  • UW Food Services (Various Locations): Coffee is consistent, both in high-prices and low-quality. Cash & Watcard everywhere, debit in some places. Profits go to the school.
  • Williams, EV3: I've never ordered a latte, but they probably serve them here. Expect worse service & selection than the off-campus Williams, with prices ≥ off-campus. If you're choosing this, just walk to the plaza for less expensive food and improved service. They take cash, watcard, (and probably debit).
  • 24H News, SLC: "Emergency Coffee" - don't bother, unless it's really necessary, and everywhere else is closed.
  • Turnkey Desk, SLC: This is "Emergency Coffee" - don't bother, unless it's an emergency. Choose 24H News over Turnkey.
  • Tim Hortons (Various Locations): Going to skip this, since it's probably well known to you.

  1. Selected off-campus locations:
  • Sweet Dreams: Despite being a tea shop, they have well-priced coffee, and awesome employees. Expect to wait a bit longer, since there's usually a line, and they use a french-press to brew the coffee after you order :'). They take cash/visa, and probably watcard.
  • Williams, Plaza: Miles better than the one in EV3. They have better food selection than the on-campus location. Cash/visa/watcard are all accepted.
  • Mel's Diner: Their coffee is ok, but they refill it as long as you continue to eat.
  • DVLB: I've only been for scotch, but something tells me that I'll be holed up at DVLB for a few afternoons this term. It's a nice place to be, and they (apparently) have wifi.
  • Second Cup: There's a second cup in the plaza. A friend worked there once, and swore to never go back. They may have what you want, but idk.
  • Starbucks: There's a starbucks at Uni & King. Starbucks is Starbucks is Starbucks.

    Many places off-campus & within a reasonable walk serve coffee, but I don't know of any other notable options.

    At home, I use an incredibly inexpensive coffee maker: Aerobie Aeropress, with a Hario Hand Mill, both of which are highly-recommended by /r/coffee. I haven't been able to find an amazing place to buy unground coffee beans near campus yet, and I tend to buy beans when in Toronto.

    Hope this helps.
u/eddietheengineer · 11 pointsr/Coffee

That is basically the cheapest good burr grinder that's not manual. Of course the manual ones work too--the grinder you linked is basically a knockoff Hairo Skerton:

I started with the Hairo Slim, but it got old eventually and I purchased the Encore.

u/georgetd · 11 pointsr/Coffee

You'll be in Seattle, what's the problem again? Oh, funds.

For dorm use a French Press and an electric kettle + a manual grinder should do you and not break the bank.

If espresso is more your thing, look into the aeropress, but the grinder and kettle recommendations stand.

u/drumofny · 11 pointsr/Coffee

I'd go for an Aeropress, a decent hand grinder and an electric kettle. You will have far superior coffee, you can use the kettle to make all sorts of food (boxed mac and cheese, ramen noodles, cous cous, etc.), you will save some money and you will be able to explore all sorts of amazing freshly roasted beans.

u/Saermegil · 11 pointsr/Coffee
u/based_Shulgin · 11 pointsr/RCSources

You could be taking 100 micrograms or 10 milligrams really. Powder can get compacted or fluff out making dosages look different to the eye.

Etizolam is one of the more tame thieno/benzodiazapines compared to some others. But if you are gonna take it regardless of my advice, without a scale, be with someone who is sober to smack some sense into you if you take too much and start acting like a bartard.

[Here is a cheap scale] ( that is commonly reccomended on this website. If you are going to continue researching chems, I HIGHLY suggest you buy A milligram scale and a reagent test kit. It might save your life one day, who knows!

u/Mymom429 · 11 pointsr/Coffee

I'd have to recommend looking away from a pod based machine. Because it's pre-ground the coffee is stale already when you buy it. In addition to using stale coffee these machines aren't capable of producing enough pressure (9 bars) to produce real espresso. Instead of opting for a machine I'd get an aeropress.

An [Aeropress,] ( [grinder,] ( [scale,] ( and [kettle] ( will be cheaper than the Nescafe and will produce significantly better coffee.

The nice part about the aeropress is its simplicity and versatility. You can use it as an espresso substitute for Lattes and milk drinks, drink it black for a clean, bold cup, or dilute it to an americano for a traditional cup of coffee. Make sure to get some fresh beans from a local roaster too!

u/alcareru · 11 pointsr/guns

>leaves it in his closet corner

No exactly ideal, depending on your region in the country. Pick him up some of these or something similar for Christmas.


M44. The original officer filled out the form wrong.

>getting a good cleaning soon though

Good. Don't try to scrub off the existing corrosion for now. Make sure it goes into storage with a good coat of gun oil.

Eventually, you would probably like to take the barreled action out of the stock to inspect the rest of the corrosion on the piece, and re-oil the underside of the action.

u/UnknownWon · 11 pointsr/AskCulinary

Grab one of these - makes sharpening a little easier. Be careful though and youtube some tuts (it's a knockoff of a great product, but even a shitty version will be decent)

Or buy the legit one...

Here's a comparison

Alternatively buy some Victorinox Fibrox

Here's a picture of my dog

u/cheechak0 · 11 pointsr/olympia

If you want to try and find where they are coming in, or locate the nest by yourself, you can rent one of these from the Tumwater Home Depot for about $50 and look for hotspots:

This is a pdf example of how to use an IR camera to find wasps.

Or Amazon has cheap IR thermometers without cameras that you could do the same with.


But, insects are specifically a landlord duty by Washington State law, so you should read up on that to know your rights, then find legal help at that last link:

u/gomirefugee · 11 pointsr/blogsnark

A pressure cooker makes eating a diet heavy in beans and grains much easier. I'm going to shill without compensation for the Instant Pot IP-DUO which is a popular countertop multi-function cooker (pressure cooking, slow cooking, hot plate saute mode, yogurt making) you see recommended on a lot of food blogs for good reason. It's convenient because you just punch in the cooking time and let it do its pressure thing without monitoring a burner. You can cook most any dried bean variety in an hour (tastes better than canned and cheaper), long-cooking grains like barley and wild rice take about half the usual amount of time, and whole white and sweet potatoes steam up in 10 minutes. I use mine all the time to cook rice, dried beans, and one-pot dinners. Think chickpea curry, fast rice pilafs and lentils, wheat berries, risotto without all the stirring, and homemade hummus. It has been going on sale on Amazon pretty often: yesterday was down to $72 and has been as low as $69, is $99 right now (honestly still worth it even at that price but keep your eyes peeled if you're looking for the best deal).

edit: $79 today (12/20):

u/vee_vee_vee · 11 pointsr/sanantonio
u/CmonAsteroid · 11 pointsr/Cooking

Buy this one then spend the remaining $55–$155 on ingredients.

u/flatlineskillz · 11 pointsr/Cooking

I think the best advice I ever got on cooking was from director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Desperado, Spy Kids). Pick 3-4 of your favorite meals and learn how to cook them from recipes or youtube tutorials. Just cook them over and over again. From there at least you will get some basics down.

Speaking of basics, I have really enjoyed Basics with Babbish on youtube. Good Eats with Alton Brown too.

Something that will make the learning process a lot easier is to learn some good knife skills. Buy a bag of onions and get to chopping. If you don't have a good chef knife available, get one of these it will hold you over until you decide you need an upgrade. Good knives make cooking a lot more fun. Once you get the chef knife the other things you should think about getting down the line are a bread knife, paring knife (although I rarely use mine), a good cutting board ( I like my bamboo one).

Other basics to learn according to Anthony Bourdain are:

  • Cook an omlette
  • Make a stew (beef or otherwise)
  • Roast a chicken
  • cook a burger

    Most of all have fun! Mess around with different seasonings? My first adventures into cooking was adding different spices to instant ramen noodles during the summer for lunch. You have to eat all your life, you might as well eat well. Plus, the ladies love it!
u/MrDTD · 11 pointsr/gif

Pretty good for a cheap one

u/zf420 · 11 pointsr/slowcooking

For most people the best one is the one at a garage sale or Goodwill for $5. Can't beat that, it's what I did and i've had great results. If you really want the best of the best however, that's without a doubt the Instant Pot. It makes just about everything under the sun along with slow cooking. Best part is it has a stainless steel bowl so you can brown meat and get a good sear before you slow cook it, all in one pot. And if you don't have all day to cook something it's a great pressure cooker. Along with rice, yogurt etc.

That being said you definitely don't need to spend $100 on a slow cooker either. Something like This would be great, as long as 4 quarts isn't too small for you (best for 1-2 people, not for a whole family)

u/mrRandomGuy02 · 11 pointsr/AskMen

Banana slicer

Best white elephant gift ever.

Read the reviews.

u/morridin19 · 11 pointsr/PersonalFinanceCanada

Can I recommend using an Aeropress?

In my opinion it's better tasting than a french press and its super easy to clean; just twist off the cap, push the finished puck of grinds out into the garbage, then rinse with water, disassemble and leave to dry.

Edit: Cheaper links for press, and filters

u/Tac50Company · 11 pointsr/snakes

>Not yet


NEVER. REPEAT NEVER PUT A HEAT SOURCE IN WITH A SNAKE THAT IS UNREGULATED. It can burn or kill your snake. Go and order one, or go to a reptile store immediately and get one. Its literally one of the most important things in snake husbandry. And get a digital thermometer to keep track as well.

I dont mean to sound mean but this is something that needs to be done NOW for the health of your snake.

What is the wattage of the bulb and how long do you leave it on ?

EDIT: get the following (or equivalent) immediately


temp gun

thermometers. one for hot and cold sides

u/segue1007 · 10 pointsr/eldertrees

Long time smoker, recent convert to concentrates here. My thoughts over the last few months:

You don't want to season a quartz nail, just heat it with a torch to clean it before you use it.

I like to always keep my banger clean. If you heat it up enough with a good-size torch, everything will burn off and it will look new again. No need to dunk in ice water or anything crazy, just torch it until it's crystal clear. Any residue will burn off and leave nothing but a fine layer of white ash. There is no reason to leave any icky buildup like a regular pipe, it will just taste bad later.

I initially bought a little butane creme-brulee torch. It sucks. Takes way too long to heat a banger. I grabbed my propane plumbing torch from the garage, and haven't looked back.

Unless you're dabbing one of those crazy-strong concentrates like distillate, you will have liquid residue left in the banger after you hit it. That's NOT the "good stuff", it's the other stuff that doesn't vaporize at THC- and terp-temps. Wipe it out with a q-tip after you take the hit, it saves you cleaning time later.

As far as getting it to the right temp, I had some trial and error. Too low, and it melts slowly and doesn't all vaporize. Too high, and it immediately turns black when you put it in the banger and tastes like crap. With metal nails, I can see getting it "red hot" and then timing the cool down, but with quartz is NEVER gets "red hot", at least with a brand-new banger. Quartz is insane... it just takes the heat with no complaints.

You could definitely learn your rig and torch as far as heating/timing, but I got tired of imprecision and bought one of these infrared thermometers. AWESOME PURCHASE, money well-spent. It only reads a high temp of 850 degrees or so, but you can monitor the cool-down, and as soon as it drops to 600F or so, you'll get a great dab. Plus, it has a built-in laser pointer! You can take a dab, and then lay on the couch and torment your cat! For only $17! But seriously, it makes for perfect dabs.

About the cleaning, I usually clean the banger right after the hit now (with the torch), after wiping with the q-tip. It's already half-hot, torching it makes it look brand-new, and who knows, maybe you'll be inspired to do another dab while it's still hot! (wash rinse repeat)

Have fun!

u/faintlight · 10 pointsr/MaliciousCompliance
u/BadKarma667 · 10 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

Honestly, I think you guys should get her one of these: Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer

The reviews are hysterical. :-)

u/j0dan · 10 pointsr/Coffee

Because I must have temperature control, I love the Bonavita (have 2 and given many as gifts).

I have the Hario as well, but it's difficult to manage the temperature.

But next coffee bar will be the Stag EKG. Pre-order only though:

u/MapsMapsEverywhere · 10 pointsr/Coffee

I have the Bonavita variable temp kettle and I love it, but not for the temperature control (which I keep at near boiling). I love being able to wake up, click it on, and then hop in the shower without worrying about it boiling over or having the stove on. Holding water hot for an hour or so is, to me, the biggest "win" for the electric kettle.

A simple stovetop will do, of course. I used that for years and my brews were awesome. But I love my electric kettle.

Edit: Looks like the Bonavita variable temp is on sale now for around $50 on Amazon(as of 7am Pacific time, 11/21/19).

u/parkerflyguy · 10 pointsr/loseit

I've lost 140lbs This year, about 1/3 of my body weight, and there's no secret. Just hard work and discipline. But there are a few things that I personally could not have done without.

Calories in/calories out is KEY. Be vigilant and over estimate when you can't weigh or have to guess on a food input. I use MyFitnessPal to track calories in and a Fitbit to track calories out.

I started just walking my dog for about 30 minutes. I found as it got easier and enjoyable I worked my way up to running. I found that using my Fitbit to measure I would burn almost the same calories (under 200 calories difference) walking or running the same distance walking just takes longer. I went from barely being able to walk a quarter mile without my back hurting or having to rest to running a 5k every day.

My fitbit: I love gadgets so of course it was a new toy for me but getting a more accurate count of the calories burned throughout the day is key. Plus, it's very motivational when i'm close to my goal for the day or a new record of steps or calories burned for the day.

Shoes: super comfortable lets me run as long as my body will allow

headphones: Cheap, but they work AMAZING. I specifically chose this model so that they could not fall out while running.

phone case(?) I dont like the idea of an arm band. having something clunky on my arm would be distracting. This thing keeps my keys and phone snug to my body so nothing is shaking around. Again it's about minimizing distractions while running.

Food Scale: Keeping an accurate calorie count is key and this battery operated scale is perfect. I like that it can handle up to 10lbs and is pretty accurate with smaller increments as well.

Meal prep: These guys keep me on my diet. one day a week i make a ton of meals and these are the perfect size that they let me fill them and when im done eating I feel full. I eat all my meals at home and work, out of these to prevent me from over eating.

I use my slow cooker to cook my meat (usually chicken) and a rice cooker to cook a bunch of brown rice. My meals are usually 1 cup rice, 4oz chicken, an apple, and 3 oz carrots for lunch and dinner and a half cup of fiber one and 1 cup almond milk for breakfast. From there I just change the type of meat and fruits and veggies from week to week to keep from getting bored.

This sub also keeps me motivated!

Hope this helps! Good luck.

u/Sancho_IV_of_Castile · 10 pointsr/knifeclub
  1. Victorinox 8" Chef's

  2. Victorinox Paring Knife

  3. Victorinox Bread Knife

  4. Spyderco Sharpmaker

    Total: $141

    Don't get #1-3 without getting #4. trust me on that one. As for the knives themselves, Victorinox kitchen knives are excellent: thin blades that are easy to keep super sharp with that Sharpmaker, comfortable handles, well built, light, inexpensive, and designed for real, serious use.
u/etskinner · 10 pointsr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

I have that knife. Victornox Fibrox

u/christmasfine · 10 pointsr/DarkNetMarkets

It's fine, busts and CD's tend to happen because of frequent and regular large deliveries in or out, ie Supertrip's big ships of pills going through a Chicago postal processing center regularly, NOD's packages going out of the same postage center every day.

However, a lot of the shit you are buying is better bought clearnet or elsewhere.

The best scale for the value you can get is the AWS Gemini-20. It's a 20g scale that measures to the milligram (most say it's tolerance is around 3-5mg):

Only $25. To get much more accurate you need to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Really, if you need much more accurate than this, you should spend thousands of dollars.

> 1 glass pipe for smoking DMT 0.03491245 BTC

Overpriced and risky, just get your pipe from the clearnet or from real world vendor. I mean smoking DMT is really straightforward, I'd just buy some piece of shit from the gas station, even a weed pipe and use ash or choreboy.

> es-light AGO White Dry Herb Vaporizer 0.09399505 BTC


> $300+ Headset

Which headset are you getting? For that price range imo the best buy is the Phillips X1.

> iPhone 6 - 128 gb

er... okay.

> $2000+ laptop

why the fuck do you need a $2000 laptop? You can make a $300 desktop that would kill it in performance. You are better off buying a decent, cheap ~$500 laptop (and just replace the HDD with an SSD rather than buying one with an overpriced SSD - seriously, for general usage, SSD is the most important component nowadays), and then build a strong desktop for $500 for your gaming.

You literally only buy a $2000 laptop because you need to game or encode on the move... like you are away from home every day and have to play while away, like just a book or your smartphone can't keep you entertained. Doesn't make much sense at all to buy a $2000 laptop.

> $100+ Mouse

Which one? You really don't need an expensive mouse... What kind of hand grip do you have?

The Razer Deathadder is still to this day one of the best mice you can buy, and super cheap, if you are a palm gripper. If you are a claw gripper, I'd recommend the $50 Steelseries Spawn. Also, many people swear by the many high quality Logitech mice, which are around $50 or less.

I just don't see why you'd buy a $100+ mouse unless you are connoisseur of sorts and know what you are doing and specifically have used high quality ~$50 mice. Like, a $100+ mouse isn't nicer than a $50 mouse, it's usually just full of overmarketed bullshit that don't mean anything. It only takes about $40 to make a really nice mouse, that's why it's weird.

I mean if you really know your mice, and have used a Spawn or DA or other popular mice, then go for it, I just want to make sure you are making an informed decision here.

u/my_knee_grows · 10 pointsr/Coffee


This is the popcorn popper I'm using to roast (not pictured)

This is the Sweet Maria's sampler pack (4 lbs of green coffee for roasting). Mine specifically came with these four coffees:

u/faceny · 10 pointsr/CampingGear

I take this everywhere - Aerobie Aeropress. It's not super light however it makes fantastic coffee. In fact I use it at home as my coffee maker of preference.

I use this grinder - Hario Mini Mill Slim Grinder - again, it weighs ~250 g and it just does it's job well.


I weighed my grinder including handle - ~250g (+/- 5g accuracy on the scale).

I also weight my Aeropress including the stainless steel S-Filter - ~250g (+/- 5g)

u/trichotillomanic · 10 pointsr/Coffee

Hario Mini Mill on sale as well for $24!

I think I might pick up both thanks to this subreddit!

EDIT: Nabbed the Aeropress, filters, and Mini Mill for $50. I am ready for coffee heaven.

u/snmnky9490 · 10 pointsr/woahdude
u/R_MnTnA · 10 pointsr/microdosing

If you’re unable to afford this $11.75 scale please let me know. I’ll be happy to pitch in some money to help you. -
American Weigh Scale AWS-100 Digital Pocket Scale, 100g X 0.01g Resolution

u/drswnemo · 10 pointsr/Coffee

Hario Skerton: Baseline manual grinder

Baratza Encore: Baseline electric grinder

Hario v60

Kalita Wave

Clever Dripper

Pick a grinder, pick one of the pourover methods (or get a French Press) and filters, and you're set. You can get a gooseneck kettle if you want for a better pour.

u/LameImpalas · 10 pointsr/1200isplenty

I've had this scale for a year and it works great.

I like that it doesn't have a bowl. ;) It fits in the back of my silverware drawer just fine

u/magicflight01 · 10 pointsr/trees
u/Sir_Edmund_Bumblebee · 10 pointsr/Cooking

Make it a smile link and you can send some money to charity while you're at it!

u/dreadpiratemumbles · 10 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

You're welcome!

I actually have a multi-function pressure cooker (this one) and I use the pressure cooker function probably about twice a month or so, primarily to cook beans. There's not much else that I cook that benefits from pressure cooking over using the slow-cooker function, but I could definitely convert my slow-cooker recipes to pressure cooker ones. If I did that, I'd probably be using it once a week, on average. I also use a lot of the other features often, so I'd say I use the actual machine at least twice a week.

u/Pecorino · 10 pointsr/PressureCooking

Sorry, I actually meant it's available for pre-order! Anyway, if you use the code "ipot" it's $100 off for a total of $189. Considering their most popular model is $135, I wonder if the Bluetooth functionality is worth the extra $54.

Regarding the sous vide option: on the FAQ page they say with calibration it can be accurate to ±1° Celsius. This isn't quite as accurate as I wish it were... but I wonder if there would be a way to improve it a bit more, maybe by adding some circulator pump. Still, I'm very intrigued.

EDIT: I've emailed them and asked if the sous vide option can be turned on without the lid being fastened (in order to use a circulating pump), and if the firmware for the iPot is able to be updated at all. I'll update the thread when I hear back.

EDIT 2: It WILL work without the lid on, and re firmware:
>"There may very well be some firmware updates in the future".

u/OliverBabish · 10 pointsr/Cooking

A perfect chef's knife is the first place to start (that's my preference, the Wusthof Ikon Classic 8", $160). Go to a kitchen supply store, or even Bed Bath & Beyond, and test drive some steel - see how comfortable it is in your hand, how balanced it feels. If you want to save money for other things, you can't go wrong with the Victorionx Fibrox 8" chef's knife, at an extremely reasonable $40. The chef's knife is an impossibly versatile tool all on its own, but if you want a smaller knife for detailed work, grab a paring knife from whatever manufacturer you choose for your chef's.

A huge, heavy cutting board ($88). For most of my life, I went with the $20 3-packs of plastic OXO or other cutting boards, ranging from small to extremely small - nothing will slow down your cooking more than an inadequately sized cutting board. Things roll off, you pile up your chopped veg and run out of space, you feel constantly crowded, and you can never carve a whole chicken or roast. Buy a piece of non-slip material (usually used for carpets) ($9), place it under the cutting board when you use it, and it will never slip or slide around - more convenient and safe.

A Thermapen. Expensive - it's $100, but it's the fastest and most accurate kitchen thermometer money can buy. A less expensive alternative would be the Lavatools Javelin at $24 - not quite as good, but a damn sight better than any other digital food thermometer you'll get your hands on. This is essential for cooking any meat, deep frying, baking - it will change your game.

An All-Clad Sauté Pan ($129). Also expensive, but an absolute essential tool for everything from sautéing to braising to deep frying. Do not go cheap with your stainless - you can do cheaper than All-Clad, but even heating, comfort, and build quality are absolutely essential.

An inexpensive but awesome nonstick set($164 for 11 pcs). Alternately, you could get a very versatile 12" TFal Professional Total Nonstick, an impossibly stickless, oven safe, dishwasher safe wunderkind.

A 12" Cast Iron Skillet ($34). These are kind of a pain to take care of, but are invaluable for searing, baking, even serving. It'll last you a lifetime if you take care of it.

u/redmeansdistortion · 10 pointsr/AskMen

Get a decent chef's knife. I have this one and it has never let me down

u/prosequare · 10 pointsr/AskCulinary

I'd recommend a victorinox 8" chef knife with fibrox handle, like this

From the same brand, I'd grab a bread knife, a paring knife, and maybe a 6 inch utility. That will cover 99% of anyone's knife needs.

Then grab a sharpener. This kind works well:

You see a lot of hate for this type of sharpener around here because it removes more material than a stone. However- for someone who doesn't want to spend a ton of time and money using special water stones and sharpening jigs, it gets the job done very well. We used them in the restaurant kitchens I worked at. Quick and easy.

You might also get a honing steel.

Keeping knives sharp can be as simple or involved a process as you want. Being a master sharpener is not a prerequisite to being a good cook.

u/alienwrkshop51 · 10 pointsr/seriouseats

I'm a huge Kenji fan myself. I've cooked nearly half of the Food Lab book, and dozens of his recipes from the website, great stuff!

My thoughts on gifts

Lavatools PT12 Javelin

A Nice carbon steel wok

A good Dutch Oven

A torch for searing, or Creme Brulee

An awesome knife

Another awesome, but cheaper and well rounded knife

The list could go on, and on, and on....just some thoughts though.

u/the_hamturdler · 9 pointsr/LifeProTips

It's inevitable for these knife threads, so I guess I'll be the one to post it:

The best knife you'll get for the money. $50 sounds expensive, but you really only need two or three knives to do most of the stuff in your kitchen.

u/aureliano_b · 9 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

I don't have time to make sure it's comprehensive and everything but I can throw some stuff together real quick:


You really only need 2, a chef's knife and serrated knife. A pairing knife is occasionally useful but rarely necessary. If you really like sharp knives, buy a whetstone and learn to sharpen, cheap knives can get just as sharp as expensive ones.

u/MrsWalowitz · 9 pointsr/Cooking

This Victorinox Knife is awesome. Rated by America's Test Kitchen AND is only $30

u/brennanfee · 9 pointsr/Cooking

The Victorinox with Fibrox handle has won the America's Test Kitchen best chef knife for many years in a row. It's only 35 bucks.

u/HeretikSaint · 9 pointsr/recipes

I'm going to sound like a shill here, but the Instant Pot can also be used as a slow cooker, rice maker, yogurt maker, steamer, you can make cheesecake, and it has a solid saute function so you can brown your meats and vegetables without having to break out another pan/pot. The 6 qt model is also $99.

u/LegalPusher · 9 pointsr/PressureCooking

I have this Instant Pot, and it's amazing. Very easy to use. I also bought a second stainless steel pot, sealing ring, and the glass lid for other types of cooking.

It even has a yogurt function that works well. I like it because, while you can make it in the pot, there's enough room to make the yogurt in four 500mL glass mason jars. (Then I put the white reusable screw off lids on and put them in the fridge.)

u/steeleb88 · 9 pointsr/amazon

Instant Pot 6 Qt. Pressure Cooker.
Reg Price: $119
Sale Price: $69

u/beefjeeef · 9 pointsr/snakes

First of all. It's very good you recognize that you need help in learning how to care for the snake.

Second, here is a big link dump created by another regular user u/_ataraxia all credit for this goes to her.

the first three links are detailed care sheets, then a tub tutorial, and the rest are product recommendations. read everything thoroughly, come back with any questions.

glass tanks can be very challenging for ball python husbandry due to the high amount of air flow with the screen top and the total lack of insulation with the glass walls. it's generally recommended to use tubs or pvc reptile cages instead. wood enclosures can also be suitable if they're designed well and sealed properly to protect the wood against moisture. glass tanks can work, but they require a lot of modification and maintenance, which you'll find tips for in the second link. i'll give you product recommendations to cover options for tanks, tubs, and pvc/wood enclosures.

  • here is a tutorial to give you an example of how to set up a tub. this is what i would recommend for an immediate setup, and you could upgrade to a pvc cage upgrade later. note: this tutorial shows adhesive velcro to attach the thermo/hygro to the tub wall, but you should not do that. tape and other sticky adhesives should never be used inside the enclosure, your snake can get stuck on it and suffer serious injuries. hot glue is the easiest reptile-safe adhesive option. screws or bolts can also be used to mount things on plastic/wood walls.
  • pvc reptile cages are ideal. they have the husbandry benefits of a tub with the aesthetics/visibility of a tank, they're much lighter than wood or glass, and they will remain unaffected by decades of constant high humidity. animal plastics, boamaster, and boaphile plastics, are some popular companies. many people will use a tub for a young snake and upgrade to pvc later.
  • spyder robotics makes high quality thermostats to regulate your heat sources with pulse/proportional temperature control and various safety features. this is a popular cheap thermostat with simple on/off style with zero safety features. inkbird thermostats are also low-cost but overall higher quality than the hydrofarm type. any heat source should be regulated by a thermostat to ensure safe and appropriate temperatures.
  • heat tape or ultratherm heat pads are high quality and affordable under tank heater [UTH] options. this is a suitable heat source for most enclosure types. remember that a UTH will not provide ambient heat, it will only affect the temperature of the surface to which it is attached.
  • a porcelain base lamp and ceramic heat emitter [CHE] is the best ambient heat source for a tank, and it will also work for some pvc/wood enclosures. any heat lamp that emits light, even red or blue, should not be used at night.
  • a radiant heat panel [RHP] is the best ambient heat source in a pvc/wood enclosure. there are a few options, such as reptile basics and pro products.
  • a digital dual sensor thermometer/hygrometer allows you to easily monitor the warm side floor temperature [with the probe] as well as the ambient temperature and humidity [with the main unit].
  • an infrared thermometer allows you to spot-check surface temperatures anywhere in the enclosure.
  • these hide boxes are a cheap simple hide with a design that offers the best sense of security for your snake. cave style hides, cardboard boxes, plastic food containers, etc, can also be used. half logs are not appropriate hides.
u/flatfoil · 9 pointsr/tea

For those of you interested in an electric kettle, consider this Bonavita kettle. It has restaurant/barista precision when it comes to accurate temperature. Kettles like the one posted here can have a variance of 5% of the set temperature which can mean almost 10 degrees difference if you're aiming for 180, and even more when you're heading to black teas. This kettle here is accurate within 2% of the exact temperature you set it for. Check around at good tea and coffee shops (you'll see baristas shooting for 205F when doing coffee) and using similar devices. Don't risk scolding your precious leaves! Simple brewed beverage enthusiast here.

u/mike808 · 9 pointsr/Coffee

I know this one is out of your price range. But after looking at the wiki for this sub, I purchased this grinder a year ago and have absolutely no regrets. If you love coffee and want a machine that does a good job while been seemingly durable, I would honestly consider upping that budget of yours

Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Black

u/uint16_t · 9 pointsr/AskReddit

The AeroPress. Cheapest and easiest espresso maker ever. Works very well, and saves unknown amounts of time and money.

u/juhpopey · 9 pointsr/Coffee

Indeed $50 new.

Link : Bonavita 1.0L Digital Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle

u/theopakalypse · 9 pointsr/Coffee

Great find! Bought one of these for $85.70 (before tax) on Tuesday and I love it.

Wish there was some way I could've saved the extra $20. Why is the price so low right now?

EDIT: Amazon customer service refunded the price difference. Apparently they do this if the price changes within 7 days and you request it.

u/unomar · 9 pointsr/Coffee

Aeropress - $25
Hario Mini - $25
Elec Kettle - $15

Total: $65 for a decent college budget brew station

u/Chinnydaisy · 9 pointsr/Calgary

I agree with the Roasterie. They also sell the 'AeroPress' which makes the best cup of coffee I've ever had. It's less about the roast than technique I think. They sell it fro the same price as amazon so there's that.

u/Trixsterxx · 9 pointsr/TrollYChromosome

meh. if anyone on this thread needs instant pick me up please try the following Amazon Banana Slicer

u/CaptainUnderwear · 9 pointsr/funny

You should always use! Same price, same everything, except 0.5% of your purchase goes to the charity of your choice!

Here's your link using Amazon Smile

u/deemuhn · 9 pointsr/Coffee

The scale is fine, however I would recommend one with a larger capacity.

Something like this American Weigh 2kg will let you fit most brewing vessels on them with no trouble, and it's a workhorse. I've had mine for more than five years no problem.

Edit: Just noticed you specifically said shots. Oops. I'll leave this here for anybody else though.

u/landrybennett · 9 pointsr/running

The aeropress and french press are the easiest way to get a good cup of coffee. Check out these brew guides to see which one you think would be best for you.

  1. Aeropress
  2. french press

    Both are pretty easy to clean, but I think the aeropress is a bit easier. However, a good cup of french press is hard to beat with any manual brewing technique, imo. Aeropress only brews a single cup, whereas a larger french press can brew however much you want it to up to its limit. The big downside for french press is that it uses a coarse grind and you have to drop some money on a good grinder if you want a consistent coarse grind - grind consistency is key. (You could also buy beans and have them ground coarse wherever you buy them if you don't want to grind fresh.) With the Aeropress, you use a medium-fine to fine grind which can be achieved with a relatively inexpensive grinder such as the [hario mini mill.] ( I frequently use both. Aeropress is great for travel and work, whereas french press is great for weekend mornings.
u/robaticus · 9 pointsr/Coffee

You can get a Hario Slim for less than $35. That's probably your best bet.

I'm going to assume that the pepper grinder won't work because of the size of the opening leading into the grinder-- it's going to be optimized for peppercorns, not something the size of a coffee bean.

You could get away with smashing the beans. There was just an infographic posted from Tonx -- here it is -- that talks about smashing with a mallet.

u/DVNO · 9 pointsr/Cooking
u/mcfewf · 9 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

Take your dicing to the next level with one of these.

u/bbtgoss · 9 pointsr/Cooking

This is the lowest Amazon price in 3 years. I bought my first one for about 20 bucks 4+ years ago; what a steal.

u/Tacticaltugboat1 · 9 pointsr/trees

BUY A SCALE. Non negotiable. You don't want to get ripped off.

Target and Walmart sell cheap and all different size mason jars that work great. Biggest I've seen would easily hold 2 lbs.
Watch how to roll a joint with Wiz Khalifa on YouTube. (Or Seth rogen, your choice)
Buy a grinder with a pollen screen (I would recommend you splurge if you can and get a quality one with a lifetime warranty. You will use this object every time, and cheap grinders will break, I've broken 3. I now own a large Phoenician and it's the best thing ever.)
Buy papers and practice rolling, raw filter tips are awesome but optional. (Shout out to organic OCB papers, they're the best)
Optional, buy a rolling tray. (Rolling practice will be messy for beginners, and why lose that precious green.)
Doob toobs work very well for carrying joints/blunts and are smell proof, float and will not break.
Rolling machines are great if you want to cheat ;)

u/cirejabroni · 9 pointsr/MDMA

It's only $20. I have one of these and it works fine. If you can afford to buy pills you can afford to buy a scale.

American Weigh Scales GEMINI-20 Portable MilliGram Scale, 20 by 0.001 G

u/NickBlasta · 9 pointsr/guns

A goldenrod is great, I also like these -

u/pwnslinger · 8 pointsr/Coffee

There's no sure relationship. Go buy a scale. This one is good

u/vinpaysdoc · 8 pointsr/Homebrewing


edit: I use the above for hops/salts. I use our kitchen scale for weighing out grain.

u/wittens289 · 8 pointsr/blogsnark

This is my favorite knife. I took a knife skills class years ago, and this is what the instructor recommended. I've been really happy with it. Pick up a handheld sharpener (I like this one) to sharpen it every couple weeks!

u/Up2Eleven · 8 pointsr/Cooking

Anthony Bourdain and America's Test Kitchen both heap praise on this knife. It's inexpensive and just as good as a knife that costs hundreds. Got one myself and it's awesome!

u/299152595 · 8 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Victorinox makes an incredibly sharp chef's knife for a really great price.

u/Daniel-B · 8 pointsr/Cooking

Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife, 8-Inch Chef's

You really only need the Chefs knife, but here's a set:

Victorinox 46152 7 Piece Fibrox Culinary Kit

u/joelister · 8 pointsr/Cooking

This is the knife used by Cooks Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen. You see it in their photos, illustrations, etc. They've found that it performs as well as, and sometimes better than, knives costing four or five times as much. I have one, and I love it. It's relatively light, which might bother some people, but is fine with me. Haven't had to sharpen it yet, but I steel it after every use.
Edit: Grammar correction

u/zapatodefuego · 8 pointsr/chefknives

This is probably a black Friday/cyber Monday deal. If you don't already have a Victorinox 8" then now is a good time to pick one up. It's a solid knife for primary use, as a beater, or as a guest knife.

Note that this is a referral link, though I don't know who's referral code it is. If you don't use the referral link then the price comes up as $32.27.

u/mlochr · 8 pointsr/Coffee

When buying new gear like this, I often find it worthwhile to buy the good stuff from the beginning. It'll cost more upfront, but in the long run you save money by not sinking it into gear that you're just going to upgrade away from. I know you're looking for a starter kit, so I'll outline some entry level stuff and then some recommended upgrades.

For a burr grinder, a decent entry level manual grinder is the Hario Skerton. One complaint with this is inconsistent coarse grind size, which is what you'll be using with a French Press. Orphan Espresso makes an upgrade kit that fixes this problem, but personally I feel that if you're going to spend $40 on the Skerton and $15 on the upgrade kit, you should just spend a few more bucks and get something like the Capresso Infinity. This grinder is going to be way more convenient, versatile, and consistent than the hand grinder. For one last option, there's the Baratza Encore. This is probably the best grinder you'd want for French Press, because anything better / more expensive would just be overkill as they're primarily aimed at espresso.

The Press itself isn't too important. Bodum is usually the recommended brand.

You'll also need a way to heat water. You could go with a stovetop kettle, but I think electric kettles are more convenient, and are roughly the same price anyway. You can get a pretty standard one for less than $25. But getting a gooseneck kettle is going to help control your pour better and ensure the coffee grounds are completely saturated. If you don't want to worry about getting the perfect temperature for brewing, a variable temperature kettle will take care of it for you.

Other than that, you might want a kitchen scale to get the right coffee-to-water ratio, and a thermometer to check your water temperature.

u/EvanOnReddit · 8 pointsr/Coffee

You've probably seen this little guy before, but I use it for all of my coffee needs (Aeropress, Chemex, French Press) and it's perfect. I have two roommates and we all drink copious amounts of coffee and grind it all with the Mini Mill, about 2 years strong and no complaints whatsoever. 10/10 would buy again.

u/SkyPork · 8 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Here's a link to it. I have this one, and I love it, but I have noticed that the size of the grounds isn't as consistent as I was led to believe it would be. It's not really an issue for me, but I'm not the most refined connoisseur, either.

u/Beznet · 8 pointsr/Coffee

hmm, well are you looking for en electric of hand grinder?

for electric, I'd go with the Baratza Encore

hand grinder, I'd go with the Hario mini mill

u/Certeis · 8 pointsr/Drugs

Let me start of with the legality of MXE. It seems that you are planning to buy it for consumption. You have to know that all research chemicals are strictly not for human consumption and only to be used in research environments with proper handling and care. They should NOT be consumed. If used in research and you are not administering MXE to an animal, you should be fine.

You can double check a trustworthy site by checking to see if it's a Safe or Scam. Google helps as well.
An acceptable price can range from $25 a gram to $50 a gram, depending on where you purchase it from (Domestic vendors generally are a bit pricier for the convenience).
Shipping shouldn't be an issue if it's domestic, if you are receiving it internationally there is always a chance for customs to open your package, deem it unsuitable for your purposes and send you a love letter. This does not happen too often though, but it's a risk.
Anonymity can be used by using Tor, if you really feel you do not want your actions traced back to you. PGP encryption for any email messages help with that as well. Generally though, make sure if you are purchasing your chemical on Paypal or something, DO NOT leave a message in the notes. Many vendors have been barred from Paypal due to dumb cunts putting "thanks for dat shit to git me high lgeally ;))" or other messages which reveal to Paypal what they are selling. Just don't.

Nothing else, MXE is a great RC to work with and I wish you the best of luck in your research. In regards to the mg scales, although I don't necessarily want to coerc you into buying a mg scale online, offline they are expensive. Headshops will carry them if you are lucky, and if they do they will be marked up. This is an amazing scale for the price, does everything it should.

u/Oakers · 8 pointsr/Nootropics

I have this scale: Gemini-20

u/AmNotLost · 8 pointsr/Coffee

Replying to confirm that I make the best coffee I've ever had with a skerton and v60. Here's my entire set up. These aren't necessarily the best in their class, but they do me well.

-Digital scale (or anything that measures in grams)
-Gooseneck kettle (they make ones that are electric, as well)
-Flow restrictor for kettle (not required, it's just what I have)
-Hario skerton burr grinder
-OE mod for skerton (not required. again, it's just what I have)
-Hario v60 02 (I have the clear plastic one)
-Gerber Pure water (available at Walmart, any "spring water" is what I recommend. My tap water smells of chlorine, so even Britta water is gonna be a bit better than my tap water. You want water that's not too hard, nor too soft. So don't use distilled or RO water or "mineral" water.)
-Digital timer (not required, but I like to time things)
-Hario filters (there's a couple different kinds, try any you want. Mine are the white without the "tabs")
-I'm not linking my mugs/servers. But whatever one(s) you use, I recommend preheating them.

(Edit to add: I have other methods of making coffee. This is just my personal overall favorite.)

u/jimmy4220 · 8 pointsr/Coffee

Are you broke and patient? Or broke and impatient? The hario is a manual grinder that allows you to control the grind size, admittedly with some trial and error.

u/TIP_ME_COINS · 8 pointsr/Coffee

You're not going to find any good electric grinders for under $100. Hand grinders are still great as long as you aren't doing espresso.

I bought a Hario Skerton about 2 years ago before moving onto an electric one and it's great! Every time hand grinders come up on the subreddit, the Hario Skerton is always recommended for beginners.

Hope you enjoy!

u/Braden0732 · 8 pointsr/interestingasfuck

Anyone who wants to try this at home it is very simple. It helps to have a temperature gauge like this one for $16 on Amazon.

Put any water based liquid in the freezer and get it to just below freezing. Depending on the liquid, the optimal temperature might vary to get the reaction to work.

If you don't mind wasting $3.00 on a 40oz of Highlife, those are my favorite. Get it down to about 30 Freedom Units, put it on the counter and open it. Watch the bottom and you can see the ice lattice forming all the way to the top. Super cool looking, but then you have frozen beer :-(

u/Cadder-12 · 8 pointsr/ballpython

Here's an info dump, courtesy of u/_ataraxia. It has pretty much everything you're asking about and more.

The first three links are detailed care sheets, then a tub tutorial, and the rest are product recommendations. Read everything thoroughly, come back with any questions.
Llet me know if any of the links don't work.

Glass tanks can be very challenging for ball python husbandry due to the high amount of air flow with the screen top and the total lack of insulation with the glass walls. It's generally recommended to use tubs or pvc reptile cages instead. wood enclosures can also be suitable if they're designed well and sealed properly to protect the wood against moisture. glass tanks can work, but they require a lot of modification and maintenance, which you'll find tips for in the second link. i'll give you product recommendations to cover options for tanks, tubs, and pvc/wood enclosures.

  • the basics and then some
  • common problems
  • feeding problems
  • here is a tutorial to give you an example of how to set up a tub. this is what i would recommend for an immediate setup, and you could upgrade to a pvc cage upgrade later. note: this tutorial shows adhesive velcro to attach the thermo/hygro to the tub wall, but you should not do that. tape and other sticky adhesives should never be used inside the enclosure, your snake can get stuck on it and suffer serious injuries. hot glue is the easiest reptile-safe adhesive option. screws or bolts can also be used to mount things on plastic/wood walls.
  • pvc reptile cages are ideal. They have the husbandry benefits of a tub with the aesthetics/visibility of a tank, they're much lighter than wood or glass, and they will remain unaffected by decades of constant high humidity. animal plastics, boamaster, and boaphile plastics, are some popular companies. many people will use a tub for a young snake and upgrade to pvc later.
  • spyder robotics makes high quality thermostats to regulate your heat sources with pulse/proportional temperature control and various safety features. this is a popular cheap thermostat with simple on/off style with zero safety features. inkbird thermostats are also low-cost but overall higher quality than the hydrofarm type. any heat source should be regulated by a thermostat to ensure safe and appropriate temperatures.
  • heat tape or ultratherm heat pads are high quality and affordable under tank heater [UTH] options. this is a suitable heat source for most enclosure types. remember that a UTH will not provide ambient heat, it will only affect the temperature of the surface to which it is attached.
  • a porcelain base lamp and ceramic heat emitter [CHE] is the best ambient heat source for a tank, and it will also work for some pvc/wood enclosures. any heat lamp that emits light, even red or blue, should not be used at night.
  • a radiant heat panel [RHP] is the best ambient heat source in a pvc/wood enclosure. there are a few options, such as reptile basics and pro products.
  • a digital dual sensor thermometer/hygrometer allows you to easily monitor the warm side floor temperature [with the probe] as well as the ambient temperature and humidity [with the main unit].
  • an infrared thermometer allows you to spot-check surface temperatures anywhere in the enclosure.
  • these hide boxes are a cheap simple hide with a design that offers the best sense of security for your snake. cave style hides, cardboard boxes, plastic food containers, etc, can also be used. half logs are not appropriate hides.
u/barlister · 8 pointsr/Cooking

For a cheap knife that is comfortable to use and decent quality and easy to sharpen I like the victorinox fibrox. I prefer it to my henckel's knives.

u/darknessvisible · 8 pointsr/AskCulinary

Put the neck bones in the freezer and call up your parents and manipulate them into buying you an Instant Pot. Then you can do pretty much anything.

u/mutantj0hn · 8 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy
u/MattBooker · 8 pointsr/PlantBasedDiet

Buy an Instant Pot on Amazon. Get the 8 quart version if you can afford it.

Buy some silicone baking mats on Amazon.

Get a cheap food processor.

Then, stock up on dried beans (black, kidney, great northern, pinto, etc), dried split peas, dried lentils, dried chickpeas, and dried pasta.

Buy some better than bouillon style vegetable base. (Not a whole food, but it's used in small amounts and making your own vegetable stock doesn't seem worth it.)

Buy some frozen corn, peas, broccoli, and spinach.

If you can, buy some frozen berries for putting in oatmeal.

Buy some canned tomato products like diced, crushed, sauce, etc.

Get some nutritional yeast from the store, and if you like it, buy it in bulk on Amazon.

For fresh stuff, get potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, and sliced mushrooms. Then whatever greens you want, fresh fruit, and maybe some peppers as you need them for recipes.

From there, you can make all kinds of food in the Instant Pot with minimal effort. Chili, soup, stews, pasta, pasta sauce, burrito filling, taco filling, 'cheese' sauce, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, refried beans, and hummus.

You can find lots of recipes on youtube, but once you know the basics you can make lots of stuff.

Want to make some pasta? Toss in 3 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of vegetable base, 1lb cup of whole wheat penne, a 28oz can of tomato sauce, mushrooms, peas, broccoli, and whatever else you want. Set the instant pot to cook for 5 minutes on high pressure, and about an hour later you've got a few days worth of pasta.

You don't even have to soak beans when making them in an Instant Pot. Just toss them in, look in the manual for how long to cook them, and walk away.

It also works as a slow cooker, rice cooker, and yogurt maker. And because of the keep warm setting, you can put something in to cook, head off to class, and have a warm meal when you get back.

Pressure cooked beans and lentils taste better than canned, and the chickpeas will be softer and creamier. You'll also save a bunch of money this way.

Hope that helps!

u/CapaneusPrime · 8 pointsr/ucla

You're an adult now, just cook. It can be tough cooking for just one person because but it's doable.

Learn some basic, cheap recipes and get comfortable eating leftovers.

Here's one for you:

Hamburger Gravy


1 pound ground beef (get the cheap stuff 75%/25%, you're a poor student)

1 1/2 cup white rice (uncooked)

1 family size can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup, (low sodium is healthier but doesn't taste as good).


I cook my rice in an Instant Pot, it's very fast, easy, and requires no supervision. Takes about 10-13 minutes depending on how much rice I'm making. I used to have an amazing Zojirushi Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker that was the most amazing thing ever, but an ex-girlfriend stole it, so... Use the Instant Pot, it's cheaper and faster anyway.

Rice cookers and Instant Pots typically come with a cup for measuring rice which actually measures about 3/4 of a cup, and the inside of the cooking vessels have graduated measuring lines showing you how much liquid to add for the amount of dry rice you're cooking.

Put the two "cups" of rice (1.5 cups actual measure) into the Instant Pot and fill it with water to the "2" line. Close it up and make sure the pressure valve is closed (I've failed to properly cook my rice too often because I am dumb and don't check this). Once everything is set, just hit the "rice" button.

While the rice is cooking put the soup in a sauce pan along with a can full of milk, any milk works but I prefer whole milk myself. Put the sauce pan on the stove, medium low and stir frequently.

Now that the rice is cooking and the soup is warming put the ground beef in a skillet. I like a good [cast iron skillet] ( myself, they're cheap and indestructible, and because of the heat transfer properties of iron they tend to cook foods evenly without burning.

Cook the beef on medium high until it's browned, then drain all the water/grease out into a Tupperware container, do not pour grease down the drain! you can seriously make life hell for yourself and your neighbors if you do.

Add the beef to the soup, increase the heat to medium/medium-high and continue to stir frequently. You want the soup hot enough to bubble a bit, but not a full boil.

By now the rice should be just about done. Let the pressure out, take the lid off, wait a few seconds for the steam to abate then, with a large plastic spoon (you don't want to scratch the bottom of the Instant Pot), "fluff" the rice, just scoop and turn the rice in place, loosening it up, and letting more steam out.

To serve, scoop some rice on a plate, ladle some soup onto the rice, season with a touch of black pepper, and eat.

The rice is enough for 2-4 servings depending on your appetite, while the gravy is enough for maybe twice that. Typically it would be enough for two dinners for me, a 6'4", 225 pound man) and my girlfriend who is pretty petite.


Beef: get the cheap stuff, depending where you go and the quality you get, this can be between $2-$5/lb. If your super poor, get a 10 pound tube of ground beef at Smart and Final for like $25, then break it up into 1 pound portions and freeze, otherwise it's about $5/pound most places. So let's say $5.

Rice: the cheapest food on Earth, and it's healthy too! You should probably plan on this being about $1/pound. Get a 10 or 25 pound bag and you'll be set for at least a quarter. Pro-tip: rice goes with literally everything. Add it to all of your meals for some good, clean carbs. Pair it with smaller portions of what you'd normally eat to get the same caloric intake but healthier and cheaper. Anyway the rice in this recipe has a marginal cost of maybe $0.15.

Soup: I think Ralph's usually has the family size can of Cream of Mushroom soup for $2-$3.

So, all in for one person, you could probably make at least 5-6 servings for $8, and it takes maybe 15 minutes to cook.

Store the rice and gravy separately in Tupperware in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Mix together in a bowl and b reheat in the microwave for 90 seconds to 2 minutes for leftovers. I prefer to make fresh rice each day, but making one larger batch then reheating it works as well.


  • You can swap the rice out for a baked potato or mashed potatoes if you're feeling fancy.

  • I've tried it with shredded chicken breast and Cream of Chicken soup, but it takes a bit longer, is a bit more work, is a little more expensive, and I don't like it as much, so I basically never do it, but you do you.

    There you go, cheap, quick, not totally unhealthy home cooking.
u/Kiicki · 8 pointsr/ECR_UK

Propylene Glycol - From Lubrisolve

Vegetable Glycerine - from Lubrisolve

Nicotine - From Pink Mule


HDPE Bottles - For PG/VG Base

HDPE Bottles Boston - For PG/VG Base (If you prefer Boston type)

American Weigh Scales LB-501 - Scale

Graduated pipettes - I use these to transfer my nicotine to the E-liquid bottle. I also use these for flavor bottles that doesn't come with a nozzle. These are extremely cheap, and you won't feel bad about tossing them after.

Use Natural Nozzle and Captive Cap 28mm or Natural Nozzle and Captive Cap 24mm for you VG base. These nozzles are designed to be cut, and the more you cut, the wider the bore will be which is perfect for VG since VG is a very thick base.

For E-liquid bottles, whatever you prefer. iBottles has LDPE and PET bottles in various different sizes.

u/swroasting · 8 pointsr/Coffee

For the current $10 price difference on the electric kettles ([Hario] ( vs [Bonavita] (, definitely go with the bonavita. It lets you set and precisely maintain your desired temperature. (this can be very important, depending on your pourover device, degree of roast, and grind size) Unfortunately, IMO function outranks form. Watch for price drops, I got my Bonavita from Amazon for $59.99.

u/ChurchOfPainal · 8 pointsr/Coffee

I'd go pour-over. I feel like it's a good place to start because the more expensive things that you need are useful to have in general, but you can also get away with skimping on. Variable temp kettle, accurate scale, burr grinder. You could spend $5 on an instant-read thermometer, and go with the "let the water boil and then sit for 30 seconds" route instead of getting an electric kettle with temp settings, and you COULD buy local coffee in small bags that has been ground right when you buy it (though personally I'd rather buy a burr grinder than buy coffee every couple days). A bee house dripper and filters are like $30 and totally sufficient if you only want to make one cup at a time. Then you can upgrade as you go with kettles, grinders, different pour-over brewers, etc. Although you'd probably want at least a cheap gooseneck kettle.

This is what I'd get. Granted, slightly over $150.

Electric kettle with temp setting

Burr Grinder

Pour-over brewer



u/LSD_Sakai · 8 pointsr/Coffee

Electric or stove top? I'd suggest going electric and sticking with the bonavita variable electric kettle. There are a couple places you can get them cheaper (the occasional massdrop drop) or other places, but this will let you have full control if you're going to go for a chemex

u/Kaidavis · 8 pointsr/abs

You won't see abs until you lose your belly fat. And you won't lose your belly fat by doing ab exercises, only by counting calories and eating below your daily maintenance calories.

Your best bet to show your abs is to get to 10-12% body fat and then start doing ab exercises.

  1. Go get a Skin Fold Body Fat Test (your local university / college's athletic department should provide these for ~$50).

  2. Let's say you weigh 180lbs and have 15% body fat. 27lbs of your weight is from fat. You want to get to 10% body fat, so you need to lose ~33% of your fat, or 9lbs.

  3. You can safely lose ~1-1.5lbs/week through calorie counting. So, if you need to lose 9lbs, you can lose that weight in 6-10 weeks.

    How do you do this?

  4. Figure out your Total Daily Energy Expenditire by using this calculator. Set the exercise to 'No Exercise' for a good baseline. (You / the calculator will overestimate the amount of exericse you're doing. Just set it to 'No Exercise.')

  5. This number is your Maintenance Calories. If you eat this many calories, you'll maintain your weight. We want to lose weight to show off our abs, so, we'll be figuring out how to eat at a deficit.

  6. You need to burn 3,500 calories to lose 1lb. If you want to lose 1lb/week, that means you need to eat at a caloric defecit of 3500/7 = 500 calories/day.

  7. Take your TDEE and subtract 500 from it. That's your daily calorie intake goal. Now, multiply your daily calorie intake by 7. That's your weekly calorie intake goal.

  8. Track your calories using My Fitness Pal. Buy a cheap digital scale and start weighing all the food you eat. When you eat something, track it in My Fitness Pal.

  9. While you follow your diet, add in some basic strength training. I recommend following an exercise plan like Starting Strength for basic compound lifts (bench press, deadlift, squat, military press). This way, you'll preserve your lean muscle mass and put on additional muscle.

  10. You should lose ~1lb/week. Weigh yourself every 3-5 days and track your weight. After 1 month, you should be down ~3.5 - 4.5lbs. If you are, awesome! If you aren't, cut your daily calorie total by ~10%.

    If you're looking for a slightly more advanced take on this, I recommend /r/leangains.

    I'm into week 4 of the above plan. I've lost ~6lbs and I'm down from 15% bodyfat to 13% bodyfat. My goal? 9%. I'm on track and should be there in the next 2 months.

    To summarize,

  • Eat below your daily calorie requirements
  • Track everything you eat (otherwise you won't be eating below your calories)
  • Wait.
u/howlrose · 8 pointsr/keto

You write beautifully. You are a valuable person no matter your weight. Seriously.

I won't give you any cliches about how there's other fish in the sea or whatever. Doesn't matter how many fish there are, that shit hurts. I know it does. And I'm sorry you experienced that.

But you are a rockstar. Nothing can hold you back if you don't let it. You've done this before and you can do it again. You will get there. You just can't give up, even through the road blocks. We're all behind you. Take it one day at a time.

I second the recommendation for the FAQ. Most important things to start: Calculate your macros (, keep your electrolytes up (more info in the FAQ, check out recipes for keto-aid) and get a tracking app (recs in FAQ) and consider a food scale.

Food scale:

Good luck! You can do this! 👍

u/Vargasa871 · 8 pointsr/soylent

Here you go OP a food scale for $11 now it's as scalable as you want.

u/reddexx · 8 pointsr/1200isplenty

This scale is mine. It's excellent and is twelve bucks, tares and does conversions on the go. Simple and easy to use, works fantastic.

u/hydro_wonk · 8 pointsr/loseit

This is a thirteen dollar food scale

It comes down to accurately measuring calories in and out (mostly in.) If you weigh it there's no subjectivity involved. Use a notebook to log everything you eat for a while to get used to what that takes. Calculate your total calorie requirement. If your logged calories are less than your calorie requirement, then you will lose weight.

But seriously, try a food scale.

u/ShrinkingElaine · 8 pointsr/1200isplenty
u/Vaporhead · 8 pointsr/snakes

u/ataraxia has amazing information for ball pythons. You should definitely read it through. Glass tanks are not ideal for Bps, so this should help. Here is her normal dump of information I took from another post.

i'm going to dump a bunch of helpful links on you. the first three links are detailed care sheets, then a tub tutorial, and the rest are product recommendations. read everything thoroughly, come back with any questions.

glass tanks can be very challenging for ball python husbandry due to the high amount of air flow with the screen top and the total lack of insulation with the glass walls. it's generally recommended to use tubs or pvc reptile cages instead. wood enclosures can also be suitable if they're designed well and sealed properly to protect the wood against moisture. glass tanks can work, but they require a lot of modification and maintenance, which you'll find tips for in the second link. i'll give you product recommendations to cover options for tanks, tubs, and pvc/wood enclosures.

  • here is a tutorial to give you an example of how to set up a tub. this is what i would recommend for an immediate setup, and you could upgrade to a pvc cage upgrade later. note: this tutorial shows adhesive velcro to attach the thermo/hygro to the tub wall, but you should not do that. tape and other sticky adhesives should never be used inside the enclosure, your snake can get stuck on it and suffer serious injuries. hot glue is the easiest reptile-safe adhesive option. screws or bolts can also be used to mount things on plastic/wood walls.
  • pvc reptile cages are ideal. they have the husbandry benefits of a tub with the aesthetics/visibility of a tank, they're much lighter than wood or glass, and they will remain unaffected by decades of constant high humidity. animal plastics, boamaster, and boaphile plastics, are some popular companies. many people will use a tub for a young snake and upgrade to pvc later.
  • spyder robotics makes high quality thermostats to regulate your heat sources with pulse/proportional temperature control and various safety features. this is a popular cheap thermostat with simple on/off style with zero safety features. inkbird thermostats are also low-cost but overall higher quality than the hydrofarm type. any heat source should be regulated by a thermostat to ensure safe and appropriate temperatures.
  • heat tape or ultratherm heat pads are high quality and affordable under tank heater [UTH] options. this is a suitable heat source for most enclosure types. remember that a UTH will not provide ambient heat, it will only affect the temperature of the surface to which it is attached.
  • a porcelain base lamp and ceramic heat emitter [CHE] is the best ambient heat source for a tank, and it will also work for some pvc/wood enclosures. any heat lamp that emits light, even red or blue, should not be used at night.
  • a radiant heat panel [RHP] is the best ambient heat source in a pvc/wood enclosure. there are a few options, such as reptile basics and pro products.
  • a digital dual sensor thermometer/hygrometer allows you to easily monitor the warm side floor temperature [with the probe] as well as the ambient temperature and humidity [with the main unit].
  • an infrared thermometer allows you to spot-check surface temperatures anywhere in the enclosure.
  • these hide boxes are a cheap simple hide with a design that offers the best sense of security for your snake. cave style hides, cardboard boxes, plastic food containers, etc, can also be used. half logs are not appropriate hides.
u/velocity___ · 8 pointsr/snakes

You don't need to touch them, just buy a temp gun. I don't recommend touching them anyway, it gets dirty ape scent all over the prey items, and that probably won't be an issue with a Ball Python but once you start getting into species with very strong feed response it can become an issue with certain animals who start to associate human scent with rat scent.

u/gurase · 8 pointsr/starbucks

I have the Bonavita electric gooseneck kettle w/temperature control and it's fantastic. Highly recommended.

u/MattKosem · 8 pointsr/Coffee

Get a refurbished Vario with steel burrs, electric gooseneck kettle, and a V60 of your choice.

$324 -

$89 -

$7.99 -

Spend the remaining $80 on a scale, pack of filters, and some yummy coffee.

u/joenangle · 7 pointsr/Coffee

I'd recommend an Aeropress wholeheartedly. Combine it with an electric kettle or microwave to get some hot water and you're in business.

I've been eyeing this kettle and it just dropped to a much more tempting price on Amazon recently: Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle by Bonavita

Aeropress: Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker by AeroPress

u/dptt · 7 pointsr/tea

I think its largely going to depend on what you want out of the kettle.

Any kettle with temp control would be ideal. You want to look at your price vs. use and see if one with a digital exact temp will be preferable to one with predetermined settings.

Gooseneck kettles are lovely and provide a very steady and controlled pour so finding one that allows this is beneficial but often costs a lot more.

I am currently using this one:

It has a hold feature so my water stays at temp for 2 hours which is great as I tend to start water, get distracted, and then remember I wanted to make tea! Plus it's good for longer sessions with tea that needs steeped many times and I can have water at the perfect temperature instead of steadily cooling.

However this is the kettle I actually wanted:

I think there might be a better version of this now or an alternative that is better since I have been happy with my less fancy version and cant afford the nicer one I haven't looked into it!

Good luck!

u/spit-evil-olive-tips · 7 pointsr/SeattleWA

Probably the single biggest thing that'll reduce acidity is brewing at a lower, more controlled temperature. If you don't have one already, get a variable-temp kettle and try brewing at 180ish F. You can also get pH test strips on Amazon if you want to science the fuck out of it and actually measure the effect different brewing parameters have on the final acidity.

Upgrading from a blade grinder to burr grinder will help as well. Blade grinders smash the beans together, heating them up and causing them to roast a bit extra. Burr grinders also give you a much more consistent grind size, which will give you a more consistent brew. This is the one I have, but there are cheaper but still good options too.

I'm a card-carrying member of the cult of Aeropress if you want an alternative to your French press.

If you have a spare Tuesday, go down to Conduit Coffee on Westlake near the Fremont Bridge. They have a weekly open house where the owner talks shop and runs a coffee tasting. If you tell them you want low-acid coffee they could probably suggest some beans for you. They also do subscription deliveries by bicycle, which is how I get my beans.

u/Polympics · 7 pointsr/Coffee

Here is the most recent pic of my setup. Not much has changed since the last time I posted in one of these threads. I moved into a new house, got an electric kettle and a nice wooden handle tamper for christmas, but other than that the other equipment is the same. The snow that morning was so nice!

> Gaggia Classic/MDF Grinder
> Rancillo Steam Wand
> Kitchen Cart
> New Tamper!
> Kettle

u/zachattack82 · 7 pointsr/Coffee

I've used this Bonavita at least twice a day for a few years w/o any issues. It has fine temperature control, which is great, but really the best feature is that it will hold it at that temperature for 30 minutes.

u/feodoric · 7 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

I accidentally did that with my electric teapot last week. It's this one and I absentmindedly set it down on a hot burner instead of its base.

Luckily my wife was watching me. Once she shouted "STOP" for the fourth time, I realized what I was doing.

u/Twosi · 7 pointsr/proED

I have the Aria by fitbit for my main scale.

My "double check" scale is this one here. Just to make sure.

I also use: This food scale as my in house food scale.

I have this one for my purse.

I also have these at home for use during the day: Fit Desk 2.0 wanting to get the extension desk for it at some point soon.

Elliptical/Bike Trainer in case I would prefer to "run".

Fitbit HR Charge Love this.

For hydration purposes: Electric kettle stainless steel with no plastic parts touching water ever. Love it.

Primo water pump with a two interchangeable 10 gallon jugs for easy no excuse water drinking.

My coffee maker right now is pretty... meh? I want to replace it this year with the ninja coffee bar.

u/rabidfurby · 7 pointsr/Seattle

You shut your whore mouth. That $13 laser thermometer is fucking awesome.

u/pablodiner · 7 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

Welcome to the future.The reviews on this look great!

u/acedelgado · 7 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

I'm a fan of Bull City Flavors-
They have pretty much every flavor from all of the major companies, plus pg and vg for a fair price. Also have a 6% discount code - VU6.

You'll also need some nicotine from either Nude Nicotine or Vape Clarity. I like getting it in 100% VG to help cut down on VG usage.

You'll also need a scale accurate to .01 gram -

Mixing beakers -

PET bottles -

And very importantly, a milk frother that will mix your juice in under 30 seconds and save your sanity vs trying the shake method-

Then go find yourself some juice recipes that look tasty to you-
And install the "ejuice me up" program to do all of the calculations for you-

And you'll need the weights from this thread to put into the ejuice me up settings-

This is also a great starting point to read how to mix by weight. Or if you're a visual person here's a fan-freaking-tastic guide on it -

So yeah, you're looking at a $100-150 investment to start off with, depending on how many flavors you order. But then the juice is a few cents per ML instead of like, a dollar+. Most of your cost from then on will be replacement bottles and VG and flavoring.

u/JuiceBaron · 7 pointsr/Canadian_ecigarette

Here's a protip: don't even bother with mixing by volume. Using syringes, cylinders, pipettes etc are a huge messy pain in the ass. Buy a scale and mix by weight. Here's a good one.

u/DGsirb1978 · 7 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

You definitely don't need syringes.

Get this scale, learn mixing by weight and thank everyone who suggested it later.

You will have no mess, mix faster, mix much more accurate, be able to reproduce your results exactly (consistent), and have better tasting mixes.

u/Nappy_Lion · 7 pointsr/Coffee

At that price point, I believe that Bonavita variable kettle is the better product. It's going for 90 dollars right now, but a couple months ago I got it for 60 bucks. The Bonavita lets you choose which temperature you want, which is great for experimenting.

u/efg3q9hrf08e · 7 pointsr/tea

I assume you're talking about this.

It's way too expensive for what it does, and will leave you frustrated with what it can't do.

You need to heat water to specific temperatures - there are a few good kettles that will do that for a third the price.

You need a vessel to steep your leaves in. Do you need it to be a liter and a half? If you did, you would not want that comparatively tiny basket, which would keep the leaves too tight to steep effectively.

Do you need to agitate the tea leaves as they steep? Never.

Do you want to have any control over the process? This will deny you that control.

Don't buy this.

So what should you buy?


  • Get a filter if your water is nasty. I'm using this because it produces a neutral tasting water, with soft texture.

  • Get an electric kettle with temperature control. I'm using this because of its precision spout.


  • Decide how much tea will be drunk by one person at at time. A mug? A gallon? An ounce? Your answer will guide your options.

  • Decide how many servings you are likely to prepare with it. Drink alone? Serving 5?

  • Do aesthetics or price pay a significant role? There's much we can advise you on, and if you can narrow down these questions, we'll be very helpful.
u/BarefootAlot · 7 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

The Aeropress Coffee Maker I learned about these from a friend who is a coffee pro in our overly caffeinated city and they come highly recommended by all the fancy schmancy baristas around here. I am obsessed with mine, it makes "espresso" (really just very concentrated coffee, but it tastes great) and you can use it to do drip-style coffee or make it into lattes, etc. It comes out delicious, I haven't had a bitter cup since I switched! I gave one to my mom last year and it was such a successful gift pretty much everyone on my list is getting one this year!

u/mrockey19 · 7 pointsr/Coffee

Hey there. I'll give you a little summary of what I think most people on here will tell you in response to your questions.

Books: Blue Bottle ,Coffee Comprehensive and Uncommon Grounds are all good books to cover most of coffee and its processes.

This Capresso Infinity is considered a pretty decent burr grinder for the price. It will not do espresso but will be good enough for most other coffee brewing methods.

Getting a set up that is acceptable for "real" espresso is kind of expensive. A Gaggia classic is considered the bare minimum espresso machine for a "real" espresso. A Baratza Virtuoso is considered bare minimum for a decent espresso grinder. Now, you can (and many people do) find these items used, which obviously reduces the cost greatly. But depending on your area, finding these items up on craigslist or similar sites can be pretty rare.

I'm not from Rhode Island, but googling local roasters will provide some results. As for online ordering, tonx, blue bottle and stumptown are favorites around here for their price and quality. Beans are broken down on what region they came from, how they were processed and how dark they are roasted. Each region has different flavor profiles in their beans. African beans are known for being more fruity than other beans, for example. A little warning, most people on this subreddit believe Starbuck's espresso roast coffee to be too dark. However, many of Starbuck's light/Medium roast coffees have been reviewed as pretty decent. Most websites that sell the beans will list a flavor profile of the beans. The basic saying on this subreddit is that if you have crappy beans, no matter what, your coffee will be crappy. If you are going to overspend anywhere in the process, overspend on quality beans.

The espresso machines that you will be using at starbucks are machines that will basically produce espresso at the push of a button. They will grind, tamp and extract the espresso without any input from you. You should just know right off the bat that there is a whole other world to espresso making that is the exact opposite, with people grinding the beans to the right size, tamping by hand, and extracting shots with a lever that controls pressure. Neither way is right or wrong, you should just know that there are many different types of espresso machines and baristas.

I'll share a little bit of advise, take from it what you will. I was an ambitious college student coffee drinker just like you. I asked for a Breville espresso machine as my first real coffee making device (even before a grinder, how silly of me). I just wanted an espresso machine because that was all I was getting from these coffee shops. Since then I've gotten a nice grinder, a melitta pour over, french press, gooseneck kettle, aeropress, V60, moka pot, and chemex. I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't turned on my espresso machine in over a year. There is so much more to coffee than espresso. There are so many methods to brew coffee that are cheaper, more complex and more interesting. If I had a chance to do it all over again, I'd buy the burr grinder I linked, and an Aeropress or any french press (Starbucks sells some pretty nice ones. You could get one with an employee discount) and just learn to love coffee on its own, without frothed milk and flavorings.

There is a ton of info on this subreddit if you stick around for awhile. Questions like yours are posted all the time and answered by very knowledgable people. Your enthusiasm for coffee is extremely exciting to see. Please don't let any of my advise subtract from your enthusiasm. Everyone takes a different path while exploring coffee. That's part of the excitement. You will learn a lot at Starbucks and you will learn a lot if you stay here. Enjoy your stay.

u/bitcheslovebanjos · 7 pointsr/cocktails

I bought all my glass droppers, mason jars, spice jars, and syrup bottles from Specialty Bottle. But you could get away with just getting two dozen 12-16oz mason jars and do everything with them.

I use 8oz mason jars when making bitters, since I like to make small batches with 4-6oz final product. This way I can make some more often. I do have to reduce most all recipes to 25-50% of the ingredients. Since I make bitters in smaller batches I use a 250ml glass beaker during the phase of simmering the ingredients in water. If I made larger batches I would just use a small pot.

For syrups I bought some 8oz swingtop bottles to store them in. I also don't use any special spouts. I also bought some 16oz mason jars that I use for making the syrups.

For filtration, I've never been please with the results from cheesecloth. You can reuse them, i just find the results are not up to par, and the process much messier. I use an Aeropress. If you stack the filters 2-4 thick, and run it through a couple times with light pressure it works really well.

A cheaper option, although it takes much longer, is to use a coffee filter. It will get clogged up and go much slower, at that point I would get a new filter.

As far as other tools, measuring devices are a must, I have 1/32 tsp on up. A Mortar and pestle are great, but you can just smash up the ingredients with any tools you have. I've put the spices between two spoons and squeezed really hard to crack them.

Honestly all you need is measuring tools, mason jars (lots of them), coffee filters, basic utensils, and ingredients.

u/tony_Tha_mastha · 7 pointsr/portugal

Eu! Ando para fazer um post sobre café no /r/portugal há algum tempo. Para além de expresso, costumo beber café de balão, aeropress e por vezes "pour over" num cone antigo da Melitta.

Em Lisboa tens 3 sitios onde podes beber café bom:

Copenhagen Coffe Lab Lisbon

A Fábrica

Wish Slow Coffee House

E na Ericeira tens o Kfé

Conheço os 3 de Lisboa e sei que tanto no Copenhagen Coffee Lab como na Fábrica podes comprar café em saco e equipamento.

Para mim o melhor kit para começar é um Aeropress e um moinho "Hario Mini Mill". Comprei ambos no Copenhagen Coffee Lab e levo-os sempre comigo quando viajo.

Se tiveres alguma questão, coloca.
PS: Para quem não gosta de café de filtro, vão a estes sítios beber um expresso e descobrirão que o delta do dia-a-dia não é assim tão bom.

u/hawkeye18 · 7 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

That's what the Hutzler 571 is for...

u/2centsdepartment · 7 pointsr/ProductTesting

The watermelon slicer, lol. I already own to many single-food tools as it is. I saw that listed and was like no, totally unnecessary for the 1 watermelon I talk myself into dragging up the stairs once every 2 years. Besides, I just had to box up a drawer full of things such as; pineapple corer, meat tenderizer, vegetable steamer, rolling p citrus squeezer, egg slicer, garlic press, and a pastry cutter because I use them once, realize a knife or a fork would have been just as easy and I never use the tool again. I do use an apple slicer a lot as well as onion chopper and potato masher (use it for mashing up avocados for guacamole, perfect consistency). When I bought the veggie steamer I had big plans to steam veggies every night! Times I've actually used it = 0.

The watermelon slicer reminds me of the reviews of the banana slicer that crack me up every time I read them. I'm convinced these were all product testers before the disclaimer became mandatory. The one about his banana curved the opposite direction of the slicer kills me.

But yes the beauty products are what drew me in. I'm turning 40 in less than 2 months and fighting the aging process every step of the way. Hyaluronic acid really does work, when used right. I'm obsessed with skin products but I try not overdo it on these sites.

Part of me is disappointed because I keep hearing how sellers will contact potential reviewers.......I've yet to receive a single solicitation from a seller. Why wouldn't they want me to review their products? I'm the right age, right spending habits, right amount of disposable income, right ethnicity, I'm their target audience. What am I doing wrong, I ask myself. But then I stop and think only my ego wants the attention. It would be nice to be asked but I really don't want to be contacted or pressured. I do things the way I see fit and that is good enough for me. One day would be nice to be offered mid to high end products but I'm not holding my breath.

For the boxes, cut them down and get them recycling ASAP. Clutter is stressful and getting rid of them is a nice physical way to reduce stress. Do a few at a time, take them to recycling and then you'll be motivated to do a few more.

u/UncleTouchUBad · 7 pointsr/Coffee

The Bodum Bistro one is really solid for a good price.

u/kayla_mincerepublic · 7 pointsr/coldbrew

I make large batches of cold brew once a month (almost 5 gallons) to fit into my kegerator and the process is really simple. For what it's worth, my coffee breaks down to about $1 a day for a large Nitro Cold Brew coffee on tap (which sells around me for nearly $4-5 a cup) and I get a lot more coffee, plus very high quality. You could get this price even lower without the kegerator because I included the price for nitro and I also use relatively expensive beans.

Here are the basic tools I would recommend:


  • brewing bucket or jar
  • coffee grinder
  • something to filter the coffee
  • beans of choice (use whatever you like)


    Depending on how much coffee you're looking to make, you can use a different sized vessel. For example, I use a 5 gallon bucket for my keg, whereas if you don't need that much cold brew at once, you can use something like a large mason jar or a smaller sized bucket (say 1 or 2 gallon bucket). I'll definitely recommend you get a bucket with a spout. This makes it very easy to dispense your cold brew.


    As for a coffee grinder, buy what you can afford, there are plenty of options on the market. Obviously you're going to have a better grind if you invest a little more but if you can't, at the end of the day, it's not really going to break you. If you're doing large batches, I'd recommend buying an electric grinder. I use a Bodum Bistro Grinder which is less than $90 and works great. You could use a handheld grinder if you wanted to save more money, obviously it's just more work.


    To filter the coffee, I use a fine mesh food grade bag (they sell these for things like almond milk) and sit that on top of a mesh strainer that sits on top of my bucket. You don't need the mesh strainer part, it just makes it easier for us since we have more coffee. You might want to strain your cold brew before you pour it but to be honest, I don't always and I don't have much problem. You can always double bag your beans to remove some of this too. Most of it settles on the bottom of the bucket underneath the spout anyway, so you just throw away that part.


    Get whatever beans you like. I buy mine in bulk from a local coffee shop. I'd suggest doing a coarse grind and using a 2:1 water to coffee ratio until you figure out your particular preference. That would be to drink it straight out of the gallon. If you want to do more of a coffee concentrate, use more coffee and less water and then add water/milk/cream or whatever when you're preparing your cup.


    I hope that helps. Enjoy!
u/Simsmac · 7 pointsr/Coffee

A reusable filter like this eliminates the waste of the k-cups and allows you to use your own coffee grounds. I personally think it makes too weak of a cup though, considering the amount of grounds in it, especially if you chose the higher volume outputs (8 or 10oz).

Definitely consider buying an Aeropress if you want to experience a huge increase in coffee quality. It tastes a million times better than the Keurig, and are basically the same thing in terms of one cup convenience.

u/TekTrixter · 7 pointsr/Coffee
u/monty33 · 7 pointsr/HomeImprovement

There are a bunch of tips here on sealing gaps to prevent infiltration. I used one of these to find out where the worst spots were that cold air was coming in. Just point and shoot! If you are trying to save some $$$ then targeting the worst areas should give you the best bang for the buck.

Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun -58℉~ 716℉ (-50℃ ~ 380℃), Yellow and Black

u/AlienInvasionAkAkAk · 7 pointsr/DarkNetMarkets

This lil thing is amazing

American Weigh Scales GEMINI-20 Portable MilliGram Scale, 20 by 0.001 G

u/Tarpit_Carnivore · 7 pointsr/Coffee

Brutally honest answer: not worth your time and your money to make this work because you wont ever get the results you want.

More informative answer: The amount of extraction time during the brewing of a K-Cup is not enough to properly get the full flavor of the coffee. Additionally you have no control over water amount or grind amount. When I had a Keurig I bought one of the reusable holders and despite it saying 2Tbsp I could barely fit 1 1/4Tbsp. The most control you have is the water temperature and even then the temperature is not ideal. Also Keurig's are kind of junky, I had one fail after a year and the replacement was acting up within two months. No matter the grind, temp, bean, etc the coffee will always come out under extracted and not enjoyable.

90% of this sub hate keurigs, myself included, but we often do understand the appeal of them. However you need to be aware with that appeal comes major drawbacks like your experiencing now. They are meant entirely as a no frills way of making coffee for people who just want a cup of a coffee.

This would be my recommendation: If you like the appeal of a no frills coffee setup but want to experiment with different beans then I would consider selling the Keurig to a friend or family member. I would use that money to pick up a higher quality drip machine and a hand grinder. If you don't like the idea of using a hand grinder than maybe consider buying a Baratza Encore but it will cost more (FYI watch the Baratza site, every Thursday they restock the refurbs store so you could get a deal).

u/Im_Destro · 7 pointsr/Coffee

If you want to get in on the ground floor, so the speak, start with a [french press] ( and/or [pour over] (, and a [grinder] (

Those are all very entry level versions, there is better everything avaliable of course, but you would barely break $50 for all this stuff and have plenty of opportunity to learn and upgrade as you go!

u/dannoffs1 · 7 pointsr/Coffee

We use these in the shop. As long as you're not reckless in your espresso routine you shouldn't be getting more than a few drops of espresso on them, which you can just wipe off.

u/TiggieSmalls · 7 pointsr/Coffee

A scale that reads to 0.1 will be extremely beneficial, worlds of difference.

throw this in your cart and you'll thank yourself :)

u/rDr4g0n · 7 pointsr/Coffee

Heres a not-so-easy-to-find wiki page for this sub with gear recommendations. I used this one multiple times a day. It's fast, accurate, good battery life, and doesn't time out too quickly.

u/ShadySkins · 7 pointsr/Coffee

American Weigh SC-2KG Digital Pocket Scale

I just replaced my first one... which only lasted about 9 months. The LCD screen was no longer legible. However, I used this thing 2-3 times a day for 9 months. I was satisfied enough to purchase another.

u/Beholdable · 7 pointsr/trees

I'm going to be purchasing a MFLB very soon and wanted a recommendation on a grinder off amazon. Would something like this work or what?

u/lnsertUsername · 7 pointsr/saplings

You can buy a nice 4 piece metal grinder on amazon for 7.01

u/shaebay · 7 pointsr/loseit

Get the food scale. Measuring cups and spoons can be big liars. My big moment of WEIGH EVERYTHING was when I compared one serving size of pb2 (a pretty low calorie item). A 2tbsp serving is almost double what the weight of a serving is. So instead of a 50cal snack, I was adding on another 50 cals. Just think how many more calories other, more calorie dense, items could add to your day.

Also, I have the scale the other person posted and I love it. It's my work food scale. The one I use at home is this one -

Both are great!

u/froggyrobotP · 7 pointsr/guns

That’s a good idea and make sure to get some rechargeable dehumidifiers...(

u/connorjames518 · 7 pointsr/Drugs
u/CreeperDays · 7 pointsr/eldertrees

I have this one, highly recommend. Only downside is it turns off after like 30 seconds of not using it. That's what most of the negative reviews are about.

u/sacman · 7 pointsr/KitchenConfidential

Exception: This guy.

u/Jamieson22 · 7 pointsr/chefknives

Honestly for just getting started and not wanting to spend a lot, I'd say go with a Victorinox Fibrox 8" Chef for $29.99. It will serve you well enough before you decide if you want to go down the rabbit-hole:

If your idea of "not spending a lot" far exceeds this price there are likely far better options.

u/ndphoto · 7 pointsr/Cooking

I agree with u/mrmaglu, skip the sets and start with a good quality chef's knife. This Victorninox is probably the best starter knife out there.

u/mechtonia · 7 pointsr/Frugal

The Victirinox Chef's knife has won Chef's Illustrated best kitchen knife for years and years. Its reviews are phenominal. Cost less than $40 and has beaten the pants off knives costing 5 times as much.

u/Padankadank · 7 pointsr/3Dprinting

Throw them in a plastic tub with this in there.

New and Improved Eva-dry E-333 Renewable Mini Dehumidifier

u/MisterYouAreSoDumb · 7 pointsr/Nootropics

I don't think anyone should include microscoops. It promotes the idea that volumetric dosing is accurate, which cannot be further from the case. A milligram scale is ALWAYS needed to accurately measure lower dosages. Not to mention all the plastic waste is causes. The only things I use scoops on are products that need larger dosages, have a low side effect profile, and that I have already calibrated using an accurate scale. So things like creatine or mushroom powder extracts I will use one of my stainless steel scoops to dose my powder, as I have already determined which scoops deliver a specific weight for that batch powder, and I know a little variability in the dosage is not going to cause any issues for me. I can wash the stainless steel scoops, and make sure they are sterilized. Plus, they can be used forever, instead of me wasting tons of them by throwing them out. Even with the stainless steel ones, I do not use them for things that need small dosages, like Noopept or Tianeptine. Those ALWAYS get weighed on an accurate milligram scale every time. Accuracy matters. The Gemini-20 is an inexpensive scale that you can get for like $20 on Amazon. There is no reason to not get one.

These are the stainless steel scoops I use:

Here is the Gemini-20:

u/vaderisahottie · 7 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


Tofu Press


These are items that Maggie would either use or would enjoy. I love looking at people's lists.

u/EntheoGiant · 7 pointsr/DMT

Gemini 20, aka. the scale of choice for Psychonauts on a budget.

u/nootronium · 7 pointsr/Tianeptine

It's great you're taking the time to figure out the best way to do this. I recommend that you get a better scale, though, as the one you have just doesn't have the accuracy to safely measure low doses, even with dividing the dose up by hand afterward.

The Gemini-20 scale is about $25 and seems to be the most popular one here:

u/Smartfood_Fo_Lyfe · 7 pointsr/Coffee

I've been using the Hario Mini Mill for six months now with no problems. You can use to it to grind anything from Espresso to French Press. I highly recommend it.

u/between2 · 7 pointsr/Coffee

The Baratza would be great, but if you opted for a hand grinder, you'd spend $30 instead $100.

I've had a Hario mini mill for 3+ years now, it's great. Porlex (spelling may be off) makes a similar hand grinder.

u/MadScientista · 7 pointsr/Coffee

I've use this one and it works great for small batches.

u/caseyboycasey · 7 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Better coffee helps. I've been drinking my coffee like a cowboy for quite a while now, and don't ever think twice about it anymore. But if I'm stuck with shit (like the crap you find in hotels) I'll throw a bit of sugar in there.

If you haven't already, start making your coffee at home. You'll not only save money, but your coffee can be exponentially better than what you can get at Starbucks (Who overroasts the shit out of their beans, resulting in cups that taste burnt.)

Buy a hand burr grinder and a French Press, and start buying fresh roasted beans from a local shop.

I own this grinder, and love it.

If you don't have an independent shop around, online companies like Intelligentsia ship amazing coffee out at what can be called reasonable prices. I never buy more than a pound at a time. Keep your beans airtight and in a dark, cool place.

Never grind your beans until right before brewing, as grounds begin to go stale after twenty minutes. For French Press, you'll want to use a coarser grind.

Try out different blends until you find something tasty, and gradually subtract creamers and sweeteners until you're in the black. I've converted more friends than I can count to black coffee simply by giving them something truly fresh.

u/st0rm79 · 7 pointsr/Coffee

Up that budget by just $13, you won't be disappointed

u/CapCharlisimo · 7 pointsr/Coffee

Why not the Hario Mini Mill? It's only $24 w/ Prime, and you can even get it for $20 and free shipping from other sellers on Amazon.

u/danetech · 7 pointsr/buildapc

I have this desk that I purchased from Amazon. Free shipping, only took me about 20 minutes to assemble. I have two monitors with plenty of room for a third, and am actually using my keyboard/mouse up top instead of in the tray since my keyboard is pretty big. Overall, I really like it. 3 color options and tons of space. Wasn't sure if you could use an "L" desk, but still wanted to give this option.

u/yodachu · 7 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Walker Edison Soreno 3-Piece Corner Desk, Black with Black Glass

u/better_half · 7 pointsr/Coffee

Part of making a good cup is repeatability--eliminating variation wherever possible. You'll want a burr grinder and a scale. It's tough, especially with an inconsistent grind, to correctly measure coffee by volume. Any idea on your general brew time? That might be a good indication of what's going on. Let's experiment with technique a bit!

It sounds like you're pouring all of the water in at once after letting it bloom; instead, why not pour about a cup at a time, let it drain for a bit--never letting it get completely dry--and then add the next cup. Rather than pouring in the center, continue pouring in circles the entire time to ensure an even extraction. These are all super minor, and I'm honestly unsure if they'll make any difference. Still, worth a shot!

Maybe try a finer grind, if you can. Shake the blade grinder, grind it for longer--whatever works! A finer grind will prolong the brew time.

> Yeah not 100% sure how to describe the flavor. It's kind of sour but also very "planty" tasting. Sorry if that's unhelpful.

Nah, don't worry about it! I have a tough time describing taste, too. It sounds underextracted to me. If ya have any spare money, a scale goes a long, long way. I use this scale. If you're interested in a grinder, my first--and I'm sure most people's first--was the skerton. I currently use a Baratza Encore, but that might be more than you're willing to invest in a grinder right now.

If you're interested, I can make a video of myself making coffee in my little Chemex.

u/raffiki77 · 7 pointsr/Coffee

Hi there and welcome to r/Coffee! So based on what you've told me I think your most cost effective option right now to make great coffee would be to master your roommate's French Press instead of spending money on a new brewing method. I'm assuming you have a kettle to boil your water in and a smart phone with a timer so all you need to buy is a digital scale, which costs $15 on Amazon [digital scale] (
Next I would find a local coffee roaster or coffee house that sells 1/2 lb or 12 oz bags of coffee instead of the 1 lb bags they sell at Starbucks. The reason I'm recommending the smaller amount is because you're going to ask them to grind the coffee beans for a French Press and you don't want to bring home a 1 lb bag of pre-ground coffee beans because it's going to go bad quickly. If you want to grind your own coffee beans be prepared to spend $100+ on a good burr grinder. As for the type of coffee to buy, you can always ask the barista for recommendations.
So once you've got everything you need it's time to measure your dosage. I personally like a 1:17 coffee to water ratio but most people here like their coffee stronger so feel free to adjust according to taste. So based on my ratio, if you measure 25 grams of ground coffee beans you would need to use 425 ml of water (1 ml = 1 gram). Put the FP on the scale and tare the scale. Put 25 g ground coffee in the FP and tare the scale again. Start the stop watch on your phone and pour your water off boil until about 1/3 of the French Press is full. Let the coffee bloom for about 30 seconds, stir the slurry, then pour in the remainder of the water til your scale reads 425 g. Put the lid on the French Press but don't plunge just yet. After 4 minutes you can plunge gently and serve your coffee.
Now from what I've read about the French Press some people say blooming isn't necessary but I haven't use mine enough to experiment and come up with my own conclusion so feel free to skip that part and just pour in the entire water. However, you do need to stir the mixture in to get all of the beans wet so don't skip that part.
Good luck with your coffee journey and I hope you're able to make great tasting coffee on your own!

u/cdnbd · 7 pointsr/Cooking

I've got a Hario Skerton ( and it's easily stashable. If you're really tight on space, you could get the Hario Mini, but you might be limited on the volume of beans you'll be able to grind at once.

Burr grinder gives you a more consistent grind when you grind, and since you can set the coarseness of the grinder, you can easily recreate the same coarseness. With a blade grinder, the coarseness can be affected by how long you hold the button down for, the volume of beans, etc. Lots of variables. Also, super pain in the butt to clean.

For ceramic vs stainless steel, Baratza has a good post explaining it while discussing heat generation in the grinding process:

u/EmpressofDirt · 7 pointsr/Coffee
u/install_updates · 7 pointsr/CampingandHiking

If we're backpacking. I couldn't care less about fresh grounds. I want something hot and that sweet sweet caffeine. We've all switched to instant packets. It's light weight and is less trash to pack out.

if we're car camping, depending on who's going, we either pregrind or bring the grinder. i'm also not above preground beans in a bag. but my hand grinder is glass (older version of this (Hario Skerton)), so it just seems silly and heavy to bring on a hike in.

u/qahatrack2 · 7 pointsr/Weakpots

So I got a coffee mill but then decided not to grind the beans the night before. So I was rushing get things together and the first grind came out way too weak and I had to buy coffee because there wasn't time to get another pot together. But tomorrow should be good. Day off, will be experimenting until it's where I want it.

u/quasiinrem · 7 pointsr/Coffee

I just bought a hand grinder, makes a damn fine pot of coffee but it is a lot of work. I bought this one Amazon has it marked under review for some reason. Before that I had a blade grinder, which is much easier but your coffee won't be anywhere near as good. Pretty much the #1 rule I hear is that the grinder is the single most important piece of equipment for a good cup so it isn't something to skimp on.

u/jayledbird · 7 pointsr/Coffee

This is what I use, and it's wonderful.

u/ConnorCG · 7 pointsr/Coffee

This is a totally wide-open question, depending on budget and time commitments, as well as personal tastes.

I hate to sound like a /r/coffee cliche, but Aeropress is probably the most flexible, especially for milk drinks. You can brew a concentrated batch with an espresso blend, or a lighter cup with a more standard recipe and whatever beans you prefer. You can kinda texture milk with a french press. It's not going to be cafe-quality but it should be pretty good. If you don't want to get the french press you can honestly just use warmed milk and make a cortado.

Check out this video for some ideas:

You could probably get away with doing everything with a french press, but it's harder to brew smaller batches with one. You could also consider a Moka Pot instead of an aeropress, but it's more of a one-trick pony, and can be finicky to get consistent results.

I suggest picking up a grinder, a Hario Mini Mill is the best value in the low end. This way you can use fresh beans and get the best flavor. If you're not concerned with all that, the method I described above should work fine with Cafe Bustelo or Lavazza pre-ground coffee.

u/lolbacon · 7 pointsr/Coffee

For a grinder, try one of these guys. I take that & a portable press with me when I tour or go on road trips. Most gas stations have hot water spouts, so I can snob out even in coffee wastelands.

u/pipruppip · 7 pointsr/japanlife

You all need to go to /r/coffee
And sorry to tell you but all the GOOD coffee I've found in Tokyo is around 900jpy every 100g.
I recommend you to buy this grinder HARIO ( ハリオ ) 手挽き コーヒーミル ・ セラミック スリム MSS-1TB
If you don't have money for a grinder, then I can suppose you don't have a real espresso machine so I recommend you to throw it and buy an aeropress, V60, Kelita or a French Press, and get beans from a specialized shop.

u/NRBQ_BBQ · 7 pointsr/Cooking

I'm in the same boat but I pulled the trigger because this also replaces my NuWave oven(wife's purchase long before we got together) that I ONLY ever use to incubate my own yogurt. This will save me quite the hassle of ever having to lug that thing up and down from the basement every two weeks. This and I have seriosuly limited cabinet space. This will help me out tremendously.

Also, if you live in an area that qualifies for PrimeNow through Amazon, order it through them(not the same site as amazon), get it delivered TODAY, and save another $15 if you use the code 15OFFNOW. Plus get another $5 credit for future use. Got mine for $66 including tax and delivery.

u/YourWaterloo · 7 pointsr/AskWomen

I mean this, it's a hybrid rice cooker/slow cooker/pressure cooker.

I know I'd use the rice cooker and slow cooker functions a lot, but I've never had a pressure cooker before so I'm not sure about that part, which is the feature that makes the pricetag worth it. But it cooks beans really quickly, which would be awesome, and being able to braise tough cuts of meat quickly also seems like a great feature.

u/rbegirliegirl · 7 pointsr/financialindependence

Reddit loves the Instant Pot.

Do you have any hobbies where you could use some extra supplies? (i.e. camping, running, something else...)

u/hellobeffy · 7 pointsr/snakes

Home: For the heating pad, you need a thermostat, which will turn it on and off automatically around a specified heat range. Mine is set to 86 degrees with the probe placed between the heat mat and the bottom of the tank. This keeps the glass on top of the tank around 83-85, and the paper towel I have over the glass is around 81-83. You may need to have a different temperature setting, depending on your setup. You shouldn't turn the heat mat entirely off, unless you notice it is malfunctioning and overheating.

To make sure that your temperatures and humidity are decent, you will want a digital thermometer/hygrometer and a temperature gun. The cool side should be in the low-mid 70s and the warm side in the low-mid 80s. The humidity should be 30%-60%. If it isn't, you can make or buy a humid hide, block off some of the venting on the screen top with aluminum foil or acrylic panels, or switch substrates to something that can be misted. This last measure will likely not be necessary unless you live in a low-humidity area.

You should have two identical caves, one on the warm side over the heat mat and one on the cool side.

Diet: What you were told may be appropriate for an adult snake. If possible, weigh her and post pictures. Do a quick Google search on how much adult corns should be eating and how often. I only have a hatchling, and don't want to lead you astray with my lack of adult corn experience.

Handling: If you got her recently enough that you haven't fed her yet, you shouldn't be handling her yet. You should feed her at least once, preferably twice before handling her the first time, and wait 48 hours after feeding to handle her.

Depending on the snake, many can be held multiple times per week. Some are conservative and say only once a week for 15 minutes. Some people allow for more handling than this. But 3-4 times a week for 'extended periods' is almost definitely too much, and as she's new to you, you should be slowly working your way up to longer periods of handling. You also should never be handling her in the 48 hours after she eats.

Shedding: Their color will usually dull and their eyes will turn milky or blue. They might have some minor changes in behavior, like more resistance to handling or possibly even refusal to eat. Mine just shed, and hid for three days prior to that. Note that the shed should come off all in one piece -- if it doesn't, it may be a sign that your snake is dehydrated and doesn't have sufficient access to clean water or the humidity in the tank is too low.

Another quick note on water: You should be changing it at least twice a week, plus any time the snake soils it. I buy filtered spring water from the store, which doesn't have some of the chemicals in tap water that are fine for humans but not so good for snakes. It's kind of a pain in the butt, but it's only about $2 a month, so whatever.

u/Sully1102 · 7 pointsr/Cooking

That's like asking if you prefer blondes or red heads. Knives are a very personal thing.

This sub loves the Fibrox 8":

I love my Shun chef's & paring knives, personally.

The serrated blade, I just picked up something from Target. The cleaver I have I picked from Amazon. Just need something heavy.

Lastly, red heads. Always.

u/turkeybone · 7 pointsr/AskCulinary

As everyone is/will be quick to answer, one of the best values out there is the Victorinox Fibrox.

It's not flashy, it's not forged in the blood of peasants, but it works great and does exactly what you want/need it to. I've worked in restaurants and I use a fibrox half the time at home.

The next level I guess would be a Wusthof/Henckels/Global/Shun, which are made a little better, look nicer, and have some personality to them. They are in the price range you mentioned, but there are definite differences to them that are best explained by you trying them out rather than me saying Wusthofs are "rounder" than Henckels, Globals are light and slippery, etc.

After that you start getting into the more high-end stuff, usually $150 and (much) up. My starting point (and one of my favorites) in this would be a Misono UX10.

Of course, everyone's opinions will vary... but not really on the Victorinox. I don't think I've seen anyone NOT like that knife yet. And it's $40 or less.

u/OklaJosha · 7 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

Chef's knife. 8" is most common, I think. 7" and 6" work as well, might be better to have a smaller one if you're new. For an affordable, quality option the Victorinox is highly recommended.

u/cbroughton80 · 7 pointsr/cookingforbeginners

I considered myself a beginner not that long ago and three things I found helped a lot were;

  1. Quality tools. They just make the process easier and give you one less thing to worry about. I like America's Test Kitchen and The Wirecutter for reviews when I'm looking to buy something new. A chefs knife is easily #1 on the list. I have the 8" Victorinox chefs knife ATK recomemds and I love it. Amazon link.

  2. A cast iron pan once seasoned has let me do so many kinds of recipes with one pan to worry about. A 10" Lodge should do you fine.

  3. Trusted recipies. I really like America's Test Kitchen. They're researched, thorough, and trusted. Skip the paid website and get their books like The Best Simple Recipies from your library or used on Amazon. I'm not a fan of digital versions I find them hard to browse.
u/96dpi · 7 pointsr/Cooking

Victorinox Firbrox 8-inch chef's knife is a great knife, I've been using two of them for over five years now. Use the extra money to buy a honing rod/steel.

10 inches is a little unwieldy for most things, IMO

u/landragoran · 7 pointsr/AskCulinary

unless i'm mistaken, this knife is often recommended as a good first knife by cooking schools to new students. it's cheap and sturdy, apparently everything a newish cook could want in a chef's knife.

u/llamacolypse · 7 pointsr/AskWomen

Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife which I got for my husband, we needed a better kitchen knife and this one was rated pretty well by america's test kitchen

Chooka rain boots I have thick calves and these rain boots are fantastic, they're a bit wide too so I can wear wooly socks with them.

My Asus laptop

This cat lounger my cats love, especially my chunky one

And my air purifier

u/HckrSvn · 7 pointsr/buildapcsales

^ Exact same thing but a couple bucks cheaper and way more reviews.

u/sunfloweries · 7 pointsr/RedPillWives

Woohoo! I've been waiting for this one. I talked in the IRC for a bit about my new best friend: The InstantPot!

If you don't know what it is, a quick run down: It's a 7-in-1 electric pressure cooker that you can use as a slow cooker, rice cooker, sauteeing pan, yogurt maker, steamer, and warmer. The only thing is won't do is dehydrate!

If you don't know what a pressure cooker does, it can essentially cut your slow cooker meals down from 4 hours to 25 minutes. For the standard "jar of salsa + chicken breast/thighs" recipe, we have shredded chicken in front of us 30 minutes after it's in the pot. So far I've made succulent pulled pork, amazing shredded chicken, and beans from dried in record time.

My favorite recipe really is the salsa chick (so simple, so versatile), and I end up making 2 pounds of it to spread throughout dinner,s my work lunches, and a little leftover in the freezer for a rainy day. It makes meal prep unbelievably easy. I haven't made a good chili or anything yet because it's summertime, but I know it's going to be awesome.

But the best part? Throwing out my rice cooker (I am a cook of many talents, but perfectly fluffy rice in a pot somehow eludes me) and slow cooker, and thereby decluttering our kitchen/pantry.

I promise I'm not a salesperson (I feel like one, I just LOVE this thing!) but here are some recipes I've tried that are simple, basic, and what I feel are the most useful with my IP.

u/TrandaBear · 6 pointsr/IAmA

Bro, I've been there. Cept I'm not a teacher. Anywho the Victorinox is for you. Its functional, durable, and easily replaceable. You can even spring for two, a poultry knife and an everything else knife.

u/monikioo · 6 pointsr/Cooking

Not even. $27 for a victorinox chef's knife. Awesome knife.

u/threebicks · 6 pointsr/gadgets

Multi-color LED strip lights ~$25. You can set the lights to any color including a comfortable 'soft white' or have them continuously cycle or blink through every color in the rainbow.

They are super fun, effective, and cheap. Comes with a remote too. I used to think something like this cost hundreds of dollars.

u/Space_cat1776 · 6 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Honestly, if you're going to spend more than $100 or so just get the Instant Pot - the large 8 quart should be fine for families. There's the added functionality of using it as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, etc. It has a removable insert and it's very durable. There's a reason why the Instant Pot has gotten a huge cult following so fast - you can do a lot with it. But even if you just use it as a slow cooker, it's pretty great.

However, if you want to stick with a just a basic slow cooker, this site has pretty reliable reviews and rankings in my experience.

u/TheWhyteMaN · 6 pointsr/vegan

The best way is to purchase a pressure cooker, like this

I can cook an entire soup with dry beans from scratch in less than an hour.

u/haironbae · 6 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Even better than a crock pot is a pressure cooker. Perfect rice, dried beans, cheap meat cuts made tender in 1/4 of the time (10lbs of pulled pork from a $20 pork butt in 1 hour? Yup). Make yogurt, can foods, it's amazing.

I highly recommend the electric kind Instant Pot 7 In 1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart | 1000W

u/nper7 · 6 pointsr/medicalschool

Instant Pot

Bose QC35 Noise Cancelling Headphones - well worth the price

Amazon Prime membership

External/second monitor

u/Forrest319 · 6 pointsr/AskCulinary

It's doing to depend out the range more than anything. Every range will be a bit different, and the burners on the same range will probably be different as well.

It only takes $16 to find out how hot your pan is getting

u/Concise_Pirate · 6 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

The Instant Pot is a very popular combination pressure cooker, slow cooker, and more. A top seller on Amazon.

However, what she'd probably like more is some pampering -- a babysitter, a spa day, a massage, something like that. Or for you to do all her chores for one weekend. Or (if it's her thing) some jewelry.

u/fr1ck · 6 pointsr/IndianFood

Because I'm much lazier than these other diligent posters, I got the Instant Pot that makes yogurt. It's really easy and the pot pretty much walks you through it. Plus, this pot is a pressure cooker that is great for making all things lentil/bean. It can can things. It also acts as a rice cooker and even a slow cooker. But unlike conventional slow cookers, you can sauté and brown ingredients prior to slow cooking. If you get one, make sure you get the 7-in-1 so you have the yogurt making function. It's a bit pricey but super useful. And I'd advise that you get an extra one of the cooking bowls if you think you'll use it a lot!


u/rgov · 6 pointsr/RPI

Instant Pots are pretty good and this is a good weekend to buy one. This one is on sale down to $50.

u/flyawaylittleone · 6 pointsr/knives

Many professional chefs swear by Victorinox, and this one is the best bang for your under $100 budget by far:

Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife, 8-Inch Chef

^ you might want to pick up a paring knife as well, if you don’t already have one...

Victorinox 3.25 Inch Paring Knife

u/rodion_kjd · 6 pointsr/AskCulinary

I would say that in the most broad way of looking at things, high quality items aren't put on 85% off clearance. You never go to the Rolex store for an 85% discount, you never buy a Porsche at 25% off, etc. In addition it is rarely in your best interest to buy a "set" of knives because you'll either pay way too much or way too little and end up with some stuff you won't need.

From what I can tell from a little bit of google they're hammered knives that will run in a set of 3 for around $70. They're more than likely okay but the general consensus around here is the Fibrox is the knife to buy if you just need a general kitchen workhorse for the home cook.

Those Seki Tobei knvies look cool but my guess is that's their most distinguishing features.

u/arcticamt6 · 6 pointsr/Cooking

You're better off not buying a set. Buy 2-3 better quality knives. Victorinox makes good quality knives for fairly cheap.

You will also want a knife sharpener. A dull knife is a dangerous knife. Most people don't sharpen their knives at all. A honing steel is not a knife sharpener.

Use the rest to get some steak knives if you wish. Also, you have some left over for if you decide you want a bread knife or a slicer.

u/SkincareQuestions10 · 6 pointsr/chefknives

This is the best starter knife you can buy. Many kitchens issue these to their cooks. They are well designed, can take a beating, and sharpen easily. I've had mine for 6.5 years and still use it regularly. It still takes a wicked edge on my stones.

u/bloomer96 · 6 pointsr/Cooking
u/mikeocool · 6 pointsr/Cooking

While in certain aspect you're right, you do get what you pay for, it also pays to be a discerning consumer. A $1 dollar tree knife might not have been a great buy. But a $700 set of CutCo knives probably includes a half-dozen you won't need or use, so if you did have $700 to drop on knives, your money would probably be better spent on a few really high quality knives (personally I'd be happy with a chef's knife, a pairing knife, and a bread knife).

If you don't have $700 to drop on knives (as I imagine is the case for most people), a quality knife certainly isn't impossible to come by. People in this subreddit seem to swear by this $30 chef's knife:

If you want to spend even less, but still get a half decent knife pickup a Dexter-Russell at a restaurant supply store for $12. It's designed for and used in restaurant kitchens all over the place, so it'll probably get the job done for you, and when it gets dull just buy a new one!

u/faithdies · 6 pointsr/knifeclub

Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife

That's the one I'm thinking of.

u/Nanojack · 6 pointsr/pics

Take those things back and get yourself an 8-Inch Victorinox chef's knife. About $30 and it'll do just about anything you want, including slicing butter.

u/AlfalfaOneOne · 6 pointsr/Coffee

If you want pourover (though you specified you're not crazy about it), go with the Hario V-60 ceramic. Pick up one of these for expert level pouring. I also agree that the aeropress is another great (and easy-to-clean) option for a one-cup operation. For improved flavor, there is a reusable stainless filter that allows more oils through (versus paper filters). You can also pour instant coffee directly into your mouth. You're welcome.

u/PopoTheBadNewsBear · 6 pointsr/Coffee

I hear very good things about this kettle.

u/Bartholemue · 6 pointsr/Coffee

Or for $100 less, the bonavita temp control I’m sure the stagg is nice too if you have the funds

u/Mr_Truttle · 6 pointsr/keto

I mean... if you check the lower reviews, you're going to get a much higher concentration of people who had one-off issues and other problems that aren't typical. I did a quick search and this one seems to have overwhelmingly positive feedback from 13,000 or so people.

u/alittlemouth · 6 pointsr/loseit

You can get an amazingly accurate portable food scale on Amazon for $15 shipped free. This is the one I use and it's lasted me over 3 years so far (haven't even changed the battery!). That's $5 a year, or just over 40 cents a month. Get one! No excuses!

u/tangface · 6 pointsr/MealPrepSundayRecipes

I’d start with the most important kitchen tool if your aim is to meal prep for weight loss: the kitchen scale. This is the most important tool you’ll need if you’re going to count calories in each item you’ll be eating. As a recommendation, I’ve use this one for over 18 months and it’s going strong even though I’ve dropped it a couple of time from a few feet, the Ozeri Kitchen scale: The only downside to this scale is that if you have a super large bowl on top, it might be a bit hard to see the weighting screen. But it’s not too big of a deal.

The second most important tool is knowing how much calories are in a food item. Lots of people use an app called My Fitness Pal. You can find it on both the Apple App Store and in Google Play Store. They have a really large database filled with food items and their basic nutritional facts.

An alternative to the app is the FoodData Central US gov site here: It’s a bit more manual than My Fitness Pal, but I prefer this site over the app because I can definitively know that search for both chicken thighs with skin on, bone on, all 3, or just the thighs as skinless and boneless.

To know how much calories you should be reducing, I would check out Jordan Syatt’ YT video “How Many Calories Should I Eat to Lose Fat”: He has other great videos like, “How to Make Weight Loss Sustainable”:

When you first start out going in a calorie deficit, I would take it easy the first month or two. You’ll need to let your body get used to the calorie reduction. Every week only reduce by a 100 calories or so until you hit your target calorie deficit number. If you go all in immediately, you’re not going to be a happy camper at all.

For actual meal prep recipes, I like to use Budget Btyes site: There’s a larger variety of recipes to choose from, majority of them are beginner cooking friendly, the list of ingredients are easy to find and reasonable (long a super long list of things to buy), and relatively quick to make (depending on how quick you can cook).

The only downside to this site is that, like most recipe authors in the US, it’s not always 100% clear to someone starting to cook from recipes if the food item is supposed to be in dry goods measuring cups or in liquid measuring cups. I personally prefer to use the metric system for recipes because doing everything by weight or volume in grams or milliliters is more precise. It also makes calorie counting go by faster.

I know it’s a lot to take in and looks extremely time consuming, but ease yourself into it. It’s going to be a bit of a trial to get into the groove of counting calories and getting used to what food items works for you/doesn’t work. Go slow, take it week by week, and remember that you got this. Welcome to meal prepping!!

(I’ll come back and format this better soon; on mobile right now.)

u/tinytaiga · 6 pointsr/1200isplenty

[I just purchased this one!] (

I had searched a bit on here and read some reviews. I really like it. It's simple, runs on batteries, small enough to put away (I have a small kitchen with limited counter space), AND! the screen stays on for 2 whole minutes. The previous one I had plugged into the wall. The display would shut off after maybe 20 seconds. That caused problems when I was constantly taring and adding stuff to the same bowl. NOT ANYMORE!

u/blue-no-yellow · 6 pointsr/xxfitness

I don't have super intense weighing needs but I use this one which goes up in 1 gram increments and has worked just fine for me!

u/HaveMeOnURPodcast · 6 pointsr/trashy

Yeah, no. You don't use hotel coffee makers. That's just a rule of life. Don't even check them. Just don't use them. They're all disgusting. Buy a travel kettle and AeroPress and just bring it with you if you travel enough to need to worry about making coffee in a hotel room.

*edit: Changed french press to AeroPress. Wasn't thinking about the grinder.

u/theCardiffGiant · 6 pointsr/Coffee

This guy is great, and clearly very kind. On a side note: Grind is good for fine tuning, but you can go too fine and too coarse with any given brewing method. Going too fine can yield over-extracted coffee, which will taste (among a wide variety of possible over-extracted flavors) bitter. Under extraction with too coarse of grind will be obvious- your coffee is weak and watery, possibly with a grassy taste.

If you do have a coffee shop/roastery in your town, make some face to face friends to talk shop with (the employees, if they aren't asses). Having friends with coffee interests makes coffee way more fun. Like most hobbies, a social aspect adds a lot of depth and increases the steepness of your learning curve.

Lastly, I highly recommend the aeropress as a starting method. It's just as easy and cheap as a french press, and I find the result is much more wonderful. I recognize that others might disagree, but disagreements are part of the fun of it. Good luck, and like AVgvstvs_Caesar, feel free to PM me with questions.

u/PM_Me_Your_Clones · 6 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

If you do it like that, I can see your math. However, if you do it like this:!product/prd12/3738421821/120ml-sample-100mg-ml-nic-html (Or Bull City or ECX or Gremlin, etc. - let's call it $50 in flavoring)

You can make ~4L/4000ml of 3mg/ml for ~$150 or a little under $0.04/ml, so ~$4.50 per 120ml with supplies left over.

Maybe I'm mistaken in thinking ~$150 isn't large scale but I'm sure many people on here spend at least that much in a six month period (five 250ml of Blue Dot will run you $187).

u/thefourthdr · 6 pointsr/electronic_cigarette


  1. I don't recommend a kit, but that's just me.
  2. Mix by weight. Buy this scale The 500g one, not the others. You want 0.01g precision.
  3. Don't buy random flavors. Pick one or two juices over at that sound good to you and have a good rating. Buy the flavors to make those.
  4. Buy your VG and PG here. and
  5. Get some pipettes. Plastic Transfer Pipettes 1ml, Graduated, Pack of 500
  6. Get good nicotine. I like Carolina Xtracts and Nude Nicotine
  7. Read everthing here.
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  10. Watch this.
  11. Wear protective gloves if you buy high percentage nicotine solution!
  12. Enjoy your freedom. You're right, it is fun to do. And easy. My wife calls it vaking :)
u/rklimek76 · 6 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

You want a scale that can read down to .01 grams. Check out the American Weigh Labs LB-501, it's on amazon as well, runs about $24.

u/Urano_Metria · 6 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

Easier, cleaner, and quicker to get a scale and mix by weight. I use the American Weigh Scales LB-501. It has the 0.01g resolution you need for mixing by weight, and it's a steal at $23 rather than cleaning a bunch of syringes every time you mix up a batch of e-liquid.

u/TransitionTimes · 6 pointsr/IAmA

Try the [aeropress] ( 30 bucks and it makes pretty good espresso-like coffee.

u/ItWorkedLastTime · 6 pointsr/Coffee

GRIND manual coffee grinder

BOIL immersion heater

BREW french press or an aeropress.

With the french press, you can boil the water right inside of it using the heat stick. With the aeropress, you'll need another container.

u/ajeoae · 6 pointsr/Coffee
  1. Aeropress:

  2. Inexpensive Burr grinder: (a lot of these fit snugly inside the Aeropress too which is a plus)

  3. Fresh Good Quality Coffee Beans(tm)

  4. Non-softened clean water
u/bretts_mum_guitar · 6 pointsr/bodybuilding

I'm really lazy with coffee and just got this. It's so rad, you can make up to a quad shot espresso in under 2 mins.

u/louisjms · 6 pointsr/Coffee

$150 is a good amount really, much more generous than other people who are like "I have $30, how do I make cafe-grade espresso at home???"

My list for you:

  • Baratza Encore grinder - this is a very capable grinder that will suit brew methods from French Press to Aeropress and Pourover. It won't work for Espresso however, although you're probably not going to be venturing that far just now. You'll want to grind your beans fresh for best results - if you buy your beans from Starbucks and have them ground there, they'll be very stale by the next day.
  • Aeropress - honestly it's a weird contraption, but in the views of most people here, the best bit of kit for brewing coffee at home. It's a cross between a French Press and a paper filter machine, in that you immerse the coffee in water, and then plunge it through a paper filter to separate the grounds and the liquid. I think the reason people recommend the Aeropress to many is that it's basically fool-proof. As long as you're using good coffee, you can't really make a bad cup.
  • Hario V60 - another brew device, this is a pourover, so very similar to drip coffee but you have far more control. You'll get best results using a gooseneck kettle, although if you have a normal kettle with a fine spout you might just about manage.

    I won't explain WHY these are really good kits for getting started with, you can just search on this sub and there will be hundreds of articles on that.

    And I should stress again, good beans are important. As a Starbucks Barista I am 100% coughing up to the fact that most of our coffee's are charcoal. Use them if you like them, but if you can get something better then you should really be doing so.
u/katabaticpat · 6 pointsr/Frugal

People on /r/coffee seem to really be into the Aerobie Aeropress. I don't know a lot about it, but I've heard nothing but good things.

u/txgsync · 6 pointsr/zfs

Linking OP's problem here...

Chances are 9/10 that the CPU is not "busy", but instead bumping up against a mutex lock. Welcome to the world of high-performance ZFS, where pushing forward the state-of-the-art is often a game of mutex whac-a-mole!

Here's the relevant CPU note from the post:

> did a perf top and it shows most of the kernel time spent in _raw_spin_unlock_irqrestore in z_wr_int_4 and osq_lock in z_wr_iss.

Seeing "lock" in the name of any kernel process is often a helpful clue. So let's do some research: what is "z_wr_iss"? What is "osq_lock"?

I decided to pull down the OpenZFS source code and learn by searching/reading. Lots more reading than I can outline here.

txgsync: ~/devel$ git clone
txgsync: ~/devel$ cd openzfs/
txgsync: ~/devel/openzfs$ grep -ri z_wr_iss
txgsync: ~/devel/openzfs$ grep -ri osq_lock

Well, that was a bust. It's not in the upstream OpenZFS code. What about the zfsonlinux code?

txgsync: ~/devel$ git clone
txgsync: ~/devel$ cd zfs
txgsync: ~/devel/zfs$ grep -ri z_wr_iss
txgsync: ~/devel/zfs$ grep -ri osq_lock

Still no joy. OK, time for the big search: is it in the Linux kernel source code?

txgsync: ~/devel$ cd linux-4.4-rc8/
txgsync: ~/devel/linux-4.4-rc8$ grep -ri osq_lock

Time for a cup of coffee; even on a pair of fast, read-optimized SSDs, digging through millions of lines of code with "grep" takes several minutes.

include/linux/osq_lock.h:#ifndef LINUX_OSQ_LOCK_H
include/linux/osq_lock.h:#define OSQ_LOCK_UNLOCKED { ATOMIC_INIT(OSQ_UNLOCKED_VAL) }
include/linux/osq_lock.h:static inline void osq_lock_init(struct optimistic_spin_queue
include/linux/osq_lock.h:extern bool osq_lock(struct optimistic_spin_queue lock);
include/linux/rwsem.h:#include <linux/osq_lock.h>
include/linux/rwsem.h:#define __RWSEM_OPT_INIT(lockname) , .osq = OSQ_LOCK_UNLOCKED, .owner = NULL
include/linux/mutex.h:#include <linux/osq_lock.h>
kernel/locking/Makefile:obj-$(CONFIG_LOCK_SPIN_ON_OWNER) += osq_lock.o
kernel/locking/rwsem-xadd.c:#include <linux/osq_lock.h>
kernel/locking/rwsem-xadd.c: osq_lock_init(&sem->osq);
kernel/locking/rwsem-xadd.c: if (!osq_lock(&sem->osq))
kernel/locking/mutex.c:#include <linux/osq_lock.h>
kernel/locking/mutex.c: osq_lock_init(&lock->osq);
kernel/locking/mutex.c: if (!osq_lock(&lock->osq))
kernel/locking/osq_lock.c:#include <linux/osq_lock.h>
kernel/locking/osq_lock.c:bool osq_lock(struct optimistic_spin_queue

For those who don't read C well -- and I number myself among that distinguished group! -- here's a super-quick primer: if you see a file with ".h" at the end of the name, that's a "Header" file. Basically, it defines variables that are used elsewhere in the code. It's really useful to look at headers, because often they have helpful comments to tell you what the purpose of the variable is. If you see a file with ".c" at the end, that's the code that does the work rather than just defining stuff.

It's z_wr_iss that's driving the mutex lock; there's a good chance I can ignore the locking code itself (which is probably fine; at least I hope it is, because ZFS on Linux is probably easier to push through a fix than core kernel IO locking semantics) if I can figure out why we're competing over the lock (which is the actual problem). Back to grep...

txgsync: ~/devel/linux-4.4-rc8$ grep -ri z_wr_iss

MOAR COFFEE! This takes forever. Next hobby project: grok up my source code trees in ~devel; grep takes way too long.



And the search came up empty. Hmm. Maybe _iss is a structure that's created only when it's running, and doesn't actually exist in the code? I probably should understand what I'm pecking at a little better. Let's go back to the ZFS On Linux code:

mbarnson@txgsync: ~/devel/zfs$ grep -r z_wr

module/zfs/zio.c: "z_null", "z_rd", "z_wr", "z_fr", "z_cl", "z_ioctl"

Another clue! We've figured out the Linux Kernel name of the mutex we're stuck on, and that z_wr is a structure in "zio.c". Now this code looks pretty familiar to me. Let's go dive into the ZFS On Linux code and see why z_wr might be hung up on a mutex lock of type "_iss".

txgsync: ~/devel/zfs$ cd module/zfs/
txgsync: ~/devel/zfs/module/zfs$ vi zio.c

z_wr is a type of IO descriptor:

  • ==========================================================================
  • I/O type descriptions
  • ==========================================================================
    const char
    zio_type_name[ZIO_TYPES] = {
    "z_null", "z_rd", "z_wr", "z_fr", "z_cl", "z_ioctl"

    What about that z_wr_iss thing? And competition with z_wr_int_4? I've gotta leave that unanswered for now, because it's Saturday and I have a lawn to mow.

    It seems there are a few obvious -- if tentative -- conclusions:

  1. You're hung up on a mutex lock. This is probably not something that "tuning" will usually eliminate; double-check that you're not using compression, encryption, deduplication, or other obvious resource hogs.
  2. The name of the mutex lock is osq_lock in the Linux kernel. The name seems obvious: it's a queue of some sort. Could it be a write queue to access the device? A parallel test to all your devices -- without ZFS, just simultaneous writes across the stripe in some kind of raw fashion -- might turn up if this mutex is being held due to IO in general, or if it is specific to ZFS.
  3. The mutex competition appears to be between z_wr_int_4 (the write queue for 4k blocks, perhaps?) and z_wr_iss. You might be able to determine if z_wr_int_4 is what I described by re-running your test to see if the new competition is between z_wr_iss with something like z_wr_int_8 for 8k blocks instead.
  4. If I were the OP, I'd evaluate the disks one-by-one. Create a zpool of just the one drive, and run the IO test on just that drive first. If performance is good with a single-drive zpool, nuke the pool and use two drives in a stripe. Try again. See what the scale tipping point is with three drives, four drives, etc. Xen historically had challenging IO queueing when managing more than four block devices; I wonder if some legacy of this remains?
  5. You really need to see if you can reproduce this on bare metal. It seems likely that this is an artifact of virtualization under Xen. Even with paravirtualization of IO, any high-performance filesystem is really sensitive to latency in the data path. Seems more a Xen bug than a ZFS bug, but it might be work-around-able.
  6. Xen -- if I understand correctly -- uses a shared, fixed-size ring buffer and notification mechanism for I/O, just one per domU. So although you're throwing more drives at it, this moves the bottleneck from the drives to the ring buffer. If I were to pursue this further, I'd look to competition for this shared ring buffer resource as a likely candidate imposing a global throttle on all IO to the domU under your hypervisor:
    • you've filled the ring buffer,
    • Xen has to empty it and make room for more data before the lock can clear,
    • this suggests that the real governor is how long the Linux kernel mutex has to wait for Xen to poll the ring buffer again.
    • You might not observe this with forked processes in a paravirtualized kernel. ZFS is a multithreaded kernel process, so I wonder if it's being forced to use a single ring buffer for I/O in a Xen environment.

      It's just a hypothesis, but I think it may have some legs and needs to be ruled out before other causes can be ruled in.

      I was willing to dive into this a bit because I'm in the midst of some similar tests myself, and am also puzzled why the IO performance of Solaris zones so far out-strips ZFSoL under Xen; even after reading Brendan Gregg's explanation of Zones vs. KVM vs. Xen I obviously don't quite "get it" yet. I probably need to spend more time with my hands in the guts of things to know what I'm talking about.

      TL;DR: You're probably tripping over a Linux kernel mutex lock that is waiting on a Xen ring buffer polling cycle; this might not have much to do with ZFS per se. Debugging Xen I/O scheduling is hard. Please file a bug.

      ADDENDUM: The Oracle Cloud storage is mostly on the ZFS Storage Appliances. Why not buy a big IaaS instance from Oracle instead and know that it's ZFS under the hood at the base of the stack? The storage back-end systems have 1.5TB RAM, abundant L2ARC, huge & fast SSD SLOG, and lots of 10K drives as the backing store. We've carefully engineered our storage back-ends for huge IOPS. We're doubling-down on that approach with Solaris Zones and Docker in the Cloud with Oracle OpenStack for Solaris and Linux this year, and actively disrupting ourselves to make your life better. I administer the architecture & performance of this storage for a living, so if you're not happy with performance in the Oracle Cloud, your problem is right in my wheelhouse.

      Disclaimer: I'm an Oracle employee. My opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Oracle or its affiliates.
u/splanchnick78 · 6 pointsr/TeenMomOGandTeenMom2

I never saw that one!! LOL!!

The other good one is the banana slicer

Gives me the giggles every time, guaranteed

u/FoamBornNarwhal · 6 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

A banana chopper.

That way you can threaten your boyfriend to chop his dick into 18 pieces if he ever fucks up

u/ungus · 6 pointsr/funny

If you're looking for a banana slicer, you should check out the 571 by Hutzler. It's the pinnacle of fruit puck perfection. Check out the rave reviews.

u/teeeteee · 6 pointsr/Coffee
u/ThereminsWake · 6 pointsr/Coffee

Fellow college kid here, I went with this Hario hand mill. Sure it takes a little more effort to get your coffee, but its not nearly as bad as people make it sound. It takes a few minutes and I usually do it while heating up the water. I also hear good things about Hario's mini slim.

u/euphrenaline · 6 pointsr/Coffee

What do you guys think of this one?

As I've mentioned in other comments, I only make a cup at a time, so this seems sufficient.

u/SnarkDolphin · 6 pointsr/Coffee

Well here's the thing about coffee, it's finicky stuff. Much moreso than most Americans would give it credit for. Automatic machines like you have can deliver quality coffee, but unless the one you have cost $200 or more, it won't really be up to the task of making cafe quality coffee. If you want coffee of the same quality (or even better) you'd find at a cafe, you're going to have to know a couple things. Don't worry, I'll tl;dr this with a few specifics at the end, but right now I'm going to go over the things that affect how coffee tastes:

Bean quality: probably the most esoteric and taste-dependent part of coffee, it's not much worth getting into grading, processing, etc, just suffice it to say that folger's is definitely not using top-rate beans and they're mixing robusta (high caffeine, very bitter) in with arabica (moderate caffeine, much better flavor), whereas a decent coffee shop is using 100% arabica

Freshness: Coffee goes stale quick and the flavors dull within about three weeks, a month tops after roasting. Those mass market beans are months old by the time you get them off the shelf. The good news is that there's almost definitely a roaster near you who sells decent beans that are nice and fresh roasted. The bad news is that the cheapest decent coffee you'll find is ~$10/lb most places.

Grind: piggybacking on my last point, coffee, even when sealed in those cans, goes stale VERY fast after being ground (like, within an hour), so buy whole bean and grind it yourself right before brewing

Grind consistency: if the grind isn't uniform, the coffee won't extract evenly and will taste off. The normal blade grinders you think of when you think "coffee grinder" won't work, you'll need a burr grinder, whether hand crank or electric. Doesn't have to be fancy but it does have to be a burr grinder

Brew ratio: coffee will optimally be brewed (for most methods) with 16 or 17g of water (a fat tablespoon) for each gram of coffee. You can guestimate it but digital kitchen scales that read in grams can be had for dirt cheap on amazon. IME people who don't know about brewing coffee tend to use way too little coffee for the amount they brew. This extracts too much from the grounds and makes it watery and bitter

Brew time: each method has its own ideal brew time but for most, like pourover or french press, ~4 minutes is optimal

Water temperature: Coffee should ideally be brewed between 195-205Fthis is where the vast majority of home drip machines fail, the reason that /r/coffee approved drip machines start off at like $200 is that they have big, heavy copper heaters that can reach ideal brew temp, most drip machines have crummy weak heating coils that end up brewing at lower temperatures and making the coffee taste flat and sour.


I know this seems overwhelming, so I'll give you a nice, easy starter kit and instructions how to use it to get you started. And I know you said your bank account was getting crushed, so I'll make this nice and wallet-friendly

For a grinder, go with either this manual one which has the advantage of being really cheap and producing decent grinds, but will take some effort to grind your coffee (2-3 minutes) and setting the grind size can be a pain, or if you want to spend a little bit more and get an electric, go for this one, it's not the greatest in the world but for a starting point it works ok and it's darn cheap.

You can either keep brewing with your auto drip or, if you're still not satisfied, get a french press. They're crazy easy to use (weigh coffee, put in press. Place press on scale and tare. Pour in water. wait four minutes. drink), and they can be had for damn cheap

Then find someone who roasts coffee near you, get some beans, and enjoy!

Anyway sorry to bombard you with the wall of text but coffee's a complicated thing and we're hobbyists (and snobs) around here. Hope that helps! Feel free to ask more questions

EDIT: forgot to add in Todd Carmichael's awesome instruction video for the french press.

u/Tru3Gamer · 6 pointsr/Coffee

The general tradeoff is taste for ease of use, a keurig you'd just pop in a capsule and get mediocre coffee, with some other brew method you'd get better coffee but you would have to work harder. A common starting setup which is quite quick and easy whilst providing a good cup of coffee is an Aeropress, Hario Mini Mill and any decent scale.

u/TelephoneMamba · 6 pointsr/videos

Hario mini-mill is a solid option.

I used it for about 6 months with good results. But I got tired of grinding 40g of coffee every morning by hand so I upgraded. It's nice have $300 for coffee grinders money.

u/Backonredditforreal · 6 pointsr/gundeals

I should’ve clarified and said “for now” regarding the size haha. Tactical guns are hard to fit but otherwise I have 8 guns on one side and 4 on the other but those are all tactical guns so they take up twice as much space.

If you need help with moisture, I use these in my safes for ammo and guns.

New and Improved Eva-dry E-333 Renewable Mini Dehumidifier

Since I’ve been buying them, this looks like the third gen.

I also use pistol hangers which help immensely. The ones I got were $7 for 4 at the time but are more now. They’re a great cheap way to help with organization.

u/jasongill · 6 pointsr/Tools

on a more serious note, you need to get Zerust capsules and put them in your toolbox/drawers. A dehumidifier (especially one with a gravity drain to outside, or a pump to drain it automatically) in the shop helps quite a bit, too.

You need to get the humidity down. Even a dessicant canister or one of the renewable dessicant canisters will help

u/Linens · 6 pointsr/shrooms

If you really want to know weight you'll need a scale. Here's a good scale for $8. If you want to keep doing drugs maybe you should be able to dose them accurately. A 3.5g trip and a 5g trip is a HUGE difference. This looks like about 4-5g. Good luck!

u/RollBama420 · 6 pointsr/trees
u/foreversoundsgood · 6 pointsr/MDMA

I'm going to try to be as detailed as possible.

The best way to take crystals:


  • Buy a reagent test kit to make sure what you have has MDXX in it and rule out the most harmful substances. These can be bought over Amazon or via Reagent Testing UK (Marquis is most often seen as the most important one though I strongly suggest to get the kit)

  • Buy a microgram scale, the following one is recommended by most people: on Amazon Germany or Amazon UK

  • If you want to crush them yourself, I would recommend buying a cheap mortar and pestle on Amazon Germany or Amazon UK

  • If you want to put them into gelatin capsules, you can buy for example size 1 gel caps from Amazon Germany or Amazon UK



    First of all: do some research about the specific dosing you want to take. I know of the two most common ways:

  • Use your scale to weigh the amount you want, then divide it into the doses you like, weighing every dosage carefully.

  • Dissolve the amount of MDMA you have in a 1:1 ratio of MDMA in mg to water in ml. Dissolve the MDMA in the water and then divide the liquid into the amount you want.
    If you have 1g (1000mg) of MDMA and you dissolve it in 1 litre (1000ml) of water, every 100ml of water will contain 100mg of MDMA


    Methods of taking:

  1. Nasal a.k.a. insufflated a.k.a. rail it. Grind it into powder, weigh your dose and snort it.

  2. Oral you have a couple of different options.

  • You could straight up eat it, but that would taste absolutely horrible. (don't do this)

  • You can dissolve the amount you want in liquid (coca cola, Gatorade, anything with a sweet taste) and drink it.

  • You can parachute or bomb it, this can be done with rolling papers or with toilet paper/tissues. It can be done like this or like this. You just take it as you would take a pill. Due to the acidity in your stomach, it doesn't matter if the crystals are finely ground or not.

  1. Rectal a.k.a. anal a.k.a. boof it. This means dissolving it in liquid (such as distilled water) and insert the liquid anally with a soft syringe. Don't forget to use lube


    I hope this helps, let us know if you have any other questions or unclarities.

    Roll safe.
u/articulating_smoke · 6 pointsr/microdosing

Here what I use. It's very accurate and comes with 10g calibration weights. You can literally blow on the scale and it will register the shift in pressure.

American Weigh Scale Gemini Series Precision Digital Milligram Scale, Silver 20G X 0.001G (GEMINI-20) (Silver)

u/Intereo · 6 pointsr/Nootropics

This scale is probably the best bang for your buck. I have one and haven't had any problems with it.

u/bob_mcbob · 6 pointsr/Coffee

Do yourself a favour and get an inexpensive digital scale so you can see how much coffee and water you're actually using.

u/Canoo · 6 pointsr/Coffee

There's loads of scales that go up to 2kg with a 0.1g resolution on amazon just fyi. This one gets recommended here a lot:

I can't see many coffee brewing scenarios where you'd need a scale larger than 2kg.

u/adrooo · 6 pointsr/Coffee

I have an American Weigh SC-2kg.

I previously had an Ozeri Pro, which was similar in price.

I love the American Weigh because it is accurate to 0.1g, which is great for espresso. However, it sacrifices maximum weight, which came in handy a few times on the Ozeri (mainly for other things in the kitchen).

If you're doing the regular 6-cup chemex (I do this with the additional weight of ice for japanese cold brew), you should be fine with the American Weigh. I'd suggest it anyways as I found the build quality a bit better, and the auto-shut off isn't triggered as quickly. It also has an awesome blue LED screen. If you're doing heavier stuff though, the Ozeri is certainly sufficient!

u/gartonio · 6 pointsr/Coffee

I'd prioritize a scale over thermometer or bean vault, not that it's bad that you're getting those things. Many will tell you water just off boil is fine, but I think it's worth being able to experiment with water temperature to decide that for yourself.
EDIT: oh and if you end up anything like me when I started going down this rabbit hole, you may find yourself itching for a better grinder (e.g. Baratza Encore) sooner than later. Just something to consider. Upgradeitis is a real thing.

u/singsadsong · 6 pointsr/Coffee

Your best bet for dorm room drinks is going to be an Aeropress. It's a weird plastic tube that you use to push hot water through coffee. People here swear by them, and I do too. They don't make espresso, but they can make a terrific cup of coffee as well as a coffee 'concentrate' that can be used as a worthy espresso substitute. In terms of milk, it's really easy to froth milk in a french press. You just put warm milk in a french press and pump the plunger up and down a few times.

Grinding your own beans, if you want to make good tasting drinks, is unfortunately unavoidable. When was first getting into coffee I quickly became bummed out that the expensive and most important part of the process wasn't the exotic, perfectly roasted beans, nor was it the beautiful brewing devices, but instead... the grinder. Fortunately, a basic hand grinder will last you a long time and won't cost too much.

Aeropress - $28
Hand Grinder - $24
French Press - $17

In total that's about $70 worth of stuff. Add a bag of beans and you're at around $80-85 (hey, Christmas is fast approaching!).

Oh, and flavors like french vanilla and pumpkin spice don't really occur naturally in beans, at least not the way you're going to get them somewhere like Starbucks. Cafes typically use syrups, either artificial or natural, to get those flavors.

u/budude2 · 6 pointsr/baylor

Oh oh I love coffee! Some cool products to check out on the cheap:

Hario Mini Mill Slim Hand Coffee Grinder: It's a hand crank grinder, but it's a burr grinder so it produces a more consistent grind which in turn produces a better cup of coffee.

Chemex 3-Cup Classic Glass Coffee Maker: Not as cheap as the french press, but since it uses a paper filter so there isn't as much sediment in the cup. I find that I prefer it over the french press.

Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker: Classic french press.


Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale: Scales are helpful in getting a consistent cup every time. You can measure out the water and coffee and dial in the perfect ratio.

Also check out Pinewood Roaster's coffee. I think they're on Franklin and 11th in the same building as Alpha Omega. Grab a bag of Ethiopian Beriti and enjoy!

u/UnkleRuckus420 · 6 pointsr/sanfrancisco
u/mrchumbastic · 6 pointsr/battlestations

Looks like this bad boy:Walker Edison Soreno 3-Piece Corner Desk, Black with Black Glass

I got one too. Iss dope

u/interweber · 6 pointsr/battlestations

No. I specifically avoided the arms that clamp to the desk for this reason.

This is the stand I'm using:

The base itself is actually fairly heavy and wide, but presumably it spreads the weight across the desk. Right now I actually have the monitor stand spread over 2 glass surface desks. ( Mostly because the desk are fairly short length-wise, and I prefer to have my keyboard and mouse on the desk, as oppose to the pull out tray. I did have the entire stand with the 3 monitors on one glass surface, for a brief duration, when I was moving furniture around, and there was no problems either.

u/TheBaconExperiment · 6 pointsr/food

Get the Victorinox 8-in knife.
And this sharpening steel.

Your first knife should be something you can beat the hell out of so you learn from your mistakes. Don't jump into more knife than you need at the moment. I have both items above and although I have a really nice Japanese Gyoto, I still use the Victorinox often because I can beat on it. (Now it has entered my travelling set).

u/fazalmajid · 6 pointsr/BuyItForLife

You’d be much better off with the inexpensive but good Victorinox/Forschner chef’s knife or the Tojiro-DP wa-gyutō:

u/SomeGuy09 · 6 pointsr/AskCulinary

Cook's Illustrated recommended this one as their best value:

I have the 10-inch version and love it. I only have four knives: that one, a paring knife, bread knife, and fileting knife. I probably use the chef's knife 6 days a week and am only finding I need to sharpen it now after about 2 years of use.

I believe the rule of thumb for chef's knives is that you should use the largest one you feel comfortable with.

u/n_choose_k · 6 pointsr/Cooking

I can't recommend the victorinox knives enough - especially if you're starting out on a budget. Get the chef's knife and a paring knife, and you'll still have 50 bucks left over to spend on an amazing meal.

u/HardwareLust · 6 pointsr/Cooking

In a home kitchen, the 8-inch can be a bit much for some tasks. I have been contemplating getting the 6-inch version just to see if that might be a tad more useful (and less intimidating) in the home.

u/panic_ye_not · 6 pointsr/Cooking

I'll give you the same standard advice which was given to me:

  1. Chef's knife: Victorinox fibrox 8" chef's knife, $40. It's a great workhorse knife. Unless you're really serious about cooking or knives, it's more than adequate. Do watch for price fluctuations, though. Right now it's at $40, which is a good price.
  2. Paring knife: Victorinox 3.25" spear point paring knife, $8. It's very lightweight, and the blade has some flex, but those aren't really big concerns in a paring knife. It's good enough for plenty of professionals, so it's good enough for me. Stays sharp well and is cheap and well-designed. The handle is on the smaller side if you have large hands.
  3. For the serrated knife, I went with the Mercer 10" bread knife, $13 over the often-recommended Dexter-Russell one. I think it was the right decision, because it came quite sharp, solidly built, and has a very comfortable and grippy rubberized handle. The steel isn't very high quality, but who cares? This knife is much cheaper than a single sharpening service on a serrated knife. When it gets too dull, throw it out and get another one. Don't get an expensive serrated knife. You'll be disappointed.

    So there you go, for 60 bucks and change, you'll have a set of knives that's equal to or greater than the stuff most professional cooks are using on the line. If you want, add in a honing steel or ceramic rod to keep them sharp. I would also recommend getting some sort of protectors or holders, not only for your safety, but for the knives' safety. No knife in the world will stay sharp after banging around uncovered in a drawer or sink for a month. And for God's sake, please get a nice, large wood cutting board. Glass, stone, or ceramic boards, or cutting directly on a plate, will ruin your knives' edges in two seconds. Even bamboo and plastic boards can sometimes be too hard, so I recommend real hardwood. Edge grain is fine, end grain is possibly better. Just make sure it's big enough, at least 16" x 20" or so.

    You should be able to get all of this for well under $200.
u/UncannyGodot · 6 pointsr/knives

Kitchen knife selection is going to depend largely on the user. How you sharpen (or don't), your comfort with carbon steel, your preference in handle, your preference in knife thickness... there's a lot that you can buy with $150. I'll throw out a few possible suggestions.

If you want to save a lot of money, buy a Victorinox. They're soft, they're easy to hone, they're comfortable, and they can survive ridiculous levels of abuse. If you keep it sharp you'll never really need to buy another knife.

If you want a German knife, Messermeister is king. I like the steel better than Wusthof, Henckels, or F. Dick and the fit and finish is extremely consistent. They also lack the full bolster that makes sharpening most other German knives a pain and a half. The Elite lines feature three different handle materials that have nothing to do with the blade, but for the record I think the olive wood handles are extremely classy.

For an entry level Japanese knife, I like the Fujiwara FKM a lot. The steel on it is harder than almost any western chef knife, though it's the softest Japanese knife on this list. The knife itself is comfortable and inexpensive. If your experience with Japanese knives is limited to Shun and Global, this thing will open your eyes.

If you sharpen on plates or stones or you would consider having the knife finish sharpened, the Kagayaki CarboNext is a semi-stainless clone of the much more costly Ichimonji TKC at a much lower price. I have heard about a few fit and finish issues with them and the edge that normally comes on the knife is often bad. It will likely need new, cleaner bevels to be worthwhile. Even so, the steel and the geometry are great.

If you're willing to consider a wa handled knife, look at a Tanaka Ginsan.
The fit and finish on the handles is usually pretty poor, though I've heard they've recently been improving. Still, an hour or so rounding the spine and choil and sanding the handle would probably help this knife out. With that attention this knife is excellent.

If you want a nicely finished wa handle, a Gesshin Uraku is inside your general price range. The steel in it is not really on par with silver #3 or the proprietary mix used in the CarboNext, but the fit and finish on these knives is notoriously good. If you don't use a lot of kitchen knives you would probably never notice the difference in steel, but your would definitely notice the difference in the handle. It also includes a saya.

If you're willing to consider carbon steel, which at this price range you really should, you have even more options.

On something of a budget, the Richmond SAB mirrors a classic French knife pattern in a better and harder steel. It's also lighter and doesn't have a full bolster. The handle is workable and comfortable, but boring. The fit and finish on these is pretty good, but there's not a lot to fit or finish.

Another Gesshin Uraku, this time the W#2 with a kurouichi finish, will have the same quality of fit and finish as the stainless I mentioned above with the bonus of a top notch blade steel. It will probably take the best edge of the knives listed, though I have admittedly not used this one. This knife does not offer a lot of knuckle clearance, so if you have big hands, this isn't the knife for you.

The Minamoto Nashiji is a very delicate knife. It is one of the lightest western handled knives I've ever used and I found it charming and easy to sharpen. Again, if you have big hands, this one is a little compact, but with my large glove sized hands I found it perfectly workable.

Outside your price range but worth considering is the Kohetsu Aogami Super. The core steel in this knife takes and keeps the best edge on this list and the handle is a classic, no-nonsense design.

All of the knives I linked are the 210mm/8" versions except the SAB which is offered only at the 250mm length. I usually suggest people move up to a 240mm/10" knife, but it's a personal preference. Most 240mm gyuto feel more like an 8" German knife in the hand than they do a 10" knife because of the almost universally lower weight. I also suggested knives that have pretty middle of the road grinds. The exceptions are the Kohetsu Aogami Super, which is actually quite thin in the 210mm length but pretty middle of the road at the 240mm length, and the Minamoto, which is extremely thin. If you want a big, fat knife or a skinny knife they certainly exist in your price range.

Any other information on your use or any reflections on the above could help someone suggest different and very possibly better suited knives for you. For the record, I would suggest a Messermeister or the stainless Gesshin for most people depending on handle preference.

u/Bigslug333 · 6 pointsr/chefknives

I recommend the Victorinox Fibrox, it performs well, it's comfortable and it's very durable. If you find the Fibrox handle too ugly, they offer the same blade but with a rosewood handle.

Care wise, touch up the edge with a hone to ensure it performs the best it can before you begin preparing food. Eventually however the edge will wear down, at which point you will need to sharpen it. For this I recommend the Shapton Kuromaku 1000, for guidence on how to use a whetstone check this playlist out.

The whetstone itself will also need to be maintained, as you use it you will wear it down unevenly and it will need to be flattened. Most people use a diamond plate but there is a more cost effective option that I use which is lapping the stone using SiC powder on glass, which is done like this (be aware however, that this method is MUCH louder and a bit messier than lapping with a diamond plate).

If all of this sounds like too much and you want a more simple care solution then you can get by very well by just using a ceramic sharpening rod. It combines the ability to touch up the edge quickly before use with the ability of a whetstone to remove material from the blade.

I got by with just a ceramic rod for a long time, but eventually bought whetstones when I wanted more control/better long term maintenance.

u/cucufag · 6 pointsr/AskMen

Do NOT touch a girl's laundry unless permission is given.

If you are sharing a bathroom, request that she lets you know when she goes in for her shower, so that you can do whatever quick thing you need to do before the bathroom is occupied for an hour+

Anyways its a common joke, but turns out WD4D and ducktape both came in handy while living at my apartment, which I'm glad I had handy at the time. Basically any emergency response items you should have on you before you need it, since it's a pretty huge inconvenience when you have to go out to get them when you need them right that minute. Plunger, a first aid kit, a bottle of draino, carpet cleaning sprays (get that stuff out asap or you'll stain it and end up losing your deposit), a screw driver kit, hammer, scissors. Almost inclined to say a couple clamps and some glue but that's probably secondary and not exactly necessary for most emergency situations.

For the kitchen, get yourself a pot, pan, cutting board, drying rack, but most important a decent knife. There is an absolute worlds difference between the 12 dollar knives at walmart and a 32 dollar swiss army victorinox knife and you will be infinitely happier that you spent 21 dollars more to never have a problem cutting your food ever again. Should probably pick up a honing steel to use on it, but you can pick that up anywhere for like 5~10 bucks. This is one of the best cheap starter knives out there, so I strongly recommend you get one.

u/fujimitsu · 6 pointsr/Frugal

They sell a paring knife too.

I've been running on just these knives for months and they're fantastic, way better than some of the $100+ blades I've tried.

u/katalyst23 · 6 pointsr/microdosing

This is the scale I use.

I don't grind mine up, I just swallow it like a pill - that amount of mushrooms usually is just a cap and a stem, at most. I haven't experimented with grinding them up, I'd be curious to hear your experiences with it.

I find that sometimes on the days I microdose, it brings up a lot of strong emotions that I need to sit and process. Not sure if this will happen to you - everyone is different - but for your first try you might want to do it on a day you have fewer commitments than usual, at least for the first few hours after you dose.

Edit: I forgot to say, good luck! I've tapered off psych meds before and it's unpleasant in a very unique kind of way. I hope things get better for you soon.

u/RightInTheBrainBox · 6 pointsr/Nootropics

NSI freebase 20mg sublingual is a good starting dose, imo.
I can be pretty irresponsible with my drug use but not using a scale is plain stupidity. Do not take any until you purchase a mg scale.

The gemini-20 is about $20

If you cant justify that cost you shouldnt be buying the drugs.

u/24811812513198111524 · 6 pointsr/Nootropics

I bought the gemini 20 scale on amazon.

Acurate around 5mg up or down. The 10g thing shows up as 9.995g on it.

You can def measure 10mg accurately, if measuring smaller doses like 1 or 2.5mg it won't really work. I don't really see it change until 4mg at least.

For smaller doses I would measure out 10mg and then "eyeball" it into 4 equal doses in four different capsules, and hoped it would be accurate enough.

Will work for things like caffeine or normal noots/drugs that you just need to measure in mg.

Powder city has a scale that's like 11 dollars I think, but idk how good it is.

u/MarsHuntress · 6 pointsr/researchchemicals

Most recommended: Gemini 20

u/Tippytom · 5 pointsr/kratom

$10.39 American Weigh Digital Scale, 100g [0.01g sensitivity]

u/ToShowWithWords · 5 pointsr/opiates

Use clean table, pour bag on table. 2g in pile, make two even piles, those are 1g each, then make 2 more .5g then .25g then .125g.
Also, "I don't have a scale and am an experienced IV user." smh :)

u/uterusdweller · 5 pointsr/researchchemicals
  1. 2-fdck should be fairly safe to eyeball.
  2. You don't need to spend a ton to get a pretty damn good scale that will last you a long time. The Gemini-20 is the most recommended scale. I have it myself and it's quite good. Everything you would need for $28 from amazon. Free shipping and comes in like a day (see below). If you want to get into RC dissos (or RC anything for that matter), you're definitely going to need a good scale. I promise you you will not regret it.
u/KokoroHeart · 5 pointsr/Nootropics

Just buy powder. I get it from ▼

Star Nootropics.

This scale is great too

u/1000990528 · 5 pointsr/researchchemicals

By eyeballing "less than half" of your original ~100mg, which could be off by as much as another ~15-20 mg, you most likely gave yourself a heroic dose. When I was really into psychs I would use 15-25 mg and blast the fuck off.

Invest in 0.001 scale, if this were any of a wide range of nondescript powders (vendors do fuck up, the bromo-dragonfly fiasco is a good example) it could have killed you.

Please get a more accurate scale.

I'll just leave this here

u/AftermarketMesomorph · 5 pointsr/PEDs

Scoops measure volume, not mass. A given volume of one substance could weigh significantly more than another.

If you want to be somewhat accurate you should get a milligram scale.

The best method is to make a solution or suspension with a larger amount of powder and liquid and measure that out as needed.

u/wogmn · 5 pointsr/afinil

We do not include any type of scoop as they are not reliable nor do they measure in mg. We always suggest using a balance/scale for dosing as scoops are highly unreliable in measuring. All powders have different densities and therefore they shouldn't be measure using one.

We do not carry scoops, as we feel they promote the misuse of products. You should never use any compound without accurately weighing it with a milligram scale. It's for your own safety. Our customer's safety is priority #1.

We have found that the Gemini 20 is a decent scale at a decent price. Of course, this isn't an official endorsement of it. I have provided a link below.

As far as the packaging, the company name is listed in the return address field on the shipping label but that is it.


u/illicitguavocado · 5 pointsr/2cb
  • "20MG+" means that each dose has at least 20 milligrams of active substance. Because it's difficult to weight out exactly 20.000mg of powder into hundreds of capsules at a time, the vendor is saying that there's about 20mg in each, but they would rather err on the heavy side so as to not short their customers.
  • "2C-B HCl Capsules" means that the active substance inside the gelatin capsule is the hydrochloride salt of 2C-B. There is one other type of salt, which is hydrobromide. One is about 15% lighter than the other by molecular weight, but without knowing the purity of your product, that number may be pretty negligible. As a beginner, don't pay too much attention to which 2C-B salt you receive. That's terminology for connoisseurs.
  • 0.07 grams is equal to 70 milligrams. So when you set your capsule on the scale and it reads that, it is taking into account both the mass of the active substance inside (allegedly ~20mg) and the mass of the gelatin capsule itself. That would mean that given the contents of the capsule are indeed ~20mg, the capsule itself must weigh ~50mg. You could definitely open up the capsule and dump the contents out onto the scale to weigh it out if you'd like.
  • You can put the powder on your tongue, but it would taste nasty. I've only had trace amounts touch my tongue, and it wasn't great, so I would assume that a full dose would taste bad.
  • If your scale only reads two decimal places (0.00), then your scale is not precise enough to weigh out drugs with doses in the milligram range accurately (in my opinion). 2C-B is very forgiving with dosage, meaning that if you end up taking a few milligrams more than intended, it won't compound the intensity of your experience too bad, so it's definitely not the worst drug to use an imprecise scale with, but don't expect to actually be taking what your scale reads! The sidebar gives an example of a relatively inexpensive scale that many users swear by.
  • I would recommend dissolving your powder into distilled water, a process known as volumetric dosing. For example, if you dissolve the contents of one of your ~20mg capsules into 100ml of water, then you know that each ml of water contains ~1/5mg of 2C-B. Knowing this, you could consume 15mg of 2C-B by drinking ~75ml of your solution, which is far easier to measure than when using powder on a scale.
  • Put your dose of volumetric solution in a cup of orange juice or something to try to mask the taste.
  • Please hit me up with any more questions.
u/GurningDownTheHouse · 5 pointsr/2cb

That's a tough one. Most of the crew over on the MDMA sub go with the [Gemini 20] ( but it's only REALLY accurate to 5-10mg, which is less of an issue with MDMA than 2CB.

u/roionsteroids · 5 pointsr/Drugs

Gemini-20 and Gemini-PRO on Amazon!

u/Mayron_Gainz · 5 pointsr/Supplements

I found this:

But thats freakin expensive. If you're from the US they have DMAA on

[] ( 5.95 shipping - the more you buy the higher shipping cost SmartPowders 1,3 Dimethylamylamine - 200 Caps - 20mg $13.99 (286mg/dollar)

[] ( 5.95 shipping 1,3-Dimethylamylamine (20mg/200 caps) $19.95 (201mg/dollar) $6 shipping SNS: Adrenea-G, 240 Caps 25mg/cap $17.95 (334mg/dollar) [I know of a coupon code: lockout05, 5% off?]


If you want JUST DMAA, lockoutsupplements will be cheapest. If you're going to be purchasing more things in the future, I suggest you bundle it in with the DMAA order to save on shipping.

Edit: Anekin007's link has it for about 913mg/dollar. And its like $2 shipping. Would recommend unless you don't have a milligram scale as it is in free form powder, not in capsules. A scale like this is effective and pretty good with the money:

u/chiruu · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I would say that the grinder is one of the most important part in brewing a good coffee because a good grinder ensures that you have the same grind size, which means that you have an even extraction. If you buy the beans pre-ground, the beans usually oxidizes and loses some of it smell and taste. I would say that I has a lot of effect in the taste and the smell.

Grinder option:
When you say "cheap" how cheap is cheap? If you want to use a manual grinder, I would recommend a Hario Skerton

If you want an electronic grinder, you can buy a Baratza Encore

u/CoffeeArchives · 5 pointsr/Fantasy

In my opinion, you notice the most difference with:

  1. Grind your beans right before you brew.
  2. Buy fresh-roasted beans.
  3. Get a grinder with multiple settings.
  4. Use different coffee brewers.

    I'd say the most important thing is a grinder. You can go for a cheap electric blade grinder, or you could go for a slightly more expensive adjustable hand grinder. The hand grinder is great quality for the price, with the tradeoff being it can take you 3-5 minutes to grind your beans.

    Start with a french press or an aeropress. Both are quick and easy, and you shouldn't have to spend more than £25 for one.

u/TheHolySpook · 5 pointsr/exmormon

It depends what you're looking for and what your budget is. Personally, I make my coffee with an AeroPress, which makes a beautiful, clean-tasting cup of coffee. I actually use a super fancy grain grinder leftover from the prepping days of Mormonism. Be sure that no matter what grinder you get that it's a burr grinder, not a blade grinder. A blade will give you inconsistent sizes which will lead to over- or under-extraction of the beans. If you want something relatively inexpensive but still good, you should get a manual grinder. The Hario Skerton or Mini Mill is a good place to start. But it really depends on your budget what you should get. Electric, you might go with the Baratza Encore. You might make your way over to /r/coffee for a better answer, but that's my advice.

u/nostalgia4infinity · 5 pointsr/Coffee

You're going to get MUCH MUCH MUCH better flavors if you grind it right before you brew it. The oils on coffee, that give it the majority of its flavor, start to degrade very quickly (in a matter of seconds for fine grinds). You will get so much more flavor coming out of your beans if you buy them whole and then use something like the Hario Skerton to grind them right before you use them. This is usually the largest improvement when getting started out.

u/Ecopilot · 5 pointsr/espresso

So what you are going to gather here is that you aren't going to be able to obtain "espresso" for that price range. However, if your girlfriend likes strong coffee in milk there are other options that would get you there without breaking the bank.

For the coffee:

  1. Aeropress: This is a very versatile tool that can be used to make a number of coffee styles including strong shots of concentrate to be added to milk. Lots of room to grow and try other styles as well as time goes on.

  2. Moka Pot: Can be either stovetop or electric depending on what works best. These are super popular in europe and have been around for ages so they are generally time-tested. They also make strong, pressurized percolated coffee that can be added to milk drinks.

    For the grinder:

    Hand burr grinders from Hario or Porlex are great and have a good following. You can get a knockoff on amazon for a lot less but it may fall apart after a while. Depends on your estimated use.

    For the milk:

    Frothing Pitcher:

    Frothing wand:

    Both of these together should get you where you need to go and make a nice gift bundle (maybe with some beans if you have a few bucks left over.

    I hear that the nespresso are ok but I really have to take a stand against the waste and concept. Putting together a bundle gives you a ton of flexibility and is a more thoughtful gift in my opinion.
u/spangg · 5 pointsr/Coffee

My college setup is going to be a Hario Skerton, Hario V60, and a Bonavita Electric Kettle. It may seem like a lot of money, but after that initial investment you'll spend about 90 cents per cup. Also, the V60 is much easier to clean than a french press.

u/GTR128 · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I have been using the Hario Skerton with my Clever Dripper, and it is a solid grinder. I grind about 21 grams of beans daily, and it is not too bad.

u/CommuneNefas · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I store my beans in an Airscape and really like it. Keeps the beans fresh, protected from air, temperature, light, and moisture, looks good, and I think it's reasonably priced. I would assume that it does a similar job of storing ground coffee, but I just don't really see the point.

Once you grind the coffee, it begins to go stale much quicker than it does in whole bean form. I totally understand your desire to not wake up your girlfriend by grinding each morning, but grinding the night before is going to drastically reduce the quality of your morning brews, regardless of what you store it in. I would suggest a hand grinder like the skerton or LIDO for grinding fresh each morning without making noise. Actually, the skerton comes out to roughly the same price as the container, so if you already have some way of storing beans (really anything works as long as you're putting it in something airtight and in a dark place), I think buying a hand grinder is the better solution.

u/-_-_-_-__-_-_-_- · 5 pointsr/Coffee

How did you measure your coffee and water? What kind of filter did you use? What beans did you use and how old are they?

Would it be possible to squeeze The Skerton into your budget?

u/iamsatyajeet · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I'd say this one.

u/Dubhan · 5 pointsr/Coffee

Even cheaper than aeropress and just as good, but different, is a Hario V60. If you need a new grinder, I'd also recommend Hario.

Total outlay? $36 and change.

u/kdub114 · 5 pointsr/Coffee

Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder

Beehouse Dripper


Hario 02 Dripper


Bonavita #2 Dripper

or any other pour-over device you like.

And cone filters from the supermarket for 3 or 4 bucks.
I'd recommend going with the beehouse or bonavita if you don't have a pouring kettle due to the slightly more restrictive nature.

u/SierraHotel058 · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

This is the hand grinder that they recommend in r/coffee. I own one. Very high quality.

u/ekinetikz · 5 pointsr/Coffee

Everyone around here seems to recommend this grinder for those types of brew methods.

u/pmrr · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I presume he's actually talking about this one but I'd imagine they're largely the same. I have the mini and it does a great job.

u/leftnose · 5 pointsr/photography

The bag you link will not protect against humidity and the results mold and mildew.

A dry cabinet is a good idea, especially if you live in a humid climate. If you're in the Arizona desert, maybe not quite useful.

Dry boxes are super easy to DIY. Go to the Container Store and get an airtight box that's big enough to hold all your gear. Think giant tupperware.

Buy one of these put it in the box, keep the box closed at all times and you've got what you need.

u/benlucky13 · 5 pointsr/FullTiming

if it's just humidity collecting, they do sell rechargeable dehumidifiers like this

does not need any power to absorb moisture, takes about 10-12 hours to 'renew' the absorbent material by plugging it in to a wall outlet. it uses a tiny heating element to dry out the silica gel for the next use.

u/paperclipgrove · 5 pointsr/MPSelectMiniOwners

There are lots of options, but for just getting started I suggest:

Hatchbox PLA 3D 1.75 mm. This particular one is black, but get the color(s) that suit your fancy!

I suggest this one because:

  • PLA is easy and forgiving to print with and doesn't cause crazy fumes. (Still print in ventelated area though). If this is your first experience with 3D printing - stick with PLA for at least a spool or two!
  • Hatchback hasn't given me issues yet. Good quality.
  • Price is Right
  • 1.75mm fits the standard nozzle the printer comes with.
  • Hatchback was my first - so I'm irrationally attached to them

    There are dozens of brands of PLA and most of them will work just fine. Feel free to experiment. I use $20/kg as my standard "this is an OK price" limit for standard PLA

    Be more mindful when switching material types. PLA is forgiving, but hates heat/sun. Its also not overly strong. ABS is apparently strong, but a pain to print on these monoprice printers (requires high temps) and the fumes are toxic. Wood was fun - until it clogged my nozzle. Apparently you need a larger nozzle to print wood without clogging frequently. Whoops!

    Anyways, when getting new filament:

  • Get a different color/brand because it's fun or it fits your needs. Variety is the spice of printing!
  • Get a different material type (PLA/ABS/Nylon/etc) when your print requires a different type of material. Research the material requirements first to make sure your printer and setup can handle it (heat/ventilation requirements).

    Side note: store your filament is a dry place. 3D material tends to absorb water from overly humid air. When the filament does this, it doesn't print as well. I keep mine in air tight storage containers with one of these Renewable Dehumidifiers
u/molrobocop · 5 pointsr/guns

$30? Fuck no. I can't afford that shit. $20 shipped.

u/bdnicho · 5 pointsr/guns

Stainless can still rust, though not as early. In either case, if you take care of your guns you'll be fine. No need for stainless unless you just like the aesthetics. Clean them after trips out in the rain, fog, marsh etc to get moisture out, then store them in a dry place. If you're really worried about it get some gun socks for $5 a piece and a dehumidifier of some sort and throw them in a closet. I just bought a couple of these ones that are well reviewed. I plan on putting one in my gun closet for extra rust prevention, though I wasn't having a problem with it anyway. The others are for a poorly ventilated bathroom and backups.

u/sufferingcubsfan · 5 pointsr/Homebrewing

No idea why you ended up with bananas in your scale searches.

I love this one for measuring hops, priming sugar, etc (i.e. accurate to one gram): digital kitchen scale

For water chemistry (i.e accurate to .01 gram), I love this one: precision digital scale

Can heartily recommend both.

u/VonFluffington · 5 pointsr/kratom

In my experience, any substance that can cause withdrawal symptoms should be tapered. No need to drive yourself crazy dropping it all at once, unless other factors force you to do so.

You can certainly try going down one gram a day or one gram a dose.
Another method may be to try taking half a dose and see if it evens out the symptoms without giving you any other positive effects. You may be able to dial in an amount that gets you to your goal more quickly this way.
In any situation, I’ve successfully tapered off of caffeine and nicotine with little ill-effect. I wasn’t so lucky when my prescription for tramadol (an insidious drug in my opinion) ran out and my doctor thought I would be ok cold turkey. Restless legs all night, switching between feeling far too hot then far too cold, no appetite but knowing I needed to eat; I got withdrawal symptoms like it was a job and it was sheer hell. So I know where you are coming from and feel for you man.

Take some advice on supplements from the others in the this thread, get yourself set up on a good taper schedule, and stick to it. You’ll be fine, just make sure you start weighing you powder. It can vary greatly in density, depending on grind and how it gets settled in a container. I’ve seen the same ½ teaspoon scoop give me anywhere from .5 grams on a super loose scoop to 2 grams on a tightly packed and heaping scoop. I’ve been rocking this little guy for as long as I can remember, but anything similar should be fine.

u/intotheocean · 5 pointsr/saplings

$20? Try this one for $12. Once you calibrate it with nickels (standard weight of 5g) it's pretty damn accurate!

u/Brain_Food · 5 pointsr/trees

I've been using this one for a few years. Never had any problems. [4]

u/tarzan_boy · 5 pointsr/vaporents

Got that Amazon Link here, get your amazon's heyah.

u/Junkyardogg · 5 pointsr/saplings

You can buy a really swell scale that measures to the hundredth of a gram on amazon. For about $10.

Here is a link.

u/thornae · 5 pointsr/AskReddit

Here's a few basic kitchen supplies that'll make your life a bit easier:

  • Two really good quality chef's knives, one large and one small, and a steel to keep them sharp. These seem to be well rated if you can't afford the really expensive ones, and there's a nice guide to using a steel there too.
  • A heavy wooden chopping board. Bamboo is nice, but whatever you can find, as long as it's solid. Non-slip feet are a good addition.
  • A reasonably priced, reasonably heavy frying pan. Cast iron is cool, but takes more work to look after than a non-stick one. However, avoid the $2 pressed aluminium versions.
  • A rice cooker. Note that red beans and rice are an awesomely nutritive combination, with lots of different possible recipes - I particularly like vegetarian chilli with rice.
  • One large, one medium, and one small pot/saucepan.
  • Not a necessity, but an excellent addition for really easy one-person meals is a small slow-cooker. Put it on in the morning, delicious dinner ready when you get home.

    Other things:
  • Make sure you have smoke detectors fitted, and know how to check them.
  • Make up a small card of things you always buy or often need from the supermarket (milk, bread, rice, TP, soap, etc...), and keep it in your wallet as a reminder for when you're wandering around there in a daze, forgetting what you came in for.
  • If feasible, get to know your neighbors so you know which of them you can ask for help in an emergency.
  • Do at least one cleaning task per day (dishes, laundry, cleaning toilets...). It can get out of hand really quickly if you're not in the habit.
u/LittleRumble · 5 pointsr/food

Victorinox chef knife is one of the best knifes for beginers. You don't need 300 dollar knife.

u/moarpurple · 5 pointsr/Cooking

As a student on a budget/minimalist, this is what I own and use often when I cook.


  • Skillet (Use it for everything)

  • Saucepan + Cover (Sauces, soup for one, make rice)

  • Pot (More soup, boiling pasta)

  • Colander (Drain stuff)

  • Steamer basket (Steam veggies)

  • Baking dish (Bake stuff/serving dish)

  • Handheld blender (Blend sauces & soups, whip potatoes or parsnips)

  • Chef's knife (Cut everything)

  • Paring knife (With practice you can peel fruits or veggies)

  • Wooden spatula

  • Heavy wood cutting board

  • Plastic Spatula

  • Grater

  • Mixing bowl

  • Measuring cups/spoons

  • French press (Use to also brew tea)

  • Coffee grinder (Grind coffee beans and your own spices)

  • Mason jars: I use them for EVERYTHING. Store rice, spices, weed. Use as glasses, get the wide-mouth ones and stick the hand blender in there and make a smoothie or attached it to a normal blender. Use them as food containers to take to work/school, they are made to be spill-proof and microwave safe.

    Spices vary from person to person and what food they are comfortable with making, the one thing I do suggest is to buy kosher salt - none of that table salt crap. If you can find them whole and grind them yourself, even better!
u/flextrek_whipsnake · 5 pointsr/Cooking

I'll second Victorinox. They're perfect starter knives. You don't need a whole set, just these three:

I'll also go against the grain and recommend against a whetstone. They're great if you're really into knives and want your expensive knives to last as long as possible, but they're more time consuming and difficult to learn, so you're less likely to actually sharpen your knives regularly. An electric sharpener does the job just fine. It takes off more material, which shortens the life of the knife, but I don't think that really matters until you're spending $200+ on a knife. Just my two cents.

u/Replevin4ACow · 5 pointsr/budgetfood

This knife is recommended by Cook's Illustrated. I have two. It is awesome and $30 (I got mine for $25 -- you may be able to find a deal if you look around):

u/modemac · 5 pointsr/Cooking

Amazon. I know it's a sin to actually order stuff off of teh Interwebs instead of physically going to a store, but you can find almost anything there that would be next to impossible to find in most stores -- and you can usually get then at a discounted cost far less than Williams-Sonoma, plus free shipping with Amazon's "super saver shipping." Some of the things I've ordered from there that simply could not be found in a typical store: Bayou Classic 16-quart cast iron dutch oven, Reddit's favorite Victorinox chef's knife, the Lodge "double dutch" oven combo, and two cast iron items that were far less expensive at Amazon than you'd find at Williams-Sonoma -- the Lodge cast iron wok (purchased with a 2010 Xmas gift card) and the Lodge cast iron pizza pan (purchased with a 2011 Xmas gift card).

u/Mo0man · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Never go for blocks, get this

Never seen it for 7$ though

edit: Oh, also maybe see if you can get it for 30ish

u/bunsonh · 5 pointsr/Frugal

Read the reviews for this knife (Cooks Illustrated loved it too). I have yet to handle it, and know that it won't measure up to my Global, but if I'm ever in the market to replace that, I'm going for this guy. Esp. considering I could almost get a Victorinox chef's, santoku, bread knife and paring set for the price that was paid for the single Global chef's.

u/lolwut73 · 5 pointsr/lifehacks

Can you answer me this? I bought this knife from Amazon a couple of months ago and it really is not that great. The reviews are good so it's fishy. Is there a knife you would recommend?

u/Teckor · 5 pointsr/Cooking

A quick google search suggests this knife is rated among the best for its price.

u/monigram · 5 pointsr/espresso

These work. Not as fast as some, but you can very good results with a little practice.

American Weigh Scales AMW-SC-2KG Digital Pocket Scale

(edited for typo)

u/memoriessobright · 5 pointsr/Coffee

This scale has served me well over the last few years. Can't recommend it enough.

u/hammong · 5 pointsr/Silverbugs

I'm going to assume you already have a smaller scale with a high resolution (say 0.01g or 0.001g) for small items. A scale that will weigh kilo items is usually going to have 1g or 0.1g resolution and no better.

This brand is my go-to for cheap scales - this particular one has a weight capacity of 2kg and resolution of 0.1g

u/Meatwardo · 5 pointsr/trees

Key terms

Pipe - a handheld dry smoking device Bong - a smoking device which contains water or ice.

Vaporizer - a smoking device which heats up to vaporize THC, producing no smoke.

AVB - already vaped bud, meaning marijuana that has already been vaporized. It still contains trace amounts of THC and can be smoked later, made into hash, or edibles.

Kief - the THC-rich substance that will collect in the bottom of your grinder. It falls and breaks off bud, goes through a screen and is collected.

So, basically, I recommend a bong. There isn't a ton of drag if you just use a regular one with cold water. Plus, it catches tar, carcinogens, and hot ashes from getting into your mouth. Also, you're less likely to hack up a lung.

Do you know the grades of weed?

Dirt - lowest quality of marijuana. Brown, full of seeds, stems, smells nothing like marijuana, very faint smell. Very low THC concentrations, often gives headaches. Also called: schwag, bobby browns.

Mids - mid quality marijuana. Usually green, a couple seeds or stems may be common, smells as you would expect. Medium THC
concentrations. Also called: reggie

Dank - high quality marijuana. Usually green, maybe be purple, or contain orange/brown hair-like outgrowths. High THC concentrations. Also called: goodie, fire, beasters.

To smoke, you should light the bowl for about 2 seconds, just until it is cherried and can burn on it's own while you're sucking. Slowly inhale. Don't suck too hard or you may get weed in your mouth or suck it through the bowl and waste it.

Here are some supplies I recommend to smoke

Bong: couldn't find the product on Amazon anymore which is really weird. But anyways look up the Molino Mini Glass Bong. There are two styles for $20, the tube and zong. They are small, easy to hide and good for a beginner.

u/myaccountforbud · 5 pointsr/saplings
u/nullvader · 5 pointsr/trees

Does it happen to be this? If it is, I'd really like to hear how good/bad it is. :]

u/lunartalk · 5 pointsr/loseit

as far as stores go, Im pretty sure you can find one at Walmart, Target, or Bestbuy

online (amazon) is usually a really good place to find them as well.
You can read reviews and find better deals sometimes.

Here are a couple links to ones that i have seen recommended on this sub :)®-Digital-Kitchen-Scale-Capacity/dp/B00JRFB2YM

here are a few links to threads about food scales

u/OfficerNelson · 5 pointsr/loseit

No issues at all with the post, it's just that the FAQ has a lot of tips for people getting started that you should read through.

Start out with MFP (it's free) and see what happens. It is stupidly simple to use and will track everything you need. A food scale is nice (this is the recommended one, $12) but it is really only particularly needed if you are dealing with bulk food. On that note - if you want to get into "cooking", try starting out with chicken. Get some bulk chicken (unbreaded) and you can just pop it in the oven for a while. If you get raw chicken, make sure you get a meat thermometer ($10-20). Chicken gives you tons of protein and it's really difficult to screw up. I've focused on it so far and it has worked really well - I'm a picky eater, at that.

Frankly, you can get a kick start with some microwave meals and go from there. They are easier to track calories on and are stupid simple to make. Just keep in mind, microwave meals can really start to add up in price. If you're truly limited to food banks, try pasta to get some variation from the traditional canned food - just be aware that pasta is loaded with carbs and has quite a few calories, so eat in moderation. You can usually find cans of tomato sauce and dried pasta - it's no Olive Garden, but it will do. You can try adding some garlic powder and onion powder to the sauce to pump up the flavor a bit.

You should also actually calculate out your TDEE here. MFP's formula overestimates if you are truly sedentary like you say. I would recommend 1.1 for your activity level. It'll probably spit out a number a few hundred less than your MFP goal - follow that instead (although your MFP number will get you there, just slower).

One benefit to just simply using MFP is realizing how calorie-intense your foods are. I used to have a bag of chips or some cookies half of the time whenever I was at the computer and I don't want to imagine how many calories I mindlessly snacked down. When you start actually metering your snacks, the shock kicks you into gear and you really do just avoid them.

And most importantly - find something interesting to do. Anything. If it's just walking around town, great. Hell, if it's just sitting outside and people-watching, go for it. Getting your mind focused on something you enjoy will distract you from eating. I've found myself at the end of the day having not eaten anything and not even noticed because I've been so engrossed in something. On top of that, a social net is really helpful as well - if you're comfortable with the idea, find people with similar interests nearby and just visit, even if it means zoning out on their couch playing video games. If you don't want to, that's fine too - /r/loseit is more than enough of a social net.

u/fsbird · 5 pointsr/Coffee

Have a Hario mini mill:

It's pretty good for every-day grinding, and would be fine to pack. Can't vouch for any different/better/worse than the GSI one though.

u/Smile_lifeisgood · 5 pointsr/simpleliving

A tablet + a server running plex.

Replaces a TV, DVD player, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon et al accounts. Provides tons of entertainment when at home and when traveling.

Sleep Stuff

Personally I think there's really no proper way to value a good night's sleep. After years of dealing with poor sleep due to breathing problems in a dry climate and living with obnoxious neighbors whose religion prohibits using headphones figuring out some cheap solutions to my sleep issues has yielded immeasurable quality of life improvements.

Nasal dialaters.

I was having a lot of problems sleeping due to narrow nasal pathways + seasonal changes and my BP was off the charts. The quality of life improvement from quality sleep is hard to quantify as a value.

[Really comfy sleep masks.] (
The inner lining on these ones reliably peels off for me but I still use mine and I think I could put these on 1 mile from the sun and not see light.

Super comfortable noise canceling ear buds
I have a ridiculously loud 300lb stomping upstairs neighbor who enjoys putting together furniture at 3am due to either meth or sleep apnea or both. He also really enjoys his shitty 1990s R&B. I've had several confrontations and he's changed some of it but you can't request someone not walk around their apartment when they want. I think he has knee problems so his steps are really heavy. These things are the best answer I could find. If I put these on + a TV show it drowns him out. It sucks to rely on noise to cancel out other noise but I love these things, they're super comfortable and they do the job I need.

Coffee Stuff

GeneCafe Coffee Roaster

So I'm the sort of person who is willing to spend the right amount of money when there's value. For me roasting my own coffee provides tons of value. For starters you can order green beans online for $3-5 a lb. I order 6+ months worth of coffee at a time for around $100, give or take. This roaster has now paid for itself compared to buying coffee at my favorite roaster and is in line with the stale, burnt tasting shit you can buy in giant vats at the grocery store.

But beyond just that I get the supreme joy of truly fresh roasted coffee roasted to a level I like which is a lot different than the black and greasy shit you'll get at Kroger's or whatever. I also love that I can bring this is going to be useful if/when I'm living on a homestead somewhere.

Stainless Steel French Press

Goes with the above. I used to buy glass ones and break them, but this $40 french press will probably last for a very long time with only the screen to worry about replacing and god only knows how long that will take.

[Rough Bur Grinder] (
I really enjoy replacing electronic equipment with stuff I can power with elbow grease. It's not much of a workout, but it's quieter and still does the same job as the electric one I had purchased and unless other electric ones I'm not sure this one will ever break. My previous ones would break/clog constantly, this one has been trucking without issue for a year and I suspect will last several.

u/redox602 · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I'm not sure what your price limit is, but I'd suggest considering Hario's Mini Mill. It has ceramic burrs, adjustable grind size, a 1 - 2 cup capacity and is operated manually (hand crank). They're about ~$30, but if you're patient you can get a pretty good deal on one. I have been very happy with mine.

u/JaggedOne · 5 pointsr/Coffee

33 bucks for a Hario ceramic burr hand grinder is hard to beat.

Edit: I should mention that I own one, and am quite happy with it. It provides a consistent grind. Be aware that it will take a good amount of work to grind the beans however. I grind while my water is heating, and it usually takes about the same amount of time to grind coffee for 1 cup as it does to boil the water for it.

u/Daversss · 5 pointsr/Coffee

This decision mostly depends on what your limits are. I'm guessing price, space, and quality are the three most important variables. With those machines you would consistently get a pretty medium quality cup, at a mid-high price range, and it would take up a fair amount of space.

What I would do is consider using a more hands on brewing method, like a french press, aeropress, or pour-over. These three options would be cheaper, take up about the same amount of space, and produce a higher quality cup every time (when you get used to them). If you were to choose one of these you would also need a kettle.

I would also use whole bean coffee (meaning you need a grinder, I would just use this.

In the end it's all up to you, but my favorite brew method is the AeroPress, after a few months of using it I could really start to taste the coffee the way I believe it's meant to be tasted. You'll start to notice things like the natural sweetness, and hints of chocolate or caramel. With a Keurig or Starbucks single-cup I'm sure you would never really get this deep into your coffee.

TL;DR: I advise using a kettle+hand grinder+AeroPress or French Press, not an electric machine.

u/n0ia · 5 pointsr/Coffee

> Hario MSS-1B Mini Mill Hand Grinder - ~$33 - Cheap alternative to an electric burr grinder. Good for people on a budget who still want the quality of burrs.

This one is awesome for camping / traveling as well. Unlike the Hario Skerton, this one has a plastic body, so it's less likely to break.

u/uRabbit · 5 pointsr/Coffee

AeroPress, for sure. Here is probably the cheapest setup you can do, and still get the best flavour/experience.

Aerobie AeroPress + Able DISK Fine - $40 (I strongly suggest the DISK Fine over paper filters, but the AeroPress does come with a bunch of filters.)

Pocket Scale - $7

Carafe - $7 (so you press straight into this, and measure yield, as most mugs will not fit on the scale; also great for serving two)

Hario Slim burr grinder - $34 (if you'd rather go electric, the Bodum Bistro burr is a great buy and can be had for $120 new or under $100 used/refurbished)

Bonavita Gooseneck kettle - $50 (You do not need a gooseneck for the AeroPress, but you do for any type of pour over, so why not?)

Good luck, and have fun! Give my video a gander to see how to prepare with the AeroPress. It is fun! Almost as fun as an espresso machine. Ha! Yeah, right! But definitely worth the small coin.

u/Mach-O_Tac-O · 5 pointsr/battlestations

I have the same desk. Never thought about putting 2 together. I would need money before I think that big.

And those who like the desk here is the link:

u/GoGoGadgetBallGag · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I saw a great travel kit on this sub several months ago which included (IIRC) an AeroPress, a Porlex Mini Grinder (which fits inside of the AeroPress for easy packing!), and the BonaVita 0.5 liter Travel Kettle. I'm probably missing a component or two, but I'll poke around and see if I can find the OP.

EDIT: Here's the link!

This setup doesn't meet all your requirements, specifically the desire to make multiple cups at once, and it doesn't include a scale. I use this little bugger, as do some others on the sub, and I love it. It's super portable and I've banged it around a bit without issue. It does have an auto-shutoff feature, which can be a pain for some brewing methods.

EDIT II: Oh snap! /u/unix04 mentioned the Able Kone, which reminded me to mention the Able Disk, should you end up going the AeroPress route.

u/sgwizdak · 5 pointsr/Cooking

I'd get an InstantPot. It combines a slow cooker, pressure cooker, and rice cooker into a single device.

u/BlewByYou · 5 pointsr/keto

Whoa!!! Mind blown!! Great tip. Just went to Amazon and its one of the Prime deals, at $70 + $5 off for no rush delivery. Even check it on PriceZombie per another persons suggestion. Thank you!!! Instant Pot

u/kyriya · 5 pointsr/Wishlist

Aw! I'd give you some if I could! I wound up buying this for Black Friday as an early Christmas gift for me and the hubby and just let it stay in there all day. Easy dinner lol.

I'm all about easy dinners lately. Cause I'm lazy and round haha.

u/articulatecloud · 5 pointsr/Cooking

It sounds like you need some advice for the college budget mate! First, don't think about buying a knife set. Never. Second, I would recommend either a 6 or 8 inch santoku knife, or simply a chef's knife. My personal favorite is my 6 inch mystery brand santoku--kept razor sharp, feather light, chopping is a cinch. If you'll be cooking lots of meats, then get an 8 incher with a heavy weight to it, like this Henckels I have. For ultimate budgeting, buy this
Source: Experience

u/a-r-c · 5 pointsr/Cooking

> What brand knife set are good brands.

don't buy a set, they're often garbage, overpriced and/or overstuffed with junk you don't need

get one good chef's knife (classic european, or asian styles like the santoku and gyuto are popular), a cheap paring knife with a comfortable handle, a big serrated bread knife, and a honing steel.

3 blades and a steel to keep them honed is all you need—maybe a whetstone too if you're really intense. I have a cleaver that I really like, but those 3 knives (especially my gyuto) handle 90% of the disassembly in my kitchen.

you're looking at ~$40-80 for the chef's knife (8-9" is ideal), and under $15 each for the other items

u/Madkey · 5 pointsr/AskCulinary

[This Knife] ( came highly recommended in a different thread. I have not used it personally though.

u/desmond_tutu · 5 pointsr/KitchenConfidential
u/x2mike2x · 5 pointsr/DIY

I am not aware of a way to wire a switch in a headboard that is up to code. You would probably need to attach the bed to the wall/floor so it is considered part of the structure, and any exposed wire would need to be in conduit. Can you put the switch in the wall?

Let me give you a simpler option if you want the switch on the headboard.

  1. Get an outlet to where you want your lights to start.

  2. Buy this and plug it into said outlet. Stick the switch to the headboard.

  3. But this plug it in.

    I have used these LEDs on a few projects. They are cheap and you can buy additional strips to extend them, or you can cut them shorter. Just make sure your power adapter has the current for the length you attach. They come with a remote which can turn them on and off and set the color and brightness. However, they remember the state they were in. So you could set them to a cool blue or pink or whatever she likes and forget about the remote. Then, with the wireless switch I linked, she can easily just turn them on and off. (you could always turn them on and off with the remote, but it's nice to have a switch because it is always in one place.)
u/Icouldbeanyone · 5 pointsr/Cooking
u/Mehue · 5 pointsr/getdisciplined

The "all or nothing" personality is something I struggled with. I recognized it, as you have, but what really made the biggest difference was making it my primary focus. The reason I never seemed to reach my goals, time and time again, was because I burnt out. I was fueling myself with the initial rush of motivation, forgetting that I would soon have to switch fuels to something I wasn't ready for: discipline. So, it's important for us to start small. Have you read "The Hobbit"?

Bilbo Baggins didn't go straight from his comfortable little hobbit hole straight to the Smaug's lair. His first step was simply leaving his hobbit hole, which he never would have done if he knew from the start that he'd be facing a dragon.

So, you need to start small. You have these goals, which are great, but they are the long-term goals. We need to break these things down into small, do-able goals that won't result in burnout. You need to leave your hobbit hole before facing your dragon.


You want to start going to the gym, among many other things. Going to the gym involves:

(a) convincing yourself to go to the gym, even on a rainy day or when you're super comfortable at home

(b) getting off your ass, into the car for ~15 minutes, into the gym where you would feel guilty for working out less than 30 minutes since you drove there, driving back home for ~15 minutes

(c) paying for a membership

Is this sustainable right off the bat? Remember, this is about building habits. We want to make this so easy that you will have no problem doing this. So start small and reduce the barriers of entry that will likely burn you out after your 2 weeks of motivational fuel runs out.

I did this simple routine. You can do it at home, it takes 20 minutes max, and all you need is a pullup bar. How much more doable does this sound?:

(a) convince yourself to get off your ass and walk 10ft to your pullup bar

(b) do pullups, pushups, and squats for 10-20 minutes

People may chime in about this program is missing this or that or how barbell squats cured their cousin's cancer. Fuck 'em. Doing something consistently is infintely better than doing the "ideal workout" inconsistently for 4 months before tapering off working out altogether. And guess what? Once you have built the habit of working out and want to go to the gym, you can!


You want to keep up with housework. So, using the same principles, start small! I mean so fucking small that you would laugh at yourself if you couldn't even do that. Turn on your favorite song and do housework until that song is over. You aren't obligated to do any more than the length of that song. Sure, you may not have cleaned the entire house, done all of your laundry, and roasted a fucking turkey. But, you may have done the dishes, or at least half of them. Again, something consistently is infinitely better than nothing. And, again, guess what!? Once you have built the habit of doing housework for the length of a song, you can play two songs!


You want to be healthier and take better care of yourself. Well, working out and doing some housework certainly falls under this. Let's address healthy eating. Again, we want to make this as simple as possible. Here is what I do that has been working really well:

Toss the following into a pressure cooker:

Meat (Choose 1):

  • Chicken breasts
  • Chicken thighs
  • Pork
  • Turkey

    Veges & stuff (choose 4):

  • Green beans/Asparagus/Cauliflower/Brocolli (choose 1)
  • Mixed greens
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Baby potatoes

    Sauce (choose 1):

  • Curry (+ variety to choose from)
  • Salsa (+ variety to choose from)
  • Marinara/Spaghetti/Tomato sauce (+ variety to choose from)


  • Garlic
  • Onion

    I don't even cut anything. If anything, I just use my hands to split the green beans, carrots, etc. Again, low barrier of entry. Keep it simple!

    At the same time, on the stove or in a rice cooker, make something to put this all on top of:

  • Brown rice
  • White rice
  • Orzo
  • Quinoa

    It takes about ~30 minutes to make a ton of healthy and tasty food. I do this twice per week.

    For breakfast, I toss 1 cup of oatmeal in a bowl, 2 cups of water in that bowl, cover and microwave it for 4 minutes, and add a tbsp of brown sugar and maybe some peanut butter. Simple, easy, fast, little barrier of entry.


    We've added quite a few (doable!) things for you to work on. You said you want to start studying programming. I would caution you to not start doing that now. You don't want to burn yourself out. Remember, start small, we're building habits here.

    This doesn't mean you won't ever study programming. In fact, what if you start now? What if you burn out in 1 month and don't touch programming again? What if this leads you to stop working out, stop doing housework, stop cooking? It's not worth it.

    So how do you know when you're ready to add studying programming? Read this. Only make 3 cards: workout, housework, cook.

    Once you are done with these 3 cards, you can create a new one for programming. But make sure you follow the same principles of starting small! Only commit yourself to 10 minutes a day. You can always do more, but 10 minutes is success.


    Enjoying this? Looking for another adventure to go on after 7 weeks of programming? Fix your sleep schedule. Make a card for light's out at : pm.


    At this point, we're getting closer to facing Smaug. You want to add another thing? Add meditating. Again, start small! Start with 5 minutes a day, or maybe less! Whatever sounds so doable that there is no way you couldn't do it. I don't give a shit if that means 1 minute per day.


    Don't feel bad if you don't fill out these cards perfectly. Remember, something is better than nothing. If you only have an X for half of those days, you've still improved yourself enormously.

    There will be fuck-ups. Bilbo fucked up, but he still got to Smaug's lair. Use your fuck-ups. Fucking abuse those fuck-ups. When you fuck-up (which you will, it's part of the process), make it a point to learn from it. Make yourself glad you did it. Didn't workout today? Do something you otherwise wouldn't have done that day: maybe go for a short 5 minute walk, or call your mother to tell her you love her, or send an email to your favorite band or author and thank them for existing, or read a short story on /r/writingprompts, or write a haiku, or tell yourself you're fucking awesome. It doesn't have to be big, but I guarentee it will be worth doing.

    Remember, the first step is coming out of your hobbit hole. There will be many, many challenges along the way. You might have to fight some spiders in Mirkwood, you might have to get in some barrels to escape some wood-elves, you might find a ring. Your life is a book, you aren't going to go directly from your hobbit hole to Smaug's lair. Along your journey, you likely won't even be thinking about Smaug's lair, because you should be focusing on the present, your 3 minute dishwashing session, your 10 minute workout. There will be a point you will look back and see how far you are from your hobbit hole. Before you know it, you'll be standing in front of a dragon's lair and realizing that back in your hobbit hole, you never in 100 years would have expected to be standing right there.

    Now go take your first step toward becoming Bilbo.
u/murder508 · 5 pointsr/MealPrepSunday

$80 right now i bought a different version for $60 last year on a lightning deal on amazon (mine dosn't have a low pressure setting , which is pretty much only good for making yogurt.)

u/neuromonkey · 5 pointsr/howto

We decarb foil-wrapped packs in a convection oven at ~290. Then toss the ground stuff into an Instant Pot with a bunch of coconut oil. Leave there at low temp for 10-30 hours. Makes super mellow gummies.

Good vid, thanks!

u/amihan · 5 pointsr/vegetarian

Here are some ideas:

  • Shun Nakiri knife?

  • Microplane grate. This is what I use for finely mincing ginger and zesting citrus

  • Spice dabba, indispensable for keeping whole (i.e., unground) spices in a compact form factor.

  • Silpat baking mat, great for converting any baking pans into a nonstick version. I've used it to roast vegetables, bake cookies and even macarons.

  • Mandoline, self-explanatory. Great for making uniform slices or strips of vegetables for gratins or casseroles. I made the ratatouille in Pixar's Ratatouille with this!

  • Combination pressure-cooker/steamer/rice cooker/slow cooker. This is an electric pressure cooker that has the advantage of not requiring the same amount of babysitting as a typical stovetop pressure cooker. If your GF cooks with a lot of beans and lentils, then pressure cooking is something she'll appreciate.

  • Plenty by Ottolenghi features highly inventive vegetarian cooking using a wide assortment of vegetables. The book has a middle eastern emphasis, but still contains recipes from all over the globe. My favorite is the Soba noodles with mango and eggplant.
u/cbsx01 · 5 pointsr/slowcooking

The multi-purpose are nice. I've got a 6 quart Instant Pot that I use quite a bit but if you're just looking for a crock pot you can definitely get one for less. I've got a 4, 6 and 8 quart that I also use and they were all between $25 and $35 (US). It's nice to have different sizes for different applications. I recently did a small batch of chili in the 4 quart and have a big batch of 15 bean and ham soup going in the 8 quart that will be ready when I get home! Perfect timing because we're expecting about a foot of snow by Friday. Crock pots are perfect for winter comfort food.

u/Biloxi · 5 pointsr/Frugal

An electric pressure cooker. I have one and I have suggested this to many of my older friends and they seem to like the ease and safety.

As long as you put the prescribed minimum of fluids in them they are easy and pretty fail safe. The one I have not only pressure cooks, but also slow cooks and brazes. It is quick and easy and you don't have to stand over it to make sure it doesnt burn the food. The one I bought and has an easy to clean stainless insert rather than a questionable "no stick" one.

The one I am referring too is an Amazon #1 best seller. (Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker with Stainless Steel Cooking Pot and Exterior, 6-Quart/1000-watt, Latest 3rd Generation Technology)

I use mine at least 3 or 4 times a week and really like how easy it is to use (set and walk away - if you are busy when it finishes it goes into a keep warm setting) and it's easy to clean. I would buy another asap if anything happened to this one.

u/WhoopsHamlet · 5 pointsr/Cooking

This is where those cheap infrared thermometers really come in handy. Just point it at the pan. Also great for grilling.

u/Bud2Budder · 5 pointsr/Dabs

I have but any cheap IR gun should work. Also for taking temps ignore the laser light and put the opening/sensor area right over the top of the banger for accurate readings.

u/slowwburnn · 5 pointsr/knives

The Victorinox Fibrox series is the go-to budget kitchen line. They're cheap and sturdy and they take a great edge and hold it pretty well.

u/Guygan · 5 pointsr/Cooking


What kind of cooking do you do?

You could do a lot worse than this one:

u/CarterLawler · 5 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Everyone (who is not a danger to themselves or others) should have the Victorinox Fibrox Chef's knife. It is every bit as sharp as a $100-$200 chef's knife, hones well and is very sturdy. I've had mine for about 10 years now, and the best part is, if it gets damaged beyond repair, its only $45 to replace it.

And what would a RAoA discussion be without some A:

u/tppytel · 5 pointsr/Cooking

Victorinox 8" Chef's Knife - just a terrific knife for the price. I use it alongside a 10.5" Wusthof that cost 4x as much and I'm not disappointed in it.

u/AzusaNakajou · 5 pointsr/chefknives

Get a Victorinox 8" and a larger cutting board preferably not made of bamboo and definitely not glass/steel

u/FUS_ROALD_DAHL · 5 pointsr/food

I am far, far from an expert but I would not recommend the Global for a first chef's knife. Aside from being pricey, the handles aren't for everyone (they look very cool, but being just dimpled metal, they don't really offer much grip especially if the knife is wet). I also own the Victorinox Fibrox/Forschner and love it. Extremely sharp and the handle is great. Also, for the price you don't have to worry too much about messing it up. It's long been recommended by Cook's Illustrated, and in the latest issue they did a large comparo just to see if the Fibrox could still compete, and it's still their #1 pick for inexpensive knives (under $50).

u/SunBakedMike · 5 pointsr/GoodValue

If you really want to get a block set then try the Victorinox 7 piece set. But honestly building your own is better.

  • Get a universal block like this or this. Avoid wooden blocks, they may look nice but sooner or later unseen crud is going to build up. The Polymer blocks can be taken apart and the insides cleaned out.

  • Victorinox 8 in Chef's Knife best bang for your buck ~$35

  • Mercer Bread 10 in Bread Knife ~$17

  • Victorinox Paring Knife ~ $9. Wusthof is supposed to be better but I'm not spending $40 for a paring knife.

  • Kitchen shears depends on what you are going to do. Light duty shears get a Victorinox Classic ~$14. You'll be able to do all kitchen tasks and occasionally break down a chicken. If you plan to break down chickens more than occasionally then get a Shun Kitchen Shears ~$70. If you plan to break down chickens often then get dedicated heavy duty chicken shears (can't help you with that) and a Victorinox for the light stuff.

  • Get a sharpener. If you're willing to learn how to sharpen get a Spyderco Sharpmaker and a cut resistant glove, if not get a Chef's Choice 4643. The Chef's Choice is a poor 2nd choice I urge you to get a Spyderco, but DO NOT forget the cut resistant glove. Most people after they get good at sharpening become less paranoid about cutting themselves and that's when they cut themselves.

  • Get a honing steel any will do but I like the Wustof 9 in it's magnetic so it'll pick up any metal dust even though I always wipe my knife on a damp towel. Honing and sharpening do two different things. You should hone often, sharpen rarely.

    Here is something from r/ATKgear if you want another opinion.

u/dummey · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Kitchen stuff along with the effort put in to learn can pay dividends. You'll probably end up saving money, impressing dates, and just enjoying life more.

Example of things in this category:

  • Cast Iron Pan (~20$)
  • 1-qt Pot (~10$), I've actually found my Ikea one to be extremely well made. General rule is that you should feel comfortable fighting zombies with it.
  • Chef's Knife (~40$)
  • Sheers (~20$)
  • Cookie Sheet (~10$), I find a secret to eating healthy and cheaply is to just roast a bunch of vegetables.
  • Rice Cooker (I'm Chinese and biased on this one)

    The above makes up the core of my BIFL kitchen stuff. I have other stuff, like cutting boards, sous vide, grater, blow torch, etc. But those things are not necessary and don't last for life.
u/MrLuthor · 5 pointsr/KnifeDeals

Seems a little spammy as this is the only post ever on OP's account.

If you are looking for a budget 8-Inch Chef Knife check out this.

u/Tuna_Surprise · 5 pointsr/exmormon

If you are the only one partaking of the black gold, it's hard to beat Aeropress. Makes a fine cup of coffee and you don't need another appliance on the counter.

u/Hutzler517bForScale · 5 pointsr/thalassophobia

Diving with a banana seems like it might draw unwanted attention from things looking for food. Try this instead

u/shuz · 5 pointsr/minimalism

The Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer was still the best $2.43 I ever spent /s . Now if only Hutzler came out with a banana slicer cleaning brush to save time cleaning those individual slots.

u/zachpenty · 5 pointsr/Coffee

In my variable temp Bonavita, It drops at around 1 degree/minute once it has reached 100°C and is taken off heat. It starts cooling more rapidly as time goes on and the kettle itself isn't holding residual heat. You are of course correct though that every kettle is different, and that ambient temperature will effect this. I do believe this however to be a solid rule for people without access to a variable temp kettle or a thermometer.

u/Thebaconingnarwhal4 · 5 pointsr/Coffee

Your easiest, relatively cheap option would be something like the Bonavita Connoisseur. Just slap in water and ground coffee and it’ll do the rest. Your cheapest option would be a pour over device (Chemex, V60, Kalita, etc.) and a kettle with a thermometer. You could go stovetop (cheaper but less convenient) or electric (more expensive). I’d go with something with temp control like the Bonavita or Brewista for something inexpensive but functional.

Now you are probably gonna hear a lot of people recommend getting a dedicated grinder, and for good reason. If you get a pour over, I’d say a grinder is needed for most of them unless they have some flow control (Kalita, Blue Bottle, or immersion droppers) as you’d need to be able to adjust grind size for best flavor. The Baratza Encore is always a good pick. The Porlex Mini or Hario Skerton are inexpensive and perform adequately for pour over although hand grinding may not be your thing.

For under $100 you obviously won’t be getting the best coffee you can, but overall if you want quality and don’t mind spending 10-15 minutes making coffee then I’d go something like the Skerton grinder, Kalita pour over, and Bonavita kettle. It will be effort though. If you just want something adequate, a dripper (Bonavita above) with basic temperature regulation will be leagues better than keurig, even with preground coffee (grind in store if possible).

u/HOTcheese14 · 5 pointsr/Coffee

You can get the temp controlled one for $55 from Amazon Warehouse Deals. I bought mine that way and it works great! They say “used” but they are basically just open box products. I buy a bunch of stuff that way and have never had a problem. But if you don’t like it you can always return it.

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u/Caddellmade · 5 pointsr/tea

If you are doing greens, you want something with a temperature control. I love this one personally. It doesn't have a plastic window - which I prefer for alarmist BPA reasons. Also it looks cool.

u/ogunther · 5 pointsr/Coffee

The Bonavita Variable Temp Electric Kettle is arguably the best and while it's normally around $85, it did get down to $68 the other week (though this was by far the lowest it had ever been) on Amazon. I purchased mine then as I had been using their non-variable temp one for the past 2 years and had been lusting after this one. I highly recommend it but if you can't wait for the sale, the non-variable one is just as good, if not quite as convenient (and requires a separate thermometer if you want to ensure your temp is accurate).

u/cheesezombie · 5 pointsr/tea

We just got a Bonavita and we LOVE it. However it's electric vs kettle, so probably not what you're looking for, but ours is stainless steel and heats up fantastically. Lots of preset temps, holds the warmth for up to an hour, it's fantastic.

u/Sagan4life · 5 pointsr/AskCulinary

I assume you're talking about an IR thermometer? I got one because, like you said, it's a novelty and pretty cheap. I use it for things like taking surface temperatures of foods (melted chocolate, meat that I'm curing, etc.)

A lot of TV chefs (cough...Alton Brown) use them for things like taking surface readings of pan's temperatures. Unfortunately, many times an IR thermometer can't accurately measure temperatures in this situation. They rely on a property called emissivity. Emissivity had to do with how a material emits its energy as heat. Long story short, light/shiny objects have low emissivity which means that an IR thermometer will read a temperature lower than the actual temperature. So using the IR thermometer will work much better on dark, matte finished (some types of teflon or cast iron) cookware than stainless steel/aluminum/copper. So buyer beware...

If you're trying to wrap your head around the whole shiny vs. dull situation and why that matters. Think about it like this. A shiny object will reflect the ambient energy/radiation to a greater degree and not so much emit its own.

u/CastIronKid · 5 pointsr/castiron

Even medium is probably hot enough if you let the skillet warm-up long enough. If you get a cheap infrared thermometer, you can start to figure out what temperature your stove dial settings equate to. I shoot for around 550 F fo searing steaks.

u/Boondoc · 5 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

>Bonus* She just squirted the syringe to hard, juice shot everywhere and in her eye.

if you love her, get her a scale. no messing around with with syringes means less steps, less time, and less clean up.

u/thedeeg1 · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

I would recommend not upgrading to a graduated cylinder, but to a scale. This is what I use and I can mix about a batch up in about 2 minutes.

u/HashSlingingSlashur · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

get a scale like the LB501 you need a scale that weighs down to .01g

also it helps that it has a plug and wont turn off on you

u/asoap · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

This is a good video to watch as it goes over most details.

I would highly recommend against mixing by eye sight. You should write down your recipe and use weights. This way if you make something you like you can repeat it. Also while adding nicotine you're going to want to be really fucking exact with how much you're adding, as you can give yourself too much.

A scale like this is super helpful and is accurate to 0.01 grams:

Depending on how much you're making you could be adding 0.12 grams of a flavor. The only way to do that reliably is with a scale.

u/goldfish18 · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

The thing is, VW is fucking stupid. They offer a DIY flavor pack, some pg, and some vg with no real way to mix. Now, you may be thinking that winning this giveaway is super cool, but let me tell you why it might not be all peachy.

First, you need bottles to mix liquids in and they didn't provide any of those. You can reuse empty glass bottles you have lying around if you'd like. Remove labeling, take pipette out of the cap, boil the bottle and pipette in distilled or filtered water for about 10 mins and then let dry. If you want to buy some cheap plastic bottles, you can get them on amazon for any size you'd like.

Second, no one uses VW flavorings because they are either Flavor West flavorings, VW specific flavorings, or they are just given a VW name despite being a Flavor West flavoring. I think it's the latter of what I listed. The reason this sucks is because the majority of us here have never used VW flavorings so we cannot help with recipe suggestions.

Third, they didn't provide any pipettes or syringes to accurately measure out flavorings that you'd like to mix with. You have two options here. Buy some syringes or disposable pipettes to mix by volume or buy a scale to mix by weight. If you feel that you want to go further into DIY, then I'd suggest getting a scale with a resolution of 0.01g and a 500g capacity. If you just want to mix with the flavors that you won, then buy something similar to this

Fourth, this may not be a big deal to some, but most people that vape want their liquid to contain nicotine. This flavor pack does not contain nicotine so you're gonna have to buy some if you want your mixes to contain nicotine. Here is a guide that is all about nicotine.

So as you can see, if you want to be able to properly use what VW gave you, you will need to either already have items that will allow you to mix liquids or you will have to purchase additional necessities.

I'm sure we will all help as much as we can, but the knowledge and use of the VW flavorings is lacking and we all prefer to use flavor concentrates from the more popular and widely used companies.

Fuck you, VapeWild!

u/o0turdburglar0o · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

This is the version of the "blade" scale that you would want... 0.01g resolution... but it's only good for mixes up to 100g.

Unless you're ok limiting yourself to batches of like 80mL at a time, you should consider a different scale.

The typical scale used around here are 500g limit with 0.01g resolution, like this one.

u/heimsins_konungr · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

When I first got into DIY 2 years ago, my first goal was to craft a green tea recipe from scratch. I've probably put more study into green teas than any other type of flavor, but this was the verdict in the end:

  • FW Green Tea is pure garbage
  • FE Green Tea was decent, but had some strange off-notes
  • FLV Eisai Tea is perfection

    After a ton of experimentation, I came up with this recipe: Shinto

    If you're planning on creating a new green tea recipe, stay at or below 1% FLV Eisai Tea. It is very strong.

    --On your question when it comes to flavor retailers, one of the very best is They stock nearly everything and at very competitive prices. If you ever can't find a particular flavor you're looking for, there, check ecigexpress or the flavor manufacturer's own website.

    --On nicotine: the most cost-effective and simple to use mix is 100mg/ml nicotine in a 100% PG base. You'll find this mix on most nicotine retailer's sites. Nicotine does not mix well in VG, so you end up with a lot of hotspots if you get it in a VG base. The best nicotine comes from Carolina Xtracts, period. Second best is Liquid Nicotine Wholesalers.

    --Stop mixing your flavors at 10% or some arbitrary number, or you're going to end up with a lot of shitty mixes. Every flavor has a particular percentage that works best, either by itself or in a particular recipe. FW Blueberry, for example, is great at 6%, but if you put 6% FLV Eisai Tea in a bottle you would probably throw up.

    On that note, the greatest thing that changed everything about how I mixed was getting a scale. A huge amount of people on this sub are currently using this scale.

    The next best thing was finding the best recipe calculator available, which is EjuiceMeUp. Free, offline software that simply works.
u/Lampburglar · 5 pointsr/Canadian_ecigarette

Starter kit pick up from /u/TheBrokeVaper. Best deal by far. It makes a ton of juice. Recipes can be found in many places but the most popular is [ELR]

That is a good starting point!

EDIT: [and you'll want this scale for mixing]

u/cannibalnomad · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

These are two sites I would recommend you take a look at. I would also recommend you check out this scale that is recommended in Botboy141's guide if you are gonna want to be mixing by weight. I'm an amateur mixer and everything I know is from the great people of this subreddit or my limited experience.


  • Free 2 - 6 business day shipping on orders over $60

    (Nicotine over 60mg limited to ground shipping.)
  • Jungle flavors are sold here exclusively right now.
  • No kit but all supplies necessary to start mixing by volume.
  • Orders cannot be changed once placed. Be wary.
  • One Shots an easier, faster and much less inquisitive way of mixing.

    This site's prices bother me because I mostly use Bull City Vapor but to my knowledge Jungle Flavors are sold here exclusively so I've been pushed into making a purchase (for that Sweet Strawberry). I haven't received my recently made order and do not have much to say of them.

    Bull City Flavors:

  • No free shipping without coupon code or sale event.
  • No kit but all supplies necessary to start mixing by volume.
  • Community Recipe Packs (They're easier for you to look at than for me to describe)
  • Customer service allows you to fix orders/problems through on-site messaging system.

    This place is a little cheaper than EcigExpress but doesn't have free shipping unless there's some sort of event. I've ordered from this place more often than other sites because they have great processing times and customer service.

    Both sites can be have products to mix by weight if scale is purchased separately.

    To give you a representation of how their prices differ here's an example of one flavor's two prices:

    EcigExpress TFA Strawberry Ripe: $1.49 10ml $3.95 30ml

    Bull City Flavors TFA Strawberry Ripe: $1.29 10ml $2.99 30ml

u/xx2000xx · 5 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

I for one got sucked up a bit. You find a million different recipes and you want to try a good 30-50'ish or so but you need one or two different flavorings that you don't have and it piles up. Now I have so many TFA flavorings that most will last me 6-9 years with how little I use some of them. Don't get sucked into deals too as I have quite a bit of 30ml's also. WTF am I going to do with 30ml of papaya flavoring???

At 3% flavoring, 70/30 VG/PG, PG Nic, which is common, It'd take me literally 1,000 ml to finish the bottle.

Here's a protip, stick with very few and go through gremlinDIY as you can get it in 5ml bottles cheap. 5ml will go A LONG way and if you run out then you know that's your profile and then step it up to 10 or buy it in bulk cheap at as they have the best price when you want a lot.

Go ahead and get the VG/PG from Amazon and not from a DIY place as it's too expensive and all their shipping prices are out of control. The Essential Depot versions are the ones to get which are proven and will save you money.

For nicotine you don't want to skimp out. Go through either or vaportek or nudenicotine at 100mg (know what you're doing first) in PG as VG can be hard to work with, but go VG if you have an allergy or want max VG for example and 120ml of it will last you ages. Take that bottle, spread it out in 3 different batches and throw those bitches in the freezer.

Watch this video: - Order the 501 scale:

Go to - Register, then set your preferences to grams.

You're welcome for this btw:

EcigExpress - 10% off code: ELRECIPES

Bull City - 6%, discount code: ELRECIPES

Nicotine River - 10% off code: ELR

Gremlin DIY - 5% code: ELRECIPES

Those are the places to hit and what most use. If anybody else has a better code or another place they go through feel free to share. That's just a simple little guide as there's a lot more, but soon you'll be busting out the 'nana cream clone in no time. All the info you need is in the DIY sidebar, and yes, it's really that easy, especially when doing it by weight. Also, when you order plastic or glass bottles, get double of what you think you need. That might be the most important tip of them all :-)

u/Rabid_Grasshopper · 5 pointsr/Canadian_ecigarette

A scale will make your life a lot easier. It is a expense, but will the money saved by making your own liquids it will pay for itself after a batch.

u/kindground · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

You will need one that measures down to .01 gram increments.

And don't do as suggested and "throw everything else away". That would be incredibly stupid.

You WILL find yourself needing a syringe with a blunt tip or pipettes every once in a while. Not all bottles from all flavor companies come with a dripper top.

EDIT [This] ( is the scale that most of us use.

u/hyperlite310 · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

I always charge friends $5 per 30ml, which seems to be the norm around here. I will sometimes lower the price a couple bucks if they get a 120 or larger, just so i dont have to make them juice as often lol.

For the scale, get the AWS LB-501. It is the most commonly used around here and for good reasons.

Hope this helps.

u/xnavyguy · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

Here's a link to one that a lot of us use. The LB-501 link

u/Apexified · 5 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

No timeout when it's plugged in.

u/mtbizzle · 5 pointsr/tea

The bonavita is one of the only electric kettle's I've ever seen that has a gooseneck, and it has a thermometer (temp control actually)

u/jortslife · 5 pointsr/rawdenim

this is the kettle I'm supposed to get right?

edit: 6 or 8 cup chemex? assume for two people

u/redpandaflying93 · 5 pointsr/tea

If I were you I would spend it on a nice kettle like this or some teaware, or just save it for something else

You're not going to find great quality tea on Amazon

If you want a quality tea sampler I would highly recommend What-Cha's Intro to Tea Collection

u/301_3 · 5 pointsr/keto


If you're on mobile, don't forget about the sidebar! The FAQ is really helpful for beginners, and you should also check out the Keto Calculator for Macros. When using the calculator, set your activity level to sedentary to start with.

In the beginning, I would recommend getting a food scale (I use this one - it's less than $12, but any similar one will work), and weighing out all your food, and logging it in an app like MyFitnessPal. Once you're certain you have a good grasp on portion size and such, you may find you don't need it (though I still weigh and log everything).

I personally try to avoid substitute foods like fake breads or muffins or pizzas or sweets. I think it's best to work to break the addiction to carbs, rather than reinforce them with disappointing facsimiles. That said, there are people who rely on those substitutes, and would disagree strongly with me, which brings me to I think the most important tip - don't be afraid to experiment with what works for you. You'll hear conflicting advice on this sub, and it's not because anyone is wrong, it's because we're individuals, and we respond differently to different things. The FAQ will walk you through the things that are relatively non-negotiable (like eating more than a minimal amount of carbs), but a lot of what gets discussed here is not set in stone. That's one of things I find most useful about this sub - we're all trying to refine the process, and it's good to hear other perspectives.

u/muddledremarks · 5 pointsr/Ultralight

Just a general comment. Going LW/UL was so much easier once I got a scale. This one from amazon has been great. Often times manufacturer specs are off a little, both lower and higher. Much more accurate clothing weights too.

u/almostelm · 5 pointsr/loseit

It sounds like you're on the ball. The only thing I would recommend doing if you're really frustrated with the lack of progress would be to invest in a kitchen scale (this one is probably best for you in terms of your limited funds). You might be miscalculating how much you're eating which can be why you're stalled.

To calculate home cooked meals, I count the calories, by weight, of everything I put into a dish until I have the grand total for the whole thing. Then I divide the food into tupperware, by weight so everything is equal, and of course some for my plate for dinner that day. I take that grand total and divide it by the servings I've portioned out. It takes a little time, but usually the math is super easy as long as I have that grand total and number of equal serving sizes. I eat really well for two or three days on the leftovers, because I'll purposefully make extra and I know exactly how many calories are in each.

Honestly, just stay the course and if you're still not seeing results, consider getting the scale. It really helped me. Also, if you haven't already, take pictures of yourself and measurements. If you're not seeing the number on the scale go down, you may see results in the pictures or measurements! If you want you can friend me on MFP: Liluth. Good luck! I hope you start seeing results soon. It sounds like you're working really hard at it.

u/Here_ComesTreble · 5 pointsr/1200isplenty

I have this one because it had loads of 5* reviews and was pretty cheap:

3 years later, it still works like the day I got it.

u/nutterysquirrel · 5 pointsr/1200isplenty

Yes I love my scale. I measure everything because even though a serving size may say 4 cookies (28g) that doesn't mean it's actually 4 cookies for a serving size, it's usually always above or below the weight. I use this scale, it's always accurate.

u/782017 · 5 pointsr/Cooking

I've used this for about three years now. Cheap, easy to use, and measures accurately down to the gram.

u/thumpernc24 · 5 pointsr/loseit

Just so you know, food scales are very economical!

That's just the one I have, there are other options.

Water retention is going to be part of it for the first week, but that's not usually something that's going to have long term effect.

u/drgreenthumb81 · 5 pointsr/CICO

Simple but reliable. Nice for baking and pickling too

u/Wylde_Guitarist · 5 pointsr/Coffee

Check out the Bodum Bistro. I've had mine for about 3 years and it's a great grinder for under $100. I've got a French Press, Aeropress, and Chemex that I can get an amazing cup of coffee from any of them once you dial it in.

u/OracleAndroid · 5 pointsr/Coffee

If you don't want to break the bank, the Bodum Bistro is a very nice grinder. I brew using mostly the same methods, and have no problems with consistency or size.

I use the Able Fine disk with my Aeropress and was able to dial in a perfect grind size easily.

EDIT: Link

u/gewver · 5 pointsr/Coffee

Better idea. Half the price and much better reviewed.

OR for the same price. Their refurbs are awesome. And that grinder will last you forever.

Most people aren't going to have a recommendation on it. It's an uncommon grinder for this forum

u/knowsguy · 5 pointsr/Coffee

The Bodum burr grinder has served me well for years, averaging 2-3 pots a day. I replaced my Baratza with one, intending to upgrade later, but it works well enough that I'm satisfied.

It's well under $100 when on sale.

u/globex_co · 5 pointsr/Coffee

How serious are you about your coffee? Or would you like to be?

For what it's worth, I had one of these for 3 years+ and it served me well. You can get this / comparable models for under $100 though. I think I paid $80 for mine, I forget but the Amazon price bot will reply to my post and show the all-time low ;)

u/kakanczu · 5 pointsr/Coffee

If looking for electric, the most commonly recommended are:

Capresso, $90

Bodum (Red, $90)

Baratza Encore, $130

The Baratza will be the most recommended and if you look around you might be able to find it for closer to $100. Otherwise the Capresso is probably the best bet.

u/bilbravo · 5 pointsr/Coffee

I have a Bodum Bistro burr grinder and really think it does a great job for $70. There is another Bodum grinder here that people dislike, but in general this one gets favorable reviews most everwhere I've looked.

If you want to make a single, easy cup of coffee at home you may look into getting an Aeropress. It is fairly easy to make a good cup of coffee for most anyone using one of these things.

I have no experience with the Ninja coffee bar (but I love my Ninja blender). I would recommend looking for a local coffee shop that maybe roasts their own coffee. It isn't guaranteed to be good coffee, but it will be a good place to start because they will likely have many different choices and you'll be supporting a local roaster. They will probably offer to grind it for you and ask what type of method you are using (pour over, drip, french press, etc) until you get a grinder.

u/taylormitchell20 · 5 pointsr/keto

I do something similar. I put water in one mug, fats in another and microwave both. When fat is melted I take it out and continue microwaving the water while I blend the fats. By the time the water is done, my Aeropress (amazon link I don't sell these I just really love the product which is freaking amazing by the way) is ready for the hot water, then I just press the coffee/espresso directly into the blended fats and I'm ready to go. Only mess is one mug and the Aeropress which is incredibly simple to clean anyway. Total time from nothing to delicious bulletproof espresso is about 2 and a half minutes.

u/deltree3030 · 5 pointsr/funny

Pfft. You need to get with the reverse french press.

u/Glitter_Cunt · 4 pointsr/proED

Ohmigosh yes you 100% need a food scale!! This is the one that I have and I really recommend it. I love it so much that I bought a second one for my parents so that I can use it when I visit them lol.

Honestly the hardest part for me about maintaining is eating enough and keep myself from losing more (or gaining weight back when I've accidentally lost too much). Maintaining a very low weight while eating 1000+ a day is completely possible :)

u/DreadyVapor · 4 pointsr/zerocarb

My kitchen scale

It's a very basic accessory, but you'd be surprised how indispensable it becomes.

u/oRamafy · 4 pointsr/bodybuilding

I've been happy with mine. Bought it a little over a year ago, and I don't have any complaints.

u/afsdjkll · 4 pointsr/Coffee

Bodum Burr grinder is ~55 cheaper - currently $75 which is a good price. I've used one with a bonavita for years with good results - others on this sub have said favorable things about it as well.

u/THANAT0PS1S · 4 pointsr/Coffee

Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder-~$170-This thing works like a champ and seems to always produce even grounds at any fineness (of which it has many options to choose from). It's very easy to clean. I have been using it for two years and have had no problems with it whatsoever. Its basket is glass, therefore there is no static cling with the grounds.

The only real complaint that I have heard is it may not grind quite fine enough to produce great espresso, but, as I do not make espresso, this has never come up for me, and I cannot speak to its performance in this area.

The best thing about this grinder is its relatively cheap price-point (some places list it at $120) compared to other burr grinders of the same quality.

u/jja619 · 4 pointsr/Coffee

The Encore is only 14". The Bodum Bistro comes close at 12.5".

The Lido 3 won't need a permanent station and comes in at 13.5".

Aside from that, you're probably stuck with no-so-great hand grinders like the Skerton/Mini Mill.

u/ginzasamba · 4 pointsr/Coffee

If you're willing to sit at the top end of your budget, you might just fall in love with this Bodum piece.


This is the best grinder I've ever used at home, and using the machine itself is simple. You can easily adjust the fineness of your grind (it adjusts the grind size for our French press and Moka pot beautifully) and serving amount so you aren't over-extracting or wasting your beans.

u/Fresh-Teatox · 4 pointsr/Coffee

I have a Bodum. It's pretty decent but I'm far from an expert on the subject but it should give you an option.

u/fermion72 · 4 pointsr/Coffee

I second the suggestion for an Aeropress:

  1. Delicious cup.
  2. It practically cleans itself, with no mess.

    If you're absolutely concerned about time, then you'll spend about one extra minute per cup with the Aeropress (plus getting the water hot, which I usually do via an electric kettle while I'm showering).

    Aeropress steps:

  3. Make the water hot (but it doesn't need to be boiling--shouldn't be, actually--when you brew the coffee). (3-5 min, but can be done while you're doing other stuff).
  4. Scoop grounds into the device (or grind yourself--better tasting, but a bit more time and mess) (10 sec.)
  5. Pour water over grounds, stir. (15 sec)
  6. Press down (25-sec)
  7. Top off with more hot water into cup. (3 sec)
  8. Pop out filter/grounds into trash. (5 sec)
  9. Quick rinse of the device. (2 sec)

    p.s. $26 at Amazon
u/drdelius · 4 pointsr/trashy

Digital Thermometers are basically instant, think of the hand-held ones like this (great to use as a high-powered laser pointer since it's powered by a 9volt, can keep your dog running at a dog park for hours).

The only real issue seems to be that they're using a type of thermometer that is supposed to be plunged into the product to check internal temperatures, and they are simply putting it next to the product. Not enough of an issue that you're likely to end up with food that was out of temperature, as long as it was fully heated and checked before being placed in the holding pan. Also an issue if they're plunging it in far enough to be touching the metal bottom of the holding pan. That's where you can easily have food that's out of temp and not caught, because the pan is always slightly hotter than the food inside.

u/Ohthere530 · 4 pointsr/zerocarb

My hunch is that the pan is too cool. Try using an Infrared Thermometer Gun to measure the temperature of your frying pan. When the pan is too cool the meat tends to get grey and yucky instead nicely browned.

I like to heat the pan up to 450-550 F. Then you get a nice brown sear.

You might also try cast iron. Two reasons. The first is that it holds a lot of heat so it stays hot even when you pop the cool steak on it. Second is that you can safely heat up cast iron to higher temps than many non-stick pans will handle.

u/heckingheckmate · 4 pointsr/BeardedDragons

looks pretty good to me, he may not be moving around because he’s cold, so just be sure you’re around 85 warm end with a basking spot of up to 120 (while they’re still young) and then cool end around 75 and drop the temperatures by ten degrees at night. i always recommend getting a thermometer gun as it tends to be more precise than a dial, and you can tell the temperature of several different locations without multiple dials, the stick on one you’re using is usually pretty inaccurate as it’s telling you the temperature of the glass. this is the thermometer gun i use and it works pretty well, it’s within 1-2°F of the actual temperature, there are certainly more expensive ones but i haven’t had any issue with this one. i always recommend having more hides, at least one on the warm end and one on the cool end, and while the extra food bowls look cool, it’s usually easier to have them out of the enclosure and put them in when you’re putting food in. congrats on your new pal, and i wish the two of you much fun

u/kaarlows · 4 pointsr/brasil

Eu pessoalmente uso Aeropress no meu uso diário, sendo este inclusive um dos métodos mais bem falados no /r/Coffee

Agora, entre cafeteira elétrica e coador, com certeza o coador, especialmente se utilizas coadores como o Hario V60. No coador tu perdes um pouco da praticidade das cafeteiras elétricas mas ganhas muito com o controle e qualidade na extração, além do custo ser muito menor e poder utilizar em qualquer lugar sem precisar de energia elétrica.

Muitas das cafeteiras elétricas não fervem a água na temperatura adequada e pela forma que deixam a água em contato com o café acaba extraindo mais amargor do que nos coadores.

u/YetiBot · 4 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

Hey there, I'm not OP, but I got an aeropress for my coffee-snob brother a few years back and he continues to talk about how much he loves it (and he got one for his girlfriend for her birthday).

u/tjohnsey · 4 pointsr/funny

Looks like a job for the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer!

u/EAT_DA_POOPOO · 4 pointsr/KotakuInAction

Hopefully they can crack down on the "Didn't arrive on time - one star" reviews but those fuckers better not delete the reviews from my beloved banana slicer!

u/Endblock · 4 pointsr/PeopleFuckingDying

You've clearly never used the hutzler 571 This beautiful product has done it all! From saving marriages, to allowing a disgraced ninja to restore his honor! Truly a miraculous product.

u/Chopsticks613 · 4 pointsr/funny
u/a6stringronin · 4 pointsr/rawdenim

I got the Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle. True, it is the single most expensive single purchase so far for my coffee but it has made coffee making a ton easier. Getting water to 205 degrees (or whatever you prefer) without any hiccups and being able to pour it without worrying about splashes, over-pouring or anything else has made it one of my favorite purchases so far. It just adds a ton of control to your coffee-making, which is super beneficial when there are so many variables in it already.

u/Branden_Williams · 4 pointsr/tea

Generally not a fan of these guys. They do work hard on design, but they often miss key elements in the finished product (specifically in their first coffee steeper).

I bought a version of the Bonavita gooseneck four or five years ago (here's an example of a recent model) that still works like the day I took it out of the box. When I am home, it gets used at least once per day, if not multiple times. Coffee in the AM, tea in the afternoon. I can't recommend a model like this enough.

An app and WiFi is fun, but I prefer this version.

u/Chigaroogaremm · 4 pointsr/Coffee

First thing you need is the Hario Burr grinder (if you're on a budget).
Here is the one I use camping and at my boathouse:

If you're new to the coffee scene, I recommend subscribing to a coffee service like Blue Bottle Coffee until you develop a taste for what you like. It's a little pricey, so if you're on a budget buy a variety of locally sold beans.

Next, get a water kettle. I bought a variable temperature one 4 1/2 years a go and it still works great and accurately (got a new thermometer and themalcouple for Christmas and just ran an accuracy test just for this comment!)
For the budget coffee drinker, microwave your water to a boil and measure the temperature with a $5 Walmart kitchen thermometer. Pour on your grounds at 185-195 degrees F.

If you want to get very precise, get a scale that measures to a tenth of a gram. A timer is also useful, but usually don't need to buy once since you can use your phone, microwave, watch, etc.

u/bigbootyjudgejudy_ · 4 pointsr/Coffee

I'm looking into getting an electric kettle that has a manual temperature control. I like the idea of boiling my water to different temps according to the beans I'm using or the type of tea I'm making. But I've been reading the reviews on both the Fellow Stagg EKG and the Bonavita BV382510V and it sounds like they're garbage-- they either break down after a few months or won't even work out of the package. On top of that, some people complain that the temperature the kettle reads is quite different than the actual temperature of the water.


My question(s) is: is it worth it to get a temperature controlled kettle? Or should I just use a conventional kettle and a thermometer? Are there any temp controlled kettles that you all recommend?


Here's the two I'm looking at: Bonavita , Fellow Stagg

u/yoyo_shi · 4 pointsr/Coffee

there's always the bonavita electric kettles

u/TheInternetTubes · 4 pointsr/espresso

What I use for coffee now is, has timer for pourover and is accurate to tenth of a gram. Little lag but not enough to make me really want anything else any time soon. I know that price is above what you asked for but wanted you to know the price of one that could very well last quite a while.

The one I used for years making french press with a blade grinder (calm down it's just a spice grinder now), and still use for other kitchen tasks, is It's cheap, it works, and mine has lasted I think 5yrs now. It does not read to a tenth of a gram and does not have a timer though. And, it just doesn't look as cool.

u/Dntblnk11 · 4 pointsr/xxketo

I have this one: Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, Elegant Black

It's only $15 right now!

u/no1flyhalf · 4 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Buy a kitchen scale. Weigh out 2-2.5 ounces of dry pasta. THAT is a good single serving. 3 ounces is a little much, unless youre super hungry. good luck.

u/ZeOppositeOfProgress · 4 pointsr/Coffee

I don't really understand your question: you want a hot cold brew? You want a cold brew but want it warmer than it currently is?

If you're looking for a solid cold brew, I have the 1000ml Hario Cold Brew pot and this recipe is golden:

Pour 108g of coffee into the filter then place the filter in the pot. Pour filtered water through this filter until it reaches about a quarter inch from the top. Let it sit for 12-18 hours in the fridge. Remove the filter and discard the coffee. You now have a good concentrated base for iced coffee.

I plop a square ice cube in a glass, pour the concentrate and filtered water into the glass at a ratio of 1:1. I drink mine black but if you add cream/milk/flavoring, then change up your water with a whatever mix you want. Add sugar in at the end. Since this is cold, I recommend syrups over crystal sugar as you may find the crystal sugar settling at the bottom.

Been doing this for a year and have settled on this recipe being my fav. Good luck!

u/petitanomie · 4 pointsr/loseit

i like this one on amazon. cheap, cheerful, the batteries have lasted over a year and i bought a second one to use at my parents' home.

the only features i care about are a clean surface, the ability to "tare" (reset the scale to 0) and switch between and metric units.

u/Stretch_22 · 4 pointsr/Sourdough

There’s nothing wrong with the recipe in principal - if that’s the bread you like, it’s the bread you should make. But if you plan to continue to progress as a bread maker, IMO the first thing you should do is learn about baker’s math, and begin measuring your ingredients by weight as opposed to volume. Here is the King Arthur Flour introduction to baker’s math. They use pounds, but I recommend using grams, as it makes the calculations a bit simpler. Besides weight being a much more precise way to measure ingredients than volume, the reason baker’s math is important is that it creates a standardization for comparing formulas, so that bakers can determine some characteristics of a dough before they decide to mix it.

If you don’t already have one, a food scale is under $20 and worth having around just for baking but I use mine for other cooking purposes regularly.

u/PaleAleGiraffe · 4 pointsr/funny

I have this one, but you can get away with this one for $16

u/Herherpsnderps · 4 pointsr/leopardgeckos

Those are rookie numbers. Personally wouldn’t listen to his advice, he’s fuven you a bit of bad advice. Which i will apologize that those are total junk, if you can return it. What would probably be the best thing for you guys and similar pricing is a temp gun, you can use them for all the reptiles and get the temperatures anywhere in the tank. Those only poorly measure the air temperature, but your using a heat pad which doesn’t heat ambient, but surface temps. Here’s a really good one. You’d both be able to use it. You just point and shoot, it has a little red laser to show where it’s reading the temp from. Also a care guide that can go into more detail on some of this stuff than I can in a comment section.

Also no reason to get so upset because people are giving you solid advice to care for your animal. Bit of hostility towards us on this.

u/kjmorley · 4 pointsr/microgrowery

If you want to make MCT oil, here's the method I use for extraction:

  • Decarb 60 gm of bud at 250 °F for 45 minutes
  • Chop lightly in blender
  • Add to crockpot and cover with 600 ml MCT oil + 1 tbsp lecithin
  • Heat at about 160 °F for 2 - 3 hours with occasional stirring. Check the temp periodically so it doesn't over heat.
  • Let cool, filter and transfer to 1 oz dropper bottles

    You should have enough to fill 16 - 20 bottles. Depending on the strain, the oil should contain 15 - 20 mg/ml THC.

    Some items you may need:

    Turkey Bag for decarb

    MCT Oil


    Digital Thermometer

    Honey Strainer to remove the particulate

    Large syringe for transferring oil

    Dropper Bottles
u/Fonzibearr · 4 pointsr/BeardedDragons

15 bucks on amazon and will give you instant temperature readings unlike a dial or probe thermometer

u/turkeyduck123 · 4 pointsr/videos

How dare he mock the infallible Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer!!! just look at the Amazon reviews! with over 2300 5 star ratings, it is the clear winner among banana slicing aficionados.

u/T_Mace · 4 pointsr/Canadian_ecigarette

Here's a complete list of all the diy vendors in Canada

The Broke Vaper is a good place to start but you'll prob want to branch out if later if he doesn't have all the flavors you (eventually will) need.

Also, buy more than 5 flavors to start, you WILL want them believe me. Hop on ELR and type some flavors in the search bar that appeal to you. Can be as simple as "banana". Then sort by rating. Pick out a few recipes that look tasty to you and buy the flavors based on the recipe. Most people mess up their first order by buying flavors randomly without a recipe in mind. That's a pro noob tip for ya buddy.

A note on ELR, make an account and use it. You can save all your recipes there. It has an ejuice calendar and a bunch of cool features. You can log all your flavors and search recipes based on the flavors you own. You can follow your favorite mixers to be updated when they post new recipes. Other stuff too so poke around there a lot.

Also, all day everyday. Read the bloody side bar! Don't post on that sub til you've read the entire sidebar and most likely you should put your initial questions in the "Weekly New Mixers Questions Thread" which is always at the top. But ya, the sidebar will teach you everything you need to know to get started and save you from making dumb mistakes. Def worth the time to read.

Important, I highly recommend buying a scale to start. Don't waste time, money, energy mixing by volume. The broke vaper starter kit does not come with syringes, graduated cylinders, etc anyway so by the time you purchase all you need to mixing by volume, you could've spent a few extra bucks and just bought the bloody scale. So here's the link for the scale everyone uses.

I'm almost done here.. bare with me. You'll also want to grab some Nitril gloves. I linked you the black ones in case you feel like doing some cat burglaring on the side.

Last, here's 3 fantastic tutorials to get ya started..

Also go ahead and subscribe to, your main source for YouTube DIY mixing knowledge and entertainment.

Welcome, see you around :)

Ps. I did an unboxing of The Broke Vaper starter kit if you want to see what you'll be getting..

u/isuamadog · 4 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

if you have been buying juice commercially then save your old bottles and you can wash them out to start. If you pick up a scale (lb-501 comes recommended) you can use an online calculator like or to figure out how much to add of everything by weight.


definitely read the information in the sidebar if on desktop or in the 'about' if on mobile.

u/pencilbagger · 4 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

I diy too, I get my flavors from either bull city or gremlin diy, the bottles under 120 are dropper bottles so they're nice for mixing by weight.

nicotine from nude nicotine, their time from order to ship is rather long, about 4-7 days for both orders I placed. You can get a 15ml sample for a few bucks from them, which is enough to make 500ml at 3mg. I recommend a small dropper bottle for nic if mixing by weight, and keeping it in the freezer when not in use. I've heard vaperstek and carolina xtract nicotine are also good quality, and there are cheaper options but I've had a pretty bad experience with liquid barn so I spent a little more on nic. Some nicotine vendors have their own line of flavors as well, I wouldn't recommend getting them because they're usually hit or miss and aren't really used in any recipes you will see posted in various places.

I don't recommend full vg nic, especially for a first timer. It's hard to work with and needs to be shaken VERY well because nicotine will separate from vg more easily, leading to pockets of higher nicotine. A 50/50 or 100% pg nic base won't add much to the end product at 100mg if mixing to 3mg, 1.5% and 3% pg respectively.

I split my nic into 60ml glass bottles with normal caps that I got from bull city, and top it off with this inert gas spray to displace the oxygen since 100mg will oxidize pretty fast.

For vg and pg, I just get essential depot pg and vg from amazon, 1 liter bottles of each are around $12 with prime shipping. I use large hdpe squeeze bottles from liquid barn for dispensing pg and vg, but any large squeeze bottles that are air tight when sealed will work fine.

I use this scale to mix by weight, but any scale with .01g resolution that is fairly accurate can be used. Mixing by weight is easier for smaller batches, and you don't have to deal with syringes and other measuring equipment.

e liquid recipes will give you both weight and volume measurements when you input a recipe, I enter recipes on my pc and bring it up on my phone for mixing since I usually mix in the kitchen.

There's tons of great information on the sidebar on the DIY ejuice subreddit including a mix by weight tutorial, just make sure you read before posting anything that isn't covered there. The up front investment for DIY can be high, especially when buying a scale, but it's way cheaper than even budget ejuice companies in the long run.

u/Bone-Juice · 4 pointsr/halifax

I was looking for a similar scale a couple years back for making e-juice. The issue that I had with local places is that most scales only display 1 decimal place (when weighing in grams), you need two. Also any scales I found locally had very limited weight capacity at that sensitivity level.

I know you are looking locally, but the one I settled on was from Amazon.

Thing works like a champ! It does not weigh directly in mg but will weigh in grams with two decimal places.

u/rubermnkey · 4 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

nic river has a pretty great starter kit, but since you seem like you are already mixing I would suggest looking into mixing by weight rather than mixing by volume.

the lb-501 is probably the most popular. good capacity for large batches, but still accurate down to .01 g's. You can mix right in the bottle and cut out a lot of other steps.

u/myca42069420 · 4 pointsr/TreesSuckingOnThings

Maybe lost, but [this](American Weigh Scales LB Series Precision Digital Kitchen Weight Scale, Gray 500 x 0.01G LB-501 is the one I was recommended for mixing vape juice. It's been great for two years now for me. If you need higher precision, I think their 3000 series is more accurate at the same price. I didn't look like it came with calibration weights like this one does though.

u/wont_eat_it · 4 pointsr/kratom

This is the one I use. It was recommended by a large number of DIY e-juice mixers. I use it for both that and kratom. Also for kitchen needs. I've had it for about a month and its great so far. Rarely becomes offset but is easily corrected. Has an AC adapter as well as battery power. Previously I'd used something crummy like you're describing that needed to be turned off and on repeatedly to get a good read. Check it out and see what you think.

American Weigh Scales on Amazon

u/chewymidget · 4 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

You want this one. The one you linked has a 2min auto off. It can work as I used it for a short period of time but you have to be fast and you can't do very large batches with it either.

u/WDTBillBrasky · 4 pointsr/electronic_cigarette

or spend >$30 and get this. Makes DIY life soo much easier than syringes IMO.

u/hotwingsandcoldbeer · 4 pointsr/DIY_eJuice

This is not meant to be snarky. To get accurate syringe measurements - buy a scale.

u/Nam-Ereh-Won · 4 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I got this one. I brew both green and black teas, so I wanted to make sure I had the option to brew both at the right temp.

u/LurkBot9000 · 4 pointsr/Coffee

Good and cheep for when you only want one cup at a time.

u/edsq · 4 pointsr/Coffee

The Bonavita drip brewer ($140) is one of the very few SCAA certified home brewers out there. It will make excellent coffee.

A good cheap burr grinder is the Hario Mini Mill ($20). It's a hand grinder and that entails a bunch of extra effort and time, but it's a fraction of the cost of comparable electric burr grinders. If you want a decent electric grinder, a good place to start would be a refurbished Baratza Encore ($99).

The Encore + Bonavita combination will make really good coffee and won't really be much more work than a combo grinder/brewer. However these things are obviously expensive, probably more than anyone who isn't looking to get seriously into coffee should consider. Find what works best for you.

u/mdboop · 4 pointsr/Coffee

The mini mill is only about $24. If you're so strapped that you're already eating rice and beans every meal, then at least start saving up for one. Otherwise, I'm sure there's something you can sacrifice for a week or two to buy a burr grinder.

u/m-a-t-t_ · 4 pointsr/Coffee

Aeropress plus Hario or Porlex grinder. Perfect set up. Exactly €50. Add some great, fresh beans and you are sorted :-) - €27 - €23

u/jchiu003 · 4 pointsr/OkCupid

I think most supermarkets/Costco has a bulk coffee grinder you can use. I hand-grind my beans every morning and use this. I'm probably going to upgrade to an electric grinder soon. Sorry about the $250. He sounds like a shitty human.

u/AustinH20 · 4 pointsr/battlestations

Walker Edison Soreno 3-Piece Corner Desk, Black with Black Glass

u/DesSiks · 4 pointsr/edmproduction

I have a desk similar to this and it works great. Has plenty of real estate for my speakers and my unnecessarily large keyboard.

u/nsstrunks · 4 pointsr/buildapc

I just purchased an L desk from Amazon. It arrives on Tuesday and I'm looking forward to it.

u/YellowCrazyAnt · 4 pointsr/espresso

The plastic tray that comes with this one allows you to put the whole portafilter plus basket on top.

American Weigh Scales SC Series Digital Pocket Weight Scale, Silver, 2000G, 2KG x 0.1

u/tortnotes · 4 pointsr/Coffee

To any uninformed readers: the grinder OP links to is a knockoff of the Hario Skerton. If you buy a grinder of this style, make sure it is a real Skerton. Here is an Amazon review illustrating why.

u/FailToObserve · 4 pointsr/Coffee

You came to the right place. Generally don't buy a box of stuff when your new to something. Always one or two items you don't need or want. And one or two items that are missing.

If your going for frugal, spend most of your money on the grinder. Hario Mill Grinder Slim is your best start. French Press is one of the cheapest brew methods (as low as $15 and no additions, plus it makes great coffee). Unless you want to do cowboy style coffee.

I personally like the V60 but it is soooo much easier to do when you have a gooseneck kettle. Maybe consider that later ;P.

u/sleepyminion · 4 pointsr/coins

I use this one. It works well for my needs and appears to be very accurate.

u/OreoPillow · 4 pointsr/trees

dude, if you're looking for a scale recommendation, I bought this thing for about the same price its listed right now. Keep in mind though that you might want to buy a calibration weight, too. If not, you can use 20 nickels. I think each one weighs exactly 5 grams. If you're across the pond, I think 20 pent coins weigh exactly 5 grams, too. If you're in the EU, you could use 12 0.50 euro coins, 1 0.10 euro coin, and 1 0.01 euro coin for exactly 100 grams. I'm sure there are other combinations too, you guys just don't have nice round numbers for your coin weights.

Good luck, dawg

u/ArcticTeddy · 4 pointsr/FixedGearBicycle
u/kristinworks · 4 pointsr/tea

I have a couple of these kicking around, they weigh in .01g increments. I check them every once in a while (just use spare change, you can google the weight of whatever coin you find) to make sure they're still pretty accurate. I also have one of the same brand that weighs up to 1,000 grams.

u/SoulUndead · 4 pointsr/researchchemicals

Different batches can have different consistencies/densities. It would be irresponsible for anybody to tell you anything other than this - get a scale. If you can afford $20 of ethylphenidate, you can afford a milligram scale.

Edit: Okay, so you got 25 grams of Ethylphenidate, but not a scale. Good game.

u/dumbstoners · 4 pointsr/CannabisExtracts

---from skyhighler on TC forums---

"The results so far of the 'homie' tests:

Power (0X) had 0.021g of residue
Power (0X), Korea, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "130819"

Power 5X #1 had 0.02g of residue
Power 5X, Korea, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "130820"

Power 5X #2 had 0.019g of residue
Power 5X, Korea, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "130731"

Power 7X had 0.029g of residue
Power 7X, Korea, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "120716"

Newport #1 had 0.01g of residue
Newport, England, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "DOM 24.04.13 20:33"

Newport #2 had 0.004g of residue
Newport, England, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "DOM 26.03.13 19:09"

Vector #1 had 0.03g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "AUTHENTIC VECTOR GAS 2013.04.06"

Vector #2 had 0.02g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "AUTHENTIC VECTOR GAS 2013.04.06"

Vector #3 had 0.028g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "AUTHENTIC VECTOR GAS 2013.04.06"

Vector #4 had 0.028g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "AUTHENTIC VECTOR GAS 2013.04.06"

Vector 14X #1 had 0.019g of residue
Vector 14X, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "AUTHENTIC VECTOR GAS 2013 09 10"

Vector 14X #2 had 0.018g of residue
Vector 14X, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "AUTHENTIC VECTOR GAS 2013 09 10"

Lucienne #1 had 0.03g of residue
Lucienne, England, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "DOM 16.07.13 13:28"

Lucienne #2 had 0.002g of residue
Lucienne, England, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "DOM 16.07.13 13:28"

Lucienne #3 had 0.001g of residue
Lucienne, England, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "DOM 16.07.13 13:28"

Lucienne #4 had <0.001g residue
Lucienne, England, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "DOM 16.07.13 13:28"

Ronson #1 had 0.01g of residue
Ronson, USA, 300ml/165g can, reads on the bottom "I1713"

Ronson #2 had 0.001g residue
Ronson, USA, 300ml/165g can, reads on the bottom "I1713"

Ronson #3 had <.001g residue
Ronson, USA, 300ml/165g can, reads on the bottom "I1713"

Spark 7x had 0.04g of residue
Spark, Korea, 7x 300ml can, reads on the bottom "120404"

King had 0.033g of residue
King, Korea, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "12.04.25"

Fasfil #1 had 0.030g of residue
Fasfil 5X, Korea, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "120718"

Fasfil #2 had 0.032g of residue
Fasfil, Korea, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "120718"

whip-it! 9X had 0.025g of residue
whip-it! 9X, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "130708"

whip-it! Premium had 0.003g of residue
whip-it! Premium, UK, 400ml can, reads on the bottom "239 M 17:25 1"

Neon #1 had 0.004g of residue
Neon, China, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "Manufactured On 20/12/2012/ (00488)" (no added odorant/mercaptan)

Neon #2 had 0.005g of residue
Neon, China, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "Manufactured On 20.02.1200413" (this seems to be an early version which is unusable due to added odorant/mercaptan, check the date for old stock)

Neon #3 had 0.001g of residue
Neon, China, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "Manufactured On 25/05/2012(00446) (no added odorant/mercaptan)

Neon 5X #1 had 0.001g of residue
Neon 5X, China, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "Manufactured On 20/05/2013(00506)" (no added odorant/mercaptan)

Neon 5X #2 had 0.015g of residue (stinks, odorant/mercaptan?)
Neon 5X, China, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "Manufactured On 11/05/2012(004236)"

Neon 5X #3 had 0.004g of residue
Neon 5X, China, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "Manufactured On 25/5/2013(00505) (no added odorant/mercaptan)

Lava had 0.033g of residue
Lava, Korea, 5.3oz/150g can, reads on the bottom "070321"

Zippo had 0.001g of residue
Zippo, USA, 5.82oz/165g can, reads on the bottom "H1513"

Colibri had 0.001g of residue
Colibri, UK, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "DOM 18.04.13 06:35"

Stok FYR had 0.023g of residue
Stok FYR, UK, 5.8oz/165g can, reads on the bottom "DOM 07.08.13 15:57"

Iolite had 0.010g of residue
Iolite, England, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "DOM 30.07.13 22:45"

Gasone 5X had 0.028g of residue
Gasone 5X, Korea, 5.8oz/165g can, reads on the bottom "130511"

Xikar #1 had 0.010g of residue (chemical smell, avoid)
Xikar, USA, 8oz/225g can, reads on the bottom "CC26/0947"

Xikar #2 had 0.007g of residue (chemical smell, avoid)
Xikar, USA, 8oz/225g can, reads on the bottom "CC26/1153"

Clipper 7X had 0.004g of residue
Clipper 7X, China, 4.89oz/139g can, reads on the bottom "26.03.2012"

Lotus had 0.002g of residue
Lotus, England, 400ml/13.4oz/222g can, reads on the bottom "DOM 03.10.12 14:03"

Jetline had 0.027g of residue
Jetline, Korea, 330ml can, reads on the bottom "130410"

Capital N-butane #1 had 0.008g of residue
Capital N-butane, USA, 6.6oz/187g can, reads on the bottom "13337"

Capital N-butane #2 had 0.009g of residue
Capital N-butane, USA, 6.6oz/187g can, reads on the bottom "13337"

Puretane #1 had 0.006g of residue
Puretane, USA, 300ml/167g can, reads on the bottom "13339 (1) 34623 06332"

Puretane #2 had 0.006g of residue
Puretane, USA, 300ml/167g can, reads on the bottom "13339 (1) 34623 06324"

Clipper 12X had 0.025g of residue
Clipper 12X, Spain, 170g can, reads on the bottom "QT31E"

Comoy's had 0.015g of residue
Comoy's, UK, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "DOM 23.05.13 05:28"

Smoke It's had 0.007g of residue (stinks!!! don't use!)
Smoke It's, 300ml with no country or date of manufacture on the can

Meteor 7X had 0.030g of residue
Meteor 7X, Korea?, 165g can, reads on the bottom "130517"

Cloud 9X had 0.003g of residue
Cloud 9X, 300ml can with no country or date of manufacture

Blazer 3X had 0.016g of residue
Blazer 3X, Korea, 150g can, reads on the bottom "131023"

Bernzomatic had 0.028g of residue
Bernzomatic, "Made in U.S.A. of Global Components," reads on the bottom "13130 011288"

Magnum 5X had 0.035g of residue
Magnum 5X, Korea, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "120405"

whip-it! 5X had 0.005g of residue
whip-it 5X, Korea, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "130610"

Ultra Pure had 0.001g of residue
Ultra Pure, England, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "DOM 27.09.13 06:58"

whip-it! 7X had 0.017g of residue
whip-it! 7X, Korea, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "131011"

Special Blue 5X had 0.004g of residue
Special Blue 5X, country of manufacture?, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "131024"

Special Blue 9X had 0.005g of residue
Special Blue 9X, country of manufacture?, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "130702"

Special Blue 7X had 0.001g of residue
Special Blue 7X, country of manufacture?, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "131028"

Iwatani #1 had 0.03g of residue
Iwatiani butane fuel, Korea, eight ounce can, reads near the top of the can "130506" (unusable due to added odorant/mercaptan)

Iwatani #2 had 0.010g of residue
Iwatiani butane fuel, Korea, eight ounce can, reads near the top of the can "130506" (unusable due to added odorant/mercaptan)

Those were my results, here's jackgastche's:

Vector #1 had 0.04g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "5/12/2012"

Vector #2 had 0.04g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "5/12/2012"

Vector #3 had 0.06g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom 5/12/2012""

Vector #4 had 0.03g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "5/13/2013"

Vector #5 had 0.04g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "5/13/2013"

Vector #6 had 0.04g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "5/13/2013"

Vector #7 had 0.02g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "12/15/2011"

Vector #8 had 0.02g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "12/15/2011"

Vector #9 had 0.03g of residue
Vector, Korea, 320ml can, reads on the bottom "12/15/2011"

Colibri #1 had 0.03g of residue
Colibri, UK, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "8/16/2011"

Colibri #2 had 0.03g of residue
Colibri, UK, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "8/16/2011"

Colibri #3 had 0.03g of residue
Colibri, UK, 300ml can, reads on the bottom "8/16/2011"

Xikar #1 had 0.002g of residue (chemical smell, avoid)
Xikar, UK, 400ml can, reads on the bottom "3/13/'12"

Xikar #2 had 0.002g of residue (chemical smell, avoid)
Xikar, UK, 400ml can, reads on the bottom "3/13/'12"

Xikar #3 had 0.002g of residue (chemical smell, avoid)
Xikar, UK, 400ml can, reads on the bottom "3/13/'12"

Xikar #4 had 0.003g of residue (chemical smell, avoid)
Xikar, UK, 400ml can, reads on the bottom "3/13/'12"

Xikar #5 had 0.003g of residue (chemical smell, avoid)
Xikar, UK, 400ml can, reads on the bottom "3/13/'12"

My first tests were weighed with this inexpensive .01 gradient scale,

My later results to the .001 digit were weighed with this inexpensive .001 gradient scale,

The results from jackgastche were weighed with a .001 gradient scale, but rounded off to the .01 digit.

How the test was done,

Best to Worst list extrapolated from the above,"

u/sitspin · 4 pointsr/MDMA

Yeah, you can't measure small doses on that. You're going to want to invest in a better precision scale. This is a great one for the price on Amazon:

u/curiousaboutkratom · 4 pointsr/suboxone

I’m sure it can be done, but the amount of drops of alcohol would undoubtedly be different. I assume that you’d need less initially to get the proper ratio because the tablet contains more mass overall. Check out my other comment for the final amount of drops you want after dilution is complete. I would start low, let it dissolve and then count how many drops you have afterwards. You can always add more drops afterwards to create the proper ratio.

Edit: on second thought might not really work with tablets. If I only had access to tablets I’d weigh them with this scale (American Weigh Scales GEMINI-20 Portable MilliGram Scale, 20 by 0.001 G to get an average weight in milligrams. Then I’d crush the tablet and turn it into powder and put into medicine bottle. I’d then weigh out the amount of powder in mg for the equivalent amount of suboxone mg (based on simple calculation of mg of suboxone per mg of tablet weight). This scale is awesome and very accurate and would probably be the best way to precisely dose a tablet in the below 1mg range.

u/darknet3005 · 4 pointsr/DarkNetMarkets

Definitely MDMA or speed if you're in the college scene. 20g amphetamine paste (So around 15g dried) for $60 and you can sell that for around $100 a gram as powder or $10-$15 for 80mg in a cap.

u/lpushfatkids · 4 pointsr/reloading

American Weigh Scales GEMINI-20
Amazon Link

u/Lbox88 · 4 pointsr/Coffee
u/teemark · 4 pointsr/Coffee

My recommendation would be

Hario Skerton for grinding

Clever Dripper for brewing.

Aeropress is another option, but IMO the Clever is a little less clean-up to do at work. Clever gives press-like steep with filter for no sediment and easy clean-up. Either is a good option though.

u/Aetole · 4 pointsr/Cooking

To add: get a good burr grinder; it releases more flavor oils by shaving the beans, rather than chopping them up. If you don't want to dish out the money for an electric (which can run well over $100), you can get a Hario-style hand grinder for $30-40. There is even a slim version for smaller hands.

Treat your awesome beans right with a good grinder and it will pay itself off in excellent coffee for years.

u/uggghhhggghhh · 4 pointsr/Coffee

Ditto everyone else on the scale. Volume is a completely unreliable way to measure coffee. Any digital scale with at least .1 gram accuracy and a tare function will do. I got this one for less that $20 on Amazon.

That said, if you're not wanting to spend extra money and go down the rabbit hole trying to brew the perfect cup, then just experiment with the number of scoops until you get something that tastes good to you. That's all that really matters anyway, right?

u/Tikitorch5000 · 4 pointsr/KitchenConfidential

Dont get one that closes with velcro straps, it makes it really hard to get weird shaped thing in the bag and close it. Straps are only long enough to go around a few knives laying flat ontop of each other. I used this bag. Inside I had everything, even this scale, plus my shirt and apron rolled up in the middle, butane torch, sometimes my mandolin, and any other odd thing.. I used a carabiner to hook the two hand loops together worked better than the velcro. Now working as a butcher i just throw my scabbard into my chrome messenger bag and call it a day. So glad i dont need all that shit anymore.

u/IAmIrritatedAMA · 4 pointsr/Coffee

Slightly over your budget but I can highly recommend this one. Used it daily 2 years and it’s good as new. Only had to change the batteries once that I can think of.

American Weigh Scales SC Series Precision Digital Food Kitchen Weight Scale, Silver, 2000 x 0.1G (AMW-SC-2KG)

u/greenspacechunks · 4 pointsr/Coffee

u/tribalistic · 4 pointsr/fermentation

Try weighing your ingredients instead of measuring volume. Volume-based measurements don't work well for repeatable results. This $18 scale weighs fractions of a gram/oz close enough to dial in the amount of salt you prefer while still using enough to encourage lactic acid bacteria:

u/NastyGuido · 4 pointsr/weed

5-Pc Grinder

4-Pc Grinder

Havent tried these myself, but they have good reviews.

u/Shappie · 4 pointsr/StonerEngineering

The money you'd have to spend to actually make that into something usable could just be put towards a grinder with a kief catcher.

Check this shit out, 84% off.

u/Bran_Flake_Pancake · 4 pointsr/asktrees

Is Amazon ok? Cause this is only $3 :)

u/Pams1995 · 4 pointsr/mflb
u/ricecooking · 4 pointsr/Cooking

If you're going to be doing any molecular gastronomy, I would highly, HIGHLY recommend buying a digital scale. Really, it's a good idea if you're at all serious about any cooking or baking, particularly baking. It's a small investment, and it makes life a lot easier.

u/tsdguy · 4 pointsr/3Dprinting

It's worthless. Why don't you use real desiccation products - they're cheap as dirt on Amazon.

I use a renewable mini dehumidifier in my sealed filament box. When the crystals get saturated you plug it into the wall and it drives out the moisture to reuse it again.

Also don't put your wet phones into rice - also worthless.

u/ElectricTaser · 4 pointsr/preppers

Ignore the products below. This is what you want.
You just take it out, plug it into an outlet to recharge it and the stick it back in. No fuss.
I do use the small metal ones for ammo cans but they last much longer. Pain to gather them all up to recharge in the oven.

u/herdaz · 4 pointsr/homemaking

Get all of the suits out of the closet, they'll all need a proper airing out. The one you'd like to wear will probably need to be dry cleaned again before you can do so. The others need more room to breathe so they won't end up musty. If you can hang them outside for a couple of hours, the sunlight and fresh air will help kill the smell.

Before you put the suits back into the closet, you'll need to give the closet a thorough cleaning. Vacuum the floor, sweep up the cobwebs in the corner, and then make a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water to wipe down the walls, poles, shelves--everything. After that, let it dry out. Then look into getting a product like damp rid or an odor eater or a renewable dehumidifier to help keep smells down.

u/AddictedToComedy · 4 pointsr/3Dprinting

For all my filament I use Sterilite gasket tubs with renewable mini dehumidifiers tossed in them. The tubs are cheap at places like Target/Walmart, quick to open/close, and keep out moisture.

u/sack-o-matic · 4 pointsr/3Dprinting

I'm at 6 but I got weatherproof tubs a rechargeable dessicants. They even have them at Costco now

u/modestthief · 4 pointsr/shrooms
u/SR_TEXAS · 4 pointsr/saplings

Oh my. Call him on it PLEASE! IF you keep letting it slide, they'll continue ripping you off. Invest in a $10 scale from amazon and weigh all of your shit. If it's light, tell him "I only got [x]g" or next time you ask for a hookup "please weigh it more carefully this time".

What state are you from?

u/kleptomaniEnt · 4 pointsr/trees

Anyone who says they can tell you weight from a picture is lying.

Get one of these

u/x_Nobody_x · 4 pointsr/kratom

I've never had good luck with those. Use this, you can throw it in your purse. Mine is 8 years old and going strong.

u/duce7 · 4 pointsr/TheOCS
u/richalex2010 · 4 pointsr/guns

A hand press kit, a scale, and dies will cost you a little over $90 with free shipping, and will fit into a shoebox. Add components (brass (you said you already have some), bullets ($0.20/rd or less for good ones), primers ($0.05/rd or less), and powder ($0.03/rd or less)) and you can be loading fairly easily and cheaply, the only hard part will be finding pistol powder.

u/thecavebreathes · 4 pointsr/uwaterloo

I used one of these all of last term - incredibly sharp and very nicely balanced/shaped (my dad's a chef and very picky). It's also in your price range.

u/TheBigMost · 4 pointsr/Cooking
  • This is a fantastic chef's knife under $30
  • Same, but Santoku

    If you're only going to get one, opt for the chef's knife. Santoku is useful for slicing and the scalloped (or Granton) edges allow you to slice without sticking to the food as much, whereas the chef's knife has that curve to it, allowing for a rocking motion while slicing and chopping, making it more versatile. But no matter what knife you are considering, you should hold it in your hand first to see how it feels.
u/MikeyMadness · 4 pointsr/food

Victorinox is a constant favorite of America's Test Kitchens. I have the Chef's knife, Slicing knife, and Pairing set and I really like them. Great prices for great knives. I'll probably eventually get the Steak Knife set and Wavy Bread knife. I posted links to Amazon so you could look at the reviews.

u/Spacemangep · 4 pointsr/AskCulinary

A good knife is a very personal thing, like a religion. Some people belong to the church of Whustoff (like me), others the Church of Henckel. Even some will claim no church allegiance and say that This Victorinox is the best chef's knife. Really though, it's a straight matter of personal preference.

Most high quality knives don't differ all that much. They manufacturing and forging methods are basically the same. What's left is looks, weight, feel, and other things. There is no objective answer to the question "what shape handle is preferable" as it will depend on how big your hand is, what kind of grip you use, and other things like that. My chef's knife is a Whustoff Classic 8" wide Chef's knife. I bought it after going to a local cookware store and personally holding and trying out every chef knife they had in stock. For me, the 8" size is good, but the extra width gives the knife a good heft that I really enjoy, especially because my primary knife before that was a large butcher's knife. I also like the way the handle is shaped, as it feels good in my hand.

Being of the Church of Whustoff, I will recommend the Whustoff Classic line of knives. But to be honest, the blade will be very similar to the comparable Zwilling Henckles chef knife. These are both very traditional knife designs, and your preference will likely be decided by how they feel in your hand. Other brands exist, though, I don't know too much about them. Global, for example, makes extremely sharp, extremely lightweight knives. I tried some out at the store, but didn't really like they way they felt. Not enough heft for my purposes.

For size, I would recommend getting the standard 8" knife. It is the most common size, and it is probably the most versatile as well. I liked the feel of the 10" knives I tried, but I think their length is not for everyone.

TL;DR go to a store where you can try all their knives and get the one that feels best for you.

u/VanNostrumMD · 4 pointsr/Cooking

$40 Chef's Knife

$15 Cutting Board

$40 Cast Iron Dutch Oven

$10 Stainless Steel Cooking Utensils

$99 Food Processor

$205 is the best I could do.. you could probably get a cheaper cutting board.. but.. that was the best large plastic one I could find..

u/realistic_meat · 4 pointsr/Cooking

You're right. Any knife can be sharped to a razor edge. There's a youtube channel of a guy who makes knives out of things like paper or rice and is able to put a very fine edge on them.

The difference in expensive knives is how long they'll hold their edge. A shitty knife won't last a few days of heavy slicing and chopping before needing re-sharpened. And sharpening them takes off enough steel that within a couple of years the knife blade will be noticeably thinner and won't have the same shape unless you've been really careful about how you sharpen it.

But a really great knife will hold the edge for a month or more, depending on use. It'll last a lifetime.

BTW /u/PeachSodaPunk, a really great and affordable chef knife is the Victorinox Fibrox Pro:

Only $36.

You can obviously spend more on knives, but at a certain point it comes down to aesthetics and how well the knife fits your hand. A really expensive knife isn't useful if it hurts your hand after a few minutes of slicing!

u/jinxremoving · 4 pointsr/Cooking

Knives are pretty personal. Your best bet is to go to a kitchen store with a good selection and try a few in your (her) hand to see what is comfortable. There are two general styles, stamped and forged: stamped is generally cheaper as it is easier to mass produce. However, if you're only interested in performance and not looks, a decent stamped blade will perform just fine (I use a Victorinox Chef's Knife for most day-to-day cutting tasks).

A full set is generally overkill, all you really need is a decent chef knife or santoku (personal preference, a western chef's knife is a little more versatile), a paring knife and a serrated bread knife. Depending on your eating habits, you may also want a flexible boning knife and a heavy cleaver, but I wouldn't spend a lot on either of these as heavy usage of either will tend to wear these out a bit, to the point where aesthetics you enjoy from a fancier forged blade are somewhat wasted. Any knife beyond this is generally overkill.

Do a little research on materials as well. Most knifes these days are some form of stainless steel alloys of chromium/nickel that give it extra shine/durability/rust resistance. You will also find carbon steel knifes, which hold an edge very well but discolor over time, and ceramic, which are incredibly sharp and light and don't need honing, but must be sent to a specialized sharpener (usually the factory they were created in) to be sharpened once a year or so.

In addition to the knifes, you'll need a steel, which is used to hone the knife. This is different than sharpening in that it doesn't remove an appreciable amount of material from the blade, but is very important to keep your knifes in good condition. Additionally, you'll want to get your knifes sharpened once or twice a year; paying an expert a few bucks per knife is best.

When considering cutting surfaces, wood or soft plastic is it. Never use knives on a stone, glass, ceramic or hard plastic surface, as it can damage the blade. Generally stick to wood for veggies and a softer plastic for meats. A quick sanding and oiling of your cutting block will keep it in good condition for years.

Finally, for storage consider instead individual sheaths for the knifes. Knife blocks are OK; sheathes are just a little safer (no kids crawling up and grabbing a knife handle) and don't suffer the issue of aesthetic mismatches if you don't own an entire matching set.

u/tentonbudgie · 4 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

You might want to try one of these and one of these. There are LOTS of other options for your kitchen knives. Some prefer the Asian style gyuto chef's knife. That particular combo will give you a "known good" set of chef and paring knives to compare with anything else.

No matter what kind of knives you wind up using, you need to be able to sharpen them yourself. Here's my next cutlery purchase. I currently use a Spyderco Sharpmaker and a leather strop with green compound.

EDIT: Fixed my bad link. Was supposed to be one paring and one chef.

u/melonmagellan · 4 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

This was my list for a previous, similar post -

I would buy the following items in this order, if it were my $80:

  1. A $29 Victorinox Chef's Knife

  2. A good cutting board for $12-15

  3. A cast iron pan for $15-$20

  4. A utensil set of some kind for $15-20

    From there I'd get a solid set of pots and pans and/or a dutch oven. A rice cooker also is pretty helpful. I use mine constantly. Good luck!
u/digitalalex · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife
u/BriefcaseHandler · 4 pointsr/AskCulinary

Checkout the victorinox line. They don’t have a full tang and it’s a fibrox handle but it’s very sharp, feels good in the hand, and it’s easy to sharpen. Plus it’s cheap, I enjoy this knife as much as my Japanese and German steel.

Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife, 8-Inch Chef's FFP

u/iratetwins · 4 pointsr/Chefit

I own the MAC chef's knife. It has held its edge really well. I honestly don't even maintain it that well and it still hasn't shown any rust or stains.

The Victorinox fibrox chef's is such a great basic knife. I just picked it up and it's holding it's edge very well. I also highly suggest their boning knife and paring knives which I've had for a couple of years now.