HOUSTON, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Back-to-school is big business, ranking second only to Christmas as the most popular shopping season of the year, according to the National Retail Federation. Whether you're outfitting a dorm on a budget or whipping up after-school snacks, here are some cool kitchen tools for back-to-school.
Storing food is healthier, fresher and easier with new 3D Perfect Clean Food Storage Containers from Frieling. Winner of the red dot design award 2011, the containers are BPA free and 100% sanitary, leak proof and airtight, making them the superior choice for school lunches and snacks. Interchangeable easy-open Clip and Snap Lids. Suggested retails $3.29 to $29.99. Available at www.frieling.com and www.amazon.com.
The compact design of the NuWave Mini Infrared Oven is perfectly sized for dorms, apartments, or anywhere space is at a premium. It broils, grills, roasts, bakes or steams delicious dishes up to 50% faster than conventional ovens, using just 800 watts. No preheating or defrosting required, so you can enjoy a satisfying meal at any hour. Suggested retail $99. Available at Kohl's or www.mynuwaveoven.com.
Spice up any kitchen or dorm with the compact Rita Combo Mill from William Bounds, a pepper mill and saltshaker in one. Six vibrant color combos: Purple, Purple/Red, Apple/Teal, Green/Pink and Red/Purple, each with a yellow adjustment ring for your choice of grind. Made in the USA. Suggested retail price $15. Available at www.wmboundsltd.com.
Coffee is a college essential. For late night studying or early morning wake-up, brewing your own saves time and money versus the coffee shop. The space-saving Capresso CM200 coffee maker is fast and efficient, allowing you to program start time and number of cups. Other features include removable water tank, water filtration and automatic shut-off. Suggested retail $79.99. Available at www.capresso.com and www.crateandbarrel.com.
The handy Kuhn Rikon Multi-Function Jar Opener provides leverage and grip when opening lids of nearly any kind. V-shaped body opens jars up to 31/2-inch diameter. A hole in the middle is sized to twist off 2-liter bottle caps. Two smaller holes open small lids such as Tabasco or nail polish. A pointed edge opens pull tabs, and a square edge opens soda can tabs. Suggested retail price $12. At www.factorydirect2you.com and www.amazon.com.
SOURCE Frieling; Hearthware, Inc.; William Bounds Ltd.; Kuhn Rikon; Capresso