The Best Inexpensive Filters For Removing Fluoride

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In A Nutshell The best way to remove fluoride from tap water is to use a filter containing Brimac (or bone char). Another good alternative is to use a filter containing activated alumina. The Details Fluoride is difficult to remove from water. Filters by Brita or Pur use activated carbon, which does not remove any fluoride. The filtration methods listed below are only methods recommended by the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) and the WQA (Water Quality Association) for … [Read more...]

The Most Durable Glassware and Dinnerware

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This is one of our “Buy It For Life” posts were we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. Duralex Picardie Tumblers Duralex has been manufacturing tempered glassware in France since 1929. Their Picardie Tumblers are known for lasting decades -- they will bounce several times when dropped on the floor and survive without a crack. The tumblers can also withstand a sudden thermal shock -- the temperate glass can go from -4° F to 212° F without breaking. This means they can be … [Read more...]

Binchotan Charcoal: An Inexpensive Way To Mineralize and Filter Water

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In A Nutshell White charcoal or Binchō-tan is a charcoal that loves adsorbing things. Binchotan, which has been produced in Japan for centuries, naturally adsorbs toxins such as chlorine, lead, mercury, cadmium and copper from tap water. It also releases good things in the water -- like calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphates. There is some laboratory test data on this page. However, I did find that it will only adsorb some fluoride from water, and it does not completely remove fluoride. … [Read more...]

20 Highly Rated Home Goods Made In The U.S.A.

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Very few products are still made in the U.S., but we managed to track down some American-made products that get high ratings from buyers.   KitchenAid Artisan Mixers Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (from 2037+ reviewers) Since 1919, KitchenAid classic mixer have been assembled by hand in Greenville, Ohio. The KitchenAid mixer is one of a few consumer appliances trademarked specifically for its unique shape! Buy on Amazon for about $267.   Lodge Logic Skillet Average … [Read more...]

The Best Water Filters For 2013

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In A Nutshell: Best Budget Water Filters Faucet-mounted and pitcher-style filters do not filter water particularly well. Based on our research, we recommend a countertop water filter like the New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter System, or if your budget can afford it, there the Multi-Pure Countertop Filter, which was rated by Consumer Reports as the best countertop filter. If you prefer a filter that doesn't require installation, you can get a countertop drip filter, and we recommend … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Bialetti Moka Stovetop Espresso Maker

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The Bialetti Moka Espresso Maker, has a polished-aluminum octagonal design has been available in Italy since 1933. In the 30s, Italy was in an economically difficult time, which made making coffee at home appealing. This simple little device crafted from aluminum was extremely popular and is still crafted by Bialetti, the same firm that produced it in the 1930s. Moka Pot stovetop brewers produce a dense concentrated cup that's something between espresso and Turkish coffee. Coffee is placed … [Read more...]

Stainless Steel Beer Growler: The Bräuler

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Based in Portland, Oregon, the Zythos Project makes a very durable growler out of food-grade stainless steel. It's called "The Bräuler", and it features a wide, 1.75-inch mouth, a deep-thread cap to hold carbonation inside, and a machined exterior collar that's compatible with multiple accessories. It comes with a lifetime warranty. It is available for pre-order at the Zythos Project website, the price is to be announced. … [Read more...]

Pavina Double-Wall Thermo Glasses by Bodum

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These Pavina Double-Wall Thermo Glasses are handmade by Bodum. The glass is mouth-blown, so each glass has a slightly unique shape. The double wall insulates the liquid inside, which means your beverage retain its temperature longer. The double wall also prevents condensation and excess heat from reaching your hands. The glasses get good rating from buyers -- over 700 Amazon buyer rated these glasses 4 out of 5 stars. However, the glasses are somewhat delicate, so if you are rough with your … [Read more...]

Buy It For Life: Knuckle Meat Pounder by DCI

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In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S. Made by DCI in Rhode Island, this durable Knuckle Meat Pounder is molded from an aluminum alloy. The device allows you to pound meat with your fist, which is actually quite an effective way to tenderize meat! The Knuckle Meat Pounder is available from Amazon for around $14.   … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Electric Kettles

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Below is our list of the top rated electric kettles, based on the reviews found in Cook's Illustrated Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Amazon and Chow.Com. Reviewers like stainless steel electric kettles, because plastic kettles can contain bisphenol A (BPA) and the plastic tends to crack over a number of years. Plus, according to Chow.com, plastic pots can imbue your favorite brew with a plasticky taste and aroma. The best electric kettles boil water quickly, last a long time, require little … [Read more...]