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    22 Useful Kitchen Products That'll Actually Teach You Something

    From quantum mechanics to football plays, you've got some learnin' to do. The products in this post were updated in October 2017.

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    1. This BBQ apron to school you on delicious recipes and cooking methods.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Cooking instructions are actually a VERY useful feature. My husband LOVES this and he looks good in it. too! He likes the large size, as well." β€”B A McDonald

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    2. Some glowing coasters as a bright reminder for which elements are radioactive.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Purchased these for a client who happens to be a nuclear physicist and he got a kick out of them. But the interesting thing was both his grandkids were absolutely fascinated by the way they lit up and spent an hour playing with them, stacking them together, and then putting various items on top to make 'rainbows' out of them. In any case, the lighting effect is pretty dramatic. They are well-built and easily handled the abuse dealt out by a 2-year-old and 3-year old." β€”Gil P.

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A pair of heat-changing Schrodinger's Cat mugs to spur on a ~deep~ convo about quantum mechanics. Or just coffee.

    thinkgeek.com

    Get them from ThinkGeek for $19.99.

    4. Some wine-pairing dish towels as a detailed resource for your next dinner party.

    uncommongoods.com

    Promising review: "Lots of good broad-stroke information on the towels (even my licensed sommelier brother was impressed)." β€”Joe from the Coast

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $28 (also available for beer).

    5. A set of geeky ceramic bowls with classic theorems on the outside and their solutions at the bottom -- as if you needed more motivation to finish your cereal.

    amazon.com

    Included theorems by Euclid, Hippasus, Pythagoras, and Gauss.

    Promising review: "These were amazing! My grandfather (who is a math genius and former math professor) absolutely LOVED them. They're wonderfully unique and very detailed. We had a blast reading the proofs, and having my grandfather guess the creator (he knew them all!). I cannot recommend them enough!" β€”Melanie Avalon

    Get them from Amazon for $29.95.

    6. An instant-download vegetable print so you can finally practice your French for carrot... and the like.

    etsy.com

    Get it from Print Land on Etsy for $18.

    7. A kid's tablecloth to help satisfy their inquisitive nature -- and maybe learn something yourself?!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Our son is a picky eater and he likes to use the tablecloth and count or spell while eating. It gets his attention so that he eats better, which is a huge plus. The quality is good, it's not super thick but being lightweight allows it to easily move into place and store. All food comes off easily, as does crayon marks, etc." β€”Jay Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. A non-slip pastry map perfect for rolling out dough and calculating liquid measuring conversions.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This mat sticks very well to the counter and is a very nice sized mat. Very easy to clean. I placed it on the counter next to the sink and wiped it down with sudsy water and a sponge. Rinsing it under the faucet was a breeze. I'm only going to use this for baked goods so it will be easy for me to keep this clean. Because it's so flexible, it is easy to lay out on the counter. The measurements and printed information on the mat might be helpful, especially when rolling out a crust. I used this to knead bread and the dough did not stick." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A pair of martini glasses so you can train yourself to make a martini *just right*.

    uncommongoods.com

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $38 (also available in scotch and soda, hot toddy, vodka tonic, mojito, and margarita).

    10. An angular cheese board that'll make you a pro at cutting the cheese.

    amazon.com

    The engraved instructions include guides for medium dice, small dice, brunoised, fine brunoised, batonnet, allumette, julienne, and fine julienne.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in an obsessive chef cutting board).

    11. Some football-play pint glasses for some ~refreshing~ football info so you can talk some SPROTS.

    uncommongoods.com

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $42.

    12. Or a chemist-approved pint glass decked out in the molecular structure of ethanol.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Looks awesome. Great gift for a bear drinkin' chemical engineer." β€”Mr. Simmons

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (also available as a wine glass).

    13. A mixologist set to help you finally get down the recipe for a Peach Passion.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I got this for my boyfriend and it's a great set for the price. The recipes on the cup are actually quite useful and helpful. It's a great starter set for any new mixologists or people that want to craft up cocktails in the comfort of their own home!" β€”Tiffany T

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99.

    14. And in case you want some more recipes, this charming bar towel will provide some intoxicating info.

    uncommongoods.com

    Promising review: "I'm always on the lookout for towels such as these. We all need and use dish towels so why not make them entertaining as well! Such fun...wet or dry!" β€”laureld

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $14.

    15. Some Old Fashioned glasses that show the law never goes out of style.

    uncommongoods.com

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $25.

    16. A weather-centric placemat with info on the seasons (which you know) and The Beufort Scale (which tbh, you don't know).

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a nice placemat. My kids thoroughly enjoy it during meals, but will also play with it at random throughout the day. They like it that much! It is great when they ask questions about it and sometimes I'll flip it over to the back side (which is the same as the front, but gray and blank) to test what they've learned. Absolutely love it!!!" β€”Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $5.44.

    17. An educational tea towel filled with tidbits like the name of the evergreen shrub that produces leaves that become tea (Camellia Sinensis).

    uncommongoods.com

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $14 (also available in coffee).

    18. This romantic coffee mug can serve as a math lesson while you inhale your morning caffeine while spending some time with your beau.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $14.45.

    19. A travel mug as an excuse to explain that yes, you *do* know the periodic table of elements.

    society6.com

    Get it from MoleculeStore on Society 6 for $24.99.

    20. A custom wood tray of your favorite coastal waterway so you can finally memorize all the nooks and crannies you're used to seeing from the view of a boat.

    shop.nationalgeographic.com

    Provide National Georgraphic with your favorite U.S. town or landmark that is located on the coastline of the Atlantic or Pacific (including Alaska and Hawaii) or the Great Lakes, and artisans in New England will create a mango-wood tray featuring the nautical chart of your choice.

    Get it from National Geographic for $75.

    21. A clever mug that combines three great things -- cursing, coffee, and equations.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "If you're an engineer like me and work in an office surrounded by other engineers, this will make you the envy of the office. Great as a gift or for personal use. It'll make a great addition to my engineering mugs." β€”Juan A. Ramos

    Get it from Amazon for $9.48+.

    22. And this set of eight wine glasses to give you and guests a learning curve on making sweet, boozy music together.

    uncommongoods.com

    Promising review: "These were a wedding gift for two high school band directors. They were thrilled, and I'm sure they will use the glasses often. In case you're wondering how accurately tuned the glasses are, my kids used an electronic tuner to check them. They were exactly right (in tune and on key). Of course, the recipients checked the tune, as well. So you can give these to musicians without worrying." β€”Band Mom

    Get them from Uncommon Goods for $240.

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