No more fussing with pulling out large glass bottles, and it’s much easier to dispense the exact amounts I need. And if you’re thinking you can already do that on a sheet pan, I have two words for you: pan juices. —Lesley StocktonTurn food scraps into garden goldVitamix FoodCycler FC-50 ($400 at the time of publication)This summer my mom bought my partner and me a Vitamix electric composter that turns our food scraps into ready-to-use fertilizer for our garden. It’s small and quiet, and it works through a whole batch (about 2 liters) in just a couple of hours. Our staff also found some creature comforts in nostalgic sweet snacks, such as L.L.Bean’s box of mini Wicked Whoopies.