If you can dream it, you can SodaStream itChristopher Gardiner/Shutterstock
Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken. At least, that’s the attitude home cooks have taken in regard to home carbonators…and we can’t blame them. Some of the crazy concoctions created in SodaStream machines also sound crazy delicious.
If you’ve never heard of a home carbonator, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a magical machine that can turn tap water or another flat liquid into fizzy, bubbly, carbonated bliss. (It’s not quite a kitchen essential, but it’s a pretty nifty gadget.) Lots of people have them, too: in 2012, Americans bought more than 1.2 million home carbonators. Here are some funny kitchen gadgets you need to see to believe.
The company says they should only be used to carbonate water, with flavoring added afterward in the form of syrups or stir-ins. But rebels across the country have decided to take matters into their own hands, often with explosive results: bleeding in the name of bubbly booze or mangling a machine for makeshift margaritas. Here are some of the wildest stories we’ve heard… but be warned: don’t try these at home! (And if you do, prepare to be a creative cleaner.)
“I switched the CO2 refill with a paintball tank!”Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock
SodaStream machines might be a smart investment if you drink a lot of seltzer water, but the pricey carbon dioxide refills are one of the downsides. SodaSherpa.com hacked their machine by replacing the CO2 tank with one you would find at a paintball range. The result? Customers can just drive to a sporting goods store or paintball range to refill instead of ordering an expensive mail-in. This hack costs a little bit up front to modify the machine, but it ends up costing half as much for each refill thereafter. We don’t know if we’d dare to go this far just for cheaper bubbles… but we have to admit, it’s genius. Here are some other (much safer) little-known uses for kitchen tools.