Item: Lékué Cheese Maker
Overall Impression: In the past, I've had mixed results with Lékué products, including a disastrous turn with a microwave oatmeal cooker. So I was skeptical going into this test. Luckily I was pleasantly surprised. The cheese maker is a pretty basic gadget. You mix a milk of your choice with a souring agent (they recommend lemon juice, vinegar, or yogurt), and then use the microwave to speed up the curdling process.
I'm not convinced that this is a kitchen essential, but it is easy to use and fun to be able to serve queso fresco that you made. Plus, you can have a fresh batch in less than two hours, with only about 20 minutes of hands-on time. Then you can have the best breakfast tacos.