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The Flatev Is Like A Keurig For Tortillas

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Keurig is probably having a fit at its brand name being used this way, but perhaps they should be happy that they’re now so closely associated with pod-based single-serve appliances. In this case however you won’t be brewing yourself a steaming mug of Joe, but a crispy tortilla instead. The Flatev uses pods, much like the Keurig, only these ones are filled with all the ingredients necessary to make a tasty, fresh tortilla at home. Pick your dough, and your crispiness level, press a button, and sit back as the machine does the rest. To get your own, you’ll have to pledge at least $239, but you get a batch of 48 pods to start with. We don’t know how much each pod will set you back but it’s not like this is meant to be the most cost-efficient cooking method.

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Breakfast Sandwich Maker Machine

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Steps. That’s what you’ want to avoid when getting up in the morning, when you’re barely able to comprehend what planet you’re on. Steps to do this, or steps to do that. It would be infinitely better if all the steps could be combined into one, so that you wouldn’t have to think about what you’re supposed to be doing. Kind of like how this Automatic Eggs Hamburger Maker combines all the steps that go into the preparation of a breakfast sandwich right into one. It has room for the eggs, which will fry in their own pan, as well as a separate compartment for the meat, and for the bread. Just toss all the ingredients in their respective place and the sammich maker takes care of the rest. The best part is that it’s only $36.18 and if you use the coupon code “GBHOME12” you can get an additional 12% off. As a matter of fact, if you check out this page, you’ll see a list of popular kitchen items that will also work with the same 12% off coupon.

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The Breville – PolyScience Control Freak Induction Cooker Gets Temperature Right

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You may not think about this much if you’re not really into cooking, but getting the temperature exactly right with the foods you cook can make a huge difference with how they turn out. That’s why sous-vide cooking is becoming increasingly popular (read our Nomiku Immersion Cooker review here), but there are some foods that you just can’t cook that way. Perfectly poached eggs, for instance. The Control Freak is an induction cooker with precise temperature control, allowing you to poach, blanch, boil, or broil with perfect accuracy every time. A collaboration between PolyScience and Breville, the cooker uses two sensors to make sure things are set just right: there’s a through-the-glass IR sensor, and a clip-on Probe Control module. With these two, you can change settings between 86° and 482° F (30° and 250°C), with a one degree of precision. There’s even an Intensity Setting that makes it possible to decide how quickly things heat up. Of course, this kind of device doesn’t come cheap: you’ll have to part with $1,800 to get yours.

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BioLite CookStove Turbocharges Your Outdoors Cooking, Uses Almost Anything As Fuel

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There are many ways you can get heat when camping, whether it’s by starting a campfire, using propane canisters, or in a more modern touch, by packing the BioLite CookStove. It uses a battery and a fan to essentially turbocharge the combustion process, allowing you to throw in almost any combustible element you find in your surroundings: twigs, leaves, pinecones, dry grass, etc. The fan provides four speeds, which adjust the flame’s intensity and make it dead simple to cook your meals, boil your water, and bring a little bit of civilization with you while away from the city bustle. It’s not a completely off-grid solution since the battery will eventually run out, but you do get a good 30 hours of cooking time, which should get you through a few days outdoors. At $100, it’s a must-have for outdoors enthusiasts.

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The Edible Spoon Maker Makes Edible Spoons

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We’re not sure why anyone would spend money on a machine that makes edible spoons, except for maybe the sheer novelty of it, or an extreme reluctance to wash your utensils. Whatever the case, it seems that such a device is in the making. It uses typical pre-made dough, from the likes of Pillsbury or Pepperidge Farms, and will output a crispy spoon in as little as three minutes. The spoon-shaped surface is non-stick of course, and it’s in every other way like a panini maker. We don’t know how much it’ll cost or even when it’ll be available, but you can sign up on their website to be notified of when it’s closer to launch.

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Pizza On Your Gas Stovetop? Yes, It’s Possible

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Getting a good pie requires a few elements, the most important of which is a really hot pizza oven. It’s not ever over that reaches the 600F that usually yield great results, but with the Pizzacraft PC0601 Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven you’ll get there in 15 minutes flat… as long as you’ve got a gas stovetop. If you do, once the temp is reached, your pie will be baked in as little as 6 minutes!

Most conventional ovens can only achieve temperatures of 500 F and require up to an hour to reach those heats. The Stovetop Pizza Oven can heat up to 600 F in about 15 minutes, allowing you to cook your pizza in as little as 6 minutes. The Stovetop Pizza Oven uses one of your stovetop’s gas burners to reach cooking temperature. Simply place the oven on top of your burner and turn it on. The oven’s heat-efficient design traps and reflects heat to create the optimal pizza-cooking environment. Dual cordierite baking stones absorb the direct heat from the flame and redistribute it evenly, eliminating hot spots. The stones are separated by a layer of air to diffuse heat, and the bottom stone has a cutout for improved airflow. The built-in thermometer lets you know when it’s time to cook, and the moisture vent in the top prevents your pizza from becoming soggy. With the Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven, you can get pizzeria-perfect pizza in your own home.

The device will yield 12 inch pizzas reliably, and costs a very reasonable $161.

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ROK Espresso Maker Uses No Electricity, Is As Hands-On As It Gets

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There’s an entire sub-culture devoted to discussing ways of crafting the perfect espresso. Very often these guys talk about maintaining the perfect temperature, and perfect pressure during the extraction process; it’s a very precise technique some manufacturers claim to have honed to a science. The ROK Espresso Maker takes a completely different approach; call it an artistic interpretation of coffee extraction. See, the device uses no electricity. It’s up to you to boil your own water. More importantly, it’s also up to you to press this water through your ground beans at the exact rate and pressure you feel will yield the right flavour for your buds. You can either press the arms all the way down and let the mechanism do its thing, or you can do a combination of other actions to vary the extraction process, from over-filling the reservoir, to pausing for a few seconds to let the water infuse into the grind. If modern machines are the epitome of automation, the ROK is the exact opposite, letting you wrestle with all the variables for a truly hands-on approach to coffee making. It’s $155.

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Death Star Waffle Maker

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It’s very tempting to make an article filled with Star Wars puns and references, but you’ve likely read them all and wouldn’t be able to stop rolling your eyes at one more. At least, that’s how we feel if we read something like “you won’t need the Force to eat these waffles”, or “these are the waffles you’re looking for”. It’s like every blogger on the Internets just has to tie that into his writeup somehow. So we’ll just tell you simply: you’re looking at a waffle maker that makes waffles that look like the Death Star. There. That’s all there is to it. Waffles. Death Star. $40. The end.

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Think Of Pico As The Keurig For Beer

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Making your own beer at home can be fun, but it can also be challenging. It’s a multi-step process that requires a fair amount of know-how and equipment. The Pico brewer however takes all the legwork out of the equation, and can make an entire 5 litre batch for you from start to finish. All you have to do is pick an ingredient pack, add water, and wait. The company has already signed up dozens of craft brewers, so you’ll be able to make your own Rogue, Dieu Du Ciel, or Flying Monkeys beer right at home. PicoBrew, the company behind the device, will also open up a marketplace where brewers will be able to sell their own PicoPaks, creating what they call “an app store for beer”.

It’s a cool idea, and given the advantages, is totally worth the $599 asking price.

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