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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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Keurig Teams Up With Campbell To Launch K-Pod Soup

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Did you ever say to yourself “Gee, I really wish I could make a soup as easily as I make my morning coffee!” No? Neither have we, but the good folks at Keurig and Campbell are undeterred anyway. They’re announced the launch of Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup, which is probably as delicious as it sounds (note sarcasm). Basically the noodles and the broth come separate: you pop the noodles in a bowl, place the pod in your Keurig machine and let the hot broth cover the noodles. After two minutes your soup is good to go. Initially you’ll be able to choose from Homestyle Chicken Broth & Noodle Mix, and Southwest Style Chicken Broth & Noodle Mix. These are pretty basic flavours, and that’s just as well since we can’t imagine how something more creamy or thick might taste. We also don’t know if your coffee will end up with a bit of a poultry aftertaste after brewing your soup, or if your soup will have coffee undertones, but that’s for you to find out. The company does recommend running a hot water cycle before and after the soup-making, so that might help. It’s $12 for an 8-pack.

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With Opal, Nugget Ice At Home Is Possible

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Not all ice is created equal, and a lot of people are fans of nuggets. What’s that? It’s the kind of irregularly shaped ice pellets offered by some restaurant chains like Sonic. This ice is softer, easy to chew, and the increased surface area means your drinks will get cooled down faster and will absorb some of the flavour they’re immersed in. The Opal machine pictured above is able to make this kind of ice by the bucketloads, making it possible for you to have BBQs with fancy nugget ice any time you want. At full steam, Opal is able to make up to 24lbs of ice a day, in 3 lbs. batches. So how is this ice made?

Opal nugget ice is made by scraping the ice flakes off the inside of a chilled aluminum cylinder. The flakes are extruded through a round hole, compacting them into frozen nuggets of air and ice. Nugget ice is about 50% air by volume, and those tiny pinholes of air between the ice flakes are the secret to soft, chewable, flavorful ice.

Sounds pretty cool. Opal is back by GE Appliances, which means you’ll get a quality product for a fraction of the cost of regular nugget ice machines: the appliance is a $399 pledge on IndieGogo, with the campaign being almost 1,000% funded as of this writing. Clearly people have a hankering for this, so get yours before the price goes up to $499.

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The June Oven Is A Smart Oven

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We live in an age of intelligent appliances. The latest to receive the smart treatment is the countertop oven. The June Oven is a connected appliance that helps you cook a meal with sensors, thermometers, HD cameras, and a companion application. Not only does June features six Carbon Fiber Heating Elements that heat up faster and more efficiently than similar machines, two fans for circulating the hot air and keeping an even temperature throughout, an integrated Core Temperature Probe, an HD camera that recognizes popular foods, and a built-in digital scale, it also has an NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15 2.3 GHz processor to do all the calculations needed to offer the best possible cooking advice and temperature control. Its WiFi module connects to your network, and allows you to control the device from anywhere. This means better, tastier food, prepared more easily. And for such a high-tech package, you will of course have to spend a pretty penny: $1,495, with a $60 deposit now and shipping in Spring 2016.

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RC R2-D2 Fridge Actually Brings The Beers To You

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It’s one thing to have an R2-D2 fridge, like the one we wrote about back in 2008. It’s quite another to have one that’s capable of bringing its delicious contents to you at will. The R2-D2 mini fridge from Japan-based company Haier Asia’s AQUA brand is most probably the droid you’ve been looking for, as it’ll roll around wherever you want it to, while making all the appropriate sounds, and delivering its cargo wherever you are in your home. It looks a little slow, and we’re not sure how long the batteries last; we suspect it might have to be kept in a ‘home base’ of sorts while cooling your beer until you need it, since batteries alone wouldn’t cut it. And we don’t know how much it’ll cost either. All we know is it exists, at least in prototype stage, and Haier claims it’ll be available at some point in 2016.

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SodaStream Mix Injects Bubbles Into Your Cocktails

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Machines like the SodaStream, which do nothing more than carbonate your water, are of dubious utility in a world where a can of Coke costs next to nothing. That might be why the company has apparently decided to create the SodaStream Mix, an “adult version” of the same machine. Instead of carbonating your water only, this connected device is able to fizz up any alcoholic drink you want; it will adjust its carbonation levels based on the viscosity of the mix you insert. You just have to swipe through the many recipes available, pick the one you’re making, and insert your flat liquid only to have to come out nice and bubbly a few minutes later. There’s no word on price or availability.

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