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Splash Red Chopping Board

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Blood? Tomato sauce? We’re not sure what exactly it’s supposed to look like, but there’s no denying the Splash Red Chopping Board will add some character to your kitchen. If you do decide it looks like blood, maybe you could buy the “Man getting stabbed” knife holder to go along with it. You’ll end up with a Dexter-esque cooking area, and it won’t cost you much at all, seeing as the chopping board is £17 or roughly $27. Pre-order now for a September delivery.

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SolSource Reflector Can Cook Anything With The Power Of The Sun

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If it wasn’t for the sun, we would simply not be around. It’s responsible for giving energy to practically all living creatures on the planet, as well as helping pasty white boys look a little less sick. If harnessed properly, it can also cook. The SolSun reflector is shaped so that the sun’s rays focus on the cooking area, and can reportedly grill a hamburger in about 6 minutes, or about the same time as a regular BBQ. Except of course this cooker doesn’t require any fuel, and is up to cooking temperature much faster than coal or propane. The thing weighs 40lbs, is 4.3ft. across, is made of a black steel base and plastic reflective panels, and assembles in about 30 minutes with the included tools. It’s able to support up to a 20L stockpot, although the maximum temperatures it reaches will obviously depend on weather factors. Still, at that diameter on a sunny day, you should be good to cook just about anything.

The SolSun is currently on pre-order on Kickstarter for $250, with shipping in October of this year, which is unfortunately a little late for the summer in some parts.

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Ultrasound Device Checks Your Propane Levels

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If you’re enjoying the summer, there is a chance you’re using the inferior BBQing method known as the propane grill. Aside from it being a well known fact that cooking with propane is inferior to charcoal, you also have to deal with fill levels on your tank. How do you know it’s empty? You can knock on it, shake it, or lift it… all in an effort to figure out how much is left. Or, you can spend $90 and get the Truma LevelCheck. It’s a dead simple device that uses ultrasounds to check for liquids. Press it against the side of the tank, and an LED will tell you what’s on the other side: green means liquid, red, no liquid.

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Caffeinated Granulated Sugar: Why Should Only Your Coffee Have A Kick?

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Jacked Up Caffeinated Baking Sugar is sugar that you can cook with, which comes with a little extra morning boost. Now cookies, muffins, cakes and even pancakes can pick you up if you incorporate some of this sugar in your recipe. Of course, you probably already had that figured out from its name, so we’re not really telling you anything. So on to the facts: 1 tsp of the stuff contains 46 mg of caffeine, while 1 Tbsp has 137 mg and one cup, 2200 mg. Now, for reference, a 16oz. coffee from Dunkin Donuts has between 143-206mg, and your Starbucks’ Venti Bold Pick Of the Day packs a whopping 415mg. You’ll want to notice that it’ll take about three table spoonfuls of Jacked Up to have as much caffeine as a Starbucks large, so you’re probably not going to want to replace all the sugar in your recipes with this stuff. Figure out just how potent you want that wedding cake to be, and replace only a portion of the required sugar with Jacked Up. A 40oz. bag will set you back all of $15.

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S’More To Love Metal Tray For Making, Well, S’Mores

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The arrival of the summer isn’t a short-lived affair where one moment it’s winter, the next it’s summer, and everyone moves on. For the colder climates, it’s a drawn out period during which you appreciate the long awaited thawing out and celebrate all things summer, all the time. For example, we’re going to get all excited over stuff like the above S’More To Love metal tray for making everyone’s favorite campfire treat, the good ole S’More. The tray locks in the Graham biscuits, the marshmallow, and the chocolate, six S’Mores at a time, so that you can just place them all at once over your fire (or in the oven) and be efficient about your cooking. After all these treats are great when you’re actually eating them, not when you’re crying about how they fell into the fire and now you have to start all over again.

It’s $15.

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Hang Around Kitchen Utensils Hang On Your Pots and Pans for Added Convenience

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Cooking is usually loads of fun, but preparation and clean-up can be a total drag. I find that half the stuff I need to wash are plates and trays where I propped various utensils like ladles and spatula on in between stirring and flipping whatever it is I’m cooking. It’s a waste of resources, but it’s either that or put the utensil on the kitchen counter, and that’s an even bigger no-no for me.

If you’re dealing with this first-world problem yourself, then you’ll be pleased to hear about he Hang Around kitchen utensils that might just eliminate this issue once and for all. Each utensil is made from wood and has a small slit by the handle, so you can perch it on the edge of the pan or pot after using it. That way, you can easily grab it when you need it again without dribbling any sauce or other foodstuff onto your counters or onto spare plates.

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Butter Grater Is Greatest Invention Ever

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We like to call butter “flavour” ’round these parts. But the most frustrating part about spreading some cold hard flavour on your morning toast is how it just ends up shredding your caramelized slice of bread, and not spreading at all. It’s a first world problem, sure, but it’s one that’s elegantly solved with the above Butter Grater. Just place a cold stick of delicious flavour in there, and watch as your former toast shredder comes out in fluffy filaments, ready for some easy spreading.

It’s $23, from some Japanese vendor.

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BBQ Dragon Will Get Your Charcoal Smoldering In No Time

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It’s well known that sending more oxygen to any combustion will speed it up and energize it. That’s the principle behind everything from fanning a flame, to the extra power provided by engine turbos. The BBQ Dragon pictured above is a glorified hairdryer, but one rugged enough to be clipped to the side of a BBQ and pointed at a smoldering pile of charcoal briquettes. Or wood. Or whatever natural combustible material you choose to sear your steaks with. Start it up and watch as your pile of normally slow-to-be-ready charcoal gets to optimal temperature in as little as 10 minutes. It’s battery powered, is coated in metal and has a sturdy and flexible clip and arm. This way you can accommodate grilling machines of any kind. There are three power settings, and the batteries are both rechargeable (through USB) and interchangeable (should you run out in the middle of a tailgate party).

At $50 on pre-orderon Kickstarter, the BBQ Dragon is slated for delivery in August of this year, which should still be in time to catch the tail end of the summer.

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If You Want To Take Your Slow-Cooking Off The Grid, You’re Going To Need This Insulating Bag

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Throwing stuff into a slow-cooker is both a lazy and a delicious way to cook. Done right, you get some tender meats and pretty powerful flavours, but lets face it: everything is soupy and to this editor, unexciting. That’s ok, that’s how some people roll. But if you want to take your slow-cooking skills to, say, a pot-luck dinner 6 hours away, it’s not normally going to work. Unless you get the Wonderbag. It’s a highly insulated bag in which you insert a pot with all your ingredients and boiling water. Seal it in, and the heat that you already put in stays in, cooking the food, albeit even more slowly than a regular crock pot. Granted it’s probably not super safe to be moving a gallon of boiling water anywhere, in a bag or not, but the idea here isn’t so much the portability of the procedure as much as the fact that it allows you to slow cook while using a lot less electricity. And for some, that’s important. Also, you can take a trip to the pub and not worry about leaving a hot appliance on in the house.

It’s $122.

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