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Tag Archives: Cooking

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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Rollie Eggmaster Makes Egg Tubes On Sticks

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Breakfast got you stumped? The Rollie Eggmaster turns the difficult task of… cooking eggs into one that’s as simple as making a toast. Simply crack your eggs right into its cylindrical non-stick container, press a button and wait for your fully cooked egg creation to, uh, rise out of there. There’s a heating element inside that cooks your eggs, and a mechanical ejector that pushes the contents out when ready. Like any self-respecting infomercial-grade product, the Rollie Eggmaster actually looks like something we might enjoy around the office… once we get past everything looking a little like turds. Because when you think about it, it’s kind of genius. You can eat your eggs on a stick, which is great when you’re running out the door and can’t sit for breakfast. Or you can make other things like burritos, or pizza rolls. We’re… we’re getting the credit card as we type these words. It’s $30!

Bonus: tons of giggles at the rising-boner appearance of the egg products as they eject slowly.

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This… Now This Is A Meat Tenderizer

Tenderizing tough cuts usually means going at them with a mallet. It’s fun, really. We do think that you shouldn’t be buying tough cuts in the first place, but hey, sometimes options are limited and better make the best of a bad situation. But if you’re going to tenderize, then tenderize with this instead. Looking like a torture device, the Microplane Easy Prep Meat Tenderizer features a series of sharp, etched blades that will make quick work of any tough meat. Just rock it back and forth a few times over your cut to break down and soften the fibers of even the toughest meats. Just… don’t do it too much or you might end up with ground meat instead. It’s dishwasher safe, costs $20 and comes in two red or black.

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Smart Apron Automatically Alerts the Gang When the Grub’s Ready

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My friends and I have this thing where we take turns hosting dinners at our houses. I think most of us can relate that the most annoying thing is when someone keeps popping into the kitchen to ask if dinner’s ready because they’re starving. Something that can help along these lines is the Smart Apron.

It’s basically an apron that lets people know when you’ve started cooking and when you’re already finished, as signaled by when you put the apron and when you take it off. The Smart Apron makes use of wireless XBee radios hooked to Lilypad Arduinos to alert diners on the status of dinner (or lunch) by sending notifications to smartphones, tablets, or desktops that are following the cook’s progress.

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Can A Microwave Make Decent Chips?

We love chips. Maybe not as much as Oprah loves chips, but we do love ‘em . We just don’t like the oil as much, even if that is where all the flavour lives. Still, we eat them in moderation, so we’re a little intrigued by the above chip maker.

Simply slice potatoes using the included mandoline slicer, arrange the slices on the cooking trays, and insert the trays into a microwave. The patented silicone trays create convection heat that produces perfectly cooked chips in minutes without using a drop of oil.

One reviewer on the Hammacher website said that the resulting chips were crispy indeed, but tasted more “potato-like” and “less oily.” And that it was a taste that “needed getting used to”. We’re not sure if that’s a polite way to say they tasted awful, but he did give the item a 4/5 rating. There’s three trays, so you can cook about 30 chips at once, or just about enough for a small snack. It’s $59, which isn’t exactly cheap, so we hope you’re really into low-fat cooking if you plan on getting this.

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Say Byebye to Burned Fingers and Hello to Fun Cooking with Fingertongs

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Have you ever felt the urge to reach out and flip that burger over with your bare fingers? Or grab that chicken wing right out of the pan once it’s golden? No? Of course you didn’t, not unless you wanted to burn yourself badly in the process. Or you might’ve–and actually did–if you had one of these Fingertongs.

They look like giant rubber duck bills or clothes pins, but they’re actually pretty nifty tongs that’ll let you flip, fry, and handle your food with control that your spatula can’t give you. They’re seven inches in length and are dishwasher safe so no extra hassles with clean-up there.

These spatulas are priced at $12.21. Pretty reasonable, if you ask me.

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The Nomiku Brings Sous-Vide Cooking To The Everyday User

By David Ponce

Sous-vide is becoming an increasingly popular method of cooking, though traditionally the high cost of most immersion circulators have made it hard for regular folk to do at home. Sous-vide, by the way, involves submerging plastic-wrapped food in a temperature controlled water bath for long periods of time; this preserves juices, flavours, assures perfect doneness and is a generally awesome way of cooking something. But the Nomiku device you see above wants to change all that by making the process super simple, and most of all, relatively affordable. You simply clamp the Nomiku to the side of any water-filled pot, and turn the dial at the top to the desired temperature. It is accurate to 0.2° C and will never stray from its target by more than 0.1° C. Food does’t even need to be vacuum sealed; a simple (but higher quality) ziplock bag should do. For $299 as a pre-order on Kickstarter you can be on your way to perfectly cooked food at home, with a fancy gourmet technique that will impress all your dinner guests. But order now because once it hits retail, it’ll be $359.

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