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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

Finger Tongs

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.

[ Product Page ] via [ Gadgets Matrix ]

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.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ GearPatrol ]

Make Your Own Pizza Cones

By David Ponce

It was almost 7 years ago that we were writing about pizza cones. Back then it was a novel concept and a couple of companies were making inroads with that product. We thought it was genius and now we’re happy to report that the above kit will let you bypass the franchises altogether and make your own at home. Just roll your dough as if you were making a regular pizza and use the cutter to stamp out the shape you’ll need for the cone. Moisten the edges with water or egg, fold the dough in half, crimp the edges to seal them together and wait a few minutes. Then slip them over the molds and bake for 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven, fill up with toppings and bake again. And there you have it, pizza cones at home. There’s even a couple stands so you can prop your creation up and not have to have it lying there eon a plate, spilling its cheesy interior.

It’s $25.

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Flameless Grill Smoker Will Flavour Your Meats Effortlessly

By David Ponce

It’s a pretty unanimous sentiment that smoke gives your BBQ meats some delicious flavour. Some people believe in this so strongly that they go and buy expensive smokers, but there are other ways of doing things that aren’t quite as elaborate. One of these involves the above Flameless Grill Smoker. You fill it up with up to 8oz. of wood chips and place it over the flame on your BBQ grill. The wood inside will get hot enough that it will start smoking, but the s-shaped vents are too slim to allow enough oxygen to enter and start an actual flame. What you’ll end up with is a steady source of smoke and flavour for very little effort and expense. If your chips are all burned out before you’re done cooking your meats, there’s a removable 13″ handle that allows cooks to remove it from the grill to add additional wood chips.

The Flameless Grill Smoker is $40 and will start shipping on the 20th of this month.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Your Rice Cooker Can Now Interface With A Smartphone

By David Ponce

Rice cookers are pretty important in Japan, so it’s no surprise to see manufacturers pay attention to them and bring them up to speed in terms of their technological abilities. Panasonic’s SR-SX102 is perhaps at the forefront of this trend, with the introduction of a cooker that can play nice with your smartphone. Simply wave your supported FeliCa-enabled Android phone (FeliCa is a contactless RFID technology developed by Sony Corporation) over the blue dot on the lid and you’ll be able to set the rice type, cooking type and timer. Also, the phone can then connect to Panasonic’s cooking cloud server and access up to 100 recipes.

This appears to be a Japan only affair, and if pressing buttons directly on the lid and downloading recipes off the Internet like a regular person abhors you, then you’ll have to shell out $600 and find a way to import the machine.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ CNet ]

Parmesan Pencils

Parmesan Pencils (Image courtesy The Deli Garage)
By Andrew Liszewski

Sometimes all it takes is a clever packaging and marketing approach for an every day product to become a best seller. Case in point, parmesan cheese. It’s certainly delicious in its own right, but at the same time it’s not the most exciting looking thing at the grocery store. At least until Germany-based ad agency Kolle Rebbe put a clever spin on it for food cooperative, The Deli Garage.

Instead of having you go at a regular block of parmesan with a grater, it packages the cheese as large ‘pencils’ that you grate with an included pencil sharpener. The shavings not only look decorative, but in lieu of graphite the centers of the ‘pencils’ feature three different flavorings: truffles, pesto and chilli. The back of the Parmesan Pencil packaging also shows the calorie count in relation to the length used, as well as a guide for how much is recommended for a given recipe. Sadly they were only created in a limited run of 500 sets, which sold out in just 2 weeks.

[ Jazarah! - Meet the Parmesan Cheese Pencils ] VIA [ Motley Food & Tessie ]

Simple Silicone ‘Link’ Kitchen Tool Turns (Almost) Any Two Items Into Tongs

Link Kitchen Tool (Images courtesy studio dreimann)
By Andrew Liszewski

Once again it’s the simplest of gadgets that seem like they could completely change your life. Well, maybe that’s getting a bit carried away. But I still think the Link, created by Konstantin Slawinski of Hannover, Germany-based studio dreimann, is brilliantly clever. It’s a moulded piece of soft silicone with a couple of X-shaped slots that let you insert any two kitchen utensils, turning them into a pair of tongs. Genius! So instead of having to buy the right tool for the job, which may end up buried in a drawer most of the time, you can simply build one yourself from what you already have on hand. So if anyone has any idea where this can be purchased, we’re all ears.

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OhGizmo! Review – CleverWraps

CleverWraps (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

The real beauty of the iPhone and the iPad is that their simplicity allows them to be different devices for different users. The large touchscreen and endless assortment of applications means they can be far more than just tablets or phones. And an incredibly prolific third-party accessories market further enhances what each device can do. If you’re an artist, drawing and painting apps coupled with a stylus turns either device into a blank canvas. If you’re an automotive enthusiast, with dashboard mounts they can become navigation devices or even performance monitors. And if you’re a foodie, they can become a cookbook with an infinite number of recipes.

The only problem with that last application is that neither device goes too well with foodstuffs. In fact, we all know that Apple has hidden away moisture detectors in both the iPhone and iPad so that if they do get caught up in a spill, you’re completely out of luck when it comes to making a warranty claim. So keeping your iDevice in the kitchen while you work through a recipe is like playing a dangerous game of Russian Roulette with your investment. Unless you take precautions. But do you need to go as far as to buy custom plastic wraps for either device? We’ll do our best to determine if CleverWraps are worth the investment in our full review after the jump.

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