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Imperial Spherificator Turns Almost Any Food Into Edible Pearls

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You might have heard of Spherification. It’s a trend among food lovers that involves turning common ingredients into caviar-like pearls of flavour. The process usually revolves around turning the food into mush, mixing it with Alginate (a seaweed extract), putting it into a syringe and injecting little droplets into a mixture of water and calcium chloride to create the pearls. You can then use these to flavour and accompany your foods while elevating your presentation to that of an actual chef. Well, with the Imperial Spherificator, you can do all this more easily. The device handles all the aspects of spherification for you, so that what you’re left after each batch is between 200 and 250 pearls to use in your cooking. It comes with a recipe booklet and clear instructions on how to achieve the best results each time.

It’s still doing the Kickstarter dance, so it’ll cost you a $125 pledge to own one. It comes with 100g of Alginate and 100g of Calcium Chloride, the two key ingredients.

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These Protein Bars Are Made From Cricket Flour

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Has the Paleo craze gone too far? These Exo Cricket Flour Protein Bars are said to have been developed by a “three-Michelin-starred chef”, which we’re presumably being told about to convince us they don’t taste like crap. The fact remains that they’re made from flour derived from an insect. That wouldn’t be so bad on its own, since insects are indeed more protein dense, and are even being considered as a solution to world hunger. But each bar packs in only 10g of protein, while clocking in between 280-300 calories. That’s not a whole bunch on its own, but for how little protein you get, we’re a little let down; we thought the point of putting up with cricket meat was for its higher protein load.

The bars are “Paleo Compliant”, and come in Blueberry Vanilla, Apple Cinnamon & Cacao Nut flavours. It’s $10 for a sampler three-pack.

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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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Sriracha Bacon Jerky Is The Jerky Of The Gods

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It’s no secret we love bacon. We could even say we’re “in love” with bacon. You can easily see for yourselves. We also have a soft spot for Sriracha, as you can see here. So when we heard that Savage Jerky guys had made some Bacon Sriracha Jerky, we were at a loss for words. What more can a poor blogger want to snack on than this delicious sounding concoction? At $8 for a 2oz bag, it’s not exactly cheap. But do we really care? Bacon Sriracha Jerky? Come on!

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The Roccbox Portable Stone Bake Oven Will Bake You A Pie In 90 Seconds

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Burgers, dogs, and kabobs are stapes at BBQs. But it’s not too often you’ll see people making pizza. That’s because tossing an uncooked pie on a regular grill might not get you the best results. But if you pack the Roccbox, everything changes. The innovative design features a slab of stone, and a specially designed rear burner that works either with gas or wood. In 15 minutes you can have a 500C (932F) oven, which can take your pie from raw to cooked in 90 seconds flat. The outer section is covered in a protective silicone shell, which helps in not getting your fingers toasted along with your pizza. But it isn’t only pizza that you can make in the Roccbox: “it enables the baking of breads, cooking of fish, roasting of meats, vegetables, desserts and much, much more.” It is portable at 20kg (44lbs), but not exactly super light. Still, for what it does, we are intrigued. And at £349 ($541USD), it’s not outrageously expensive.

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Pizza Hut Launches Box That Turns Into A Projector

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We’re not sure who is coming up with marketing ideas at Pizza Hut, or even if it’s all the same person, but we’re impressed. Because to their pizzas with Cheeseburgers, Meat Pies, and Hot Dogs in the crust, you can now add another innovation: the Blockbuster Box, a pizza box that turns into a projector. The box, once emptied of its delicious content, lets you place your smartphone inside, at the ideal distance from an included lens. This lens comes attached to the plastic device that prevents the box from getting crushed in transit. The plastic device itself doubles as the phone stand. So all you have to do is poke the precut hole in the front, fit the lens, prop your phone up inside, and aim at your screen (which could simply be your wall!). There’s a code on the side for customers to scan and unlock viewable content, should there be nothing interesting on their devices.

The Blockbuster Box is the work of Ad agency Ogilvy & Mather Group HK and their Chief Creative Officer Reed Collins, and comes in four styles: “from the horror themed Slice Night, sci-fi spectacle Anchovy Armageddon, bizarrely romantic Hot and Ready, and the thrilling Fully Loaded.” It’s Hong Kong only at the moment, but we suspect this may become popular enough to spread worldwide.

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Pizza Hut Australia To Launch Meat Pie Stuffed Crust Pie

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Over the years we’ve come across some creative offerings from Pizza Hut. You guys remember the Cheeseburger Stuffed Crust Pizza? Or the Hot Dog Crust and Shrimp Tempura Pizza? Yeah, well the latest creation has the company stuffing tiny Meat Pies in the crust. Pizza Hut Australia is partnering up with Four’N Twenty, and they’ve announced this new venture with a series of tongue-in-cheek jealous tweets describing a romance gone wrong, and the birth of a lovechild, the Four’N Twenty Stuffed Crust Pizza. We don’t know how long this will last, nor if it’ll ever be exported to Pizza Huts outside of Australia, but we like the way the company is thinking. Because who hasn’t thought “gee, I’d really like some meat pie with this pizza.”? Amirite?

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This Machete is A Spatula

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Or is this spatula a machete? Whichever way you choose to look at it, the Machete Spatula is one badass looking piece of BBQing instrumentation. And if flipping your burgers with what looks like a terrifying weapon isn’t manly enough, there are not one but three bottle-opening hooks on the side of the blade. We’re getting some giggles imagining the scene that would have you popping some caps off beer bottles, while flailing this large chunk of metal around, only to settle down and flip a burger or two. That’s what BBQ fun is all about, and you can get the Machete Spatula for £11.99, or around $19USD.

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Single-Serve Coffee Pods Are So Yesterday. Meet Genie, The Single Serve Food Pod Machine

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Most people who buy a Keurig machine love it: it makes coffee, hot chocolate, and even tea in less than a minute, with barely any maintenance and fussing around. So it stands to reason that the same principle could be equally successful if instead of liquids, a similar machine would be able to handle foods. Well that’s exactly what the Genie claims to be able to do. “Ayelet Carasso and Doron Marco are the Israeli entrepreneurs behind the device”, and they claim that all you have to do to get a hot meal is pop a pod of freeze dried foodstuffs in the machine, press a button and wait a minute. The Genie then… does its magic and spits out complex things like muffins, chicken and rice, and chocolate soufflé. The inner workings of the machine are a bit of a secret, so we’re not sure how it does what it does, but the pictures of the resulting foods look promising. The food in the pods have a shelf life of 1 to 2 years, and can be tweaked for those with dietary requirements.

It’ll cost a few hundred dollars when it’s released in Israel in the coming months, with a wider roll-out planned for later if successful there. The food pods will cost about as much as a similar, non-pod meal would normally cost.

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