Cooking Gadgets

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Panasonic is about to send apartment dwelling, regular oven having, aspiring chefs into a frenzy with the upcoming release of the world’s first ever countertop induction oven.

Panasonic’s Countertop Induction Oven calls upon the company’s more than 40-years history of innovation in induction heating technology. It quickly grills, bakes, toasts, and re-heats and requires little or no preheating, resulting in perfectly cooked meals. With pre-set menu options and adjustable temperature control, the Panasonic CIO takes the guesswork out of grilling steaks, cooking chicken and vegetables all at once but with results that are more flavorful — crispy on the outside and tender and moist on the inside.

The compact device will reportedly offer the same safety and efficiency that their full size counterparts are known for. Pricing information hasn’t been announced at this point, but the oven is currently slated for release in October 2016.

(PRNW via Engadget)

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The Biēm Butter Sprayer is a brilliant alternative to artificial butter sprays. The device allows users convert a stick of real butter from solid to liquid spray in seconds using a proprietary touch-controlled design and motion-detecting technology.

The device utilizes simple air pressure as opposed to chemical propellants and it will only use the amount of butter needed at the moment, leaving the remainder of the stick unscathed until you’re ready to spray again.

In addition, it’s said to allow users to consume significantly less butter without compromising on taste, while cutting an estimated 50 percent of the calories.

See the Biēm in action in the video below.

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If you like Ghostbusters, cooking and rhymes, this slimer timer is for you. Just don’t be surprised when food goes missing.

The green blob has a 60-minute range and is said to be helpful for keeping track of how long your pizza, fried chicken, or meatloaf needs to cook. However, there’s no word on whether or not your meals will end up with an extra topping of ectoplasm.

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IKEA Taiwan is hoping to resuscitate the art of conversation by eliminating smartphones from the dinner table. How you ask? The company has developed a new hotplate that will only function once a sufficient number of phones have been placed underneath it.

There doesn’t seem to be any details on how the plate actually operates, but apparently the more phones that are placed underneath it the hotter your food will get.

As revealed in the demonstration video below, its clear that everyone will now have the opportunity to sit around a table and talk about how much they miss their phone and how concerned they are they may be missing phone calls or emails.

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If you have an endless love for pizza and a bank account with endless funds, GE’s new Monogram Pizza Oven is beckoning.

The appliance can reportedly fit into a standard wall oven cavity and cook “professional-style pizzas” in a mere two minutes. It also comes with a sophisticated ventilation system, a rarity for indoor consumer pizza ovens, and can be operated with a smartphone app.

On the downside, the two minute cook time comes after a “speedy” 30 minute preheat. And let’s not forget that this pizza oven won’t magically turn a DiGiorno into a “professional-style pizza”.

The company plans to release the oven in May for $10,000. So it’s absurdly expensive and impractical. You probably want one anyway. Still, it might be best to save around $9,940 and get something like this.

(BW via Giz)

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The Imperial Spherificator is not a new Star Wars Sith, rather a machine that turns almost any food into a tiny round treat.

The well-known process of Spherification involves blending food into liquid and mixing it with sodium alginate, loading it into a syringe and injecting tiny drops into a mixture of water and calcium chloride to create caviar-like spheres. The process becomes super simplified with the Imperial Spherificator.

Their Kickstarter campaign is trying to raise enough funds to finalize the design, and it looks like they’re well on their way.

Learn more about the project in the video after the break…

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I’m genuinely afraid to find out what will happen to my casserole when this Death Star kitchen timer reaches zero.

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The Roccbox is a (somewhat) portable stone bake oven that is capable of cooking a 12-inch pizza in only 90 seconds. Of course, that’s after it heats up to 500 degrees Celsius, which takes about 15 minutes. Still, that’s pretty impressive for a stove of this type.

The 45-pound unit features an insulated stone floor inside the oven, and the exterior finish comes in two varieties: stone grey or grass green. The oven also comes with gas or wood burners (smoker coming soon), a nifty recipe book and a pizza peel.

Product Page: ($533.00)

(via Cool Material)

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The problem with toast is that you have to sit there, staring at the toaster, waiting for it to brown. The FurzoToasto is here to solve that problem. Garage inventor / lunatic Colin Furze has made a knife that heats up so that you toast the bread as you slice. I have to admit, I want one.

See the demonstration and making-of videos after the break.

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I have no talent for fancy food designs, but this Bocusini 3D food printer totally does—and it’s not just for restaurants. The Kickstarter aims to make this technology accessible to the masses with a price point that is a little more affordable than current alternatives.

With food cartridges filled with flavored marzipan, chocolate, or fudge (more options are on the way), the printer uses a heated extrusion head to heat up the ingredients and print creative designs. Used in collaboration with the Bocusini web platform, you can essentially create whatever you can imagine. It also works right out of the box.

They’re on track to surpass their goal early, and those who pledge for the system are expected to receive it in January 2016. If you already own a 3D printer, there’s no need to buy another. Team Bocusini is also offering “hacker” kits that allow you to retrofit several other 3D printers into food makers.

Check out some of the creative uses and a video after the break.

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