Cooking Tools

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If you’ve ever had a problem buttering something because the butter was too hard or because you can’t keep a pat of butter on a knife (yes, I’m that person), allow me to introduce you to The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp Kickstarter project.

The ButterUp is a knife that quickly and easily grates your butter onto the knife for easy spreadability. No muss or fuss or broken toast.

No wonder this thing has funded way beyond the proposed budget. It’s one of those wonderfully simple but brilliant items that are an absolute must-have.

Head after the break to see their video.

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I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry. But it looks like your burger is burning. I better get to flipping it with this nifty Doctor Who spatula, which is made from silicone and features a metal handle that’s 11 inches long. It’s even better than the sonic.

But wait. You’re probably saying to yourself, “I’m not eating a burger right now. I’m not at a barbecue. And that spatula isn’t available until October 2014. How are you doing this? What are you?”

Well… I’m a Time Lord? You’re welcome.

Product Page: ($13.99)

lightsaber bbq fork

Grilling techniques from the galaxy far, far away are coming to Earth. We’ve already seen lightsaber BBQ tongs, and now ThinkGeek’s offering a lightsaber BBQ fork to go with them. The stainless steel design won’t let you turn hot dogs over with the Force but using a lightsaber is the second best thing, right? Right.

See a close-up of the hilt/grip after the break.

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Cooking may not be rocket science, but that didn’t stop actual University of Oxford rocket scientist Thomas Povey from applying his smarts to the design possibilities of the sauce pan. He created the Flare Pan which uses a third of the gas and cooks 30% faster than standard pans.

The idea first came to Povey when he was hiking at high altitude and needed to boil a pot of water. He then worked with his students for three years to perfect the design until the cast aluminum pan with ridged fins became the finished product. Those who have done mountaineering may be familiar with something called JetBoil which is a compact system used to boil water. It’s got a similar ridged design. When asked about the similarities, Povey told io9:

I was actually working on this project before the Jetboil was patented, with designs very similar to the Jetboil, so that was not — as you speculate — the inspiration, but is certainly a great product which good design and function – I own one myself. More recently we started to look at household applications, where the optimisation problem is more difficult (needs to work on conventional gas stove, needs to be cleanable, look good, durable in kitchen environment). The design that resulted is the result of that rather different optimisation challenge.

So, looks like similar concepts applied to two different design problems.

See more pictures, including the JetBoil and video, after the break.

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When the zombie apocalypse hits, you’re going to have to learn how to improvise a whole lot of stuff. For instance, if you don’t have an oven, how are you going to cook your hot dogs? If you said “fire”… well, good answer, but did you know that you could also make your own solar oven out of a Pringles potato chip can? Instructables member Cat’s Science Club highlights every step, and it’s actually pretty simple. Once you get this thing made, you’ll be making tasty hot dogs in no-time. Cat’s Science Club actually got the oven up to 170ºF on a hot day too. Pretty cool, right?

Check out the instructions on Insructables.

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The problem of how to easily transport your barbecue grill has been solved by German design firm formAxiom who have made a stainless steel grill that folds up just like an umbrella.

It’s pretty ingenious with a built-in cooking surface and a hammock mesh beneath to hold whatever solid fuel you want to use to do the cooking. This is currently just a prototype, but with any luck, somebody will produce this thing so we can all grill more easily next summer.

See more pictures after the break…

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This book doesn’t just tell you how to barbecue, it actually gives you all the tools you need to do the job. The Bible of Barbecue was made to promote Brazilian kitchen supply company Tramontina. Instead of just recipes, its pages are actually many of the things that you need to do the grilling.

There’s a page made of coal to create a fire and one of salt to season your meat. Another page is an apron and the cover is a wooden cutting board. It’s a very neat idea, although once you cook a meal it’s pretty much done. They shipped this out to select Brazilian chefs back in March and there is a retail version coming to bookstores in Brazil.

See more pictures and the video after the break…

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TMNT Michaelangelo Pizza Cutter

If you’re a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan and you love pizza (although I have yet to meet a fan who doesn’t love pizza), now you can have Mikey cut your pizza for you.

Basically, you just hold onto his head and use his neck to slice the pizza. That sounds kind of torturous, but you get the drift.

Product Page $14.99

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While these Cooking Blocks are not made by LEGO, they’re still cool looking, functional and fun.

Forget metal hangers or sticking them in organizers. Now you can hang your kitchen utensils up and have a place for your LEGO creations as well.

More pictures after the break.

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R2-D2 is one very advanced droid: he can navigate an X-wing, patch into the Death Star’s super computer and, surprisingly, break down into a bunch of nifty measuring cups.

There are four measuring cups and four measuring spoons in all. Just remember, this officially licensed Lucasfilm product is highly sought after by chefs of the Empire, so act fast, and don’t tell those stormtroopers nothin’.

Check out some more pics of the R2-D2 measuring cup set after the break…

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