kitchen gadgets

S’mores Maker lets you make s’mores sans fire

S’mores Maker lets you make s’mores sans fire

S'mores is some good eatin'. My kids love s'mores, but I can never get the marshmallow just right over a campfire. They always end up too burnt so it's like eating a charcoal and chocolate sandwich. Cook them a little less and you end up with a nicely toasted outside and a solid inside that won't properly squish between the graham crackers. S'mores making is partly science and partly mess avoidance for me.

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Cornobi (Wan): The picnic’s only hope

Cornobi (Wan): The picnic’s only hope

I bet when the Jedi have their annual picnic each year, this is the corncob holder that they use. This thing is really cool, yet weird at the same time. I almost had a stroke trying to figure out how to meld Star Wars jokes and Beavis and Butthead references into one post. You truly would be the Great Cornholio with one of these. This is a concept product from Shed Samovar and it should be made.

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Crazy corkscrew for the rich wine drinker

Crazy corkscrew for the rich wine drinker

I'm not rich and I don’t have the kind of money it takes to start to consider versions of trivial things in life that are massively more expensive that what you can buy things for down at Walmart. For instance, you could walk into Wally World and walk out with a new corkscrew if you are a wine drinker for a few bucks. It will get the bottle of $5 port you picked up at the local liquor store open with minimal bits of cork in the drink. It won't open your wine with much style or say, "I'm rich" like this fancy corkscrew from Core-38.

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Baratza Esatto and Vario-E want to revolutionize your coffee

Baratza Esatto and Vario-E want to revolutionize your coffee

If you take coffee seriously, then you'll know there's more to a premium brew than a huge, shiny espresso machine. In fact, the grinding process makes the biggest difference to your eventual cup, and part of that is getting the exact dose right. Enter Baratza and the Esatto, reports CoffeeGeek, a weight-based dosing system that promises accuracy down to 0.2g variance for the company's existing grinders, as well as the Baratza Vario-E, a full weight-based grinding system in one.

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Personal Brewery is the well to do beer fans brewery of choice

Personal Brewery is the well to do beer fans brewery of choice

I would bet around the holiday season you have run across those cheap beer making kits that let you brew your own beer in the home. Those are all fine and good but if you are a beer geek with the money to afford the best personal brewery around, a clear jug and a mixing spoon might not be your idea of fun. What you need is the WilliamsWarn Personal Brewery.

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Multitasking Toaster Plays Tunes While You Toast

Multitasking Toaster Plays Tunes While You Toast

This could be a fun and useful space-saving appliance, or it could be one of those items that tries to do too many things and does none of them very well.  But for around $80, we hope it will at least do a good job on the toast. The Breville Radio Toaster features an FM radio as well as an auxilliary input so you can plug in your mp3 player.

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Cap Storing Bottle opener will keep track of how many you have

Cap Storing Bottle opener will keep track of how many you have

My uncle is a professional beer drinker. You can tell that because his shop floor is littered with caps from the bottles he prefers. The caps at his place either end up tossed in the yard or littering the floor of the shop until the twice-annual sweep up. If you are the sort that likes your beer and other beverages that come in bottles with caps that you need to pop open this is the bottle opening concept for you.

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SmartShopper gets new design and other enhancements

SmartShopper gets new design and other enhancements

One of the things that I hate most about having to go shopping is having to make a list of what I need. I know that I will forget something between looking in the pantry and writing the stuff down. I also have bad handwriting and end up not being able to read my own list a lot of the time. If you are like me and want a easier way to make your shopping lists the cool SmartShopper may be just the ticket.

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Sanyo GOPAN rice-bread machine is crazy sales success in Japan [Video]

Sanyo GOPAN rice-bread machine is crazy sales success in Japan [Video]

We generally associate Sanyo with HD camcorders, but Japan is actually going wild for the company's kitchen appliances instead. The Sanyo GOPAN looks like a regular bread maker, but it actually bakes rice bread from grains of rice rather than pre-milled rice flour. That might not sound like much, but it's enough to make the $612 GOPAN a massive best-seller in Japan and force the company to freeze sales until April so that production can catch up with demand.

Video demo after the cut

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