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Mar 26, 2020. 15 comments

This Building Block Waffle Maker Is Like Eating Lego for Breakfast

This Building Block Waffle Maker Is Like Eating Lego for Breakfast

Beating Lego to the punch, a clever inventor wants to turn breakfast into not only the most important meal of the day, but the most entertaining one as well with a waffle maker that makes fluffy, edible interlocking blocks for building syrup-soaked structures.

We’ll get the bad news out of the way first: the Building Brick Waffle Maker isn’t a gadget you can buy just yet, its creators are...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Sep 19, 2019. 4 comments

Foodie Monsters Eat Their Way to Friendship in This Adorable Stop-Motion Tale

Foodie Monsters Eat Their Way to Friendship in This Adorable Stop-Motion Tale

Nothing brings friends together like a shared meal—but what happens when one friend does all the cooking, and then the other proceeds to gobble everything down without sharing? Tsuneo Goda’s wonderful stop-motion tale Mogu & Perol digs into this dicey situation.

It also features some of the most delicious-looking animated food ever. Who knew Bigfoot was such a fantastic chef?

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Aug 08, 2019. 11 comments

Check Out the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Cookbook Recipe for Rey's Bread From The Force Awakens

Check Out the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Cookbook Recipe for Rey's Bread From The Force Awakens
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFYour bread might not do this, but hey, at least it’ll taste nicer?Image: Lucasfilm

Blue milk is obviously the superstar when you think of Star Wars food. But rising up the charts, literally, is the bread Rey makes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Although that concoction, officially named Polystarch, is not available...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Mar 16, 2019. 24 comments

The Pyrex Glass Controversy That Just Won't Die

The Pyrex Glass Controversy That Just Won't Die

Clear glass Pyrex cookware is practically an American icon. With its pleasing heft and remarkable resilience, these famous clear pans have been essential when cooking biscuits, casseroles, and pies since 1915. There’s only one problem. A few years ago, the pans started exploding when they got too hot—which is ironic since Pyrex glass was specifically designed to be heat resistant. Some blamed...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Mar 08, 2019. 16 comments

Is There a Better Option Than an Instant Pot?

Is There a Better Option Than an Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is having a moment. Friends, family, and many, many of my co-workers can’t stop talking about the electric pressure cooker that ostensibly lets you do a lot more than cook stews and beans quickly. However, the Instant Pot is a brand, not a specific kind of cooker. There are a lot of other electric pressure cookers that can sear and make cakes and stews. So the question is: is...

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Liz Stinson Liz Stinson Feb 08, 2019. 10 comments

This Japanese Slow Cooker Is the Ultra-Precise, Overkill Crock-Pot of Your Fancy Kitchen Dreams

This Japanese Slow Cooker Is the Ultra-Precise, Overkill Crock-Pot of Your Fancy Kitchen Dreams

On a recent night this winter, I found myself considering two new additions to my kitchen that promised to help me cook a proper Sunday night meal with little effort or opportunity to mess things up. On one end of the counter was the Instant Pot my mother got me for Christmas; on the other was another multi-tasking cooking device called the Vermicular Musui-Kamado, a Japanese gadget that just...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Oct 05, 2018. 6 comments

Archaeologists Find Oldest Example of Nutmeg-Spiced Food, Just in Time for Fall

Archaeologists Find Oldest Example of Nutmeg-Spiced Food, Just in Time for Fall

Mmmm, nutmeg. It’s the spice that adds a certain something to pumpkin pies, custards, and hot cups of coffee. We love our nutmeg to an embarrassing degree, but as a recent archaeological discovery shows, its origins date back to a very different time—and far longer ago than we realized.

Neolithic humans living on the Indonesian island of Pulau Ay were using nutmeg as a food ingredient 3,500...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Sep 05, 2018. 5 comments

This Slick $100 Sous Vide Lets Anyone Cook Like a Modernist Chef for Cheap

This Slick $100 Sous Vide Lets Anyone Cook Like a Modernist Chef for Cheap

The food might taste great, but fancy restaurants generally use tricks to prepare meals perfectly with surprisingly little effort. Perhaps the most storied of these devices is the sous vide, a glorified immersion heater that keeps water at a precise temperature in order to evenly cook foods, usually meats in vacuum-sealed bags. Sous vides for home use have been available to consumers for a...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 18, 2018. 18 comments

A Wakandan Princess, the Dude, a Big Satisfying Pooh, and More of the Most Wallet-Draining Toys of the Week

A Wakandan Princess, the Dude, a Big Satisfying Pooh, and More of the Most Wallet-Draining Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of all the lovely toys and merchandise we’ve spotted on the internet recently. This week, Shuri gets the incredible action figure she deserves, Christopher Robin’s take on Winnie the Pooh gets an adorable toy, and the Dude almost certainly abides. Check it out!

Hot Toys Sixth-Scale Black Panther Shuri Figure

Admit it, your love affair with Tony...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski May 21, 2018. 14 comments

I Love Sharp's New Steam Powered Oven Even If My Steak Was Soggy

I Love Sharp's New Steam Powered Oven Even If My Steak Was Soggy

As Moe the Bartender proudly reveals his new restaurant’s Navy surplus deep fryer that can flash fry a buffalo in 40 seconds, Homer laments: “Forty seconds? But I want it now!” He was right. In a time when instant messages and same day shipping are the norm, waiting for food to cook feels like an inconvenience. But a countertop oven that uses superheated steam to speed up cook times could be...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski May 05, 2018. 5 comments

Wait, My Lego Toys Could Have Been Making Me Breakfast All These Years?

Wait, My Lego Toys Could Have Been Making Me Breakfast All These Years?
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Breakfast may or may not be the most important meal of the day, but it’s also arguably hardest to make. Can you really trust yourself to safely use a hot stove while you’re still half asleep? Obviously not, and why go to all that effort when you can build a Lego machine to make you bacon and eggs while you catch a few...

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Casey Chan Casey Chan Apr 14, 2018. 17 comments

Video: Deep fried brain and bone marrow is a deliciously killer combo

Video: Deep fried brain and bone marrow is a deliciously killer combo
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Hamburger and fries. Spaghetti and meatballs. And brain and bone marrow... I guess? Our friend Anna Péter, from the Hungarian food blog Malackaraj, shows us how she makes deep fried brain and bone marrow and because the universal rule across all types of cooking is that deep frying things and adding bone marrow is...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Apr 06, 2018. 11 comments

You Can Smoosh Aluminum Into a Working Frying Pan Using a Powerful Hydraulic Press

You Can Smoosh Aluminum Into a Working Frying Pan Using a Powerful Hydraulic Press
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Proving it’s the most versatile and useful tool in your kitchen, not only can you turn aluminum foil into a razor-sharp knife , but if you’ve got access to a giant hydraulic press, you can also smoosh it into the shape of a frying pan that actually works, solving any sudden frying emergencies.

Resourceful Knife Maker...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Mar 06, 2018. 14 comments

Astronauts On the ISS Will Soon Enjoy Authentic British Tea Time 

Astronauts On the ISS Will Soon Enjoy Authentic British Tea Time 

Mark Watney’s tea may have been nothing but spent rocket fuel, but on the ISS, astronauts are about to get a lesson in good ol’ fashioned English tea time. That’s thanks to British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, who’s working hard to figure out how to bring several of his country’s staples into zero-gee.

Earlier this year, Blumenthal was tasked with creating seven space-grade dishes that...

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Casey Chan Casey Chan Feb 27, 2018. 9 comments

This trailer for Mind of a Chef makes me crave foods I never ate before

This trailer for <i>Mind of a Chef</i> makes me crave foods I never ate before

Mind of a Chef is one of the best shows about food on television right now and this upcoming season they’re going to feature Gabrielle Hamilton from Prune in New York City. She’s a James Beard award winner so it’ll be fun to see what influences her and how she works but really, it’ll just be super cool to see all the food porn.

Here’s a trailer for Mind of a Chef Season Four which airs on PBS....

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Jan 10, 2018. 16 comments

GE Wants to Hang a 27-inch Screen and a Camera Over Your Stove 

GE Wants to Hang a 27-inch Screen and a Camera Over Your Stove 

Screens dominate almost every room in our homes, but to date they’ve only made minor inroads into the kitchen. You’ll mostly find them sequestered onto tiny fridge doors, but GE wants to change that with its new Kitchen Hub range hood that hangs a 27-inch interactive screen over your stove.

Like any range hood, the Kitchen Hub will help ventilate the area directly above your stove to help keep...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jan 07, 2018. 17 comments

Alexa, Burn My House Down

Alexa, Burn My House Down

If you thought Echos were only good for invading your privacy and enticing hackers , then boy do I have some news for you. Amazon just introduced a new addition to the Smart Home Skill API for Alexa: cooking . Your voice-controlled assistant could potentially be burning down your house in no time!

Alexa’s new cooking capabilities sound quaint for now. In an announcement blog post, Amazon...

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Dec 18, 2017. 13 comments

If You Threw Cookie Dough at the Sun, How Long Would It Take to Bake?

If You Threw Cookie Dough at the Sun, How Long Would It Take to Bake?

First, let's assume you are in orbit around the Earth's atmosphere, and you threw the cookie sunward at 25 mph. The most delicious of speeds.

We can approach this problem by first asking a more general question: What is the temperature vs. time for a lump of cookie dough in orbit around the sun? Then we can take a look at different orbits and see if we can achieve the necessary conditions for...

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Casey Chan Casey Chan Dec 15, 2017. 14 comments

Video: A Chinese chef's knife is really impressive

Video: A Chinese chef's knife is really impressive

This video shows off the versatility of a Chinese chef’s knife, also known as a Chinese cleaver. For a big hunk of metal that looks at home in a butcher shop, the cleaver can actually handle precise tasks as well. From cutting meat and butchering chicken to finely slicing vegetables and tofu to even making designs with cuts, the Chinese chef’s knife is a very useful tool for the kitchen.

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Casey Chan Casey Chan Dec 13, 2017. 2 comments

Seeing a pizza get made from the point of view of a pizza maker guarantees pizza cravings

Seeing a pizza get made from the point of view of a pizza maker guarantees pizza cravings

Lunch has been decided for me. Maybe even dinner too. The fates have spoken and after watching the entire process of a pizza get made from the perspective of a pizza maker (pizzaiolo!), I need to eat a slice of pizza immediately. I don’t know how it’s possible to put in all the work of making a pizza and then not eat it. It seems totally unfair. Cruel, even. Pizza chefs should be able to take...

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