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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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Mar 25, 2020. 10 comments

3D Printing Foods With Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full

3D Printing Foods With Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full

The killer app for 3D printers might have nothing to do with quickly churning out complex parts to speed up manufacturing. 3D-printed food is promising to revolutionize the culinary experience, and by making tweaks to a meal’s printed structure, researchers have found ways to make diners feel more full while they eat less.

The research, conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s...

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Mar 25, 2020. 4 comments

Does Solid Coffee Taste Good?

Does Solid Coffee Taste Good?

Look, I fully admit this is a pretty first-world problem (especially considering everything else going on right now), but what are you supposed to when you need some coffee but don’t have the time or equipment to brew or buy a fresh cup of joe?

While there are a ton of alternatives that can supply you with a burst of energy, most of them like caffeine pills, energy drinks, or caffeine-laden gum...

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Mar 17, 2020. 12 comments

Even a Relatively Small Nuclear War Would Cause Global Famine

Even a Relatively Small Nuclear War Would Cause Global Famine

As both the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis provoke your anxieties, it’s important to remember all of the world’s wonderful possibilities. Which is why I present you: the impacts of nuclear war.

A large-scale nuclear war is a nightmarish scenario that could kill millions of people instantly. According to a new study out in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on...

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Mar 14, 2020. 13 comments

Fake Meat Taste Test: Can Trader Joe's Beat Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger?

Fake Meat Taste Test: Can Trader Joe's Beat Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger?

Plant-based fake meats are so hot right now, and every day it seems like a new company is trying to get in on the action. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods still stand out as the two companies making faux beef that tastes the most like the real thing. So when Trader Joe’s recently announced that it would be joining the fray, we decided to see how the taste of TJ’s Protein Patties...

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Mar 05, 2020. 12 comments

Bento Box Rice Cooker Will Vastly Improve the Work Lunches You Bring From Home

Bento Box Rice Cooker Will Vastly Improve the Work Lunches You Bring From Home

The only thing worse than gagging down reheated french fries is stomaching leftover rice you’ve resurrected in the microwave. But there’s now a fresh alternative: This electric Bento Box can make a single serving of rice at a time. 

If your family eats rice as part of several meals each day, a large multi-cup rice cooker is still the way to go, and it’s one of the few appliances worthy of a...

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Feb 22, 2020. 14 comments

We Need To Change Every Part of Our Food System to Fight the Climate Crisis

We Need To Change Every Part of Our Food System to Fight the Climate Crisis

If the world’s population grows to 10 billion by 2050 as projected, the world will need to produce 70 percent more food. Without major changes to the food system , that would result in a catastrophic increase in greenhouse gas pollution due to increases in agriculture and deforestation. New research shows that there’s a lot we can do to feed people without creating more carbon pollution, but...

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Feb 21, 2020. 20 comments

You Can Thank Japan for Inventing Convenient Sliced Mayonnaise

You Can Thank Japan for Inventing Convenient Sliced Mayonnaise

If you love slathering everything from french fries, to canned tuna fish, to BLT sandwiches in mayonnaise, but don’t always have the energy to squeeze a bottle, Japan has once again come to the aid of the lazy with packages of sliced mayonnaise that are as easy to use as sliced cheese.

Created by the Japanese company Bourbon, which dabbles in seemingly everything except booze, the new mayo...

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Feb 19, 2020. 14 comments

Put a Fork in It: Blue Apron Could Be Cooking Up a Sale Amid Dire Quarterly Results

Put a Fork in It: Blue Apron Could Be Cooking Up a Sale Amid Dire Quarterly Results

Meal kit delivery service Blue Apron is “evaluating a broad range of strategic options”—phrasing that usually indicates a company is instead running out of said options—after posting dismal Q4 2019 results on Tuesday that came in below investor estimates, CNN Business reported.

Blue Apron said the company experienced a 30 percent drop in sales and investors will lose $1.66 per share, both of...

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Feb 13, 2020. 11 comments

Scientists Turned McDonald's Fryer Oil Into Plastic Resin For 3D Printed Models That Probably Smell Amazing

Scientists Turned McDonald's Fryer Oil Into Plastic Resin For 3D Printed Models That Probably Smell Amazing

There are lots of reasons not to eat greasy deep-fried fast food, the least of which being the challenges involved with disposing of used cooking oil (clogged sewers). But researchers at the University of Toronto found a way to turn oil from a deep fryer into a light-sensitive plastic for 3D printers.

The research was recently published in the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering journal...

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Feb 13, 2020. 6 comments

Here's the Best Way to Make Fried Rice, According to Hungry Engineers

Here's the Best Way to Make Fried Rice, According to Hungry Engineers

Scientists explored the physics of tossing fried rice in order to devise the “optimal regime” for producing the dish, according to a new paper.

Fried rice dates back 1,500 years, when Sui dynasty chefs began quickly moving their hot woks to toss rice and impart the browned-but-not-burned flavor. But surprisingly, scientists haven’t quantitatively studied or attempted to optimize this...

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Feb 07, 2020. 2 comments

Rewrite the Ghostbusters Ending By Devouring This Edible Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Rewrite the Ghostbusters Ending By Devouring This Edible Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
Toys and Collectibles Action figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.

It’s impossible to watch the original Ghostbusters and not wonder what it would be like to take a gigantic bite out of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Is he as delicious as he is terrifying? Until a ghost containment unit fails and...

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Feb 04, 2020. 14 comments

Meat Still Bad, Two Bummer Studies Confirm

Meat Still Bad, Two Bummer Studies Confirm

A pair of new studies out Monday might nudge you to reevaluate your meat-eating habit. One study found evidence that eating at least two weekly servings of red meat, particularly processed meat, is linked to a slightly higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The second links eating a diet rich in plants to being healthier.

Last September, a group of scientists stirred up...

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Jan 29, 2020. 18 comments

Beyond Meat Dropped by Canada's Largest Coffee Chain After Just 7 Months

Beyond Meat Dropped by Canada's Largest Coffee Chain After Just 7 Months

Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest coffee chain, has stopped selling Beyond Meat’s plant-based products after just seven months in a sign that some consumers aren’t ready to swap all their meat-based sandwiches and burgers for vegetarian alternatives.

“We introduced Beyond Meat as a limited time offer. We are always listening to our guests and testing new products that align to our core menu...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jan 08, 2020. 6 comments

What Impossible Pork Tastes Like

What Impossible Pork Tastes Like

When Impossible Foods told me it would reveal a new not-meat product at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year, I was sure it was chicken. Chicken is so tasty! I was wrong. Impossible’s new thing is pork, and much to my surprise, it tastes amazing.

I should make it immediately clear that my first taste of Impossible Pork was prepared by a professional chef at a fancy...

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Adam Clark Estes Adam Clark Estes Jan 07, 2020. 23 comments

Impossible Now Makes Pork From Plants

Impossible Now Makes Pork From Plants

Lovers of dumplings who also happen to be vegetarians rejoice! Impossible Foods just announced a new product: pork. And thanks to the new fake pork, there’s also sausage.

It’s not real pork, of course. The new ground meat substitute is plant-based, just like the fake ground beef that made Impossible famous. In fact, the entire proposition of Impossible Pork is quite similar to that of...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Dec 23, 2019. 20 comments

What's the Healthiest Food?

What's the Healthiest Food?
Giz AsksGiz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.

The first thing to realize is that new-year resolutions are a self-defeating sham inimical to the process of real and lasting change. The second thing to realize is that you will never change. But you can, maybe, eat a bit better. We all know, basically what...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Dec 13, 2019. 16 comments

Scientists Urge the World to Plan for Peak Meat

Scientists Urge the World to Plan for Peak Meat

Abandoning meat isn’t easy. Believe me: I ate a beefy-ass bolognese for lunch yesterday and later munched on some chicken wings. Unfortunately, the meat industry is a growing source of carbon pollution, and continuing to let meat consumption grow could eat up a huge chunk of the world’s carbon budget by 2030. So, well, we gotta chill with the steak dinners.

Scientists from around the world are...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 28, 2019. 16 comments

A Man’s Love of Hot Pot Gave Him Brain Tapeworms

A Man’s Love of Hot Pot Gave Him Brain Tapeworms

A man’s love of delicious hot pot led him down a far more perilous path than he expected. His doctors in China say that the undercooked meal exposed him to a tapeworm infestation that riddled his brain with larval cysts and caused him to have seizures. Thankfully, though, he’s now on the mend.

Last week, doctors at the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University published a report on the...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Oct 22, 2019. 10 comments

Amazon Found to Be Selling Loads of Expired and Inedible Food

Amazon Found to Be Selling Loads of Expired and Inedible Food

The everything store appears to have a serious expired foods problem.

A lengthy report from CNBC, in partnership with data analytics firm 3PM, published Sunday found that Amazon is “littered” with listings for consumer products that are far past their sell-by dates. According to the report, the system is creating products not only for consumers who are receiving spoiled or inedible food...

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