5 Cool Food Gadgets
To us, the PancakeBot falls firmly into the category of kitchen toy. Use it to wow both family members and guests by printing out pancakes in a variety of interesting shapes. Just add your batter in, choose the design you want, and watch as the printer drizzles out a set of perfect pancakes.
Don’t worry if you’re not super creative. The PancakeBot comes with free design software that you can download and use. All you have to is upload your finished design to the machine, watch it work its magic, and get ready to pour the maple syrup.
3D Printed Measuring Cup
Technology, meet ingenuity. This clever all-in-one kitchen measuring cube lets you see all of your dry ingredients without worrying about cups and spoons. Don’t know about you, but we’re all for less clutter on our kitchen counters. The block shows measurements ranging from one cup right down to a precise quarter teaspoon. We bet its sturdiness will also be a major selling point.
The clever UniLid stretches or shrinks to fit whatever food container you need covered. No more playing frisbee in the cabinet with mismatched plastic lids, and no more wasted plastic wrap or aluminum foil. The UniLid team says you can even use their product directly over fruits and vegetables. Have half a watermelon left over? No problem!
We love the fact that there’s a movable dial on the lid so you can remind yourself which day you actually put the item in the fridge. With any luck, it’ll help us eat our leftovers promptly and not worry about whether an item’s been lurking in the fridge too long and gone bad.
Is it a chopping board? Is it a colander? Yes and yes! It’s also perfect for scooping veggies out of hot water and pouring sliced ones into it. Oh, and it works as a bottle opener. Since it’s just slightly over a quarter of an inch thick, you should be able to stow it in your cabinet with no trouble at all. The Oriboard (a play on the words “origami” and “board”) is dishwasher-safe, crafted from food-safe materials, and designed to be gentle on your knives as you cut over it.
Oven Rack Push/Pull Stick
Trust us: You won’t know that you need one of these until you get your hands on one. The oven rack stick is a gorgeous example of form meeting function. No more catching your wrist on the sizzling-hot rack when you need to check on your cakes. Simply hook the stick onto the rack, and gently ease it out.
The sticks are all handcrafted, each one measuring nine inches long, two inches wide, and half an inch thick. It’s made from a variety of hardwoods, including redwood, walnut, maple, and ash, and a leather tie at the end lets you hang it near your stove for easy access. To top it all off, the beauty of the wood is enhanced and protected by food-safe mineral oil — not hidden under some artificial stain.