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Thanksgiving is great. It’s about family and food and fun and all that good stuff. But it’s also super stressful, right? Well, now there is a roundup of fantastic apps to help you navigate the day (and night) seamlessly, thanks to The New York Times.
In the list, there’s options like a fabulously necessary Bon Appetit menu helper – that even includes a schedule-maker that helps you keep things right on schedule – as well as a “Kitchen Pad Timer,” and, perhaps the most genius of all, a cartoon creation app just for kids. Just hand (pun intended – you’ll see) them your iPad and they’ll be creating their own “hand turkey” with stickers and designs, rather than burning their tongues or trying to “help” you out. You’re welcome.
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Finally, there’s a machine that lets you not only brew, not only grind but even roast your coffee from scratch. According to cNet, there’s currently a Kickstarter campaign out for this ingenious little coffee creator dubbed Bonaverde. Bonaverde, according to the company, aims to enhance “transparency” across the coffee industry. We didn’t know it was an issue, but hey, sounds like one worth solving. The only problem is you can’t blame someone else if it goes badly. Maybe… the earth?
And if the Bonaverde isn’t your cup of tea, take a look at these three snazzy, sleek and ultra-cool coffee makers in Food Republic. They may not offer the three-step control, but they sure look great.
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It’s a real term – it’s even in the New York Times (but it was popularized on a Real Housewives of Orange County episode that shall live in humiliating infamy). Anywho, glamping is now possible for the chefs out there, as Food Republic has shown us in their roundup of “8 Examples of Camping Cookware for the Style-Minded”.
These handy selections include items like a collapsible and portable stove, a neat little hot water-heating kettle pot and a smoker that you can bring with you virtually anywhere. The perfect fall survival kit!
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… to urban moonshining.
Big fan of Moonshiners on TV? Big fan of getting drunk in a nitty-gritty, DIY and kind of old school way? Then you’ll love this new book, The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining!
Discovered by Uncrate, this handy dandy little book will teach you how to harvest, err, make your own whiskey at home (safely, nonetheless!) and drink it like a boss. And it’s all for the mere mortals price of $16. Is whiskey the new artisan creation? We wouldn’t fight it.
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It’s the holidays, folks! And that means entertaining, and lots of it. It all seems like fun and games until the day arrives, and you have no finger food at the ready to feed the masses of guests who are just moments away from stampeding through your front door. Right?
Well this little kitchen tool may not be the most high-tech, but it certainly is necessary. Thanks to the Architec Stackable Appeitzer Maker, it becomes a cinch to make beautiful stacked nibbles like, oh I don’t know, teeny tiny sandwiches or a nice English trifle (and bonus, there’s even an instructional video for those of us who are less fortunate in the culinary skills department).
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Infants are a lot of work, and every parent could use a little help. Thankfully, cNet has discovered a new little gadget, the Piena Baby Tender Touch Formula Maker, to help save the day. This little countertop standing machine will dispense baby formula in the exact amount and, here’s the real kicker, at exactly the right temperature after being brought to the necessary 212 degrees. It’s a heck of a lot easier than heating your baby’s dinner by hand over the stove – and who says adults get to have all the gadget-y fun?
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You read this blog. You like cool gadgets that enhance the eating, kitchen, cooking, sourcing, plating, etc experience. You probably have some ideas too, right?
It’s time to make them happen, and thanks to a new crowd funding initiative by FreshDirect, in partnership with RocketHub, it very well may be possible. The program is a simple contest, in which you can submit your design, idea, product, life-changing concept in the food, epicurean, or culinary genre to FreshDirect for approval. If accepted as a finalist, your pitch will be up for crowd-sourced funding by lots of average Americans (hey, if you love it, everyone will love it, right?). Whoever funds and impresses the professional judges the most – will win some awesome dollars to put towards product development and implementation.
Check out more details, including some of the grand prize details (hellooo $10,000) here. Best of luck!
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It’s about time a water bottle speaks to your iPhone – everything else you own does.
Thanks to BluFit, that dream is (almost) a reality. This smart, little hydration station takes the information it has from your smart phone (stuff like age, weight, all those vital stats) and communicates back how much you’re actually drinking, cutting down on how much you cheat (a sip is not 8 ounces, let’s be honest here). With this data, it figures out how hydrated you are compared to where you should be, and the water bottle actually lights up to alert you that you’re entering a danger zone of dehydration. Pretty freaking smart, right?
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Rory Landon Aronson is striving to increase the world’s food production the natural way – on farms. His solution? A.I., of course.
Meet FarmBot. It’s an “open-source, scalable, automated precision farming machine.” In other words? It has the capabilities to farm as precisely as us humans, on a scale far beyond. Pretty snazzy, eh? Bringing the tech world to the agricultural world.
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Food porn’s dead. Instagram shots of your last best meal, vine videos of what you’re cooking, even random, YouTube explanations of how much more delicious your meal is than the nameless viewer in cyberspace… all dead.
And in its place comes a newer, better system, called Tastemade. It puts the power in the eater’s hands - that’s you! – to create, “delicious, bite-sized, one-minute episodes about your fave foods, restaurants and yumminess” with a simple, intuitive-to-use iPhone app and share it with your friends, followers and whoever else chooses to check your stuff out. Ok, that’s cool. But there’s more…
As Tastemade’s focal point, we bring you the a food-focused YouTube channel, featuring groups like Sorted Food @ The Table (ladies, they have British accents. Need I say more?) The channel is, basically, a conglomeration of all the delicious videos you could ask for in an easy-to-access format. For more information, download the app, and check out Tastemade here.