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A Chemistry Set Spice Rack Puts Science In The Spotlight At Supper Time

Even something as simple as making toast involves a whole lot of complex science that most of us don’t even think about. But when dinner preparation involves a chemistry set full of spices, you’ll be hard pressed to not wonder about all the chemical reactions going down in your dinner.


Make Meals From Scratch Using This Turntable Grater

There are some that believe that even cracking a smile in the kitchen is an insult to the culinary arts. For the rest of us, the internet’s a treasure trove of fun, but often useless, gadgets for the kitchen. This DJ Grater manages to be both whimsical and useful, letting you grate cheese like you were spinning on the wheels of steel, and even perfectly portion pasta.


Nutella Consumes 25% Of The World's Hazelnut Crop

Bad news, dudes. After unwelcome spring frost in decimated nearly a quarter of Turkey’s hazelnut crop, there is real fear that we’re now facing a Nutella shortage. That’s because the production of Nutella consumes 25 per cent of the world’s hazelnut crop. And naturally, less crop means less Nutella.


Lobsters Were Once Only Fed To Poor People And Prisoners

That big plate of surf and turf now costs an arm and a leg, thanks to lobster’s recent resurgence in popularity. But, as David Foster Wallace’s famous essay, Consider The Lobster illustrated, throughout Colonial-era America, the crustacean was considered among the least desirable foods one could put in their face — a garbage meat fit only for the indigent, indentured, and incarcerated.


Roll A +18 Icing With This 20-Sided Die Cake Pan

What’s a rousing game of Dungeons & Dragons without a healthy supply of snacks at the ready? But since no one wants to venture into a dungeon full of mythical beasts with daintily decorated pastries, what you need are edible d20 dice made with this silicone mould from ThinkGeek.


Watching A Master Chef Make Noodles By Hand Is Mesmerising

I’m not sure if this is considered just cooking or if it can be classified as high art or even a musical performance but whatever it is, it’s an absolute joy to watch. What you’re seeing is soba master Tatsuru Rai, owner and chef of Sobatei Rakuichi in Niseko, Hokkaido, making his soba noodles in complete silence.


An Egg Spinning Contraption That Pre-Scrambles Them In The Shell

It turns out the term ‘pudding’ has different meanings all over the world. In North America it’s usually a creamy dessert treat, in the UK it’s a soggy bread mess, and in Japan it’s a pre-scrambled boiled egg that’s drizzled with caramel sauce. And now the Japanese version is a lot easier to make with this whimsical looking spinning contraption from Takara Tomy.


I Think I Can Eat 12 Of These Pintxo Burgers For Breakfast Right Now

The Basque Country in northern Spain is the culinary centre of the world. Not only for its many gastronomical temples — like Lasarte, Arzak, Zuberoa, or Azurmendi — but for the infinite amount of places where they prepare amazing plates — and pintxos. The Inglorious Basque-ard Burger is Pornburger’s homage to the latter.


Scented Duct Tape For Half-Arsed Repairs That At Least Smell Good

At one time duct tape only came in a single colour: silver. It made the material seem like some kind of NASA-engineered, space-age, super tool, but eventually mankind demanded more. Colours and patterns were introduced, but that still wasn’t enough to satiate humanity’s desire for choice. So Duck Brand is now introducing scented duct tape as well, making your hackney repairs smell downright delicious.


Switzerland Puts Secret Bacteria In Cheese To Catch Knockoffs

In parts of Europe, where cheese is taken seriously as a source of national pride, entire labs are devoted to spotting knockoff Emmental and Gruyere. Switzerland has what may be the most impressive strategy yet: secret cocktails of bacteria, sent only to licensed cheesemakers, that work as living biological tracers.


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