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Fast Food Technology

Skip The Line With Raising Cane’s New App

When you go to a restaurant with an unfamiliar menu, and you have no idea what to order, do you find that the most foolproof way to satisfy your hunger or do you opt for the always reliable chicken fingers? It’s pretty hard to argue how clutch they are at any point of the day.

With the pandemic continuing to affect our dining habits, restaurants have had to quickly adapt to better serve their customers. Spots like Raising Cane’s and their undeniably satisfying chicken fingers have adjusted to this changing climate, and can now be in your hands faster with their new easy-to-use mobile app.

Available on both Google Play and the App Store, the Raising Cane’s app lets you order for now, later, or much later (up to a week in advance). No matter when you want it, that tender chicken with the tangy Cane’s Sauce, Texas toast, and crinkle cut fries are just a few clicks away. You can’t forget the crisp, complex taste of Dr Pepper to compliment that righteous Cane’s meal — it’s a match made in fast food heaven.

So allow the new Cane’s app to satisfy your cravings, drive over to the nearest Raising Cane’s location when your order is ready, skip the line, make a dash for the counter, grab your order and go! Only thing left to do is to smash and sip on that juicy Cane’s and ice cold Dr Pepper.

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Animals Science Technology

FDA Approves Genetically Altered Pigs Meant To Prevent Meat Allergies From Triggering

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The FDA has given the green light to the usage of “GalSafe” pigs, a genetically engineered variety that is designed to prevent meat allergies from getting triggered when consuming pork.

GalSafe pigs were developed by biomedical firm Revivicor, who received the first-ever joint approval for their pigs in both food and medical uses. This means that in the future, we could see these pigs both being consumed and used in place of standard pork cells in current medical treatments.

Red meat allergies can be triggered by contracting “Alpha-gal Syndrome,” which is a condition that causes us to react to a specific sugar called “Alpha-gal” that is common in many mammals (excluding humans). These allergic reactions can range from mild to severe.

Alpha-gal Syndrome is believed to be transmitted via the bite of the Lone Star tick, but more research needs to be done to determine the role that the ticks play there.

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These GalSafe pigs have been genetically engineered to have the Alpha-gal sugar removed, preventing those with Alpha-gal Syndrome from getting an allergic reaction when eating meat from these specific animals. They would also not get these allergic reactions from any medicines developed with cells from these specific pigs.

Revivicor’s safety studies focused on the potential for allergic reactions to occur in medicinal uses of the GalSafe pig cells. The FDA also reviewed the safety of consuming pork from these pigs, and determined they would also be safe to eat, finding that the Alpha-gal sugar was removed across multiple generations of pigs. However, safety of eating was not evaluated for those with Alpha-gal syndrome, meaning that more research needs to be done there before confirming that those with meat allergies can eat the pork with full confidence.

For those concerned about any potential danger of eating genetically engineered foods, it should be noted that there is a global consensus from scientists that such foods are safe to eat.

The FDA also found that the pigs were no more environmentally harmful or at risk of a food safety outbreak than standard pigs. GalSafe pigs have more stringent living conditions than standard pigs, so if anything, they might be getting slightly better care.

While GalSafe pigs have been approved to eat, it may take a while before pork products from these pigs start becoming available for sale. These are just the second-ever genetically engineered animal approved for eating, after AquAdvantage salmon, a product still not available for purchase yet.

When it is available, however, Revivicor has indicated that they intend to sell it by mail order, not through grocery stores.

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Design Packaged Food Technology

Hidden Valley Ranch Is Selling A Fridge With A Lifetime Supply Of Dressing

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Depending on where you shop, an average bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing can cost about $3-$4. You’re probably restocking on it once a month or so, meaning that after 5-6 years, you could spend $1000 on ranch alone.

If you found yourself being described in the above paragraph, consider this fridge that comes with a “lifetime supply” of Hidden Valley Ranch an absolute discount. If you heard someone you know being described, it could be a mind-boggling gift for them.

For the holidays, Hidden Valley Ranch has created a fridge bundle that chucks in a huge shipment of ranch that covers you over at least the next few years, if not longer.

The 24-inch fridge has plenty of room to stock whatever you want inside, but it also comes with a massive stockpile of ranch dressing. For $900, you get a significant quantity and variety of Hidden Valley Products delivered.

This includes a full case of Secret Sauce, a case of Hidden Valley Ranch blasted, a case each of Fiesta Ranch and French Onion Dips, plus 2 cases of the OG ranch dressing. That’s just in the first year, and you’ll also get 25 bottles of different flavors of ranch delivered each year through 2024.

To cover you beyond that, the purchaser will receive a $600 cash or gift card payout in 2025 to get ranch beyond that timeline.

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This gift bundle is extremely limited, as only three of them are available to purchase for the holiday season. If you’re gonna go in on this, you’ve got until December 31st or when three units sell (whichever comes first) to do so.

For those looking to gift something not as extravagant, there are also customizable ranch bottles, paraphernalia, and even dog toys up for sale on Hidden Valley Ranch’s website.

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Drinks Kitchen Gadgets Technology

This French Press Brews Coffee In Your Car Or With Solar Power

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If you’re camping or on a road trip, a steaming pot of coffee is one of the things many of us look forward to in the morning. A new crowd-funded device could make it possible to brew your coffee from your car, or entirely on solar power.

This new coffee maker comes from GoSun, a company known for making solar-powered cooking tech — like stoves powered by the sun. Their new GoSun Brew, which launched recently on Kickstarter, combines a French press and a coffee brewer together while making power options easily accessible.

If you have a car charger port, the coffee maker can plug into that to charge. You then just need to add coffee grounds and water, heat up the device, and plunge to get that French press coffee experience.

GoSun also has a solar-charged power bank that can charge or power the coffee maker as well as charge a bunch of other devices, making it clutch for when you need your phone in the wild.

Both of these products are available as part of GoSun’s Kickstarter, which is fully funded but still actively running. The GoSun Brew is available at a pledge of $59 or more, and has a suggested market price of $99. Getting the power bank thrown in requires a pledge of $269 or more, with a suggested retail price of $499.

It’s definitely expensive in terms of both coffee makers and power banks, but the solar powered aspect, allowing you to self-charge whenever the sun is out, comes in clutch. Plus, there’s not exactly a Starbucks on every street corner when you’re on a trip — so what’s that phone charge and coffee worth to ya?!

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Technology

New App Helps Delivery Drivers Find The Nearest Restroom

With dining rooms shut down across the country, it’s an understatement when I say that we owe a lot to gig workers like delivery drivers to keep our bellies filled and our cravings satisfied. However, one of the inconveniences they come across is finding an open restroom that doesn’t require a purchase to use whenever nature calls.

However, thanks to a new app appropriately named The Whizz App, that won’t seem to be a problem anymore. Created by gig workers, for gig workers, Whizz uses a Google-styled map to help delivery drivers locate pre-screened locations that will permit them to use restroom facilities, no purchase necessary.

The Whizz App, a black-owned business, was developed by co-founders Robert Logan and Keith Crudupt who could relate to the discomfort and difficulty drivers go through when needing to use the bathroom while on the road. The two friends linked up to create this first-of-its-kind app to bring some comfort to the gig community.

WaBa Grill, one of the nation’s leading rice bowl chains, has stepped up to become the very first brand partner of Whizz. What that entails is the ability of app users to get restroom access at any of WaBa Grill’s 200 locations across Southern California. Subscribers also get exclusive digital coupons through the app.

The Whizz App is available via download on Apple IOS and Android devices.

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Kitchen Gadgets Technology

This Kitchen Appliance Acts As A Fridge AND Cooks Your Meals

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With the amount of work folks do these days, whether at home or braving to go into offices and factories, there’s usually not a lot of time left for meal prep.

There’s plenty of companies that capitalize like that, such as Blue Apron. Not many, however, have a device that’s capable of refrigerating and cooking your food, timed to when you want it.

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The team at Suvie has built such a device. Their combo fridge/sous vide oven can keep your food at fridge-cold temperatures, then begins cooking it to time it to whenever you program it to. Theoretically, this could let you set prepared meals in the kitchen gadget, program it to cook when you’re home from work, and not have to worry about making dinner at all.

Suvie’s appliance has multiple functions: it uses water to keep your food cold, then heats it up to start boiling and steaming to bring everything up to temperature. It can then drain that water, if you’re making something like pasta, and even broil foods like chicken or vegetables to give them caramelization and color.

Each of the four drawers inside can be controlled independently, ensuring that each part of the meal cooks to where it needs to be, rather than overcooking to whatever needs the most time.

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A device like this does come with a hefty price tag: $1,200, to be exact (there are sometimes discounts available). Suvie also does prepare a bunch of meal kits that can be delivered to your home, further removing you from the cooking process if needed.

Nonetheless, a device that can cook everything for you, as long as you stick everything in it at the beginning of the day, sounds like a potentially useful gadget for those trying to spend less time in the kitchen.

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Grocery Technology

The First-Ever Amazon Fresh Grocery Store Is Opening In California

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Amazon has announced that California will be the home of its first-ever Amazon Fresh Grocery Store.

Located in Woodland Hills, CA, the Fresh Store is the first of many models that will feature Amazon Fresh produce and grocery items offered at a lower price point than traditional supermarkets.

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Convenient store features include Alexa Shoppings lists, which customers can access through their Amazon app while they’re inside the store. Alexa will help them navigate the aisles to find what they need.

There will also be a Dash Cart Lane, which expedites the checkout process using computer vision algorithms and sensor fusion to identify the items in your cart and charge your account accordingly. It’s kind of like Amazon Go in shopping cart form.

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Customers can also schedule in-store pickups, something that’s been exceptionally preferred while folks are currently minimizing time out in public spaces during this pandemic.

Set to open in a few weeks, Amazon Fresh has already invited a select group of customers to test out the new grocery storefront ahead of the grand opening.

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Kitchen Gadgets Technology

Futuristic ‘Smart Toaster’ Is Programmed To Perfectly Toast Baked Goods

To be honest, toasters really haven’t changed much in the past couple of decades. Thus, it was only a matter of time before we got a futuristic “smart toaster” that takes technology possible with a toaster and puts it over the top.

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Created by Revolution Cooking, the toaster comes with a touch screen that lets you control the level of browning on your bread. It even has a function that lets you see how brown the bread is without having to restart your toaster completely.

Is it extra AF? Absolutely. But, it also addresses problems with toasters that we may never really think about, and yet would welcome some pretty intriguing solutions too.

The smart toaster is designed to get a variety of baked goods, including bread, waffles, bagels, and more, to the shade of brown you want it to be. It can also customize based on whether what you throw inside is fresh, frozen, or being simply reheated, and comes with a digital or analog clock, in case you need your toaster to tell time as well.

Admittedly, the auto lowering and lifting mechanism is pretty cool, as you can see in the above video of the toaster in action.

While you can get a basic toaster for as little as $10 today, this smart toaster comes in at a whopping $300. If you’re obsessed with smart gadgets and having that level of control on your bread, however, it may well be worth the cost to you.

You can purchase the smart toaster on Revolution Cooking’s website, as well as at places like Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers and online websites.