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7 Crowdfunded Food Campaigns You Need To Check Out ASAP

If you want to see what’s cutting-edge and new in the world of food, you need to take a look at crowdfunding sites. Places like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and the like are chock-full of food entrepreneurs pitching their latest ideas to the world. Whether it’s in the name of social justice or just a flat out intriguing invention, crowdfunded food projects are some of the most unique and tasty ones out there.

Currently, there’s several campaigns across these funding sites that carry amazing messages or creative ideas. All of these are still looking to reach their fundraising goals, so if you want to get in on the action, this is your chance to do so.

The Chemo Kitchen Cookbook

A Cookbook Whose Recipes Are Tailored To Those Undergoing Chemotherapy

During chemotherapy, a person’s taste can change or disappear. This cookbook is designed specifically for this, as the dishes have been engineered by chefs to account for various changes in taste. It’s a great book for caregivers, patients, and friends willing to help out, and helps bring taste back to an enjoyable level for those undergoing chemo.

A single cookbook requires a $35 contribution, but there are bundles available for a cheaper per-book price.

The Real Paella Valenciana

An Authentic Spanish Paella Recipe You Can Make In Under 20 Minutes

Teddy Rebollo, head of e-commerce platform The Iberico Club, is leading this project. He’s teamed up with an esteemed paella chef from Spain to bring authentic Paella Valenciana flavors to the world.

Rebollo’s team will cook all of the ingredients except for the rice ahead of time. It all is then shipped, including the rice. You have to supply your own paella pan (although several of the options on the Kickstarter include one), and pour all of the contents and the rice in and cook for 18 minutes: less than HALF of the typical cooking time for a paella.

This project is on the expensive side, with a $50 minimum donation required to guarantee your taste of Paella Valenciana early. If you’re a huge connoisseur of the iconic Spanish dish, though, it may very well be worth it.

The Handy Pan

A Pan With A Draining Side That Makes Removing Grease WAY Easier

A frying pan/strainer hybrid sounds bizarre, but solves an oft-overlooked issue. Press the button on the handle to pull up the strainer and remove any cooking grease, liquid, etc. that you want out of your food while cooking. It keeps all of the other food inside the pan, too, so you don’t have to worry about losing any of that.

Early birds on this campaign can get the pan for $35, but it’ll cost about $42 in a “Kickstarter special” for anyone else who contributes and wants it.

Cricket Baking Flavors

Lineup of Nutritionally Beneficial Flour Mixes That Include Cricket Flour

Yup, the future of food is gonna involve some bugs, and this flour is helping us acclimate to the change. There’s gluten-free, keto-friendly, and other mixes that match your dietary lifestyle. Cricket flour is high in protein, vitamin B12, magnesium, and other key nutrients, making these flours both functional and fortified with the good stuff.

Pledging $12 to the campaign gets you a 12-ounce package of your flour of choice. Bigger contributions also include a cookbook for those looking for recipes.

The Edible Games Cookbook

A Cookbook Where The Recipes Are All Also Game Ideas

This project combines food and fun together, as it makes a bunch of recipes that also serve as the canvases and core parts of games. Variations include “Veggie Land,” aka Candyland on a pizza, or a modified version of chess that’s played with decorated cookies.

Pledging $25 gets you a digital version of the cookbook. A hardcover version costs over twice that, at $60, and contains a dozen different games.

Tchad: Cooking For Conservation

African Cookbook/Travelogue That Gives Money To Animal Conservation Funds

Part cookbook, part travelogue, this book contains native African recipes while detailing the expansive beauty of the Tchad region’s Zakouma National Park. It’s part of a social entrepreneurship campaign that gives $100,000 to an African conservation society, plus 25% of the profits of the book after that target is reached.

If you just want recipes, you can get a set of five for $10. The actual book requires a $38 contribution to the campaign, but there’s plenty of perks at a lower cost as well.

For True Foodies Only

A Self-Paced Culinary Course App That’s Like ‘Culinary School Without The Degree’

Described as “culinary school for those who don’t want the degree,” the caliber of chefs teaching the courses on this mobile platform is top-notch. Instructors from Le Cordon Bleu are just a part of the 300-chef network bringing these recipes to life.

A $20 donation gets you a course of your choice from the two debut classes: French Pastry or French Cuisine.

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The Toasteroid Will Change Everything You Know About Ordinary Toasters

Remember when you were a child and your parents would tell you not to play with your food? Well, forget about all that and get your creative juices flowing again.

The Toasteroid — the first APP controlled smart image toaster — is nearing 100 percent funding, thanks to crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Seriously, this toaster is one-of-a-kind and is sure to bring life and new dimensions to your toasted bagels, bread and sandwiches.

From a hand-drawn image, to a logo or just simply the day’s weather, Toasteroid is where it’s at.

Due to complete its Kickstarter campaign on Sept. 19, Toasteroid, a Brooklyn-based company, has accumulated more than $100,000 since it opened its page for funding on Aug. 7, 2016.

We’re excited about the Toasteroid, and are already thinking about how a toasted FOODBEAST logo would look on our next turkey sandwich.

Feel like you need a Toasteroid in your life? Check out their Kickstarter.

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Crowdfunding For Tacos And The Burger King Sauna [THE KATCHUP]

Half of our office is conducting research on the other side of the world right now while the other half stays behind to keep the gears at the office grinding, but we still come together to bring you the most exciting, odd, heartwarming and cringeworthy stories on this week’s episode of The Katchup!

A gay pastor wrote a homophobic slur on his own cake from Whole Foods so that he could sue them. Why? To win a lifetime supply of Whole Foods cakes? What’s the endgame? One woman asked the world to pay for her to get some tacos. You might be surprised to see how the world responded.

China has made eating bananas erotically illegal. Who do you think you are, North Korea? The good people of Finland take their saunas so seriously that they put one in a Burger King. Just right there, right in the middle of it. Hey, some people like to soak with their Whoppers, who am I to judge? Finally, our boys out exploring the foods of the world created an ENORMOUS burger at the Guy Fieiri spot on their Carnival Cruise ship. Was it good? You’re about to find out.

This is…THE KATCHUP!