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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.

Photo courtesy of Revolution Cooking

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.

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Celebrity Grub Humor

Fan Asked Klay Thompson To Sign A Toaster And He Was Confused AF

Klay Thompson looks intensely into a toaster.

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors probably spends most of his days signing autographs, but while he has penned thousands of basketballs and photos of himself, a fan had a very strange request that left him clearly perplexed.

Thompson was asked to sign a toaster, and his expression was priceless.

While asking to get your toaster signed sounds weird, it made a little sense since it was an “NBA Team ProToast Elite Toaster” that brands the bread with your favorite team’s logo.

Still, the NBA star didn’t look amused, and according to the fan’s Snapchat, Thompson said, “A toaster? Wow that’a first.”

It had to be even more confusing to Thompson that his teammate Draymond Green and former teammate David Lee had already put their John Hancocks all over it.

That means this guy has asked multiple players to sign his kitchen appliance. If he can get Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant’s signatures on there, the mission will be complete.

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Hacks Now Trending

These Household Appliances Can Apparently Cook A Great Steak

Cooking the perfect steak can actually be a tough challenge. It’s often a guess to get the steak to the temperature you desire, and it’s often overcooked or undercooked because you either get too conservative with the cooking time or cook it too long to ensure that it’s cooked through.

However, these guys may have just figured out the perfect hack to cook a juicy, medium-rare steak. And it doesn’t require using a stovetop at all.

YouTube comedians Rhett and Link attempted to cook steaks using different household appliances on their daily talk show “Good Mythical Morning.” They experimented with an iron, a toaster, and even a dishwasher. The results of each experiment were pretty interesting, to say the least.

I’m going to focus on the iron and toaster for now, because I wasn’t impressed with the dishwasher results. It takes two hours, requires a vacuum sealer, and… well…

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Yea, I wouldn’t be too down with that steak, either.

Cooking the steak with an iron surprised me, as it actually looked extremely impressive. We’ve seen EpicMealTime use an iron to make a simple grilled cheese, but I never imagined that you could make a medium rare steak with an iron.

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Not only does it get an impressive char on the outside, but it cooks through in 13 minutes – about the same amount of time it would take for a similar steak to cook through on the stove. You can also use the spray/steam function of the iron to marinate and steam the meat, making it even more tender.

While Rhett and Link used two irons to halve the cooking time, simply turning the steak after six and a half minutes gets the job done if you don’t have two irons on hand.

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This could be the ultimate hotel meal hack, since most hotel rooms have irons in them at the very least. If you don’t want to go spend a ton of money at a restaurant while traveling, simply pick up a steak and cook it on your iron. I might try that the next time I’m on a trip just to see for myself.

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Rhett and Link also made New York Strips in a toaster, which sounds crazy. That’s a high-quality piece of meat, and something like a toaster is usually meant for… well, bread. However, it is just high heat on a contact surface, meaning that you could get good color and temperature on the beef.

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The toaster-cooked steaks actually turned out extremely well, requiring just four cycles on high heat to get them to a medium rare. They got a nice color and looked pretty tasty.

If you’re looking to make steak quick, not have to worry about using a pan or grill, and want to get it to a specific temperature, maybe using an iron or toaster is the way to go.

I’m definitely curious enough to give it a try after watching.

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Packaged Food

Irish People Try American Pop-Tarts Flavors For The First Time [WATCH]

Pop-Tarts have become an American staple when it comes to last-minute toaster pastries for anyone who doesn’t have time to cook breakfast. We wonder if the rest of the world depends on the frosted and filled rectangles to get through their morning rituals.

In Facts‘ latest video, a group of Irish people try American Pop-Tarts for the first time. By American, they mean all the weird flavors that you can only for a limited time.

Watch as they react to the sugary variants. Flavors include Red Velvet, Hot Fudge Sundae, S’mores, Maple Bacon and Watermelon.

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Packaged Food

Pop-Tarts’ New Gingerbread Flavor Gets You In The Holiday Spirit

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Thanksgiving hasn’t technically arrived yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a jump on celebrating Christmas. Pop-Tarts has already released a set of new Christmas-themed toaster pastries for the upcoming holiday.

For a limited time, consumers can get their hands on Gingerbread Pop-Tarts. The pastries are made with a gingerbread-flavored crust that’s filled with a creamy frosting. The Gingerbread Pop-Tarts also feature a whimsical winter image. This includes a gingerbread kid eating snowflakes and another decked out in hockey gear.

Also available are Sugar Cookie-flavored Pop-Tarts with a sugar cookie dough filling and a vanilla crust. These also feature a winter print and are available for a limited time.

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Technology

TOASTIE: A Step-By-Step Guide to Taking a Selfie with Toast

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For anyone sick to death of seeing selfies posted on their social media feeds, here’s a way raise the bar. Apparently, it’s possible to take a selfie of yourself on a piece of toast. Provided you have the time and equipment, or enough internet savvy to place an order at Burnt Impressions, home of the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corp.

CEO and President Galen Dively explained the process for creating images of people on toast  to Mashable. Dively bought a CNC Plasma Cutter, a computerized metal cutting machine that creates requisite plates. The company makes novelty toasters with various logos, including the famous Jesus face. Now you can submit your own photos, for a price, get your custom toaster made and shipped.

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Designing the Image

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A digital photo is first uploaded onto the Vermont Toaster website.  There, the image is thrown on Photoshop and touched up. A hi-res image over a white background, however, is the preferred option as it speeds up the process.

Once edited, the photo is uploaded to a computer aided design program. It creates a relatively close duplicate of the face on toast by eliminating unnecessary lines.

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Cutting the Plates

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The image is sent to the Plasma Cutter which combines compressed air and electricity to create an incredibly hot plasma that can cut through metal. Once the plates are cut, and it looks good, the team makes the second plate.

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Final Touches

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The plates are polished throughly to get out all the rough edges.

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Adding Custom Toaster Plates

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Finally, the finished plates are added to a custom-made toaster with built-in rails to hold the plates inside. Each side of the toaster gets one plate with a face embedded onto it.

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Boom. Selfie toast.

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Picthx Galen Dively

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Restaurants

This Whimsical Restaurant Serves You Tuna with a Samurai Sword and Cotton Candy Wigs

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Initially, you might assume that Barton G. The Restaurant is all about gimmicks. I mean, it’s restaurant that serves you a filet mignon with a 3-foot fork and popcorn shrimp out of a popcorn machine? We were recently invited to check out the LA opening of Barton G., which until now, was a restaurant only exclusive to the great state of Florida.

Barton G. was known for their theatricality. If you ordered their Samurai Tuna dish, you’d get a dish served with a real samurai sword (though it’s frowned upon to unsheathe it and use it to cut said tuna). Upon first impressions, we thought to ourselves: “Hey this is kind of gimmicky. Cool, but gimmicky.” It couldn’t be further from the truth.

While each dish has a signature prop to accompany it, the food more than made up for the cheese (so to speak). We’ve tried some of the most flavorful dishes we’ve had in a really long time. Honestly, without all the crazy showmanship Barton G. could stand on its own against some of the best restaurants in the LA area.

Then again, you’re probably skimming this, anxious to get to the food porn. Well here it is you gluttonous bastards.

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 Bread

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Served right out of a tray via waiter, each piece of bread is shaped and designed as if it were a donut. However, they feature savory flavors like truffle and aged cheese.

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Lobster Pop Tarts

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Commuting from Orange County to LA can be rough. Especially on a weekday workday. That being said, our eyes immediately glazed over to the Lobster Pop-Tarts. Served out of a faux toaster, the pop tarts were flaky and moist like a pastry sent from heaven. They broke open to reveal a hefty helping of lobster meat swimming in a creamy gruyere sauce.

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The Upper Crustacean

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As children, we’ve all dreamed about owning a personal popcorn machine for our bedrooms the day we moved out of our parents’ house. No? Just us? As we got older, the idea seemed more and more unnecessary and impractical. However, if that dream popcorn machine was to produce crispy popcorn shrimp and lobster with a variety of dipping sauces, then that’s a different story.

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Samurai Tuna

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We had to be careful not to gorge ourselves on the appetizers, delicious as they might be. We were only a third into the tasting, after all. First of the entrees was the Samurai Tuna. A thick, seared tuna patty served rare with a savory rice cracker crust and topped with a roasted Shishito Pepper. It also came with mandarin-laced soba noodles and a Yuzu-Pomegranite sauce.

Oh, did we mention the bad-ass katana that came with the meal?

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The Great American Filet

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Final entree of the night was this behemoth of a filet mignon. Served with braised short rib, bone marrow and roasted snow peas and carrots and whipped potatoes the entire dish was shadowed by the giant that was attached to the serving board. If this is what it feels like to kings, then kings we were that night.

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Marie Antoinette

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Finally, once we loosened a few notches on our belts, we got ready for dessert. The Marie Antoinette was a wig made out of cotton candy and served with an array of strawberry shortcakes. Interestingly enough, Marie’s hairstyle would change frequently much like the historical figure. Unfortunately, if you’re thinking of removing the wig and placing upon your own head, note that it’s not only advised against, but it’s also attached to the mannequin with a caramel coating.

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Like that stopped us.

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To sum it up, Barton G. exceeded our initial impressions by a huge margin. Not only was their food entertaining gawk at, but they also backed it up with amazing flavors that blew us away. Any self-proclaimed foodie in the Miami or Los Angeles areas should make a note to experience this place at least once.

So to slightly modify a popular quote from a very wise person:

Giant forks. Samurai Swords. A foodie craves not these things.

Though it is an added bonus.

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Florida

1427 West Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Los Angeles

861 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90069

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Technology

$1000 Glass Toaster Will Toast Shrimp and Steak to the Perfect Temperature

Toasters just making toast is a thing of the past.  At the EuroCucina 2014 tradeshow in Milan, kitchenware brand Bugatti demonstrated the elite “Bugatti Noun” transparent toaster that claims to cook anything from shrimp to steak. Oh, and regular toast too.

The toaster is made from glass and chrome, reheating and cooking food via semiconductors embedded in the glass. Using heat-resistant cooking bags, the toaster is designed in a way that allows you to cook consistently and without those bulging hot coils which always threaten to burn your hand off.

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The Noun, which is operated through a smartphone app, allows you to search for recipes and send the proper time and temperature directly to the toaster via Bluetooth connection. The Bugatti Noun toaster is set to debut in Europe, with the US to follow at the beginning of 2015.

This innovative device is not for the frugal – for $1000 a pop, this is for people who take their morning toast seriously.

H/T Reviewed