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Whacky food gadgets

Want to spice up your kitchen in 2008? Check out these groovy gadgets.

25 Jan 2008

1. The collapsible kitchen
Jamie Oliver has created the new Tefal Survival Kit and it is a set of cooking equipment that fits together into single, neat stack. When taken apart it contains a wok, frying pan, sauce pan, two glass lids, and a universal handle so that you don't burn your fingers. Best of all it comes in a fun, blue camouflage pattern.

2. Grocery carts with scrolling display screens
Digital displays on shopping carts? You guessed it. Modstream's new shopping cart, displays text messages as you shop by installing digital displays into the handles of shopping carts. These screens would give food companies another way to promote their products to any consumer who grabbed a cart.

3. Hell's Kitchen video game coming!
If you can't get enough of the reality show then look out for the video game that will be released when the fourth season of Hell's Kitchen premieres. Games company, Ludia Inc will subject players to Chef Ramsey's four-letter infused screaming while trying to turn out some of the Chef's recipes which will be included with the game.

4. Shake 'n Take makes smoothies mobile
Finally, a smoothie maker on the go. It's a single serving blender, which fits in the palm of your hand. You put your ingredients in, blend them, and then pop that portable cup off, and take your smooothie with you!.

5. Motorise your marshmallows
Toast your marshmallow’s with the Spinmallow. It might be a novel idea but then again it takes away the fun from finding a random branch or stick and grilling your marshmallow over the fire.

6. The muffin man
If you like cappuccino, toast and eggs then Herrington's Muffin Man is just for you. While you toast your bread, muffin or bagel, you can also steam cook an egg and warm-up a slice of pre-cooked ham.

7. The mukka express
Looking for a creative and useful coffee machine? Well the Mukka Express from Bialetti, one of Italy's largest stove-top coffee makers, should do the trick. Each machine has a different design and personality but also allows you to make two yummy cappuccinos. You can choose between the cow or a classic design.

8. Hot diggity dogger
This is a pop-up toaster cum hot dog maker all in one. You put the rolls in the semi-circular slots and the hot dogs in the toaster and you're done. Easy as 1, 2, 3 and a few minutes later you have toasted rolls and a hot dog to enjoy.

9. Sushi-roller
This ingenious gadget rolls your sushi for you. Put the rice and ingredients in the seaweed and let the machine do the rolling. Anything that makes sushi easier gets a thumbs up from us.

10. Steam 'n mash
Westinghouse's invention is a cross between an electric steamer and rotating hand blender. You add peeled potatoes and the machine steams them until they're done. With the touch of a button, the mixer takes over, making a whipped puree of your potatoes or any other vegetables. There's even a blending switch for adding and mixing ingredients after you've mashed.


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