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Cakedozer Cake Server

In the history of the world we sincerely doubt a single piece of cake has ever been served upright, considering the degree with which these sticky, sugar-filled concoctions adhere to most cake servers. Cakedozer makes attempting upright cake delivery far easier thanks to a small bulldozer that helps you push the cake off of the server and onto the plate by sliding its lever forward with your thumb, improving presentation, at least as compared to plopping the cake or pie sideways onto the plate. It solves a first world problem but an important one if you really care about desserts.

Learn more at Peleg Design – $16.50

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Cheese Degrees

Obsessively cutting your cheese into perfectly even and fair slices just got easier with Cheese Degrees. The lightweight bamboo board is adorned with engraved measurements and lines to help make perfect cubes, chunks, slivers, slices, and slabs, as well as a protractor up top for producing multiple uniform wedges. Serve straight on the board, or don’t if you want your guests to think you’ve just got a perfect eye for evenness.

Arriving shortly. Learn more at Fred & Friends – $20 [via]

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Searzall

Getting a perfect sear with a blowtorch requires some mastery (and likely results in many wrecked dishes along the way). Searzall makes the process far more reliable. Attach one to a blowtorch and its flame is diffused through two layers of fine temperature-resistant wire mesh, creating a consistent and even flame to be used for attaining professional quality sears on a variety of meats or for making crème brûlée, melting cheese, and plenty more. It’s particularly useful for adding a bit of color to food cooked via sous vide and won’t imbue your grub with any of the off-putting flavors a bare blowtorch can. You will though also need a Bernzomatic TS8000 torch head and a 16.4-ounce tank of propane.

Pick one up at Amazon – $75 [image: Ben Addonizio]

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Toasteroid

Predictably — and like any good toaster — Toasteroid toasts bread. But it’s also equipped with a precisely controllable toasting grid that can burn in custom images onto your toast, sent from a Bluetooth-connected smartphone. Doodle your message by hand on the app or stamp on today’s weather conditions at the touch of a button, then wait for it to toast before eating your doomed creation. Both mini (toasts two slices but prints on one) and standard (toasts and prints on two slices) versions are available, with extra wide slots to fit even thicker breads, and their minimal, die-cast aluminum design will fit right in with more modern kitchens.

Find it at Kickstarter – $60 to $80

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BuchholzBerlin Branch Knife Rack

Products made of wood are normally shaped and sculpted but still show off their natural grain through their finishing. BuchholzBerlin’s collection of Branch Knife Racks takes it one step further, maintaining everything about the branches used in their products. The knife racks come in three sizes which sport three, four, or five powerful magnets onto which to affix some knives and mounting hardware on the back. They’re particularly fitting for rustically styled homes or cottages. And if the price is too steep for your already suffering wallet, we figure making your own can’t be all that difficult.

Find it at BuchholzBerlin – $155+

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Alchema

It takes a bit longer than brewing coffee, but making your own hard cider with an Alchema is about as easy. This countertop device simplifies the process to browsing an app for a recipe, adding ingredients — notably fruits, sugar, and water — before adding a yeast packet and turning on the machine to kickstart the process. Alchema takes care of the rest, creating the proper conditions for the fermentation process while monitoring air pressure, alcohol content, and the weight of its contents as time passes. When your 0.6 gallon batch is ready the device notifies you via its app, and a built-in medical grade UV-C LED light sanitizes the container before each of your next uses. And if you’re in the mood for mead or wine it can do that too, the former within a week and the latter requiring at least sixteen.

Find it at Kickstarter – $360+

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Fellow Raven Stovetop Kettle

It’ll work well for your pour-over coffee. But the Fellow Raven Stovetop Kettle is really optimized for steeping tea. This handsomely modern kettle is equipped with a weighted handle, a stainless steel body (that’s compatible with gas, electric, and induction ranges), and an integrated steep-range thermometer on its silicone lid that indicates at a glance ideal steeping temperatures for green/white, oolong, and black teas by way of color-coded ranges. It also boasts a 1 litre boiling capacity and comes in either black (shown) or polished steel.

Learn more at Fellow – $70 to $80

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Kami Wooden Mug

If sipping on your morning cup of coffee is, to you, all about the experience, you’re unlikely to find anything quite like the Kami Wooden Mug. Each one is hand shaped by a master woodworker using wood from a rare Castor Aralia tree grown in Hokkaido, Japan, thinning down the edges to a mere 2 millimetres in thickness — so thin they’ll transmit light as well as a bit of warmth when you bring it to your lips. The mug holds about 9 ounces and is coated all-around in food grade urethane so your coffee won’t leak into the wood nor stain it. Though as a consequence you’ll need to hand wash them and forgo using the dishwasher. Coaster not included.

Find them at Ukiyo Home – $67

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Balmuda Steam Oven Toaster

Some of the best inventions have come to be by chance. And while it might not change the world, the Balmuda Steam Oven Toaster makes some damn good toast, all started by a fortuitous encounter with rain while warming bread over a grill. The toaster’s key feature is a small slot under a panel up top in which to pour about one teaspoon of water using the included mini cup. The ensuing steam imbues moisture into the bread as temperatures inside gradually rise, producing bread that tastes as fresh as that from a bakery without having to leave your own kitchen. Besides toast it’s also got modes specifically tailored to making cheese toast, baguette, and croissant, amongst others, and a minimal design that should look at home in any contemporary kitchen. Though they’re not officially hitting the American market for the time being you might still be able to grab one for yourself, albeit at a steep premium over the $230 Japanese price.

Learn more at Balmuda (Japanese site) or find one at Amazon – $415 [via]

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Rock Climbing Mug

Sip on your coffee while simultaneously working on your grip with Climbergoods’ Rock Climbing Mug. The round porcelain mug has a 12 ounce capacity and is fitted with one of two custom cast rock climbing holds, a rounded pinch (shown) or an oblong one, both more challenging than traditional mug handles. Each hold is also equipped with a metal socket cap screw in it for decoration, like those securing real holds to rock climbing walls. Granted, it’s not microwave safe due to the metal nor dishwasher safe since the hot water could melt the hold, but true rock jocks shouldn’t mind.

Check it out at Etsy – $20 [via]

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Rib-O-Lator Barbecue Rotisserie

Turn your existing spit or medium-large gas grill into a rotisserie beast with the Rib-O-Lator Barbecue Rotisserie. You’ll need a motor and a spit rod, but once set up this four-tray device lets you rotisserie anything from ribs to fish to veggies to succulent perfection thanks to the use of indirect heat. Trays are removable for cleaning after the feast, notably in dishwasher if you’ve got no elbow grease to spare, and all parts are made of stainless steel. You will need to balance out the weight of your food across the four trays, though, lest you end up cooking the motor as well.

Learn more at Amazon – $100 [via]