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MEGATech Showcase: Kitchen Gadgets for Geeks

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By now you probably know that one of my hobbies is cooking. Not that I am anything like what you’d call a chef, but I enjoy cooking at home, creating new recipes, and in general just enjoy good food. Since I’ve been living with my mother, most of the kitchen gadgets I use daily are what have been in the house since I was a kid, but I have bought quite a few new ones. There are several in this showcase that are definitely on my Christmas list, so I’m hoping at least a couple of them show up under the tree this year.

First up, R2-D2 measuring cups! When stacked together, they form everyone’s favourite droid. Taken apart, they give you measuring cups ranging from 1/4 to 1 cup, as well as measuring spoons ranging from 1/4 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon. When assembled, he measures 6 1/2″ tall x 5″ across x 3 3/4″ deep, and he’s constructed of BPA-free, food-grade ABS plastic. Pick up a set today for just $19.99 US.

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How about some salt and pepper shakers to match your measuring cups? This set makes it easy to tell which is which, with the salt being R2-D2 and the pepper being R2-Q5. These are molded ceramic shakers, with painted on droid detailing. Each one measures 10cm (H) x 7.5cm (W) x 5cm (D), so you shouldn’t have to refill them very often. Add a set to your table for $24.99 US.

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But wait, there’s more! No geek kitchen can be complete without an R2-D2 kitchen timer, am I right? This one measures 4? x 5? x 2.25? and can be set for times up to 60 minutes by turning his head. His feet have rubber pads so he won’t slip or scrape your countertops, and he doesn’t require any batteries. Instead, you just wind his head all the way to 60, then set the time you need. When your time is up, an alarm bell will sound for five seconds. This one can be yours for $19.99 US.

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OK, so you’ve got your measuring cups, your salt and pepper shakers, and your timer… now you need a knife block, and this one more than fills the bill. You don’t just get a set of five stainless steel knives – when they’re in their holder they form an X-Wing Fighter. The stand is plastic with chrome effects, and the whole thing is washable. Knives included are: cook’s knife, bread knife, carving knife, utility knife, and paring knife. These just became available last month at a cost of �69.99 or $118.00 US.

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I had no idea people actually used egg cups any more, but given this nifty little R2-D2-shaped egg cup I can’t see why you wouldn’t want to. Even if you don’t eat hard boiled eggs, really. Just pop the dome off and an egg nestles securely in his body for your breakfasting pleasure. Add one to your collection for $19.95 US.

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Enough with the Star Wars already, huh? OK, I can do that. Here we have a set of sonic screwdriver cutlery for all the Dr. Who fans out there. In addition to the knife, fork, and spoon ($29.99 US), there are several other utensils available (pizza cutter, vegetable peeler, and scrub brush). Just be careful where you point those things, you never know what could happen.

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Now here’s something you don’t see every day. A mini cake pan shaped like a D20! It makes four cakes at a time, each measuring three inches across. You can use pretty much any cake recipe (or box mix), but they recommend using something with yeast to ensure your cake rises to conform to the shape better. They are microwave, oven, dishwasher, and freezer safe, made of food-grade silicone. At just $12.99 US, you should probably pick up more than one. Who only wants four little cakes at a time?

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So you’ve got a recipe on your iPad you want to use in the kitchen. You can either lay your tablet down on the counter and hope you don’t spill on it or prop it up somehow and hope it doesn’t fall. Or, you can kill two birds with one stone and get this iPad paper towel holder. It sits on your counter just like any other paper towel holder, but has an added piece that keeps your tablet out of harm’s way while leaving it handy to consult as you cook. This one runs $35.00 US.

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Finally, let’s take a look at TowlHub; the only paper towel holder that also serves as a USB hub to charge your various gadgets. Just like the one above, this sits on your countertop like any other paper towel holder, but embedded in its base is a four-port USB 2.0 hub. Many of us end up tossing our various gadgets on a counter when we get home anyway, so you might as well have a handy place to charge them. You can even order it with optional Bluetooth speakers. Oh yeah, and the top knob also serves as a wine stopper. Base price is $49.99 US.