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Now You Can 3D Print Your Own Pancakes

PancakeBot, Amazon
PancakeBot, Amazon

Now anyone can turn their kitchen into an edible art studio. Eater reports that the long-awaited PancakeBot, which made waves on Kickstarter last year, has finally hit the market. The high-tech pancake griddle lets you design and 3D print your own pancakes, producing any kind of delicious pancake art you can imagine.

The PancakeBot website provides pancake artists with plenty of pre-made designs, ranging from simple animal illustrations to complex, photorealistic images of celebrities and movie characters. Users can also create their own designs and upload them to the website for anyone to borrow. Once a user selects a design, the PancakeBot begins printing it directly onto the hot griddle, cooking the pancake as it prints. The 3D printer is so sophisticated, it can even shade and tone its illustrations, which allows it to print from photographic references in addition to drawings.

However, as Eater notes, the PancakeBot is not without its drawbacks: According to Amazon reviewers, the machine is a bit finicky, and gets easily clogged up by lumpy batter. Plus, the PancakeBot costs a whopping $299.98, which seems like a lot to pay for a device that cooks pancakes. Nevertheless, the PancakeBot is an exciting symbol of how far 3D printing technology has come in recent years, moving from labs to our homes, and even our kitchens. Check it out in action below.

[h/t Eater]

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Food Going Bad? How to Set the Correct Temperature For Your Fridge
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Depending on the size of your household, your grocery bill can sometimes outpace utility costs or other expenses, making it one of the biggest monthly expenditures in your budget. If you've spent that money on organic, fresh produce, watching it go bad faster than it should can be a frustrating experience.

If your lettuce is getting icy or your meat is smelling a little fishy, the problem might be your refrigerator's temperature setting. While many newer fridge models have digital thermometers that make checking for the correct temperature easy—it should be right around 37°F, with your freezer at 0°F—others have a manual dial that offers ambiguous settings numbered from one to five or one to 10.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to make the knob match your ideal climate. Refrigerator thermometers are available at home goods stores or online and provide a digital readout of the refrigerator's interior that's usually accurate within 1°F. Leave the thermometer on the middle shelf to get the correct reading.

Once you have the appliance set, be sure to check it periodically to make sure it's maintaining that temperature. Packing too much food on your shelves, for example, tends to make the interior warmer. If the coils need to be cleaned, it might be retaining more heat. Kept at a steady 37°F, your food should remain fresh, safe, and perfectly cold.

 

[h/t Reader's Digest]

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Voodoo Doughnut Is Coming to the East Coast (Finally!)
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Voodoo Doughnut, the beloved Portland purveyor of creative pastries, is finally coming to the East Coast. The company is opening a shop at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, according to Travel + Leisure.

The original Voodoo Doughnut opened in Portland, Oregon in 2003. An early adopter of the maple-bacon dessert trend, it became famous for its Maple Bacon Bar and has since added doughnuts that incorporate other quirky flavors like bubble gum dust, Tang, and Fruit Loops. (At one point, the company sold doughnuts glazed with NyQuil, as well as one called a Vanilla Pepto Crushed Tums doughnut, but both of those have been discontinued by order of the health department.) Several of its unique flavors have also been turned into beers by the Oregon-based Rogue Ale.

A chocolate doughnut with a candy skull inside the hole.
A Dia de los Muertos-themed doughnut
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The popular Portland location usually features a line out the door and down the block, and the company now has outposts in Eugene, Denver, Austin, and Los Angeles. It has such a cult following that the stores will not just provide doughnuts for your wedding—they will host the ceremony. Now, East Coast doughnut lovers will be able to get in on the action, too.

The Universal Orlando CityWalk store has opened already, but it’s still in preview mode, meaning the hours can vary, and there's no guarantee it will be open every day. When it officially opens later this spring, it will be serving up more than 50 types of doughnuts seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight, and until 1 a.m. on weekends.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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