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Hutzler Banana Slicer

Hutzler's 571 Banana Slicer doesn't sound too exciting, but apparently, it has changed the lives of many people, including some employees at the US Postal Service maintenance department, a wine taster / rodeo clown, as well as a person who happened to lose a finger or two cutting bananas the tradtional way. The official description states that it's: "faster, safer than using a knife; great for cereal; pastic, dishwasher safe; slice your banana with one quick motion; kids love slicing their own bananas." Product page. Continue reading to see more funny kitchen gadgets and accessories that you (probably) never knew existed.

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Kitchen Life Hack

Microwaves come in all sizes, but one thing is for sure, radio waves penetrate the food and excite water and fat molecules pretty much evenly throughout the food. In other words, food tends to dry out, like pizza. No heat has to migrate toward the interior by conduction. There's heat everywhere all at once because the molecules are all excited together. There are limits, of course. Microwaves penetrate unevenly in thick pieces of food, and there are also "hot spots" caused by wave interference - the whole heating process is different because you are "exciting atoms" rather than "conducting heat." Place a small glass of water inside while re-heating old pizza, and it will make all the difference, or at least for the crust. Continue reading for more.

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Steam Ship Steaming Lid

Fred and Friends' Steam Ship really takes steaming lids to the next level of creativity, and it won't break the bank either. Since it's made from heavy duty silicone, sticking in the microwave works just as well as on top of a steaming pot. On a related note, did you know that silicon is the seventh-most abundant element in the universe and the second-most abundant element on the planet, after oxygen? Approximately 25% of the Earth's crust is silicon. Product page. Continue reading for more ultra creative kitchen gadgets and accessories.

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Infuser Water Bottle

Basily's Infuser Water Bottle lets you easily add fresh fruit flavor to your beverages, whether it be plain water or even tea. Simply add strawberries, mangos, kiwis, limes, lemons and many more to the infuser capsule, fill up the bottle with water, and make sure to shake thoroughly, all for under $7 with coupon code: BCKZ435M during checkout. It's the perfect gadget for long hikes, heavy workouts at the gym, the office or even family trips. Product page - be sure to coupon code: BCKZ435M during checkout for the additional discount. Continue reading for a video review, more pictures and additional information.

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Taco Toaster

Nostalgia Electronics' Taco Toaster lets you make a crispy hard taco shell using standard tortillas that can be found at any local market. Simply place two tortillas into the formers, lower them into the toaster, and in just a few minutes, you'll be ready to eat. Product page. If you don't feel like spending $25 on a toaster designed specifically for making taco shells, continue reading for another way to make them using a standard toaster oven.

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Underground Wine Cellar

Let's face it, when you're not eating, cleaning or cooking, the kitchen is probably the last place you'd want to spend a day. Starting off, we have an underground wine cellar, perfect for storing your favorite wines like 007 would. It's a must-have for any serious wine connoisseurs and keeps every bottle in your collection securely preserved at optimum humidity. One caveat: it'll set you back a hefty $25,000. Continue reading for more cool kitchen gadgets and accessories.

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Nessie Ladle

The Loch Ness Monster is a mystical creature who reputedly inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The most common speculation among believers is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs. Ototo of Animi Causa has created a Loch Ness-inspired ladle called "Nessie" that will let the monster invade your soups when it's released in February. Continue reading for more pictures and the product link.

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Cover Blubber

Cover Blubber looks like something straight from a science fiction movie, but it's actually a food preservation system made of StickyRubber that stretches and clings to form fit over fresh cut food, dishes and containers. It's essentially an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap, as long as you don't try microwaving them, as they are not heat-resistant. Product page. Continue reading for more cool and futuristic kitchen gadgets. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery.

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Hamilton Beach Dual Sandwich

Hamilton Beach's 25490 Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker is similar to the one they released earlier this year, but now you can make two sandwiches in just 5-minutes. Just choose your bread and layer on the fixings: egg, cheese, precooked meat, or the ingredients of your choice. Cook two breakfast sandwiches to perfection and to your preferences, and know when it's ready with the built-in digital timer. Product page. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Microwave Tips

By now, we know that microwaving your iPhone 6 definitely won't charge it faster, but there are some useful tips that geeks can use to maximize use of this kitchen appliance. First up, spacing out a circle when heating leftovers will ensure that the center isn't lukewarm at best. Percy Spencer invented the first microwave oven after World War II from radar technology developed during the war. Named the "Radarange", it was first sold in 1946. Raytheon later licensed its patents for a home-use microwave oven that was first introduced by Tappan in 1955, but these units were still too large and expensive for general home use. The countertop microwave oven was first introduced in 1967 by the Amana Corporation, which was acquired in 1965 by Raytheon. Continue reading for more.

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