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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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Midnight Scoop

Let's face it, scooping ice cream fresh out of the freezer is a tough task to say the least. Introducing Midnight Scoop, a nifty gadget invented by aerospace engineer Michael Chou that's designed to push the scoop away from you, bringing the power of your arm and chest muscles into play. It's taken about two years for the $49 scoop to go from design to reality, made from a coated and forged aluminum alloy. Continue reading for a video, the Kickstarter page where you can pre-order one, and additional information.

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Aquarium Kitchen Island

Robert Kolenik, a talented Dutch designer, knows that most kitchen islands aren't exactly the most stylish part of a home. So, he combined its function with a real-life saltwater aquarium, to enable guests to admire swimming fish while enjoying their dinner. It's officially called "Ocean Kitchen" and adds a modern ambiance to any kitchen. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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ButterUp Knife

Trying to spread cold butter onto a slice of bread is a near-impossible task, that is unless...you're using ButterUp. An Australia-based design team decided invent a special knife with a row of holes on the serrated side that aerates and softens rock hard butter. After grating, you'll be ready to apply the butter with ease. Continue reading for a video, the Kickstarter page, and more information.

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DestapaBanana

Some people just don't like the taste of plain bananas, but now thanks to a little gadget called DestapaBanana, you're able to fill them with chocolate, caramel, and lots more. Simply remove the core, pump in whatever your heart desires, and you're ready to enjoy. Did you know that Bananas are actually a human invention from around 5000 B.C.? They were originally full of seeds until banana hybrids were created, making them seedless. Continue reading for a hands-on video demonstration.

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