This Smart Oven Can Cook a 12-Pound Turkey—and Prepare Your Bacon 64 Different Ways

June
June

Say goodbye to soggy microwaved pizza. As spotted by Engadget, appliance company June just launched a new smart oven that comes with 100 preset cooking programs, including—thanks to popular demand—leftover pizza.

Perfect for those of us who aren't confident in our kitchen skills, the June oven takes the guesswork out of cooking. When you place food inside, the oven uses its HD camera to scan the item and determine what type of food it is. Use the 5-inch touchscreen to confirm that what you're cooking is, say, a steak, then insert a probe thermometer and select your preferred level of doneness. The oven switches between roast, broil, and bake settings, but you won’t have to do any of the work.

The oven's function can be converted into an air fryer, dehydrator, slow cooker, broiler, toaster, or warming drawer. It’s also highly tailored to individual preferences. Bacon, for instance, can be cooked 64 different ways in a June oven. Plus, it's large enough to hold a 12-inch pizza or a 12-pound turkey, so you're all set for both Super Bowl parties and Thanksgiving dinner.

Priced at $599, this version is $900 cheaper than the company's first smart oven, which launched two years ago and has since been discontinued. The company has had some time to learn what customers liked and didn't like about the June prototype, and they said the new version is "smarter" and cooks faster.

The oven pairs with Alexa-powered devices, and June's companion app lets users leave the kitchen and watch their food being cooked via their phones. The oven is now available to order on June's website.

[h/t Engadget]

McDonald’s Is Testing Out Vegan McNuggets in Norway

McDonald's has never been an especially welcoming place for vegans (until 1990, even the fries contained meat). But now, the chain's Norwegian locations are working to change that. As Today reports, McDonald's restaurants in Norway have launched a vegan nugget alternative to the classic chicken McNugget.

The new vegan McNuggets are prepared to look like the menu item customers are familiar with. They're coated with a layer of breadcrumbs and fried until they're golden-brown and crispy. Instead of chicken meat, the nugget is filled with plant-based ingredients, including mashed potatoes, chickpeas, onions, corn, and carrots.

The vegan McNuggets are only available to customers in Norway for now, but if they're popular, they may spread to McDonald's in other parts of the world. Norway's McDonald's locations also include a Vegetarian McFeast burger on its menu.

McDonald's is famous for tailoring its menus to international markets, and vegetarian options are much easier to find in restaurants some parts of the world compared to others. In India, where one fifth of the population is vegetarian, customers can order the McAloo Tikki Burger, made from potatoes and peas, or a McVeggie sandwich.

[h/t Today]

All-Marshmallow Boxes of Lucky Charms Are Back, But Not Everyone Will Be Able to Get One

Lucky Charms
Lucky Charms

Hot on the heels of a Virginia brewery's cereal-inspired marshmallow beer, another way for grown adults to feel like kids again has emerged. Marshmallow-only Lucky Charms are back—this time with unicorn and rainbow shapes. Unfortunately, only 15,000 boxes of the sweet stuff are up for grabs.

If you were already planning on treating yourself by picking up some regular Lucky Charms from your local supermarket, be on the lookout for promotional boxes that say “You could win a box of only marshmallows” on the front. The inside panels of those boxes contain codes that can be entered at MarshmallowOnly.com for your chance to win one of the rare pure-marshmallow boxes. The promotion will run through the summer, so you’ll have plenty of time to enter up to 30 codes. Here's a list of participating retailers carrying the coded boxes [PDF].

This isn’t the first time that General Mills, the maker of Lucky Charms, has held this sweepstakes. In 2015, the company gave away 10 boxes of marshmallow-only cereal (or, as it calls the sugary shapes, “marbits”). Based on the popularity of that promotion, it handed out 10,000 boxes in 2017.

"It's no secret that Lucky Charms fans love the marshmallows," Scott Baldwin, director of marketing for cereal at General Mills, said in a statement. "Consumers have flooded our inboxes and swept our social feeds begging for Lucky Charms Marshmallow Only to return. You asked, and we listened!"

If you’re not feeling especially lucky, you can buy similar versions of the marshmallows on Amazon. Retailers like Medley Hills Farm and Hoosier Hill Farm (which are apparently unrelated companies) sell one-pound bags of cereal marshmallows for $11 and $10, respectively. You can also order an 8-pound bag, or, if you’re feeling especially peckish, a 40-pound case of dehydrated marshmallows for $228. As one Amazon reviewer wrote, it's “just the right amount."

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