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]

Golden Girls Cereal Has Arrived

NBC
NBC

Fans of The Golden Girls can now spend their mornings with Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia, and Rose. The ladies of the beloved sitcom now have their own cereal—and it's only available for a limited time, Today reports.

Funko—the toy company known for its vinyl Pop! dolls depicting nearly every character in pop culture (including, of course, The Golden Girls)—rolled out the special-edition cereal in Target stores on September 30. The box is decorated with Funko-fied versions of the four leading ladies, and the multi-grain loops themselves are a shade of deep blue that would look great on one of Rose's dresses.

At $8 a box, the product is more expensive than your average breakfast cereal, but that price includes a little something extra. Each box of Golden Girls cereal comes with its own version of a prize inside: a Funko Pop! figurine of one of the four women.

The cereal won't remain on shelves forever, so collect all the dolls while you still can.

[h/t Today]

These Food Pun Coasters Are Fun for the Whole Family

Courtesy of Marie Saba
Courtesy of Marie Saba

Romaine calm. Gouda vibes only. Everything happens for a raisin.

We at Mental Floss love puns—especially food puns—and these ones come courtesy of chef, author, and expert pie baker Marie Saba. Her food pun coasters are a delightfully "corny" take on popular motivational and endearing phrases. Keep calm and carry on? More like curry on.

As Saba tells Mental Floss, the idea for her coasters sprang from food pun Valentines she created a few years ago. She was sick of the same old sayings featured on the kind of mass-produced cards you'd find at supermarkets, so she decided to make her own. The more punny products she made, the larger her Instagram following grew. Eventually she decided to branch out and try a new craft.

"Quite a few followers asked to buy prints of the puns, so that led me to the coasters," she says. "The coasters are perfect because you can set them out at a party, or on your office desk, and they're an instant conversation piece. Most of them take some effort to figure out, and I think people enjoy the challenge."

The coasters, made of durable cardboard, are available on Saba's website. They’re priced at $18 for a pack of eight coasters, and they're grouped into different themes, including motivational, snarky, complimentary, and Christmas. Keep scrolling to see some of the different versions on offer.

A pun that reads as "Love you from my head to-ma-toes"
Courtesy of Marie Saba

The pun reads "We're a perfect matcha"
Courtesy of Marie Saba

A pun reads "Wind beneath my wings"
Courtesy of Marie Saba

A pun reads "You're my everything (bagel)"
Courtesy of Marie Saba

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