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Welcome to the Smart Stuff edibles section with some of the world's smartest foods, edible inventions and food ideas. Below you'll find our constantly updated archive of the world's smartest food stuff.



Label that watches over food safety

Label that watches over food safety.
Tempix is a Swedish company with cool idea. A temperature indicator for chilled or frozen foodstuffs. The Tempix system can keep a watch over products down to an individual package and create an alert if a package has been exposed to an unsafe temperature during the transport from manufacturer to customer. The Tempix temperature indicator is integrated into the package bar code. If the product has been exposed to a too high temperature, part of the bar code is destroyed, thus making the product impossible to check out through the cashier. The indicator is also readable to the naked eye. Compare the area inside the green circle in the two labels above. The top label indicates that the product has been correctly treated, the bar code is intact and a singe line is clearly visible inside the white square. The bottom label, however, indicates that the product has been exposed to temperatures above the allowed level. The black line in the square has disappeared, and the last part of the bar code has been erased.

29 October 2008





Salt cubes - because we use too much of it.
Salt is one of the most useful spices for cooking. And for a long time essential for our ability to preserve foods for longer than a few days. Salted herring. Salted salmon. Salted meat. You name it. Without it long sea voyages would hardly have been possible, and the great discoveries possibly not discovered. Way back, salt nodes in rocks or mines were worth their weight in gold and an excellent trading commodity. Now, however, when salt is readily available, we tend to use too much. Hence this idea; the
Kakujio. The Kakujio is a 2.5cc salt cube. Enough for cooking. Designed by the De Meyboom Lab in the Netherlands by Yasuhito Hirose and Ryohei Yoshiyuki it was featured in the Muji Awards 02. Also check out the Muji Awards 01, and the call for entries to Muji Awards 03.

29 May 2008






What you see is not always what you get.
But you knew that, didn't you? Or at least suspected. If you have ever bought a frozen or otherwise packaged meal, chances are the actual food did not live up to what the picture on the box promised. A bunch of Germans behind the Verbung gegen realität (Advertising vs. reality) website had noticed the same thing, and with almost proverbial German thoroughness they have gone through exactly 100 ready-mades of all kinds, taken pictures of the packaging, cooked the food according to instructions, and finally photographed the often pretty pathetic result. The pictures are organized in sets of three (example above) where everyone can compare what you're promised with what you actually get. The food in the project comes from German stores, but we don't think the assortment in your or our store is much different. Take a few minutes and look through the gallery before you go grocery shopping next time!
Bon appétit!

27 March 2008




Refractometer
Test your veggies with a refractometer.
Yesterday, and again today, we read a couple of quite disturbing articles in Svenska Dagbladet (Swedish only), our preferred morning read. They were about the fruit and the vegetables we eat, and about how these greens in many cases may look colorful and nutritious, but actually hardly are worth the effort it takes to chew and eat them. Many are so diluted of nutrition that they do not meet the standards set up for the manufacture of fruit juices. Read more on the reports on the latest edition of The Daily Lemon, back to-day from summer recess. So, what does the apparatus above have to do with all this? Well, it is a refractometer (Wiki) that is used to measure the sugar content, Brix, (Wiki) of fruit and vegetables. A high Brix number indicates, among other things, that the fruit or veggie has a sweeter taste, a higher vitamin and mineral content, does not spoil as fast, and has a better resistance to sickness and pests and thus needs less insecticides. A low Brix count is caused by, among other things, not letting the fruit or vegetable ripen, that they have not been exposed to enough sunlight, has been grown in depleted soil, or has been grown too fast. With a refractometer you can check wether the fruit and vegetables in your store is up to par. The refractometer above comes from Technika and is USD 96:- with a calibration certificate. A similar refractometer is to be found on Amazon for USD 89:-.

26 July 2006



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