Breakfast Breakthroughs


The Rube Goldberg-esque automated breakfast cooking machine is a pop culture staple.
The comically convoluted gadgets are like shorthand for mad scientist. Think of Doc Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy; the father/inventor in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; even Pee Wee Herman got one in his Big Adventure. Toast, coffee, juice, and eggs at the push of a button is the holy grail of kitchen technology. Here are some recent kitchen innovations that take us a few steps closer to that reality.


The Cuisinart Egg Cooker handles up to seven eggs at a time. It hulks futuristically on your countertop where it boils or poaches to the precise consistency.

. The Dough-Nu-Matic automatically forms, fries, and drains mini-doughnuts in under a minute. It drops the finished doughnuts into a receptacle at the end, but you’ll be tempted to position your gaping yaw directly beneath.

Is there any better way to wake up than to the sizzle and smell of bacon? Before bed, you slide frozen bacon strips into the cooking drawer of the Wake n’ Bacon alarm clock/bacon cooker. The 10 minutes cooking time is better than a snooze button.
. If you’ve ever tried to make pancakes for a crowd, you’ll appreciate the ChefStack. It’s a fully automated pancake maker that can crank out a flapjack every 18 seconds—that’s right, 180 pancakes per hour.
It’s only 3 functions but we’re getting close with the toaster oven-hot plate-coffee maker combination that is the Maxi-Matic EBK-200 Elite Cuisine 3-in-1 Breakfast Station 4-Cup Coffee Maker.
See the modern-day Rube Goldbergs who took a Craigslist curb alert’s-worth of castoffs and spare parts to create an all-chain reaction breakfast-maker. It scrambles eggs, juices oranges, brews coffee, makes toast, and plates the whole thing up with jam, meat, and cheese. A single push of a button sends an egg rolling from a chicken cage down a chute and onto a hot plate where it breaks and cooks.  Simultaneously, a coffee grinder is dropping freshly ground beans into a cup while water boils, oranges are squeezed into a juice glass, and a loaf of bread rides on a conveyor belt for slicing and then drops into a toaster. When it pops, the toast moves to a butter and jam paint roller. The toast and scrambled egg drop onto a plate on a sliding tray where they are joined by juice and coffee. Voila, breakfast!
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2 Responses to Breakfast Breakthroughs

  1. Monet says:

    Smile. This was so fun to look through. It is amazing what some people come up with. Thank you for sharing…I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of good eating and fun!

  2. peggy says:

    Definitely some wild gadgets out there! We’ve come a long way from the toaster!

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