The Spoon Food Tech (Self) Gift Guide to Spend That Holiday Gift Return Money


Sure, some of you might be on the hunt for last minute gift ideas, but at this point you’re probably more in need of a way to spend some of the gift return money. which you will have soon after making this unusual gift. gift from your weird uncle.

Lucky for you, the Spoon team is here to help. We’ve put together a few ideas to help you get your food tech year off to a good start in 2022. And of course, in case you have are shopping for someone special (other than yourself, that is) our recommendations always make great gifts for the food tech fanatic in your life.

Viome – Personalized nutritional intelligence test ($ 99)

Mike: What better time to make a commitment to better health than during the New Year, and one very cutting edge way to do it when it comes to food technology is to sign up for a personalized nutrition service. Perhaps the best known of these new offers is Viome, and now is your chance to take the Viome Gut Intelligence Test for $ 99 (usually $ 299) before midday on December 20 if you use code 2022You. .

Amazing eats – Edible cutlery ($ 8.99 / box)

Mike: If you or someone on your shortlist is passionate about reducing plastic waste, donate edible cutlery! The latest generation of cutlery from the alumni of Smart Kitchen Summit Incredible Eats comes in sweet and savory versions – chocolate and vanilla for desserts, oregano, chili and black pepper for soups and more – and in large and small versions. The next set of Incredible Eats cutlery will ship in January, just in time to help you or your loved one make the New Year’s initiative a reality to stop putting so much plastic in the waste stream.

Based Plant-based cheese ($ 5.99)

Mike: More and more great plant-based cheeses are coming to the market, and one of our favorites is Grounded’s Plant-Based Cheese made from Cauliflower and Hemp Seeds. Goat cheese tastes funky in a good way, cream cheese is very spreadable and tastes the same as cow-based stuff, and cheese-free cheese sauce is a ticket to guilty pleasure without the guilt. for all those who want to relive their glory days in love with nachos (and who doesn’t?). The good news is that the price of this plant-based, direct-to-consumer cheese has dropped by almost half since its launch earlier this year (each cheese now costs $ 5.99 per pack, down from $ 10), so get it. you have one. of each and try them all.

Cometeer frozen coffee ($ 49)

Ashlen: I had the opportunity to try Cometeer’s frozen coffee rings this fall, and I wasn’t lying when I said it was the best thing in my freezer. The company uses its proprietary technology to freeze coffee extract, made from some of the country’s best roasters. We all know a coffee lover in our life, and this is a more unique option than giving them a coffee gift card or a bag of beans. For the end of year celebrations, Cometeer has opened a gift portal to make it easier to send a box of coffee to your loved ones. One box will contain four varieties of coffee from different roasters, for a total of 32 cups of coffee. The company is currently offering a vacation price of $ 49 for a box (including shipping costs).

Hamama microgreen culture system ($ 35- $ 69)

Ashlen: This company claims to offer a “foolproof DIY vegetable garden,” and that’s absolutely correct. Hamama has developed a microgreen system that incorporates its patented, non-GMO seed quilt. The company’s technology allows the user to water the seed duvet only once, then after seven to 10 days the microgreens are ready to harvest. While this system is more rudimentary than other indoor grow systems, it also means that Hamama’s grow kit comes at a lower price. Personally, I think this would be a great gift for a student living in a dorm and hungry for fresh vegetables, or a garden enthusiast living in the city. The Hamama Starter Kit comes with three varieties of seed quilts, with options like broccoli, radish, wheatgrass, clover, and mustard. The company also created a gift portal to streamline the holiday shopping process.

Vodka mishap ($ 24.99 + $ 20 shipping)

Ashlen: Based in Vista, Calif., Misadventure & Company aims to reduce the amount of food waste that goes to landfill by producing vodka from surplus baked goods. The distillery works with the San Diego Food Bank to collect bread, baked goods and pastries, which are not normally distributed to those in need because these items are considered empty calories. While you might not taste the flavors of baked goods and bread in the final product, one of the company’s co-founders claims that the vodka has a “subtle vanilla aroma and silky mouth feel.” Misadventure Vodka is twelve times distilled and contains 40 percent alcohol in alcohol, and it won a gold medal from the American Distilling Institution in 2020. Those who live locally at the distillery can purchase a bottle and do the shipping. anywhere in the country costs $ 20.

Lomi – Smart home composting system ($ 499)

Alan – Lomi ticks all the boxes for anyone on your list who wants to get rid of kitchen waste without the mess and fuss of a traditional composter. With the push of a button, Lomi replaces the messy garbage bags that go curbside if your town even has a green bin recycling program. The net result is that the waste (which includes compostable plastic and even small pieces of watermelon rind) is broken down into “clean” compost that can be used for houseplants and home gardens. An accessory called LomiPod that is thrown away with the waste creates enriched compost. While the next batch of Lomis won’t ship until next year, you can get one by February with a $ 49 deposit.


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