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Cool new kitchen technologies for families

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Go, go kitchen gadgets!

Family fun in the kitchen can be a lot more, well, fun with the latest kitchen technologies that seem born from families with kids who love to help in the kitchen. Check out these cool new kitchen technologies for families.

Kitche gadgets

1The RSVP Slip-on spout

If "Let me pour it!" is a big kid request in your household, breathe easy. The RSVP Slip-on spout makes simple (and mess-free!) work of letting your kids take over this task. The slip-on spout ensures liquids (aka pancake batter) don't spill as you (ahem, your child) transfers it. It clips on to bowls, pots or pans and it's heat resistant up to 400 degrees F.

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2NewlineNY Cookbook Protector/Stand

Whether it's your cherished cookbook passed down from your great grandma or your new copy of Gwyneth Paltrow's My Father's Daughter, protect your recipe collections from your kids' (and your own!) spills and splatter with the NewlineNY Cookbook Stand with Glass Page Protector. The glass page protector keeps your recipe visible… and clean! When you are not using it, it acts as a great way to display a fave cookbook.

3iTouchless Trash Can with 3D Carbon Filter

A high-tech trash can? Yep, we went there. And what's not to love? The iTouchless Odorless Touchless Trashcan with 3D Carbon Filter is the first trash can with a sensor as well as the 3D CFG (Carbon Filter Gate) deodorizer to defuse stinky smells that tend to waft from the kitchen trash. The 3D filter maximizes odor absorption, and the hands-free element eliminates kids' contact with the dirt and bacteria that are making their home out of your garbage can.

4Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

A slow cooker is a busy family's best friend. And the Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker takes crock pot cooking to a whole new level. It encompasses three auto-cook options – program, manual or probe – complete with digital display. If you've programmed your slow cooker for a specific time, it'll then switch to a keep-warm setting so your food won't overcook or dry out. It even includes fun accessories like the clip-on spoon, clip-tight gasket lids and full-grip handles so you can transport your slow cooker for parties and pot lucks.

5The Pizza Pro

Family pizza night just got a little easier! This must-have gadget will have you wishing you came up with it – kitchen shears with a spatula attached! The pizza scissors and spatula allows you to slice your piece of the pie without losing your cheese or tearing toppings from the remainder of the pizza.

6Microwave S'mores Maker

What kid doesn't love this camp-time favorite? But you don't have to sleep in a tent by a campfire to enjoy the best part about camping – the s'mores! With Progressive's Microwave S'mores maker, your family can be scarf down this yummy chocolate/graham cracker/marshmallow concoction in a mere 30 seconds (and you don't even have to scour your campsite for the perfect "roasting stick.") The product's water reservoir ensures even heating every time. No burnt marshmallows!

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