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Cooking dice

Nov 9 —  One of the ways I recharge is by creating stuff. On my day off from work, I tried making something I had never made before — dice! Except, these were fun dice to help with cooking. I can never think of anything to cook, and I was inspired by seeing some food dice on the web. I thought I would make my own and expand upon the idea.

After this project, I think I should be called the Master of Meticulous Madness. I can’t believe I like making these types of projects. They are soooo much work. Seeing as I had never done anything like this before, it was a bit of a challenge. I don’t think I would like to make any more though!

First I got a bag of blank dice from Amazon.

Then I used Illustrator to design little dice graphics using food pictures and text, including crop marks. This all fit on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.

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I already had full-page self-adhesive paper at home, so I ran it through the printer. Unfortunately, the toner would rub off after a while, so I covered each row with carefully-cut transparent tape.

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Then I cut each sticker out with an Xacto knife.

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Because the stickers were so small, I also used the tip of my Xacto to apply the sticker onto the face of the die.

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In the end… ta-da! Cooking dice!

 

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The basic set has one die for the cooking method (the one with the black pictures), and the others are various items of proteins, condiments, spices and flavorings.

 

 

 

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There are other categories too, like seasonal vegetables (one for each season)…

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…a set for making salad…

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…and my favorite, Asian food. 🙂

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I also made breakfast, canned food, fruit, carbs, dairy, and pizza! Albert found a nice box at Ace Hardware that I could keep my dice in in.

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Other than buying the dice from Amazon, everything else I used to make them was stuff I had lying around at home.

Ironically, after all this work, I have never actually used them yet. My design class got super busy with 15-20 hours of homework a week, work had stage design, Christmas decorating and Christmas Eve service prep (besides planning worship services every week), and now I am in recovery mode. Since I have a few days off these next two weeks I will give them a try. Hopefully they can help my indecisive nature.

At least they were fun to make! Even if they were a bit meticulous…

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3 Comments

  • Reply Glen Nielsen

    Love how they all stand at attention for you … Have they been useful? I guess if you buy food for the week ahead you would have to sit down & roll a bunch of times before you go shopping. Curious to see how these pan out …

    December 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm
    • Reply Angela Yee

      I finally gave them a try tonight and we had a delicious and simple dinner. They do work wonderfully! 🙂

      December 30, 2013 at 8:26 pm
  • Reply Brenda Seek

    Any chance you would be willing to share the document you created? This is a fabulous idea.

    September 5, 2015 at 11:55 am
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