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Crazy gadget melts cold butter sticks into instant spray

Believe it's butter. The handheld Biem gadget melts those pesky sticks on demand for your cooking convenience.

Biem sprayer
Butter, meet popcorn.

Ever gazed longingly at a stick of butter and thought, "If only I could instantaneously transform that cold hunk of dairy into a gorgeous mist of warm buttery goodness?" Entrepreneur Doug Foreman, founder of Beanitos snack chips, had that thought and did something about it.

Foreman's invention is called "the biēm," but that diacritical mark over the "e" is too much to deal with, so we'll refer to it as "Biem" from here on out. Biem is currently raising funds on Kickstarter.

Butter has long been the king of first-world kitchen problems. It's so delicious, but it's cold when you take it out of the fridge and it can be a pain to try to spread around, as it tears up your toast and leaves a tasty but unsightly mess. Don't even get me started on the hot-corn conundrum. Biem wants to solve all of that.

You insert an entire stick of butter inside the canister-shaped Biem. Press the button and out the butter comes in the form of a spray. If the gadget works as advertised, you won't have to go to the store and buy those weird butter-flavored oil sprays ever again.

If you're one of those people who's avoiding butter for some reason, you can alternatively load Biem with cooking oil and use the spray feature that way. Foreman promises the patent-pending nozzle won't clog. The device has a rechargeable battery and can be stored out or in the refrigerator.

Biem is going for a $99 (about £70) early-bird pledge price. Yes, that's a bit pricey for a kitchen gadget, but your desire to pay is probably directly related to your level of passion for butter.

So how well does Biem really work? We'll have to wait for the customer reviews to roll in if the Kickstarter project is successful. The newly launched project has raised just over $6,000 toward a $42,000 (about £30,000) goal with 31 days to run. As usual, keep in mind that not all crowdfunding projects deliver on time or as promised. But butter. Melty, sprayed butter. Butter.