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I’m all for creativity and inventiveness, but I have to wonder sometimes what gives some creative types the idea that the world needs their creations. I kind of understand the Jumbo Donut Maker. Party food, “gag gift” (in more ways than one) for someone who’s crazy about donuts, novelty, etc.
There are other gadgets, though, that have me either scratching my head or LMAO, as they say. Take, for example, the banana slicer:
I eat a lot of bananas. In fact, my favorite night time snack is a yogurt sundae with sliced bananas. I also like sliced bananas in my cereal, as part of a peanut butter and banana sandwich, and, of course, as the key component in my Memaw’s homemade banana pudding. To summarize: I have experience with sliced bananas! And yet, never in all that sliced-banana-eating did I even notice whether or not the bananas were uniformly sliced. And I’m not sure I want to live in a world where it’s that important.
I apologize if this is a utensil that’s near-and-dear to you, but it seems a bit unnecessary to me. Stand by, there are others…
We also have pizza scissors:
I don’t eat pizza at home that often (well, except the mini pizzas I occasionally make on pita or Orowheat Thins), but if I do purchase a big pie, I have two pizza cutters (one was in a conference swag bag), several spatulas, and somewhere, a pair of kitchen shears. If those don’t work, I have my hands. That should suffice.
And how about the Spaghetti Twirler Fork:
I can see that children might enjoy this, but is it a necessity for the rest of us? Well, apparently so, as one reviewer wrote: “I bought this for my cousin newly entering our all italian family, not knowing how to twirl her spaghetti. She loves it and now everyone doesn’t have to alter our pasta dishes for her.”
I’ll admit I’m an inelegant spaghetti twirler, but I’ve never seen it as a deficiency. If the noodles are a problem, I just use the side of the fork to cut them into a manageable size. (Laugh all you want, proficient twirlers! I can ride a bike and shoot a video at the same time!)
Here’s one I just don’t understand, the Egg Cuber:
According to the product description: “Can’t fill the corners of your egg sandwich?? Boiled eggs keep rolling around your plate?? Solve all your problems with the egg cuber. Simply shell a boiled egg, place in the cuber and then leave in the fridge to cool. Creating the perefect [sic] egg filling for your sandwiches!!”
Ohhhh, now I get it.
Well, no, not really. If my egg is rolling around my plate uncontrollably*, I employ a similar technique to the one I use on noodles and cut it in half with my fork. End rolling. I don’t eat egg sandwiches, but if I did, I’d probably save myself the $6.99 and live with a 1/4″ gap at the corners of the bread. Or if I was feeling Mr. Monk-ish, maybe I’d cut off the vacant corners and save them for croutons.
This is one that makes me laugh: The S’more Maker
I’m sorry, it just looks funny to me. Like something from The Jetsons. It must be a decent product, though, because it has loads of positive comments on Amazon. It appears to be a big hit with kids, who like being able to make their own s’mores. Maybe someone should come up with a Jetsonian green bean maker.
This product annoys me for some reason: The Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster
In terms of difficulty, cooking hot dogs (if you must) and toasting buns is on par with slicing your own bananas! But if it’s something you can’t live without, you need to know that the genius who invented it, who is probably snugged away in a mansion somewhere by now, was a bit single-minded in his approach. The various receptacles hold only regular-sized hot dogs and buns–no room for brats!
This just scratches the surface of wacky kitchen gadgets. I didn’t even get around to the jelly knife, the mayonnaise spreader, and (via Unclutterer) the Dipr, a specially-designed utensil for dipping your Oreo-type sandwich cookies in milk. Perhaps another day.
If I’ve embarrassed you or maimed your feelings by poking fun at one (or more) of your very favorite products, let me make amends by assuring you that I’m not without my own wacky gadget. I give you…
This, my friends, is a specially-designed spoon just for dipping olives from a jar without bringing the juice with it. In case you can’t see it, there’s a tiny hole in the bottom of the tiny spoon that serves as a drain. Allow me to demonstrate:
See? Ever so much better than a regular tablespoon or spearing them with a fork.
I’ve had my olive spoon for about six years and used it (for this purpose) twice, if we count this demo. It’s not particularly useful on a day-to-day basis. (I generally just spear 3 or 6 olives with my fork.) And getting ready for a party using this thing would take a good half day. I have used it as a teensy cookie or cake joy scoop and as a melon baller. Its multi-functionality is the only reason it’s still in my utensil drawer. (I think I bought it so that I could use a big coupon to round up a purchase of something I actually needed .)
Just as with food products, it seems food preparation products have a following that falls into the “there’s a sucker born every minute” category. Guilty as charged. ::Falls on mercy of the court, olive spoon in hand.::
Do you have any wacky kitchen gadgets? Any utensils or appliances you’d feel the need to explain if we saw them? C’mon, I showed you mine!
*presumes I’ve actually plated my boiled egg. To be honest, when I’m home alone, I usually just peel them and eat them by hand. Rest assured that I use a fork when around polite society.