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Jul 20, 2003 05:54 AM

The World's Most Useless Kitchen Gadget

  • r

My nomination is the "Octodog" which takes an ordinary hot dog and transforms (mutates?) it into an octopus. Why? I don't know.


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  1. I think that looks cool!

    Actually, a friend with kids taught my mom how to make slits in hot dogs so they come out looking like hot dog men after they're boiled. My mom has taught every friend she has, and they've all become much more popular with their grandkids. They'd probably flip over the octodog!

    1. Just a couple of weeks ago there was a thread on the LA Board in which Patty told us about the secret "flying octopus" you can order at Hot Dog on a Stick.


      1. q
        Queen of Hearts

        Back in the days, when my mom used to make me bento lunches for school (when I still had that Hello Kitty lunch box), she used to make me little 'octopus' hotdogs too. You don't need a fancy gadget to make the legs, though; just slice the hotdogs and boil.
        The other highlight in my lunches were the little rabbit apple slices. She would partially leave the apple skins on so it would look just like bunny ears. I really miss those days!

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        1. re: Queen of Hearts


          And now I know what to have for lunch tomorrow!

          -An octopus hotdog with bunny ear apples and a cubed egg.

          Useless my fanny, how much more fun could you get?

          Ah, this reminds me of a Mickey Mouse toaster, was it? Some sort of a press maybe, that imprints his trademarked mug on your white bread. Can't recall what it was exactly, but I used it only once, maybe twice.

          1. re: Spoony Bard

            There's also a "Hello Kitty" toaster that imprints Hello Kitty on each slice. That was #1 on my older daughter's Christmas wish list last year. (She's pushing 35 and a University professor in digital media arts). I came through for her, and she hosted a New Year's brunch with a Hello Kitty theme.

            1. re: Gary Soup

              There's even a Hello Kitty personal vibrator. Oops! I guess that belongs on Not About Food...

              1. re: GG Mora

                Very funny. Thanks for the laugh!

              2. re: Gary Soup

                I have one of those! It does a fine job toasting her face on the bread. My husband is not so crazy about it, however.

              3. re: Spoony Bard

                speaking of toasters, a few years ago, someone at MIT invented one that downloads the day's local weather forecast, then burns an iconic image of the forecast onto the toast.

            2. t
              torta basilica

              Sur l' Table's avocado slicer - even they admit they don't use it. Starts out great, then smooshes it all up tring to pull the thing out at the smaller end.

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              1. re: torta basilica

                I've not had a problem with it. I got one at A Southern Season last spring in Chapel Hill. It is not something that i use a lot but it does not take up that much room and does a nice even good job for me.

                1. re: Candy
                  torta basilica

                  How do you pull it out of the small end without mashing it all up?

                  1. re: torta basilica

                    It must be in the way I'm holding the avacado. I do hold it in my hand and use the slicer at a slant then cut down and move it in an upward motion as I near the narrow end. I'll have to go buy an avacado and anaylze exactly what I do. But, I don't mess up the end at all.

              2. j
                JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                I'm going to have to go with the Egg Cuber. It's a little plastic box that you put a hot hard-boiled egg into. Once it cools, you slide the egg out and it retains the square shape. I'm sure it's amusing, but it looks like it would be more difficult than it should be to use, and what would you do with a square egg anyway?

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                1. re: JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                  I had an egg cuber when I was little, and a friend recently bought me one to refresh those childhood memories.

                  It only makes one at a time, but if you get a bunch of them, it does have a use - deviled eggs that don't roll away!