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Finally a gadget that doesn't tempt me

Bethcooks Aug 8, 2010 03:22 PM

Just got the Williams Sonoma catalog with a banana slicer for sale for $9.95. Amazing but true - I am not even tempted.

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  1. pikawicca RE: Bethcooks Aug 8, 2010 03:28 PM

    How lazy do you have to be to want one of these?

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      onceadaylily RE: pikawicca Aug 8, 2010 03:33 PM

      And how many bananas does one have to slice before the task becomes onerous enough to make one toss down the knife, and shout, "Damn it! I'm inventing a banana-slicer! I can't take this any more!"

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        Bethcooks RE: onceadaylily Aug 8, 2010 05:35 PM

        Too funny!

      2. re: pikawicca
        Davwud RE: pikawicca Aug 11, 2010 04:09 AM

        This is designed for the microwave bacon crowd. Can just microwave bacon. Have to have it precooked to microwave it.


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          thew RE: Davwud Aug 11, 2010 06:32 AM


          can you rephrase? im really not sure what your saying. are you saying you have to precook it? you do not.

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            Davwud RE: thew Aug 11, 2010 08:44 AM

            No, you can buy precooked bacon that you just pop into the microwave. Nuke it for a minute or so and it's done. As opposed to regular bacon that'll take a minute or two longer. Basically same procedure though.


      3. John E. RE: Bethcooks Aug 8, 2010 03:42 PM

        Is this one of those yellow plastic things shaped like a banana that has cross pieces that slice the banana about 3/8" thick? I really want to come across one of these things for about $1 someplace (and I probably will because they are so useless). I want ot give one to my uncle. He's kind of funny, he has a banana for breakfast every Tuesday. My aunt doesn't like bananas, so on Friday or Saturday they have to go banana shopping so they can get the right banana so it will be the correct ripeness for Tuesday.

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          Bethcooks RE: John E. Aug 8, 2010 05:33 PM

          No, it is like a giant clip with six blades. You squeeze the handle and the blades cut the banana. It IS yellow and I agree, would make a perfect gift. : ) They will show up in garage sales next summer.

        2. c oliver RE: Bethcooks Aug 8, 2010 04:03 PM

          That's even worse than that thingy for avocados. Sheesh.

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            Bethcooks RE: c oliver Aug 8, 2010 05:30 PM

            I just realized that they also have a strawberry slicer that "transforms a whole strawberry into six perfect slices" for $14.95. I would, of course, only buy it if it adjusts for the size of the strawberry as perfect strawberry slices make a dish. : ) : )

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              c oliver RE: Bethcooks Aug 8, 2010 05:42 PM

              Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I gotta believe that if WS carries it, it's because people buy it.

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                Paulustrious RE: c oliver Aug 11, 2010 03:37 PM

                What a crummy design. One end should be closed so that you don't have to gauge how thick the first first piece is. I'm going to wait until version 2 comes out.

          2. Chemicalkinetics RE: Bethcooks Aug 8, 2010 05:47 PM

            These, right?


            These are classic examples which "the company makes you think you need them"

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              Caroline1 RE: Chemicalkinetics Aug 8, 2010 06:06 PM

              Well, I know what I'm telling Santa I want for Christmas!

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                Chemicalkinetics RE: Caroline1 Aug 8, 2010 06:14 PM

                Which one the banana one or the strawberry one?

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                  Caroline1 RE: Chemicalkinetics Aug 8, 2010 06:23 PM

                  I want both! He passed me over last year when I requested a Ferrari, so one to make up for last year and one for this year.

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                    c oliver RE: Caroline1 Aug 8, 2010 06:35 PM

                    Maybe they come in Ferrari Red!

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                      Caroline1 RE: c oliver Aug 8, 2010 07:01 PM

                      I checked. Just strawberry red and banana yellow. <sigh>

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                        c oliver RE: Caroline1 Aug 8, 2010 07:03 PM


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                Bethcooks RE: Chemicalkinetics Aug 8, 2010 07:16 PM

                Yes, those are the ones. The strawberry one is quite elaborate BUT it is dishwasher safe.

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                  Chemicalkinetics RE: Bethcooks Aug 8, 2010 07:20 PM

                  Yes, but it may need to be taken partially apart to be cleaned thoroughly in the dishwasher.

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                E_M RE: Bethcooks Aug 9, 2010 08:41 AM

                I was digging the egg molds so I could have poached eggs in the shape of a flower.

                I am trying to type this with a straight face.

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                  kpaxonite RE: E_M Aug 10, 2010 01:17 PM

                  they have a daisy shaped one

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                    mpjmph RE: E_M Aug 11, 2010 11:46 AM

                    I gave my mother several sets of pancake molds. She loves them.

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                    Sharuf RE: Bethcooks Aug 10, 2010 04:22 AM

                    Somewhere along the line I acquired an egg slicer. It's occasionally useful, and does a good job on mushrooms as well.

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                      tcamp RE: Sharuf Aug 11, 2010 12:21 PM

                      I have an egg slicer too and find it to be very useful for thinly slicing HB eggs for salads. I am unable to cut them w/o disloding the yoke. But banana slicer I am pretty sure I do not need.

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                        Davwud RE: tcamp Aug 11, 2010 12:40 PM

                        Egg slicer is also good for slicing mushrooms.


                    2. flourgirl RE: Bethcooks Aug 10, 2010 01:05 PM

                      Well at least it's on sale! ;)

                      Seriously, I can't believe people buy stuff like this. And I'm not exactly a minimalist.

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                        kpaxonite RE: Bethcooks Aug 10, 2010 01:09 PM

                        I have an apple slicer that also cores the apple... i love it
                        and an egg slicer which i use sometimes.

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                          flourgirl RE: kpaxonite Aug 10, 2010 01:36 PM

                          I have an apple slicer like that and I love it as well - use it to make apple tarts and stuff all the time - but I love it because it's a big time saver and does a job I can't do nearly as well or as easily with a knife.

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                            c oliver RE: kpaxonite Aug 10, 2010 04:34 PM

                            I used to have an apple corer that I eventually got rid of. Apple cores, like everything else, aren't all the same size. So I was having to trim it up anyway.

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                              flourgirl RE: c oliver Aug 10, 2010 05:00 PM

                              My apple slicer and corer is one of those gizmos that attaches to a table edge and has a hand crank. It doesn't really matter what size the apple's core is. I use it when I need real thin slices for things like tarts, apple cakes, etc.


                          2. Caroline1 RE: Bethcooks Aug 10, 2010 09:32 PM

                            That gadget is for beginners! I have one that will turn a freshly peeled hot hard boiled egg into a cube! Peel egg, insert into mold, screw down cap, cool. If I wanted to, I could glaze them with a gelee, put truffle dots on them, glaze again, and serve them as a lucky roll of the dice for a gambling party hors d'ouvre! That beats a banana slicer all to hell! '-)

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                              E_M RE: Caroline1 Aug 11, 2010 03:15 AM

                              That I must have. Who made it?

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                                flourgirl RE: Caroline1 Aug 11, 2010 05:19 AM

                                ahahahahahaha!!!! That is SO great!!! Where did you get it?!?

                                edit: oh wait, is it the..... Egg-citing Egg Cuber?!?

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                                  buttertart RE: Caroline1 Aug 11, 2010 06:23 AM

                                  That puppy (egg cuber) has been around since the '70's. I remember it being an object of fascination at a party where everything was just that little bit more fascinating than it would ordinarily be. Quite cute!

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                                    Caroline1 RE: buttertart Aug 11, 2010 09:13 AM

                                    I think I bought mine in the 70s! flourgirl, I Googled Egg-citing Egg Cuber, and it looks just like mine, except mine is made of "yolk yellow" clear plastic." Or maybe it just yellowed with age? LOL! No, it was yellow when I bought it.

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                                      mpjmph RE: buttertart Aug 11, 2010 11:48 AM

                                      That has to be the best euphemistic party description ever.

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                                      gnomatic RE: Caroline1 Aug 11, 2010 03:51 PM

                                      At japanese dollar stores, you can get hard boiled egg shapers to shape eggs into weird shapes like cars, fish, bears etc. I think they are used for kid's bento boxes.

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                                      smkit RE: Bethcooks Aug 11, 2010 11:39 AM

                                      Well, even though it is a worthless gadget, at least it is an improvement over version one.

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                                        Chemicalkinetics RE: smkit Aug 11, 2010 11:41 AM

                                        But version one looks so much less expensive.

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                                          smkit RE: Chemicalkinetics Aug 11, 2010 12:01 PM

                                          That is true, but you will have to shop for the perfect sized bananas.

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                                            Chemicalkinetics RE: smkit Aug 11, 2010 12:14 PM

                                            :) You know what is funny? Bring this banana slicer to your next grocey shopping, measure the banana against this slicer to determine if you can buy the banana. Almost like shopping for shoes. I think the store employee would think you are crazy if you do this.

                                      2. Paulustrious RE: Bethcooks Aug 11, 2010 03:43 PM

                                        Let's be fair. It is less dangerous than a mandoline. It also does a reasonable job with par-boiled zuccini and pre-cooked skinned frankfurters.

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                                          iyc_nyc RE: Paulustrious Aug 11, 2010 06:08 PM

                                          I'll be defender #2. I like to slice up many bananas at a time to freeze for smoothies later -- well, actually I really DON'T like to do this task and this slicer looks kinda appealing, if only I had the drawer space...

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