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Finally a gadget that doesn't tempt me

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

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    1. re: pikawicca

      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!"

      1. re: pikawicca

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

        DT

        1. re: Davwud

          ?????

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

          1. re: thew

            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.

            DT

      2. 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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        1. re: John E.

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

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          1. re: c oliver

            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. : ) : )

            1. re: Bethcooks

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

              1. re: c oliver

                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. These, right?

            http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...
            http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

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

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            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

              1. re: Caroline1

                Which one the banana one or the strawberry one?

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  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.

                    1. re: c oliver

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

              2. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                1. re: Bethcooks

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

              3. 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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                  1. re: E_M

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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: Sharuf

                      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.

                      1. re: tcamp

                        Egg slicer is also good for slicing mushrooms.

                        DT

                    2. Well at least it's on sale! ;)

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

                      1. 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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                        1. re: kpaxonite

                          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.

                          1. re: kpaxonite

                            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.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              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.

                              http://www.amazon.com/R-Industries-59...

                          2. 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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                            1. re: Caroline1

                              That I must have. Who made it?

                              1. re: Caroline1

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

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

                                1. re: Caroline1

                                  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!

                                  1. re: buttertart

                                    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.

                                    1. re: buttertart

                                      That has to be the best euphemistic party description ever.

                                    2. re: Caroline1

                                      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.

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

                                       
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                                      1. re: smkit

                                        But version one looks so much less expensive.

                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                                          1. re: smkit

                                            :) 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. 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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                                        1. re: Paulustrious

                                          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...