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Embarrassing gadget you love?

I'm sure this has been done before--because there is nothing new under the sun--but on this site you can either resurrect an old thread if you can find it, and be reminded that "this thread is 30 years old. I'm sure the OP is dead by now" OR you can start a new thread and be given 25 links to older threads just like it. I choose the latter.

What embarrassing gadget (perhaps something you ordered off the TV or bought in Bed Bath and Beyond) do you find indispensable in your kitchen?

I gave my son a bagel guillotine for Christmas because I didn't want him chopping his hands up trying to slice his bagel each morning and we all LOVE it. Best gadget I've bought in a long time. It doesn't get washed enough because someone always needs it dry to slice a roll or bagel.

My experience with this kitschy device has been so positive that I'm considering buying a George Foreman grill. How about you?

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  1. George Foreman Grill is awesome.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Agreed. I'm on my fourth Foreman (I'm a lot kinder to ol' George now than I was to the first two). Does what it says it will, quickly, easily.

    2. Who considers a bagel slicer to be kitschy? It does what it was designed to do and it does it very well.

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      1. re: ferret

        ... and more often than not saves you a trip to the emergency room.

        1. re: ferret

          Glad to hear this. I bought it on a whim, mainly because it had "guillotine" in the name, btu after using it a few months, I can't believe we risked our lives (or at least our fingers) for so long.

          1. re: Isolda

            I have a friend who is a hand surgeon and he says people who slice bagels in their hands are his bread and buttah.

            1. re: runwestierun

              I've heard the same from a hand surgeon. The accidents tend to happen when it's a frozen bagel that someone is trying to separate before toasting.

          2. re: ferret

            I agree. Ours is the "Bagel Biter" -- and we love it. We gave one to friends one year and they were thrilled. If you like bagels, even if you don't have them often, it's so handy. Once the kids are old enough to keep their hands out of the blade area, it allows them to slice their own too.

            Funny just coming across this thread now -- we had our "Biter" out just yesterday for the first time in a while. (Just haven't had as many bagels recently.)

          3. Fasta Pasta. It's a plastic box, for heaven's sake! But it's quick, there's less clean up (drain using the lid, no colander needed) and it's dishwasher safe.

            http://www.fastapastacooker.com/

            1. I bought a mini decorative broom and dustpan that match the one I have for the kitchen floor. It hangs on a suction cup on the side of the cupboard with a suction cup. It is great for sweeping up crumbs after dinner off the table and counter tops (especially under the toaster oven) before wiping down. The kids have no excuse for missing or letting crumbs fall to the floor. The best part $1.00 at the buck store.

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              1. re: 02putt

                That sounds excellent and quite possibly, fun to use.

              2. Things that making opening cans EASY! The CanDo (was that the Seen on TV name) as simple place on can, press on and it rolls around the can. Such a GREAT help when my Mom broke her wrist, does such a great job, it is now the one can-opener in the kitchen.
                Then there is this thing that makes those pop up the pull off can lids easy. Got it at a thrift store, no idea of name/maker.
                Finally, "as seen on TV" now sold in Dollar store, a closed band with teeth on the inside (sort looks like a gear band) can get a grip on my size lid top and get that sucker off!