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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: ipsedixit

          ...on a Sunday morning.

        2. 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!

                1. My onion glasses.

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                  1. re: luvsummer

                    would love to see a pic of that one. Do you wear rubber gloves as well? Dexter comes to mind! :)

                    1. re: 02putt

                      Mine are pink, thank you very much! See http://www.amazon.com/RSVP-Internatio...

                      I buy rubber gloves, but can't seem to remember to use them--and my hands show it. I *did* just buy some pinkish-red silicone potholders.

                      1. re: luvsummer

                        Those lsilicone potholders are among my favorite daily-use things. You either love them or hate them (they're less flexible than cloth). I have a hinged one that compensates for the inflexibility a bit. What I love is that you can use them even while they, or your hands, are wet.

                        1. re: luvsummer

                          Not to make fun of you but I am crying with laughter imagining people wearing these.

                          1. re: clint1245

                            The would not look as silly, as one of my customer told me, as he was delightedly purchasing them, as he did when wearing a diving mask and snorkel to chop onions. It is too bad that they won't fit over glasses. Most of us who wear contact lenses don't need the Onion Goggles.

                            1. re: Candy

                              So true about the contact wearers, since such little is covered and works so well, makes me wonder about all those other "methods". But after a good many years of wearing contacts then going back to glasses, the first time I chopped onions I was so agast! that I thought something was wrong with me, then I remembered, *sob*

                              1. re: Quine

                                I find if I keep my mouth open a little when chopping them I don't suffer, even w/o contacts. It's a rare onion that bothers me in the least.
                                A Benriner or similar slicer also works, I suppose because it's very sharp and fewer cells are crushed.

                              2. re: Candy

                                The mask and snorkel works well. I just find the fins a little clumsy.

                              3. re: clint1245

                                Not to make fun of you but I am crying with laughter imagining people wearing these.
                                ~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                ahh, but the people wearing them *aren't* crying from onions.

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  They are very odd looking and are laughable.

                              4. re: luvsummer

                                I just ordered the pink onion glasses. I must admit, I have been using my swim goggles for as long as I can remember. These will be much kinder to my hair. Thanks for the link.

                            2. re: luvsummer

                              I second the onion glasses, I love my bright green ones!!!!!!!

                              1. re: luvsummer

                                My daughter would LOVE those! She likes to cook, but has to ask me to chop the onions because she tears up so much, it's actually blinding. I don't get it--I sneeze when I chop onions and cry when I grind pepper.

                                1. re: Isolda

                                  I've taken to using sweet onions only. They don't do the number on my eyes that red onions, my decades-long favorites, do.

                                2. re: luvsummer

                                  LOL .... OMG I am sorry but that is just too much. :-) So while I am having a good laugh at your expense, may I please also offer a suggestion to help?

                                  Use a thin-bladed knife and get it REALLY sharp. This way, the cells of the onion are cleanly cut instead of crushed, which will dramatically reduce those nasty gases and their undesirable after-effects. I hope this helps!

                                3. It slices, it dices, it halves, it quarters, it pierces!!!

                                  I don't consider this embarrassing at all, but I do know lots of folks who think they're a waste - an "egg slicer". Mine has the micro-thin wires for making perfect thin slices of hardboiled eggs, as well as halve them, quarter them, dice them, & even has a sharp "pin" to pierce raw eggshells before hardboiling.

                                  Even if I don't make hardboiled eggs all the time, when I do, I definitely find this tool invaluable to process them the way I need them for whatever I'm using them for.

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                                  1. re: Breezychow

                                    Love my egg slicer!
                                    BTW, it's also handy for slicing fresh mozzarella, too soft for the knife.

                                    1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                      Which ones do you all have, and is yours durable and easy to clean? Can't find one without reviews complaining about it being hard to clean, easy to break, etc.

                                      1. re: iyc_nyc

                                        I have sliced mushrooms in mine, I would never be without one.

                                        1. re: iyc_nyc

                                          Amco makes a pretty sturdy egg slicer. My version has two hinged parts strung with wire so it can do both thin cross-sectional slices as well as sectioning into six slices. One of the rubber footpads on mine was missing when I bought it, so I removed the other two and replaced them with little 3M half-sphere bumpers which give even better traction.

                                        2. re: eclecticsynergy

                                          There is a large version of an egg slicer made for cutting soft cheeses. It does a great job. Last month when I was making some sandwich cookies, inspiration struck. The cookied dough was to be rolled and sliced. I measured the width of the slicer 4" and cut the dough logs into that length and proceeded to slice them with the slicer. Perfect cookies that were perfectly even in depth and size

                                           
                                      2. I've been looking at that TV ad for something called the Chef's Basket. Went to the website, but you have to pay processing for 2, which raised the price crazily. Would like to see something similar in a real store and give it a try.

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                                        1. re: pine time

                                          Hi Pine Time,

                                          I saw those wire baskets at Bed Bath & Beyond. They remind me of the tiered baskets, held together by lightweight chain, that were sold decades ago to hold produce in the kitchen. Which, by the way, weren't strong enough to be particularly useful.

                                          Lucy

                                          1. re: pine time

                                            Target sells them.

                                            1. re: pine time

                                              I hadn't seen the ad, so I was curious and looked it up. If it helps, here's a little "review" on a consumer news item:

                                              http://www.wicu12.com/news/index.vnss...

                                              1. re: eamcd

                                                Thanks for the review link, eamcd. Part of its appeal for me is the foldability. May use my Bed Bath & Beyond discount coupon and give it a try. Altho' the deal with hubby is that for every new gadget I haul into the house, one must go out to Salvation Army!

                                                1. re: pine time

                                                  I was going to say that the chef's basket is an old item, rediscovered (and big bucks for it too) by the ShamWow crowd, Was going to say, look in thrift stores. You could get a win won! You find it in a thrift store it's ain' t "new" and you will pay alot less.

                                                  Those slam chop thingies have been around since about when I was born in the 50's!

                                                  Thrift stores are the way I see if the product really works, if it starts showing up in thrift stores fast and often, step away from the TV remote. :-)

                                            2. I'm curious about hotly marketed gadgets of yore, the things that were EVERYWHERE--until they weren't, or at least until they turn up at yard sales. One I never tried, but was always skeptical about, was that miracle defroster that was supposed to defrost food quickly. What ever happened to that, and did it really work?

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                                              1. re: luvsummer

                                                Oh my God - talk about a blast from the past! I HAD one of those tv-advertised defroster plates way back when, & amazingly enough, it did work. It came in very handy before we had a microwave. Don't know what happened to it, but I'm sure it's stored away somewhere around here.

                                                1. re: luvsummer

                                                  Don't know anything about the miracle defroster, but one heavily advertised utensil I love is the Perfect Beaker, an awesome measuring cup that I adore. I buy one every time I see it at a yard sale because I use them all the time and the markings eventually wear off.

                                                  1. re: Isolda

                                                    I have had one of these for 10 years and was so impressed that I bought one for my sister as a gift. Very handy, as I sometimes cook from German cookbooks (in addition to my American ones).

                                                  2. re: luvsummer

                                                    I purchased the Miracle Thaw years ago for my mom. She swears by it and still uses it to this day.

                                                    1. re: luvsummer

                                                      I turn my copper saute pan upside down and use that as my 'miracle defroster'. All you need is something that'll conduct heat from the air into your food, kind of like a radiator in reverse.

                                                      1. re: ThreeGigs

                                                        yep. my granite countertop works like a charm!

                                                        1. re: ThreeGigs

                                                          Huh. Will the bottom of a Revereware saute pan work? Or is that not enough copper?

                                                          1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                            I just noticed this thread. The miracle defroster is simply an aluminum tray. I bought one from a catalog years ago (I was layed up after back surgery and went nuts with a catalog. This was in the early stages of the WWW and there was not yet much in the way of commerce on the internet, thank goodness). Anyway, I don't know what happened to it, but to speed up defrosting of meat we just put it on a half-sheet pan. The aluminum conducts the cold from the meat and too the pan. I flip the meat onto a warm part of the pan a couple of times as the meat thaws.

                                                            1. re: John E.

                                                              A granite counter top also works quite well for defrosting food.

                                                              1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                True but if one has the time, it's best to slowly defrost meat in the fridge. It's not always an option though.

                                                              2. re: John E.

                                                                Thanks so much for answering. It's disheartening to ask a question here (especially a naive one like mine) and never get an answer! I do understand the principle now.

                                                        2. I have a Slap Chop and it's been more useful than I expected.

                                                          Many of us will have seen the ad, with Vince the ShamWow guy. A DJ put a dance beat behind it and used Autotune to give the voice musical pitch; it's kitschy but kinda catchy.

                                                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9w-XE...

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                                                          1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                            The Slap Chop got 2 stars on Amazon reviews, with 59 1-star ratings as compared with 14 5-star ratings. Just curious - what do you like so much about it and do you have thoughts on why the reviews are so consistently negative?

                                                            1. re: iyc_nyc

                                                              Hiya- just revisited this thread after long absence. I've found the SlapChop is handy for small quantities and really easy to rinse clean.

                                                              Make no mistake, this is a cheap gadget. Certainly not high quality manufacture and the blade isn't particularly sharp- these two factors earned its low approval ratings, I'm sure. No good at all for ripe tomatoes, for instance, or fresh parsley. And its capacity is quite small.

                                                              But I'm often cooking for one and prefer minimal cleanup. There are better choppers out there; if and when mine breaks I'll probably get one of those. I was just saying that it's an embarrassing gadget that's been more useful than expected.

                                                              1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                I have a similar gadget from Pampered Chef. Yes, I went to one of those gadget parties and bought this thing. However, I've had it at least 10 years, and it is in very good shape. I don't use it every week, maybe twice a month, so perhaps that accounts for its longevity. But when I need it, it works.

                                                              2. re: iyc_nyc

                                                                i've heard that it's actually useful for chopping up nuts.

                                                                Not that i'd have any personal experience.

                                                            2. My mom has a magic bullet, and we were all obsessed with it. Margaritas made to order! Smoothies made to order! Alcoholic smoothies! It really was pretty great, until it stopped working. Although I should know better by now, I'd really like to get one for myself.

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                                                              1. re: caseyjo

                                                                My impulse buy was the Thunder Stick which I bought many years ago after watching many infomercial at 2am. Turned out to be an invaluable tool. About 1/3rd the price of other fancy immersion blenders. The motor was so strong, I added a $10 dimmer switch and then it became a variable speed immersion blender. Absolutely wonderful tool - came with a food pro like attachment, a dry spice grinder, and 4 blades to use as an immersion blender. Love it.

                                                                1. re: caliking

                                                                  Oh, I had completely forgot that I bought the Thunder Stick, too. Problem was, the button was defective and I got a mild shock every time I used it--not a good thing when blending wet ingredients. I superglued the danged button back together, and have used it regularly every since. However, the ad showed how simple it was to make peanut butter--no way, did NOT work for that. Otherwise, a cheap, good basic immersion blender.

                                                                  1. re: caliking

                                                                    I bought a Thunder Stick as well. The design is very much a copy of the Bamix IB. I have a Bamix now but the Thunder Stick worked well for me for nearly 10 yrs before falling apart. The blades fit the Bamix as well as the other accessories.

                                                                2. This isn't really a cooking device rather a storage device. My mother-in-law had pie wedge savers from Tupperware. They fit individual pie pieces (triangular) for freezing. She has since past and my father-in-law still goes on about them as he cannot find them. I tried Tupperware and they don't seem to carry them or anyone there is too young to remember them. I have searched the internet to no avail and dollar stores. Although they do carry pizza wedge containers. (Fantastic for freezing pizza slices but to wide and shallow for pie pieces)

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                                                                  1. re: 02putt

                                                                    There are a bunch of used ones on eBay. Lots in purple!

                                                                    1. re: luvsummer

                                                                      thanks I'll check it out.

                                                                    2. re: 02putt

                                                                      Tupperware also had hamburger patty maker/storage thingamabobs. The base of one was the lid for the next. Mom bought a bunch at a yard sale ages back, and I used them regularly back in my bachelor days. Yeah, I could have just formed patties and frozen them, but the Tupperware forms were too convenient, and made a well sized burger to boot.

                                                                    3. I have 2 things I use a LOT:

                                                                      The Ove-Glove. It looks like a gimmick, but it is darned handy. But, don't get it wet then pick up a hot pan, the water will quickly transfer the heat to your fingers.

                                                                      A cordless BBQ thermometer. We use it for cooking just about everything in the oven or on the grille. This is the one I bought:

                                                                      http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-Scientif...

                                                                      I tried several other brands, they were all junk. This one never fails to work. Turn it on, wait a minute, it syncs. Select your meat type, stick the probe in, go back to cooking the side dishes. It starts squawking when "it's almost done!", which I discovered by accident that you can silence. I feel like I'm cheating when I use it, but the thing has never let me down with overcooked food on the grille.

                                                                      1. This was also a few CHer's nomination for 'most useless gadget' on that board, but I love it: banana slicer (available at WS). It slices a banana into clean, perfect, beautiful slices in two movements, w/o getting your hands all covered in banana (mush).

                                                                        1. Hi all,

                                                                          The recent Tupperware posts reminded me of this.

                                                                          My Tupperware powdered sugar storage/sifter with the little handle on top. You rotate the handle and the sugar sifts out the bottom. I've had it since the late '60s. Don't know if they still make them.

                                                                          Indispensable!

                                                                          Lucy

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                                                                          1. re: I used to know how to cook...

                                                                            thanks to chowhound I just won the pie wedge savers from Ebay I was talking about. And I do have the hamburger thingy's. I use them for all types of patties. Falafels, sausage, potato pankcakes etc.

                                                                          2. -Tupperware pickle keeper.
                                                                            -Ginsu knife set, got as a wedding gift in 1988 (great gag gift-we laughed). Ummm...I still use the steak knives 24 yrs. later, the rest are still around...somewhere.
                                                                            -Pro V mandoline slicer, very sturdy and a good variety of blades.
                                                                            Hammy

                                                                            1. A Chop and Stir. When we got those in I was dubious. Yeah another gadget. After selling a bunch of them I finally broke down and bought one for myself. It is a gadget with a long handle and X blades at the bottom. It is made of (I think) nylon, so safe on all pan surfaces. Put ground beef, or what ever, in a pan or skillet and use the C&S to break whatever it is you are cooking apart. If works very efficiently and quickly.

                                                                              1. My FIL has the Ronco Rotisserie..you know, Set it and forget it! He loves it.

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                                                                                1. re: FoodChic

                                                                                  Malcolm Gladwell wrote a fascinating piece about the rotisserie and other gadgets by Ron Popeil. It's at http://www.gladwell.com/2000/2000_10_....

                                                                                  1. re: luvsummer

                                                                                    Good article. Thank you for sharing.

                                                                                    I could never bring myself to by one of those things. I saw my FIL's and it is incredibly cheap in construction. He loves it and has used it for years.

                                                                                2. Tupperware orange peeler. I love that thing so much that I have a whole stack of them. My parents keep coming to my house and stealing them from me.

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                                                                                  1. re: anonymoose

                                                                                    Oh yeah! Those are great!

                                                                                  2. A nonstick box grater. When we lost our first one years ago I actually appealed to this board to help me find a new one (eventually found one at Zabar's).

                                                                                    And my sister-in-law loves a tiny (thimble-sized) box grater she got as a gag gift many years ago - it turns out it's perfect for slicing and grating garlic.

                                                                                    1. My three most embarrassing-but-beloved kitchen items were stolen when our other home was burglarized.

                                                                                      1, Ginsu knife. Bought c. 1981, it stayed sharp for 25+ years.
                                                                                      2. Popeil pasta machine. We used it weekly for years and never got anything but perfect pasta.
                                                                                      3. Zac E-Z-Rol garlic peeler. Little rubber tube. Worked well. Sure sign of absolute laziness and kitchen gadget addiction.

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                                                                                      1. re: KansasKate

                                                                                        My Breville Muffin Magic. It makes three perfect little muffins at a time. One Betty Crocker muffin packet is the perfect size to fill them up. I really do need to find a good recipe for it though.

                                                                                        1. re: KansasKate

                                                                                          I got suckered in by a demo back when I was in college for one of those amazing knives that will cut everything, including a brick or a sneaker but still manage to slice a tomato. They offered not one but TWO for $10 and if we promised to give it to a friend so they could try it out, we got a third one as well as a filleting knife and 6 steak knives. Seeing that I was a broke college student at the time with just one incredibly dull knife to my name, I took the deal. I never expected the knives to last long, but I figured for 10 bucks hopefully between the three of them they'd last me till I graduated college and I could afford better knives.

                                                                                          I've been out of college for 12 years now and while I don't remember when exactly I bought these, it was fairly early in my college career. I still have one of the knives and use it almost as often as my henkles chefs knife. And its not that only one remains out of the original 3 I got. I gave one to a friend as promised, and eventually gave another to my mom. She still uses hers to this day. In fact she helps out in the community kitchen of the temple she belongs to regularly and takes it with her because she can't stand to use their knives. And she refuses to let anyone else even touch it! So it sees very heavy usage as does almost all the chopping and dicing for 150 people a week. The one I gave to my friend is still in use at his house too - in fact it carved the thanksgiving turkey last year.

                                                                                          Amazing how far that $10 has stretched!

                                                                                        2. well its a bit big for a "gadget" but i do get odd looks for having one... i put a 22 ft restaurant buffet outside my kitchen door for entertaining :) no more having to haul out the fold up tables lol life is much easier :)

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                                                                                          1. re: Kirsten163

                                                                                            What? And where did you get it?

                                                                                            1. re: FoodChic

                                                                                              lol actually just kind of stumbled on to it at a hotel salvage store .... couldnt pass the deal up..had an upper area all in brass which i removed because i wasnt going to try to keep up brass exposed to the outdoors.... by the time i scrapped the brass...buffet was almost free :)

                                                                                               
                                                                                              1. re: Kirsten163

                                                                                                That's awesome Kristen

                                                                                          2. Don't waste your money on a George Foreman grill. There useless. Ditto for the Acti-Fry. Complete waste of money!

                                                                                            1. An electric rice steamer!

                                                                                              1. I love my magic bullet...we use it almost every day in the summer for milkshakes and frozen drinks. Not that great for chopping/blending other items but it is well used. Also love the NINJA. Great for ice and I found that it makes the kids homemade playdoh really smooth. (Not that I make playdoh very often...)

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                                                                                                1. re: teresakendrick

                                                                                                  I wish that the baby food magic bullet maker was available years ago. I ended up getting a vitamix :)

                                                                                                2. I enjoy my mango pitter, which I received as a joke wedding gift from our registry, and my avocado spoon (works better than a regular spoon!), both from Crate & Barrel.

                                                                                                  1. Shoot some slices, shoot some shreads, shoot some salad - SALAD SHOOTER.

                                                                                                    Got my first one when I got married in 1989. Am on my 2nd right now. Ordered a replacement shredding cone within the last month. I use it mainly for shredding cheese and LOVE it. I will get a new one when this one dies.

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                                                                                                    1. re: suburban_mom

                                                                                                      How much of a hassle is it to wash and keep clean?

                                                                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                                                                        Top rack of the dishwasher. Part of it's charm.

                                                                                                        1. re: suburban_mom

                                                                                                          My MIL has been a happy user for ages too.

                                                                                                    2. I have one of those cute little cutters that cuts the crusts off a sandwich and cuts the sandwich in half at the same time.
                                                                                                      Some of them are dinosaur shaped but mine makes a heart shape.

                                                                                                      I love bread toasted with lots of buttah and I always eat the soft parts first--- i. e. not crust.
                                                                                                      And then dip the crusts in my coffee or eat them with Nutella.

                                                                                                      I used to carve out the middle part of my toast so I could eat that rich soft buttery part while it was still warm. And yes, people thought I was weird.
                                                                                                      Now I can get to the best part of the toast even quicker.

                                                                                                      1. I have a couple of the sushi bazookas. Due to a hand injury, my rolling skills are not good.
                                                                                                        However, for putting rolls into the kid's lunch, it works well.

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                                                                                                        1. re: exvaxman

                                                                                                          Lucky kid.

                                                                                                          1. re: cowboyardee

                                                                                                            You should see what he does with them. "Slim Jim" rolls. Mine are usually healthier than that. :)

                                                                                                        2. Bacon Wave - for cooking bacon in microwave. Have just run through our second one (eventually they warp and crack, even in our low-powered 500-watt microwave), and have replaced with the not-quite-as-high-capacity-but-possibly-longer-lasting Bacon Tree (aka Bacon Genie).

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                                                                                                          1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                            Actually I kept a baconwave at my father's assisted living place. My favorite thing for cooking bacon (and sandwich press) is an old mirromatic speed grill. Tilted like a forman grill but flat grilling surface. 5# crisp bacon for sandwiches in 30 minutes.

                                                                                                            1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                              Am happy to report that Bacon Tree has same timing as Bacon Wave (# of minutes on high = # of bacon strips + 2), and produces equally good results. And will do up to 14 slices, which is pretty much the same capacity. True, the ends that hang down tend to stick to each other, but it tastes the same in the sandwich no matter whether it's a bit crumbled or in long flat slices.

                                                                                                              And it's easier to load up, drain the fat afterward, and MUCH easier to clean. Switching loyalties from one embarrassing gadget to another.

                                                                                                            2. I don't even remember where or when I bought this, but I have a wooden, mushroom-shaped garlic peeler that I really do love. The rounded top fits comfortably in the palm of my hand and the flat bottom is perfect for smashing one or two cloves of garlic at a time. Sure, it's a totally unnecessary gadget -- the flat side of a chef's knife works just as well, but I really do like it. http://owgd3.onewebgroup.net/Merchant...

                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                              1. re: CindyJ

                                                                                                                Cute. I have a rock that fits perfectly in my palm, flat on one side, rounded on the other, that serves the exact same function. My (non-cooking) spouse constantly tries to get rid of it.

                                                                                                                1. re: CindyJ

                                                                                                                  when i want peeled, whole cloves of garlic to slice thin and saute in evoo until crisp. and for that i depend on my "cannoli," a piece of rubber tube that looks like a cannoli shell. put the garlic in the tube and roll around. skin comes right off.

                                                                                                                  otherwise, the blade of my chef's knife does the job.

                                                                                                                2. Would anyone really spend (fill in large unreasonable sum) for something you put water into and heat to steam things?!?! Not if it were money but with a gift certificate I actually would get a copper pomme vapeur because they are so cute. In fact I did. I use it a lot and love it. Plus I am eating more steamed new potatoes.

                                                                                                                  1. We have a George Foreman grill, which does a great job. I don't use it that often, but when I do, I'm never disappointed.

                                                                                                                    1. Garlic press

                                                                                                                      1. Perfect Tortilla Maker..."As seen on!"

                                                                                                                        I even upgraded to the "better" non-stick metal and it works really well!

                                                                                                                        Although the Perfect Tortilla Maker can't slice and dice, it did come with a Cut 'n Cup that does slice and dice. I haven't used it yet, but it looks useful.

                                                                                                                        1. The "purists" think the Super-Peel is an abomination, but I wouldn't be without it. Heck, even Cook's Illustrated and The Baker's Catalog give it top ratings.
                                                                                                                          http://www.superpeel.com/

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                                                                                                                          1. re: grampart

                                                                                                                            Not an abomination at all! I'm in the market for a peel, and am pretty much sold after seeing the videos. Multipurpose, effective, non-fossil-fuels-consuming (okay, a few plastic pieces), and not substantially more difficult to store than any peel.

                                                                                                                            1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                              They offer a nice canvas bag for the peel. I hang mine on the wall...in the bag. Also, it eliminates the need for corn meal on the peel which, in my experience, creates a mess plus a gritty bottom crust. You will love it!