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Apr 29, 2011 05:56 PM

Inventors and Entrepreneurs: We Need You!! Please Give Us:

We're told we live in a highly technological society. But then WHY hasn't someone invented dishware that holds heat for an hour? My simplistic answer to 'why' is that culinary inventions tread way behind others because it's predominantly the male sector that ultimately decides what needs inventing. I'm sure you have your own 'why' theories, but, beyond that........If you could get inventors to create them and entrepreneurs to make them available, cooking/consuming related gadgets and equipment that is, what would they be? (**We'll consider affordable, efficient, lightweight and easy-to-use as assumed qualities!**)

I wish for:
--Dishware that holds heat for an hour (china, porcelain; dishware like the variety found today)
--A citrus juicer that doesn't require the fruit to be held in place by (slippery) hands
-- A thin bladed and flexible rubber spatula that can be used with heat
-- Square sided 16 ou. plastic Salad Dressing containers w/ pouring spout
-- A small portable egg cooker for travel
-- A small portable toaster for travel
-- Plastic wrap that does not cling to itself until you tell it to
-- Large thin walled travel mugs that really hold heat or cold for many hours

How about you? What do you wish would be invented? I'm psyched to see your ideas!

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  1. I'm pretty sure that 2, 3, and 4 already exist.

    I'm not sure I'd want my plastic wrap to have that level of intelligence... it could be really awkward if it becomes self-aware and I have to throw it in the trash after reheating my leftovers.

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    1. and
      -- an electric ice crusher that gives you the texture of chopped ice that you get from the old crank model.

        1. re: TheFoodEater

          just fyi, this appears to be a joke item(read the reviews!). but thanks anyway.
          don't you have something you wish they'd invent?

          1. re: TheFoodEater

            Lol, Amazon item is an empty (gift) box....ok, I'll play..more about re-invention really. I wouldn't give away my original concepts here (& neither should you).

            burr grinder; excellent concept a real bitch to clean..I'm sure a better prototype is out there
            Chefs apron that comes clean 100%...gotta be some textile guru with the right uber fabric

            1. re: HillJ

              "burr grinder; excellent concept a real bitch to clean..I'm sure a better prototype is out there"

              A better post-prototype model is out there:

              1. re: Eiron

                ROFL, let me get my checkbook and build a counter for such a beauty!
                If only...

                1. re: HillJ

                  If you don't order the optional bean hopper (which you'd never use at home anyway; it's strictly for cafe convenience), it's really quite a small burr grinder; about the size of my Solis 166 w/ its required hopper that I never use. And it's the only currently made grinder that I know of with a straight, drop-thu grind path.
                  But yes, it's a pricey little beastie!

                  1. re: Eiron

                    Eiron, if a home model with consumer price point ever came along....I'd be all set.

              2. re: HillJ

                for me, i'm happy to give away original concepts.
                i have no ambitions in the consumer product world.It's finding someone who will create them that matters to me.

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  So I guess you're happy that your wishlist has already or mostly been fulfilled?

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Even if the wishlist reflects products on the market, new versions/new patents/new lic's can still come along, op-chef keep going....find your "someones"

                    Me, I'm more than willing to share the profits but walking away from an idea that actually hit would be like throwing a winning lottery ticket to the wind.

                  2. re: opinionatedchef

                    My brother once felt that way until his patent took off, then his whole life changed. I wasn't providing a warning as much as an over thought. Artistic creation (something I do know a bit about) I am pretty selective about sharing. Just my 2.

              3. Reinventing the wheel perhaps? A few down and dirty googles show that all those things exist.

                1. i want a microwave "browner/crisper" -- like a larger "hot pockets" "browning sleeve."

                  and i want a large corning ware measuring cup that doesn't FREAKIN' DRIP when one pours!

                  i want self-cleaning pots & dishes & cutlery (oh, and floors & windows, while you're at it).

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                  1. re: alkapal

                    Re #1, looks like this may be in the works (bunch of links to patent site):


                    I have the answer but not the income for #3 ------ MINIONS!!!!!!! To date, I've been unsuccessful in convincing the dogs to take of this. I'm sure they understand but are being recalcitrant.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Waddaya mean? The dogs do a great job at cleaning the pots, dishes & flatware! And so much faster than the ol' dishwasher - On the floor for 5 min & back in the cupboard!

                      1. re: Eiron

                        But I want them to put them back in the cupboards also. My avatar does such a good job that she holds the plate in place with one "hand" while she's "washing."

                        1. re: Eiron

                          eeeh hee hee! it's not just the dogs, youall; Our 2 abys will happily provide that service as well!