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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, right......so 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!

                    2. http://www.amazon.com/Amco-8-Inch-Lem...

                      Le Creuset has some really nice spatulas that are heat-proof.

                      1. Howsabout bioengineered stuff - like skinless garlic cloves, pomagranates with no pesky inter-berry membrane, or fresh eggs with only whites.

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                        1. re: porker

                          monsanto, at your service, sir!

                          1. For number two, try these. I have the lemon one and love it; they also have orange and lime


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                            1. re: DGresh

                              I have the lemon and lime and love them too but a caveat- last night the lime one snapped apart (a fracture in the medal, not the connection pins), so I don't know if that's a common issue.

                              1. re: DGresh

                                i DO appreciate your telling me about that, but i want ELECTRIC/little muscle, because i'm doing alot of 'em!

                                1. re: opinionatedchef

                                  Power juicer for a large batch? Just peel and pulverize.

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    I've recently juiced a couple of dozen oranges at a time with my mother's old totally hand operated juicer. I have weak hands and chronic tendonitis in my right thumb but it was no problem at all. It's all about leverage.

                                    1. re: c oliver

                                      What a visual you just gave me, c-o. Strong like bull!

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        Picture weak hands pawing the ground :)

                                      2. re: c oliver

                                        yep, oranges no prob; it's those devilish little limes.

                                        hill, really?straining through sieve ?but you don't somehow lose juices to absorption or whatever?interesting thought but drag to have to peel .

                                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                                          wait a minute it's a drag to peel lemons? I've read your posts ....lemon peeling is hardly a sport. !

                                    2. re: opinionatedchef

                                      Here you go:


                                      It's electric, requires little muscle and you don't have to hold the fruit in place with your hand. I have one and love it.

                                  2. Here's a concept: (iPad) hand held jukebox for restaurants. Pick your tune, listen at your table, turn it off when you leave. There are so many Internet radio stations, playlists sites, iTunes, etc. a customers could open, select and listen to their tunes while waiting for their meal. Would love to see that happen....or has it...anyone?

                                    I know some restaurants have placed their menu, food photographs, chef credentials and back stories on iPads for customers to read and order from...but doesn't this concept just scream table jukebox!

                                    1. a kitchen garbage can that works worth a tinker's damn after 6 months without costing half the household budget.


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                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                        I was having this very thought and had in fact just decided my tranquillity in this area was worth the money required to spring for a good one when I spotted a Brabantia (the kind with the pedal and pop-up lid) in just the size I was wanting and that someone in my building was throwing away -- probably because it had rust specks all over it. Perfectly functional and, after a good going-over with Barkeeper's Friend, nice and shiny as well. Wish that everyone could be so lucky.

                                        1. re: pericolosa

                                          I found a Brabantia at 50% off -- it has all-metal parts, so I'm crossing my fingers that it stays together. A ten-year warranty gives me at least some hope!

                                          Irked at having to buy special bags, but I suppose it's better than buying a new garbage can every six months and cursing a blue streak for four of them.

                                          The really spiffy-looking Curver I bought had a plastic pedal mechanism, and the effing thing disintegrated within 6 weeks. I put up with it as long as I could. Argh.

                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                            Congratulations on the Brabantia find! I haven't had mine all that long, but it clearly had a long life before I found it, so I'm hopeful about both mine and yours.

                                            I managed to find some "generic" bags with a pull-close top that are just a bit too big, but I'm able to shove them down around the sides of the can liner (my liner is galvanized steel, which I assume means I have a "vintage" model) and they don't show.


                                            1. re: pericolosa

                                              but you win the price prize!

                                              The website says you can buy replacement parts online, too...yours won't be under warranty, but I figure you can probably rebuild the thing for less than buying a new one!

                                      2. gosh, i'm so disappointed. I thought if anyone would come up with a list of cool ideas it would be here. But the monitors took this off the Home Cooking and put it in Cookware, which i didn't even know existed, so maybe that's why.

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                                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                                          Well, everything on your original list already exists so maybe that true for others also. *I* certainly have few unfulfilled wishes :) In the kitchen, that is.

                                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                                            Here's your portable egg cooker:


                                            Here's your portable toaster:


                                            That should get you started shopping.

                                            1. re: c oliver

                                              well now, THESE are for real, and very helpful, so thank you.the others are a no so far.but these are terrif so thanks again. i wish pink collar lived next door; makes me happy every time i open the photo. not a wheaton? i think you told me once before but sometheimers strikes again.....

                                        2. #3 is quite common these days - just google "silicone spatula." It's one of my most-used utensils.

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                                          1. re: BobB

                                            bob, i've bought them, but i said THIN.Thin/flexible they are not. Phooey, i only wish.....

                                            1. re: opinionatedchef

                                              The ones I have (the thin and flexible ones, that is) are.

                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                well, i WANT!!

                                                won't you tell/remind me about pink collar boy?

                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                  Ditto - I have some silicone implements that are quite firm, but my favorite silicone spatula is as thin and soft as an old-fashioned rubber one, but heat-resistant. The design is virtually identical to the old style, with a molded tip, slightly concave on the scraping edge, attached to a wooden handle

                                                  I love using it for things like slow-cooked scrambled eggs.

                                                  1. re: BobB

                                                    now, that's just CRUEL!! mine has a red plastic handle and a curved indentation on one edge, and is basically rigid/worthless. phooey. i'll keep looking.

                                                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                      I have one from Pampered Chef, a Rubbermaid one that I bought at Wal-Mart, and a third one that apparently showed up in the utensil jar like a stray cat (don't have a clue where it came from).

                                                      The Rubbermaid one (yes, it's silicone - a crazy mix of red and yellow and orange) has the best thin blade, and it's my go-to.

                                                      Then the Pampered Chef one is a little thicker, but not too far being on usability -- the stray spatula is quite thick and stiff, so I tend to use it for stirring and folding and scraping heavy-duty stuff.

                                                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                        What do you want to use this spatula for? That might better define what you're looking for.

                                              2. My biggest gadget wish is for a timer.

                                                Not just any timer, rather a voice-actuated timer that can stick on the side of the fridge, handle multiple timing tasks and deal with voice input for updates: "Soup, two more minutes." "Biscuits out now" kills the time. "Gravy now on low, extend time 10 minutes." The machine would have to confirm voice input.
                                                The vocabulary needn't be huge, the update stuff will be difficult. There's potential here.
                                                I do want credit and royalties.

                                                1. they have two of what you mentioned. Large thin walled travel mugs? ya. nissan stainless steel thermos. or bodun glass (doublewalled light)

                                                  citrus juicer? I think a kitchenaid has an attachment for that ... (or something else, i don't own the product).