Remember when fruitcake used to be the worst food gift for holiday giving?
Now we have the HamDogger, and the Roll ‘n Pour, and the Eggstractor.
Holiday time ’tis the season for kitchen gadget infomercials.
The airwaves fill with long-winded, fast-talking pitchmen hawking the latest gizmo that no home should be without. They come on late at night when your guard is down and the logic of a push-button butter dispenser seems less dubious than it would at 3pm.
Resist the urge!
Especially when they tempt you with a two-fer offer. Your holiday shopping may be too long, and when you shop on TV that second one can be had for nothing more than the cost of shipping and handling, but deep down you know that a matched set of Rotato Express electric peelers is not the answer. It only doubles the chances of things ending badly on Christmas Day.
According to the ad for the amazing new Pancake Puff™ Pan, ‘simply use your favorite pancake batter, pour and flip.’ Amazing.
Better Bagger? Actually, I’ve always considered my hands to be pretty good baggers.
I’m holding out for the Fat Repellant.
Robostir promises to be ‘like a third hand in the kitchen.’ No mention of the contraption’s plastic feet that fall off in the pot.
Eggs are like the Law and Order franchise of the infomercial world with their own programming block. There are the tubular creations of the Rollie Eggmaster; the Egg Genie that magically combines water and eggs to create boiled eggs (in just minutes!); and the Clever Cracker and Clever Scrambler, two separate devices that are available in a combo pack. Who knew so many cooks are stumped by eggs?
If a little cake is a cupcake, wouldn’t that make this… cake?
Tough call: cake pop baker or pie pop maker?
Let’s let the fortune cookie maker decide.