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    Why Do These Exist?

    Okay, I know the real reason is, someone in product development is always trying to create the latest "must-have" gadget, to get us to spend our money on and make then rich.

    But that some products make it all the way into production baffle me - how about you?

    - Pancake molds - so every pancake comes out the perfect shape - doesn't that take all the fun out of making pancakes?

    - Those "eggies" things I see informercials for - honestly, I have never had any trouble hard-boiling an egg, or peeling it once it's done, or slicing one. And if I want a flat bottom so it'll stand up, I can just slice off a bit ...

    - Another pancake thing - a pancake batter "pen" so you can draw shapes on the griddle. Wouldn't any old squeeze bottle do just fine, or a piping bag, or even a plastic bag with the corner cut off?

    What products do you see that mystify you that someone geared up a factory to make?
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    The thing that makes me laugh is all these dumb things you see on infomercials that can only be bought through tv. Within a few weeks I see the exact same items in the Rite-Aid around the corner! The one that really cracks me up is that thing you put in a pan or pot while cooking food and it moves around so you don't have to stir! I guess no matter what you come up with SOMEBODY will give you money for it.
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    I agree with momcat - the stirrer is the utmost piece of junk that I think I've ever seen - and on top of that, I've seen videos where they don't even move because the gravy, or whatever - is too thick!

    And the eggies thingy - I think that might be a good idea. Sometimes the eggs just don't want to peel right, and you lose more egg than you save. I've tried every suggestion to get a foolproof easy peel egg, but haven't found one yet. Eggs that look like golf balls when you're done peeling, just don't look too appealing.
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    I don't know, I just shook my head at the egg thing. I had a feeling they wouldn't work so I just Googled it and found a TV station that did a test on them.

    http://www.kfvs12.com/story/15235264...dnesday-eggies

    They gave it an "F" for failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happylabs View Post
    I don't know, I just shook my head at the egg thing. I had a feeling they wouldn't work so I just Googled it and found a TV station that did a test on them.

    http://www.kfvs12.com/story/15235264...dnesday-eggies

    They gave it an "F" for failure.
    Oh well - back to the drawing board.
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    Taking a page from Bloom County, the salad shooter and salad spinner.

    WHy do they exist? Remember P.T. Barnum's statement....there's a sucker born every minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pomtzu View Post
    And the eggies thingy - I think that might be a good idea. Sometimes the eggs just don't want to peel right, and you lose more egg than you save. I've tried every suggestion to get a foolproof easy peel egg, but haven't found one yet. Eggs that look like golf balls when you're done peeling, just don't look too appealing.
    What do they feed your chicken there that the eggs end up so hard to peel? Do you dump them into ice water right after the boiling water to cool 'em down? (We always have ...) I've just never run into that problem ...
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    The amazing thing is that people come into my store asking for this junk all the time. When they ask why we don't carry it, I tell them "Because it's a piece of junk! We only carry proper cooking tools."

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    I'd love to make pancakes round myself. You get a happy feeling inside, meaning you feel happy when its round and you've done it yourself.
    And the eggies....are a really weird thing...

    There is a teabag timer. You hang the teabag on the handle and then set the timer. At that certain time, the teabag is pulled out of the tea. Can't they just do it themselves? Put in teabag and take it out when you want...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    What do they feed your chicken there that the eggs end up so hard to peel? Do you dump them into ice water right after the boiling water to cool 'em down? (We always have ...) I've just never run into that problem ...
    I've found the very cold water is the trick. Pour out the boiling water after
    and fill the pan with cold water & let it sit for 4-5 mins. Then peel.

    The kitchen items never interested me, but the super duper glue or the
    straps to move heavy furniture practically by yourself,, those I always
    watch with interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    What do they feed your chicken there that the eggs end up so hard to peel? Do you dump them into ice water right after the boiling water to cool 'em down? (We always have ...) I've just never run into that problem ...
    Yup - always let them sit in cold water before I peel - till they get lukewarm, since I find they peel the best at that temp. Another thing I have found, is the older the egg, the better it peels. I use eggs that have been in the fridge for at least a week, rather than ones I just brought home from the store.
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    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
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    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
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    I like the exercise machines the best. They have a new model out every few months.
    Have you seen the ad where a big fat man uses the latest ab machine and a week later he looks just like Johnny Depp ???
    Yep, I'm ordering one right now, if I do, I get two for the price of one plus a free set of steak knives, all for $99.99 per month plus postage and handling.


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    Yes, I agree that most of these products are ridiculous. If I do want to try any of them, I always wait until I can buy them from a store. Then I can return them easily when they don't work. I did buy "Mighty Mendit" from Bed,Bath, and Beyond and I love it. It's a special glue that you put on fabric and it's also machine washable. I've used it on a few things that I don't want to sew and so far it's worked out great.
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