Don't you hate when your bag of popcorn pops too quickly? Oh wait, that never happens.
Instead of creating something that makes life easier, students at University of Art and Design Lausanne/ECAL in Switzerland from invented the "Oncle Sam," a gadget that pops each kernel of corn individually. A single tea-light candle heats one cup of oil, and the pieces of popcorn are salted one-by-one with a miniature salt shaker.
This isn't inspired by the popular single-serving coffee trend, so don't roll your eyes just yet. It's an art project, and PFSK explains the reasoning behind it:
This idea of slowing down the manufacturing process, which we so often overlook in the midst of our daily grind, is the theme of the new exhibition.
Watch "Oncle Sam" in action in the video below.
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Certain kitchen tasks are so laborious and annoying that they deserve their own tool, but peeling garlic isn't one of them (just <a href="http://www.kitchendaily.com/2011/09/27/how-to-peel-a-head-of-garlic-in-less-than-10-seconds/" target="_hplink">shake it</a>!). Thus, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Zak-Designs--Z-Rol-Garlic-Peeler/dp/B00004RDDP/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1320170525&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">E-Z-Rol Garlic Peeler</a> doesn't strike us as particularly useful.
Yes, in theory, it would be very nice to have a multi-functioned toaster that could prepare both your toast and eggs. In reality, however, you probably already have a functioning toaster. This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Back-Basics-TEM4500--Muffin-Toaster/dp/B000QA1224/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320159990&sr=8-1" target="_hplink">item</a> will thus likely be relegated its true destiny: collecting dust in your garage.
Apparently forks aren't good enough for those pesky, briny pickles. That's why there's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-5431-PICKEL-PICKER/dp/B0000VLPP8" target="_hplink">a tool</a> solely devoted to nabbing those hard-to-spear fellas.
So it's not just forks that are a challenge -- knives aren't fulfilling their potential either, at least when it comes to buttering corn. That's why this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-5416-Butter-Spreader/dp/B000I1Y2PK" target="_hplink">"handy" device</a> exists. Maybe if you eat a lot of corn and are really specific about how it is buttered then you could sort of justify this purchase.
Asparagus doesn't necessarily need to be peeled at all. But if you're inclined to shave off thicker stalks, a regular peeler will suffice. Or you could spend $3.95 on a special <a href="http://www.amazon.com/RSVP-Asparagus-Peeler/dp/B000BU7U2K" target="_hplink">asparagus peeler</a> if you're into that kind of thing.
Quesadillas are a great and quick snack -- throw a tortilla on a lightly greased pan, add some cheese, put another tortilla on top and flip after a few minutes. If you happen to be spatula-challenged, you can always purchase a totally unnecessary <a href="http://www.target.com/p/El-Paso-Quesadilla-Maker/-/A-10391696" target="_hplink">quesadilla maker</a> to take up counter space that would otherwise be covered with something really useful, like air.
Roll 'N Pour
Is pouring a gallon of milk or juice challenging for you? Do you wish you could exert a little less effort when quenching your thirst? The <a href="http://www.rollnpour.com/" target="_hplink">Roll 'n Pour</a> has solved all your beverage problems -- all it takes is one completely unwieldy plastic tool that you can roll...and pour.
Perfect Meatloaf Pan
The infomercial says it all. Just <a href="https://www.perfectmeatloaf.com/" target="_hplink">slide and serve</a>. Oh, and sigh. Sigh a lot.
Pasta N More
In case the stove just feels too intimidating, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pasta-More-Microwave-Cooker-Cookbook/dp/B0017VIO36" target="_hplink">Pasta N More</a> 5-piece set allows you to use a microwave instead. Cheers to the devolution of cooking as we know it.
Oh, we get it. It's an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Professional-PS75891-Stainless-Steel-Pizza-Baker/dp/B0002ORKFW" target="_hplink">oven, but skinnier</a>.
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