Wackiest Kitchen Products III
Our third installment of wacky kitchens brings you nail toothpicks, a pizza saw, and a microwave s'more maker
Just when you thought we had found them all in Wacky Kitchens and Wacky Kitchens II, we come back with 12 more out-there gadgets, gizmos, and utensils. Some are odd but handy, while others have uses only their inventor could love. After all, you could use a laugh as your supposedly quick 7-week kitchen remodel celebrates its second birthday. We've been there.
Sure you could use a run-of-the-mill pizza cutter, but you could also hire someone to custom cut your crown molding, and really what's the fun in that? Get perfectly straight edges with the Pizza Boss 3000. This mini table saw has a stainless steel blade that is sure to cut through the deepest of deep-dish pizzas and sports a removable shield for easy clean-up. Show your pizza who's DIY boss.
About $15; Fred and Friends
Got a 5:30 black tie dinner you just have to go to? Take these sophisticated napkins along in your toolbox and voila, your flannel Carhartt work shirt is transformed into something even Brooks Brothers would be proud of. The perfect accessory for the discerning DIY-er.
About $5.95; The Spoon Sisters
Ever sat down to dinner only to obsess over whether you got the dimensions right on the deck to be installed out back tomorrow? Have no fear, dedicated DIYers. These utensils attach to a standard Bic pen, allowing you to work and eat at the same time. Throw on the Dress for Dinner napkins and you can eat in style right at the job site.
Will be available for purchase soon; Zo Loft
Rub-a-dub-a-dub, dirty dishes in your sink! What better way to tackle a tiresome chore than to blow bubbles while you work? This long-handed scrubber not only cleans off last night's dinner, but the hole in the center allows you to relive one of childhood's happiest activities. This handy dandy trick might even get your kids and, possibly, your sweetie to roll up their sleeves and chip in.
About $6; Fred and Friends
Live in a small space but love to have blowout parties? If your guests are elbow to elbow try freeing up space by giving them these classy mini-plate rings that allow them to hold both their champagne and their pigs in a blanket at the same time. Entertaining in tight quarters is easy if you know a few tricks.
About $10; Fred and Friends
Home improvement is your life, so why shouldn't it be the life of your party? Whether used to nail Swedish meatballs or skewer an olive to stir up a "man"tini, these reusable picks are sure conversation starters. They come in a block of wood and, unlike their real-life counterparts, don't require a hammer.
About $10; Fred and Friends
You've just settled down to watch the latest episode of TOH when suddenly you have the urge for the marshmallow chocolate-y goodness known as s'mores, but it's 32 degrees outside. Rather than risk hypothermia at the grill, try the s'more maker from Solutions. The plastic device can be placed in the microwave to create delicious s'mores in 30 seconds or less, even without a campfire. Just lift the two arms, load on the chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers, fill the water reservoir to prevent overcooking, and in no time you've got s'mores!
About $9; Progressive International
Help your kids avoid the hazards of the common spoon with this child-safe chocolate milk maker. At the push of a trigger button in the handle, the Supreme Moo Mixer gently mixes your milk and chocolate syrup together. It also includes a cover to prevent overflow. The kitchen has never been safer.
About $15; Hog Wild Toys
If your college-age kid is always hitting you up for more grocery money because he claims his roommate steals all his food, this idea could potentially put an end to all his financial excuses. Flatshare, a concept modular fridge and winner of the Electrolux 2008 Design Lab Contest, has up to four separate compartments, one for each person residing in an apartment or house. After the lease is up, each compartment, which can be customized with different colors, can, theoretically, be transported to a person's new residence.
Concept only; not available for purchase; Electrolux
If the self-twirling spaghetti fork was just a bit much, the Calamete Calamente pasta fork might be the utensil for you. It features a "thumb" that makes grabbing everything from soup noodles to pasta carbonara that much easier. It is made of stainless steel.
About $41 for a 6-piece set; Japan Trend Shop
One man's garbage is another man's avant-garde kitchen art. French artist Gilles Eichenbaum turns old kitchen appliances, teakettles, and pots and pans into lighting fixtures. Although his products are generally tailored to European outlets, special arrangements can be made to convert them to stateside-ready appliances. A quick email to him usually works out all the kinks!
Prices vary; Garbage by Gilles Eichenbaum