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I couldn't resist posting this

davidg618's picture

I couldn't resist posting this

Like Alton Brown, I abhor uni-taskers. 

I ran across this when searching for "food storage"

This has to be the "Ichi ban, all-time, uni-tasker"!

David G

SallyBR's picture

Indeed - I wonder who would buy such a thing... but I guess, "if you advertise well enough, it will sell".... (sigh)

Elagins's picture

who spend 10, 15, $20 for a "bagel slicer." PT Barnum had it right.

Stan Ginsberg

Barbara Krauss's picture
Barbara Krauss

I didn't see a price.  Not interested in buying one, thanks -- just curious.  


alabubba's picture

I disagree, It would be excellent at storing hard boiled egg for the lunchbox. Uni-tasker it is not!.

Seriously though, Why would anyone spend money for that.

punainenkettu's picture

Who can't finish a whole kiwi? And what's wrong with saran wrap, tupperware, and ziplocs? It's kinda funny a little spaceship!

bnom's picture

I remember when Sur La Table (which is selling this thing) used to be a serious cooking store. The original store in Seattle Pike's Place Market got bought out by folks with grand franchise visions and started selling this sort of all too common pattern (i.e. Abercombie & Fitch).

alldogz's picture

Reckon that would suit as a stocking stuffer for the cook who has everything ...or the OCD lunch packer businessman/woman, eh???

copyu's picture

as "gag" gifts from a hardware store near my house. They were marked down from ¥100 to ¥10 so I bought five. Their sole purpose? Saving your manicure when opening cans, I suppose. Apparently, they were "ring-pull lifters". Now THAT'S a REAL uni-tasker and fairly useless...However, I can think of a whole bunch of very good 'uni-taskers' depends on your hobbies and interests

A pen that writes on anything with REAL silver...the only thing to use for correcting bad or damaged home-made electronic circuit boards...and there are "tube" testers and "LED" testers that can save a lot of time and heartbreak...A watch-back spanner for opening any make of watch (and the watch/clock 'oilers' were pretty good, too, way back when watches and clocks actually had a significant number of moving parts...) Almost all non-straight router bits for woodworking are true uni-taskers...I have a shoe-horn, a paint stirrer, a corkscrew, a cigarette holder, a cigar cutter and a candy thermometer, too, and I would probably buy an oyster knife if I had a real need for it...Heheheh!

However, I do agree strongly with the sentiments of the original post. Japan is full of gadgets like this...banana keepers, corn holders, grapefruit knives, strawberry hullers, etc...Sheesh!



EvaB's picture

I have on occasion seen these (dollar stores abound in my area) and the real problem comes in when one has one of these (given as a gag gift) and you actually try to fit a banana into it, or whatever it is, the thing is made for specific sized and shaped whatever, and I never have that size and shape. Sort of like those plastic egg carriers for camping, they will hold small eggs,which I never buy, but don't even close over the large eggs I do buy!

The stuff winds up in the chairty shops by the bag full, and someone somewhere finds a use for it, my old egg carrier, is used now to hold bits and pieces in the shop, works great for those odds and ends of screws etc.

And I do agree there are many many unitask things out there that work, but it sometimes gets taken to the extreme, and who needs a whole shelf or drawer full of things designed to hold items that you only need to store once in a blue moon.

copyu's picture

...and even if you DID have that odd useful "uni-tasker" that was perfect for the job in hand, would you be able to FIND it when you needed it? [A definite 'NO WAY!' at my place...]



SylviaH's picture

Who comes up with this stuff.  

I collect egg cartons for holding and delivering figs, using as a log support and fire starter, planting seeds, other ideas appreciated for egg cartons!




bnom's picture

I recently went to a retirement party for a fellow who was given, among a host of other tacky gifts, a Japanese "banana case," -- a plastic sleeve that holds a single banana (for when a peel just won't do).  Needless to say, the partygoers were coming up with all sorts of hilarious alternative uses.  I'm thinking that perhaps there is no true "unitasker" so long as one has imagination.