Unitasker Wednesday: Food molds

Penguin Sausage MoldYou may have eaten a few hardboiled eggs in your day, but have you ever eaten one in the shape of a cute little fish? If you or you child have been waiting for a more exciting ways to consume hardboiled eggs, your opportunity is now. Over at Slashfood, they highlight the fish mold for all your hardboiling needs. Those folks in Japan think of everything don’t they?

Once you’ve had your taste of an egg in the shape of a cute little fish, you’ll most likely be craving for some more molded foods. Not to worry, the good people at the eBay Store in Japan have your sausage making covered with the Penguin Sausage Maker (pictured). Have you always wanted to have a little more fun when eating plain old sausage links? Your morning breakfast will be full of excitement when you take a bite out of a sausage link shaped like a lovable little penguin. Penguins not for you? How about sausage in the shape of a crab or an octopus? Either way, you’ll be living it up with your newly found love for molded foods.

Wait, what about your kid’s lunch? You’re covered there, too. Boring sandwiches can now be cut and molded into bears, bunnies, or flowers. Take your pick. Now, go forth and eat some molded food!

**Unitasker Wednesday posts humorously poke fun at the single-use items that manage to find their way into our homes.

23 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Food molds”

  1. posted by Dominik on

    To be honest, those don’t look like penguins… Just like oddly shaped sausages.

  2. posted by Michele on

    I think the molds for hard-boiled eggs are simply awesome! I mean, I don’t have the disposable income for that kind of thing, but I think they’re neat. I would get a real kick out of making hard-boiled eggs in different shapes. Same idea as individual Jell-o molds, I guess.

    As usual, somebody comes in to spoil your poking fun at a unitasker. This time it’s me!

  3. posted by Nikki on

    In Japan, making elaborate lunches is a way of espressing your love for your family. It might have gotten wacky in recent years, but it has a long history and is important to the families that see the effort put into an attractive lunch as a connection to the family members that they don’t get to spend enough time with.

  4. posted by spark on

    Why did I think this was going to be a scientific-type article on the different kinds of molds that can result from food spoilage? Haha. I’m laughing at my self. Sorry, carry on…

  5. posted by Elaine on

    @Dominik “To be honest, those don’t look like penguins”

    They’re Plankton from Spongebob!

  6. posted by Naomi (Urban Mummy) on

    While, normally, I agree with your unitasker wednesday posts, I have to respectfully disagree with this one.

    We have the car and the fish, and, when your 3 year old refuses to eat anything more then the odd piece of fruit and a cracker, a car shaped egg is heaven in an egg. They just LOVE them!

  7. posted by Darren on

    I understand why you might think of these as clutter… and in a way, they are. But it’s Japanese.

    The Japanese pack a boxed lunch known as o-bento — the “o” prefix is a sign of great respect. As Nikki said, the preparation of these lunches is a way to show love, but it goes beyond that.

    O-bento aren’t just lunches, they’re like a lunch, a love note, and art all at the same time. Young women get up early and spend hours packing bento boxes with carefully prepared food to impress a boy they like. The quality of a child’s bento results in the passage of judgment on the mother, and either praise or embarrassment from the child’s peers.

    It may be clutter for us Americans, but it’s harder to make that judgment for a different culture.

  8. posted by phillippa on

    Ah…Bento. I have a box bento accessories in a cupboard. Of molds, I have the fish, a heart, and a few others. The 1000 watt smile it puts on my son’s face to have an egg in the shape of car is completely priceless. I think that other parents know the smile and the consequent joy it brings to them. Not clutter at all, when you can evoke those kinds of feelings.

  9. posted by Camilla on

    Gotta love Bento – i had such trouble getting myself to eat a full lunch at work until i found Bento and now it’s all fantastic colours and shapes and i trick myself into eating more, haHA! :P

  10. posted by Courtney I on

    Wow, I discovered a world I never knew existed. After surfing through a few pathways I found the world of kyaraben. This is actually an art form. Before you laugh, do a google search for the flickr kyaraben gallery. These people apparently spend hours preparing a lunch with a theme such as hedgehogs, Power Puff girls, a garden with egg-frogs and hot-dog-flowers, etc. I was duly impressed by an art I never knew existed! There are even prolific “artists” (aka homemakers) on the web who take photos of their works and have fans that can recognize their work on sight!!

    In this aspect, you might view the mold as an artist’s tool, just as unitasker as a brush or pallette.

    Makes me feel a little guilty for packing a tuna wrap, bean salad, and an orange this morning. But learn something new every day!

  11. posted by Jacki Hollywood Brown on

    Okay…I’ll admit it….I have Jell-O Easter Egg moulds.
    They aren’t true unitaskers because we do use them to make decorative ice “cubes” for punches at birthday parties.

  12. posted by Andrea on

    Is next week’s article going to trash cookie cutters?

  13. posted by Miss Mary on

    Although your unitasker articles are right on, this one is a miss for me. Along with uncluttering my life, I want to bring better health into it.

    We use the egg “unitasker” on a weekly basis. My children resisted bringing their lunches until we discovered obento. Although some lunches can take several minutes to prepare, it is so much healthier for the kids. Any parent of a school aged child can attest to, a healthy, inexpensive lunch is well worth the 3 inch by 3 inch by 1.5 inch storage space required for this accessory.

    My kids love boiling eggs and using the egg molds to create fancy eggs. The will actually eat the eggs for lunch!! This lunch time phenomena (and its accessories) has changed the junk for lunch tradition we had in our home!

    If you are interested in seeing obento in action, Google “bento,” the “o” is used by the Japanese.

    Good try, but a miss for me.

  14. posted by Pat on

    Ah, obento.

    As the gaijin (foreign) mom of a Japanese kid, I feel bad about not having the bento making chops of the other moms. Most Japanese schools have school lunches, so it’s only on outings that they carry a bento. But it is oh so important to have a fab looking bento full of a variety of shapes and foods. It really is an expression of love and social status. I won’t give up MY cute sandwich cutters or egg and rice ball molds. It’s the only way I can keep my kid from being shunned for having a boring bento.

    She was shocked – shocked I tell you – when we went a museum in the States and saw a school group having a brown bag lunch outside. Chips! Sweets! COKES! Unimaginable to her – such things are not allowed by her school, and probably that goes for most Japanese schools. She would be mortified if I snuck in a little sweet -except sweet beans or fruit.

    By the way – weird food is something of an obsession here. Here are two examples:
    (some of the chocolate is imported, but is appreciated for the odd shapes etc.)
    http://pingmag.jp/2007/07/12/strange-watermelon/
    http://pingmag.jp/2008/02/12/strange-chocolate/

    Then there’s the octopus ice cream…

    Pat

  15. posted by marilyn on

    Although I do not make bentos I can definitely appreciate the art of making them. You have to check out these adorable bentos I discovered the other day – http://www.flickr.com/photos/cuteobento/

  16. posted by Kate on

    I disagree also. I have severe food allergies and have to bring packed lunches with me when I go out. It can get very boring sometimes. Things to make my lunch look cute really make the food feel more appetizing.

  17. posted by Alexandra on

    Like many of the above posters, I agree that you’ve missed the point of the food shapers. It’s not clutter, it’s as essential as a cookie cutter.

    I for one would like to see some sort of editor’s apology…

  18. Avatar of Erin Doland

    posted by Erin Doland on

    @Alexandra — Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes. They’re for fun. Often, we at Unclutterer even own them. It’s just a humorous way to look at the single-use items we have and ask if we really need them. If you live in an area where it doesn’t snow, then a snowball maker is clutter … but if you have children and live in Toronto, then a snowball maker is used on a regular basis and wouldn’t be clutter. Still, we put it as a unitasker item because it’s funny. A machine that makes sausages into penguins is funny, too. Even if you use it on a daily basis, it’s still funny.

  19. posted by Amber on

    I dunno…I thought these things were goofy as all heck too (and also, I know how to make a hot dog octopus WITHOUT a mold, thankyouverymuch), until my daughter one day declared that she was going to throw up if I didn’t take the crust off of her sandwich.

    And that, my friends, is a serious pain in the fanny. It’s not difficult, and I do know how to cut it off with a knife, but it’s so much easier to cut it off with one of those sandwich cutters.

    Plus. They’re not unitaskers. They can be used as cookie cutters, too. And some of them, the ones made out of metals, can be used to mold pancakes. Because sometimes kids will only eat things that don’t look like food. And if you don’t believe that, just ask any Mom who gives her kids Play-Doh how often it gets eaten.

    Gag me with a pink twinkie.

  20. posted by Chris on

    Yeah, those folks in Japan really do think of everything, don’t they?

    You know, they have a name for poking fun at different cultures, and it’s not usually “funny.”

  21. Avatar of Erin Doland

    posted by Erin Doland on

    @Chris and others — No where in Matt’s post does he make fun of any culture or their people. Please re-read the post and you will see that he only talks about plastic items. When Matt pokes fun at snowball makers is he being culturally insensitive to people who live in snow-filled regions? No. Unitasker Wednesday posts, in every instance, are about STUFF. They address inanimate objects without souls or self awareness — not people.

  22. posted by pixieopower on

    I have a ton of bento making molds and cutter for one very VERY good reason. PREPORTIONED CARBS! My fiance is diabetic so when I make bento, or even just oringi (rice balls) its a fast easy way to know exactly how much insulin is needed. I found a little kids mini-sand castle mold set and for gatherings I will make a full castle out of rice and put the stirfry in the “courtyard” each person grabs a turret or tower and everyone is happy.

    but I agree whole heartedly that its a unitasker item that is DEFFINATELY a must love item.

  23. posted by J on

    Bento is fantastic. :D

    “In Japan, making elaborate lunches is a way of espressing your love for your family. It might have gotten wacky in recent years, but it has a long history and is important to the families that see the effort put into an attractive lunch as a connection to the family members that they don’t get to spend enough time with.”

    :D

    Can’t poke fun at that!

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