Unitasker Wednesday: Potato Grilling Rack

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

It’s summer! (Well, at least it is for those of us in the northern hemisphere.) It’s grilling season! It is also apparently time to buy stuff to use on your grill that you don’t need!

Introducing the Potato Grilling Rack:

I’m wondering if the person who invented this for Cuisinart has ever actually grilled a food item. I say this because anyone who has used a grill before knows that it has a rack inside of it that conveniently holds food for the purposes of cooking. You put food on the rack. That is how a grill works. Really. I’ve done it before.

Best of all, that rack inside of your grill can hold way more than four potatoes! Yay! Now get out there and put potatoes directly onto the rack already inside your grill.

Thanks to reader Jess for sharing this completely unnecessary unitasker with us.

13 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Potato Grilling Rack”

  1. posted by seattlejo on

    Well the spikes also help with heat transfer. You could get skewers and they would do the same thing.

  2. posted by Cathy Severson on

    For the person who has absolutely everything-really? I’m not a kitchen gadget person. Most people I know who are can’t find anything anyway. I agree, this seems to be so silly, a waste of energy to produce. It is overproduction and consumption at its best or worse.

  3. posted by Nana on

    Perhaps for those who don’t want pesky grill marks on their spuds…

  4. posted by Robin on

    Question Mark??? I honestly can’t figure this out. Usually I can come up with some reason why someone might want it but this one has me flummoxed. Maybe because you can carry all four potatoes with one hand? Of course you could do that with a plate too… Maybe that spike makes a big difference in the speed of cooking but I doubt it. What an odd thing.

  5. posted by Christine in Australia on

    Cuisinart is quite infuriating as a kitchenware company. Many of their small appliances are excellent, professional quality, brilliant in the kitchen. And then they manufacture rubbish like this as well.

  6. posted by Margaret on

    My mum always put potatoes going in conventional oven on a rack-probably because she needed to cook the potatoes faster. I don’t have a rack but I’ve had exploded potatoes and ones which dropped to the bottom of the oven. With this item you can probably cut down on the time you would need to keep the grill on-saving energy.

  7. posted by Elle on

    Crazy product, but I didn’t realize that one could grill potatoes. Does it come out tasting like a baked potato, or is there a flavor difference?

  8. posted by Debi on

    I agree with seattlejo – it’s about cooking potatoes quicker by getting heat into the center of the potato, which could also be done by using a metal skewer. So, it’s not completely wasteful, but still not necessary.

  9. posted by JustGail on

    @Elle – I often put potatoes on the grill when it’s already going to be on for other things. It saves heating up the kitchen from using the oven or stove. It also saves trying to keep an eye on 2 places if I’d otherwise be using the stove to fry them. They come out much like a baked potato. I do microwave them for a bit (not totally cooked though) otherwise they do take a lot longer than the other vegetables or meats like burgers or boneless chicken breasts.

  10. posted by Mark Harrison on

    For the benefit of non-US readers:

    When an American says “grill”, they mean to cook something with BOTTOM heat (maybe top heat as well, but certainly not only top heat.)

    When they want to cook something from above, they say “broil”.

    For the benefit of US readers:

    When a Brit or Australian says “grill”, they mean to cook from ABOVE – using what an American would call a broiler.

    When a Brit or American wants to apply bottom heat, they’d say something like “barbecue” (though that also carries an expectation that it would be outdoor cooking), or “griddle”.

    Worth remembering when you are trying to read recipes from the “other English”.

    Oh, and for the record, on a normal shelf, in the oven, with a skewer… potato grilling racks are clearly a fit subject for a Unitasker Wednesday, no matter which side of the Atlantic you come from.

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @Mark — Actually, when this American used “grill,” she meant “cook food outdoors on a barbecue grill using an open flame.” I wouldn’t “grill” in an indoor oven, even if the oven were gas and the heat elements were from below the oven, because the heat would be indirect. (Indirect heat is called many things here: baking, roasting, etc.). Grilling here refers to direct access to a flame from below the food and the equipment is almost always outdoors unless some kind of commercial venting system is installed indoors to keep from getting carbon monoxide poisoning. But yes, you’re correct, I’m not referring to broiling, as that is what most Americans call direct flames from above the food.

  12. posted by L on

    Hi! I recently started working at a store that sells a lot of gadgets for use around the kitchen. One which seems notably useless to me is the Rice Cube. It makes rice into a cube shape, and I can’t for the life of me figure out how enough people want this thing that it’s even worth the company making and printing the pretty box for it. Here’s a picture of it. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_98YlppAcnTU/TNCwe092SZI/AAAAAAAABR8/AhpYZ5eRH94/s1600/Rice+Cube+3.jpg

  13. posted by Molly on

    Confession: i have one of these, circular, from Nordicware, rather than long. It actually makes very good baked potatoes on the grill. There is something about the things that poke into the potatoes that cooks them better. The skin gets nicely crisp. We grill a lot and my husband loves potatoes so…. But I get that it is a unitasker and not something most people would use much.

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