Unitasker Wednesday: The Mayo Knife — Spreader

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

For the past two years, I’ve been laughing about the Peanut Butter and Jelly Spreader. My laughs were elevated to a new level, however, when reader Adam sent me a link to this INGENIOUS piece of plastic — the Mayo Knife — Spreader:

I think my favorite part about this unitasker is how it mentions an alternative multitasking object that can do the job just as well in the product’s name. The name of the product reminds you about a knife! A knife you already own! A knife that makes this product completely unnecessary! And, my guess is that the word spreader even makes you think of a spatula made of rubber or silicone in your kitchen drawer that also does the exact same thing. I would have named this unitasker the Mayo Magic Wand because it uses magic to get you to spend money!

22 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: The Mayo Knife — Spreader”

  1. posted by Amanda Smith on

    My mom actually had one of these when I was younger. It’s wider side makes it easier to balance the mayo (which likes to fall off of a knife) and it’s not sharp so it’s good for younger children to use. Spatula’s don’t fit into mayo jars very well.

  2. posted by Mike on

    Yeah, I’m not feeling the snark this time. While it’s marketed as a unitasker, it actually looks like it could have many uses. Think of it as a spatula/spreader/flipper with an unusual shape that could give it as many (albeit different) uses than a more regularly shaped spatula. It’s hardly a kitchen drawer staple, but it’s not nearly as bad as some of the real unitaskers previously featured. 2c =)

  3. posted by Rue on

    If it actually gets all the mayo out of the jar (off the sides, around the curves, etc) then I would say it’s better than a knife! A knife doesn’t bend and can’t get in all the curves and crevices of a jar. That said, I bet a small, rubber, bowl scraper would do the same thing. πŸ˜‰

  4. posted by Mario . on

    If you don’t see the Snark as warranted here, you need to spend MORE time here! This is a useless piece of junk plastic. A perfect Unitasker (I now LOVE Wednesdays!)

    If you are so worried about getting out “ALL THE MAYO!!!1!11!!” that you can’t let go of $0.10 worth of mayo around the jar, might I suggest you examine that feeling? I’m not trying to be mean, I’m serious. You’ve just uncovered that last bit needed to overcome to go from de-cluttered to “zen”. Let the $0.10 worth of mayo slide. Let it go. And look, one less piece of plastic in the house! Do this across the board and the clutter goes out the window. And out the soul.

    I’m not rich by any means, but the $0.10 worth of mayo in the jar I loose is a price I am happy to pay to NEVER have to think in my life, “Did I get all the X out of the jar?” I never want to worry about that.

    Unless it’s a jar of Nutella, but then that’s what fingers are for πŸ™‚

  5. posted by Bee on

    I received one of these from the Peanut Council (or whatever its called) at a road race expo. It actually comes in very handy in getting all of the peanut butter out of the jar (I don’t eat mayo). I like using the last bit of peanut butter because its not wasteful *and* it gets the jar really clean without water so its all ready for recycling (we have to have clean recyclables in my city at this point). Snark all you want, but it doesn’t take up much room in the drawer (I only have a 3 drawer kitchen), and I find it useful with kids, too.

  6. posted by Sandman on

    Well, it is a perfect compliment to my mustard spreader


    Hmmm, now what to do about this relish, I can’t seem to get it out of the jar.

  7. posted by Lee on

    We have one of these – a gift from my MIL. I enjoy using it, but if I pared my kitchen to the bare bones, I could let it go. It’s in my baking drawer, but I’m going to move it to the drawer beside the refrigerator, where I think it will get more use. It’s next to my pastry blender – again I use it, but could get by with 2 dinner knives.

  8. posted by JJ on

    Okay, okay, I get that *one* of these might be useful for all jars. It’s basically just a narrow spatula.

    But I keep thinking, it’s so HUGE!!! I kept scrolling down and scrolling down that picture before the knife-spreader finally ended!

  9. posted by Jacquie on

    What I don’t understand is why a ‘spreader’ for mayo. I use a spoon to get it out of the jar and dollop the appropriate amount onto the salad, burger or whatever. And a spoon is pretty good at getting as much of the mayo out of the jar as I want to get.
    So what do people ‘spread’ mayo on in the US? Here in the UK I don’t think it’s thought of as a spread.

  10. posted by Kevin Johnson on

    Yeah I gotta comment… my mom bought me one of these and I thought it was a useless piece of plastic. Now I use it all the time for jars that its hard to get to the bottom of. Its awesome for mayo, peanut butter, whatever. As someone who hates waste, I would buy another one of these if mine broke.

  11. posted by Zac on

    Interesting post on Lifehacker today “Favorite Unitaskers!”


  12. posted by Sam on

    I find that a fish knife is very useful for getting the last bits out of a jar. The curve of the fish knife is similar to the curve of this doohickey.

  13. posted by Adam on

    As the person who forwarded this Unitasker to Erin, I thought I’d chime in.

    Naturally, the level to which one unclutters is a personal preference. Further, the importance one places on individual items determines whether or not you’d consider it clutter or something of value. So what I view as a waste of money may be a very valid and valuable purchase for another.

    For me, I stumbled across the Mayo Knife in a store and actually laughed aloud. For me, this is just silliness. I think a knife is perfectly capable of spreading my condiments. If I want to get more of the clingings around the edge of the jar, I reach for a spoon instead. It isn’t worth the purchase and storage of another kitchen tool to get the 10 cents worth of mayo, jelly, mustard, or whatever. I don’t worry about it. By comparison, I also don’t cut open the plastic bottle of ketchup to scrape its insides when it won’t squirt out anymore. To some, that’s wasteful and perhaps it is. Instead, I view it as one less thing to worry about.

    At the end of the day, this is a site about reducing the unnecessary “stuff” in our lives. It shouldn’t be much of a stretch (just by looking at this device) to recognize that if you had to go without this, a knife would work in its place. Hence the reason for me sending it to Erin.

    Getting creative, there may be other uses for it but I can’t think of any that couldn’t be handled by another basic utensil. That makes this a unitasker insofar as I’m concerned. Perhaps it’s just because I’ve never enjoyed the convenience that is the Mayo Knife! πŸ™‚

  14. posted by Marie on

    I actually have this one! Someone (probably my dad) gave it to me as a present once, and I threw it in the pile with all other spatula-type implements. I’ve never used it. I always look at it and then reach for something else. It’s currently slated for the thrift store. So some of you are saying that I should at least try it first?

  15. posted by momofthree on

    i love kitchen gadgets, but what a hoot this is!!

    I have 5 rubber spatulas, two are “spoonulas”, since they have a spoon bowl shape to them…perfect for scrapping up the last of the batter/dough. (one short, one long handles) two regular rubber spatulas (again, one long, one short handle)

    and my most favorite, a thin blade rubber spatula that lets us get the last bit of whatever is left behind in whatever jar, can, etc.

    Yet, of course, I have also been known to store a jar upside down so that gravity helps bring the last to the opening. Have to be a little cautious, but, most of what I get is always good to the last scrape of the jar.

  16. posted by Kimberly on

    You can always make salad dressing with what is left in the jar. Add a bit of vinegar, salt, pepper, a few tbsp buttermilk, a tsp garlic powder, a few tbsp. blue cheese, shake very well and there you go!!!

  17. posted by Cath on

    @Jacquie, I’m in the UK too – I spread mayo on bread if making a sandwich πŸ™‚ And no I don’t have a Mayo Knife! πŸ™‚

  18. posted by WilliamB on

    I saw a TV ad for the egg cracker. It was killing me even before I saw the end. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any sillier came the “if you buy now” plug. If you buy now not only will you get the egg cracker, you’ll get an egg scrambler for free. It’s like an electric toothbrush with a needle instead of a brush; stick the egg on the needle and the gadget scrambles the egg inside the shell. I guess you then transfer it to the egg cracker and hope none of the egg spills out the hole.

    I really, really thought it couldn’t get sillier than the cracker. I should learn not to underestimate the ingenuity of these companies. Makes me wonder what ideas *they* think are too silly to be worth manufacturing.

  19. posted by Erin Doland on

    @WilliamB — We featured the EZ Cracker many months ago. Still makes me laugh.

  20. posted by Lisa on

    Clicking on the Amazon site for this spreader reveals another fine Unitasker:


    Because God knows assembling a stack of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow is so far beyond most peoples’ abilities.

  21. posted by Nana on

    I got a set of three spatulas…one rather narrow. That’s my go-to tool for getting the last whatever out of the jar. Hmmm…now what can I buy with the money I saved not buying this Unitasker!

  22. posted by KathyinMD on

    Your “contact” link no longer accepts communication. Is that on purpose?

    I saw this and thought of UNITASKER! Is it an ice cream cone? Is it porcelain? Wait, it’s both! An inedible ice cream cone!


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