Unitasker Wednesday: Yolkfish

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

This week’s selection is one of those adorable little kitchen items that seems benign until you realize it’s completely pointless. Introducing Yolkfish:

This $17 unitasker even has an infomercial, but sadly it lacks the person who doesn’t know how to do the task without the device (which is by far the best part of any good infomercial).

If you didn’t watch the infomercial, Yolkfish works by separating egg yolks from egg whites by squeezing the fish’s belly and sucking up the yolk into it. Cute, except you can use the egg shell, that thing the egg comes in, to separate out the yolks. If you don’t want to use the shell, any plastic bottle in your recycling bin will pull out the yolk or even a turkey baster (make that turkey baster a multitasker!). You can also use your hands! (And then, wash your hands, obviously.)

I always do a check before choosing a unitasker to make sure we haven’t featured it or something very much like it before, and I was a little surprised to see how many egg unitaskers we have written about over the years. Apparently, the simple egg is inspiration for a ridiculous number of them: the Vacu Vin Egg Pillow, the Egg Minder Internet Connected Egg Tray, the plastic Egg and Spoon Race Game, Piercy the Egg Piercer, the Rollie Eggmaster, the Egg Cuber, Eggies, then there are at least five more egg unitaskers I’m not listing because this list is getting insanely long, and finally the one with the best infomercial ever, the EZ Cracker.

Thanks go to the dozen folks who emailed us about Yolkfish. He’s a cute little unitasker … even if he is unnecessary …

10 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Yolkfish”

  1. posted by Deb on

    And how are you supposed to get that thing clean? Yuck!

  2. posted by Kevin Miller on

    A somewhat cheaper and much more cleanable version is also sold by Quirky, they of the ridiculous Egg Minder. (Some of their products are actually useful. Just not these.)

  3. posted by Melissa on

    I just saw this on Food Network’s The Kitchen talk show a couple weeks ago and immediately thought of Unclutterer as I silently judged anyone who would buy this ridiculous thing! (For the record, the chefs agreed: use the shell to separate, no need for the fish.)

  4. posted by Arianna on

    I have to say, if you need to go the suction route (which while not necessary, is still really fun sometimes! and very neat in its execution), then just use an empty water bottle! A la: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4E_9iAU3RI

    Try it at least once, it’s super fun. BUT, no need the purchase a silly (albeit kind of cute idea) fish!

    (NB: We are not really a water-bottle-buying kind of house, but still, occasionally we end up with some from events and whatnot. You should be able to find a used one somewhere…) 🙂

  5. posted by Sandy on

    Okay, he is cute. Not nearly as awesome as this egg separator (which my brother actually owns, but I’m not judging)

    I personally don’t use the shells to separate eggs since I don’t believe they are clean. I usually use my well-washed hands…at least I know where they’ve been.

  6. posted by Erin Doland on

    Arianna — Ewwwwwwwww!!!!!

  7. posted by Becky on

    It is super cute, but I’ve worked in bakeries for years and separated a lot of eggs, I never felt the need to do it like this. If one did feel the need to separate eggs the suction way, I think the soft end off of the turkey baster would do the trick.

  8. posted by WilliamB on

    Funny thing – I just heard about the plastic bottle trick last night. I use the shell although Sandy has a good point, at least if the eggs come from a nonstandard source. CAFO-type egg producers are required to wash the eggs before sale. (Each consumer can decide for himself whether the producers actually do so, of course.)

  9. posted by Paula on

    As a kid I started baking with egg seperators. They are fun for kids and nothing depresses a kid more than an egg messed with a “torn” yolk.
    For kids in the kitchen this makes total sense! Kids should come to the kitchen and enjoy cooking and baking. So: thumbs up for any yolk seperator.

  10. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Paula — I’m huge on having my kids in the kitchen. Easiest way in the world to teach math and chemistry and physics to tykes! This being said, I like to teach professional cooking methods. (So, my kid uses real knives when he cuts, etc.) I taught my son the hand method and the egg shell method for separating eggs when he was three. He’s now unafraid to get his hands dirty in the kitchen. I exclusively use pasteurized eggs, but don’t tell him that. Lots of hand washing and counter cleaning, but without the real risk of salmonella. Obviously, do what works best with your kid — no way is wrong! — but don’t be afraid to let them get dirty if they’re game for doing so. Torn yolks are just another way to teach a kid that things don’t always work as planned on the first try and you get to try again and again 🙂 Just my perspective!

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