Unitasker Wednesday: The Prepdeck

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

Reader Pete brought today’s product, The Prepdeck to our attention.

The Prepdeck is designed to organize and unclutter your kitchen work surfaces. It includes a fold-out cutting board, 15 containers in four sizes, a storage compartment for knives and utensils, an accessory drawer with prep tools (grater, slicer, juicer, etc.) and a removable trash compartment for collecting scraps.

The Prepdeck is large and cleaning all those little parts would be a challenge! As Reader Pete put it, “I shudder to think of the potential for cross-contamination, especially if you’re a meat-eater.”

In other words, Prepdeck duplicates everything that your kitchen already has, all of which can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher. Not to mention the fact that the little containers have to be stored in the fridge individually while the Prepdeck remains unused taking up almost all of your counter space.

Here is the thing though…

I just finish setting up my youngest kid at college. The Prepdeck would be very helpful. The cutting board would be easier to clean and sanitize than the chipped and stained countertops in the dorm kitchen. Having a small compartment for collecting scraps means they wouldn’t fall on the floor and attract pests. The Prepdeck’s little containers hold just enough for one person and are small enough to be stored in the fridge in her room. She could fill up the containers at home on the weekends and have enough fresh fruits and veggies for the week. Being able to store all of her own kitchen tools in one spot would be beneficial as well.

Actually, for anyone living in a dorm, small apartment, or RV, and doesn’t already have kitchen tools, the Prepdeck would be the way to go.

Should we call it a large, cumbersome, multi-tasking unitasker? I’ll leave it to our readers to decide.

6 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: The Prepdeck”

  1. posted by Jenna on

    Oooh I don’t know, this seems kind of delightful to me! Yes, the containers seem small if you’re cooking for more than one person, and it would be a pain to clean the nooks and crannies, but it also gives the feel of a super organized workstation, especially if you were doing something like a stirfry where you had several oils/sauces/liquids to measure. I dig it! I realize it might not be useful for the majority of people, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it a unitasker. I think it would give a lot of helpful structure for people in a small kitchen/space as you mentioned. And it’s so pretty! Whether or not I would ever use it, it makes me super happy to look at! 🙂

  2. posted by heather on

    I’m going to go with environmentally wasteful unitasker. First of all, everyone’s allotted space for such an item is going to be a different size, and these are going to be a fixed size. The dorm kitchens I’ve seen are shared among several people, and community spaces are almost always controversial in terms of differing ideas of how the area should be kept. Finally, it looks to me like something similar could be constructed out of some small scrap boards, jars, etc., which would be way more environmentally friendly than MORE plastic. It’s possible that I’m not seeing some details that the product features, but my kitchen has pretty limited counter space and I would absolutely not use it for this thing.

  3. posted by Ruth Hansell on

    Hmm, was about to say ‘only for small spaces’, but then I went and looked at it. Clicked on the Prepdeck word and it takes you to a brief commercial about the product. It makes more sense than I thought it would. Yes, it has limited uses ~ I’d never use all those ingredient containers for example ~ but if you do cooking that involves lots of slicing/dicing of different ingredients, this unit would be helpful AND perhaps set some visual boundaries so that cooking extravaganzas didn’t expand to fill Every Available Inch Of Kitchen Space.

  4. posted by Michelle on

    I’m with Heather. I think this is environmentally wasteful. The same idea, imo, can be achieved with small square or round glass lidded containers that would take up less space on the counter and in the fridge, as well as storage when not in use (or small pyrex bowls if it’s for a meal that you’re prepping now), and a smaller cutting board that can just as easily be stored on its side. I also agree with Pete that this would be a lot of time spent on the cleaning aspect (I don’t think my college daughter would have the time to spend cleaning and maintaining it). Definitely a thumbs down from me 🙂

  5. posted by Claire on

    I think it looks great. But. It is so so expensive.

  6. posted by Miss H on

    I don’t like this product at all. Instead of having proper versions of tools you will actually use, instead you have a:
    – cutting board with a folding ridge down the middle, which will make many cutting/chopping tasks difficult
    – the sides of a box grater, but designed in a way that they can only be used with those specific PrepDeck boxes (and with no guard except for the tiny little garlic attachment)
    – giant, crevice-filled everything-holder (the main PrepDeck) that would accumulate grime and mold in weird corners and can’t get any smaller than large box size

    If you want something for a college kid or someone sharing a house, a big plastic shoebox and a real, full-size cutting board (or even one of those flexible plastic ones) with:
    – NESTING storage containers and lids
    – set of measuring cups and spoons
    – folding box grater or small mandoline with a guard
    – juicer…if it would ever be used
    – veggie peeler
    …all for way less than $100.

    And, things that PrepDeck doesn’t include anyway:
    – knives
    – pots with lids
    – frying pan
    – baking trays
    – cooling racks
    – mixing bowl
    – big spoon
    – spatula
    – whisk
    – can opener (pick one with a bottle opener edge for double-duty)

    You get bonus points for finding as much as you can at garage/yard/moving/estate sales so you pay even less and find items that have already proven durable enough not to be thrown out.

    The tricky parts of cooking aren’t things like finding storage containers, but realizing that you are out of flour or that the tomatoes have gone bad. For new cooks, problems are also things like not having decent knife skills and not planning ahead enough for meals.

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