Unitasker Wednesday: Half and half cupcake maker

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Although it is highly rated, I do not see the usefulness of this half and half cupcake maker.

It has dividers for all twelve cupcake cups in one unit. It is large and difficult to store. You would not want it to get bent or warped because then it wouldn’t fit into the pan correctly. Since it comes with its own cupcake pan, I suspect they work together as one unit and the divider portion may not work in other cupcake pans.

I’m still not sure why people want two flavours in one cupcake. Personally, if I want two different flavours, I’d eat two different cupcakes (not necessarily the same day — it is cake after all).

If you really feel you need a unitasker to make half and half cupcakes. Batter Babies cupcake dividers take up much less space and are likely easier to clean. You could also make your own using cardboard covered in waxed paper.

 

Unitasker Wednesday: Cooler Brightz

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Do you want to show off your decorating skills to your picnic and barbeque guests? Cooler Brightz can help! Your guests will be able to find their drinks at night when your cooler is lit with a string of waterproof 30 micro-LED lights. Available in six different colours, Cooler Brightz will stay illuminated for more than 24 hours using just three AA batteries (not included).

The Amazon reviews of Cooler Brightz are not very favourable and my first impression was that it should fall into the unitasker category.

But…

I’ve been camping. Trying to hold a flashlight in one hand while rummaging in a cooler filled with ice water is not easy — especially when you want to keep the lid closed as much as possible. Why not consider using lights that will also serve another purpose?

These remote-controlled, submersible lights could light up your cooler or be used in an aquarium, bathtub, vase of flowers, or even outdoors in the rain. For the same function but a more romantic look, check out these waterproof, flameless tea lights.

If you really want a cooler light, opt for this higher quality Coleman Cold Glow Cooler Light which is much brighter, lasts longer, and the batteries are included.

Unitasker Wednesday: Chip Fingers

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It’s summer party time and that means people are enjoying finger foods such as chips, pretzels, sliced fruits and vegetables, as well as barbequed wings and ribs.

For those that like to keep their fingers clean, check out Chip Fingers! These food-grade silicone finger covers have a unique shape that fits on just about any finger size. They come three fingertips to a pack so you’ll have to buy at least two packs to get your thumb and two fingers per hand covered — four packages if you want all your fingers covered.

Chip Fingers are heat resistant so your fingers won’t be able to feel how hot those chicken wings are you’ll just use your lips and mouth to find out. I’m sure the burns will heal quickly. They are also reusable and dishwasher safe. Since they are small and light weight, you might want to purchase a dishwasher basket so they don’t fly all around the inside of the dishwasher during the wash cycle.

Oh, and you probably shouldn’t take them to any family-oriented events because they are a choking hazard for children and pets.

Personally, I’ll pass on these unitaskers because I think barbequed food is finger lickin’ good.

Unitasker Wednesday: RSVP International Deluxe Corn Stripper

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RSVP International Deluxe Corn Stripper works on a similar principle to an apple corer. You insert the cob in the tube and push down the blade. The kernels are shaved off and the cob remains within the blade tube. You then use a plastic rod to poke out the cob. (The instructional video is here.) The four separate parts are dishwasher safe.

The RSVP International Deluxe Corn Stripper received high reviews on Amazon unlike many of the unitaskers we feature. I suppose if you thought you needed a corn stripper to clutter your cupboards, this would be the one to get — as long as you don’t try to use it for extra-large cobs.

I wonder why people buy corn on the cob when they can’t eat it. When my children were younger and had orthodontic appliances (retainers, braces, etc.) it was just so much easier and less cluttered and unitaskery to buy corn off the cob. When we went to a friend’s home, we used a multi-purpose knife to cut the corn from the cob. It was easy to wash one knife instead of four different parts of a corn stripper.

Thanks to my cousin Lisa for sharing this unitasker on Facebook. Since I know she, and probably many of our readers, are from farming families, I’ll share this video I found for Corn Shelling the Easy Way…Hillbilly Style!

Unitasker Wednesday: Automatic hands-free sauce stirrer

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Safe for non-stick pans and able to be used in boiling liquids, this automatic hands-free sauce stirrer is says it is able to stir for up to four hours on one set of AA batteries (not included).

Just think, for the ability to save some energy in your arm, you can create more dead batteries for the local landfill. According to the comments, most of the time this device doesn’t even stir, it just vibrates against the side of the pot which means the device ends up in the landfill too.

Save your money. Keep non-recyclable junk out of our landfills. Use a multi-purpose spoon or whisk.

NOTE: This device, should you purchase one that actually works, may be of value if you have reduced mobility in your hands, arms, or shoulders. Proceed with caution though.

Unitasker Wednesday: Mac Magic pasta pot

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Macaroni and cheese from a box, specifically Kraft Dinner (KD), (“Dîner Kraft” if you speak French) is referred to as the national dish of Canada. Canadians eat 55% more Kraft Dinner than Americans making it the most popular grocery item in our country. When we were living in England, we had family members ship us a few cases of Kraft Dinner so that our children could share a “typical Canadian meal” with their U.K. friends.

Even as much as we love our KD, I cannot fathom why I would buy a device as unitaskery as the Mac Magic 4-qt. Pasta Pot.

The pot does have a strainer lid which makes it easy to drain the water from the pasta but there are many other higher quality pots with strainer lids. The Mac Magic pot has a stirring unit built into the lid but  you can only use it in conjunction with the pot — unlike a regular spoon or spatula that you can use with any pot. There is also a little hole in the lid in which you can add ingredients which is useful because when you lift the lid the stirring unit pulls out all of the contents and spills them all over the place.

The Amazon reviews of this product indicate that it is not very well made. Reader Kimberley, who alerted us to this unitasker observes that the ‘description included ‘Eliminates dirty dishes’. Except this contraption is huge and ridiculously difficult to clean!”

Thanks Kimberley for sharing this unitasker with us. I now have a craving for Kraft Dinner which I will make using my multi-purpose pot, multi-purpose strainer, and multi-purpose spoon.

Unitasker Wednesday: Nunc watch

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Nunc is the Latin word for now. You would think, with an item that looked exactly like a watch, you would be able to use it to tell you what time it is now.

Well, no. you can’t.

You see, the Nunc watch isn’t meant to tell you the time. It’s meant to remind you that you should not worry about time and live life in the now. As Nunc states on its website, “Time is often depicted as the evil in the struggle with Life.

The Nunc watch is created with high-grade stainless steel and encases a one-of-a-kind, marble stone that supposedly represents the uniqueness of every moment. The wooden box in which the watch is shipped, transforms into a plant pot. Their artisanal manufacturing processes (as shown by their use of electrical power tools) compliments their philosophy of environmentalism. To further reduce their carbon footprint, they also source their materials close to their manufacturing site (which is interesting because they ship anywhere in the world in 2-6 business days. I’m pretty sure you can’t walk, cycle, or swim from Italy to North America in that time-frame).

The Nunc watch is not a watch. It is jewelry that you wear around your wrist to remind you to live life to the fullest.

We should create a special name for this item! How about the word bracelet? We could even invent bracelets that already have inspirational sayings on them so you wouldn’t need to think of your own as you looked at your blank, €160, piece of marble encased in stainless steel.

If I were to buy a stainless steel and marble bracelet, I’d choose this one because it serves two purposes, some single malt whisky and living life to the fullest.

Unitasker Wednesday: Clean Step shoe wrapping machine

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I’m Canadian and have spent most of my life living in Canada. When you visit a Canadian’s home, you’ll be expected to remove your outer footwear at the door unless you are specifically told not to. This is not unique to Canada. Many cultures have a tradition of removing outside shoes at the door. Soles of shoes are a potential vector for pathogen transmission and removing them keeps the inside of your home cleaner.

It was very surprising to me, living in other countries, to find that people do not take off their shoes at the door. I guess this is why the Clean Step shoe wrapping machine was invented. It shrink-wraps the soles of your shoes in one-time use, non-biodegradable plastic to keep the floors clean while walking around your home or office.

Maybe in the parts of the world where the climate is mostly dry the shoe wrapping machine would work. I doubt the plastic would stick over a layer of ice and snow or mud and slush typical in many climates.

Maybe you’re thinking this would be useful in an area that required a high level of hygiene. Probably not. In the food and pharmaceutical industries, only super-clean indoor shoes are worn. When going into the production area, workers are required to walk through a shoe sanitation station that further cleans and reduces the germ load on the shoes.

In hospital and other medical settings, there are several types of automatic shoe cover dispensers that cover almost the entire shoe to prevent germ transfer. The Clean Step shoe wrapping machine only covers the sole.

Maybe you’re thinking this would be useful if you already had your boots on but forgot an item in another part of the home. Not really. We prefer to use babouche — felt indoor overshoes. They slip on and off easily over any size boot. They are re-usable and washable. They take up much less space than the shoe wrapping machine and do not require electricity to use. Even contractors that come to your home to repair something will often bring their own set of babouche to wear indoors.

Avoid the shoe wrapping unitasker and just take your shoes off.

Unitasker Wednesday: Stircle

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Single-use plastic items such as plastic coffee stir sticks damage our environment. But, if we choose to be eco-friendly, how will we stir our coffee? I bet most of you are thinking, “Hey, I could use this multi-purpose, reusable spoon I already own just sitting here in my kitchen.”

But wait! You have to wash and dry the spoon. It’s hard and time consuming. And what happens if you lose your spoon?

You need the Stircle — it stirs your coffee and it is round like a circle — STIR CLE!

The Stircle should stir 50,000 cups on about $0.10 of electricity. The video doesn’t show how the Stircle is powered. It may have to be built into a countertop with the electric cord underneath or it might be powered by rechargeable batteries. Either way the Stircle is made from plastic and electronics — neither of which is environmentally friendly.

Also, if you watch the video, you’ll notice that the Stircle only stirs disposable cups. Not one reusable drink container is shown. Even these light-weight biodegradable mugs would not fit on the Stircle because of their handle design.

In summary, the Stircle is a non-eco-friendly automatic stirring machine that only stirs drinks in non-eco-friendly cups claiming to “save the environment” from non-recyclable stir sticks. With a price tag of $345, I’ll skip this unitasker and purchase reusable teaspoons.

Thanks goes out to Jeri Dansky for bringing this unitasker to our attention!

Unitasker Wednesday: Ember temperature control travel mug

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Travel mugs are great. They keep your beverage (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) hot during cold winters. Sure, sometimes the beverage is too hot to drink right away and you have to wait for it to cool a bit but eventually it will be comfortable to drink. In really cold weather, it might cool off a little too quickly but if you purchase a good quality travel mug, your hot beverage will stay hot longer.

But if you’re willing to pay $150, consider the Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug. It will keep your drink at the perfect temperature all the time.

Let’s say you pour boiling water in your mug but your preferred drinking temperature is 137ºF (58ºC). Your Ember Travel Mug will cool your drink at a much faster rate than a normal travel mug and keep it at 137ºF (58ºC) until you finish drinking your drink. Just think, you can start drinking your coffee first thing in the morning and if you don’t finish it, it will still be exactly 137ºF when you return to it late in the afternoon!

You’ll have to ensure that you keep the mug in the charging dock. Yes, it is another item to keep plugged in and another battery and system of electronics that you’ll need to eventually figure out how to dispose of in an ecologically safe way, but hey — coffee at the perfect temperature all day long.

Unitasker Wednesday: TriceraTaco Taco Holder

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We’ve written about taco holders on prior Wednesdays: the Taco Truck and the TacoProper. But I just came across the TriceraTaco taco holder, and couldn’t resist revisiting this subject.

There’s no doubt this is a unitasker, but it also made me grin. So if all of the following statements are true, maybe buying a unitasker wouldn’t be so horrible:

  • You make tacos often.
  • You don’t use the flat-bottomed taco shells that stand up fine on their own (and wouldn’t fit in this holder).
  • You have plenty of space to store this taco holder.
  • You (or your family members) would be delighted every time you used it.

However, it’s also worth remembering that what seems cute at first glance will sometimes wear thin in repeated uses. Would you still like the TriceraTaco on the 20th use?

Unitasker Wednesday: FoldiMate

Our first unitasker of 2018, brought to our attention by reader Sonja, touts itself as the first practical and affordable laundry folding robot. The FoldiMate folds shirts, pants, towels, and virtually anything that will fit inside of it.

You just hang a dry article of clothing on the clips, it is drawn into the machine and within a few minutes, your laundry is neatly folded, treated, and even de-wrinkled! Just watch the video of this machine at work — ZOOM clothes go in the top and BAM they are folded and stacked neatly at the bottom.

Now, here’s the reality check. I timed myself folding a load of laundry the other day. It took me two minutes and the majority of time was used to match socks, not to fold shirts, trousers, or towels. So, I wouldn’t save much time if I had to stand there and feed in each item one by one. Perhaps if I was running a hotel or fitness centre and had to launder dozens of towels every day, this machine might pay for itself. But, with the FoldiMate’s price tag of nearly $1000 USD, I’d have to run a business because I couldn’t justify that cost for my family when everyone who lives here can (and should) fold their own laundry.

The website says the FoldiMate is “closet-ready.” For reference, FoldiMate is almost as big as a dishwasher. If you have a walk-in closet (I don’t) with an electrical outlet (I don’t) then perhaps you’d consider it closet-ready (I don’t).

This is, indeed, a unitasker. It is large and expensive and it does only one thing, folds clothes — or does it?