All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!
Every few weeks I volunteer at my son’s school to assist with math and science lessons that involve cooking projects. I’ve helped the kids rework fractions to double and halve cookie recipes and other similar projects that give them applied understanding of what they’re learning. Right before Thanksgiving, I went in and helped the kids make butter for a unit they were doing on change and, in the specific case of transforming cream into butter, emulsion.
To do the project, we poured heavy cream into a jar or plastic container (my group used a plastic Rubbermaid food storage container about the size of a sandwich) and shook the container for a crazy long time and eventually made butter. Our arms were tired but the butter tasted yummy and the kids learned about emulsion. A few days later one of the other volunteers emailed me to let me know that we had done the lesson ALL WRONG (to clarify, she was being sarcastic, not insane) because we didn’t use a specialty jar exclusively for making the butter — The Buttercup Butter Maker:
I can’t believe we had been so foolish as to think that we could make butter in any ol’ sealed container (even though we did)! At $15 a pop, we could have done it right.
Ugh. Some unitaskers actually irk me because they seem to deliberately take advantage of consumers, and this $15 specialty jar is included in that irksomeness. (Irksomeness? I apparently make up words when irked.)
Note: Want to know how to make butter in a jar? The tutorial “How to Make Whipped Cream and Butter” is nice and even employs the fancy method of adding a cork to the jar to increase agitation and speed up the process (but you don’t have to use the cork, I didn’t with the kids).