Savvy Shopper here, back again to gaze in disbelief at the never-ending parade of countertop cookers. Never satisfied, Americans are constantly seduced by new grills and ovens that promise faster, more energy-efficient and healthier cooking than can be accomplished with pots and pans and conventional gas or electric ranges. Today’s candidate is the Sharper Image Super Wave Oven, which seems suspiciously similar to the Morningware Halo Oven. But we know that direct marketers would never copy their competitor’s product, right?
Why are Americans so fascinated with countertopelectricgrills? Makes you wonder if there are a lot of homes with non-functioning stoves. The Sharper Image folks go so far as to suggest you use their new Super Grill to prepare all your meals, breakfast through dinner. Maybe that’s not such a wacky idea, since the 1500 watt Super Grill can grill both sides of a steak at the same time, plus use the interchangeable plates to perform cool culinary tricks like making panini sandwiches and waffles.
For my birthday last year, my husband bought me a very up-scale Japanese chef’s ceramic knife (I don’t know exactly how much he paid, but it’s the three-figure one). Now along comes the YoshiBlade ceramic knife at the more modest price of $19.99 (plus shipping and handling, as usual) – what to do, what to do? I’d love to try it on this summer’s tomatoes after seeing the demo – but it feels like culinary infidelity.
How does a DRTV marketer “freshen up” an As Seen on TV product when it’s been on the market for a couple of years and sales have cooled? If the marketer is Telebrands, and the product is Cathy Mitchell’s Pasta N More, you change the name, change the color, lower the price and add more freebies. The result: the kinda-new Pasta Boat.
If you’re a fan of Transformers, you’ll love the Big Boss Grill. This grill has interchangeable cooking plates that let you transform it into a grill, a griddle, waffle maker, panini smasher, omelet maker and uranium enrichment chamber. Just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The other uses are all true, but the Big Boss Grill does not have any nuclear capability. Still, it is one versatile countertop appliance.
Big Top Cupcake is a new product that requires little explanation. Here’s the sitch: It’s a pair of non-stick silicone pans in which you separately bake the top and bottom of humongous cupcakes bigger than your head. From toddlers to centenarians, everyone at the table is going to exhibit extreme gleefulness when a giant cupcake with sprinkles is served for dessert. Except for anorexics and dieters. Depending on choice of mix, filling and toppings, I’m guessing 8,000-12,000 calories in one Big Top Cupcake. And that’s why you never bake a Big Top Cupcake just for yourself, especially on a Saturday night when you’re home all alone feeling sorry for yourself because you’re not in a relationship and you’re sure you’ll remain all alone for eternity. Don’t bake it then.
Several thousand meals ago, we bought our spouse a razor-sharp ceramic knife as a birthday gift. This displays the high level of trust that is a hallmark of our often-harmonius pairing (a pairing without paring). That $200 knife is still as sharp and smooth as they day it first carved sushi-grade maguro tuna into paper-thin slices for tuna carpaccio. We’re sold on the sharpness and durability of ceramic knives. So when we saw the new YoshiBlade at a fraction of the price, we were very intrigued. We’ve not tried the YoshiBlade yet, so we’re not making a direct comparison to a $200 knife. But we are very interested to see how it performs. Here’s the commercial:
Addendum: After re-reading this, I thought maybe it sounded a little fakey. There are so many fake blogs out there today, and your Savvy Shopper, while pseudonymous, is oh so real, baby. So after dinner we snapped a photo of the Kyocera Kyotop ceramic knife that has served so faithfully, most recently in the preparation of tonight’s delicious dinner. And yes, it does cost about $200.
Why should unboxing be just for computers and gadgets? If you thought that the Slap Chop commercial was just performance art, you need to know that the latest product from Vince Offer (the ShamWow guy) is very, very real. We ordered ours back in December on the first day we saw it advertised. It arrived about a month later. Now it’s well past the ides of March and we’re just now posting the pix here. This is a direct result of personal lameness. We didn’t want to post the photos until we chose and installed a WordPress photo gallery plugin. This meant we really should upgrade WordPress to the latest version, but we have been too busy/lazy to do so. Until today.
We did make a meal recently where every course was prepared with the Slap Chop, and of course we documented the process with photos. Look for that gallery soon.
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The Titan Peeler is a slicing, grating, peeling, shaving, shredding kitchen gadget that really epitomizes what As Seen On TV and direct marketing are all about. Following in the footsteps of the legendary Veg-O-Matic, it even makes julienne fries and slice onions without tears! If you spend anytime preparing fruits and vegetables, you want, no you need this product. Have clicked the ad to buy yet? Now? How about now?