Why You Need Single Use Kitchen Tools
If you are reading this, you must have at least a passing interest in preparing food for yourself, friends and family. As the Creative Director here at The Nicer Slicer, my job is to provide you, our visitors, with interesting, delicious and even entertaining information about using our product. Bread in all its various forms has been around for thousands of years and is a deep part of almost every culinary culture. We’ll explore some of those connections to human sustenance in the coming months.
Back to the headline: quick- open your kitchen drawers and cabinets. How many utensils do you own that are perfectly suited to performing a single food related task? Which ones would you be lost without? How else would you grate that nutmeg, zest that lemon, pit that olive or open that can?
In my work as an industrial designer, I am always intrigued by people’s emotional and intellectual responses to the products and experiences that are part of our daily lives. I agree with William Morris, the British designer: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” The objects we choose to surround ourselves with should contribute to our well being and happiness.
I have partnered with the Schirmer family for several years to bring this unique product to market. In the process of developing The Nicer Slicer, we met lots of people who said “Why ever would I need one of those?” We responded by asking about their favorite kitchen tool. This evoked many fascinating stories about utensils, old and new, with memories of when and where each was purchased or given to the recipient. Some had been repaired many times and the owner worried aloud what they will do when it finally has to be abandoned.
These stories were sometimes followed by a second look at the Slicer and a mumbled comment about how, maybe, it wasn’t such a crazy product after all.
The other reaction we got was from people who saw the product and understood immediately how they would use it. We asked what benefits they expected to derive from The Nicer Slicer. The answers ranged from trimming calories to stretching food budgets. Parents were interested in changing their kids’ eating habits- less pre-packaged, nutritionally suspicious snacks and more homemade fresh and fun foods. Others were concerned about health issues and cutting down on carbohydrates, sodium or other ingredients.
So buying a kitchen tool, like any other purchase decision, comes down to individual priorities of perceived value, usefulness and the look and feel of the product. Which explains why the gourmet truffle slicer at a high end culinary site is still back ordered after the holidays.
We welcome your comments and stories about your favorite kitchen tools.
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