They really sell these?

I was watching the news the other night to see if the rain was ever going to stop or if we were going to need to find a boat when I saw a couple of ads for some interesting products. And I’m in a snarky mood, so I’m going to rant a bit about them.

First up, the Big City Slider Station. I like sliders. They’re cute, great for portion control, good for parties. I mean, really, they’re just mini hamburgers. So when I make them, I just make smaller hamburger patties. I really didn’t think it was all that complex. I must have been wrong. Either that or I’m just totally missing something since there’s now this wonderful pan that takes all of that pesky guess work out of making a small hamburger patty and then flipping it to cook it on both sides. The only possible reason I can see for this pan to exist is if you just absolutely have to have perfectly round burgers and you haven’t just decided to use a biscuit cutter or a juice glass to shape them. But this comes with a recipe book! Recipe book? Again, am I just missing the concept of sliders? You really need a recipe book for them? Maybe I’m getting old, but I just don’t get it.

Then there was the Pancake Puffs Pan. This one just really confuses me. It’s an aebleskiver pan. This is not something new and revolutionary no matter what they claim. Aebleskivers are a very old Danish treat. One of those things that’s been around for so long that no one really knows who made the first ones. I like the theory here that Vikings made the first ones on their dented shields. That’s a story with character! Aebleskiver pans are pretty easy to find (yes, I have the Lodge one). But this one comes with a one-year supply of flipping sticks! Flipping sticks!! I guess toothpicks or bamboo skewers or the original knitting needle method (which I think is a cool multi-use) aren’t good enough. You obviously need special flipping sticks. That apparently are time stamped to expire in a year and can’t be reused. That I have a sneaking suspicion are actually bamboo skewers.

I’m blaming the Olympics for this. If I hadn’t gotten hooked on watching the Olympics, I wouldn’t have had the TV on our local NBC affiliate to watch the news in the first place to see these. I’m unfortunately certain that these aren’t the only members of their ilk. I know I’m being a snot about this, but when everyone is pinching pennies, it really gets to me to see a company trying to convince people that they need something that really just takes up space (I’m talking to you Slider Station people). And it always bothers me when a company takes something with a very rich ethnic history and tries to imply that it’s something NEW! just so Americans will buy it without having to learn a scary name (That’s you Pancake Puffs).

Okay. I’m all ranted out for the night. Just think – Papa Squirrel has to live with this on a daily basis. Aren’t you lucky?

Jackson Kramer at Viking
Jennifer Chandler at Davis Kidd