Designs with quirky names
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Thanks to Joanna Cooney from Dreamfarm for sending me some product samples of their range to review. I received a Chobs, Jot and Smood — with names like this I reckon you'd never guess what they are in a trivia quiz. All the products are nicely packaged and come with an industrial quality hang tag which they hope you'll reuse but I'm not sure if I'd use them as I already have a key ring. At first I couldn't work out how to get them off and thought I needed to cut them off but thankfully I worked out the ends have little screws on them — although people not good with their fingers might find them a little difficult to take off. Dreamfarm hopes that some customers might also reuse the thin product tag on the Jot and Smood as a bookmark but I have my doubts this would actually happen unless they had a nice generic design on them — perhaps if a pretty design was on the other side of the label would make it more attractive to reuse.
The Chobs ($13.95) are used to raise your chopping board so you can theoretically use both sides of the one board. I can see the value of this as I've often wanted to use both sides of a cutting board but when turning it over it would messy up the bench top when it comes in contact if you've been cutting up something or have washed it. For people with limited hand dexterity I think they'd find them a little difficult to clip to their boards but once on you could pretty much keep them on. At first I found them quite foreign but over the weeks I've gotten used to them being on. I think the downside is depending on how and where you stack your board you might find the chobs get caught amongst other things in the wash up tray. Also because the Chobs stick up on the board you might find they get in the way when scraping off your cuttings but I've managed to work around this.
The Jot ($5.95 for 2) is a suction cup that can basically hold anything that will fit into it. I was keen to try this for my toothbrushes and it works perfectly. The downside might be the colours supplied might not match your surface.
Finally the Smood ($29.95) is a spiral designed masher which I was most interested in testing because I'd love a masher that does a good job. My existing mashers are pretty cheap and do a fair enough job but the Smood seemed easier to use and mashed up the sweet potato pretty well. The downside would be it's more expensive than your basic ones and the springing action takes a little getting used to.
Testing the Smood
Smood meets my existing kitchen mashers
Sweet potato cut up
Drained sweet potato
Finished Smood mashed sweet potato
Oven baked fish with green beans and Smood mashed sweet potato, Chef Leong :-)
Testing the Chobs
Remove the plastic holder base. I couldn't work it out on the red one at first and thought it was a dud but then realised I peeled off the white sticker instead of the plastic holder base.
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