Thursday, October 22, 2009

What Is This Kitchen Gadget?

Recently I made a little bin thing for a kitchen drawer for my measuring spoons, because they crazily migrate to the back of the drawer every day, and I found this odd little gadget:
At first, I thought it was some special gadget for breaking up sauce muck. (Sauce muck is that thick ring of stuff you get around the top of bottles of barbecue sauce and A-1 sauce and that sort of thing.) But upon closer inspection, I found that it was actually a two part deal. The part I thought was the sauce muck scraper was actually a sort of pull handle:
So then I was really perplexed. Once I pulled the muck scraper out, I realized I had been looking at it upside down. Because now it looked sort of like a cork. But it was inside that other thing. So I wondered: Is this an overly complicated wine cork with a spout? And if so, WHY? Wine bottles pour just fine on their own, so why would I need a metal spout thing? Then I thought maybe it was for olive oil. But my olive oil bottles pour just fine own their own, just like wine bottles. I couldn't think of anything else that might need a cork with a metal spout.
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And then I moved on to wondering where it came from and why I had no memory of it. Is it something I brought over from Mom's house last summer? Was it something that came in a gift set from one of my husband's vendors? Did it miraculously appear, placed by that sprite of household oddities? My Sweetie thought maybe it was something you jab (at the spouty end) into a large citrus fruit and then turn it around for pouring. First of all, that would not work very well, and even if it did, why would you need to cork it afterward?
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So does anyone know what this is? I thought maybe someone could answer that question because I'm pretty sure no one could tell me how it ended up in my drawer. If I never find out, that's okay too, because I can always use it as a sauce muck scraper.

9 comments:

XUP said...

It's a wine spout. The cork thingy keeps the air out of wine so it will last a bit longer once opened and the spout part makes for "smoother" pouring -- so you don't get the glug, glug thing which I guess adds too much air to the wine or something and leaves drips on the bottles. Meh, just because something is pretty much useless doesn't mean someone hasn't decided to make and sell it. Maybe it came with your bar?

geewits said...

Thanks XUP! Now I want to try it out. You know, for scientific experimenty type reasons.

Scarlet said...

Well, now we know. I am not a gadget person and in fact, my hubby and I always argue about these things because I chop and peel everything with a knife and he wants to add more appliances to our already busy kitchen!

Big Brother said...

As XUP it's to put in a wine bottle when you pour. That way there are no wine drips onto your nice white tablecloth. If you think that is strange, there is also a thin round piece of metal that you role up and stuff into the top of the bottle and it serves that same way... that one took me a while to figure out.

Carole said...

I thought I left a comment earlier, but it didn't show up? Hmmm...guess I wasn't signed in. Anyway, what I said was that if anybody can turn this kitchen gadget into a multi-tasker, it will be you.

geewits said...

Scarlet,
~~I like little gadgets but do not own a food processor and no longer use the big bulky salad spinner. I sling my lettuce in a large clean kitchen cloth.

Big Brother,
~~I'll have to look that up.

Carole,
~~So true. I am the ultimate repurposer.

Jazz said...

Well, there you go - no need for my input on this one...

And everyone needs a wine spout.

Mr. Jazz said...

Wine spouts are essential to avoid the infamous "drop" and the spots that ensue. I use them all the time, the one shown on your blog as well as the one described by BB. Don't leave home without it...

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