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Gadgets: Ginsey Collapsible Funnel

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[Photograph: Ginsey]

You might guess that I have a lot of...stuff...in my kitchen. One thing I don't have a lot of is space, so I'm always happy when a product comes along that stores neatly. The collapsible funnel ($6.99) from Ginsey Home Solutions fits that description. It's soft and flexible and accordions down to a much more compact size.

Storage isn't everything, though, and I was just a little worried that the funnel might be a little too soft and floppy to be trustworthy. I shouldn't have worried. A batch of DHorst's Secret Dipping Sauce was safely transferred from pot to canning jars with no mishaps.

The ridges on the funnel are sized to fit standard jars—or at least they fit narrow and wide-mouth canning jars. (I'm not sure what the larger jar sizes would be—maybe canisters?) I have to say that I liked the fact that the ridges made the funnel fit snugly and securely into the jars, where a standard angled funnel would be a little more wobbly. Even though the funnel itself is soft-sided, it felt pretty safe and stable.

Other pluses include easy cleanup—it rinsed clean, and then I chucked it into the dishwasher for good measure—and its bright color, which makes it easy to find in a drawer.

The only thing I'd love more is if this funnel came in a two-pack with a second, narrower funnel for filling smaller containers.

About the author: Resident yeast whisperer and bread baking columnist Donna Currie also has a serious gadget habit. When her father-in-law heard about this column, he upgraded the nickname for her kitchen from "gadget world" to "gadget heaven." You can find her on her blog, Cookistry or follow her on Twitter at @dbcurrie.

Disclaimer: Testing samples were provided to Serious Eats.

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