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Gadgets: The Spifter
I always hope to find new, quirky, innovative, unique, interesting, useful, improved, and fun products to review. But it's pretty unlikely any product will check all those boxes. I mean, there aren't that many truly new kitchen gadgets being invented.
This time, I think I actually found something new: The Spifter ($19.95). After I saw it, my very next thought was, "Why didn't someone think of this before?" It's perfectly logical.
The Spifter is a spoon-sized sifter. It would take you forever to sift flour with this for your cake, but it's ideal for neatly spewing paprika onto deviled eggs or sprinkling colored sugar onto cookies. Since it's small, you get more controlled placement of whatever you're sprinkling.
There are three removable mesh sifter bowls that snap in and out of the spoon, with fine, medium, and coarse mesh, so you can sift fine powdery stuff or slightly coarser salts or sugars or herbs.
Perfectionists and food bloggers looking for pretty presentation are going to love this gadget. Cooks who care less about messy garnishes probably won't be as excited. And I'm sure there are professionals who can manage perfect paprika placement without needing a gadget.
On the other hand, I can use all the garnishing help I can get.
I almost wish this was a three-spoon set instead of having the removable bowls since I'm terrible at losing small things in my kitchen drawers, but that's my issue and not a flaw in the product. Overall, this is a pretty cool idea.
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.