I love when kitchen products are both useful and attractive. And when I say attractive, I also mean weird or quirky or whimsical.
I'm all about the whimsical.
The Lid Lifters from Fred and Friends are definitely whimsical. They look like sea monsters trying to get out of your cooking pot.
The other whimsical thing is that they change colors. As they are subjected to heat, they turn white, so steam coming from the pot will turn parts of them white. It's odd and amusing.
And I guess it also gives you a visual cue that the pot is hot. Probably not useful if you've also got steam coming from the pot, but perhaps useful if you're venting the pot to cool it off and you see that the color has returned to normal.
When they cool off, they go back to their normal colors.
The useful part is pretty obvious. These lid lifters are used for venting the lid of a pot. Depending on the sorts of pots you have, sometimes you can leave a lid a little bit ajar, but that doesn't always work. Sometimes a little jostle moves the lid enough for it to close again.
The lid lifters, on the other hand, simply perch on the edge of the pot so the lid stays propped open. They work really well and since they're made from silicone, they can handle the heat.
Who's it for: People who make recipes that require lids to be propped. And who like quirky things.
Pros: They work well. They're cute. They're dishwasher safe. They're small, so they don't require a lot of storage space. Great for a small gift or stocking stuffer.
Cons: Obviously a unitasker unless you can consider being decorative a use.
Wishes: None, really. I'm totally amused.
Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review.