Do you ever wish you could invent something so you could be independently wealthy and do whatever the heck you want? The Hoos is constantly trying to come up with unique products that we could patent and make megabucks off of. For the first few months after we had LP he would ask me if I had discovered any essential item that didn't exist but would make my life easier. He never really liked my answers - you mean insta-nanny isn't really feasible?
Suffice it to say I am not exactly the inventive type. But I am certainly jealous of those who are and often think to myself, "Darn it! Why didn't I come up with that?" when I see something new to the market and in demand. Like those disposable placemats that stick to the table in restaurants and keep baby relatively germ free and sort of contain the mess.... Today I received a new item in the mail that might make me want to smack myself for not thinking of it. It isn't a complex piece of machinery, but it definitely has the potential to be transformative.
Up until now if the Hoos and I were trying to decide whether to eat something in the fridge we would conduct "the smell test". If that proved inconclusive we would question each other and attempt to ascertain exactly how long said item has been in the refrigerator. More often than not we would chuck the item instead of eating it. This was wasteful at best and at worst had the possibility of being catastrophic if we ate something maybe we shouldn't have.
Enter the daysago digital day counter, this handy little digital timer that you stick on stuff in your fridge to keep track of how long something has been in there. The timers also came with a sheet outlining the USDA's guidelines for Food Storage. I guess I should thank my lucky stars that I'm not dead after all of the leftover chicken I have eaten more than two days after preparing it. The counters track up to 75 days and restart at 00 after that (you can also restart it on your own when you move it to something new); hopefully nothing has been in my fridge that long. On second thought, does curry paste go bad or does it just gets more pungent with age?