DaysAgo Timers keeps track of your leftovers

Simple little timers operate with a push of the button and count up to 99 days, assuring you that you'll always know how fresh your food is.

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I can see the potential for overuse here. Imagine walking into a home and finding these little timers all over the place, on everything. I can see it. In fact, I can see implementing it. It might be a better approach than my current yellow sticky system, where the ubiquitous pieces of paper are indeed ubiquitous; they are everywhere.

However, one corner of my kitchen is devoid of reminder notes, and that would be inside the fridge. I just haven't found a good way to keep them stuck as I shuffle things around in there. As I move the eggs past the cheese looking for something to eat, storage containers with leftovers are scattered about. The result is a hailstorm of yellow paper. Needless to say, I need a new system for keeping track of the freshness of my various experiments leftovers.

A set of DaysAgo Timers may be just the thing for me and others suffering from leftover overload. Each timer counts up to 99 days, so you know exactly how old that questionable beef stew may be. Designed for everything from a bag of chips to a jar of sauce, they are available in three varieties: magnet, suction cup, or elastic strap.

If you're the more experimental type in the kitchen, I know from personal experience that the fridge is probably filled with various concoctions, and not all of them make it to the deadline. Of course, a Sharpie pen could handle most of these tasks, but when your more dangerous inventions have a short life span, you might prefer a clear indication of how fresh it is.

About the author

    Brian is the author of the culinary based novel Stealing Food Road. A lifelong Californian, he has been consistently exposed to some of the best food in the world. With a deep appreciation for the kitchen, he is always on the lookout for that perfect appliance that combines style and grace with the ever-popular ability to save time.


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