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Counting your eggs before they hatch with the Quirky Egg Minder.The concept is great, but the Quirky Egg Minder lacks follow through.
Hi. Katie Pilkington for CNET. And today, we're gonna be looking at the Quirky Egg Minder. I come from a long line of grocery store owners for whom expiration dates tend more of a suggestion rather than a hard-and-fast rule. As such, I know that growing out by eight eggs that were far past the recommended expiration date. So, when we first got the Quirky Egg Minder, I was really exited 'cause it seemed like a very elegant solution to a common food waste problem. I know that if you're anything like me and my family, you forget that you have eggs in your refrigeration and will run out and buy more when you're at the store. And then, you end up before you know it, with three cartons of eggs in your fridge, they are all about to expire. And while it may seem like an elegant solution to this food waste problem, it is also an expensive one. The Egg Minder retails for $69, making it an expensive kitchen gadget that you really don't need. I say it's not really worth it because while I do think it's a really great concept-- and I like the idea of a kitchen gadget that does this function for you, it's not as smart as I would like it to be. It places a time stamp on eggs that you put inside of it and marks the day that it arrives, which is information that it communicates back to the cell phone app. This app is available on tablets and smartphones. But even with that connectivity, it doesn't really give you enough information to go off of, granted you can customize how long you trust your eggs to be good. But I don't really want that. I want the Egg Minder to tell me how long my eggs will be good without me programming it to believe that it's four or five weeks. In addition, if you get out four eggs, because you think you need them, but the recipe only calls for three, if you put the egg back in the Egg Minder-- in my tests anyways, it will recognize it as being a new egg-- meaning that even if it's a two-week-old egg, the Egg Minder won't recognize that and will perceive it as a fresh, new, latest addition to the egg collection. This is kind of my opinion of all of the Quirky products that we've seen, so far, in that they all have this great concepts for things that would really make your life a lot easier if they were more fully realized. If, however, price points don't concern you, and you are really in the market for a kitchen gadget that looks cool and might make your life somewhat easier, the Egg Minder does work on a basic level as it promises. Speaking for myself, in terms of kitchen gadgets, if I were gonna spend that kind of money, I'd probably take that $69 and spend it elsewhere. For CNET, I'm Katie Pilkington.