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A reusable way to tie up your turkey

Foodloop Lace helps you tie up your chicken or turkey without using string.

Dolphin Innovations
A few days ago, I decided to roast a chicken for dinner. I looked up a recipe I hadn't tried yet, took my time to make a delicious-smelling herb rub that I stuffed underneath the skin and inside the cavity of the bird, and when the time came to lace up the chicken and put it in the oven, I realized that I had no string. Anywhere.

Thankfully, when I asked my roommate for a backup length of string, he came through. But the string he found came out of a desk drawer and was wrapped around a pencil. I carefully washed it, but even so, I couldn't shake the icky feeling of using it to make my food.

This isn't the first time I've come to realize too late that I have no kitchen twine. To be honest, I rarely have it in my kitchen, as I'm still fairly new at roasting whole birds. When I do, it's usually during the holidays, when they sell twine in little 99-cent packages that are located right in the deli section. For some reason, I always have a hard time finding kitchen twine in the smaller stores around my Brooklyn apartment outside of the holiday season.

Thankfully, I might not have to worry about finding twine before next November. This Foodloop Lace provides a reusable solution, and is available at a shop right down the street.

Made of stainless steel and silicone, the gadget is meant to replace twine and needles when stuffing chicken, duck, or turkey. The materials allow you to use it in the oven, refrigerator, freezer, and stove top, and it's dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. You can also link it to other Foodloop products to extend it for bigger birdies.

The Foodloop Lace is available for $9.99 from The Brooklyn Kitchen's Web site.