Pet Please #141: The Microwave Cover

When I was home for the holidays this year, I discovered an interesting contraption in my parents’ kitchen.

Now, before I reveal the contraption (spoiler: it’s in the title of this blog post), I have to note that my parents are the kinds of people who have a device for everything. They have a special grater for garlic, a special peeler for oranges, special spoons for grapefruit, etc.

Me, I like to keep things simple. Just tonight, I used a fork to stir a puff pastry filling, deposit that filling in the puff pastry, spread egg yolk on top of the puff pastry, and then eat the puff pastry when it came out of the oven. There are special devices for the first three activities, but I went with fork. 

So when I saw the Tovolo microwave cover in my parents’ kitchen, I thought, “Who needs that?”

Then I used it. And it was awesome. I immediately bought one.

You can see it in the photo–it’s a raised plastic device that covers your plate in the microwave. It contains food explosions, it’s dishwasher friendly, and it’s only $8.

When my Tov0lo arrived, I spent a good 20 minutes cleaning out the inside of my microwave. I don’t relish that task, but knowing that I may not ever need to do it again made me happy to make it pristine. It’s stayed that way ever since.

Do you have a Tovolo (or similar device)? What’s the oddest, most specific device in your kitchen?