According to Good Housekeeping Magazine, this new kitchen gadget, the DaysAgo Timer is a “Good Buy 2007” award winner.
Good Housekeeping Magazine is wrong. Just plain wrong.
You can save yourself $12 and a slew of watch batteries when you skip purchasing this new kitchen gadget and use a good old Sharpie marker instead. Do not bother to buy this timer as a food gift for a shower gift, or a baby shower gift.
The DaysAgoTimer is a cute new kitchen adget that fits that suctions onto a jar of opened food. The digital tracker counts how many days ago the food package was opened.
Why The DaysAgo Timer is An Unnecessary New Kitchen Gadget
1. This New Kitchen Gadget Does Not Provide a Useful Function
The biggest problem with this new kitchen gadget is the false sense of food safety it can give its users.
Seeing how many days ago the product was opened will not tell you if the food is still fresh or not. The users of this new kitchen gadget will still have to know how many days each food stays edible.
This new kitchen gadget will read that a food product has been open for “21 days.” Great. But which foods are still good after 21 days? Condiments? Yes. Baby food? No.
Just because the DaysAgo Timer reads “five days” that does not mean the food is still edible.
You will still have to open it, smell it, check it out, and read the “use by date” that is printed for free on the food product.
2. This New Kitchen Gadget Does Not Solve the Problem
If you can’t remember when you opened it……
I am a firm believer of “when in doubt, throw it out,” when it comes to food and food safety. Food safety outweighs my grocery shopping frugal side any day.
If I cannot remember the last time I opened that huge container of yogurt, I may not want to open it.
Sure enough this morning, I opened a container of yogurt that was marked “use by June 12, 2007.” It smelled sour and little bits of mold were growing on the inside top cover. I did not need any battery-sucking product like the DaysAgo timer to tell me it was time to throw it out.
3. This New Kitchen Gadget Means More Battery Purchases
Parents especially have a love-hate relationship with batteries. Any product that not only uses a battery, but needs a screwdriver to open the battery compartment just spells trouble.
The DaysAgo Timer takes watch batteries, and I have yet to find a rechargeable watch battery or battery recharger for that size battery. Also, batteries cost more money, and unscrewing those tiny little screws takes time.
4. This New Kitchen Gadget Not Replace the Sharpie
My un-gadget I use to keep track of dates on food in the fridge? A nice permanent marker. I don’t need a new kitchen gadget.
I use a Sharpie marker to write the date on meat I freeze. I also use it to label any frozen sauces in the freezer (let’s see you do that, DaysAgo timer).
Sharpies also come in handy for labeling baby food jars, spaghetti sauce jars, condiment jars, and even breast milk bottles.
The Sharpie marker, or other permanent marker works just fine for food labeling, and it needs no batteries.