Pros: inexpensive, functional, can keep you from burning fingers, easy to clean
Cons: difficult to get into cobs
When I heard about the T.R.I.V.I.A.L. (This Review Is Very Irrelevant and Laughable) Write-Off hosted by mmcphee, I felt compelled to participate. I have written my fair share of silly reviews in the past (including, if memory serves, something about “what you should know about socks”), and it’s kind of fun. My first step was, of course, deciding what to review. I considered Q-Tips, but rejected them because the mental image of a Q-Tip perforating an ear drum is now permanently in my mind (thanks a lot, nursing school!). I decided upon a small item that is nice to have but thoroughly non-essential, Pampered Chef Corn Cob Knobs.
These little items are made of sturdy green plastic and they feature a handle (basically a rounded end reminiscent of a doorknob) and an end that looks like a screw. Between the two sides there is a flattened round bit. The idea is to screw the end of the corn knob into the corn cob up to the flattened area. Doing this on both sides will give you two handles (the doorknobby things) with which to hang on to your corn cob while you eat the corn.
Use and Experience
I've used other corn cob knobs in the past, but I've never run into ones before that you put into the corn before you cook it. The idea is that then you aren't burning yourself trying to wedge something into a hot cob of corn in order to avoid handling a hot cob of corn. I find that this works well, as long as you can get the corn cob knobs into the corn cobs.
The real trick with this product is that you have to have good strength and dexterity in your hands. I don't, really, but my husband is usually willing to place the knobs into the corn cobs before we put them into the pot. Honestly, if he didn't put them in, I'd probably skip them because the effort required just isn't worth it to me. My kids might feel differently, though, as they really prefer to use these while they eat corn on the cob - both to avoid burning their hands on the corn and to avoid getting their hands all buttery and salty.
I should also add that, although the plastic corn cob knobs do cool down faster than the corn, it is not instantaneous, and caution should be used when first picking up the cobs of corn by the knobs. They do cool down much more quickly than the corn, but they have also been in boiling water and they do hold some heat. An adult should check the temperature before giving a cob of corn with these (or any hot item!) to a child.
Removing the knobs from the corn cobs is easier than putting them in, but it still does require some strength. I usually can get them out without my husband's help. Washing them is super easy, as long as you have a dishwasher with a basket for silverware. I tuck them under the silverwear in the basket and run the dishwasher as usual. They clean up very nicely this way, with minimal effort. Washing them by hand would be much trickier, if only because they are small and could easily fall down the drain. I have yet to get one of these into my garbage disposal, but it could easily happen.
Cost and Where to Buy
A set of eight corn cob knobs costs $4.00 at the Pampered Chef website (www.pamperedchef.com), or you can also order them for the same price through a Pampered Chef consultant.
Pampered Chef Corn Cob Knobs are one of those items that is nice to have, but for most people they are unnecessary. They aren't expensive, so if you're really worried about greasy, burnt fingers, buy yourself a set or two. I primarily find them useful for my kids. 4 stars.
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