I love to salivate over the goodies in the cooking catalog like Williams-Sonoma, but some of the things are just plain unnecessary, or you can make them yourself. I saw two such things in the latest one, and I've been doing both things for years.
The first one was these little metal rods that you run through the center of potatoes you're going to bake in the (regular) oven. I believe a set of about six was something like $35. I have a couple of really long nails that I bought just for this. I believe I paid about two dollars for them. The principle is right, it helps radiate heat through the spud and speeds up the cooking, but you don't need to buy something special for it. Or you can thread a few on skewers, too.
You have definitely got the touch!
Aren't you the clever one! What great ideas! I love hearing "home made" ways of doing things. As they say "necessity is the mother of invention". Thanks for sharing, Gigi
Make sure the nails are not galvanized. You can get extremely sick. Galvanized nails are made with lead, this can be toxic. We gave some electricians some lobsters one year (husband is a lobster fisherman). They cooked the lobsters in galvanized pails & were taken off in ambulances!
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