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This Clever Bowl Wields A Built-In Strainer

And it’s all of $15 away from being yours.

It happens to me about once a week. I need to rinse some produce, but my colander is indisposed–maybe it’s in the dishwasher, maybe it’s filled with flecks of dried-on spaghetti–don’t judge. So I plop my fruit/veggies into a bowl, fill that with water, then try to do this whole “strain the contents through my hand” maneuver.

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Then some glorious ramp/cherry/kale hybrid that only grows in the mists of Fiji water–the bottled stuff, of course, dumped into a retention pond off an organic farm–sneaks past my fingers into the orifice of my sink’s drain. And while I recognize that this rampcherrykale was grown in a literal pile of excrement (and hopefully the best excrement that grass-fed cows had to offer), seeing it strike my recently cleaned sink just feels stomach-churning. Anything could have been poured down that drain in the history of this apartment–even grass-fed cow excrement!

By the time I’m done rinsing, I’ve lost upwards of $500 in rampcherrykale. I slice the remaining two stems (~$745 worth) into bowls and toss them with a splash of rice vinegar. Then I steam some fresh corn, open some wine, and go on some long-winded Michael Pollanian decree about how this is all any of us really needs, this most intentionally humble of meals. Assuming there was “enough wine,” I go to bed filled with the satisfying smugness that no stuffed-crust pizza can provide (pending a small voice in my belly saying, “It’s okay, my fragile soldier, tomorrow is pizza and wing night”).

All of this could have been avoided if I’d acquired this $15 bowl with a built-in strainer that pivots forth like the faceguard on a knight’s helm to protect my precious rampcherrykale. But, you know, then I would have never allowed myself to order that delicious pizza. With the wings.

Buy it here.

[Hat tip: Gizmodo]

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Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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