The staff at The Daily Meal apparently got together and brainstormed the best food- and drink-related inventions and discoveries of all time, and their list of the top 50, ranked in order of importance, is pretty entertaining.
Editor Colman Andrews writes, “What we ended up with is a list of things that we, yes, simply couldn’t cook — or eat and/or drink — without. As usual with such compendiums, we have been both selective and subjective. We’ve probably missed some obvious and vital items, and we have frankly allowed ourselves to have a little fun here and there.”
So, they know we aren’t going to agree with all of them (drink tabs? Well, they are number 50) and will probably be able to come up with a few we would have added if we’d been sitting around that table. The one I question most, besides drink tabs, is teflon ( No. 43). The one I would’ve had a hard time disqualifying is electricity. A bit broad, yes, but if you’re going to include fire on the list, and a bunch of appliances run by electricity, then maybe electricity.
However, I have to admit that I actually enjoyed their “10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn’t Need” list better than the Top 50. Possibly because I like snark, but also because who hasn’t purchased or taken an appliance or gadget we think is going to be really useful, only to later realize it’s a huge waste of space? Usually these items are relegated to shelves in the basement for a while, then to the yard sale pile, before I get rid of them completely.
At the moment, I have a special tray just for serving jellied cranberry sauce in the basement, for example.
I agree with 9 out of the 10 useless inventions. Personally, I like having a wine stopper on hand because some wine corks – particularly those plastic ones – can be devilish to get back in the bottle. Also, I love my combination wine stopper/pourer.
What would you add to or subtract from either of these lists?