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Gadget name: Norpro Cast Iron Bacon Grill Press and Egg Ring Set, available on Amazon
How it’s supposed to work: The cast-iron, pig-emblazoned bacon press flattens strips of bacon as they cook—no more curled-up, undercooked fatty ends. The pair of rings corrals eggs into perfect circles. Wooden handles on both the press and rings keep cool to the touch during cooking (and they fold down on the egg rings for storage).
How we tested it: We fried up plenty of bacon and eggs—and ate them. It had to be done.
How it actually works: The press is great, but a little small at 6¾” x 4”, so we had to move it around a bit while the bacon began to cook and flatten, then left it on the fatty ends that kept curling up. The cast iron press heated up and helped the bacon brown amazingly evenly—and yes, it was flat. The rings were a little flimsy, but they work.
Good to know: Heat the pan well, so that the eggs set as they hit the hot surface; butter or spray the rings so they don’t stick, and just trim off any egg white that leaks out—which it tends to do near the handle. No biggie. The rings are 3¾” across and ½” deep, and produce nice round eggs good for breakfast sandwiches or on your plate (where they look like googly eyes).
Cleanup tip: Treat the press like a cast-iron skillet—don’t use soap on it, just scrub it under hot water, dry it well, and lightly oil between uses to prevent rusting.
Our favorite part: During the fry-up, there was much less grease splatter than usual because the bacon was covered by the press.
Best for: Playing with your food. Cooking perfect bacon. Making awesome breakfast sandwiches.
Overall: We liked it! And you can’t beat the price—it would be a fun gift.
What’s on your gadget wish list?