I’d like to take some time today to talk about a product that I do NOT love. I read a lot of blogs and people are always talking about their faaaaaavorite things (well, except this chick, who still cracks me up), and sometimes it just gets old. Dislike something every once in a while! I know there is something in your home that you just can’t stand. Go on, think about it.
Well here is a product that had lots of potential for people who like compartments, and salads: the Fit & Fresh Salad Shaker. (There must be at least another one of you out there, right?) In an attempt to inspire healthy lunching I got this thing for B last Christmas. Oh wait, he gave me a bunch of grief this weekend for bringing him up on the blog so much. I forgot. Let me start again. I bought this thing for a shall-not-be-named-Chick-Fil-A-eating “pal” of mine, in hopes of helping him change his terrible lunch habits. He did not like the looks of this thing and refused to use it. So, Happy New Year’s Resolution Time to me! I didn’t end up using it until a few months ago though. You may recall that for several weeks into the new year I was still stuck in a just-returned-to-work-and-my-baby-is-still-waking-up-at-3am! fog and just scrambling to get by. I posted about that plan of attack as a new working mom here.
I gave the Fit & Fresh a whirl a few times this past spring and am finally getting around to posting about it. This product had so much potential. I mean, built in dressing dispenser? (Pardon the strangely toned shots below, they were taken with my phone at work):
Ice pack that snaps into the lid? (Not shown here, but it nestles right into the lid on the left.)
I was impressed. I’ve packed a lot of salads for lunch in my day and dressing can be a big problem. Do it in the morning when you leave the house and risk serious lettuce wilt? Not everyone has access to a fridge in the office which makes both storing dressing at work and keeping your salad cool a challenge. This idea seemed to address my two biggest salad-at-lunch concerns, so naturally I thought I’d love it.
Au contraire. The size of the container is very awkward. It’s just too big for the average lunch bag/box. And the lid takes up most of that space since it’s designed to hold the cooler, which yes, I did just seriously talk up, but upon actually using the thing I’m not impressed at all. The biggest disappointment? The built in dressing dispenser! You’re supposed to fill it and then twist it when you’re ready to use it (you can see it opened and then shut in the pics above). Well mine twisted in my lunch bag on the way to work so my salad was dressed at 7:00am, just as if I had done it before leaving the house. AKA, it did nothing to solve the afternoon lettuce-wilt problem. Which was the exact reason I was intrigued by the darn thing.
So really the Fit & Fresh Salad Shaker is no more than a glorified square Tupperware container. Which is exactly what I am back to using. I had a great salad today at lunch with only moderately wilted lettuce, but I knew it was coming so it didn’t bother me. I had average expectations for my rabbit food of a lunch, and it met all of them.
And so there you have it. A Fit & Fresh Flop. No love for the Salad Shaker from Keep It Neat. And the worst part? My “pal” is all over the “I told you so train”. God I hate being wrong.