Non-Stick Industrial Design

July 30, 2010 · 10 comments

Rick assures me that he likes his pancakes a little “carmelized.”

If true, this is good. Or it might be a teeny lie, but one he’s apparently willing to live with because he’s such a sweet monkey punkin’ and doesn’t want to hurt my feelings.

Either way, between the capricious gas flame on our 22-year old oven range, the heat dissipation-challenged iron skillet I insist on using, and my lapse in memory EVERY TIME about both, “a little carmelized” is how we enjoy our pancakes in HMB.

But that’s okay, because fully half of what’s fabulous about pancakes is the butter, anyway.

The other half is the maple syrup.

But even that is only true when you get the sweet elixir of mapleness on your pancakes, and only on your pancakes.

Nothing takes the warm and fuzzy edge off a lazy Saturday morning burnt pancake fest faster than sticky everything else because of a poor spout design. This is why the little plastic jug containing our current provision ofย [easyazon-link asin=”B00555HUDA” locale=”us”]Spring Tree maple syrup[/easyazon-link] is such an object of interest and delight.

See? See that teensy-weensy drop perched on the rim?

That one blobette is the daintiest and most elegant testament to good industrial design I’ve ever seen.

If I hadn’t been so impressed, I would never have noticed that spout-like bump (spump?) set just in the front of the actual pouring orifice.

Until now, I’ve never met a maple syrup container that didn’t drip well beyond the request made of it. And I’m pretty sure that spump physics* has something to do with why this one stops on command.

Here’s something else I’d like to know:

The maple syrup apparently comes from Canada (yay Lanark County!) and is put into containers and shipped around the country by a U.S. distributor. But where was the jug designed and manufactured? And why don’t they get some of the credit for our great pancake experience, too?

In the absence of actual knowledge, I’ll do what I always do: guess. For the manufacturing, I’m betting China. But the design?

It’s got “moonlighter from Apple” written all over it.

* In the entire section on fluid dynamics on Wikipedia, there isn’t a single instance of the word “drip.” This explains a lot.

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Charlie August 6, 2010 at 10:47 am

Kathy and Rick,

I am part way through spray painting my two lounge deck chairs and have decided that I need to write Rustoleum. After 1 can of primer, and 1 can of black I have the bottom done on 1 chair and 2 pointer fingers that are so sore I had to give up. I think what ever company designs an ergonomic spray nozzle will have the corner on the market in the spray paint industry. That’s my official position and I am sticking with it.

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rickandkathy August 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm

A kindred spirit, fo’ shizzle! Hope the fingers are healing nicely.

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Louise August 6, 2010 at 7:58 am

I am more than willing to consume the syrup without the benefit of pancakes. And i have the not so svelte figure to prove it. Fresh baked bread and a glass of milk go well, and ice cream, and fresh raspberries and whipped cream, and bread pudding, and sliced bananas in a bowl with a bit of milk, and waffles (I know just a variation on pancakes)… I could go on but it may be just as well I live in Lanark County and can get syrup in volume from local sugar bush folk and can continue to expand on this high caloric theme. (that statement could be taken so many ways) Different jug here though.

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rickandkathy August 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Hey Louise! And this is one of the things I have always admired about you: your creative flair with yummy foods!

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Sandi Fentiman July 31, 2010 at 7:26 am

That “design” line down the jug is from the mold the jugs are cast from. How to get that out, I don’t know. It’s a….sticky situation. lol.
Okay, so that was bad; ๐Ÿ™‚ just had to give you your groaner for the day. I love maple syrup; no butter on the pancakes though; when I have them.

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Debby Icide July 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm

hah! I buy that brand too and noticed handy jug dynamics. Leave it to you two to delve deeper into it, great reporting! ๐Ÿ™‚

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