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#1 annecros

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 10:00 AM

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Best of all, this great new product has been designed to collect all the skin shavings in a convenient storage compartment allowing you to use it anywhere with no mess. When you’re ready to empty the PedEgg™, all you need to do is open the convenient compartment over the garbage and dump them out. You and your feet will love the new PedEgg™!




So I caught the commercial over the weekend, and was thinking when I saw the demonstration on the orange that this might make a great kitchen gadget. I love my microplane, but this is self contained and all that other neat stuff.


They are on BOGO right now, and I wouldn't mind having a pedicure tool around. Thinking about taking a sharpie to them, one to be labeled "Feet Only" and another to be labeled "Kitchen Only" and giving it a whirl.

Has anyone used this item in this application? Are there any concerns besides having feet shavings in your limoncello?

#2 CaliPoutine

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 10:25 AM

Funny you should start this topic. I had a pedi when I was in Hollywood, FL(US1 near Rosie's Italian Ice in the plaza with Blockbuster and Quizno's) 3 weeks ago. They used one of those wider microplate grates on my heels and I was wondering if this was a new pedi tool from Microplane. I actually have the same flat wide microplane( I use it for cheese) and I was thinking maybe I could use it myself on my heels. It did a great( grate, LOL) job!!!

#3 Anna N

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 10:40 AM

Oh boy. This could lend a whole new meaning to "smelly feet" cheese! :laugh:
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 10:59 AM

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How cool is THAT!

Has anyone used this item in this application? Are there any concerns besides having feet shavings in your limoncello?

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would that be just a little different than using my woodworking chisels to chip chocolate?
or one of those TV serrated knives which can cut down a tree and then slice the tomato?

sharpie marker sounds like a plan
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 07:07 PM

I thought the same thing seeing the commercial over and over this weekend!! Especially since they show it grating an orange too. Let us know if you do try it.
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 07:52 PM

would that be just a little different than using my woodworking chisels to chip chocolate?

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The Microplane itself started out as a woodworking rasp in 1990: click.
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 08:49 PM

And Microplane has been making a couple of styles of foot files! (not inexpensive)

#8 chezcherie

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 09:43 PM

And Microplane has been making a couple of styles of foot files! (not inexpensive)

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ya beat me to it...and they are great (or should that be "grate"...sorry!!)
i sell the food ones in my cooking school, but when i got a promo piece on the foot ones, i could not resist. they are amazing....and horrifying, at the same time.
but never the twain shall meet...one stays home, one goes to the school. i'm glad they came up with a completely different design. otherwise, everytime i grated the zest off a lemon, i'd be thinking about...ewww!
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#9 annecros

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 06:02 AM

Well, I ordered my two "Deluxe Ped Egg Platinum Pro's" this morning. I think the Platinum Pro thing is basically just a darker plastic, but they also said it had more surface blades - so we shall see.

Anne's test kitchen will be open in 4 to 6 weeks! :biggrin:

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:51 AM

shoot, and I had it the other way around - I was thinking "hey, i can use a microplane for a pedi!". am I the only one who was beyond grossed out when they emptied the shavings into the trash? omg...

still, this ped-egg in the kitchen seems like a marvelous idea - containing all the loose lemon zest or parm. and it's ergonomic!

#11 cathrynapple

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 01:23 PM

aaahahahha! I'm so glad this thread exists.

In the commercial, when the woman empties her "foot gratings" from the ped egg to the trash can, I just about gagged. It looks just like grated parm!

#12 annecros

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 12:38 PM

The Eagle has landed.

I already have a lemon - out tomorrow to shop for hard cheese and chocolate. Pictures to come.

It came in a very discreet brown box - my mailperson will not know that I have scaly feet - or that I am planing food stuffs with a pedicure tool.

It was made in China by the way - lest there be any doubt.

#13 GlorifiedRice

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 08:49 PM

I have the Pediegg and its NOT sharp enough
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#14 cathrynapple

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 03:58 PM

I assumed as much, since something that sharp would most definitely take too much flesh off the soles of one's feet.

#15 annecros

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:00 AM

Well, I didn't expect this - I really expected the Ped Egg to be useless in the kitchen.


First, the people at TeleBrands say to never, ever do this at home, and the PedEgg should only be deployed for its intended use:

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So, I took my life in my hands and sliced a sacrificial lemon in half.

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Sixty strokes with the PedEgg:

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Sixty strokes with my MicroPlane:

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Results:

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Now, I know I am probably comparing Apples to Oranges, and I do know that MicroPlane makes a grater with smaller blades, but darn that ergonomic design!

My hands are sometimes arthritic and the PedEgg was much less awkward on the curved edge of the fruit I was planing. That catch box is much neater. The metal in the PedEgg is of course, much flimsier, and may not hold up to harder stuff that I will be trying next. I'm not sure if the metal grate in the PedEgg is even food safe!

Conclusion so far: If you were stuck on a desert Island with citrus trees and the only kitchen tool you have is a PedEgg, yes, you can utilize it as a zester! :biggrin:

Seriously, you could have knocked me and hubby over with a feather.

#16 Anna N

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:10 AM

Well, I didn't expect this - I really expected the Ped Egg to be useless in the kitchen.

. . . .

Conclusion so far: If you were stuck on a desert Island with citrus trees and the only kitchen tool you have is a PedEgg, yes, you can utilize it as a zester! :biggrin:

Seriously, you could have knocked me and hubby over with a feather.

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Hey, thanks for taking one for the team! :biggrin:

I do love that catcher on the pedi thing, but you are right - that microplane is not the one I use to zest citrus.
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#17 annecros

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:13 AM

Well, I didn't expect this - I really expected the Ped Egg to be useless in the kitchen.

. . . .

Conclusion so far: If you were stuck on a desert Island with citrus trees and the only kitchen tool you have is a PedEgg, yes, you can utilize it as a zester! :biggrin:

Seriously, you could have knocked me and hubby over with a feather.

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Hey, thanks for taking one for the team! :biggrin:

I do love that catcher on the pedi thing, but you are right - that microplane is not the one I use to zest citrus.

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Me either, but was trying to work a costing sort of comparison in there, and that was the cheapest MP in my arsenal.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 08:08 AM

can't wait to see your next experiments!

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#19 annecros

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 01:22 AM

The PedEgg does cheese.

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Actually, I prefer this tool in this application. We consumed the PedEgged product this time - no ill effects reported. The lemon zest was dehydrated and is in my spice rack.

I knocked a couple of corners off before I got the hang of it, but then it was smooth, quick sailing and no mess.

Conclusion: The PedEgg is not only a zester, it will grate your hard cheese into a big cheesy fluff.

I guess chocolate is next, because those are the three things I plane. Unless someone can come up with a PedEgg challenge.

#20 Anna N

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 02:31 AM

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I guess chocolate is next, because those are the three things I plane. Unless someone can come up with a PedEgg challenge.

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So here's my challenge - garlic! That's one of the things that I use my rasp for on a regular basis. :smile:
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#21 GlorifiedRice

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 05:17 AM

Okay, then the Ped Egg doesnt do feet then...
My feet are still very hard.
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