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Grill Charms
Model: Spicy Collection
Manufacturer: Charmed Life Products LLC
List price: $19.95
Dimensions: 3/4-inch round x 5/8-inch deep
Weight: Negligible
Composition: Stainless steel
Other versions: Steak Collection; Charmed Life Collection; Pink Collection
Made In: Taiwan
Type: Grilling tools
Color: Silver
Ambitions
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not green neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Utility/Quality
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Packaging
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Economy
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better infinitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere
Summary
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: If you're a one-size-fits all kind of griller, then never mind. But if you find yourself grilling medium-rare and well-done, or extra-spicy and not-at-all-spicy, or if you must grill around health or allergy issues for some of your guests, Grill Charms are ideal.

Plunge these stainless-steel buttons (think cuff-links that don't bend) in any meats you're grilling to identify those you plan to make spicy, or extra-rare, or untainted by peanut sauce. There are little serrated edges to keep them from falling out when you flip the meat (you do have to use care taking them out, as they get hot, and you do have to remember to take them out before eating).

You can buy them individually, or in sets of six. The Spicy Collection has two marked not spicy, two spicy, and two fiery. The Steak Collection has two rare, two medium rare, one medium, and one medium well (on the theory that everyone can discern instantly which steaks are well done – they're the ones you leave on the grill till tomorrow (ba-dum-bump)). The Charmed Life Collection has a crown, a dollar sign, a martini glass, a sailboat, a four-leaf clover, and something we can't make out (perhaps an ocean liner). The Pink Collection has a ribbon, a chef's hat, a lady's hat, a lady's shoe, a champagne glass, and something that may be duck.

The challenge may be remembering what the ocean-liner-looking button is supposed to represent on your hot grill on a particular afternoon, so you may need a cheat sheet. It is also unlikely that you'll need exactly two spicy, two fiery, and two not-spicy buttons at the same time, but surely you can use some combination of any charms to delineate certain sections of your grill for certain attributes.

We consider these to be not inexpensive, but if they save you from sawing into every steak to check for degree of doneness, or if they prevent you from serving your milquetoast boss three-alarm chicken thighs, they will be well worth it. At the time of this writing, online pricing is all over the place, but that will surely stabilize.

Of course, once you've got the Grill Charms in place, it's still up to you to grill everything to perfection – but then, that's not going to be a problem for you!



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