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So many problems
Everyone knows how agonizing it is to hold that untouchably hot metal utensil handle, how frustrating it is to see that wooden handle with scorch marks and how ugly your melted plastic utensil handle looks because its been resting on the edge of the pan that has been on the stove for too long. Not to mention the melted plastic from spatula heads getting into your food! Also, does the spoon slipping into the serving dish sound familiar? How about those messy drips when you move your spoon from the pot to the spoon rest? Arghh..
One single solution
These problems are ubiquitous and have been existing in our kitchens for ages. Looking at these common problems, we conducted a survey and we were not at all surprised by the feedback. Every single person who took the survey faced the same exact problems and was eager for a solution.
This is when we started drawing the picture of a simple yet elegant gadget in our mind, this one single solution, that will take care of all the above problems. After months of brain storming, mechanical and industrial design, several iterations of prototypes, feedback from trial groups and intense testing, we came up with an optimally engineered, aesthetically seductive and Patent Pending innovation – The Snug.
Putting the Snug On
Snug comes in two sizes and can be instantly attached like a sleeve to the handle of almost any cooking or serving utensil out there, regardless of the material, shape or size.
- To put on the Snug, just grab the utensil with its handle and insert it through the top slot of the Snug.
- Turn the handle inside the Snug for a tight fit.
Once installed, you do not need to take it out to stir food. SNUG contact with food is no problem!
The silicone material is FDA approved, just like other silicone spatula material in the market.
When you wish to use the utensil for stirring food, just grab it in your hand, make it rest on the edge of the pot that you are cooking in using the notch at the bottom of the Snug, stir your food and put it back on the edge, without having to use a spoon rest and preventing messy drips. Also rest assured that the handle will always remain cool and the Snug won’t melt or burn even if it is made to rest on the hot pan or pot for hours on straight!
Snugs in daily use
Watch a casual video below to show the Snugs in daily use to paint a better picture of their use.
Thermal imaging camera clearly shows the difference
You can also install Snug on various types of serving spoons, whisks and even ice cream scoops (not kidding!), before serving so that it stops the utensils from sliding into the serving dish, mixing bowl or ice cream bucket even when sub-consciously left against the edge.
Snug is designed to work with pots and pans with or without a lip at the rim.
Snug is made of FDA approved, high temperature grade Silicone material, that is heat resistant up to 570°F (or 300°C), sufficiently more than what you would ever need in the kitchen. This helps thermally insulate the utensil handle and keeps it cool. Snug is optimally designed to provide adequate flexibility around the top slot so that it can easily accommodate most of the utensil handles and also provide just the right stiffness at the bottom notch to give that nice “snug” feel when placing on the pot.
- Easy to install and remove on almost any utensil in your home or in the market
- Available in a variety of enticing colors
- High temperature (heat resistant up to 570°F or 300°C), FDA approved food grade silicone material provides thermal insulation and prevents utensil handles from getting too hot
- Prevents messy drips
- Stops the servings spoons from sliding into food
- Made of anti-aging and anti-bacterial material
- Very easy to clean, Dishwasher safe
- Thoughtfully shaped so that there are no nooks, crannies, or edges where food can get stuck, thus preventing bacterial growth
- US Patent Pending
Snug has already gone through (and is going through) a lot of endurance stress tests before making it to your kitchen:
- High temperature tests while cooking on the stove
- Flame tests (sitting in the flame) for 2 minutes just in case you drop it. See picture above for results. It did not melt or smoke : )
- Cycle tests (Handle insertion and rotation) on the upper hole
- Cycle tests on the lower notch
- Dishwasher tests
- Hand wash and scrubbing tests
- Food color seepage tests
Detailed Design Elements
Funding needed for
- Injection Molding Tooling for both sizes (small and large)
- Minimum Order Quantities (MOQ) the manufacturer requires us to make for each size and color
- Packaging and Labor charges for MOQ
Note about Retail Price
Approximate retail price would be ranging from $17 to $25 depending on the number of Snugs per pack.
Risks and challenges
Like any new development project, the Snug project has its own risks and challenges. What's important is to have robust risk mitigation plans in place! Having over 12 years of experience as a Design Engineer and Design Engineering Manager myself, along with a solid team of Engineers and Manufacturing experts, we are pretty confident we've got it covered. Here are some of the major challenges along with the mitigation plans
1. Injection Molding Tooling takes longer than expected :::: We have some buffer in the manufacturing schedule that should take care of any unexpected delays in machining out the tooling and shooting out parts. Our design and manufacturing expert is in touch with the manufacturer almost daily, going through each and every detail of manufacturing process, material supply, etc., so any questions by the manufacturer can be answered immediately.
2. Issues with currently selected manufacturer and related delays :::: We did a thorough search for manufacturers and did trial prototype runs with a couple of manufacturers before selecting the current one. The selected manufacturer already makes several FDA approved silicone parts like kitchen tools, infant bottle nipples, etc. We have been talking with a backup manufacturer (also expert in this area) just in case our current manufacturer faces unexpected issues.
3. Product readiness for the Real World :::: We have a lot of experience in testing for products that go on the aircraft (flight critical parts!), which include temperature testing, fungus/bacterial growth tests, material testing and life cycle testing. We have applied a lot of these "high standards" for testing the Snug (see "Endurance Testing" section) to ensure it can withstand worst case kitchen environment. We have obtained all required certificates (Certificate of Conformance or "C of C") from the manufacturer showing the particular food grade silicone material meets or exceeds all necessary FDA standards.
We will be very transparent throughout the process from the day we (for which we are hopeful!!!) receive funding to the day we deliver the product. We promise that if we come across any major hurdle, you will be the second to know...we will obviously be the first : )
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