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Pencil Cayennes

For the chef who has everything.
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The box contains sixty spices dried and compressed into pencil sized tubes and has a built-in sharpener.

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       Sharpener / pepper mill
rcarty, Nov 03 2013
  

       This is a very cool idea, but I have some concerns.   

       One of them is: how good are spices after they've been ground, compressed into a pencil and stored? Most lose their flavour if stored as powders, and are best if freshly ground.   

       Compressing the powder might help, though, since little of the surface is exposed to free air.   

       Perhaps some binding agent (such as an edible wax - modesty prevents me from naming an example) would not only assist in the pencilification of the powdered spices, but also help them to remain fresh.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 03 2013
  

       There is historical precedent for Milord Buchanan's proposal: in 1887 the world-famous Prussian battlefield caterer and facial hair enthusiast Oberstfeldkolonel Graf von Bisselkopf III patented a peppercorn and anise flavored mustache wax and a special cylindrical applicator--patents now held by a certain international wax production congolmerate. Will we find the telltale prints of Sturton's size 14.5 Florschiem double wingtips in the dust on the records vault floor?
Alterother, Nov 03 2013
  

       //There is historical precedent for Milord Buchanan's proposal//   

       [Alterother], we have known one another (in the Halfbakerish rather than the biblical sense) for several years now, and I consider you to be a friend. Therefore, there is no need for formality - a simple "m'lud" will do.   

       And good lord, don't remind me of von Bisselkopf. Still, it only goes to show that you should never take a recipe on trust, and also explains why von Bisselkopf III never smoked (and, for that matter, why there was never a von Bisselkopf IV).   

       (And, for reference, Sturton has abandoned Forscheim after a rather disappointing experience; he now has is shoes made for him by a little gentleman in Capezzuolo.)
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 03 2013
  

       I understand completely. My own pair have given me some very...unusual...blisters on the three occasions that I've worn them. Hopefully they'll be broken in by the time I wear them to my wake; I plan to do a lot of dancing.
Alterother, Nov 03 2013
  

       I'm wearing my pink python kitten-heel docker's boots - I like to make people wonder.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 03 2013
  

       Now, or to your wake?
Alterother, Nov 03 2013
  

       I think this is quite a good idea. I would purchase. +
blissmiss, Nov 03 2013
  

       //Now, or to your wake?//   

       No, to yours.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 03 2013
  

       Only if you dance with me, m'lud.
Alterother, Nov 03 2013
  

       Just the one. And no tango.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 03 2013
  

       [+] hot stuff! Write on!
xandram, Nov 04 2013
  

       // how good are spices after they've been ground, compressed into a pencil and stored?//   

       Who says they need to be ground?
the porpoise, Nov 04 2013
  

       I don't think you'll be able to form cloves, peppercorns, star anise, cumin, cardamom or most other spices into pencils without powdering them first.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 04 2013
  

       // Who says they need to be ground? //   

       If they aren't a static discharge could cause a particulate cloud explosion during the grinding process.   

       Do try to keep up.
Alterother, Nov 04 2013
  
      
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