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Looking for that perfect new gadget for the cook on your gift list? Read on.

Beacon Journal Home writer Mary Beth Breckenridge, consumer writer Betty Lin-Fisher and food writer Lisa Abraham tested out some of the newest and most heavily promoted products on the market to save you time, trouble, and, in some cases, money.

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Eggies ($9.99)

I can't recall the last time we had so many requests to test a product as we did with the Eggies.

These gadgets, supposed to solve the age-old problem of shells that stick on hard-cooked eggs, seem to have captured everyone's attention.

Basically, you crack an egg into half of the plastic Eggie, put on its top and screw the band around them, then put them in a pot of water to boil the way you would eggs in their shells.

The Eggies have to be greased first before use. The first problem we had with these was cracking eggs into such a small cavity, which resulted in the spilling of more than a little egg white on the countertop. The eggs cooked perfectly when we followed the package directions, but we found on more than one instance that they actually stuck to the inside of the Eggie -- no different than when peeling a shell off an egg.

Verdicts:

Betty: Skip it.

Lisa: Skip it.

Mary Beth: Skip it.

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Babycakes Donut Maker ($19.99)

This small baker, which resembles a waffle iron, claims to "bake donuts instead of frying them."

"The result is a lighter, healthier cake-style donut that is both delicious and satisfying," the product claims.

We prepared a batch of buttermilk miniature doughnuts from a recipe in the included product book. The batter was very similar to that of a pancake.

The machine itself worked well -- the doughnuts baked up fine and they were perfectly browned, although we all agreed it could use a timer, light or some other type of device to indicate when the doughnuts were done.

After we ate the finished product, a debate ensued about whether we had actually made doughnuts or doughnut-shaped pancakes.

Verdicts:

Betty: It depends.

Lisa: It depends.

Mary Beth: Skip it.

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Yonanas ($49.99)

This machine promises to turn frozen, over-ripe bananas into a soft-serve treat, and it does just that.

"Dessert anytime, that's just Yonanas," is its slogan.

We expected that every dish would taste like bananas, but it had only a faint banana flavor and tasted more like vanilla. We tested it with both strawberries and bananas, and as the box explains, bananas do make for a creamier consistency.

Using both together does require a good bit of stirring to combine the flavors. The strawberries on their own were more icy, more like a sorbet than soft-serve.

Verdicts:

Betty: It depends.

Lisa: It depends.

Mary Beth: It depends.

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RoboStir

This product, which claims it "automatically stirs as you cook!" has been around for several years, and yet we continue to get requests from readers to test it.

We paid $9.99 for it at a major retailer. The product is small, battery-operated, and easy to use.

Our concerns came with how it performed. The product package states that it was "designed to stir every inch!" and "the silicone feet and orbital turning action ensures no spot is unstirred."

But this is where it fell short. The RoboStir seemed to only orbit around part of the pot, when we tested it out with tomato sauce.

Verdicts:

Betty: Skip it.

Lisa: Skip it.

Mary Beth: Skip it.