Our New Favorite Gadget: The Food Loop

Last summer, during our annual family vacation to Maine, we purchased The Food Loop. It has been sitting in the depths of our "baking-stuff" drawer until last week when we used it to truss the M. Jacques Armagnac Chicken for French Fridays with Dorie. That's what that hot pink thing tied around our chicken was, for those of you who were wondering.

According to the product's website, The Food Loop is: made from silicone; food safe; heat resistant to 675 degrees; non-stick; flexible; reusable; and it can be used on the stovetop, oven, freezer and microwave. You simply slide one end of the cord into the other, pull it to desired tightness - from a 1-inch to a 4-inch loop - and snap it in place. It comes packaged as six "loops" inside a little mesh bag that can be used for storage or for washing them in the dishwasher.
Used for trussing a chicken

We know we're sounding a little bit "As Seen on TV" here, but if you are sick of struggling with kitchen twine, you should really get this thing. We loved it so much that we used it again only a few days after the chicken, when we made a pinwheeled pork roast. Look, ma, no knots!Used for tying up a pinwheeled pork roast

Yup, The Food Loop is our new favorite gadget. For now anyway.