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How and Why We Designed the Pull-Out Food Scale
How and Why We Designed the Pull-Out Food Scale

I am not a confident cook, so when I had to host Thanksgiving for 30 people, one of my biggest concerns was making sure I precisely followed the recipes of those far more skilled than me. I didn’t want to have too much or too little of anything and risk making my dishes too doughy, not sweet enough and so on. Accuracy, consistency, and proper conversion could mean the difference between a happy meal and a bunch of annoyed, rumbling tummies, but achieving those with just my eyeballs and my iPhone was tough. This was a situation where

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Why Silicone?
Why Silicone?

At OXO, our engineers work with many different materials to make the hundreds of products we sell (take a look at our Engineering Library to learn more!). From stainless steel to wood, nylon and more, we make sure we’re using the right material for the job. Last month, we talked about using glass for baby blocks(Opens

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Why Cleaning with Color Is More Fun
Why Cleaning with Color Is More Fun

Cleaning for most people is a chore. Getting on your hands and knees to scrub the floor or reach for dust bunnies under the couch isn’t something people typically look forward to. On the other hand (or foot), walking around barefoot at home and knowing how clean the floor is after you’ve swept and mopped is so unbelievably satisfying. That feeling is what drove us to take a second look at our household cleaning line and think about bringing in some joy and satisfaction to the chore.

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OXO Fails: The Bagel Grip
OXO Fails: The Bagel Grip

Back in 1997, when OXO was still a pretty young company, we noticed two things: New Yorkers love bagels and cutting bagels is hard. We read reports of bagel-slicing injuries and struggled to split those hunks of bready glory apart ourselves. The thing about round food is that it doesn't like to stay in one place. So, a person's first instinct is to hold it—add a knife to the mix and no good can come out of it.

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Why Glass Baby Blocks?
Why Glass Baby Blocks?

When you’re in the thick of it, transitioning to solids—like every other baby milestone—is a huge deal. On the one hand, you spend less time worrying about breast or bottle feeding; on the other, something new to obsess about! We’re a bit obsessive at OXO too. Whenever we can improve upon a product, we go for it. Such was the case with our popular Baby Blocks.

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Why Your Produce Rots and How We’re Fixing That
Why Your Produce Rots and How We’re Fixing That

We’ve all been there: walking away from a store with rock-hard avocados—that everyone has touched and squeezed in hopes of finding a ripe one—disappointed you’ll have to wait a few days before you can make that guacamole you’ve been craving. And then we do this strange thing: we stick our avocados next to bananas so they ripen faster. But, why? What makes avocados ripen faster when they’re next to bananas? The answer: ethylene gas. (Cue the Bill Nye the Science Guy theme song.)

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Why We Designed the Rice & Grains Colander
Why We Designed the Rice & Grains Colander

We're all about shortcuts in the kitchen, so washing grains at first seemed like an extra step. On super lazy nights, the thought of washing grains can be enough to deter us from cooking altogether, even if it just takes a few extra minutes. It turns out this simple step makes a big difference.

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The Story Behind OXO's Engineering Library
The Story Behind OXO's Engineering Library

Behind each OXO product is an engineer (or seven) working diligently on every detail, tinkering and testing until they solve every problem and the product meets our standards. We have a network of engineers across our product teams who are always looking to each other for inspiration and insight. But as our ever-growing product collection expanded, we realized we needed a more concrete internal resource. So, a few engineers got together to create the OXO Engineering Library.

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