It’s a simple concept, but one that many people could use. The Kitchen Safe measures 6 x 6 x 6.5 in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 16.5 cm), which is large enough to fit a variety of items. The time-lock can be set for any amount of time between one minute and 10 days, so you can specify exactly when something will be released.
Once an item is locked inside, there is no way of opening the Kitchen Safe until the timer reaches zero. Even if the batteries are drained or taken out, the lock will stay sealed and the countdown will resume once they’re replaced. Other than cracking the container open with a hammer, there’s almost no chance of cheating.
Prediction: a hammer will be used.
And then the buyer will probably go out and buy another Kitchen Safe.
Don’t think I’m mocking those who might need it. I most definitely am not. People who don’t have to diet have no idea what it’s like for people who do (me, for my entire life since puberty, fairly rigorously).
Of course, some of you diet and have absolutely iron willpower. But most of the thin people I know can eat (for example) a doughnut every couple of days and not have to worry, whereas most of those who tend to be heavier can’t do that.
The way I deal with it all is to try to avoid even buying anything tempting, except on rare occasions. That makes a trip to the grocery store an exercise in self-denial, a contradiction because I still get to fill the cart with things I do happen to like—fruits, vegetables, etc.—but can’t eat an indefinite amount of, either (I’m a fairly small woman, and I’m not a lumberjack).
So long ago I had the concept of something like the Kitchen Safe, and even tried to design one. Mine was grander in scope and involved the entire fridge and all the pantries and cabinets—not very practical, especially for families.
And with all-night grocery stores, not very effective either. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.