By Tim Grobaty, Long Beach Press Telegram POSTED: 09/10/14, 4:31 PM PDT
If you had told us 30 years ago that one day we could wear a watch that would not only tell time but would monitor your activity, give you driving directions, let you listen to all your favorite songs and remember where you parked your car, we wouldn’t have been surprised because we were totally expecting moon colonies and personal JetPaks by the year 2001.
If, however, you told us in 1984 that we would one day be able to buy a kit that would allow us to make Joe Jost’s pickled eggs in the privacy of our own house, anywhere in the world, we would have had you burned at the stake for heresy.
Now it has come to pass that both these products are a reality.
The Apple Watch is remarkable for the fact that it’s the first iThing we don’t want. The iWatch, as it’s inevitably being called despite Apple’s desire that it be known simply as the Apple Watch, is something we won’t buy, chiefly because it is a wristwatch and, for reasons we don’t clearly understand, we can’t wear a wristwatch. For years we tried, because we like wristwatches in the abstract. But at some point during the day, we would find ourself wristwatches We would subconsciously remove it and we’d have to look around to find out where it ran off to.
Additionally, the Apple Watch requires an iPhone and, because one’s iPhone has about 95 percent of the watch’s capabilities (including a clock), the watch seems largely superfluous other than saving you the hassle of fetching your iPhone from your pocket or purse.
The Joe Jost pickled egg kit is a whole another thing, and it represents the pinnacle of humankind’s endeavors. While Apple people were fiddling around with wristwatches, Jost’s owner, Ken Buck, was working with a food scientist to figure out a way for people to make Joe Jost eggs anywhere anytime.
“By far the biggest request I’ve had on the Internet is from people wanting me to ship our eggs,” Buck said. “But with the weight and the packaging to keep them cold and overnight shipping it would cost $50 just to ship them.”
Working with a food scientist, Buck ran through about 10 versions of the recipe before he found the one that duplicates his own recipe.
Last week, Buck started selling the kits, which consist of a 32-ounce jar with the Joe Jost’s logo and two packets of dry mix, enough for two batches of 10 eggs each. All you have to add are the hardboiled eggs and cider vinegar.
The kits are only available online now at www.joejosts.com. It’s perfect for your out-of-Long Beach friends and for your own earthquake preparedness kit.