Giveaway: Big Mouth Flat Pack Funnels

Big Mouth Funnels

In my years as a canner, I’ve tried nearly every available wide mouth funnel on the market. I own nearly a dozen different models made in materials ranging from plastic, to tempered glass, to stainless steel. One thing all these funnels have in common is that they’re bulky (much of my collection lives in a wicker basket in the living room, because there’s no room for them in the kitchen).

Big Mouth Funnels

Happily, Robin Bristow, a designer based in Australia, has recently developed a funnel designed to fit in kitchens with even the most limited cabinet space. Called the Big Mouth Funnel, this tool comes in two sizes and packs absolutely flat for easy storage.

Big Mouth Funnels

The small size is perfect for filling salt shakers, pepper mills, and spice jars, while the larger size can handle all manner of hefty jars. I’m planning on using one for trips to Whole Foods when I’m buying from the bulk section. I’ve often taken conventional wide mouth funnels with me to help dispense from bin to jar, but having a flat pack funnel in my kit will make the job even easier.

Big Mouth Funnels

I will say that I’m a little wary of using these funnels when filled up hot jars with jam or chutney just off the boil. They make no claims that they’re heatproof and so I plan to continue to use my traditional funnels for anything that is piping hot. Even setting them aside for those tasks, I can see them becoming invaluable over time.

Thanks to Robin and Big Mouth Funnels, I have ten pairs of flat pack funnels to give away! Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a kitchen or canning tool that you wish you could reinvent or redesign.
  2. Comments will close at 5 pm east coast time on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random (using random.org) and will be posted on Sunday, October 6, 2013.
  3. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: Big Mouth Funnel sent me a set of their funnels to try and is also providing the ten for this giveaway. My opinions remain my own. 

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304 Responses to Giveaway: Big Mouth Flat Pack Funnels

  1. 251
    Linda Higgins says:

    I’d improve tongs! The ones with springs take up way to much space when open and the ones without springs are shaped oddly.

  2. 252
    Denae says:

    Maybe nesting casserole dishes if the don’t already exist. Every time I open my cupboard a pyrex landslide seems certain!

  3. 253
    Betsy says:

    I’d reinvent the glass funnel–somehow I managed to break mine (unbreakable would be SO nice!).

  4. 254
    Nancy S. says:

    Colanders. They’re bulky and hard to store; does anyone make a collapsible colander that can be used to drain boiling hot pasta ??

  5. 255
    Erin says:

    I’d love a strainer that is easy to hand wash…. I feel like I’m always having to poke funk out of those tiny holes after I’ve already washed.

  6. 256
    Sarah M says:

    I wish pan and pot lids were easier to store. They don’t go anywhere! I don’t have any genius ideas for how to redesign them, though.

  7. 257
    Jessica says:

    Cheese grater! The upright version is so difficult to clean and the same goes for the rotary style grater! Maybe I just need tips on how to clean them without shredding my sponge….

  8. 258
    Dani B says:

    Wire canning rack! mine always rust out!!
    I love that these can be stored flat! great idea

  9. 259
    Melissa H says:

    I grew up watching my mother can, and I do just what she did to protect my hot, canned goodies…I put a couple of towels over the jars just to make sure there is no cool draft to cause bursting. I would love to have a thermal-type canning blanket or holder just for this purpose. I haven’t found anything yet to replace the towels.

  10. 260
    Hannah Davidson says:

    These are such a great idea! I used to work for a company that sold fold-flat dinnerware… these are along the same lines but seem to have many, many uses.

    As for a kitchen item that could be improved, I would go with the food mill. It never seems to want to hook on to the bowl I want it to, or to stay hooked while I crank 🙁

  11. 261

    I have a favorite set of Ontario Knifeworx kitchen knives with wooden handles. They’re old, well used, stay sharp & have been used for everything a paring knife or meat cleaver can’t handle. They can slice a ripe tomato as well as the best Ninja knife! The problem is cleaning. I wish there was some way to redesign the handle to clean it properly. I’ve scraped & toothbrushed & soaked in bleach but I just know that edge is still crawling with germs!!

  12. 262
    Laura says:

    Cool idea! Most of my ideas over the years have been actually done by someone, but it would be cool if you could nest canning jars to store them.

  13. 263
    karapeers says:

    i have bulky kitchen tools/items hanging off of peg boards attached to the kitchen walls. love the idea of these collasipable funnels

  14. 264
    Amanda says:

    I hat how much room my funnels take up! I would also love a strainer that isn’t a pain to wash.

  15. 265
    Susie says:

    I would love to see a grater that you can actually use and hang on to comfortably. 🙂
    Susie

  16. 266
    Ann P says:

    These funnels are awesome! My redesign would be canning jars. Please go back to the smooth sides.

  17. 267
    Katie J says:

    Tongs for sure! They are very difficult to store!

    • 267.1
      Barbara says:

      I tied a large split ring (ordinary key ring) on mine, and just slip it on or off as I need it open or closed to store.

  18. 268
    Amanda says:

    A reasonably priced food mill that doesn’t break on me in the middle of processing 160 lbs of tomatoes! Love the design of the flat funnels. Especially great for those of us with tiny apartment kitchens.

  19. 269
    Melissa says:

    I’m certain I can find a use for these. Already have an idea for the large one.

  20. 270
    Jennifer Henning says:

    These look super easy to use! I’d love to win a set 🙂

    • 270.1
      Jennifer Henning says:

      Oops i’m new to canning so i’m not really sure which item i’d like to reinvent yet…. give me time lol!

  21. 271
    Emily M says:

    I’d love something like that in a size to fit my spice jars!

  22. 272
    Dorothy T says:

    Completely new to canning, and having a lady teach me soon. These would be great to have her help me with. ( and make me look like I know at least a little SOMETHING about canning hahaha Love all your ideas! Thank you for sharing.

  23. 273
    Kathy t says:

    Probably my food mill. It always seems to leak or come loose from the counter.

  24. 274
    Kelly B. says:

    I love my wooden spoons, but I wish there was a plastic analogue that didn’t get so warm and melty. Wood is hard to get clean (germ-free)!

  25. 275
    Kathleen says:

    These are SSSSOOOO cool!! Very clever. Why did it take so long for a genius to figure this out!?? I would have to say that canning jars would be nice to nestle in to each other. Storing them takes up a lot of space.

  26. 276
    Barbara says:

    Shorter, wider canning jars without any embossing or lettering of any kind on them that are STACKABLE after canning.

  27. 277
    Katie K says:

    The insert in a canner. It would be AWESOME if that baby was adjustable so that you could fit different jars into one canner – not at the same time as each jar requires different lengths of time – instead of needing different sized canners for pints versus quart jars!

  28. 278
    Michelle says:

    I would redesign the jar grabber. The plastic edge bars melted off after my first canning session. It still works but I think it could be better.

  29. 279
    Kim says:

    A grater that’s easy to clean and stores flat!

  30. 280
    Kathie P. says:

    I’d really like a better canning rack, one that I can use for quarts, pints and half pints. The two that I have work, but not very well.

  31. 281
    Marlene S says:

    I would like a very thin flexible silcone glove to use while holding the jar when tightening the lid.

  32. 282
    Catherine Reynolds says:

    A somewhere-in-between sized jar that’s not too big and not too small for gifting jams and jellies…it’d be great if it was pretty to boot! So hard to find just the right size for all those family members and friends.

  33. 283
    Lisa says:

    These funnels look great. How fantastic to be able to store them flat. I wish empty jars were easier to store…too bad they can nest or stack more neatly.

  34. 284
    RMB says:

    I agree — these look fabulous! I love anything that folds flat. I have some Tupperware containers and two different sized colanders that fold relatively flat.

    I would also re-invent the jar grabber, although I’m not sure how. I always feel like the jar is going to slip out of it 🙁

    Love your website!

  35. 285
    Amanda-Laine says:

    I’d like to redesign some pots and pans that will actually stack together and stop taking up so much room! These funnels sounds like a great idea.

  36. 286
    Carolyn says:

    I’d redesign the spice rack. I have yet to come up a good way to store spices so they don’t take up so much space and are still organized. Love the flat funnels! What a clever way to store an odd-shaped tool.

  37. 287
    Sharon says:

    I’d redesign the jar lid lifter – at least half the time I drop the lid back to the pot.

  38. 288
    Melissa says:

    I would love a fine mesh strainer that is easier to clean.

  39. 289
    Caroline says:

    More along the fine mesh strainer idea – how about an adjustable round rim for holding cheesecloth?

  40. 290
    Anna Rose says:

    I would redesign the magnetic lid lifters. My mother uses them and they are never very effective. This fellow who invented the flat funnel is a genius!!

  41. 291
    Fran says:

    Smooth sided canning jars for my own custom labeling

  42. 292
    Jessica W says:

    I haven’t used enough of the tools to know what to redesign, but those funnels look really cool

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