The pizza box has just been placed in your hands and the strong aroma of cheese has hit your nostrils in a way that it’s becoming seemingly impossible to think of anything but diving into that large 16” beauty placed inside.
You undo the adhesive tape, open the pizza box and, horror of horrors, the cheese on the pizza is a gross mess stuck to the top of the box. You can’t decide if you first want to rip the stuck vegetables and cheese off the box or pick up the pieces of your broken heart off the floor.
Now, you’re probably thinking why hasn’t this happened to you ever (unless you were buying from places that sell pizza in a cake box)?
Big News: An apparently insignificant, yet dangerously resourceful, product called the ‘Pizza Saver’ was invented about thirty years ago and has ever since been the saving grace for pizza box suppliers, delivery boys, managers, brands; basically, the pizza economy. Trust me, it is a great story to tell your pizza loving grand kids.
So let’s begin by examining a ‘corrugated cardboard’ pizza box.
When I say ‘a cardboard pizza box’, it almost immediately implies it’s cheap and easily available. When I say ‘a corrugated box’,it basically means a layer of insulation which is again an economical way of keeping food warm, by discouraging any transfer of heat to the outside (A brilliant example of Thermodynamics, I must say!).
However, when a hot pizza is placed inside the cardboard, right above the cheesy core, it begins to dampen due to the steam from the pizza and starts to sag.
At this point, the contact we all dreaded at the beginning of the post would have come to pass had it not been for the PIZZA SAVER; yes, not all heroes wear capes.
A tiny three-legged instrument designed to hold together the integrity of the cardboard pizza box, and the aesthetics of the pizza inside, was patented (#4,498,586) on February 12, 1985 by a certain Carmela Vitale who felt a lightweight, inexpensive, heat-resistant product would aid pizza box suppliers in preventing damage to the pizza inside.
Bear with me, because I’m going to show you how the pizza saver actually manages to do it’s duty most efficiently.
As evident from the illustration, the cover support is connected to three spaced vertical legs, like a tripod.
These legs have minimum cross-section so to reduce any prints on the item intended to be saved as well as to reduce plastic-volume consumption.
You’re probably thinking you’re done knowing everything you had to about that tiny little device but let me issue a warning:
Do not throw out that grateful little object, that JUST saved your pizza, minutes ago!
You don’t have to take out your tissue papers yet. We have some creative solutions in the field of reusability, so stick with me here-
You can use these little babies as tabletops and chairs, in the form of little DIY family sets for your tiny tots.
Don’t like holding your phone while watching a video? Use these lightweight but sturdy devices to strut support to your device and layback and enjoy the view.
They are the answer to the most economical way of separating coloured threads from each other while sewing( unless you’re using more than three colours, in which case you should have had more than one pizza for two or more pizza savers)
Stick them against the wall and you will NEVER have to find your rings and your rubber bands again.
Use them as drying props for any meticulous DIY product you might be making.
It’s easy, isn’t it?
All in all, this is the part where you realize how useful that little device is, during the course of delivery of your pizza box and after you’re done eating it.
So go out and order your pizza box online, or from your nearest store, but don’t forget to say a little note of thanks to that little plastic saviour inside.
Trust me. You’ll be glad you did.