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Artifacts of a World Gone By

yogurtshowercap.jpgMy mother had a drawer full of them in the 60s and 70s: These little things like shower caps, circles of plastic sheet of a sort you’d recognize from shower curtains, with an elastic gather around the edge. I actually called them “shower caps” in my head, and we used them to close half-used cans of mandarin orange segments and mushrooms. I didn’t think much about them until a year or two ago, when yogurt containers stopped coming with closable lids. I don’t toss back a whole 6 oz container of yogurt every morning, so this was a major irritation. In our climate, things dry out fast in the fridge, so putting something over an opened yogurt container is essential.

For awhile there were shower caps, QuickCovers from Saran, but only the tiniest ones were applicable to yogurt, and even those were a little on the big side. We haven’t seen QuickCovers in stores in some time, and have been reduced to fighting with the plastic wrap to close a yogurt container for tomorrow. That’s an irritation to reckon with.

I always say: If you’re going to allow yourself to be irritated, be irritated at something trivial. Irritation then won’t ruin your game.

So I was out in the garage earlier today, putting my junkbox telescope together for a quick trip down to the KOA Pueblo South, to do a little summer stargazing. In the bottom of an ancient Argus slide projector case that my father gave me when he got his new projector in 1962, there were a lot of things (though not what I was really looking for) including some old eyepieces, a Herschel wedge, and…one of those old shower caps that I’d raided from my mother’s kitchen drawer in 1971. I had used it to put over the tops of eyepieces so that they wouldn’t get scratched rattling around loose in the bottom of a slide projector case. I hadn’t touched it in 30-odd years, so it was still in pretty good shape. (See photo above.)

It’s an obviously useful thing. Why aren’t they made anymore? Does everybody really eat six whole ounces of yogurt every time they have any at all? Am I really reaching this hard for Contra entries?

No. I’m serious. If you know where such things live, or even what they’re called, let me know. I’m tired of wrestling with the Saran wrap.


  1. Chuck Waggoner says:

    Still available here in Germany–in the equivalent of American-type dollar stores. They come in a range of sizes, but my wife cannot remember what they are called, and no longer has the packaging to find out. We have a couple that are just the size for the very common 150g yogurt containers used here.

    Yogurt here, by the way, is not AT ALL sour, like in the US. Every time we return to visit family, we are sorely disappointed by the sour-tasting yogurt there. Somebody told us that there IS sweet yogurt–called ‘baby yogurt’. I tried some of the stuff, and it is nothing like plain, standard yogurt over here. Frustrating. One cannot get sour yogurt over here–just does not exist.

  2. Bob Fegert says:

    I keep a small box of pre-cut squares of aluminum foil near the fridge to cover containers.

    Easy to make up a large batch and it’s cheap, and since it’s single use, also very sanitary.

  3. Dan McNay says:

    Not exactly what you want but how about using ‘Zip Lock bags’. Get the kind with the zipper-like puller on top

  4. Joe Goldthwaite says:

    I use a small bit of saran wrap and a rubber band from the newspaper. It’s cheap, disposable and it works.

  5. Keith Dick says:

    German Johgurt:

    That’s interesting, Chuck. What area of Germany are you in? The Johgurt my wife gets (the plain kind) at Düsseldorf-area Reformhaus shops is, at least to my taste, fairly sour. I don’t eat yogurt myself (she persuaded me to try it, but I don’t like it), so I’m not able to compare it with what’s available in the U.S.

    I can’t remember the brand names of the Johgurt my wife gets (I belive there are two brands she buys). They are in glass jars, 500 grams, if I remember correctly.

  6. Darrin Chandler says:

    For some time now my wife has been buying large containers of yogurt. Not only do they still have resealable lids, they’re cheaper and have less packaging (if you care about that).

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