Disappointed without a ‘burp’

Published 8:29 am Wednesday, September 5, 2012

When’s the last time you went to a Tupperware party? When’s the last time you even thought about Tupperware?

The answer to both for me would be forever.

The last Tupperware party I remembered attending was probably two decades ago (or even longer) and the last time I thought about Tupperware seriously has been years as well.

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Like most good Southern women, I do have a few pieces of Tupperware in my kitchen cabinets. We probably all have one of those cake-takers and maybe even a pitcher so stained from gallons and gallons of tea that it’s hard to make out the Tupperware emblem on it.

If you don’t have any piece of the nearly indestructible plastic in your cabinet, chances are you are under 30 and you weren’t raised in the south.

But, as luck would have it, I was invited to a Tupperware party last week that brought back so many wonderful memories and I was just a little giddy at the opportunity to witness the wonders of the famous “burp” once again.

I was just a little disappointed when I began flipping through the pages of the catalog as we were seated for the party. Nothing looked familiar — at least not for several pages.

I had gone to the party hoping to make a specific purchase. Since I recently gave in to my desire to make bread from scratch, I found myself in need of a good pastry sheet to use for kneading the dough. As I thumbed through the catalog that item was nowhere to be found. I realized not every item Tupperware makes could have possibly been in that small booklet, so I asked. I was devastated and dumbfounded to learn that it’s no longer a part of the long, long list of items offered for sale by the Tupperware corporation.

What am I supposed to do now? I don’t have those nice marble countertops that I see on all those cooking shows on television and waxed paper just isn’t the same. Oh well. I decided to forgive and forget and remain open minded to the products that sat on the table before me just waiting to be demonstrated.

I enjoyed myself at this little party. I got to visit with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while. But, again, I was feeling a little disappointed as the demonstration began.

Not once, in the nearly two hours of this Tupperware party, did the Tupperware dealer demonstrate the “burp” — not once.

With the knowledge that I gained all those years ago as a teenager accompanying my mother to countless Tupperware parties, I certainly would have demonstrated the burp at least once to those ladies at this party. Even if it’s not the most important feature of today’s Tupperware items, I surely would have thrown the burp in just for old times sake.

The lady who did the demonstration spent most of her time showing us how one of the newest products would allow you to cook a whole chicken in the microwave in 25 minutes or bake a cake in the microwave in a flash.

I wasn’t interested in that. It was certainly something new, but I wanted her to tell me just how long a head of lettuce would stay fresh if you whopped it on the counter to remove the core and placed it on the holder inside the famous-shaped lettuce keeper. I wanted to know that by placing a loaf of bread in the bread keeper, it would stay fresh for x amount of days and if you put your meat in the dish made specifically for marinade purposes, that the meat would be tender and flavorful from the grill.

I did find a few new gadgets and containers that caused me to write a check at this party, but I have to say that it was a little disappointing.

Kind of makes me want to throw a party of my own — not for the hostess gifts I’d get, but just so I could help demonstrate the burp.