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The first finalist, Aneela, says she came up with the idea for her kitchen invention when she was a newlywed. Aneela says she spent hours preparing lasagna to impress her husband, but when she tried to get it out of the pan, the perfect square she envisioned ended up a saucy mess.

Aneela decided to invent something that would solve her dinner dilemma—the Lock 'N' Bake Baking Pan! "It is a baking pan that is designed for easier removal of food," she says.

This pan may look like a typical kitchen product, but if you push down on the handles, all four sides fold down, making the food more accessible. Aneela says you can also bake a cake in her pan—and by removing the sides, you can frost it without having to flip it out onto a cake plate!

Paula, a woman who knows her way around the kitchen, says she loves Aneela's invention.

Although Carson isn't much of a cook, he says the Lock 'N' Bake seems useful and simple to use. "I've never baked a cake, but that looks much easier that way," he says.
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FROM: Oprah's Search for the Next Big Idea
Published on January 01, 2006

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