Gentle Readers, may the one amongst us with no useless kitchen gadgets cast the first bread machine. Today’s post is the inverse of my typical tool talk, where I espouse the joy of things I love. This is the admission that not every purchase is a winner.
I have cast out the dish rack, the kettle was lost and not to be replaced, and now the utility drawer is under fire. Here are three more items headed for the yard sale. Thanks to the Gentle Reader who sent this NYT article on “The Kitchen Tools You Never Needed.” I needed the article way more than the fish poacher.
Three of My Least Favorite Kitchen Gadgets
1. Avocado Slicer. It was a bit of a gag gift, and the thought was greatly appreciated. However, my knife and a spoon not only suffice, but do a better job.
2. Garlic Roaster. I”m a sucker for self-reflective gadgets, such as a mushroom brush shaped like a mushroom, but even the jaunty garlic atop this creation won’t save it. I pan roast garlic for speed, and I’ve used this exactly 2 times in 15 years.
3. Egg Beaters. Again, nostalgia overwhelms sense here. I have 2 whisks, which I adore, and I can use them with one hand and a minimum of cursing. Winner!
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