The Beard likes his counter space, and I like my cabinet space. Put us together, and you’re talking about a couple that doesn’t much care for pointless kitchen gadgets. What makes a kitchen gadget pointless? Think about gimmicky tools that only have one function and furthermore have a large countertop footprint. A truly beautiful kitchen is not cluttered up with silly gadgets or time saving devices that are nothing more than a waste of your time.
When the holidays roll around, thousands if not millions of people decide that there’s nothing their loved ones want more than the gadgets they saw in infomercials and on the discount shelves of their local supermarkets. Why this is, I cannot guess. The end result is that people who prefer that their kitchen tools perform multiple tasks have to grin and say things like, “Why, how thoughtful…I’m sure we’ll find somewhere to put it.”
Do yourself a favor and don’t saddle anyone on your holiday gift list with these:
At my house, we make an awesome pizza in this pizza cooker we like to call “an oven.” Fans of dedicated pizza cookers say that they make a better pizza faster, but the only place I could put something this unwieldy happens to be exactly where The Beard rolls out his homemade dough. And I love homemade dough too much to make that sacrifice.
Um…should I be glad that there is now a product that makes combining boiling water and dry pasta even easier? Because I’m really not…unlike the actors on the infomercial, I’m able to handle uncooked pasta without spilling it everywhere.
I guess you could put this iced tea maker right next to your coffee maker. Then the people who like hot coffee could have it and the people who like iced tea could have it…but what about the people who like hot tea or iced coffee? I guess you’ll be needing some bigger counters!
An automatic egg cooker? I can honestly say I’ve never had any problems cooking eggs, but for all I know I’m in the minority. Still, spend a little time experimenting in the kitchen and this product becomes utterly pointless.
Okay, so this avocado slicer looks kind of cool and can be neatly stowed away in a drawer along with your mini butane torch, corn zipper, and biscuit cutter. But some of us already have an avocado slicer…I call mine The Beard.
Before you buy the latest gadget for your own kitchen or someone else’s, ask yourself, “Can it only make or do one thing?” The ask, “Can the same task be performed with something most people already own?” There are, for example, electric quesadilla makers and hot dog steamers out there when a quality pan can both make quesadillas and steam hot dogs.
What’s the most useless kitchen tool you’ve received?