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Useless kitchen gadgets: a rant

If you’ve read any of my previous posts about kitchenware, I think it is pretty clear that I am unabashedly a kitchen gadget junkie. To me, walking into the “Home” department at Bloomingdale’s is just as exciting as browsing around the shoe section. No, really. Call me a weirdo, but I am SUCH a sucker for cleverly-designed tools (e.g., Nigella Lawson’s chopping board with a pull-out “drawer” for easy transfer of whatever you just chopped, or garlic crushers that make it so easy to mince this frequently-used ingredient), or or even just pretty-looking kitchen odds and ends. But sometimes I find myself standing in front of a given object and thinking to myself, really now?! I know the companies that make this stuff are looking to make as much money as they possibly can (and I’ll be the first to admit that Williams-Sonoma is at the top of my list of favorite shops), but come on now…who really needs a different tool for each kind of fruit?  I am talking about the apple slicers, banana cutters, pineapple corers, citrus reamers, strawberry hullers, peach pitters, melon knives,and avocado dicers of this world. How ridiculous does that list sound?! Good God, when did we become so laughably lazy? Whatever happened to a good old knife?

Don’t get me wrong, I must admit that these objects are cool. And sure, admittedly these nifty things may shave a few seconds of processing time from your day, but unless you are an industrial apple pie maker who needs to slice pound upon pound of apples every day, I’m sure you can afford to spend an extra minute doing the job manually. Perhaps in a perfect world with endless storage space, I’d buy some of that stuff in every size and color, but really, who in today’s world has enough kitchen real estate to store all that crap? Plus, call me crazy, but don’t all these tools that do the job for you just take the joy out of cooking? I’m sure I’m not the only one who actually relishes the process of chopping, peeling, slicing, dicing and mashing things while I cook, because I find these seemingly mindless tasks oddly soothing and satisfying. The kitchen for me is a place I go to relax..it is a respite, not a burden, so I feel like short-cutting my way through the process cheats me out of some of the fun.

It was actually a space-saving article in the May issue of FNM that got me thinking about the absurdity of today’s kitchen gadget jungle, and eventually inspired me to write this rant. The article includes a page of suggestions about certain tools you can do without if you are short on kitchen space…and trust me, if you can do without a rolling pin, I’m sure you’ll live without an avocado dicer as well.

In good health,


* Top image via Pop Chart Lab

PS – I am still experimenting with fun cupcake ideas in continuation of Tuesday’s post about frosting. Stay tuned for the full report in a few days!



2 thoughts on “Useless kitchen gadgets: a rant

  1. I hear you! Trips to crate & barrel and any home store make me *swoon*.

    Posted by thekitchenchaotic | April 26, 2012, 7:05 PM
  2. Don’t forget mango pitters!

    Posted by mycookinglifebypatty | April 27, 2012, 3:40 PM

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