The 10 Most Useless Kitchen Gadgets

What is this, a crappy reusable condom? Oh, it's a garlic peeler? Even worse.
What is this, a crappy reusable condom? Oh, it's a garlic peeler? Even worse.

Last week found many of our readers up in arms about being told they didn't need a bread machine, pasta maker, fondue pot or whatever other countertop device that sits gathering dust in 90 percent of all other kitchens whose owners were unfortunate enough to have wasted money on them. While some people immediately sprang to the defense of enormous appliances like the Ronco rotisserie oven, we remain unconvinced. If you saw the Hobbit-like size of our small kitchen, you'd understand.

Even before we lived in a place with a kitchen built to accommodate exactly one-half of a person, we didn't like to clutter the room up with devices that we'd only use every once in a while. And we also don't like cluttering our precious few drawers with gadgets that have one use and one use only - and often a very suspect use at that.

Below are the ten most useless kitchen gadgets - in our experience - that you shouldn't waste your time and money on. In fact, if you own a chef's knife (and why wouldn't you?) you can accomplish at least half of the tasks on the list below that these gadgets were invented to perform. Why fix it if it ain't broke?

10. Garlic Peeler

Like we said, do you own a knife? Brilliant. Then you don't need a garlic peeler. Take your clove of garlic, put it on a steady surface like a cutting board, lay the flat side of your chef's knife on top and give it a good thwhack. The peel will come right off, all in one piece. Worried about your fingers smelling like garlic? WELL, GOD FORBID SOMEONE SHOULD SMELL LIKE THE FOOD THEY'RE COOKING. Get over yourself.

9. Mushroom Slicer

There are an astonishing variety of useless slicing tools out there. We chose this one because - honestly - how difficult is it to slice up a mushroom? This isn't like a tomato or a fresh loaf of bread. This doesn't require any skill or dexterity at all. You could hand a knife and a mushroom to a squirrel and the squirrel would be able to cut it into slices. Are we missing something here? We must be.

8. Apple Peeler / Corer

The 10 Most Useless Kitchen Gadgets

Unless you're one of those lovely people who spends all day, every day making fresh apple pies for your loved ones, there is little to no need to own an apple peeler, especially an expensive peeling/coring duo. And if you own one of these because you feel the need to peel your apples before you eat them, just forget it. You're throwing away the best, most nutritious part of the apple. Why don't you just go eat some styrofoam instead?

The 10 Most Useless Kitchen Gadgets

7. Strawberry Huller

We can think of absolutely no reason why anyone should own this. An olive/cherry pitter? Okay, fine. If you must. But a gadget that cuts the tops off of strawberries? You own one of those already. It's called a knife. Noticing a recurring theme here? And if you're worried about lopping off an extra square millimeter of the strawberry's flesh using the traditional "cut the top off with a knife method," you have larger problems than we can deal with here.



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