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The 10 Most Useless Kitchen Gadgets

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.

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Katharine Shilcutt