When it comes to kitchen gadgets there are some gems but then there are some absolutely worthless options that TV, Amazon, and TikTok have convinced us that we need. In fact, I’m willing to bet that you have some of these gadgets and gizmos in a drawer in your kitchen, or even worse, collecting dust outside in your garage, right now.
If I’m being honest, I can’t stand kitchen gadgets. The old adage that a cook’s best tools are their hands proves true most of the time. I hate digging out a clunky plastic contraption and putting it together when I could have just grabbed my well-loved chef’s knife and gotten to work and been done much faster. Just like one of my favorite chefs, Alton Brown says, the only unitasker in your kitchen should be your fire extinguisher. What I’ve really learned as I went through pages of Amazon gadgets is that people are really scared of using a knife.
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Somehow this has over 7000 reviews and is rated as one of Amazon’s best products in kitchen tools. I can see how the Original Jokari Adjustable Baggy Rack is alluring, especially if you’re filling multiple bags at once for kids’ lunches or to pre-portion ingredients for the week’s meals, but most bags will stay open once they are partially filled, so this unitasker isn’t worth it. In fact, one reviewer said, “These are so unstable and flimsy. The only parts that work as stated are the adjustable arms. They do move up and down.”
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The KPKitchen Pancake Batter Dispenser might be good if you work in a pancake house, but at your real home, it’s clunky and pretty useless. One Amazon review said, “Poor design for the handle. Skip this one and try a different one.” You can measure out perfect pancakes with a measuring cup, or just eyeball it. After all, the joy of homemade pancakes isn’t how they look, it’s all of the fun toppings and sugar rush after eating them.
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Unless you’re a professional BBQ cook-off champion, The Original Bear Paws Shredder Claws are not necessary in your kitchen. Celebrity chef Alton Brown agrees. While these may seem like a must-have because they can shred meat and stabilize large things like watermelons while you slice and dice, a sharp knife and your hands can do the same thing. Save room in your kitchen drawers and ditch these.
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