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10 Useless Kitchen Gadgets

First Posted: 11/01/2011 5:11 pm   Updated: 01/01/2012 4:12 am


Kitchen tools that make life easier are a small joy -- we're totally down with slow cookers, nonstick pans and microwaveable Tupperware. But every time we see an infomercial for the Slap Chop or the Perfect Brownie Pan, we just can't help wondering why there are so many useless kitchen gadgets out there.

In fact, there is such a plethora of inane kitchen items that we had trouble narrowing our list down to just 10. So make sure to check back in the coming weeks for more renditions -- we've got quite a few up our sleeves.

Counter space is valuable; there's no need to clutter it with objects that a chipper salesman is hawking. Check out our slideshow of useless kitchen gadgets below.

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  • Garlic Peeler

    Certain kitchen tasks are so laborious and annoying that they deserve their own tool, but peeling garlic isn't one of them (just <a href="http://www.kitchendaily.com/2011/09/27/how-to-peel-a-head-of-garlic-in-less-than-10-seconds/" target="_hplink">shake it</a>!). Thus, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Zak-Designs--Z-Rol-Garlic-Peeler/dp/B00004RDDP/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1320170525&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">E-Z-Rol Garlic Peeler</a> doesn't strike us as particularly useful.

  • Egg-and-Muffin Toaster

    Yes, in theory, it would be very nice to have a multi-functioned toaster that could prepare both your toast and eggs. In reality, however, you probably already have a functioning toaster. This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Back-Basics-TEM4500--Muffin-Toaster/dp/B000QA1224/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320159990&sr=8-1" target="_hplink">item</a> will thus likely be relegated its true destiny: collecting dust in your garage.

  • Pickle Picker

    Apparently forks aren't good enough for those pesky, briny pickles. That's why there's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-5431-PICKEL-PICKER/dp/B0000VLPP8" target="_hplink">a tool</a> solely devoted to nabbing those hard-to-spear fellas.

  • Butter Spreader

    So it's not just forks that are a challenge -- knives aren't fulfilling their potential either, at least when it comes to buttering corn. That's why this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-5416-Butter-Spreader/dp/B000I1Y2PK" target="_hplink">"handy" device</a> exists. Maybe if you eat a lot of corn and are really specific about how it is buttered then you could sort of justify this purchase.

  • Asparagus Peeler

    Asparagus doesn't necessarily need to be peeled at all. But if you're inclined to shave off thicker stalks, a regular peeler will suffice. Or you could spend $3.95 on a special <a href="http://www.amazon.com/RSVP-Asparagus-Peeler/dp/B000BU7U2K" target="_hplink">asparagus peeler</a> if you're into that kind of thing.

  • Quesadilla Maker

    Quesadillas are a great and quick snack -- throw a tortilla on a lightly greased pan, add some cheese, put another tortilla on top and flip after a few minutes. If you happen to be spatula-challenged, you can always purchase a totally unnecessary <a href="http://www.target.com/p/El-Paso-Quesadilla-Maker/-/A-10391696" target="_hplink">quesadilla maker</a> to take up counter space that would otherwise be covered with something really useful, like air.

  • Roll 'N Pour

    Is pouring a gallon of milk or juice challenging for you? Do you wish you could exert a little less effort when quenching your thirst? The <a href="http://www.rollnpour.com/" target="_hplink">Roll 'n Pour</a> has solved all your beverage problems -- all it takes is one completely unwieldy plastic tool that you can roll...and pour.

  • Perfect Meatloaf Pan

    The infomercial says it all. Just <a href="https://www.perfectmeatloaf.com/" target="_hplink">slide and serve</a>. Oh, and sigh. Sigh a lot.

  • Pasta N More

    In case the stove just feels too intimidating, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pasta-More-Microwave-Cooker-Cookbook/dp/B0017VIO36" target="_hplink">Pasta N More</a> 5-piece set allows you to use a microwave instead. Cheers to the devolution of cooking as we know it.

  • Pizza Baker

    Oh, we get it. It's an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Professional-PS75891-Stainless-Steel-Pizza-Baker/dp/B0002ORKFW" target="_hplink">oven, but skinnier</a>.

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