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Old 01-24-2005, 03:24 PM   #1
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Useless kitchen tools

If you are like me you love kitchen gadgets and tools. Sometimes I just get that itch and need a new one. Now I am sure we have all done this. We go out and buy something and then realize we have no need for it.

What have you bought only to find that you never use it? The catch here is that it has to be something that other people actually find useful, but because of what you cook or how you cook you just don't have a need for it.

For me it would be my food mill. I have a beautiful one from William Sonoma. It is very large and very well made. I think I used it once though and I actually am not even sure where the thing is right now. I am sure I will use it again at some point, but it is definitely something I could have done without.

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Old 01-24-2005, 03:37 PM   #2
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For me these things aren't always useless, but I probably shouldn't have bought them since I don't have a lot of space:
-stick blender
-the little plastic thing that peels garlic (I got suckered while watching a TV show and they used it. I just peel garlic w/ my fingers or smash it)
-cast iron frying pan & dutch oven (these don't have a coating on them, so it's a pain to season them after each use)
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Old 01-24-2005, 03:40 PM   #3
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I'm sure if I rummaged through my cupboards I could find several things but there are two that come to mind:

Flour sifter--actually this was a gift. It's the kind where you turn the handle to sift the flour through. I prefer to just use a large sieve. It's easier to handle and clean.

Tart pans--For the number of tarts I've ever made, I probably could do without and just not make tarts. But they're one of those "I want to have them just in case" pieces that I wouldn't give up.
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Old 01-24-2005, 03:59 PM   #4
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My answer might surprise some people. It was a microwave. Someone gave me a second-hand one several years ago, and all I used it for was to bake potatoes and take the chill off the cats' wet food in the wintertime. What it mostly did was take up space, so I got rid of it, and have never missed it.

As for other tools, I'm on a very limited budget, so I have to crave a tool for a long time before I actually buy it, and so I use every tool I own.


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Old 01-24-2005, 06:58 PM   #5
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Some funky expensive citrus segmenter, it didn't work and it's much easier to just use a sharp knife.

My expensive calphalon pans that I bought less than a year ago are now sitting in the back of my cupboard too....I'm having a love affair with cast iron at the moment (preseasoned!)

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Old 01-24-2005, 07:59 PM   #6
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The Eggstractor! It actually does sorta work, sometimes very well, but you have to do it just exactly right. And you gotta give it a helluva whack. Otherwise it won't peel the egg. But to much force and it blows the egg apart. :o
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Old 01-24-2005, 08:11 PM   #7
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Re: Useless kitchen tools

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If you are like me you love kitchen gadgets and tools. Sometimes I just get that itch and need a new one. Now I am sure we have all done this. We go out and buy something and then realize we have no need for it.

What have you bought only to find that you never use it? The catch here is that it has to be something that other people actually find useful, but because of what you cook or how you cook you just don't have a need for it.

For me it would be my food mill. I have a beautiful one from William Sonoma. It is very large and very well made. I think I used it once though and I actually am not even sure where the thing is right now. I am sure I will use it again at some point, but it is definitely something I could have done without.
Don't be too sure there GB they are great for homemade baby food. It may be getting a workout yet
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Old 01-25-2005, 02:16 AM   #8
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One of the best ones I've seen in a store is a specialised avocado scoop. I mean...seriously.
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Old 01-25-2005, 03:33 AM   #9
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Ohhh, Haggis - I was going to say that - I bought it a few months ago because I hate the feeling of avocado flesh on my fingers, yukky.... - and it's USELESS.... either leaves a proportion of the avocado in the skin, or takes too much of the flesh out.... And I have never actually found an avocado that is the exact size of the implement, so the segments are pretty ropey, even when it works!
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Old 01-25-2005, 04:11 AM   #10
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Hehe suckered!

Also saw a tool in another homeware/kitchenware store, an automatic apple corer, peeler and slicer (non-electric). Seriously, you would have to making ALOT of apple related dishes to ever justify that.

The only sort of tool that falls into this category that I would buy would be an egg seperator. I am hopeless when it comes to this...chickens around the world have united to hate me.
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