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June 06, 2021

A Scholarly Discussion Of Kitchen (And Other) Tools? Why Not?

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It's a great idea, and I even have one. I dutifully used it many times, until I got irritated by the time it took to clean it and the not very impressive output of actual chopped garlic.

Because as cool and novel as some kitchen tools may be, if they don't make quicker work of the intended task, then what is the point?

I can chop lots of garlic reasonably quickly with my 6" Chef's Knife, which may be the best kitchen tool of all time, and one that I simply cannot do without.


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I used to make tons of pizza, but this one never even got on my radar as something I needed. I have a large butchering knife that is perfect for cutting pizza, and then if I am feeling brave I can even serve with it, so this one never even made into the kitchen junk drawer.

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I'm sorry, but this is a tool for people with more money than sense. Everyone knows that peanut butter is consumed directly out of the jar with a fork.

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[That's an unstaged photo of the jar of peanut butter in my kitchen]
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A strawberry corer: another one that really doesn't make much sense. I have one (though not that fancy) but I never use it, preferring my trusty old thin-blade paring knife that is an amazingly useful little tool. By the way, I also use it to remove the wishbone when I roast chickens...(that's a pro-tip!).

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I have found that as I gained experience in the kitchen I relied less and less on gadgets and even electric appliances, preferring to use good knives and spoons and spatulas in place of most of the fancy stuff available. That is not to say that I am a Luddite; I use a stand mixer and a food processor and an immersion blender all the time, and can't imagine cooking without them!

So have at it...Kitchen tools (and other parts of the house) that seem like a good idea, but eventually ended up at the back of the drawer.

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posted by CBD at 02:00 PM

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