Cooking Gadgets You Really Don’t Need
Most experts agree, a garlic peeler is a waste of $5. The best way to remove the skin from garlic is to lightly smash it with the flat side of a knife, or cut the root off and peel from there.
Avocado Slicers, et al.
How lazy are you? Just follow the pit with a sharp knife and twist the two halves apart. Slice into the flesh but not through the skin and scoop out with a spoon. $10 saved! While you’re at it skip strawberry slicers, egg slicers, bagel slicers, and any other slicer you can think of. You already have a more than adequate slicer in your kitchen. It’s called a knife, and two or three good ones of varying sizes will cover all your needs.
This peeler is used to peel the tough ends of asparagus and snap off the woody part, but it is really only slightly different from a regular peeler, which can be used for all of your peeling needs. Instead spending time snapping all the ends off the asparagus, you can snap one and then cut the rest using the first as a guide.
Chances are it never sees the light of day except on Thanksgiving. Skip it and just remember to sharpen your knives regularly.
At first glance this tool seems ingenious for cutting and removing a slice of pizza cleanly from a pie. But, there are many reasons they might not work, e.g., runny cheese, deep dish pizza, and more. Get a good pizza cutter that can also be used for cutting pie crust, brownies, and more. Any good-quality shears will more than pick up the slack. And if you’re a New Yorker, cutting your pizza with scissors will result in your possibly being ridiculed for life, a la Donald Trump after eating pizza with a fork.
These silly little gadgets run the gamut from simple to disgusting, like the Snot-a-Mug Separator (which would actually make a great gag gift.) You don’t need them as the white and yolk are very easy to separate in super clean hands.
Grandma would not be happy with this pointless gadget. But do be sure to crack your egg on a flat surface instead of on the side of a bowl.