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Useless things

June 17, 2010

It’s almost Friday. Are you happy? :mrgreen: I hope you all have a fun weekend planned. Anything special for Father’s Day on Sunday? (Don’t forget about it!)

One of the best things about moving into a new apartment is buying new kitchen gadgets, cute decorations and other appliances and adornments. But there is a lot of random stuff out there. Things that I can’t imagine spending my hard-earned money on — but I guess that’s what makes us all different! πŸ˜‰

Case in point:

Don’t get me wrong — creme brulee is delicious and it would be cool to have a torch laying around the kitchen — but unless this is something I’m making on a fairly regular basis, it seems like a bit of an extravagant purchase.

How about this?

Are we making industrial-size vats of applesauce?

Now this is something I would consider:

… although I think my friends and family might be weirded out if every cake I made was shaped like an octopus.

And then there are the kitchen gadgets that while totally useful and necessary, seem to have some unnecessary added features.

I obviously need this because I drink a lot of tea and with the average tea kettle, you can’t just pick it up to pour! πŸ˜‰

My favorite completely useless item, though, has to be this:

Really? Do you really have to make perfectly rounded pancakes? Sometimes the misshapen ones are the best — plus you can play the “Guess what shape this is?” game! πŸ˜‰

What “random” kitchen items do you own?

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2010 5:01 pm

    Number 1 on my wish list is an antique pasta maker. My grandmother said that if I could find one, she’d get it for me for my birthday. Five months to find one! Eep!

    • June 17, 2010 9:29 pm

      I have an antique hand mixer from the 1940s and a 1920s slate chalkboard. They are just decoration, though. πŸ˜‰

  2. Emily Y. permalink
    June 17, 2010 5:43 pm

    Hahaha — my best friend from home and her husband have one of those apple peeler things! I visited them a couple months ago and could not stop playing with it — I accidentally broke it cause I was so obsessed. Anyway I want one! Even though it’s useless πŸ™‚

  3. June 17, 2010 9:41 pm

    I don’t actually have any cool kitchen gadgets. But I do have a magic bullet I use daily and all kinds of stuff I NEVER use. Like my fondue pots (one for cheese, one for chocolate of course), corn on the cob holders, a whole bar’s worth of cocktail glasses, etc. that I’ve had since my wedding.

  4. June 17, 2010 10:29 pm

    Coolest gadget I have is a can opener that cuts the side of the can….exciting ,eh?! πŸ™‚

    My dad told us he’s going fishing this weekend so the BBQ we were going to have is off. Going golfing instead.

  5. June 18, 2010 6:50 am

    HAha I’m pretty sure they made that batter dispenser just for me. I make the worst looking pancakes ever!

  6. June 18, 2010 7:48 am

    I used to have an egg peeler and slicer that someone gave me for Christmas. The slicer was pretty hand, actually.

  7. June 18, 2010 9:02 am

    Tomato knife.

    I don’t own one, but I’ve seen them and always thought they were pretty useless.

  8. Simone permalink
    June 18, 2010 2:30 pm

    ummm is it bad that i seriously want to go out and buy every single one of those things??

  9. anna marie permalink
    June 18, 2010 7:23 pm

    My family owns a creme brulee torch and uses it enough to justify its existence. Though, I might add, it was bought as a gift for my mother, who actually doesn’t need anything.

    I have also given one as a wedding present for a friend, along with a recipe book for various creme brulees. That was mostly because I found it hard to get excited about buying some ugly towels on the list. I know, they requested them, but still…

  10. June 20, 2010 6:46 am

    I have an “apple machine” very similar to the one in your photo. Back in the days when I would buy a bushel or two of apples in the fall and make gallons of applesauce that I “canned” and used throughout the year, it was very handy to have. With young children, the “machine” helped keep them interested in the project (for a short while anyway). And we enjoyed sugar-free applesauce.

    My “apple machine” has not been used in years. I ran across it the other day and contemplated getting rid of it, but thought I just might make a big lot of applesauce again one day.

    There are a lot of seemingly useless things out there that just may not be useful at your stage in life, or to match your particular interests, but that may serve a purpose for someone.

    If I could afford the calories to eat creme brulee often, I just might buy that cool, extravagant little torch!

  11. June 25, 2010 6:42 pm

    A fellow Bethesda foodie! Yay.

    So I have to make a comment about the creme brulee torch- we have that exact same one. Got it as a wedding gift and we use it ALL the time. It’s great for spot-treatments… for example, when my husband makes tuna, he sears the sides in a pan and then torches the edges for the perfect restaurant quality rare tuna. We also use it to blacken peppers and crisp up soft tortillas (makes them look more authentic!)
    You should totally get one! πŸ™‚

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