A while back, I posted links to a few of the Crazy Kitchen Gadgets I’d come across online. Since that time, I’ve been “collecting” more wacky gadgets, via my iPhone, for our entertainment.
Up first, we have the crust and sandwich cutter:
This gadget is odd to me in that a) I can’t imagine why anyone over the age of eight would want to cut the crust off bread, and b) I don’t know why a simple kitchen knife wouldn’t do the trick. But it was only a buck at Dollar Tree, so I guess it’s worth it?
Next, we have the microwavable potato baker:
I don’t generally bake potatoes in the microwave, but when I do, I just wrap them in a damp paper towel and plop them in there. No dish necessary, even if it’s 2/$1 at Dollar Tree.
And then we have the all-in-one PB&J sandwich maker:
(I apologize for the blurry photo. I was laughing too hard when I snapped it.) The only marginally useful purpose I can see for this is if your very young child was making his/her own sandwich. Or if you, the adult, are slightly wacky and just think it would be fun to use. Otherwise, I can’t see it being too much help in the kitchen.
And perhaps the craziest tool (to me, anyway) is the karate chopper:
Again, if your kids are helping you prep veggies, it might be fun, but if I have aggressions to work through, I want a non-plastic blade.
Next up, salt and pepper wands:
Lest you think I have no sense of humor or whimsy, I’ll confess that if these hadn’t been priced at almost $7.00, they would have been in my shopping cart. Useless? Yes. Potentially fun? Yes. (I wish I could remember in what city I saw these; I swear I’d go back to see if they’ve been marked down any further. )
Sometimes I find gadgets that I think are fairly useless when I first see them, only to find that they would have come in handy at home. Such was the case with the tiny spatulas I spotted in a Foley, AL outlet store:
The very next week, I was making tiny pancakes and could have used a tiny spatula to flip them.
Ditto for the powdered sugar spoon:
I scoffed when I saw this, because I have a handheld sifter at home. You know, the kind with the little mouse ears at the top. The only thing is that it doesn’t really fit in my utensil drawer so I keep it in a bin under the cabinet. This little spoon-sized sifter would fit in the drawer nicely. Unfortunately, I didn’t think of that when I saw it. (If you’re wondering why I might need a spoon-sized amount of powdered sugar, think: protein cupcakes/muffins/pancakes.)
In the end, I suppose that “crazy” gadgetry, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes what seems silly on the surface might prove to be useful later on.
Okay, since I confessed my love of the salt & pepper wands, I’ll turn it around and ask you: Are there any of these that you own? Any that you would purchase?