Kitchen gadgets can be great, but they can also be utterly awful. A mistake a lot of us make is we get carried away with the latest kitchen gadgets. We see all these cool things, thinking we should buy them for our kitchen. They might get used once or twice, but then they spend the rest of their days lying around doing nothing.
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Really, you want to avoid buying loads of kitchen gadgets as they can clutter up your kitchen and be a waste of money. So, how do you choose the right gadgets for your kitchen?
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Below you’ll find a few tips to help you make the right decisions:
Does the gadget have multiple uses?
Can you use this gadget for different things or is it something of a one-trick pony? For example, a spiraliser. Everyone went crazy for these gadgets a few years ago, with the whole concept being that you could take any vegetable and make it long and thin like spaghetti. Realistically, you quickly found out that this is basically pointless. It’s more of a gimmick than a gadget as it only does one thing – and you won’t do that one thing very often.
By comparison, consider gadgets like all-in-one food processors. Here, you have something that can blend, chop, grind – and much more. Some processors even knead the dough, so you get loads of uses from one machine. It’s a gadget you are likely to use almost every day in one capacity or another!
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How much space does the gadget take up?
This is a tricky consideration as you do have some large gadgets that are diverse and useful. Food processors are one of these things, but you have to consider how much space one of them will save. Instead of needing multiple gadgets to do all the different things of a food processor, you only need one!
On a much smaller scale, you’ve got things like steel crumpet rings with non-stick coating. They’re super useful for making crumpets, breakfast muffins, eggs, or even burgers! They tick the first box of doing multiple things, but they’re small enough to keep in your cutlery drawer. What you want to avoid are massive gadgets – like a huge slow cooker that takes up half of your counter space.
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Is the gadget actually necessary?
Finally, do you actually need the gadget, or can you do what it does? Something like a potato peeling machine is a perfect example. These things claim to peel potatoes quicker than you can, but they rarely do. Or, there are gadgets you can attach to pots and they automatically stir things for you. Again, is this really necessary? Can you get the same or better results by doing things freehand?
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To Sum Up
The best gadgets are ones that enhance the cooking experience and make your life significantly easier. So, the next time you see a kitchen gadget for sale, ask yourself the three questions above. If it doesn’t tick off at least two of the three concerns, you shouldn’t buy it!
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