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Avocado Masher: Love It or Hate It?

I'm a huge fan of guacamole and prefer to make a fresh version rather than purchase it at the store. As often as I make guacamole, I don't know if I need an avocado masher. It's definitely a unique gadget — created by Mexican cooking guru Rick Bayless — but it seems a little nonessential, especially in my compact studio kitchen. A potato masher or a fork squishes avocados just as simply and easily. What are your thoughts on the unitasker?

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
the fork is and always will be the handiest tool for cooking
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
waste of money
kml123 kml123 8 years
i also use a pastry cutter and it works perfectly i would never waste money on such a speacialized thing
janellethechef janellethechef 8 years
I use a pastry cutter to make my guacamole! It works perfectly and keeps the avocado in chunks! (Alton would hate this!)
limelindsey limelindsey 8 years
Potato masher. It's the only way.
king's-queen king's-queen 8 years
Rick Bayless is all about authentic Mexican cuisine, so perhaps there is a reason behind the shape? I probably wouldn't buy it.
starkiss23 starkiss23 8 years
Unneccesary, a potato masher would work just as well.
chickflower123 chickflower123 8 years
i wouldnt say I HATE it, but it is seriously a waste..looks harder to clean then just a reg fork too
Powerpuffgirl Powerpuffgirl 8 years
I love Rick Bayless as a chef, but I think he missed the mark on this one. I agree with everyone else too...unnecessary when you've got a fork or potato masher.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
It looks hard to clean and it's a unitasker, which I hate. I would just rather use a fork to mash my avocadoes.
guinnevere guinnevere 8 years
gotta go with everyone else on this one, and my mom (therefore I) always used her hands to mix/mash the guac anyway.
malibuisburning malibuisburning 8 years
Ugh. Hate it. This reminds me of the frittata pan I saw in the Williams Sonoma catalog. I literally shouted at the page, "Everyone has a frittata pan! A frittata is an open faced omelet! I have six 'frittata' pans!!" Spoons and forks work great. If you're feeling particularly angry, as I was that day, use your fists.
Marci Marci 8 years
Seeing as how I hate! But I also have to agree with the one trick pony comment. Who has room in their kitchen for things that have just one use? I live in Manhattan, so forget that!
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I would rather use a fork or a spoon that I can continue to use later to mix in other ingredients that way I have one less thing to wash
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's ok. i guess if you don't want to drag out that hard to find does the trick.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
A fork works just as good and is probably easier to clean.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Agree with others that I don't hate it, but nor would I use it.
bluecat1972 bluecat1972 8 years
Looks like it would get used once then stuck in the back of the drawer never to be seen again...
Marseeah Marseeah 8 years
a) it looks bulky and hard to store b) it's a unitasker - which I'm against. c) I love love love avocados, and prefer to have large chunks, not a gross mush, in my guac.
Lambsauce Lambsauce 8 years
I wouldn't say I hate it, but yeah, seems kind of a waste of space.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'd never use it...
vinnie vinnie 8 years
I like it, but I agree that there's no room in the kitchen for another gadget.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
Not only is this a unitasker, but it looks like it would really smush the hell out of your avocados. I like lumpy guacamole, so a potato masher is perfect for me.
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
I agree, a potato masher is just as good.
emalove emalove 8 years
Yes, pretty pointless, but I'd use it. I eat avocado all the time.
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