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Random Kitchen Gadgets: Useful or Useless?

While there are kitchen gadgets that are totally helpful and necessary — the food processor, a mixer — sometimes it seems like there are more random kitchen gadgets than essential ones. There are so many useless tools that we have an entire feature devoted to them. Not to mention the Yum Market on TeamSugar is jam-packed with kitchen contraptions.

For example, look at this peanut butter and jelly spreader. This handy, double-sided gadget —bookmarked by amh678 — smoothly scoops and spreads peanut butter and jelly. Sure it's fun, but isn't it just a glorified butter knife? What do you guys think of these random kitchen gadgets? Useful or useless?

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chefdrea chefdrea 8 years
I am not a fan of gadgets. I follow my grandfathers philosophy (also a chef) that if it only accomplishes one or two tasks it is a gadget and there is always a tool to use instead. I can't live without a good chefs knife, spatula, pair of tongs and a whisk! And regarding PB&J, am I the only one who wants a knife for the peanut butter and a spoon for the jelly? :)
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I like specialty items like that. If it's something for a specific purpose--especially in the kitchen--I'll probably buy it. If it's something that doesn't work as well as something else, or something I'd have to wash a lot, then no.
starlawill starlawill 9 years
absolutely useful! i always have to dirty two knives when i make peanut butter and jelly.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
cool stuff
sundrops sundrops 9 years
Oh and rockwilder! Egg slicers are good for slicing strawberries and olives too : ) . Multi-tasking!
sundrops sundrops 9 years
Would LOVE this one!! I'm forever dipping jelly in peanut butter or vice versa, or dirtying two knives which is just a pain.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Haha I work for stonewall kitchen! I honestly have never even heard of this so people must not order it from us a lot. That it definitely makes it seems like it's a waste. The price is great though so it might be worth a shot.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
Hahahaha. I burst out laughing when I saw that Peanut Butter and Jelly spreader. My roommate's dad sent one to us a little while back. It's so useless, but we got a laugh out of it. I've used it in place of a butter knife, but never actually for peanut butter and jelly.
rockwilder rockwilder 9 years
The PB&J spreader is cute (instead of wasting two knives,over getting jelly in the peanut butter jar)...BUT i find that back at home i'll go through drawers and find little applicances and tools for which we have no idea what the original purpose was. We used to have a little hard-boiled egg slicer that i would sometimes pretend was a harp. :)
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I actually need an apple peeler- I bake a lot, and apples are a favorite, but they're a hassle to peel by hand.
Luckystar11311 Luckystar11311 9 years
What an awesome idea! Now you won't get jelly in the peanut butter jar!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i don't know if there's really a need for that thing - it's cute though. i think that i would need something that digs the odds and ends out of the jar more than a spreader
emalove emalove 9 years
I like most of these!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I sort of like weird stuff like this.
amers230 amers230 9 years
i don't think i'd go out of my way to buy any of those, but i wouldn't turn them down if they were a gift. the only semi-useless kitchen gadget i'm dying for is one of those 4 in 1 panini press/waffle maker type thing
annebreal annebreal 9 years
The apple peeler is fun to use when you're doing a baking project with kids, they get a kick out of it.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
I actually owned the apple peeler until it got lost in a move. It was also good at peeling potatoes. The rest are a waste of valuable storage space.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
I like the pb&j spreader! I wouldn't turn down a Dualit Toaster with the Sandwich Cage as a gift.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I'd love to have one of those pizzelle cookie maker thingamabobs...I don't think you could really make them without one. I'd LOVE to make my own.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
I think things like this work for instance say; you're friend is obsessed with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or you have an inside joke with someone about hot dogs- kinda like a funny gag gift. Otherwise.... pretty useless!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Most are useless. I could see a few being useful if you used them a lot, like the apple peeler.
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
my parents used to have one of those apple peeling thingies.... but we would just keep it going after the peel and eat the apples is thin swirls... i miss that thing... but i wouldnt actually use it productively :P
AliCherri1 AliCherri1 9 years
I don't think the PBJ speader is useful... PB and J are both messy and it looks like it would get to sticky... I would much rather whip my knife off before using it in the other make a big mess using the other side of a spreader.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
I really like the PBJ spreader because I hate mixing things. I can see the usefulness. I don't know if I would buy one (unless it was reasonably priced) but if I had it I would find a lot of uses for it. The others are a little less useful to me.
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