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9 Completely Useless and Ridiculous Kitchen Gadgets

I'm a serious home cook. By that I mean that I love spending time in the kitchen trying out new recipes, and, of course, eating the fruits (or veggies) of my labor. So when I come across a fantastic kitchen appliance or utensil that is bound to make my life easier or more enjoyable while in the kitchen, you can hardly keep me from swiping my credit card at Sur La Table.

Over the years, however, countless products have been launched that have been touted as being convenient kitchen items, but that end up being just a waste of space in the drawer or on the counter. Who needs that?

While I may have been duped into buying one of these items (ok, the strawberry huller--I'll admit defeat...), I can assure you that all the utensils on this list are useless. They are nothing but some plastic and metal and a good marketing campaign.

Have you used any? Let us know!

Strawberry Huller


I thought this tool would help me avoid wasting the tops of the strawberry near the stem. With two little kids, I cut up a lot of fruit and didn't want to lose any in the process. I was excited to try my huller when it first arrived. While it does just extract the green stem and the harder core, I found that it is a pain to clean. A quick rinse won't do, since strawberry guts get stuck all over it. Plus, I still need a knife to cut the rest of the stawberry for my little boys. So what was once one quick step of slicing with a knife, turned into multi-steps and multiple utensils. Who has time for that? Not me...

Egg Slicer


A selling point, according to Amazon, is that this also slices mushrooms and other soft fruit and vegetables. The only issue here is that I wasn't aware that it was so difficult to slice an egg. Is that a thing? And if it is, how many people need to slice eggs in this way all the time? When I hard-boil an egg, I either mush it up in a bowl for egg salad, or I quickly cut it into quarters with a knife. (Or just take a bite out of it, right?) I'm not making elaborate cobb salads for guests that would necessitate a whole utensil that I will then need to clean.

Waffle Bowl Maker


I can guarantee that this thing is fun exactly once, and then it just takes up space. "Hey kids! We can have ice cream in a waffle bowl just like they have at the ice cream parlor!" And then you realize how much of a pain it is to do every time someone wants a bowl of ice cream, and you quietly make it disappear to the basement so that no one is reminded of its existence.