Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ga-Ga for Kitchen Gizmos? You're in Good Company

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So it seems that I am not the only kitchen gadget freak who has a collection of specialized gizmos stashed away for "some day." You know what I mean - the mandolin, the crepe pan, the escargot clamps and forks, a serrated bread knife with an adjustable guide to cut each slice precisely the same width, the garlic press, the electric popcorn popper and so on.

Each was a great idea at the time. I used it occasionally, then rarely and finally never when I moved on to simpler tools or foods. Now they sit at the back of my pantry like misfit toys.

Well a whole lot of celebrated foodies are equally ga-ga for gadgets according to this report in the New York Times.

EVERY kitchen has one. The ingenious asparagus peeler. The automatic paper-towel dispenser. The whiz-bang electric pepper grinder.

These are the tools that Gail Simmons, a judge on the Bravo series “Top Chef” and the author of “Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater,” calls “the skeletons in the kitchen closet.” Unlike the preposterous gadgets that turn up uninvited beneath the Christmas tree, they were purchased with enthusiasm and high culinary expectations. Now they languish in the drawer or take up space on the counter, where they eventually die of neglect

I'm honored by the company I keep.

What are some of the gadgets you have languishing in the back of your pantry?
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