Tools That Are Supposed to Make Your Life Easier But Actually Make It Worse
As food writer Michael Ruhlman said, THIS is the best kitchen tool you’ve got. (And it’s free!) But as long as there are demanding consumers and crafty marketing executives, so, too, will there be a plethora of kitchen tools advertised as “new” and “improved.” And somewhere, in the mix of those three elements, the gimmick is born. Every day.
Here are some of the more ridiculous cooking gadgets we’ve seen recently.
Why this is supposed to make your life easier: It has a timer (just like that kitchen timer you already have!) and it can prepare seven eggs at once (just like a large skillet!). Okay, the truly good thing about this tool is that you can press a button and walk away, get dressed for work, whatever—it cooks the eggs for you and cuts off the heat when they’ve reached soft boil, hard boil, etc.
Why this will actually make your life worse: You know how many pots you have to clean if you learn to poach or fry or scramble eggs without this Jetsons-looking contraption? One. You know how many pieces of equipment you have to clean three to five business days after you click “add to bag” on this sucker? An egg cooker base, an egg holder tray, a poaching tray, and a stainless-steel lid, at least.
Why this is supposed to make your life easier: You can cook a gang of bacon in one fell swoop, and the clamps hold each strip in place so you can get flat, sandwich-friendly pieces.
Why this will actually make your life worse: YOU’RE EATING MICROWAVED BACON. You’re depriving yourself of one of life’s great pleasures. It’s oh-so-much better crisped up in a frying pan or in the oven. And you know what else cooks bacon nice and flat? A sheet pan with a cooling rack inside of it, both of which you already own. Yay.
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