Moving out of my apartment brought me face-to-face with a handful of kitchen gadgets that had rested in the bottom of cabinets and the backs of drawers for a year.
I went through a phase during which I collected all sorts of trinkets for the kitchen. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I really don’t need as many tools in the kitchen, especially the kind that only perform one job.
Three stragglers have managed to survive the move into a new kitchen, but I’m not so sure if I want to hang onto them.
- The George Foreman Grill. I first got my hands on this baby freshman year of college. I cooked EVERYTHING on my grill: chicken, burritos, even Toaster Strudels. Watching the fat drip off meat provided tens of minutes of enjoyment. I gradually decreased my use of the George Foreman Grill, mainly because it was such a witch to clean. And sometimes, I just don’t want my fat dripping off into a plastic tray.
- Garlic press. I use garlic a lot in my cooking, so I thought this tool would reduce the time I spent mincing. Wrong. This was another tool I found difficult to clean.
- Apple corer. I bought this utensil to better accommodate this recipe for apple dumplings that calls for the cook to remove the core of the apple and fill the space with sugar. I only used the apple corer once. It was pretty tough to push that thing through an apple. It became even more difficult if you were off center.