I’ve been a fan of Alton Brown since Good Eats premiered. He’s not always entirely accurate but I’m fascinated by the way he delves into the science and mechanics behind cooking – just don’t trust his pad thai recipe.
In particular, his NO UNI-TASKER rule is brilliant. Essentially, he believes that every tool in the kitchen should perform more than one function, with the exception of a fire extinguisher. I wholeheartedly agree.
I only have 3 high quality knives my my drawer and refuse to purchase “gadgets”. This view was impressed upon me by my grandmother who could make anything under the sun with a pair of chopsticks and a cleaver. She even peeled root-vegetables with a chopstick’s square edge. So whenever I’m in the kitchen store, I want to violently shake newbies or pretentious hobby chefs that are comparing between models of garlic presses or potato-eye removers.
Infomercials are notorious for their cheesiness but also for selling the worst uni-tasking junk. This is by far the worst one yet. Allow me to present EZ Cracker, a forkin’ egg cracker/ separator that takes up twice the room as my can-opener.
Hint: watch the video.
But WAIT! Order now and receive a nosehair trimmer lookalike that scrambles your egg inside the shell… in case the fork’s multi-tasking ability overwhelms you.
Confession time: do you own a silly uni-tasking kitchen tool? (you can post anonymously) Ever screamed at someone that tried to buy one?
p.s. Upon further consideration (and trying to get through Food Inc. for the fifth time *yawn*), I’m thankful that these people are at least eating whole eggs and not slime from a carton.
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