I am not a gadget person. I am not a gadget person.
You’ve heard the comments about kitchen-gadget people — comments likening them to hoarders or something just as unsavory. I’ve never thought of myself as a gadget person. Sure, I had a garlic press back in college when I was first channeling my inner Martha Stewart. I also once had a bread machine that made delicious yeast rolls. But, those are long gone.
As I thumb through kitchen catalogs, I have to laugh at all the gadgets: an egg slicer that slices a boiled egg into five pieces with one fell swoop, a “pancake pen” for puddling batter, or what about the meatball grill basket with spaces to hold individual meatballs? Oh, and don’t forget the jalapeño-pepper roaster. Who buys these things? Can’t you just envision the reality show about people who collect the most unusual kitchen gadgets?
Yet, recently, as I opened one of my kitchen cabinets, I did a double-take at the avalanche of non-gadgets that greeted me. Okay, I admit I have a blow-torch for crème brûlée. I have a panini maker, food dehydrator and a sausage stuffer. But, I really use these items. I really use the food processor, stand mixer and sous vide machine — my three favorites.
I once heard someone say that they did not have gadgets, they had tools. I like that.
I am not a gadget person. I prefer to think of myself as a kitchen-appliance person. Much better ring to that.
Are you a gadget person? What are your favorites? What are the most ridiculous items you’ve seen (or have!)?
–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog
– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.