Top 10 (Un)Essential Kitchen Tools: What Happened to The Cutting Board & Knife?
Williams-Sonoma 4-in-1 Avocado Tool
Anyone who loves to cook - from the most casual culinary hobbyists to Michelin-starred powerhouses - can rattle off their kitchen essentials: A sharp chef's knife? Check. A sturdy cutting board? Double Check. A Dial-A-Slice Apple Divider? You've got to be kidding. As our love for cooking has reached a fever pitch, so has demand for short-cuts and convenience in the kitchen. The result? Kitchen tools that literally do one thing. While we can't deny that we'd love to own all of them in our alternative universe dream kitchen -- the four-in-one avocado tool, say -- here are 10 products that prove perhaps we've gone too far.
10. Watermelon Knife
Sure, watermelon is a summer BBQ staple, but does it really need a special knife? Especially since the watermelon version is the equivalent of a large serrated knife, just dipped in red silicon for "smooth slicing and easy release." Not to mention for $24.95, we'll stick the silicon-free one we've got.
Williams-Sonoma Garlic Zoom
9. Chef'n Zoom Garlic Chopper
The Garlic Zoom is like a tiny sports car for garlic. Throw a few cloves into the undeniably cute container, channel your inner child with a few back-and-forth vroom, vroom, vrooms and the garlic is presumably perfectly minced. The problem? Once the garlic is chopped, you're stuck attempting to remove said pieces from the interior, dodging sharp blades with either a butter knife or, worse, your finger.
8. Citrus Wedger
This tool might make sense for a bartender or someone else stuck in citrus purgatory, forced to cut wedge after wedge of lemon or lime to stick into an expensive cocktail or next to a hunk of seared salmon. While it apparently "transforms citrus fruits into professional-looking cocktail garnishes," if you don't cut off the ends of the fruit first, you're just in for smashed blades and mangled citrus chunks. And no one one wants that in their drink.
7. Pineapple Easy Slicer
We have to admit, this tool seems magical. Pineapples can be scary to cut and core, especially with their spiky husks and woody center. Anyone who has ever bitten into the center of a pineapple knows it can take the experience from tropical to terrible. This contraption -- similar to a wine bottle opener for pineapples -- supposedly twists to peel, core and slice an entire pineapple. In seconds, no less. If you're feeling fancy, it leaves the entire shell intact. Just pour in mai-tai mix, add a few straws and you've got yourself a party.
6. Four-in-one Avocado Tool
This tool has not one, not two, not three, but four functions. A serrated knife cuts through the skin, an oval-shaped tip releases the pit, a scoop removes the flesh and a slotted steel masher transforms the goods into guacamole. And we have to admit; not only does it work, it works GREAT. You'll never risk hacking off your hand in an attempt to release an avocado pit again.