The Top 10 Dumbest Kitchen Gadgets
Christmas is known as the season of excess -- and excess counter space, and judging by the proliferation of silly, useless and just plain dumb kitchen appliances that seem, like egg nog, only to appear on store shelves during the spendiest time of the year. Aunt Ethel might be a tough case on your holiday gift list, but as tempting as it may seem, keep those sawbucks in your pocket and just get her a box of candy instead of something that will clutter up her already cramped cabinets, leading her to curse your name for the next 12 months.
Turn the page for our top 10 dumbest kitchen gadgets -- with suggestions for better options. Consider it a little holiday shopping intervention.
10. The Automatic Wine Opener
Could be replaced by: a corkscrew.
Is opening a bottle of wine ever this much of an emergency? Maybe if a bottle of vino helps your severe rheumatoid arthritis, or if you're tasked with opening hundreds of bottles per day, I-Love-Lucy-conveyor-belt style, this product might make sense. But the corkscrew that came with your Swiss Army knife will never inflict a dangerous, dead-battery induced crisis that this product seems eager to set you up for, leaving you sadly helpless and sober.
9. My Lil' Pie Maker
Could be replaced by: a pie pan.
Less useful than an Easy Bake oven but just as childish, this silicon muffin tin, repackaged as a "pie maker," seems to promise a wonderland of magical mini-pies at your fingertips. Yet while the standard cupcake pan has a dozen cups, this only has four, making the dream of "perfect lil' pies, in just minutes" harder, not easier, to achieve. To open this gift is to stare into a yawning chasm of pieless melancholy.
8. The Slushy Magic
Could be replaced by: two plastic bags.
Slushies for Christmas? What a chilling thought. But if you must -- and come to think of it, an egg nog slushy doesn't sound that bad -- you can achieve the same effect this overhyped plastic cup gives with two plastic Ziploc bags. Put your beverage in one bag, zip, and shake it in the second bag along with some ice and rock salt. For hand protection and an extra-wintry feel, wear mittens.