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Useless utensilsPosted at 12:02PM, 31 January 2011 by Sarah Sysum - Assistant editor, Easy Cook magazine
Hands up who got a kitchen gadget for Christmas? Now keep your hand raised if you're still using it... thought so.
An impromptu poll around the office recently resulted in most saying they received a kitchen gadget over Christmas, and sadly many of these were already gathering dust.
A recent study suggested that over three quarters of breadmakers are abandoned within six months of purchase.
The most popular 'I used to love it but don't now' was the breadmaker. It appears we're in good company as a recent study suggested that over three quarters of machines are abandoned within six months of purchase.
For the record (and I'm sorry if you bought me these), my dust gatherers were: the electric fondue maker - come on people it's not the 1970s and if I do get the urge for a fondue, I'll just use a sturdy casserole and forks; the electric pizza wheel - it looked liked a mini masonry grinder and almost cut my fingers off - and (my favourite) the kiwi guard. Now I get the need for a banana guard; anyone who has carried a banana around in their bag has found them blackened and bruised by the experience, although I do concede it's not one of life's major issues. But a guard to protect a kiwi fruit? Really?
I take comfort in knowing I'm not alone. Other gems in the office included the electric pasta maker, the strawberry slicer - it takes twice as long apparently to line the berry up in the slicer than it would to cut it by hand - and the mushroom brush, or as it was quoted to me 'those dirty little brushes lying on the edge of sinks'.
I could rant on but I won't, and anyway you probably have other gadgets to add to this list as well. Come on, admit it. You don't really use that electric garlic roaster, do you?
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