Britain Loves CollectingKitchen gadgets you don’t really need
You’ve only ever used that popcorn maker twice. But it’s there; safely tucked away at the back of the kitchen cupboard. And if you ever do get an urge to fill your face with popcorn - you know where to look.
Yes, you could probably survive without it, but that’s what makes kitchen gadgets so ace - we don’t need them. They represent wilful kitchen extravagance. It’s what Siegfried & Roy would use to chop their vegetables.
These are the gadgets we accumulate over the years, the stars of shopping channel ads and market stall demos. The magical choppers and demon slicers and dicers. The blenders (as in the video above, who needs a blender this powerful?) and stirrers and shakers and pasta makers.
In theory, they transform our kitchens into whizzing, whirring worlds of battery-powered automation and efficiency. But, truth be told, they’re mostly a bit fiddly to use.
We like the comfort of having an automatic stirrer in the cupboard - but it’s usually quicker to just use a spoon. But that’s okay. These kitchen wonders are designed to dazzle and amaze - not to be used.
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By Tom Law