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I went into Bed Bath and Beyond today in order to get a replacement oven mitt for one I had set on fire by leaving it on an active burner. Oops.

Anyway, I went in and had to pass by about fifteen displays of some "Seen on TV" gadget or other to get to where the oven mitts were. Now, kitchen gadgets are great. I've been wanting a KitchenAid standing mixer for I don't know how long. But the difference between a KitchenAid standing mixer and most of the stuff I saw today was that the mixer can be used for many many things whereas most of the gadgets I saw had one use and only one use.

For example, there was this plastic pasta bucket that you put in the microwave for "perfect pasta every time!" (Personally, I have never had a problem making "perfect pasta" in a pot, but that's just me.) Or you could spend $10 on a little silicone cup that you float in hot water and poach eggs in. Or you can get an avocado slicer for $20. Oh, and the Debbie Meyer bags that don't work at $12.00 a pop.

Now, I'm not saying that you shouldn't shop at Bed Bath and Beyond because they carry crap like this. Obviously someone is buying it or it wouldn't be there for sale. What I am saying is that when you go to a kitchen store, remember that any gadget you buy will have to have space to live in once you get it home. What would you prefer? One appliance that can do many things and takes up a little space, or ten gadgets that do one thing each and that takes up most of a cabinet? And really, is slicing an avocado so difficult that you need a gadget to just do that?



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Apr. 27th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Slicing avocados = not necessarily difficult as much as it can be a bit aggravating....all that green tasty goo you have to lick from your fingers.....

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