If you’ve ever been in a kitchen or home goods store, you’ve seen them: Those rows of cooking gadgets promising to make specific kitchen jobs easier.
Back in the States, I’d stare at the wall of gadgets in Bed, Bath & Beyond, wondering why I suddenly felt that just about all of them were absolutely necessary.
There was that lime-green avocado slicer that promised perfect slices every time, the $30 kiwi peeler, the cookie dough scooper for baking identical treats.
They have these sort of gadgets here in Israel, too, though maybe not to the same extent and probably not at the same price levels.
Are these items actually useful, or it it all a marketing gimmick?
A quick survey of my own kitchen reveals just a handful of gadgets:
- purple silicone pastry brush
- lemon juicer
- “Garlic Zoom” garlic mincer
- pizza wheel
- ice cream scooper with cow handle
Come to think of it, I do actually use all of my “gadgets” pretty often. The pizza wheel does a nice job, not only with our homemade whole wheat pizzas, but also with the vegetable strudel my husband loves. I use the lemon juicer whenever I squeeze fresh lemon juice (which is all the time) and as for the ice cream scooper, I can’t say the cow handle makes it more efficient, but it certainly makes things more fun.
My favorite, though, is the Garlic Zoom.
I nearly went crazy mincing garlic by hand in the first few weeks of our marriage. But then a friend of my mother’s mentioned she’d be visiting Israel soon and could bring along something small for me. A garlic mincer, I told my mother. Please, please, send me a garlic mincer.
I didn’t want just any mincer, though. I had seen the Garlic Zoom video online at Bed, Bath & Beyond and had my heart set on that one. Imma happily obliged. (Thanks, Imma.)
In the months since, I’ve become convinced that every woman needs a Garlic Zoom. The mincing is easy and quick, and as long as the wheels and your hard surface are dry, it works like a dream. My one complaint is that it can be hard to clean, but so far, I’d still get one for all my engaged friends.
I think the bottom line on kitchen gadgets is to go for the ones you expect to use most often and avoid everything else.
What do you think? Anyone splurge on a kiwi peeler recently?