Last week I published a post about the one appliance in your kitchen that you must have, a slow cooker. This week I’m giving you the other end of the spectrum. In this article are five kitchen appliances that are a complete waste of your money, and why you can DIY with a couple of items in no time. Let’s get to it.
1. Avocado Slicer
This is legit, Google “Avocado Slicer” and you’ll find a handy dandy tool that makes cutting avocados, “easier than ever!” Don’t waste your money on this product. Want to know how to cut an avocado so you get the most out of it? Here’s how: First, cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. Then, slice the avocado flesh into cubes like you’re making a checkerboard pattern. After you’re done that, take a spoon and scoop out the flesh of the avocado into whatever you want, the avocado should come out smoothly, leaving you no mess. Or you can watch this video. Now, do you really a device to slice avocados for you? Absolutely not. Use this method and you’ll be golden.
2. Panini Maker
“But how will I get that perfectly flat Panini shape without one?!”, you ask? Simple. Panini makers aren’t cheap, with the average price hovering around $40 for one single maker. The best alternative? Bricks. Yep, I’m talking about the same ones used to build houses! Here’s how: Take a brick of considerable weight and wrap it in tin foil. Once you’ve gotten your sandwich to where you want it, add the brick on top of the sandwich while it’s still on the pan cooking. Not only will the weight of the brick act as the perfect substitute for a panini press, but it will also guarantee a perfect crust on the outside while the panini is still cooking! The best part about this kitchen item? All you need to do is replace the foil each time you want to use it.
3. Popcorn Maker
Okay, this one was hard to put in here because my family has one, and uses it religiously every weekend. However, since this post is about things in the kitchen you don’t need, I had to put it in here because of the free alternative. With the cost of a popcorn maker ranging anywhere from $50 to $300, it begs the question, ‘Do you really need one to make delicious popcorn?’ The short answer: No, save yourself money and use a stove top kettle and pot. My best friend’s dad used a simple pot and stove top to make the best kettle corn I’ve ever had. It’s simple, easy, and saves you a lot of money. Plus, who wants to have a popcorn maker take up extra space in their kitchen anyways?
4. Deep Fryer
Southerners at heart might read this paragraph and cry a little on the inside, cause I know it’s tough, but truth be told, you don’t need a deep fryer. The average cost of a deep fryer ranges from $40 to $200 at Walmart. Instead of spending that money, save it instead and use your biggest cooking pot you have. All you need to do is fill it up with whatever oil you want to fry it at, and watch it carefully. Your biggest cooking pot easily converts into a deep fryer, while at the same time saving you space in your kitchen.
So there you have it! If you own any of these items, don’t feel bad, it means you’ve found a great way to use them! Use this post as a tool and a guide. Remember, before you decide to buy a kitchen appliance, ask yourself these simple questions: ‘Can I make this myself? And would that cost me any money? How much space will I save by not buying this?
QUESTION: What is the one USELESS thing in your kitchen that you would recommend people NOT buying? (Leave your answer in the comments)
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