The best way to outfit your kitchen is to go for well-made, versatile utensils that will work well in a variety of situations. For instance, you might choose a pair of large kitchen tongs that can be used to turn over a roast, pluck artichokes from a pan of boiling water or to flip meat and veggies over on the grill. But human creativity is limitless and people, instead of sticking with ultra-basic, practical tools, have come up with some unusual kitchen gadgets to make your cooking life easier – or take up extra drawer space in the kitchen, whichever comes first.
PC Magazine’s list of the ten weirdest kitchen gadgets includes:
The Pepper Pro Automatic Peppermill with Light, a mill with a built in light that lets you see what you’re seasoning (I recommend cooking with the lights already on)
A Musical Cake Slicer plays “Happy Birthday,” “Jingle Bells,” “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” and/or the “Wedding March” while you slice.
SensorFreshQ, a scanner that tells you if raw meat is fresh
The ButterWizard, a temperature-controlled butter dish that keeps your spread spreadable.
A Cordless Warming Tray keeps food warm, whether for second helpings or during that lengthy trip from kitchen to table.
An automatic Twirling Spaghetti Fork does all the work for you when confronted with a dish of spaghetti. Except for chewing and swallowing, of course.
The Digital Timer w/Removable Remote Beeper is unusual, but interesting. The meat thermometer plugs into whatever your cooking and you can take the “beeper” with you, so you’ll know when you’re food is done no matter where you are in the house.
Zero Gravity Magnetic Spice Rack lets spice jars hang right-side up and upside down. Attractive, but only holds 12 containers.
Topping the charts in price (over $6,000) is the Thermador Freedom T36IT70PNS Refrigerator, which includes fully automated shelves that, like the driver’s seat in your car, can be slid around to change their position with the touch of a button
Finally, the last pick is the Melitta Smart Mill & Brew 10-Cup Coffeemaker. I’m not sure why this one is on the list, since the very high-tech coffee maker is packed with lots of neat features, including an adjustable grind, timers and weather forecasts.
Personally, I think that the list could have been a little longer. The Banana Guard and Angel Food slicersspring to mind as odd gadgets, and there are definitely many others. But PCM did a good job with their list as a jumping off point for all the oddball stuff out there.