10 Best Kitchen Tools We Need to Invent Right Now
In news of the dumb, a Chicago inventor recently achieved Kickstarter success and Internet fame with a device that he purports will scramble an egg without breaking or penetrating the shell. It's called the Golden Goose--you know, because the result is a golden egg--and in just a few days, the unusual instrument has raised $109,001 on Kickstarter, nearly $75,000 more than its initial goal. The device works by using centrifugal force to mix the white and the yolk without introducing any outside air. The egg can then be hard or soft boiled and enjoyed.
Photo courtesy Kickstarter I cannot believe I've made it this long in life without an egg-scrambler.
Which leads us to...why? Is it too hard to just scramble an egg? Do "Golden Eggs" somehow taste better than regular ol' eggs? Does rotating an egg really fast in a plastic contraption make you look cool? Hell if I know.
But this got us thinking. There are definitely some voids in our kitchen tool collection--voids that exist not because we haven't purchased certain items, but because these items for which we pine do not yet exist. If there are any intrepid inventors out there, please, start the design and development process now.
And when you become the next big as-seen-on-TV sensation, we want a cut.
10. Quick peeler
Photo by Iwan Gabovitch There MUST be a less gross way to de-bone a chicken.
Peeling fruits and vegetables takes far longer than it should. There needs to be a way to peel items in one swift movement, like one cores an apple with that fancy corer/slicer tool. Yes, there's always this method, but the whole drill/super sharp peeler combo seems like a recipe for disaster for an inexperienced cook.
9. Chicken de-boner
With this tool, you would merely stick an entire raw chicken into some sort of machine, and out it would pop on the other side, all jiggly and boneless. How would this be possible? I haven't the foggiest. But I daresay it would be a miracle.
8. Non-scraping zester/grater
Yes, dear microplane, I realize that my skin has much the same texture as that of a lemon peel. And yes, I'm aware that if I keep my fingers and knuckles out of the way, I will avoid a nasty microplane scrape. Somehow, though, this never seems to work out for me. Whether I'm grating Parmesan or zesting a lime, I nearly always manage to cut myself. So now you know why that key lime pie has a slight iron taste.
7. Berry de-seeder
Photo courtesy USDA SO. MANY. TINY. SEEDS.
Few things are more annoying to me than drinking a smoothie with raspberries in it and getting those tiny, bitter seeds stuck all up in my teeth. Yes, I suppose I could strain smoothies after blending them, but a sieve thin enough to catch raspberry seeds would pretty much require that the smoothie be melted in order to slide through the spaces. Blackberry seeds are similarly frustrating. Would that there were something to remove the seeds while leaving the smoothie intact...
6. Instant dough-riser
Waiting for bread dough to rise is a pain in the ass. Let sit for two hours, knead, let sit for another two hours, knead again...the process can take all day. Ain't nobody got time for that. Instead, why not invent something about microwave-sized that would make dough rise in no time? Simply place the dough inside, press some buttons, wait a minute or two, and voila!
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