I loathe what Alton Brown calls “unitaskers” with a passion. The pampered chef mix and chop is one of the most hilariously ridiculous products I’ve ever come across.
Sometimes you can’t avoid them but most of the time a ‘problem’ solved by a unitasker can be solved just as easily with what you already have in your kitchen. If you really want a quesadilla maker, then buy one. But I know that I don’t want to store, pay for, clean, and use an item that is only good for one thing. My quesadilla maker also functions as an egg cooker, a hamburger browner, a chili cooker, a bacon fryer, a grilled sandwich maker, a fajita maker, a tortilla cooker, sauce maker, and many other wonderful things. By adding optional accessories – spatula, spoon, whisk, etc – this one item takes the place of dozens of unitasking gadgets.
I tend to the messy and keeping the things I have to care for to a minimum is what keeps my house from looking like a perpetual disaster. I did a huge purge about 10 years ago and haven’t looked back. I am most pleased with the stuff I did NOT buy. For me, stuff is a pain in the ass. Less is more.
Where was I going with this? If your stuff is getting in your way, if your clutter is something you are unhappy with, and you look in your house and happen upon a quesadilla maker, an Eggies egg boiler, or a Slap Chop, you might want to take a look at what you’re bringing into your house. Purging is good for what ails you and chances are, whatever gadget it is, you don’t need it.