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What is the worst kitchen gadget that you ever received as a gift or bought for yourself?

I have 2...my mother bought me a quesadilla maker and it was horrible. It flattened everything and unless you added a pound of cheese, it came out flatter than a nickle. Also, a garlic press which i bought for myself. It just so much easier to crush the garlic yourself instead of having to clean that thing.

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  1. Hi, _____________:

    The garlic press has been pilloried and praised here on CH in roughly equal measure. I've never had much use for one, but a lot of CHers whose opinions I trust really like them for a variety of uses (e.g., juicing ginger). You might just change your mind if you dredge up the old threads.

    No reason to dispute the quesadilla maker, though...

    My own most useless gifted gadget was a "Jerky Shooter", the idea of which is to squirt out a ribbon of meat paste into strips that (in pure fantasy) will congeal and dry into edible jerky. Considering how much effort goes into processing perfectly good jerky meat into paste so that one may approximate...fantastically speaking...jerky, well... it's a moronic idea.

    Aloha,
    Kaleo

    PS: Anyone want a Jerky Shooter?

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    1. re: kaleokahu

      I use a lemon juicer for ginger and I will always stand by thinking that the garlic press is a waste to me. Some others praise and that is just fine. My fiance bought me that jerky gun...but I have never used it because I never found a good dehydrator.

      1. re: whiteasianchef

        Hi, ...asianchef:

        Wow! You have a Jerky Shooter, too? You should try it--it will clearly make`the garlic press seem like a good gadget. My advice: make real jerky and proudly tell the fiance you couldn't have done it without the Shooter.

        You say you juice ginger with a lemon juicer? What kind? I have a giant electric Pioneer juicer that works great if you're juicing pounds at a time, but the manual juicers I have couldn't juice solid ginger. Maybe you have a lever- or screwpress that works? Or do you grate your ginger first?

        Aloha,
        Kaleo

        1. re: kaleokahu

          http://www.aliexpress.com/product-fm/...

          This is the closest thing I can find online to what I have. It works great for juicing ginger. I do not grate it first.

          1. re: whiteasianchef

            My ginger juicing method is ridiculously easy. I freeze a big knob of ginger. When I need some, I break off a hunk, let it defrost (or nuke for a few seconds). Once it is defrosted, you can squeeze juice out of it like a wet sponge. Seems the freezing must break down some very delicate cell walls.

              1. re: sbp

                Holy cow, I just threw out a whole bunch of frozen ginger figuring it's little shrunken figure was no good anymore. Add another duper to that tip. Juice!

              1. re: Googs

                I think that is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen done to meat, but I could picture Homer Simpson with those twin tubes stuck in his mouth

        2. Mine was a replacement for the paddle attachment of my Kitchenaid mixer, not made by Hobart, though it was designed for the Kitchenaid. It turned out to be all plastic, and has a weird twist to it, designed presumably to help stir from bottom to top, but at anything but the lowest speed throws things out of the mixer bowl. The only things it's usable for are as easily stirred by hand- worst $25 I ever spent.

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          1. re: oldunc

            I think you probably got one designed for another mixer, other than yours. It could be size or model. I can't keep them in stock and love mine. When it fits properly if does a great job of scraping the bowl and getting into the darn dimple in the bottom of the bowl. The brand is Beater Blade. KA has tried to copy it since it has been a huge success, the design is patented so they can't do an exact copy. KA's version has the silicone scraper on only one side. It does not work well. BB makes them for different mixers, models and sizes.

            1. re: Candy

              It was specifically made for my mixer, and I did the recommended adjustment on the mixer head height. I'm happy that you've found uses for yours, I'd beat mine into plowshares if it was made of metal.

              1. re: oldunc

                See if you can find one made by Beater Blade.

                1. re: Candy

                  I have one made by Beater Blade, that's my problem.

                  1. re: oldunc

                    I am surprised about your sad experience.I was sent one to try back at original release.After just 3 or 4 uses I promptly bought one for my larger mixer and 6 for Christmas gifts that year.Still used and liked by all.

                    1. re: lcool

                      I read better reviews about the Sideswipe blade when compared to the BeaterBlade.

                      1. re: John E.

                        I really like my Sideswipe blade.

                      2. re: lcool

                        I'm starting to think it's a matter of how it's used. For me, a flat blade on a heavy duty mixer is mostly for heavy jobs: the two that come up most for me are creaming butter and beating English muffin batter, which is fairly dense. These type of operations depend on the blade cutting through the food; the gasket leaves two possibilities- either it flexes out of the way, in which case it accomplishes nothing and would probably tear soon, or it stays firm and you end up pushing the food around instead of cutting through it. With the twist to the blade, this is fine for stirring, but that's not really what I look for mostly from a paddle, I can do that with a spoon.

            2. It was one of those non-stick spaghetti pots, in which the lid was also a strainer. My daughter was really little when she collaborated with her Dad to surprise me with one of these. It was a sweet gesture, but the kid couldn't possibly tell it was a piece of junk. Apparently, neither could Dad.

              The lid knob was always coming loose, and it never really locked when you had to strain it. I can manage to scald myself just fine in my kitchen without the assistance of these inferior pots. I kept is a few months and then "put it away" (trash).

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              1. re: RGC1982

                I had one of these and LOVED it. Mine was way sturdier than what you describe, and I got a good 5 years out of it before the non-stick started to flake and I tossed it. It was so thin that it would never have been any good for anything but boiling pasta or potatoes, but it did that task well and saved washing a strainer. Can you tell I miss it?

                1. re: RGC1982

                  I second CanadaGirl's experience. I thought it was a great tool as a starter chef in my first apartment. Making draing potatoes and pasta was a snap. I think it may have been the quality of the crimping of aluminum to create a decent seal during the draining. I think I may have bent mine slightly more to create more of a seal.

                  My non-stick coating came off also, but that was from overuse probably.

                  1. re: RGC1982

                    A higher-quality version of the same concept is the Tramontina Lock and Drain pasta pot. Very handy, IMO.

                     
                    1. re: tanuki soup

                      Tramontina cookware is wonderful, buy it online at Walmart. I have alClad and prefer this...a quarter of the price and great guality.

                  2. The Chef Harvey apple corer. It is way to wide and wastes apple.

                    1. electric can opener
                      electric wok

                      agree about the garlic press--not worth the effort to use

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                      1. re: sueatmo

                        Electric woks are a joke. I see a thousand of them when I go yard saling. They do not get hot enough to stir fry a onion let alone any protein.

                        1. re: sueatmo

                          I believe that people with arthritis and arthitis-like conditions really depend on electric can openers. I don't need or want one, but I can certainly see why others would.

                            1. re: sueatmo

                              flourgirl, you are absolutely correct. I never had an electric can opener (in fact, I haughtily disparaged them). I always maintained a very high quality hand can opener. However, this year, I finally purchased the can opener attachment for my KitchenAid mixer. Why? I do not have arthritis. Well, it just became harder and harder for me to twist the handle on the hand can opener. My much old bones and muscles just don't work the way they used to. So if you need to give a gift to an elderly person who does not have an electric can opener, I highly recommend it. Eating that crow was hard to take, by the way.