|These are called pizza scissors--you don't need them|
It's also these frequent trips to BB&B that showed me the level of moronic gadgetry that exists in this world--mostly for the kitchen, and it is with great love for this store that I present you with a list of some of the dumbest shit I've seen available for sale (feel free to disagree with me, or add your own).
Panini Press. A friend was freaking out on facebook a while ago about needing a panini press. She felt that they were a little too expensive, but knew that her kids love hot sandwiches and it would certainly get used a lot. Cost per use dictated that, for her, this would be a great purchase. But I completely derailed her way of thinking by asking one simple question: Don't you have a Forman Grill?
Everyone in the world has a Foreman Grill, and if you don't have one, I guarantee that you can go to a thrift store and pick one up for $.50. If that skeeves you out, get one from a friend. If you live close to me, you can have our second Forman Grill. In all of the apartments I've lived in over the years, both with people and alone, I swear I always have more than one. We have two now because someone left one behind in BF's old apartment, and it has a bun warmer, so we totally kept it (bun warmers are a bit more rare). Anyway, the point is, you may have a Forman Grill already and not even know it! Use that to grill your sandwiches.
Quesadilla Maker. It's called a frying pan--and you already have one of those too. If not, if you're sure you don't, buy one of those instead. Go to TJ Maxx, or HomeGoods, or Burlington Coat Factory or the thrift store, and buy a frying pan. Even if you eat quesadillas every single day, I really don't think you need one machine that only makes one food. Plus, you should really eat some vegetables, which you can stir fry in a frying pan!
Single Cup Coffee Maker. I know a lot of people have these and think they're super swell, but for all the convenience of brewing a single cup, you're wasting tins of plastic and paying up to $50 per pound of coffee. From the New York Times, "For example, the Nespresso Arpeggio costs $5.70 for 10 espresso capsules, while the Folgers Black Silk blend for a K-Cup brewed-coffee machine is $10.69 for 12 pods. But that Nespresso capsule contains 5 grams of coffee, so it costs about $51 a pound. And the Folgers, with 8 grams per capsule, works out to more than $50 a pound." Plus, I've had coffee from these machines before, and I've never enjoyed it. It takes two pods to fill a regular sized coffee cup, and the coffee just doesn't taste good. If you're wasting coffee by brewing too much, brew less, or switch to instant coffee and make a cup at a time that way using a teakettle for the water, or even the microwave. K-cups are just instant coffee anyway. I make four cups of coffee in the morning, drink those, and then have English tea the rest of the day. I'm happy as can be.
|This does not make your pizza more 'authentic'|
Pizza Cooker. Just use your oven, what is wrong with you? Is the notion that a gadget like this cooks more evenly or something? Even so, if your oven can't cook pizza properly, either figure out a way to make it work, or get a new oven. The only way I could see someone needing a gadget like this, is if they lived in a dorm room or studio apartment with no oven, but this might violate the dorm room hot plate rule, so do some research first.