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5 Most Useless Kitchen Gadgets (Slideshow)

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3. Lettuce Knife.

Lettuce knives promise the seemingly impossible — your lettuce won’t go brown after you cut it. But do they actually work? Well, according to the gadget gurus at Cook’s Illustrated, lettuce knives do keep the leaves brown-free slightly longer than metal knives, but not enough to make it worth the added expense. The best way to stave off browning, they write, is to tear the the leaves by hand.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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5:20PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

I laughed at the banana and then laughed at myself as I actually have a lettuce knife hee hee.

10:25AM PDT on Oct 9, 2013

I've seen a lot more useless gadgets than these, but this list was quite entertaining. Thanks for the chuckle.

3:38PM PDT on Sep 17, 2013


10:56AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

As someone who sees mayo itself as unnecessary, a fit to the jar scraper is a hilarious thought.

I can sort of see the lettuce knife, but I wonder is having a ceramic knife, if you like them, would fit the same "non browning" need and be useful in other ways.

The banana slicer makes slices too big for dehydrating, which is the only reason I have for needing many slices of identical thickness. And I'd want it in metal or non plastic, anyway.

4:21PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

This is the result of the power of marketing. If we look at things coldly, we will see that in our home there are many useless things.

10:40AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

And just think of all the jobs manufacturing these worthless things created! And all the natural resources, time, and mind numbing, soul sucking human energy they used. Energy that could have been used for inventing something really useful.Or even doing mundane pursuits like home making, growing food, care taking of children, elderly, and pets or farm animals. You know, all those things that actually benefit the individual and their communities. Always remember, it takes a lot more money to create jobs than it does to keep money in circulation by giving it directly to the people. When there is needed real work to be done, there will always be people willing to step up and do them for the extra money they'll earn, and just for the inate 'rightness' of it.

9:30PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013


7:59AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

thanks Katie

6:27AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Madeleine, anything will sell, provided there's a good marketing strategy. LOL!

6:26AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Lisa, they'll soon invent a banana straightener too!

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