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These 7 Kitchen Unitaskers Are Actually Worth It

It's time to give the garlic press some much needed love
The Best Kitchen Unitaskers That Are Worth It
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If you grew up on a Good Eats education, then aside from committing the acronym GBD to memory, you are probably quite familiar with Alton Brown's heavy disdain for space-hogging unitaskers, or kitchen gadgets that serve only single purposes.

And while some of them—from the infamous banana slicer to machines that burp out cylinders of hard-boiled egg—are hilariously, er, "unique," not all unitaskers deserve flak. Here are our seven guilty pleasure, definitely not multipurpose gadgets we unashamedly keep for their very particular sets of skills.

  • Pasta Machine

    Anyone who's ever tried working with a sheet of semolina dough can attest to the forearm strength that's required. Unfortunately, not all of us have the stamina of a sprightly Italian nonna, which is why we turn to a pasta machine whenever we're craving velvety, homemade fettuccine (which turns out to be often).

    surlatable.com, $80

    Photo: Sur La Table

  • Garlic Press

    For an ingredient we use every day, garlic is an annoyingly sticky (and smelly) thing to chop. As long as you know what you're getting into with a garlic press (using a press yields harsher and more pungent garlic than using a knife), it's the convenient, speedy solution to getting Monday-night dinner on the table.

    amazon.com, $16

    Photo: Zyliss

  • Apple Corer

    If you're honest with yourself, homemade apple pie is at most a once-a-year expedition, usually taking place during flannel season. But the time saved using this clever tool over a paring knife (and the small amount of space it takes up) is more than enough to justify its yearly outing from your utensil drawer.

    surlatable.com, $11

    Photo: Sur La Table

  • Citrus Hand Juicer

    The only difference between a pitcher of lemonade made using the laws of physics and a pitcher that's literally hand squeezed is a set of very cramped fingers. Trust us when we say you probably won't enjoy the latter.

    wayfair.com, $20

    Photo: Wayfair

  • Salad Spinner

    When it comes time to dry a head of romaine, you could go through an entire roll of paper towels, or you could take this gadget for a—wait for it—spin.

    surlatable.com, $35

    Photo: Sur La Table

  • Citrus Zester

    We guess you could reach for the jack-of-all-trades that is a Microplane, but then you'd be missing out on all the elegant, cocktail-friendly spirals your citrus is capable of producing.

    amazon.com, $8

    Photo: OXO

  • Fire Extinguisher

    Hey, even Brown approves of this unitasker, which is a good enough reason as any for us to keep one around our kitchens. (Though, we guess you could use it as an obnoxiously oversize rolling pin in a pinch.)

    amazon.com, $45

    Photo: Kidde

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