We’ve all fallen under the siren spell of those late-night television ads promising revolutionary news ways to cut potatoes, cook steaks, and chop onions without shedding a single tear. A charming host with a big smile extolls a kitchen gadget’s virtues and it just sounds so perfectly wonderful. Once the commercial has passed, it’s time to come back to reality and start asking questions.
Nobody wants to face a kitchen cluttered with useless gadgets that don’t deliver. So how do we know which ones get the job done and which ones are best left out of our cooking arsenals? This is a great time to turn to the video makers of YouTube. This is where we can witness a variety of kitchen gadgets getting put through their paces. If it still looks good and you trust the YouTube reviewer, then it might be worth taking a shot with a new cooking gadget.
Check out this collection of hands-on videos covering everything from dachshund-shaped salt and pepper shakers to kiwi slicers and smart grills and make up your own mind:
YouTube celebrity chef tests gadgets
One of YouTube’s most prolific kitchen gadget testers is Barry from the popular cooking channel My Virgin Kitchen. The self-taught chef is on the 20th installment of his gadget-testing series. This most recent entry from late May covers five different gadgets: novelty salt and pepper shakers, a specialized julienne-style vegetable peeler, a faucet accessory that creates a drinking fountain spout, an unusual set of measuring spoons, and a strange popcorn-making pan attachment.
Barry’s whimsical asides and enthusiasm make for an entertaining viewing experience, but you will also get some practical assessments of the tools. If you enjoy Barry’s run-through, you can check out the other 19 videos in the series and explore a whole universe of kitchen gadgets.