Alton Brown: Kitchen Unitasker Lightning Round – Yea Or Nay?

Alton Brown: Kitchen Unitasker Lightning Round – Yea Or Nay?

You know the deal: Alton hates single-purpose kitchen gadgets. So I read him a list of unitaskers that I thought might make the cut. Here’s what did—and what didn’t—meet the maestro’s approval, along with his colour commentary:

Ice Cream Maker

If I didn’t have access to liquid nitrogen, maybe I would. Maybe I could use one for something other than ice cream that I haven’t thought up yet. Nay[imgclear]

Garlic Press
Nay

Electric Knife Sharpener
Nay

Melon Baller
Ed. note: Mere mortals call this an ice cream scoop, perhaps erroneously.
Yea

Rice Cooker

But I wouldn’t call that a unitasker. You can use a rice cooker to make steamed puddings and custards, make oatmeal in them over night. You have to ask, “What else cooks like rice?” Odds are, you can cook that in a rice cooker. Yea[imgclear]

Stick Blender

Yea

Dehydrator
Good EatsNay

Margarita Machine
Nay

Alton Brown is celebrating his 10th year of Good Eats, commemorating that with a live taping in Atlanta this week and the launch of his cookbook all-around kitchen sourcebook Good Eats: The Early Years, covering recipes and tips from the first 80 or so episodes. Those pics up top are in the book—along with about a million other crazy ones.

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