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20 Silly Kitchen Gadgets (And Ways to Get By Without Them)

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06.19.13

This post originally appeared on HellaWella, which takes the stuffiness out of the healthy lifestyle culture, and gives people tips on living healthy in the real world.

Don’t get us wrong: We love cool gadgets as much as the next person — especially ones for the kitchen. The niftier, the better. But there are some inventions out there that are just plain unnecessary. Because, really, do you need a tool just for pitting cherries? Probably not.

Here are 20 such gadgets that may seem pretty ingenious — and maybe they are — but let us give you some advice: Save your money. Because generally any plain old kitchen knife will do the trick. We’ve included the old-school solutions for you to get the job done without another gadget taking up space in your kitchen.

Cherry Pitter

Price: $12.99

So yeah, we do kind of wish cherries grew without the pits. But pitting a cherry with a knife — or popping one in your mouth and gracefully spitting the seeds out — works just as well. If you’re so inclined to invest in a cherry pitter, though, this one pits four cherries at a time.

Old school:

Avocado Cuber

Price: $9.95

We love avocados over here. And we really don’t care how perfectly it’s cut — just as long as it’s perfectly ripe and crushed into a delectable guacamole. So do you need an avocado cuber for even cubes of the veggie? We say "nah."

Old school:

OXO Mango Splitter

Price: $13.99

We admit it: Mangos are a tad difficult to slice. But it’s not impossible. You really just need a good knife. But if you dread cutting through the fruit, go ahead and invest in the mango splitter. At the very least, you’ll impress your friends.

Old school:

Peugeot Nutmeg Mill

Price: $59.95

We’re not so sure how many recipes actually call for nutmeg. But we assume it’s not enough to justify the $59.95 nutmeg mill.

Old school:

To see the other 16 gadgets, head over to the original post on HellaWella!

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