Today's post is about avoiding overpriced and over-engineered kitchen products. Too often, the housewares industry sells us products we don't really need at prices we shouldn't pay.
Here's a textbook example: a fancy vegetable peeler that could cost as much as $12 in a high-end department store:
You can see that it has an added design improvement which supposedly justifies the high price tag--a metal safety shield covering the business end of the peeler. Unfortunately, this metal shield is actually a design unimprovement that completely blocks the user's view of what he's doing.
It might look really nice in a department store display case, but in reality this vegetable peeler is essentially optimized for blind people.
Why am I talking about this? Because these types of products fool people into thinking it's too expensive to cook at home. It's just too easy to get separated from your money when you think you need to fill your kitchen with overdesigned stuff like this.
Nearly every kitchen tool is available in a high-end version, with stacked costs in the form of celebrity chef branding, higher advertising costs, costly materials or idiosyncratic design features. The only reason products like this even exist is because there are millions of consumers out there who confuse price with value and thus assume that because something has a high price tag it must be worth it.
However, in most cases, the highest-end kitchen gear provides little to no incremental value over standard equipment. And in some instances, like with today's overengineered vegetable peeler, the high-end product is actually worse than the standard model.
I'm not saying you should fill your kitchen with the cheapest stuff you can find. I just want you to be mindful of, and avoid paying, extraneous costs that will have no bearing on the quality of the food you prepare.
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