Kitchen Tools You Don’t Really Need

These days, it seems like every recipe requires its own special pot, pan or gadget; however, all these extra gadgets do nothing but collect dust and/or space. Are you sick and tired of handing out all this money on kitchen equipment?  Here’s some help on ways to use what you already have.

Electric Griddle

Griddles are great for pancakes and fried eggs because they have a big, flat surface to cook on. However, their size makes them a nuisance when it comes to counter space and storage. The solution: a cast iron skillet with a flat bottom will do the trick.

Electric Steamer

A steamer is the perfect way to cook vegetables without adding fat but there’s no need to add one to your already-crammed cupboard. The solution:  place a wire mesh strainer or metal colander directly inside your cooking pot filled with water. If your lid won’t fit after placing either inside, place aluminum foil over the top and seal it around the pot.


A mandoline will give you precision when slicing fruits and vegetables but it’s expensive and can be dangerous (especially if you’re like me and are very clumsy). The solution: use a vegetable peeler. It may not be as quick or uniform in slicing but you can still achieve perfectly thin slices and long curls of vegetables or fruit peels

Pastry Bag

Unless you’re piping an intricate design or delicate embellishments, skip the pastry bag (which, if you’re ever had one is a nightmare to clean) and opt for a zip-top plastic bag that you can toss when done. I cannot express how easy this really is!  Small sandwich bags break easily, so it’s best to use a gallon-size, heavy-duty freezer-safe bag. Like you would a pastry bag, add the frosting or filling (about halfway up or less), press it down gently into one bottom corner and twist the leftover bag at top to close it off. Snip the corner off as desired (the higher up you cut, the bigger the line will be) and pipe away.

Rolling Pin

Even though a rolling pin isn’t usually pricey, it does take up. In its place, wrap a wine bottle (full or empty) with plastic cling wrap and work away as you would with a pin. The wrap will keep it from sticking and prevents a full-bottle from getting messy. If you’re working with dough for pie or shortbread cookies, ensure it stays cool by using a full bottle that’s been chilling in the fridge for a bit.


I’ve been thinking about buying a wok for ages!  A wok retains heat well and provides a lot of surface area for quick-cooking meats and veggies. A large sauté pan works just as well for stir-fries and can be used for many other types of dishes.

About Dino
There are many things that I love to do. One of those things is crafts! If I could find a job that involved crafts and being able to pay the bills, I'd be all over it! I've also found a great love for cooking and baking in the past few years. Sometimes there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to be able to fully get into cooking and baking to the degree that I would like to. I've also found myself making a HUGE effort to save my family money. I'm still a beginner but I'm surprised at how many different ways I've found to save money, including starting to use coupons! I hope you enjoy all that I'm about to share.

2 Responses to Kitchen Tools You Don’t Really Need

  1. rodneyga says:

    I agree with most of these. However, I can’t get rid of my rolling pin! I have had to substitute a couple of times, but It really never works quite right. I have used the bag trick with an icing tip to do some very good piping work too.

  2. Tracy says:

    I agree with most of these excpet the rolling pin and the wok. The woke just does a better job when stir frying.

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