15 Kitchen Gadgets You Never Knew You Needed

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Kitchen gadgetry is an ever-expanding area of innovation. But are the millions of crazy gadgets available to us really necessary? Popular brands can ensure high quality products, like Morphy Richards and Kenwood. eBay explores some of the cooking implements you can probably live without (I'm sure Jamie Oliver would disagree).
 
 
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15. Hotdog maker

Mmmm, how delicious! People who have rather a lot of time on their hands may consider making their own lumpy hotdogs – in which case this gadget may be super-useful – meanwhile, the rest of us will stick with the yummy smooth versions served from the safety of tins or jars. 
 
 
 
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14. Finger guard

Okay, so nobody wants cut fingers, but as a species we seem to have survived until now by just moving our fingers out of the way before removing them with a sharp knife. Still, a great gift by Jamie Oliver for a not-so-steady family member.
 
 
 
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13. Herb infuser

A kitchen gadget that looks like a dog chew – why wouldn’t you want one? The perfect solution to all your floating herb problems. Reckless Rosemary? Tearaway Thyme? Stuff them into a rubber chicken leg and your herb issues will be under control. Be sure not to let the dog near it. 
 
 
 
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12. Digger tool

A mansize digger tool is the perfect present for the man in your life. Now you can watch as he literally shovels
in his peas at dinner time or excavates mashed potato to make a strange
alien mountain, just like the chap in Close Encounters.
 
 
 
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11. Potato spike

You could be forgiven for mistaking this for a medieval torture device. Apparently though it’s a tool to help you bake potatoes. Not the most taxing of culinary tasks to start with, but hey, anything that helps cuts down on effort must be worth investing in.
 
 
 
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10. Eye remover

Another gadget more at home in the torture chamber, this handy three-in-one device can help remove the eyes from your potatoes while peeling them and then giving them a gentle brush over. Essential!
 
 
 
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9. Meat injector

Terrible name, handy gadget – should you be in the habit of injecting meat. This multi-purpose tool may be used to baste meat, inject flavour into your tasteless cooking or squirt jam around. So if you know anyone who likes playing doctors and nurses while cooking, the meat injector could make the perfect Christmas present.
 
 
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8. Love you toast

Now this is a nice touch. Breakfast in bed with “I love you” stamped into your toast can’t be bad. You could curry favour with a loved one by making a grand effort to impress and only actually having to go as far as popping some bread in the toaster and then applying the stamp. A slick of jam will get you extra brownie points.
 
 
 
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7. Sucking eggs

This amazing goldfish-shaped kitchen gadget sucks up egg yolks up and fires them out wherever you may need an egg yolk. Separation made easy! And if you don’t have a lot of use for an egg separator, it doubles as a great bath toy for you or the kids. 
 
 
 
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6. Spoon rest

A comedy splat on which to rest your spoon: how have we lived without this? Until now, spoons everywhere have been rested on worktops, saucers or even in pans. Your spoon resting worries are over; treat a friend or family member to a splat spoon rest and watch the delight unfold. 
 
 
 
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5. Square egg maker

The amazing square egg maker turns peeled hardboiled eggs into square eggs. Wow, the danger posed by eggs rolling around your worktop is mitigated! Square eggs are easy to slice and fit perfectly in sandwiches, apparently. Nobody tell the chickens. 
 
 
 
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4. Bread slicer

Place your whole loaf in the magic bread slicer and the cut off a slice with a knife – just like you would if you put it on an old-hat breadboard and cut off a slice! Will this revolutionise your life? Probably not, but it may put an end to delicious doorstop sandwiches. Boo.
 
 
 
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3. Coke bar

Have trouble opening Coke bottles and pouring out the contents? We thought not, but apparently somebody does. Hence the invention of the Coke Bar. A handy gadget that allows you to turn your bottle of soda upside down, do something complicated, sucker it to your table and dispense a measure without it going flat. 
 
 
 
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2. Carrot sharpener

eBay loves this! A real pencil sharpener for carrots; who could ask for a more fun-filled present? Making curly swirly shapes out of vegetables is a simple process with a carrot sharpener. Make your five-a-day so much more digestible with this small but effective kitchen gadget. 
 
 
 
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1. Soup socks

Oh yes, just as it says on the packet: make your soup in socks! Putting any negative connotations aside, making soup in socks must be the ultimate in modern, easy living – remove all the tasty and good bits from your soup in one fell swoop, leaving nothing behind but a dull grey broth. Why not substitute your usual sock-based Christmas gifts this year for soup socks to give everyone a pleasant surprise?
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