But there are some gadgets I love, even thought they do just one thing.
Egg cup. (For softboiled eggs.) I like the ones with a small top side and a big bottom - you keep egg #2 warming below while you behead and nibble away at egg #1. They're so 50s.
Cherry pitter. Because life's too short and there's nothing better than a pie from fresh cherries. And they're a pain in the patoot to pit. And it's tiny.
Milkshake machine. Because no other gadget makes one the right texture. Never mind that I haven't made a milkshake in years, there are grandbabies to think of who should not be allowed to grow up without knowing what a really good chocolate malted tastes like
What's your favorite one-use gadget?
DEBORAH CROMBIE: Hallie, I have egg cups, too! But I have used them for other things, like holding toothpicks at a party, or olive pits, or used tea bags.
But favorite one-use gadget? My rice--maker. That's cheating a little because you can make porridge in it, but I've never done it. I was convinced you only needed a saucepan to make rice until friends talked me into one of these. I made room for it, and now I don't know how I lived without it. I use it at least once a week.
Next fave? The Cuisinart ice cream maker! And that really is a one use gadget.
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Corkscrew. I mean--right? TV Remote. And the dumb Lazy Susan that holds the coffee pods. I railed against it, and used all kinds of tother containers, but turns out the thing that's made for them works best. I just try to hide it.
And we have a plastic thing that looks like a lime that's used to store a partly peeled lime. It is genius.
HALLIE: You peel limes? Never mind... Just realizing I own a lemon zester.
RHYS BOWEN: Trust Hank to come up with the really useful ones.... Corkscrew! We also have a good device for sucking the air out of wine bottles.
John loves his vacuum sealer. But he is also gadget crazy and sausage stuffing machines, hamburger presses etc lie in the graveyard of never used devices.
I'd nominate my lemon squeezer. Put the lemon in, bring the handles together and squeeze. As one who has 4 lemon trees we use it often.
SUSAN ELIA MACNEAL: We live in NYC -- do you think I have room for egg cups? No way! Crockpot and toaster, that's about it... We do have a Harry Potter-inspired wand TV remote, though!
HALLIE: I want one!
LUCY BURDETTE: Santa is bringing an ice cream maker to our house next week. I sure hope it gets more than one use! Meanwhile I thought you would enjoy this YouTube video from Alton Brown about gadgets. My laugh for the month!
JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING: Susan, I would love a Harry Potter style TV remote, especially if I could say something like, "Rectio apparato!" and it would appear from whatever nook or cranny it had disappeared into.
Hmmm. Other single use gadgets? Well, I went on a tear and got rid of a bunch, only to be frustrated when Ross decided to make an apple pie from our superabundance of apples this year and asked, "Where's the corer-slicer?" Yes, we had one of those devices that looks like a wagon wheel with handles on each side that cores the apple and divvies it into slices with one blow. I had to admit it was in a Goodwill store somewhere. I bet stuff like that never happens to the "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" lady.
Oh, I have a weird single use gadget I use regularly: a candle snuffer. I suppose I could smother flames with an inverted spoon, but there's something deeply satisfying bout using the snuffer. Maybe because I write crime fiction?
HALLIE: I have a wagon-wheel apple slicer. And a candle snuffer. An egg slicer. A melon baller. A pizza pie slicer. And some gadgets that I don't even know what they do but I like the way they look.
And on the subject of TV remotes -- IF ONLY IT ONLY TOOK ONE to turn the darned set on and off. Ours needs three.
So what are your favorite one use items and which are not worth the space they take up?