Whether you’re a master home chef or a total kitchen newbie, cooking can be cumbersome – so it’s natural to turn to new tools to make things easier. However, all those gizmos and gadgets can take up a lot of precious space – and some are more useful than others. From outdated utensils that can be replaced with more efficient (or eco-friendly) options to devices that sounded like a good idea (but really just collect dust), we’re betting that the following kitchen tools will be extinct – or forgotten – in the next five years.
Say Goodbye to Single Use
A New Weigh
Whether you’re tracking macros or baking up a storm, food scales are key to many kitchens – but it may be time to let go of those big, manual scale options. New digital food scales take up less space and give you instant, accurate and easy-to-read results.
Don’t Press the Issue
While a garlic press may save you a few seconds when it comes time to mince, you’ll likely spend double the time cleaning the garlicy bits out of this kitchen tool – making it a gadget worth forgetting in the future.
The Right Time
Manual egg timers and kitchen timers may be nostalgic, but are they really necessary anymore? When everyone has a digital timer on their phone, it seems superfluous to take up precious kitchen space with a separate timer.
Lose the Stand
With more and more of us looking up recipes on tablets and iPads, special stands to hold your page open might become a thing of the past in modern kitchens.
If you love boiled eggs, you might be the owner of an electronic egg cooker machine – but how often do you really use it? Egg cookers are convenient if you eat hard-boiled eggs a few times a day, but otherwise they take up a lot of counter space for the occasional craving. Since cooking eggs really is as simple as boiling water in a pot, this might be a kitchen gadget that’s soon to be relegated to the past.
In Hot Water
While we suspect classic stovetop kettles will always have a place in our hearts, hear us out: if you’re a real tea lover, it can feel like an eternity waiting for water to boil (and that squealing sound isn’t exactly soothing). An electronic kettle heats water in seconds (sans the “it’s ready!” squeals).
Bye-Bye Bread Machine
While an at-home bread machine is indeed a great way to fill your kitchen with the mouth-watering smell of fresh-baked bread, it’s also a huge space-taker – especially when you can get the same end-result in the oven.
Sips of Plastic
With single-use plastics set to be banned as early as 2021, it’s time to phase out those fun (but decidedly not eco-friendly) straws from your home. Instead, invest in a set of reusable straws that will last for years.
It seemed like a good idea at the time: a specially shaped slicer to make cutting your egg or your avocado or your mango or some other food easier. The reality? A knife and cutting board will do the trick just as well, without cluttering up your kitchen.
Chuck the Chunky Colander
With kitchen space at a premium for most people, it can be hard to stay organized. Replacing clunky kitchen tools – like a big metal colander – with a collapsible version saves serious space.
If you’re still straining your hand by opening that can of soup with your great-grandma’s vintage metal can opener, you’re in for a treat: new models offer easy, ergonomic and even electronic options that are worth the upgrade.
Remember when cake pops first popped into your life? These tasty spheres of cake and icing burst into the dessert scene in the late aughts and were instantly popular – so popular, in fact, that special trays of cake-pop silicone molds were a thing. However, as much as we still love to munch on sweet bites of cake at a birthday party, we don’t need to take up space with designated equipment (just make the pops round by using your hands, instead).
Save your arm strength: manual egg beaters are less efficient (and way harder to use) than electronic mixers, making them prime candidates for phasing out of the cupboard.
Pack up the Paper
The days of using throwaway paper towels for every little mess are fading away, as we become more and more aware of our environmental impact. By using more reusable and sustainable materials for kitchen messes, paper towel holders on display could become a thing of the past.
Put Away Plastic Utensils
Plastic utensils – from cooking spatulas and whisks to disposable cutlery – can be less safe in the kitchen (due to melting or BPAs). Instead, opt for wooden, metal or other BPA-free materials.
Stop the Pop
No matter how much you love the buttery goodness of popcorn to go with your family movie night, do you really need a special machine that can only be used for popping popcorn? While a popcorn machine may be cute, it’s another example of a kitchen gadget that takes up more counter space than needed (especially when you can enjoy popcorn at home via the microwave or stovetop just as easily).