Chang, a cookbook reviewer for The Boston Globe and contributor to NPR's Kitchen Window, has five "kitchen things I can do without," including a pair of tongs with peeling rubber handles that she used for three years despite their problems and which she is replacing with an identical new pair "in the hopes that the Tongs from Hell were simply a flawed instance of a basically sound product. I believe this is called 'optimism.'"
Other irritations in her kitchen include a magnetic timer that mysteriously resets whenever the oven gets too hot, a poorly-designed cornstarch box that spills all over the counter every time it is opened, a split oven mitt, and a temperamental stove igniter. Yes, some of them could be easily fixed, but her reasons for holding onto these items are relatable and often funny, leaving us nodding our heads in recognition.
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Are there any kitchen tools that drive you nuts that you can't quite seem to replace?
(Image: T. Susan Chang)