Beware the allure of better Buy less, buy quality
Get your balance right
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Some of the items in the catalogue were so specific, they were funny.
Bear claws ($39.95): Imagine knuckle-dusters in the shape of plastic bear claws, so fearsome I suspect you’d be arrested if caught wearing them in the street. ‘‘Perfect for shredding meat, and pulling pork’’, the catalogue says.
Onion goggles ($16.95): Brightly-coloured rubber sealed eye wear. ‘‘No more tears when slicing onions’’.
Herb scissors: ($19.95): Fivebladed scissors to cut fresh herbs into little bits with one fifth of the snipping effort.
A real chain-mail coat for your chicken called a ‘‘Roastcosy’’ ($154.95). Helps your chicken roast better, and look massively cool.
I have no doubt each item does its job, but it is expense to achieve a modest amount of betterment.
Some ‘‘better’’ in every life is clearly good, but there’s a kitchen betterment mania going on, and single-use items seem to me to be exemplars of the trend.
I could serve better coffee, if I bought a coffee machine. I could make toasted cheese sandwiches more easily, if I bought that press.
I could juice a lemon faster with that gadget. I could do four pieces of toast at one go, if I upgraded my toaster. My boiled eggs would be perfection with that egg-cooker.
For me, small increments of betterment shouldn’t get in the way of the really big kinds of better in life, like clearing debts and having money in the bank. Here’s my rule of thumb.
If your kitchen is TV-ready quality, your coffee would win barista awards, and your main
Everyone’s aiming to be A Master chef these days.