Do people MacGyver Alton's cooking contraptions
September 18, 2013 12:38 PM Subscribe
I've been watching a number of old Good Eat's shows and one thing that's really struck me is how over-the-top some of the contraptions he designs seem to be. Some almost bordering on the point of unnecessarily complicated. Are these truly something that people replicate?
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Mainly the issue is that it seems a bit unnecessary and over complicated for the particular problem he's looking to solve. The one that immediately springs to mind is his root vegetable keeper with is playground sand in a largish container. Sure it may solve the problem of vegetables going bad after 2 weeks, but it seems to only hold very few items for more space than 2 milk gallons. Similarly the turkey frying contraption was certainly complex for problem it was solving. There are more, from the meat dryer to lumber as a cake cutting guide, but this seems to be a general trend rather than one or two specific items.
Many of his custom builds seem to be this to my eye, though I'm not certain if it's because of I have a tolerance for tedium than he does, or if I'm truly missing out on a wonderful cooking contraption that would ease a lot of my work. Does anyone know of anything that would support the effectiveness of his custom tools? I've always dismissed them but would certainly like to know if I'm missing out!