Some kitchen trends get old before they even catch on. Others become obsolete. And then there are those like the following three that are dying a slow but sure death.
Like using recreational drugs and personal trainers, owning a pot filler is proof that you have too much money. Pot fillers are dual-jointed swing faucets mounted into the wall that allow you to fill a large pot with water while it is on the stove.
They come in as many finishes as regular faucets. I’ve only seen them in upper bracket homes.
Those who sell pot fillers will tell you that having one eliminates the labor-intensive act of filling large pots with water and carrying them from the sink to the stove. That seems reasonable. After all, water-filled pots can be quite heavy.
What the pot filler won’t do is empty the pot for you. So you end up carrying a pot full of water from the stove top to the sink. So you save one trip. Is it worth up to $500?
No, according to the few people I’ve spoken with who purchased a pot filler. But it makes a nice conversation piece.
Televisions in Kitchens
As a former sports writer I enjoy watching sports live. I wake up at 5 a.m. to watch the French Open tennis championships because I hate missing live action. So of course I need access to a television on the kitchen.
Twenty years ago, a wall-mounted television in the kitchen was a luxury. Then came those flip down televisions, which forced you to stop and stare — usually away from the stove.
I once saw a giant flat screen television mounted in a wall, behind protective glass, over a cook top. The kitchen designer explained that it was perfect for watching the Food Network or cooking videos. I thought it might be the perfect way to burn eggs while watching a soap opera.
Some refrigerators have televisions embedded in a door. I’m used to starring into the fridge. Not sure I want to stare onto the fridge. What happens when somebody wants milk in the middle of a car chase?
With the emergence of iPads and other tablets that stream live video, it seems silly to have a permanent spot for television viewing in the kitchen.
The University of Arizona developed a holographic television that could hit the market by 2017. Imagine that: 3-D images hovering over a pot of cheese grits.
Individual Coffee Grinders
I bought my first coffee grinder in the spring of 1991. I was covering college basketball for the Pittsburgh Press. The late nights meant increased caffeine intake. Suddenly my Maxwell House wasn't good enough 'til the last drop. I wanted a finer grind for a stronger coffee.
These days grinding mechanisms are included in many coffee systems and espresso machines. The quality of the coffee produced by single-serve pod systems has all but eliminated the need for grinding coffee.
If you have one, don’t toss it out. They are great for chopping fresh herbs.