Sometimes more actually is more. Generally, kitchen gadgets tend to try to minimize impact on space (volume, size, footprint, etc.) while maximizing utility. This is a good thing as overachieving space-saving gadgets and appliances help keep kitchen clutter down. Simply by adding features and capabilities we can move more easily from one task to the next. Assuming of course, we get the job done that we want to get done.
Graters and slicers are the little unsung heroes of the kitchen. Designed to do a simple task, they make it easy to prep ingredients faster -- and in some cases better -- than with a knife. As such, the kitchen accessory is often subject to reimaginings that do not always increase utility while maintaining efficiency. Enter the OXO Good Grips Complete Grate & Slice Set ($29.95).
The intuitive kitchen helper eliminates the need to fiddle around with individual blades by instead mounting them on their own plastic holders. The set (coarse grater, medium grater, straight slicer, and julienne slicer) can be used directly over bowls or with the included container lid that comes complete with measurement markings. And best of all, since each piece is able to be used individually, that means three additional kitchen helpers can be recruited to do the prep work.