You don’t need a special gadget to peel garlic. The trick is to slightly crush the garlic to loosen the skin, allowing you to peel it off easily (sometimes in one piece). You can use anything you have to hand – the side of a wide knife blade or the base of a cup will do.
Instead: Just use a knife or a cup
If you like frothed milk with your coffee, an inexpensive coffee plunger works just as well as a milk frother. Pump the plunger up and down through hot milk until you’ve got a decent foam.
Instead: Just use a coffee plunger
Baked potato makers
Microwaving your potatoes on a dinner plate works just fine, and you aren’t limited to doing just two at a time, as is the case with the MicoPotato. It’ll also save you time – 15 minutes on a dinner plate vs 18 with the MicoPotato.
Instead: Just use a dinner plate
While silicone cradles like Avanti’s Egg Poacher Pods work great, you can make eggs of any style with the saucepan or fry pan you already have in your cupboard.