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That Foodie Gadget Meme

From several people:

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic presses, margarita glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, fondue sets, mandolines, and stand mixers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

telophase added the mandoline, so I added the stand mixer. We have one (a lucky estate sale find), and I know people say they're marvelous, but somehow I never use mine. In fact, I barely use my hand-held mixer, even when I bake. I keep thinking I ought to have more gadgets I don't use, but really, my kitchen needs are pretty basic and I don't tend to buy a lot of stuff except for knives. And more knives.

And my juicer is a manual one, and my steamer is a metal insert for my double boiler pan. And a melon baller is superb for coring apples for baked apples.

Hmmm, waffle irons aren't listed. Ours hasn't come to play recently. And the Young Lady (inadvertently) destroyed the rice cooker before we got rid of it.

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Sep. 25th, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
We also have an estate sale stand mixer. I think we have used it once or twice in the five years or so we've owned it....

I use my hand-held mixer more, but neither of us is a regular baker.
Sep. 25th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
I have...a teaball (three actually, including this one) and a garlic press. My landlady has a rice cooker, which I use every few weeks. I have an electric teakettle (also borrowed from the landlady) which I use because if I heat water on the stove, I don't hear it when it whistles, so an automatic shutoff is super useful.

Apparently I collect electronic toys rather than kitchen ones? Hmm.
Sep. 25th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
I do use my stand mixer, but I bake cakes from scratch a couple of times a year. Right now my bread machine and food processor are languishing. I'd like to get the bread machine out and attempt rosemary/olive oil bread.
Sep. 25th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
I use the stand mixer whenever I bake but (a) I've got wrist RSI that gets aggravated whenever I stir heavy batters manually and (b) Toby washes it for me. :D (I lucked out! He does dishes!)
Oct. 4th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
What kind of stand mixer is it? My KitchenAid is a lifesaver for thick doughs. But I think it helps that it's a workhorse and a half.

I swear I have a teaball somewhere but I can't find it. I did find my tea strainer when I cleaned the kitchen last month and threw half of my crap out.
Oct. 4th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)

It's a KitchenAid. When I make bread, it's because I'm in a mood to knead it by hand. (And yeah, I owe you e-mail ... .)

Oct. 5th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
I use it for cookie dough and that sort of thing, I hardly ever make bread. (Oh, that's all right. Whenever you get to it. :D)
Oct. 5th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)

I haven't felt the need to make cookies for a few years now. I have a teenager/college girl for that ... .


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