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Zengarden Nov 6, 2006 09:24 PM

I posted an earlier post about what is necessary for a well equipped kitchen.

Let me now get to what is the least useful. I was thinking of egg cups. I guess they're cute but don't think that they're needed.

Your thoughts?

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    claire de lunacy RE: Zengarden Nov 6, 2006 09:26 PM

    silicone garlic peeler. totally useless!

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      Pei RE: claire de lunacy Nov 6, 2006 09:31 PM

      Yes! Those things don't do diddly squat.

      They're even more useless than an egg cup. At least, on the rare occassions when you do need something in which to put one hard boiled egg, the egg cup is perfectly shaped for that one exclusive job. The garlic peeler doesn't even do what it's supposed to do.

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        mamaciita RE: Pei Nov 6, 2006 09:34 PM

        I finally sliced mine open. It's a little bit more useful that way. . .

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          Sarah RE: Pei Nov 7, 2006 02:14 AM

          I've been known to use egg cups to serve sake.

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            FoodFuser RE: Sarah Nov 7, 2006 06:41 AM

            I've been known to use sake cups to serve soft eggs.

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              chowser RE: Sarah Nov 13, 2006 11:19 PM

              I use my egg cup to hold ink to do calligraphy, upside down when I want a little ink, right side up for a lot of ink. It's perfect!

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                Sarah RE: chowser Nov 14, 2006 10:22 PM

                The egg cup is starting to sound darn useful!

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                  trymonlam RE: Sarah Jul 14, 2007 09:01 PM

                  hmm... a egg cup jigger then. that sounds useful. i would get that over a garlic press any day.

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                    starlady RE: trymonlam Jul 16, 2007 01:23 PM

                    When I was little my Mum used to use them for holding water for my watercolours and paintbrushes.

                    I also use them now for candle holders, as well as eggs :)

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                    wildfire RE: Sarah Mar 13, 2008 08:59 AM

                    Wow, now I have some ideas about what to do with my stupid egg cup

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                      Cinnamon RE: Sarah May 11, 2009 09:10 PM

                      O.T. but this part of the thread reminds me of a trip to the museum near downtown Prague. In the artifacts section they had various prehistoric or at least historic doodads, like bowls, knives, whatever. Then there were mysterious little things just labeled "children's toy." Many of them. That was the default label for something the museum staff had no idea about, I'm pretty sure.

                      Both a museum-touring companion - a great cook - and I shared afterward that we'd each seen some of those 'children's toy' labels and thought, "No. That's a _______ for doing _____" to do with cooking. (Sorry the specifics escape me, it's been awhile.) Egg cup would've fit right in.

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                  vermontpoet RE: Pei Jul 16, 2007 03:41 PM

                  I love egg cups...but not for hard or soft boiled eggs. I make Pysanky (Ukranian Easter Eggs) and egg cups are a perfect display vehicle for them.

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                    operagirl RE: Pei Aug 30, 2008 07:56 PM

                    Haha, I just bought *one* egg cup at a kitchen store last week. I couldn't help it, it was so cute . . . the little thing has squat legs and feet! Too bad I hardly ever eat soft-boiled eggs . . .

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                      Paulustrious RE: operagirl Nov 24, 2009 09:16 AM

                      You have one more than me.

                      My espresso cups double up as egg cups. And they have a convenient handle for carrying them, something most egg cups are missing.

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                    slacker RE: claire de lunacy Nov 6, 2006 10:07 PM

                    I loooove my garlic peeler, it's one of the best gadgets in my kitchen. So ingenious.

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                      LindaWhit RE: slacker Nov 7, 2006 03:20 PM

                      I agree - the garlic peeler silicone tubes perfect when I want a lot of peeled garlic cloves that are NOT smashed.

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                        Aromatherapy RE: LindaWhit Dec 11, 2006 01:59 AM

                        How? I have NEVER been able to get peeled garlic that wasn't smushed.

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                          pickledgarlic RE: Aromatherapy Jul 27, 2007 04:39 PM

                          Buy 5 pounds of garlic you plan to pickle, on a lark. Then realize you have to peel it all.

                          You learn. Fast.

                          My hands staaank.

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                            LindaWhit RE: Aromatherapy May 11, 2009 10:04 AM

                            Aromatherapy - I'm *just* seeing this response now! (Now that anything posted in a thread you posted in - even years ago - shows back up in My Chow, I'm seeing older threads I participated in!)

                            Anyway - this is what I'm talking about - Garlic EZ Rollers:

                            http://www.kitchensimple.com/garlic/g...

                            I just lightly roll the garlic cloves in the roller tube and the paper usually comes off - I don't press hard at all, but the paper sticks to the inside of the roller, and out pops the peeled garlic clove.

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                        kitchensalli RE: claire de lunacy Nov 6, 2006 10:58 PM

                        Useless for garlic but I find it helps with opening jars.

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                          Pei RE: kitchensalli Nov 6, 2006 11:07 PM

                          I love the flat kind for opening jars, but the kind shaped like a tube can't even be used for that!

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                          durhamois RE: claire de lunacy Dec 10, 2006 08:42 PM

                          this was exactly my first though!

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                            Mother of four RE: claire de lunacy Aug 3, 2007 05:39 PM

                            Do I ever agree with you!

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                              silkenpaw RE: claire de lunacy Oct 8, 2010 03:58 PM

                              Mine works fine but I'm too lazy to get it out. Find it faster to crush garlic and peel it by hand. Another gadget that finds no use in my kitchen is the pretty yellow hinged lemon squeezer; I prefer the wooden ridged "reamer."

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                                BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: silkenpaw Jun 7, 2011 09:58 PM

                                I wish I had my Mom's garlic peeler, worked like a charm. Drop in the garlic, roll lightly, and as long as it took to read this-done, whole, and clean as whistle.

                                Since ii don't have it I just trim the end off, and roll them in my hand. Being single has some advantages, like not having to worry about reeking of garlic.

                            2. Candy RE: Zengarden Nov 6, 2006 09:46 PM

                              When you have soft boiled eggs egg cups come in pretty handy to hold them up so they don't fall over on a plate or bowl and spill the yolk out. Did you know those "double" egg cups with small end and are large end have a function. When your eggs are perfectly cooked and you want to keep eat the first and keep the other warm, you fit the larger end over the other egg and put the egg you are eating in the top. If you are going this route it is good to have eggs scissors to top the egg perfectly. Then you just need hot buttered toast fingers for dipping.

                              I have gotten ruthless over the years about getting rid of useless gadgets. I have been given 2 truffle shavers in recent years. I have never had the opportunity to use them. I thought maybe to shave chocolate with but have found a vegetable peeler will work as well so they will probably be going away too.

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                                Zengarden RE: Candy Nov 6, 2006 10:10 PM

                                I have an egg allergy. My friends know that I am unable to eat them.

                                Hence, the egg cups are useless (to me).

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                                  Bugswife RE: Zengarden Feb 7, 2007 08:37 AM

                                  I put my husband's vitamins in the very cheery egg cup every morning

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                                    riverwalk RE: Bugswife Sep 7, 2011 03:47 PM

                                    I like that idea. Also your husband is lucky and spoiled! How nice.

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                                  HLing RE: Candy Mar 11, 2007 06:51 PM

                                  if your truffle shavers are adjustable, they're great for creating paper thin Fennel, apples, parmaggiano reggiano, and pretty good for shaving toaste block of either the Taiwanese or the Italian Bottarga. No peelers can do that.

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                                    riverwalk RE: HLing Sep 7, 2011 03:50 PM

                                    I enjoy the Rosle gourmet slicer for that purpose, so well-made and balanced in the hand. Dishwasher safe, sealed handles. Love Rosle everything. Just wish they wouldn't be making things in China lately. I do think some items are still made in Germany though. Their gourmet slicer is adjustable, has refill blades available, and has a very sharp blade. Perfect for truffles and things that you mentioned.

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                                    CookieGal RE: Candy Apr 3, 2007 07:59 PM

                                    I use my egg cup every weekend to make my daughter "chucky egg & soldiers" an english classic, the above dish.. soft boiled egg, with slices 1/2 wide of heavily buttered bread .. untoasted in this house.
                                    I have always wondered about those double egg utensils! Thanks for the info!

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                                      starlady RE: CookieGal Jul 16, 2007 01:32 PM

                                      I love egg and soldiers!!!! Still have them when I am feeling under the weather

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                                        pdxgastro RE: CookieGal Dec 7, 2011 10:15 PM

                                        I have an egg holder with 2 indentations but one of them clearly says 'NACL'. I got it at Ikea. Have not seen it there since.

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                                        iyc_nyc RE: Candy Oct 8, 2010 06:19 PM

                                        Candy, i'm not getting the double egg cup use. How do you keep the contraption stable when the egg cup is sitting on one egg (which rolls around??) and holds another? And what are egg scissors?

                                        Thanks.

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                                        slacker RE: Zengarden Nov 6, 2006 10:10 PM

                                        Cherry pitter. Used it once when I was mascerating cherries and peaches in some dark rum. Got all sorts of cherry juice squirted all over me. Besides, I prefer my cherries straight up, and not wasting any of it.

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                                          wak RE: slacker Nov 7, 2006 01:36 AM

                                          Never used mine for cherries, but very useful for pitting olives.

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                                            TexasToast RE: wak Nov 7, 2006 06:45 AM

                                            I was gonna say, Williams-Sonoma does a great cherry pitter, but I also use it for olives.

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                                              slacker RE: wak Nov 7, 2006 06:28 PM

                                              Yeah, I don't like to waste any of my olives either, and the pitter leaves a lot of fruit on the pit. Also like my olives straight up, and when cooking with them, just chew carefully.

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                                              JudiAU RE: slacker Nov 9, 2006 01:13 AM

                                              The better models remove less flesh. Very useful for pie!

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                                                braineater RE: JudiAU Dec 18, 2006 01:50 AM

                                                Mmmm, olive pie!

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                                                  BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: JudiAU Jun 7, 2011 10:00 PM

                                                  We had a couple of cherry trees back home, and used the pitters quite often. The worked great.

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                                                  Lrosenberger RE: slacker Mar 12, 2011 07:46 PM

                                                  You can use a paper clip to pit cherries! Works great, just partially unbend it.

                                                3. Katie Nell RE: Zengarden Nov 6, 2006 10:14 PM

                                                  Funny you should mention egg cups- you don't know how many times I've almost posted "What else can you do with egg cups besides put an egg in it?!?" I don't have any, but I've always loved them and am not a huge egg fan. I still might get some someday... they're too cute! I can't help it!

                                                  I kind of like the garlic peeler if I'm peeling a bunch of cloves that have to be left whole, but I really don't use it all that often.

                                                  I think probably my most useless gadget is the food chopper, but that's just because I don't like to clean it!!

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                                                    Candy RE: Katie Nell Nov 6, 2006 10:55 PM

                                                    Oh I got rid of the chopper pronto. It never did work properly and even though I could throw it in the dishwasher it was just a PITA

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                                                      litchick RE: Candy Nov 7, 2006 01:47 AM

                                                      oh i hate that stupid zyliss food chopper. i bought one after it was featured in the nyt about 6 or 7 years ago and it sure didn't last in my kitchen very long.

                                                      I also rue the day I got a set of silicone baking items -- loaf "pans," bundt "pan," etc. Totally useless.

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                                                        soupkitten RE: litchick Jul 11, 2007 03:29 PM

                                                        oh those big silicone baking things just SUCK

                                                        but i like the little compartmentalized ones not for baking, but for making individual frozen desserts.

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                                                          kanosis RE: litchick Mar 12, 2008 09:15 PM

                                                          What was I thinking! I should have learned when my mom bought one 40 years ago! They were useless then and useless now! Did I learn? No, I bought one 5 years ago and was still useless.

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                                                            LaureltQ RE: kanosis Jan 30, 2011 08:06 PM

                                                            I got a square and loaf pan as a hand-me-down "You bake all the time, these are for you!" and they're WAY bigger than standard sized ones, so you can't find recipes that work for that volume. Biggest waste of cabinet space. Yet I can't bring myself to throw them out.

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                                                        shana RE: Katie Nell Nov 7, 2006 08:52 PM

                                                        I just saw in a magazine an idea using a bunch of vintage eggcups - they put sorbet in them all and then displayed them on a tiered cake stand - like a cupcake tower - it was precious and I'm going to try it.

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                                                          kiwijen RE: Katie Nell Mar 12, 2007 06:02 AM

                                                          I have a chopper (bang on the top variety) which is somewhat useless to me, but it's great when my 4 year old son wants to help in the kitchen. He can chop without me having to worry about his fingers or his proximity to knives. Our egg slicer is also good for kids chopping mushrooms.

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                                                            Katie Nell RE: kiwijen Mar 12, 2007 06:20 AM

                                                            That's true, no kids yet, so I hadn't thought of that! :-) Great idea!

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                                                            chef chicklet RE: Katie Nell Mar 12, 2007 07:25 AM

                                                            I love soft cooked eggs in my little egg cups eaten with my itty bitty spoons!

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                                                              pdxgastro RE: chef chicklet Dec 7, 2011 10:17 PM

                                                              Demitasse spoons are perfect for that.

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                                                              silkenpaw RE: Katie Nell Oct 8, 2010 04:03 PM

                                                              I use my food chopper all the time because I really loathe chopping onions. It's a pain to clean but I'd never cook if I didn't have it, so it's worth it. Mine is a Rosle.

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                                                                riverwalk RE: silkenpaw Sep 7, 2011 03:55 PM

                                                                I have been a Rosle binge buyer for the last few years, and the chopper is one item I haven't tried (although I bought the one with the pull string a few weeks ago on clearance at WS). I assume you mean the one you push down on right? I read a review that it was terribly hard to push through, so I never really considered it. I want to know if it dices and chops useable squares or not. The spinning one does smaller cuts. It would be great to find a chopper that chops small but not too small and I am also always looking for a reason for one more Rosle gadget. I hope you are still around as I see your post is nearly a year old. Thanks.

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                                                              Procrastibaker RE: Zengarden Nov 6, 2006 11:09 PM

                                                              I have a strict no-useless-gadgets policy. This has made me think about all the stuff in my kitchen. It is really all useful. Kinda cool. I did just get rid of some totally useless basting brushes from IKEA (round with some sort of "hair" bristle). Totally stiff and gross. Now I have a silicone one.

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                                                                riverwalk RE: Procrastibaker Sep 7, 2011 04:04 PM

                                                                Although your Ikea ex-baster sounds disgusting, there are things for which a natural bristle baster works better than silicone. My ideal kitchen list includes a natural brush as well as silicone. In reality I have 3 silicone of various handle lengths and 2 natural bristle with various handle lengths. (Don't like getting burned in the oven or grill plus I am a gadget junkie). Fantes.com even has feather ones for thin liquids like egg washes plus a discussion on advantages to different types of basting brush materials. Natural bristles hold more but require different hand care for washing and sanitizing. Silicone can go in the dishwasher as can nylon but can melt in direct heat contact. Bakers use more natural bristles. I do not like wooden handled anything because of the extra care required. I still have them though.

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                                                                  alkapal RE: riverwalk Sep 9, 2011 03:58 AM

                                                                  what do you mean by "direct heat contact" ? i'm just trying to figure out how bristles are superior to silicone vis-a-vis heat resistance.

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                                                                Kagey RE: Zengarden Nov 7, 2006 11:26 AM

                                                                I have a mushroom-shaped brush that is supposed to clean mushrooms, I think. Mainly it just scratches them up. But it's too soft to be used as a nail brush, so I really don't use it for anything.

                                                                I also have a salad spinner. It fits into the category of one-purpose items, which are generally prohibited in my kitchen. But I can't imagine not having one. I use it for all sorts of leaves and herbs. But still it's big and taking up all that space...

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                                                                  MaggieMuffin RE: Kagey Nov 17, 2006 02:02 AM

                                                                  That is why I got a mini-spinner too. More junk I suppose, but I love my big and small spinners just the same.

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                                                                    riverwalk RE: MaggieMuffin Sep 7, 2011 04:09 PM

                                                                    I just got the Rosle mini chopper/spinner on sale at WS and it's great for that. No electricity (-easier to use), chops or washes and spins herbs with a separate storage lid for fridge, makes sauces, and half of it can go in the dishwasher. It pulls so you can totally control how much you want to chop/spin and it's really small so it's not so demanding for space. My big OXO salad spinner has commandeered too much space in storing it or even in using it in the fridge. Sometimes I resent it. Did I see a collapsible salad spinner out there? Can't recall, but it's a good idea. Oxo has gone to a stainless bowl (read lots of complaints about their bowl not lasting before) and Rosle has the one of my dreams at a nightmare cost. Nice, all stainless etc. They are such space hogs, but it seems with the Rosle I could use the bowl for other things, I don't know, haven't seen it in person.

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                                                                    rweater RE: Kagey Jan 28, 2008 08:45 AM

                                                                    <<I have a mushroom-shaped brush that is supposed to clean mushrooms, I think. Mainly it just scratches them up. But it's too soft to be used as a nail brush, so I really don't use it for anything.>>

                                                                    Yes, I received one of those as well and it was also useless! I just didn't really understand the point and it was too soft to be used on things like potatoes or other vegetables.

                                                                    I also purchased a Pampered Chef pizza stone. I used it once, ruined the pizza and that was it. I still have it. I'm trying to figure out what the heck to do with it.

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                                                                      anniemax RE: rweater Jan 29, 2008 11:55 AM

                                                                      <<I also purchased a Pampered Chef pizza stone. I used it once, ruined the pizza and that was it. I still have it. I'm trying to figure out what the heck to do with it.>>

                                                                      Did you preheat before hand? It takes longer to preheat any pizza stone then to preheat an oven. Also, most manufactures recommend putting pizza stones in with nothing on them the first few times, to help break them & burn off any odd smells. I don't think PC is one that requires that though, IIRC. Also, you can keep your pizza stone in your oven all the time, it helps keep the oven temp more even, even if you're not baking directly on it.

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                                                                        BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: anniemax Jun 7, 2011 10:04 PM

                                                                        My friend lovers her stone, and was disheartened when she broke it. She lucked out, and I found one that same day she told me about it in a Goodwill store. They use it all the time for cookies. Personally I use cookie sheets that my Dad made decades ago for my Mom. Never had a problem with them, so I am not looking to replace them anytime soon.

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                                                                          riverwalk RE: BIGGUNDOCTOR Sep 7, 2011 04:10 PM

                                                                          You have cookie sheets that lasted decades? Your dad missed his calling, he could have made a mint on those! Do you know what they are made of? I am looking to replace my half sheet pans that are no longer made as well as they used to. I don't want another warped one and that seems to be a classic mission to try to find one that doesn't warp.

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                                                                            pdxgastro RE: BIGGUNDOCTOR Dec 7, 2011 10:21 PM

                                                                            Did her stone crack neatly in half, by chance? Mine did,and I'm still using it. I just push the 2 halves together when I cook something on it.

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                                                                            teresakendrick RE: anniemax Jan 16, 2012 11:52 PM

                                                                            I have several Pampered Chef stones and stoneware baking pans (although I have never cooked pizza on any of them). I LOVE mine. They are the color of dark mahogany now and are completely nonstick. I love baking cookies on them. They don't burn..even when I forget and leave them in too long. I have the mini bar pan that I use almost daily. Perfect for 6 biscuits.

                                                                            I've only had one pan to break... my 9x13 baking dish. I dropped it on a tile floor.

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                                                                          StrawbrryF RE: Kagey Feb 6, 2009 05:22 PM

                                                                          HA! I have a potato-shaped one for cleaning potatoes. Just as useless.

                                                                        3. TexasToast RE: Zengarden Nov 7, 2006 01:03 PM

                                                                          I have one of those and do use it for mushrooms. I also have a potato shaped brush and use THAT one as a nail brush as it has harder brissels.

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                                                                            raj1 RE: Zengarden Nov 7, 2006 06:38 PM

                                                                            The most useless thing in my kitchen is one of those standard-size American rolling pins you can buy in any grocery store--about a foot-long with handles. Julia Child referred to them as "just toys". I agree. I keep it just to show people what NOT to use. I use a French rolling pin or the huge ball-bearing rolling pin I bought somewhere. The large one is like steamroller; it does all the work.

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                                                                              RiJaAr RE: raj1 Nov 14, 2006 05:02 PM

                                                                              i have a gorgeous long marble rolling pin, no handles, works wonderfully.
                                                                              a btw, whats so hard about peeling garlic without squishing it? i can do it just fine with a paring knife and my hands. never tried a garlic peeler.

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                                                                                Mel Gee RE: RiJaAr Nov 17, 2006 08:17 AM

                                                                                Garlic is easy to peel without gadgets. Slice off the "root" end, and tap the clove lightly all over with the flat or back of a heavy knife. Except for that ultra-fresh garlic with a really tight skin that you just bought in Gilroy, the parchment jacket will peel away with moderate effort.

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                                                                                BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: raj1 Jun 7, 2011 10:07 PM

                                                                                That is my standard pin, and I have never had any complaints. Just make sure it is a good wood like maple, and not some foreign mystery wood.

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                                                                                  cstout RE: raj1 Dec 6, 2011 06:33 PM

                                                                                  raj1, yes I have one of those awful rolling pins & I think that has been part of my problem in rolling out a round dough.....have been thinking about one of those ball bearing pins, but somewhere I read they rusted. Did yours do that?

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                                                                                  HillJ RE: Zengarden Nov 9, 2006 12:59 AM

                                                                                  Honey dipper...a spoon works fine last I checked

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                                                                                    Covert Ops RE: HillJ Nov 14, 2006 03:30 PM

                                                                                    Yeah I never understood those. How are they more effective or less messy than a spoon? At least with a spoon I know how much I'm getting. . .

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                                                                                      jen kalb RE: Covert Ops Dec 18, 2006 01:19 AM

                                                                                      I had a really pretty lucite honey jar with one of those dippers - but it made such a mess it was pointless. The jar + spoon or knife works fine.

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                                                                                        BedazzledLV RE: jen kalb Apr 17, 2011 11:59 AM

                                                                                        the reason i buy honey in the squeeze bottles. No need for any type of contraption.

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                                                                                      durhamois RE: HillJ Dec 10, 2006 08:53 PM

                                                                                      My dad used to stick a table knife in the jar of honey, and then withdraw the kife while simultaneously rotating it in his hand (as if the honey were on a rotisserie spit). This got the honey out of the jar, plus it's easier to scrape the honey off a flat knife than off a spoon or a honey dipper. Less drip, less waste.

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                                                                                        riverwalk RE: HillJ Sep 7, 2011 04:15 PM

                                                                                        OK even more useless is my Le Creuset little honey dipper with a wooden handle. I can't throw the whole thing in the dishwasher because of the darn wood, so I end up getting honey all over me taking it apart because the only thing worse than hand washing the stick handle is if I had to hand wash honey off of all those grooves on the stupid dipper. It does look so cute though, hanging along side all the other little Le Creuset wooden handled colored-silicon mini tools. They make me feel like a little kid again. I do cringe every time my hubby uses one though. It's not just the hand wash only policy but they have to be oiled as well without getting the oil on the business end of the gadget. Pretty useless and annoying, but so cute.

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                                                                                          alkapal RE: riverwalk Sep 9, 2011 04:01 AM

                                                                                          isn't the honey dipper supposed to be left alone with the honey in it; that is, why do you wash the honey dipper and bowl?

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                                                                                          Antilope RE: HillJ Jan 17, 2012 11:50 PM

                                                                                          Yep. A wooden honey dipper. Maybe I can use the end of it to crush grapes. Although I don't know why I would want to crush grapes. ;-)

                                                                                        3. cayjohan RE: Zengarden Nov 9, 2006 10:03 AM

                                                                                          Hub bought me one of those color-coded inside-out citrus squeezers; you know, the ones that America's Test Kitchen and Rick Bayless are always using? Sorry. My trusty ol' reamer does the trick with less blue language over positioning, and the hand sieves the seeds.

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                                                                                            JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: cayjohan Nov 13, 2006 09:26 AM

                                                                                            Funny, I went exactly backwards. My reamer sits in the drawer not doing much, but the squeezer one gets used all the time. In goes the half, squish, done.

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                                                                                              Scrapironchef RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Nov 13, 2006 05:54 PM

                                                                                              Second on that, faster, easier, more efficient. I actually ended up with two, large for lemons and small for limes.

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                                                                                                EWSflash RE: Scrapironchef Sep 3, 2010 09:17 PM

                                                                                                I kept forgetting to bring my lemon/lime inside-out squeezer to Mexico when we went and bought a new one down there, so now I have several in different sizes and love each and every one.

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                                                                                                  HillJ RE: EWSflash Sep 4, 2010 05:45 AM

                                                                                                  Squeezing a halved lime or lemon btwn tongs juices the fruit really well. Just be sure the citrus is room temp.

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                                                                                                redgirl RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Aug 17, 2010 03:54 PM

                                                                                                i know this is a really old thread but couldn't resist...i have a wood citrus reamer that i use no less than 4x a week. love that thing. cheap and works like a juice-extracting charm.

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                                                                                                  JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: redgirl Aug 20, 2010 01:51 AM

                                                                                                  Hey, it's a fun thread, I can't blame you for coming back to it!

                                                                                                  I've somewhat gone back the other way. My yellow squeezer sits collecting dust as the enamel peels off, while my glass countertop reamer (with little nubs to keep seeds and excess pulp out) gets all the use these days.

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                                                                                                    BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jun 7, 2011 10:13 PM

                                                                                                    I am looking to get a Mexican style squeezer after watching my friend's wife run through a ton of limes one night. Cut in half, toss in, flip, squeeze, flip, next one. Reamers will get the pulp out if you need it though. I found a Wear-Ever restaurant type squeezer at a thrift store which smashes it sideways. Haven't really fully tried it out yet.

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                                                                                                      alkapal RE: BIGGUNDOCTOR Sep 9, 2011 04:02 AM

                                                                                                      i want to get one of those flip style squeezers lemon sized. my lime sized one i got at a yard sale is brilliant : thorough and quick!

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                                                                                              KRS RE: Zengarden Nov 12, 2006 01:43 PM

                                                                                              I threw away my box grater 30 seconds after I tried a Microplane.

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                                                                                                soupkitten RE: KRS Jul 11, 2007 03:32 PM

                                                                                                YES!

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                                                                                                  flourgirl RE: KRS Aug 4, 2007 05:39 AM

                                                                                                  Not me. My box grater has really nice bigger holes on it for things like grated mozz, grated chocolate etc. I only use my microplane when I need fine grated cheese or grated peel - stuff like that. I not only kept my box grater - I have 2 that I like for different purposes. (And yes, I have a food processor, use it all the time - but for some jobs I just don't feel like making such a big mess and fuss.)

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                                                                                                    al b. darned RE: KRS Jan 11, 2009 12:45 PM

                                                                                                    While my microplane has its place, nothing beats my box grater for grating potatoes for pancakes, cheese, veggies, and of course, chocolate.

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                                                                                                      Jay F RE: KRS Oct 7, 2010 10:37 AM

                                                                                                      For the life of me, I cannot use my microplane. I bought it to grate citrus rind and parmigiano-reggiano, and it is the clumsiest thing I've ever used it. It buckles constantly as I grate the cheese across the little teeth, and I've cut my knuckles on the thing at least three times. I love how small it grates the cheese, but I wish it were easier, and safer, to use. I've pretty much gone back to my box grater full time.

                                                                                                      And I have so many tools devoted to juicing citrus fruits. I would love to love the one-piece wooden reamer, but the seeds constantly fall in whatever I'm juicing into. I have another glass reamer, with a pouring spout, with which I can pour the juice through a strainer. But who wants to use (and wash) two little doohickeys?

                                                                                                      I usually end up using my electric citrus juicer. It's more to clean up, but it does the best job.

                                                                                                      I noticed someone posted about the uselessness of her mother's copper bowl. One of the first things I learned to make when I started cooking were souffles, and someone (Joy of Cooking, Burt Wolfe, Julia?) recommended getting a copper bowl.

                                                                                                      I LOVE MY COPPER BOWL.

                                                                                                      It and my set of Flame Le Creuset were my first two big cookware purchases, and I have used my copper bowl hundreds of times, I'm sure. I don't have a stand mixer, so I don't have an easier, faster way of beating egg whites, but I don't often feel I'm lacking anything not having a stand mixer (I've read too many bad things about KitchenAid, so I've _almost_ bought one a dozen times, but I always pull back at the last minute), and I continue to use my copper bowl.

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                                                                                                        Mother of four RE: Jay F Oct 7, 2010 04:41 PM

                                                                                                        What kind of microplane do you have? I have a few of them and absolutely love them. Mine do not buckle, and grate Parm cheese beautifully, along with zesting lemons and grating garlic along with so many other things. I will admit that I did have a little blood with the garlic when I first started but I'm good with it now...a little practice makes perfect!!

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                                                                                                          Jay F RE: Mother of four Oct 7, 2010 04:59 PM

                                                                                                          It looks like the one in the first pic, but you can see in the second pic they come in different sizes. IIRC, I bought it based on how I was going to use it, which was for grating lemon zest. I haven't done that in a while, so all I use it for is parmigiano-reggiano. Is it maybe the wrong blade (what DO you call those things?)

                                                                                                           
                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                            Mother of four RE: Jay F Oct 7, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                                                            I have one of those and also the skinny one. Love them both. Fun that we are both online at the same time! I call them Microplanes!!! Also great to grate Nutmeg.

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                                                                                                              Jay F RE: Mother of four Oct 9, 2010 07:21 AM

                                                                                                              I use my box grater for nutmeg, too. I grate it on the side with the things that look most like they'd cut your hand if they were to touch.

                                                                                                              I micrograted a little p-r into some chili this morning. I still have difficulty.

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                                                                                                          BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: Jay F Jun 7, 2011 10:20 PM

                                                                                                          I have my Mom's 1950 KitchenAid with glass bowl-still running great, and I have a 70's vintage KA that I found at a thrift store for $30 that I use more now. Mom's will be for special things, as she has passed away. If I need more capacity , I have a Hobart A-120 12qt I found on Craigslist for $295.

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                                                                                                          silkenpaw RE: KRS Oct 8, 2010 04:14 PM

                                                                                                          I love my microplane box grater.

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                                                                                                            Jay F RE: silkenpaw Oct 9, 2010 07:22 AM

                                                                                                            Now that sounds like a good idea. My (non-micro) box grater is much easier for me to use than the microplane I have.

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                                                                                                              EWSflash RE: Jay F May 7, 2011 07:17 PM

                                                                                                              I'm in the greatest-adaptation group when it comes to microplanes, I use them for so many things. One thing I noticed, though, my original isn't very sharp any more, making it a pain in the butt. Next time I find it Im going to repurpose it for some damn thing, probably a garden doohickey, but get it out of the kitchen drawer.

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                                                                                                                alkapal RE: EWSflash Sep 9, 2011 04:05 AM

                                                                                                                i wonder if some fine sandpaper passed a couple of times over that microplane might sharpen it?

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                                                                                                            liveforfood RE: KRS Apr 17, 2011 05:46 PM

                                                                                                            The microplane is the only thing one needs for fine grating--ginger, lemon peel, hard cheeses, etc. It works so well! But, for heavier cheeses, one needs a box grater or some kind of grater with larger holes. I guess you can always use the food processor for that, though.

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                                                                                                              riverwalk RE: liveforfood Sep 7, 2011 04:21 PM

                                                                                                              I have several blade size Microplane graters, but my favorite thing of theirs is my rotary grater. It is so fast, and so sharp, and I hate to admit it but it's better than my Rosle rotary grinder. I have 2 sizes of blades for it and it's perfect for cheeses and chocolate and fast, dishwasher safe. Love it. Remember, Microplane has a little label on the package that says what that size is good for. When I bought my first one, I thought there was just one size and that's not correct. By size I mean size and shape of holes. Rosle is coming out with a new box grater that looks amazing, I saw it on their German website so I don't know when it will be here. I have to say though, the Microplane rotary grater is better than the Rosle, which makes me sad because I am a Rosle junkie.

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                                                                                                                alkapal RE: riverwalk Sep 9, 2011 04:06 AM

                                                                                                                someone built a better (box) grater?

                                                                                                          3. Robert Lauriston RE: Zengarden Nov 13, 2006 09:12 PM

                                                                                                            The most useless gadget in my kitchen ... the broken Hamilton Beach Model 30 Drinkmaster milkshake mixer?

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                                                                                                            1. chowser RE: Zengarden Nov 13, 2006 11:18 PM

                                                                                                              Hmm, how many pampered chef parties I have been to...

                                                                                                              long stainless cylindrical bread pans so bread comes out shaped like flowers and hearts

                                                                                                              perogie maker (rectangular piece of plastic with half holes where you put the dough on it, fill the holes, put another on it and roll with a rolling pin)

                                                                                                              sandwich/perogie maker where it cuts out the crust, like a Smucker's uncrustable

                                                                                                              apple corer

                                                                                                              mini chopper as mentioned above

                                                                                                              stone loaf pan

                                                                                                              other than that a gift: ice tea maker (I don't even drink ice tea), pint holder for ice cream

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                                                                                                                Candy RE: chowser Nov 13, 2006 11:25 PM

                                                                                                                Well those cylindrical bread pans do have a use. Mine is not frm PC and is just round. If you are making pain de mie which is a very tight, firm grained bread it is essential. I have found having an apple corer makes peeling apples go much faster. I never got to PC parties. far too expensive for what you get inb local kitchen shops.

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                                                                                                                  chowser RE: Candy Nov 13, 2006 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                  I don't have the apple peeler/corer which is what I wanted. I must have ordered the corer only by mistake--it's a thin cylinder you press through the center of the core and then it's stuck there. I have to put on oven mitts to pull out the corer w/out ripping my fingers apart in the small slicer. Apparently, you can also core a cucumber and put a carrot through the core. I can't figure out why anyone would want to do it unless they wanted to be Martha Stewart.

                                                                                                                  I don't make pain de mie but if I did, I wouldn't make it heart or flower shaped! :-) I have used those pans for quick breads (took me while to figure out how to make it so the batter didn't ooze out). It's fun for kids but if I didn't have it, they'd be happy with loaf shaped quick breads. I'm guessing the same person who'd want to core an apple into a cucumber might LOVE it!

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                                                                                                                    Candy RE: chowser Nov 14, 2006 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                    I like that long thin apple corer and have never had a problem until the wood handle rotted and broke off. I am looking for a replacement. I do have one of those corer slicers but sorely miss that corer. I don't know why removing the core makes peeling for pies go faster but it really does.

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                                                                                                                  Kelli2006 RE: chowser Nov 14, 2006 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                  Chowser, We must have the same friends as I have the plastic pirogi maker and the molded bread pans. I have a pump-up sprayer for oil that I wasted $20.00 for. I have some stainless steel molds for petite-fors. I have a mushroom brush. I have many baking pans that were required for a single job, that I have never used since, but I don't want to give them away.

                                                                                                                  My sister had a Rubbermaid fetish, and i think I have 2 pieces of almost every storage device that they ever made.

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                                                                                                                    itsrob RE: Kelli2006 Aug 3, 2007 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                    I used to use the pump sprayer a lot, then realized that a small squeeze bottle was just as effective and easier to deal with (fill, clean, grab in a hurry).

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                                                                                                                    chowser RE: chowser Nov 17, 2006 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                    Oh yeah, I should add the perfect pancake maker to that list and pancake molds. I have a lot of useless stuff...

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                                                                                                                      Velochicdunord RE: chowser Dec 11, 2006 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                      Ooh. I would kill for a stone loaf pan right about now. I've been messing with the NYT bread recipe, and a preheated container that can hold some heat is essential to good results.

                                                                                                                      I have many metal loaf pans, but none with substance.

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                                                                                                                        chowser RE: Velochicdunord Dec 12, 2006 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                        How would you use the loaf pan to make the bread? I've used a pizza stone w/ a pan over it (ruined the pan color...) but would you use the loaf pan to hold the bread and cover it? Or put the loaf pan into the pot? I love the bread but don't have the right pot. I don't think it's big enough--it's 9" long. Hmmm, now you have me thinking about trying that out somehow.

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                                                                                                                          Velochicdunord RE: chowser Dec 24, 2006 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                          The NYT recipe is for one loaf. It's a very moist loaf. The trick, according to the recipe, os that the bread dough must be tipped into a covered/sealed preheated container with an interior glaze and some mass to provide an even heat all around the breat. Preheating the container means that the dough surface seals when it hits it. It has to be covered or sealed to provide the steamy enviroment necessary to generate a flaky but not too tough and chewy crust. So, a 9" x 4" loaf pan, with a tinfoil hood to provide some room for the rise would work wonderfully.

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                                                                                                                        personalcheffie RE: chowser Dec 18, 2006 03:11 AM

                                                                                                                        You're too nice calling it Pampered Chef. I refer to them as Pampered S**t.

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                                                                                                                          sillyrabbit RE: personalcheffie Dec 18, 2006 04:02 AM

                                                                                                                          The best garlic press I've ever used is from PC.

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                                                                                                                            personalcheffie RE: sillyrabbit Dec 18, 2006 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                            The original Zyliss from Switzerland has been copied by many a company, including PC.

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                                                                                                                              sillyrabbit RE: personalcheffie Dec 19, 2006 01:12 AM

                                                                                                                              Aha! So that's who invented this ingenious contraption! I didn't think PC was so clever. Well, my kitchen wouldn't be the same without it.

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                                                                                                                              soupkitten RE: sillyrabbit Jul 11, 2007 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                              aha! ALL garlic presses are pieces of S**t, though!

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                                                                                                                              financialdistrictresident RE: personalcheffie Nov 22, 2011 04:47 AM

                                                                                                                              I just heard about Pampered Chef. Popular in suburgatory.

                                                                                                                              Based on the few products I've seen personalcheffie is spot on :)

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                                                                                                                              riverwalk RE: chowser Sep 7, 2011 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                              you just described the most common things I see in thrift stores on the kitchen shelves! also seen frequently there: mini electric sandwich grillers like the Foreman grill, but not limited to Foreman, mostly little pocket sandwich makers. Also seen frequently, cheap pots and pans that people tried once or twice and realized they are worse than useless, they cost money to use from ruined food. Lots of fondue forks and sets, too-heavy dishes, corn removers for cobs (most do not work although ATK likes OXO's), and poorly made peelers and all gadgets of poor construction.

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                                                                                                                                alkapal RE: riverwalk Sep 9, 2011 04:07 AM

                                                                                                                                foreman grills could take over the goodwill stores empire if they came alive one night,

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                                                                                                                              cheesehead in recovery RE: Zengarden Nov 14, 2006 12:19 AM

                                                                                                                              Hey, that Perogie making thing...If it can be used to make empanadas, I'll be glad to take it off your hands. Indeed its a unitasker, but when you have a husband from argentina...a empanada making du-hikey would come in handy! (one persons's junk is another persons gold...something like that)

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                                                                                                                                chowser RE: cheesehead in recovery Nov 14, 2006 01:53 AM

                                                                                                                                Too bad we couldn't do a craigslist like exchange here. The problem with it is that it works well in theory but not in practice. The ends don't seal up (you're supposed to use a rolling pin and roll over the plastic when it's all assembled) and it doesn't come out of the container easily. So, you fight with it to pop out and you have to seal it individually with a fork after. I think PC stopped making it. Along this idea, only rectangular and white:

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                                                                                                                              2. Davwud RE: Zengarden Nov 14, 2006 01:59 AM

                                                                                                                                Fire Extinguisher.

                                                                                                                                I've had it for years and never used it.

                                                                                                                                ;-)

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                                                                                                                                  saraeanderson RE: Davwud Dec 11, 2006 03:26 AM

                                                                                                                                  You must not have run into the useless kitchenware phenomenon of silicone bakeware. I live in an old apartment with old appliances, and was making cornbread with my oven set at 425. I don't think its temperature conrol was all that good, though, because I came in and found the silicone pan on fire in the oven. If you've ever played The Sims, you'll be able to picture how I reacted. My husband was smart enough to remember the fire extinguisher, though.

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                                                                                                                                    newbatgirl RE: saraeanderson Jul 14, 2007 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                    OMG, I have played the Sims and now I am LMAO at that. Sorry, I know it must not have been funny for you at the time.

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                                                                                                                                    Mother of four RE: Davwud Aug 3, 2007 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                    Count your blessings, Davwud!!! How about the electric egg cookie that I received as a wedding gift many years ago. By the way, I love my egg cup, use it for a soft boiled egg all the time. I am about to add the stupid electric can opener (that never works) to the list, the manual one works just fine.

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                                                                                                                                      EWSflash RE: Mother of four Sep 3, 2010 09:22 PM

                                                                                                                                      Wow, I hadn't thought of an electric can opener in years. Never could g4et one to work worth a sh__. The oxo safety-edge manually operated one is the only can opener for me.

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                                                                                                                                        ZenSojourner RE: EWSflash Sep 3, 2010 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                        We had one that worked just fine. As I get along in years. it occurs to me that I may soon need to find another.

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                                                                                                                                          ChickenBrocandZiti RE: EWSflash Oct 6, 2010 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                          Can't stand that OXO safety opener. It's impossible to squeeze the water out of a can of tuna after you use that thing.

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                                                                                                                                            BedazzledLV RE: ChickenBrocandZiti Apr 17, 2011 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                            lol thats why they make a can strainer doohickey i always see in the canned meat isle at the grocery LOL I like old school can openers and draining the old way though ;P

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                                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: BedazzledLV Apr 17, 2011 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                              i got one of those can strainers for free with something ages ago so i tried it once out of curiosity. no more effective than the can lid itself, and all it does is make one more thing fishy that you then have to wash. stupid, stupid invention.

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                                                                                                                                            riverwalk RE: EWSflash Sep 7, 2011 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                            I'm loving my Rosle one with the safe edge feature (they have 2). It took me 5 min to figure out how to use it, but now my husband and I swear it's the best.

                                                                                                                                            It was the only one that convinced me to give up my electric space hog that I loved because you didn't have to hold or catch the can and it had a flip around cover to hide the guts when not in use.

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                                                                                                                                              financialdistrictresident RE: EWSflash Nov 22, 2011 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                              I'm left handed and could never get a manual can opener to work. I had an electric can opener for years and loved it. I discovered the OneTouch can opener and love it. Use it all the time and have given it to several people. Fits in a drawer.

                                                                                                                                              One person's trash is another's treasure :)

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                                                                                                                                              liveforfood RE: Mother of four Apr 17, 2011 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                              I agree--the electric can opener is one of the stupidest gadgets. I never understood why people (including my mother) would take up precious counter top space with something that never works well. I like my manual, fail-proof opener just fine!

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                                                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet RE: liveforfood Apr 17, 2011 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                the electric can opener is one of those things that makes no sense for someone who can use a manual model, but it's a godsend for people with injuries, arthritis, and any other condition for which the manual one is just too difficult.

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                                                                                                                                                  EWSflash RE: goodhealthgourmet May 7, 2011 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Probably why they don't sell them today, eh? I was referring to the can strainers for free
                                                                                                                                                  I don't have an electric can opener either- we got one for a wedding present and traded it in. I have one of the hand safety can openers that doesn't give a jagged edge and don't need anything else- I don't use cans that much, I don't think anybody does, at least not anybody here.

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                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: EWSflash Sep 9, 2011 04:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                    i JUST saw a can strainer hanging on one of those "impulse ourchase hooks" in the canned food aisle two days ago -- and it was something ridiculous like $3.

                                                                                                                                          3. Davwud RE: Zengarden Nov 14, 2006 02:04 AM

                                                                                                                                            Oh let's see......

                                                                                                                                            Bread maker, GF Grill, Mushroom shaped brush (As mentioned above), ditto for the corn shaped one, adjustable measuring spoons, ravioli crimper, there's others of course.

                                                                                                                                            Some of the things I've been sharp enough to stay clear of are; double sided pancake frying pans, spatula/tongs, egg shell remover, anything made by pampered chef, anything sold by Ron Popiel or the other woman, magic bullet, um......

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                                                                                                                                              feedmec00kies RE: Davwud Nov 17, 2006 12:57 AM

                                                                                                                                              a george foreman grill is handy if you're a lazy/kitchenless college student, especially for making grilled cheese samwiches without all the butter. if you aren't... well, hopefully if you care about your meat sitting in a pool of it's own fat while it cooks, you probably should try and get a leaner cut or trim it yourself before cooking! :-D

                                                                                                                                              you really think tongs are useless? they get lots of use at home, but i guess it's the way my parents like to manipulate stuff when they cook.. which is why chopsticks are used for cooking a lot as well.

                                                                                                                                              i don't really have any useless kitchen gadgets.. but that's probably because i'm still in school and my house has kitchen stuff that's shared by everyone... we do have a never-used egg cup though. and a really cheap, blunt pizza cutter (any pizzas that have actually been made here and not ordered, frozen or with dough from the store, are cut with knives.)

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                                                                                                                                                Atahualpa RE: feedmec00kies Nov 17, 2006 02:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                I think he realldy did mean spatula-tongs. They were advertised on TV a while back and were supposed to be tongs that were flexible enough that when locked togther you could use the joined tong faces as spatulas and turn pancakes etc.

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                                                                                                                                                  Davwud RE: Atahualpa Nov 17, 2006 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Yes.

                                                                                                                                                  I have three pairs of scalloped tongs. They get tons of use.

                                                                                                                                                  I did dig out my GF grill to make panini's last night and it worked great. It's still fairly useless but at least it's now a unitasker instead of a nontasker.

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                                                                                                                                                    feedmec00kies RE: Davwud Nov 20, 2006 02:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Hmm, never heard of these spatula-tongs.. though honestly my mom has trained me to have very little faith in any kitchen devices advertised on TV most are pretty lost on me (sounds familiar now, though)

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                                                                                                                                                    personalcheffie RE: Atahualpa Dec 18, 2006 03:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Ah, the spatula/tong set and spatula egg turner that won't damage the yolk. My hubby just HAD to go to the "As Seen On TV" store locally and pick me up a set of these, along with the thing that looks like a flat whisk, that is supposed to grab everything, and can not grab and pick up anything. Sheesh!

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                                                                                                                                                      Davwud RE: personalcheffie Dec 18, 2006 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                      PC and Feedme.

                                                                                                                                                      I couldn't think of the name of the woman at the time but her name is Cathy Mitchell. She sells a lot of other crap like the GeMagic. That whisk thing is supposed to be so dextrous you can pick up a dime with it. What a load of crap.

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                                                                                                                                                  queenscook RE: Davwud Jan 30, 2011 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I love my bread makers; I'm on my fourth, fifth, and sixth right now! To explain: I had already had three that over the years finally gave up the ghost, so I bought my fourth. However, the pan was quite scratched up, and the bread stuck to it more than it should have, and the baked loaves were always hard to extricate, so I bought another (my fifth). I kept the one with the scratched-up pan, though, to use just to make dough, for when I want bread shaped different than the pan (braided challah, a round loaf, etc.) Then, I inherited one from my MIL when she moved out of the country, which made six. As I said, #s 1, 2, & 3 are long gone, but I'm very happy to have the three I have. I have occasionally used two at a time, especially when preparing for large sabbath gatherings.

                                                                                                                                                  I also like the adjustable measuring spoons. When I bake, and am measuring out a 1/4 tsp. of one spice, an 1/8 of another, a 1/2 tsp. of salt, etc., it's easier than messing around with the set of multiple spoons, and having to wash three or four instead of one (I certainly don't bother to wash between spices).

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                                                                                                                                                    liveforfood RE: Davwud Apr 17, 2011 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I passed on my Zojourushi bread machine to a friend, who uses it almost daily. It was a gift to me and I kept it on the top of my cabinet, since I never used it. I had almost forgotten about it until cleaning one day when I noticed it there, covered with a half inch of dust! I cleaned it off and my friend said she wanted it!

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                                                                                                                                                      riverwalk RE: liveforfood Sep 7, 2011 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                      That reminds me of another useless space hog, the device made to insert your bread machine bread into it to get the guide sticks to show you where to slice the bread. It cradles the bread and has slots where to cut your loaf. Space hog.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Andiereid RE: Zengarden Nov 17, 2006 01:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                    My Baguette molds - those racks that are open-hole non-stick racks for baguettes? Didn't work for squat. I'm beginning to think that to make good baguette (the thin, crusty stuff with the chewy center) you have to have a wood stove that goes up to 1000F hot metal lights behind your eyes invincible oven (apologies to OK Go) I used them several times and they didn't do diddly.

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                                                                                                                                                      j2brady RE: Zengarden Nov 17, 2006 01:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Two things actually...

                                                                                                                                                      1. A sandcastle shaped bundt pan...totally useful if I evr made budt cakes but I don't so hence the uselessness.

                                                                                                                                                      2. A nutmeg grinder from williams-sonoma which is totaly uni-pupose and doesn't even manage to do that particularly well. Especially compared to a micro-plane!

                                                                                                                                                      Either way I love them both for the whimsy of it! Useless, yes! But I love them!

                                                                                                                                                      Jenna

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                                                                                                                                                        Andiereid RE: j2brady Nov 17, 2006 01:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I have that bundt pan! I've used it once! But you're right... I love it!

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                                                                                                                                                          chef chicklet RE: Andiereid Apr 10, 2007 12:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I've seen that bundt pan often, and resisted. My logic was that it was a one time thrill to show off, and that I'd not use it again. It was too pricey! The little ones are very cute too! Wish I liked bundt cake... but never have for some reason..

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                                                                                                                                                            SoCalVal RE: chef chicklet Apr 17, 2007 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Was that bundt cake pan being sold through Williams-Sonoma? I vaguely remember admiring a pan that sounds like that but since I don't have kids (and my one niece is a high school teenager), I didn't see when I'd be inclined to make a castle-shaped cake. Still, I thought about buying it...just because (it could join the other useless gadgets in my kitchen -- juicer, food dehydrator [too much trouble to clean], mushroom brush, apple corer/slicer, more cake pans [couldn't resist getting Nordicware from the local thrift shop for $3-5], cake mold that makes a "Barbie-doll" cake for the aforementioned high school teenager [never got around to making it...and she was a youngun in elementary school who was very into Barbies when I bought the thing]. Ah, countless items I have! There are way too many to name them all; I'm just extremely fond of kitchen items!

                                                                                                                                                            I did donate to charity the breadmaker I bought "for a steal" from a thrift shop (and never used), along with the giant electric roaster I bought from a friend (and also never used). I gave my mother the Wolfgang Puck commercial stand mixer I absolutely had to have (and...wait for it...NEVER USED). Would you believe I still want another stand mixer...???

                                                                                                                                                      2. Alice Patis RE: Zengarden Nov 17, 2006 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                        The Alton Brown measuring cup. I so wanted one after watching him use it for years, and when I got two (the big one and the less big one), ho hum! Plus it's a HUGE pain to remove the sleeve (for cleaning) and to put it back on again.

                                                                                                                                                        Also don't get anyone you like the silicone measuring cups. Very flimsy (flour goes flying if you grasp it too hard), you can't fill it to the brim with liquids (liquids spill out when you go to lift the cup) and you can't begin to guess where the halfway point is (yes I'll fess up, I often fill a cup part way up coz I'm too lazy to get out another cup of the correct size).

                                                                                                                                                        I think I'm the queen of useless gadgets. I have a box of gadgets I still haven't unpacked since I moved in May. But the 2 above are the worst that come to mind.

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                                                                                                                                                          chowser RE: Alice Patis Nov 21, 2006 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I have that measuring cup that Alton Brown recommended, too. It looked great on his show. I have no idea how to use it--which side is wet, which is dry, how to measure. Another useless gadget. And, it's not dishwashable.

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                                                                                                                                                            Davwud RE: chowser Dec 18, 2006 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                            We have one as well. Guess what?? It's from Pampered Chef. Guess how much use it gets!!

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                                                                                                                                                              LaureltQ RE: chowser Jan 30, 2011 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                              My dad had one of these when I was growing up and I LOVED using it. I've since tried to track down one without success.

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                                                                                                                                                                Kelli2006 RE: LaureltQ Mar 21, 2011 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                They are called Wonder Cups and are available at Chefs catalog, King Arthur and Pampered Chef.

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                                                                                                                                                                  John E. RE: Kelli2006 Mar 22, 2011 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I've seen them at Goodwill, usually for a buck. They seem to be best used for baking when precise measuring is needed for things such as sourcream, peanut butter, shortening, and similar non-liquid nor dry items.

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                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: John E. Mar 22, 2011 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    My mom had one (1960s, it's not new) and swore by it - I got one and threw it away, it was impossible to slide up and down.

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                                                                                                                                                                      BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: buttertart Jun 7, 2011 10:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I just picked one up especially or making pies. I use it for measuring things like shortening. Stuff it in, then push it out the top where you can slice it off with a knife. Lots easier than a measuring cup.

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                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: BIGGUNDOCTOR Jun 8, 2011 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I wish I had my mother's, you're right, they are very useful if they work right.

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                                                                                                                                                                          jen kalb RE: buttertart Sep 9, 2011 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          my mother had/a two part shortening measure (in fact at one time she bought them for all her home ec students in the 60s).but Its not the wonder cup with the clear outer sleeve but a two parter which has grooves you set the smaller piece into. Very easy to use. I still have one but it is getting decrepit.

                                                                                                                                                                          The wondercups seem to create some kind of vacuum and tend to be to hard to put together/take apart.

                                                                                                                                                          2. mabziegurl RE: Zengarden Nov 18, 2006 01:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                            my garlic press is the most useless thing ever, i have to peel the garlic anyways, then push the galic in, repush some of it, then clean the thing... my knife is out anyways, so i'm going to toss it out right now...

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                                                                                                                                                              EWSflash RE: mabziegurl Oct 8, 2010 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I use mine all the time- different strokes, I guess.

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                                                                                                                                                                liveforfood RE: EWSflash Apr 17, 2011 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Different strokes, for sure. My garlic press is fantastic and I use it multiple times a week. I have one with a large holder for the garlic (holds several cloves) and pressed garlic is great in vinaigrettes, which I make often.

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                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal RE: liveforfood Sep 9, 2011 04:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  i love my zyliss garlic press. i have had other brands, but zyliss is the best.

                                                                                                                                                            2. spigot RE: Zengarden Nov 18, 2006 01:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Love this thread - very instructive. Note to self: don't buy single-use items, very large/bulky items, and, er, things that are badly designed or try to fix imaginary deficiencies in existing products. (Like, who thought up silicone measuring cups, and why?)

                                                                                                                                                              Here's mine:

                                                                                                                                                              - Salton drink mixer, a years-ago Christmas present. Weak motor; does what my blender does only slowly, half-assedly. http://www.salton.com/product_details... Waste of space, makes me bitter.

                                                                                                                                                              - Polder and Williams-Somoma remote thermometers. http://www.amazon.com/Polder-307-Delu... and http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc... I really wanted these to work out, and it was super-fun wearing the "pager" device. But they both worked only once, never again.

                                                                                                                                                              - Gorgeous stainless steel Moha salad spinner. I do not eat enough leafy greens to justify housing this ;-/

                                                                                                                                                              - Annoying huge breadmaker, a gift from mom. Used seven times and never again.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Neuromancer RE: Zengarden Nov 18, 2006 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I had plastic empanada/dumpling presses. They were unnecessary and didn't even work when I remembered I had them and tried to use them. I put them out by the curb for scavengers.

                                                                                                                                                                My bread maker was also pretty useless. I agree with Spigot -- too big and bulky for the number of times I used it before I gave it to a friend who wanted one.

                                                                                                                                                                And someone mentioned the pump-up oil sprayer. Mine clogged almost immediately and is hard to get clean. It's sticky, clogged, and unpleasant.

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                                                                                                                                                                  EWSflash RE: Neuromancer Sep 3, 2010 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Plus eventually it starts to smell like rancid oil and do you really want to anoint everything with the smell of rancid oil?

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                                                                                                                                                                    ZenSojourner RE: Neuromancer Sep 3, 2010 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Hmmm. Odd. My dumpling presses worked just fine, and saved me a lot of steps.

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                                                                                                                                                                    mimolette RE: Zengarden Dec 10, 2006 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    dishwasher
                                                                                                                                                                    it takes me much less time to hand wash the dishes than to arrange the dirty dishes in the dishwasher. I absolutely hate placing dirty dishes neatly in the dishwasher.

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                                                                                                                                                                      NYchowcook RE: mimolette Dec 11, 2006 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh how I wish I could afford to install the dishwasher (that is sitting in our outbuilding since we bought our house in June). I try to clean as I go, but find that I am ALWAYS washing dishes. And as you cook, where do the used dishes and utensils end up? In the sink! In the way! Finish baking and there are gobs of dishes; those annoying measuring spoons, big bowls w/ chocolate batter, etc. I would happily cook all day if I didn't have to stop to wash yet another batch of dishes!

                                                                                                                                                                      My hope is that someday when I remodel the kitchen I will have TWO dishwashers. While one is running, I can load dirty dishes in the other one!

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                                                                                                                                                                        mimolette RE: NYchowcook Dec 12, 2006 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I wash as I go most of the time. a few seconds a dish, faster than opening the dishwasher door!

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                                                                                                                                                                          vickib RE: NYchowcook Feb 18, 2007 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I got my first dishwasher two years ago at the tender age of 41. I will never go back. I love the darn thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Mother of four RE: mimolette Aug 3, 2007 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I couldn't imagine being without one!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                            BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: Mother of four Jun 7, 2011 10:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Being a single guy I don't usually generate that many dishes, so my dishwasher has become a dish drying rack, and storage unit. It surprised me to find out that I really should use it living in the desert. Turns out a dishwasher uses less water than hand washing does.

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                                                                                                                                                                            al b. darned RE: mimolette Jan 11, 2009 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            OOOOHHHH! Given the choice of a dishwasher or a washing machine, I'm grabbing my quarters and heading for the Laundromat! Yes, I hate doing dishes that much. Besides, the dishwasher sanitizes dishes better.I have an old house with non-standard counters, so i have to have a portable unit. A bit of a pain to set up, but definitely worth it.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Sooeygun RE: al b. darned May 20, 2009 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Well, I don't have a washing machine or a dishwasher and I would much rather have the washing machine. Schlepping clothes to the laundry, not guaranteed that there's a machine free, etc, etc...I'd trade that for doing dishes by hand for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                          3. Pamela RE: Zengarden Dec 10, 2006 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I find that a lot of the gadgets at Williams-Sonoma are not only overpriced but useless.

                                                                                                                                                                            Someone gave me a stainless steel apple corer from W-S. At first, I thought it was perfect. Well, the corer was shipped as a gift, and it did not come with any labels, instructions, or even an itemized shipping list. I finally figured out what it was only because there was an itty bitty label on the plastic bag--one that was barely discernible to the human eye. After I discovered what it was, I then had to figure out on my own how to use the damn contraption, since it came with no directions. It was hit and miss, but after I figured out how to use the corer, I discovered that to use it effectively, one has to have the strength of a 300-lb man.

                                                                                                                                                                            Lesson: Do not buy the apple corer from Williams-Sonoma. It's less aggravating to hand-peel, core, and cut the apples yourself.

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                                                                                                                                                                              S. Britchky RE: Pamela Dec 11, 2006 04:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Twenty years ago I had a corer/slicer that, as you say, required great strength to use. One night while preparing apples for a Thanksgiving pie I pushed down on it so hard that a blade broke loose and sliced deeply into my right hand -- I still have the scar. It didn't hurt until my wife saw blood running all over the white-porcelain sink and started yelling!

                                                                                                                                                                              Needless to say, I agree with your advice about doing the work with a hand knife you can control.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Pamela RE: S. Britchky Dec 12, 2006 12:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                After I read your post, I searched through my utensil drawer and promptly threw away the corer. Your experience sounded frightening. I see how this particular corer could easily cut deeply through flesh, and/or result in an accidental amputation, particularly with the sheer force required to use it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  jen kalb RE: Pamela Dec 18, 2006 01:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  the apple parer-slicer my 'rents gave us. neither my husband nor I can figure out how to make it to function. Theirs works fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                  a V-slicer I also cant figure out how to use - where are the instructions to these things?

                                                                                                                                                                                  food mills - I have a couple but they are very tedious to use -fee like they are mis-calibrated and not pushing the food down through very well like my old foley did.

                                                                                                                                                                                  an expensive flexible-bladed knife I bought a long time ago - cant remember what its supposed to be good for, but Ive never found a use

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                                                                                                                                                                                    flourgirl RE: jen kalb Jan 24, 2007 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I use my V-slicer all the time to cut onions. I really hate cutting onions, and when I need a lot of really thin slices I always use the V-slicer. I also use it anytime i need a lot of very thinly sliced tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      itryalot RE: jen kalb Jul 16, 2007 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I love my food mill (just broke and need to get a new one) for mashed potatoes, pureed veg to put into a gravy, passing canned tomatoes through to remove seeds for tomato sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Now I have to figure out which one to get - SSteel or big white plastic one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        riverwalk RE: itryalot Sep 7, 2011 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        did you ever buy the mill? if so, what kind did you get and do you love it or not? I am lusting for the Rosle one, but I am a Rosle junkie (no I don't work for them in any way but you would think I do because I love them.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal RE: riverwalk Sep 9, 2011 04:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          tell us riverwalk, do you like rosle? LOL maybe you SHOULD work for them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  NYchowcook RE: Pamela Dec 12, 2006 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I bought a nifty apple/pear corer from my local kitchen store that works great. It's a metal blade offset from 90 degrees in a circle on a handle that slices through the core (once you slice the fruit in half).

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                                                                                                                                                                                  UncleVinty RE: Zengarden Dec 10, 2006 08:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I am a Kitchen Utensil junkie. I love all sorts of things, so I have items I have not used for a long time, but I wouldn't call them useless.

                                                                                                                                                                                  But if I had to nominate something it would be my Hamilton Beach Electric grill. It does not heat evenly on both sides and without removable plates it is too hard to clean so I just do not use it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    kobetobiko RE: Zengarden Dec 10, 2006 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I have several madolines but none of them work. Or should I say they don't work the way I expect them to work. I am really looking for a good one that works as it promise. If anyone has any suggestion please let me know!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. jillp RE: Zengarden Dec 10, 2006 11:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree with the previous poster about the mandoline; I use my benriner more often. I also keep but absolutely never use a rotary egg beater. Don't ask me why I think that I will ever need to use this if the power is out so I cannot use my hand mixer. I have kept this my entire married life and it'll probably be taking up space in a gadget drawer when I die.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        SChalfant RE: Zengarden Dec 11, 2006 02:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Corn on the cob forks. Seriously - how hard is it to pick up corn?

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                                                                                                                                                                                          ctl98 RE: SChalfant Dec 11, 2006 03:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          My sons actually use this! This is because they can't wait for the corn to cool before digging into it. The corn is too hot to hold but apparently not too hot to eat. LOL!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            macca RE: SChalfant Dec 12, 2006 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yup- I agree. I have them- and they are used for corn only by the kids. I do use them to prick the skin of a duck as it roasts, though- so I guess they have some merit!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              itryalot RE: SChalfant Jul 16, 2007 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ditto; I like my corn really hot too. We use them all summer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                othervoice RE: SChalfant Aug 3, 2007 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                My kids love them and I use them for my corn also. It's easier to hold hot corn while rolling it in butter. We use them all summer too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jay F RE: SChalfant Oct 7, 2010 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Do you mean these? I love these.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: Jay F Oct 7, 2010 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ditto that. When they're fresh out of the boiling water or off the grill, corn holders are needed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jay F RE: LindaWhit Oct 9, 2010 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      And they're so cute, corn holders.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        southernitalian RE: Jay F Dec 8, 2010 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You just have to be careful where/how you store them. I always put them in a zip-loc bag and throw it in a drawer. Inevitably, I'll be digging around in the drawer looking for something and I stab myself. But they are definitely necessary in the summer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Radiothomas RE: Zengarden Dec 11, 2006 02:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agree on the nutmeg grater... just too damn small to be of much use. But it was a gift - and now I have a microplane. Hurray!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. saraeanderson RE: Zengarden Dec 11, 2006 03:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Single-unit measuring cups. I don't need to measure 1/3 of a cup with a different cup (and yet a different thing to wash) than I do 1/2 cup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    As I mentioned above, silicone bakeware. Not only are they NOT KIDDING about the upper temperature limits, but the pans don't hold their shape and you end up with cracked cakes and cornbread. The oven mitt was no good too. Cool to use and reach in and grab things out of boiling pots of water, but inflexible and awkward. The little pac-man-looking ones seem a lot better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      AnneInMpls RE: saraeanderson Dec 11, 2006 04:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Silicone bakeware has a temperature limit? Eeek! My silicone muffin cups didn't come with any info, and if my silpat sheets did, I've thrown it away. What's the max recommended temp for silicone?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anne

                                                                                                                                                                                                      P.S. My vote for mose useless gadget: an odd little bean-shaped scrubbie, designed for cleaning out the inside of a plastic bottle. It looks a little like a plastic-mesh edamame in the pod. I found it in an Asian grocery store and bought it because it's so weird. But I've never used it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Davwud RE: AnneInMpls Dec 18, 2006 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a silicone muffin pan and it works great. I just about only use it to make single serving fritatas but I haven't had too much problem with it. Just have to either put a sheet pan under it or fill it on the oven rack or it will spill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Didn't know it could catch on fire.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          JIRodriguez RE: AnneInMpls Jul 11, 2007 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you buy the silicone bake ware get the good stuff that goes to 500 °F. Generaly you are not baking anything above 500 °F. And I love the muffin cups becuase they are re-useable!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Pamela RE: Zengarden Dec 11, 2006 03:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't own one, but I have seen many people who do have "banana trees" and they always make me laugh to no end. These are usually wood or metal "trees" in which people suspend their bananas. Technically it's a gadget, I suppose, since it is supposed to have a function,although I would argue otherwise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Banana trees make absolutely no sense to me. First of all, hanging already picked bananas from what is supposed to be a simulated tree is not going to slow down or speed up the ripening process any. Second, if the purpose of the banana tree is to save space, I don't see how it does, because one of those trees take up just as much space required if one were to simply set down the bananas on the counter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Things like this really make no sense at all. Whoever invented this stupid contraption, though, must be a millionaire by now, because I see these all over the place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Andiereid RE: Pamela Dec 11, 2006 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          My SIL gave her mother one of those things for Christmas one year and we all howled laughing. How ridiculous. I think my MIL gave it away.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shazam RE: Pamela Dec 11, 2006 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not to mention, how does it hold up one banana?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Davwud RE: Shazam Dec 18, 2006 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was under the impression these "Trees" sole function was to keep the bananas from getting bruised under their own weight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              lora RE: Pamela Feb 15, 2007 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hanging your bananas is pretty cool for making sure they don't smush each other. But a hardware-store hook screwed into the underside of a cabinet works just as well for a LOT less space.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                CanadaGirl RE: Pamela Dec 8, 2010 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We actually have one of these -- it actually does a good job stopping the bottom from getting mushy. Our bananas last a couple days longer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  riverwalk RE: Pamela Sep 7, 2011 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ATK tested those and said there is no difference in bananas stored on a tree or sling to just lying them in a basket or on a counter. All they hype about how they keep bananas better is just that, hype. What does help though is getting organic bananas. They can be black on the outside and stay just as fresh as can be on the inside. They last 5x longer than gassed (normal) bananas which are sprayed with gas to ripen them fast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. NYchowcook RE: Zengarden Dec 11, 2006 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My husband. Useless in the kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SChalfant RE: NYchowcook Dec 11, 2006 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CLASSIC!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SLO RE: NYchowcook Dec 11, 2006 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SECOND ... wish I had thought of it - brillant comment

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cookiefiend RE: NYchowcook Apr 11, 2007 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LaureltQ RE: NYchowcook Jan 30, 2011 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fourthed

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EWSflash RE: LaureltQ May 7, 2011 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mine's not useless, but very annoying- he does something once and in his mind he's the Expert. He does have some wicked good dinners, though, the best is the old hamburger-pasta casserole. He uses elk sometimes when he has it anchovy, capers, lots of garlic, I guess he somehow developed a Hamburger Casserole Puttanesca- silly name, great eats!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not only that, but he's got the OCD going on so he makes it pretty much the same way every time- family nirvana at dinnertime

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shazam RE: Zengarden Dec 11, 2006 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nothing. I dumped all the useless stuff I had a few months ago, and now strictly control what I purchase (I'm a gadget sucker).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            deuelpm RE: Shazam Apr 14, 2010 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've done that - reminds me it's time to do it again as the drawers our full o junk and getting stuck closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What we do - I call it the kitchen usage survey - I get one of those copier paper boxes from work. When we use something, instead of putting it where it goes, we put it in the box. After two weeks or so, we dump the remaining drawer contents into another receptacle - either another box, or the trash, then put away all the stuff we actually use.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Most useless item we have cluttering up the drawers now are the cake pan insulators, I think. Seems like there'd be something else, too, but not seeing it at the moment...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Paulustrious RE: deuelpm Apr 15, 2010 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do it the other way. I dump everything into a box and after being used and washed it goes back in a drawer. The remaining unused stuff joins the glory-hole in the basement.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: Paulustrious Apr 15, 2010 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That would be a good way of deciding what gets drawer space in a new abode. Thanks for the idea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mother of four RE: Paulustrious Oct 7, 2010 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Goodwill gets ours! Into the garage into the car dropped off at GW!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AnchovyBourdain RE: Paulustrious Oct 8, 2010 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glory-hole in the basement? That's some happenin' joint you're running there...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. sweetie RE: Zengarden Dec 14, 2006 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The blue silicon oven mitts. They are so difficult to use I can't hold anything with them on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodie_girl RE: sweetie Dec 14, 2006 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree..I have a blk silicon oven mitt and it doesn't grip as well as I would like it to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Davwud RE: foodie_girl Dec 18, 2006 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have a set and a regular set. The silicone ones are great when working with stocks and other wet items but for anything dry I use a dish towel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ashes RE: Davwud Jul 9, 2007 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I often use my silicon mitts when grilling. They won't catch fire and help when turning things over a high heat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JennaL RE: ashes Jul 11, 2007 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I actually just leave my silicon mitts tucked under the bbq cover so they are always there and don't take up any kitchen space- until we first used them for bbq'ing (mostly skewer turning) purposes, I was always hoping someone would have a shower or an office christmas gift exchange so I could offload them on some unsuspecting sucker - pretty sure that's how I ended up with them in the first place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          somervilleoldtimer RE: JennaL Feb 8, 2009 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was just making jelly and used the silicon mitts to put the hot jars into the water bath. It was much easier than using tongs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            operagirl RE: somervilleoldtimer May 20, 2009 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brilliant! I will try this next time I am canning!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LaureltQ RE: somervilleoldtimer Jan 30, 2011 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do this when removing little ramekins of creme brulee from the water bath!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's literally the ONLY thing I use them for.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JasFoodie RE: somervilleoldtimer Jan 16, 2012 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brilliant!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I finally got a pressure canner that is very tall - and me being 5'2" it's hard to grab the jars with tongs and raise them up high enough over the edge of the canner and then lowered into it without using a stepstool - which is not something I like to do in the kitchen near a big pot of boiling water. I'll have to get myself one of these before the next canning season!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  John E. RE: JasFoodie Jan 16, 2012 10:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just be very careful with how deep you dip your silicone covered hand in that pot of boiling water. I've gone a little too deep with hip boots or chest waders while waterfowl hunting, but that's nothing compared to what could happen while canning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JasFoodie RE: John E. Jan 17, 2012 12:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh.. I have no intentions of submerging my hand in the water more than finger tip depth. I usually have just enough water in the pot to barely reach over the jars when I place them in, and another pot of boiling water waiting to pour over them to raise the water level 2 inches above the tops of the jars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As for afterwards, I tend to leave things to cool for atleast half an hour (yes, I know the directions say 5 minutes but so far it's worked out well) before attempting to remove the jars. I think at that point I'd probably still use the tongs but have the glove on the other hand to catch the jar as soon as I lift it up out of the water. I'd feel much safer doing that than trying to raise the jar all the way out of the pot and back down using just the tongs. My short stumpy arms don't have to lift the jar quite as high that way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              deuelpm RE: ashes Apr 14, 2010 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I use a $4 pair of welding gloves. They're very much like the $30 leather gloves from Williams Sonoma, but I get to spend $26 on grillables.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                riverwalk RE: deuelpm Sep 7, 2011 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that's exactly what America's Test Kitchen recommends.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodie_girl RE: Zengarden Dec 14, 2006 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A pie crust crimper (I think that's what it's call)--use to make those lovely ridges around the ends. I got it in a kit and took months before someone told me what it was. It's way faster to just use my fingers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChefD RE: Zengarden Dec 14, 2006 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NYchowcook beat me to it, except my "gadget" is the opposite sex.. My wife..unless we are talking about "other things" to do in the kitchen :o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. revsharkie RE: Zengarden Dec 18, 2006 01:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have several useless gadgets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1) Garlic press. It just makes a mess.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2) Mouli-type cheese grater (the kind with the cylindrical grater and the crank you turn). It's just too much work to get enough cheese to do anyone any good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3) My most useless gadget at the moment is my bench scraper. It's a cheap plastic one my mom found at a dollar store somewhere, and a few years ago I had a mouse in my cabinet briefly, but before I got rid of it, it decided to taste my scraper, and so now it has little bites out of it, and when I use it (after washing it VERY well, of course), it leaves these little stripes across the counter. Why I haven't replaced it is beyond me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mother of four RE: revsharkie Aug 3, 2007 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh gross!!! I HATE MICE!!! I really like that cylindrical grater. When I want a bunch of parmesan cheese it's great, have had it for years! Whoever said they never used the baking mats, I think they might me my all time favorite tools. I make a lot of cookies, and they make cleanup so easy, and the cookies just slide off.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  revsharkie RE: Mother of four Aug 4, 2007 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What I can't figure out is why I even had a mouse, when I'm married to the Orkin Man and have a house absolutely jam-packed with cats!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  vorpal RE: revsharkie Oct 22, 2009 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have one of those cylindrical cheese graters, and while I don't see the point in using it for cheese (I'd rather just use a stand up grater), it works brilliantly for grating those hard pucks of palm sugar you buy in Chinatown (that are utterly delicious), or a soft block of coconut sugar. As I make loads of Thai food, my grater is actually one of the gadgets that sees the most use in my kitchen!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oooh, good idea, Vorpal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Blissful Glutton RE: Zengarden Dec 18, 2006 01:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Silicone cupcake cups. They run the darn things every time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Zengarden RE: The Blissful Glutton Dec 18, 2006 02:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How did they ruin your cupcakes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2m8ohed RE: The Blissful Glutton Dec 18, 2006 02:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree. Silicone mini-muffin pan. The cupcakes or muffins always stick like crazy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, butter warmer (ramekin on a wire stand with a tea light holder underneath) from my MIL. I've never used it... I like my crabs, lobsters, etc. sans butter. MIL also gave me a Williams-Sonoma shrimp de-veiner which is neat but I've only used it once.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My brother bought one of those Popeil rotisserie chicken machines ("set it and forget it!"). It works pretty well and is fun to watch but it's HUGE and a Costco cooked rotisserie chicken is only five bucks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodie_girl RE: 2m8ohed Dec 18, 2006 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I haven't baked in any silicone pans, but I find them useful for molding cold desserts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SoCalVal RE: 2m8ohed Apr 17, 2007 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I really wanted one of those Ron Popeil rotisserie ovens! However, given the cost of the thing, I couldn't justify the expense when, as you stated, the Costco rotisserie chicken is only $5 (still, I'd take one of those ovens if someone else wanted to buy it for me... :o)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ashes RE: SoCalVal Jul 9, 2007 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My mom has one of those rotisseries and she LOVES it. She makes chickens, roast beef and so much more. It's esoecially helpful when cooking for a crowd because she has the oven free for other things.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              othervoice RE: SoCalVal Aug 3, 2007 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had one, worked twice then caught on fire, needless to say I threw it in the dump.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                flourgirl RE: SoCalVal Aug 4, 2007 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We have one of those ovens - only used it once. It gets REALLY hot and ours makes a ton of noise. So now it has an honorary place in the garage. But I want to give it one more try before I decide to unload it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SusieQ40 RE: Zengarden Dec 18, 2006 01:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Surely I'm not the only one with a Salad Shooter?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was given to us by a relative who visits occasionally so we don't feel right about throwing it out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              revsharkie RE: SusieQ40 Dec 18, 2006 02:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Throw it away, then tell them you loved it so much you finally just wore it out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Then again, that might not be a good idea--they might just give you another one!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Davwud RE: revsharkie Dec 18, 2006 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tell them you liked it but it broke almost right away. That way they feel good that they got you something they liked but don't feel they need to replace it since it broke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                flipkeat RE: SusieQ40 Mar 12, 2007 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ahh been there...myself but I didn't feel bad when I threw my gift out..I said it "had an accident and broke". lol ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jrhsfcm RE: SusieQ40 Apr 3, 2007 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, the Salad Shooter! My grandmother bought me one for my 16th birthday - could you imagine my surprise when I got a five-speed Salad Shooter rather than a five-speed car (thankfully that came later!)???? She thought it was a brilliant gift. *scoff*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My mom certainly got a good laugh out of that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    maestra RE: jrhsfcm Apr 12, 2007 10:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How funny that I read this tonight! A friend of mine mentioned just yesterday that she wishes she had one. I always assumed they were pointless (name alone, I guess), but I must admit some ignorance. What exactly are they supposed to do?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jujuthomas RE: maestra Apr 17, 2007 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's kind of like a hand held, motorized mandolin. You put a chunk of cuke (or whatever) in, and it slices it up and shoots it into your bowl. My sister has one that she says she loves, but I never see her use it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    riverwalk RE: SusieQ40 Sep 7, 2011 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I see those in the thrift stores a lot. I am a kitchen gadget junkie and I haunt thrift stores looking for anything I can't afford new, Rosle, Le Creuset, Demeyere, etc. Every so often I find something and it just feeds my addiction to go back hunting again!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    personalcheffie RE: Zengarden Dec 18, 2006 03:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think mine has to be a flour sifter. I use a metal strainer over a bowl. Just shake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodie_girl RE: personalcheffie Dec 18, 2006 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree about that one. It's also easier to get the lumps out of the strainer. I end up throwing away my flour sifter b/c I couldn't stand seeing the stuff that got stuck between the blades.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nutrition RE: Zengarden Dec 18, 2006 03:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Egg cups are for eating eggs the most correct way for maximum nutrition. That is a 4 minute egg, so that the white is hard and the yolk, where all the vitamins, minerals, half the protein, and antioxidants are, is soft! Cooking eggs any other way until the yolks are hard destroys the nutrtional value and the vitamins.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have been looking for my egg cups, since moving 4 times. They just don't turn up in any of the boxes in the garage. Those are eluding me along with the scissor like gadget to cut the top of the egg off to be able to dip in for the soft yolk,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If anyone wants to find a new home for their egg cups, send them to me. I will treat them with tendler loving care, while using them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. RShea78 RE: Zengarden Dec 18, 2006 04:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would chalk up those flimsy divider type of omelet skillets, high up on my list as being useless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There was also a scrambled egg machine (forgot brand) that was to make a scrambled egg patty that resembled something like a hocky puck. It did work to some degree as long as you used clarified butter. But it was messy as the egg would fluff spewing out the machines crevices. Instructions claimed to fill each slot no more than 2/3rds. That was a no brainer as that is where the machine lid contained the upper 1/3rd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another nearly useless "family" kitchen toy, was a hamburger press/cooker. Before stores carried pre-patty, ready to cook, hamburgers- that gadget would take a 1/4 lb.- ball of ground beef, press and cook the ball into a burger. If you was a 90 pound bird eater they probably rocked for their time. However for the 200 pound hungry person it was a tease when it came to having some quick burgers. Later they did come out with a double model, but they were much slower. The single model cooked on both flats. The double cooked on the top, leaving the bottom for drippings. To finish properly in the double the machine needed to be split opened and the burger flipped. Best was to set aside the bottom and turn the top over to finish cooking. Anyway, honorable Mickey Mouse award should go to that device.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JennaL RE: RShea78 Jul 11, 2007 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oh my god, we had that - we also had the the cookie ice cream sandwich maker that assists you in neatly squeezing the ball of ice cream between the cookies, except that the cookies often broke and because President Choice Decadent cookies are a tad bit smaller it made a mess anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BRIANTHEFOODUDE RE: Zengarden Dec 18, 2006 04:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A TEA BAG SQUEEZER What an important part of my Kitchen... NOT
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            soupkitten RE: BRIANTHEFOODUDE Jul 11, 2007 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i have absolutely no idea what a "tea bag squeezer" looks like. describe?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              starlady RE: soupkitten Jul 16, 2007 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              its a little plastic press with holes on both sides. I use mine for all those herb teas that don't have strings. You place it in your nug with the teabag in it and when your tea is steeped you lift it by the handles nad squeeze.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                deuelpm RE: soupkitten Apr 14, 2010 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mine looks suspiciously like two spoons...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My oven. I don't cook and my wife cooks only Chinese. She uses the rangetop exclusively for cooking, and the oven for storing post and pans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2m8ohed RE: Gary Soup Dec 18, 2006 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hilarious! My mom also cooked only Chinese. She used the oven for storing pots and pans, and the dishwasher as a very big dish rack since she never believed it could get the dishes as clean as hand-washing (by me, of course).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodie_girl RE: 2m8ohed Dec 18, 2006 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's so funny! It's very common in Chinese homes for ovens and dishwashers to go unused, except for storing things. My mom seems to do the same with the dishwasher, and if it wasn't for me, the oven would be used to store things like pots and pans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodie_girl RE: Gary Soup Dec 18, 2006 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you want your wife to use the oven, maybe you can get her a baking book. I find you can use the oven for making lovely desserts like the egg tarts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  veloute RE: Zengarden Dec 19, 2006 04:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Useless? As I sit here I am looking a two brightly coloured plastic utensils from Tupperware . . . one is an iceberg lettuce corer, the other an orange peeler (like a crochet hood). A friend, who didn't know how I l live without them, insisted I be given them by the salesperson at a Tupperware party. The other item is a citrus fruit siphon that you twist into the fruit then the juice just runs out. Don't even know its provence. I can relate to the corn on the cob holders, gift from a dear friend. They stabbed me so many times I finally chucked them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    revsharkie RE: veloute Dec 19, 2006 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love my corn on the cob handles! I have wimpy little fingers and not enough patience to wait for the corn to cool. My old set of corn handles finally broke, so my husband's grandson got me a new set for my birthday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kelli2006 RE: revsharkie Dec 20, 2006 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would like to add my ex-MIL and sister to this list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I doubt that they read this list and both of them are hard pressed to break a egg, or chop a onion properly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      abowes RE: veloute Jul 16, 2007 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I LOVE that orange peeler! I hate peeling an orange without one, and bought a dozen the last time I bought one for myself - so that I can give it away when people see me using it and say "How cool!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: abowes Jun 7, 2011 10:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I spiral cut the peel on my oranges with my pocketknife. I end up with one long corkscrew peel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With the oranges off the tree we had in the back yard, all you had to do was dig your nails in, and peel it off. The peels were thick, and held on loosely, so all you needed were your fingers to do the job. .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cari_h RE: Zengarden Jan 23, 2007 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Worse (most useless) kitchen item that I have? An electric tea pot. I do not drink tea, and I find it much quicker to boil water in the microwave. The ETP was a gift from a tea drinker who unfortunately can not fathom the fact that NOT EVERYONE loves tea, and insists that a proper cup of tea can only be made using a teapot. When she found out that I boiled water in the microwave before pouring it over the tea, she nearly had a stroke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My friend’s kitchen is loaded with useless items. Her DH is a huge fan of info-mercials, and I think he buys into all of that garbage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The one for the ‘pancake flipper’? Where the family is sitting dejectedly at the table with forks in the air, while the Mom struggles with her hair flying about and pancake batter dripping everywhere? (I’ve actually never seen anyone cook pancakes and create such a mess) They have one of those, and their kids prefer the AJ frozen pancakes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The device that removes the core from a head of iceberg lettuce? They’ve got that thing too. He’ll get the whole thing out and set up, and in that time, I’ll have cleaned the lettuce and removed the core by hand. (Holding the head firmly by the top, with the core facing down, slam it directly down on a hard firm surface ~ I use the counter top. Then pull out the core.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A chocolate melter for making candies? Yes that too. A double boiler (or microwave) works too. At least it did for them until they got the chocolate melter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Pasta Magic? that cooks pasta by putting the pasta in than the hot water? How entertaining is that?!? Watching your pasta cook? Can’t think of anything else I could be doing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The funniest thing is, they only use the items for what they are originally advertised for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All above mentioned items I find to be incredibly useless, and I’m proud to say I don’t own any of these, with the exception of the mentioned ETP, which is gathering dust as I post.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LaureltQ RE: Cari_h Jan 30, 2011 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When I was quite young (maybe 7?) I knew that my dad was a gadget junkie, so I bought him a bacon microwaver. It was a plastic thing with these fins that ran the length of it. You'd put the bacon in between the slots and it would stand up and crisp. The inside of the microwave would get coated with grease, but at least you didn't have to clean the stove!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My poor father, who rarely ate bacon at the time made a point to use it to make ME bacon several times before shoving it into the back of a cupboard where it met it's eventual demise at the hands of a cast iron dutch oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          EWSflash RE: LaureltQ May 7, 2011 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jujuthomas RE: Zengarden Jan 24, 2007 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        let's see.. the flat rubber garlic peeler and plastic garlic grater set my MIL gave my DH for christmas, the food chopper, the plastic body mandolin...OOH...and the "magic food defroster" my DH bought me - a ridged metal plate that is supposed to defrost food in record time. worthless

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          #3 the mango slicer. What was I thinking? It crushes ripes mangos because the blade dulled almost immediately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          #2 the garlic press. So why can't I bring myself to toss it out?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          #1 the gadget that reseals wine bottles. Like I'd ever not finish a bottle of wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rick RE: NovoCuisine Mar 13, 2008 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I actually use my wine sealer thing and it works pretty well I must say!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              somervilleoldtimer RE: NovoCuisine Feb 8, 2009 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Throw out the garlic press! Use a grater instead.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SLO RE: Zengarden Feb 4, 2007 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just bought a "Toss and Chop" ... what was I thinking other than this would be a perfect item for this thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's "the new way to chop" aka .. a chopping tool that works in any type of bowl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Guess I forgot my drawer full of really good Henckel knives?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Impulse and peer pressure = this useless gadget

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jdavies RE: SLO Apr 11, 2007 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have to second that one...we got the "toss and chop" as a gift and I think it will end up being re-gifted :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. revsharkie RE: Zengarden Feb 4, 2007 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I bought one of those nifty little gadgets that you press down on an apple and it cores it for you and cuts it into eight nice wedges. Perfect for fixing apples for Mike's lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                First time I used it, it was lovely. Second time, the same. Third time was on an overripe pear and it mangled it, but when a pear is in that condition even a knife can do that. Fourth time the apple must have been a little more firm than the others, because when I tried to press the gadget down into the apple, the doggone thing completely disintegrated. The circle in the middle that's supposed to take out the core bent upward, the handles bent unevenly downward, and the outside rim detached from the rest of it in a couple places. Lame.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  deuelpm RE: revsharkie Apr 14, 2010 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We always had the same experience with the apple corers until recently, when we got one I think from Williams Sonoma. It is sturdy and you can give it a twist and it goes from cutting eighths to sixteenths and seems to have blades rather than "thin metal and hope" that the ones like you describe seem to have.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    riverwalk RE: deuelpm Sep 7, 2011 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    you must also watch ATK because that, like the welder's gloves, are their top recommendation in that category and I want one. I have the OXO one and it's not too bad, but I covet the WS one or the Rosle, although the WS one has that adjustment feature.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. bengoshi RE: Zengarden Feb 4, 2007 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For Christmas, I received several of those "collapsible" measuring cups and storage containers that are supposed to save you space. The Tupperware style "accordian" containers never pop out easily and are pretty damn useless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I saw a bunch of these "collapsible" contraptions in Williams Sonoma today. Does a normal set of measuring cups realy take up so much space? These are all "so 2007." Five years from now we will look back at those and say: "What?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cookiefiend RE: bengoshi Apr 11, 2007 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have a collapsible strainer/colander - I do like it and it takes up much less space than the regular types. However it's a little small.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    luniz RE: Zengarden Feb 7, 2007 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    my mom got me a quesadilla maker for christmas one year. i've used it maybe twice. i don't even eat quesadillas anymore...too many carbs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kanosis RE: luniz Nov 10, 2009 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anybody have a juicers with a motor as powerful as a lawn mower? Supposed to give gallons of carrot juice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        riverwalk RE: kanosis Sep 7, 2011 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        we do and we do use it alot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm going to give my vote to my stainless steel milkshake maker. Not only does it not make thick milkshakes, my family just got diagnosed as lactose intolerant and milk fat allergic. So, it is sitting the cupboard waiting to be donated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jujuthomas RE: Haughtywench Feb 20, 2007 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oh yeah! some well meaning friend gave us a similar gizmo for making smoothies and bar drinks - you know, the one with the spigot at the bottom of the mixing container. Used it 1 time. I am anti uni-taskers, the blender works just as well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. azhotdish RE: Zengarden Feb 15, 2007 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have some exotic wood salad tossers from some obscure country. Perhaps if I served more food family-style I'd use them, but I think I've used them once in three years!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          riverwalk RE: azhotdish Sep 7, 2011 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you might want to give them a rub a couple of times a year with some food-safe mineral oil or board oil for a cutting board, like Boo's. If they dry out they may split as foreign wood is often known to do because it is not usually kiln-dried. Wood is getting scarce and I predict it will be more valued in the future. Those wooden salad spoons used to be so inexpensive, but now they are up there. Less wood in the world, too many harvested and pan-asian storms/tsunamis took out a lot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: riverwalk Sep 9, 2011 04:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            but wood is a renewable resource.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: alkapal Sep 9, 2011 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And bamboo is an even better renewable resource, considering how quickly it grows.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal RE: LindaWhit Sep 9, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i recall a friend who had a raging battle with the invasive bamboo. you see it a lot here in northern virginia in older suburbs where people originally planted it as a screening plant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: alkapal Sep 9, 2011 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SEE how renewable it is? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: LindaWhit Sep 9, 2011 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oh yeah, she HATED it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              John E. RE: riverwalk Sep 9, 2011 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe some exotic woods are gettibg scarce, but your blanket statement that wood is getting scarce is untrue.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lora RE: Zengarden Feb 15, 2007 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A lattice pie crust maker. It cuts out a pattern of square holes from a circle of pie dough. That was definitely a gift - I like making lattice crusts the regular way!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sunshyne02724 RE: Zengarden Feb 15, 2007 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My husband.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have an electric rotisserie that holds the chicken upright. It is such a nightmare to clean and the chicken tastes no different to me than regular roasted chicken. (why do I still have it?!?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  phoebek RE: Zengarden Feb 16, 2007 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A silver colored thing that is supposed to be a shrimp deveiner - not sharp enough to make me give up a knife; a "zester" - little metal implement that presumably, one should run across the fruit and have the zest come through the 5 or six little holes on the top. Used it maybe once, and, yes I probably still have it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. bolivianita RE: Zengarden Feb 16, 2007 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My breadmaker is the most useless. I tried to sell it at a community yard sale and I think every other neighbor was trying to sell theirs too!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Someone mentioned the crochet hook orange peeler, I actually like those...my Mom has one and won't let me have it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      abowes RE: bolivianita Jul 16, 2007 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They're $0.75 from Tupperware.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alison

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chaussonauxpommes RE: Zengarden Feb 18, 2007 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My husband's grandmother gave me a little white plastic plate with ridges that is supposed to make microwaved bacon for a bridal shower gift. I'll admit I never tried it, but if you're going to splurge and eat bacon, why make it in the microwave? It was taking up space in my cabinet until I finally threw it out this year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        azhotdish RE: chaussonauxpommes Feb 19, 2007 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Use it, you might be surprised how well it works.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NovoCuisine RE: chaussonauxpommes Mar 10, 2007 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is hilarious.. my mother swears by those things. She likes her bacon crispy - microwaved, then blotted of all fat(flavour) - and hers became brown, smelly, and melted at the corners after 10 years of use. It would horrify me every time she made bacon with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          She couldn't find a new one until a couple months ago, and she bought 5 of them in case she doesn't come across one for another 10 years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SgtStens RE: NovoCuisine May 12, 2009 10:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was thinking about how to cook bacon in the microwave without having to buy something like that, or the ASOTV one that hangs the bacon on a little perch-like thing. I just take a large plate, invert a bowl onto it(ensuring the bowl is smaller than the plate), then put the bacon on the bowl. The grease runs down the bowl onto the edge of the plate and you have crispy bacon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mother of four RE: chaussonauxpommes Aug 3, 2007 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I's the only way I make bacon anymore! Try it, you'll like it! Oops, too late,I just read that you threw it out!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              deuelpm RE: chaussonauxpommes Apr 14, 2010 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not ever been the guest of honor at a bridal shower, I can't be sure, but should you really give the bride-to-be microwaved bacon as a gift? ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We used to have one of those things a long long time ago when we had hope microwaves could do anything, but the wife and I wised up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jimmy Buffet RE: Zengarden Mar 11, 2007 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Salad Shooter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Snack bag clips - I use binder clips or clothespins

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Garlic baker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And while I don't own one of these yet, the chocolate fountains. I predict you will soon see them in Big Lots selling for a fraction of their original price.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                flourgirl RE: Jimmy Buffet Mar 11, 2007 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yep, those chocolate fountains are EVERYWHERE and you just know it's one of those things that people will - maybe - use once or twice at the most and then it will sit on some shelf gathering dust with all the other gimmicky contraptions they got conned into buying. I consider it a hard won sign of wisdom when a person has reached the point in their life when they finally know better. (My apologies in advance to those of you who own a chocolate fountain and actually use it on a regular basis...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  HungryLetsEat RE: flourgirl Jul 10, 2007 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My husband's ex insisted on bringing a choc fountain to my stepdaughter's HS graduation party a month ago. I know this is a bit off topic but I think it goes to why the choc fountain is a useless appliance...and allows me to vent a little! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  First, she tripped while carrying an open bag of the special liquid chocolate across the floor and spilled half of it. (The party was in a pavillion at a local park and since she spilled it near the side of the pavillion we weren't using she didn't bother to clean very much of it up. Nice!) Then, part-way through the party it stopped flowing evenly and they had to fiddle with it for 15 minutes. Lastly, she obviously doesn't know much about food because she pre-cut all of the bananas and apples...so by the time the party started they were a lovely shade of brown. Very appetizing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BTW the special chocolate that you need to use in those machines is really nasty stuff. More like chocolate-flavored oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    somervilleoldtimer RE: HungryLetsEat Feb 8, 2009 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, I bought one a few years ago as a special treat for my daughter, and we only use it on her birthday, but that's fine. Plus we make a nice ganache -- just cream with chocolate melted in, and it works fine. No "special" nasty-tasting stuff needed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sooeygun RE: somervilleoldtimer May 20, 2009 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yup, I have a chocolate fountain and have used it several times. Obviously it's not something you are going to use every week, but it's nice for parties. We don't use the special chocolate for it, or the recipe that came with it (chocolate plus veggie oil, yuck). I just make a ganache with lots of booze in it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                misterbrucie RE: Zengarden Mar 11, 2007 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Salad spinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  flourgirl RE: misterbrucie Mar 11, 2007 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I use my salad spinner almost every day. Don't know what i'd do without it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    misterbrucie RE: flourgirl Mar 12, 2007 01:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haha -- when you wear yours out I can send you mine. I think I've used it twice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      revsharkie RE: misterbrucie Jul 11, 2007 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Don't think I'd used mine more than two or three times in ten years, until this year when I got a CSA share, and for the first several weeks had an abundance of lettuce to wash. Now I'm pretty much in love with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      itsrob RE: flourgirl Aug 3, 2007 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I use mine almost every day too! It saved me from buying bagged lettuce. I buy lettuce, slice it up, wash it, and keep it in the spinner. It stays good quite a while in there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jfood swears by his. Wash the lettuce and spinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. All the water come out. the luttuce stay longer in the fridge after it is dried. Mrs jfood had quite a laugh when he brought it home but after a few months she agreed it was a good idea. Now little jfood uses it for her salads as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        greygarious RE: jfood Jan 10, 2009 06:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also good for getting the water out of hollow-shape cooked pasta!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          great idea! didn't think of that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Totally my egg-separator. I always just separate the whites out by hand for meringues and such!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EWSflash RE: minkdreads Sep 3, 2010 10:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did you ever see the egg separator that's a cup with a face built into the side and you crack the egg into the cup and pour the whites out of the big giant anatomically correct nose on the side? I never bought one, but some day i just might, just for the shock/comedy value.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        diane419 RE: Zengarden Mar 12, 2007 05:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a strawberry huller

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          osho RE: diane419 Sep 9, 2011 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Second the strawberry huller from WS I bought a few years ago. Completely useless.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChiliDude RE: Zengarden Mar 12, 2007 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A double-bladed mezzaluna! I had a Williams-Sonoma gift certificate, and didn't need the cutting board that came with the single-bladed one. Celery, onion and carrot gets caught between the 2 blades. The damn thing now just lies in a drawer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            imabigeater RE: Zengarden Mar 12, 2007 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do my best to keep my gadjets simple and neccessary. favorites and used a lot... rubber saptula, wooden spoon, kuhn rikon peeler, assorted grinders, SS mixing bowls, sheet trays, good heavy duty pots and my favorite tool - my hands. I have cupboards full of useless things that I do not get rid of because I may need them some day, hee hee. The most useless? The spatula/spoon combo utensil that came with my sons easy bake oven. Yes, it is in my drawer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CilD RE: Zengarden Mar 12, 2007 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The most useless thing I wasted around $30 on a few years ago was a waffle maker size red electric quesadilla maker I bought at Target. It took too much space and the quesadillas it made weren't very good - a frying pan does a much better job. Maybe it was because the no-stick stuff on the surface made it so you weren't suppose to use oil or butter or at least not much - so the quesadilla came out dry. I gave the stupid thing to my son who also didn't use it and ended up unloading it at a thrift shop. Also, someone once gave me a salad shooter. I tossed that out fast, another space taking piece of plastic junk.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CilD RE: CilD Mar 12, 2007 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, I forgot to mention the big, heavy and costly pasta maker attachment for my Cuisinart food processor. The pasta clogged up in the machine and it was a huge mess. A really bad purchase. I don't know if they still sell this item, but be forewarned - don't buy!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kanosis RE: CilD Mar 12, 2008 09:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can top your quesadilla maker... I have a fajita maker. Never used it. Just sits in my garage.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mlipps RE: kanosis Mar 22, 2011 09:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What does that even mean??? Fajitas are just stir fried meat in warm tortillas!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      flourgirl RE: mlipps Mar 23, 2011 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm guessing that's why kanosis's fajita maker is sitting in the garage....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jimmy Buffet RE: Zengarden Mar 16, 2007 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The one-size-measures-all spoon with the sliding divider.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, a beer can chicken rack, mainly because I can't understand what the big deal is behind beer can chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    flourgirl RE: Jimmy Buffet Mar 16, 2007 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    <can't understand what the big deal is behind beer can chicken.>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Me neither. We tried making it once, and I wasn't impressed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mother of four RE: Jimmy Buffet Aug 3, 2007 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh my, I just bought one!! The beer can chicken rack!! But I saw a recipe and they said to use it!! It's that darn Food network. It seems everytime I watch a program there is something else I cannot live without.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jfood RE: Jimmy Buffet Mar 13, 2008 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you JB. Jfood has been unable to figure out the beer can thing as well. It "infuses" the meat with the flavor of beer. Huh?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Want real flavor in a chicken, place some fresh herbs under the skin overnight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wawajb RE: jfood Mar 14, 2008 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My experience is that the real point of the beer can chicken is that it provides a budget version of the 'upright roaster'. So you get crispy chicken skin on all sides with no flipping. And it lets us cook chicken on the grill (mmm...smoky chicken) without having the skin stick to the grate. I love ours...we actually have two so we can do multiple chickens on our big grill for parties.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jfood RE: wawajb Mar 14, 2008 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            for the price of a 6-pack you can buy a wire vert-roaster. And there is no concern about the inside of your chicken getting tattoo'd "resiewduB"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wawajb RE: jfood Mar 14, 2008 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Except that when we're bbqing outside, it's a given that there are cans of beer involved. Drink one, poke extra holes in top, refill with some water for steam and ballast and insert into chicken. Tada! And then you get to just throw away your 'vertical roaster' instead of having to clean it. And we've actually never had any issues with the logo coming off the can...but if you aren't a beer drinker than actually buying the roaster would make perfect sense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That said...we do actually own the wire vertical roasters...we were doing it so often that it was worth it to have something with handles to pull it back out of the chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                greygarious RE: jfood Jan 10, 2009 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For no money, you can jam your chicken onto the tube of a bundt pan or angel food pan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  somervilleoldtimer RE: jfood Feb 8, 2009 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            oh gosh, recovering from back surgery awhile ago, I got hung up on the shopping channels, and bought several goofy things. Just blame it on the drugs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anyway, one of them was a knife with a guard rail attached to it so that "every single tomato would be sliced to the same thinness" and the salami and the veggies. Not owning a madoline, I thought that it would be great. Heck no, I almost cut my finger off! I tried to find it to attach a photo, must of tossed it cause unable to locate it. Thank Goodness!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RGC1982 RE: chef chicklet Apr 3, 2007 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A corn creamer. I thought it would remove kernals (kid with braces) and didn't realize all it does is smash kernals while removing some of the kernal pulp -- not very well, I might add. I think I had temporary insanity while shopping at WS. Can't figure out why anyone would want this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sooeygun RE: RGC1982 May 20, 2009 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's what a angel cake pan it for. The cob sits nicely on the tube in the centre and the pan catches the corn when you run your knife down the cob.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  riverwalk RE: Sooeygun Sep 7, 2011 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that's a good idea. ATK recommends doing it on a towel and gathering up the towel afterwards. My germophobe side was wondering a) if I felt secure that the towel wasn't unsanitary and b) if lint would get in the corn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              applejuice RE: Zengarden Apr 3, 2007 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am pretty proud of myself that I worked in a kitchen store for a year and came out relatively unscathed in the kitchen gadget dept. I became a no gadget girl pretty quickly. I could not live without my chefs knife, microplane or pepper grinder. That being said I say that my food mill rarely gets used and I have the most useless stick blender on the planet. Cookie cutters are another thing that rarely get used around here but I keep them around because Mom gave them to me when I moved out and they have good memories attached.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rick RE: applejuice Mar 13, 2008 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stick blender works very nicely for making creamy type soups, tomato, butternut squash etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pdxgastro RE: Rick Dec 7, 2011 11:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Plus I make a latte at home with one. I 'steam' the milk in a tall glass in the microwave and then use my immersion blender to foam it up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  deuelpm RE: applejuice Apr 14, 2010 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mine's also useless, but great in concept. I was of mixed feelings the other day when cleaning the stick blender, nicking my finger, and not really being injured. Wasn't sure whether to be happy my stupidity didn't leave me disfigured, or that I spent real money on a lousy dull stick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. lessleyellen RE: Zengarden Apr 11, 2007 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My mother, bless her heart, is the queen of giving me useless gadgets. The best/worst from last Xmas:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  * pancake dispenser (because it's soooo hard to just put it in the pan with a spoon!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  * nut grinder (because the cuisinart is too big???)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ShyCountryMiss RE: Zengarden Apr 12, 2007 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Salad Spinner. What was I thinking? lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      flipkeat RE: ShyCountryMiss Apr 14, 2007 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks Shy, here I thought I was the only one who thought those things were useless??? You made my day...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here's a useless kitchen gadget way more useless than that. I got it as a gift topper one Xmas LOL LOL a Banana cutter shaped like a banana, yellow in colour Pfttttttttttttt!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ShyCountryMiss RE: flipkeat Apr 15, 2007 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shucks, and I was hoping to give you mine-lol. Some have said here they dont like bundt cake pans, but I do. Especially the heavy, thick older ones, but I use mine for monkey bread, and sally lunn. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          revsharkie RE: ShyCountryMiss Jul 11, 2007 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My bundt pan is an old one with Teflon in it that has come of in some of the little crevices, so every time I make anything in it, it sticks and is pretty much ruined. I have a regular tube pan and I use that for monkey bread, and bundt cakes don't really ever come up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          iyc_nyc RE: flipkeat Jan 30, 2011 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have one from WS and it's actually AMAZING for those of us who use lots of sliced bananas, as for smoothies. Hard to explain til you try -- but much faster and neater (on the hands and counter/cutting board) than slicing w/a knife. Cuts are also cleaner. Just takes two cuts to slice one banana perfectly, and does it right into the blender or bowl.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Several of the items mentioned here get heavy use in my kitchen (immersion blender, spice grinder, micro-plane, salad spinner e.g.). And it may border on heresy to say it but I almost never use my garlic press. It is a pain to clean (sort of anyway) but mainly, I just don’t mind smashing and chopping garlic. In fact, I kind of enjoy it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pdxgastro RE: frankiii Dec 7, 2011 11:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Toothbrush.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I should also say that “useless” is sort of hard to gauge. There are several items on my counter top that don’t get much use and take up a lot of space, but when you need them, you really need them. I am thinking of my Kitchen Aid mixer. I have a small kitchen and it has a big footprint. However, you cant beat it for a number of tasks (used it yesterday to get about 2 cups of lime juice and who wants to do that by hand). By this analysis my toaster might be the most useless in terms of frequency divided by space. I use my Krupp panini press a lot more.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rick RE: frankiii Mar 13, 2008 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How do you use the Kitchen Aid to get lime juice? please tell!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ShyCountryMiss RE: Zengarden Apr 15, 2007 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now that I think about it, besides my salad spinner,Im going to add my extra wide 4 slot toaster. I never use it, and it takes up too much space. One tiny gadget I wish I still had, was my tupperware egg helper. A tiny half cup shaped thing with a short,sharp,narrow pin sticking up from the bottom. Before you hardboiled egges,you pushed the egg in causing a teeny tiny hole. Nothing leaked out, but after boiling, every egg peeled extremely easy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              paperdoll RE: ShyCountryMiss Jul 16, 2007 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A coaxial cable end works well for this...just like the part you put into your cable tv.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LabRat RE: Zengarden Apr 16, 2007 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Onion "blossom" cutter. For some unknown reason I received THREE of these one Christmas. Re-gifted two of them, but still have one sitting WAY back in the cabinet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                debbiel RE: LabRat Apr 17, 2007 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's great--it must have been in the center of the aisle at BB&B or something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had a gift trend Christmas a couple years ago. It was my first Christmas away from my partner in 15 years. He was with his family, I was with mine. We talked on the phone late in the day and he told me that his sister had gotten us a cookbook holder (or stand, whatever you call the thing you use to keep your cookbook opened to the right page and protected). He promised he was gracious about it, even though we already had one. Then he opened his next present--from his parents--and it was a cookbook holder. I was laughing uncontrollably on the telephone. It took me several minutes to pull myself together enough to tell him that I had just opened a present from my sister and bro-in-law, and that it was indeed a cookbook holder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We kept the one we had and regifted the others.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  flourgirl RE: LabRat Apr 17, 2007 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's hilarious! I think an onion "blossom" cutter has to at least *qualify* for crowning as THE most useless kitchen gadget.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lexpatti RE: flourgirl Aug 4, 2007 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sooo funny, We play yankee swap each year at christmas but not new gifts old, (something you don't want anymore gifts) and the same onion blossom comes each year wrapped in a disguise so no one will know what it is. It's hilarious to find out who goes home with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Garlic press. Worthless.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    boyaux RE: fini Jul 3, 2007 12:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You must live in a cold environment. Slow cookers are great for all kinds of cookin' down here in Louisiana..staying cool most of all. Sure, you could leave your oven on all day, if you wanted to heat the whole house up and wast a bunch of energy trying to stay cool. I always saute the veggies and brown the meat in my black pot before I throw 'em in the slow pot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      coney with everything RE: fini Jul 14, 2007 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I had various garlic presses that I hated--hard to clean and did a bad job. It's not that it's so much work to chop garlic, but I could never get it uniform or fine enough, and my hands would smell for a couple of days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But Cooks Illustrated swore by the Zyliss so I got one of those. Now I wouldn't live without it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        riverwalk RE: coney with everything Sep 7, 2011 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am devoted to their second choice one, Rosle. The Zyliss was not as good to us because it was not stainless steel and because the Rosle has a swing away grate that is soo easy to clean plus it's balanced, dishwasher safe with sealed handles, and looks freaking cool hanging. The Zyliss also peeled (the surface peeled off) and we returned it. Rosle cost more, but I waited to find a good price on ebay or at an online kitchen store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Calling All Toasters RE: Zengarden Apr 17, 2007 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Slow cooker. I know a lot of CHers love them, but... I haven't found it does anything that sticking the old cast iron/enamel pot in a 250-300-350 degree oven doesn't do better. And you can saute what you need to in the pot first!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        willdupre RE: Zengarden Apr 18, 2007 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Iced Tea/Coffee maker, got it a few years back from a family member, and whats worse I had to tote that large box back with me on a plane when I knew I would never ever use it in my lifetime.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ashes RE: Zengarden Jul 9, 2007 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My mom bought me the Black and Decker Gizmo Grater (an electric cheese grater) a few xmases back. It had interchangeable plates but really just moved around on top of the cheese and did little grating. It was awful and with all the attachments it took up more space than necessary. It went to Goodwill during the last move.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cheffrank RE: ashes Jul 10, 2007 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A "Perfect Pancake" maker, 2 piece of crap little griddles hinged together so you can flip the pan on the stove rather than the pancake itself. Got it as a gift years ago and it went into a pile of other useless junk that I have managed to collect over the years. Was going to give it to charity but was SURE that even Goodwill wouldn't take it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              itsrob RE: Cheffrank Aug 3, 2007 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds like it might be good for making hash browns. Hash browns have made my waffle iron relevant again!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of those manual herb chopper things.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mother of four RE: xnyorkr Aug 3, 2007 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh yes! That went back to the store the next day. But, it worked so well on the food network!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                riverwalk RE: Mother of four Sep 7, 2011 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the food network is costing me a fortune. I guess that's what the sponsors intended!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              missfunkysoul RE: Zengarden Jul 10, 2007 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the slow-cooker. my family never had one growing up, so it has no nostalgic appeal to me. i'd much rather use the oven/stove.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foreman grill - gave it away. it was too hard to clean. if i didn't have access to the grill outside, i'd rather use a grill pan or just broil something as opposed to using the stupid foreman...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              something i don't own, but which totally blows my mind in its utter absurdity, is that frozen pizza cooker thingie. where it spins the pizza around under a stationary heat source? it's just so weird!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TampaAurora RE: missfunkysoul Jan 13, 2009 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Publix had a station demonstrating these right by the frozen pizzas. My SO and I just sat there laughing at the people who couldn't look away from this contraption. I just inherited a bread machine and we're trying to make some pizzas, so we did end up getting a pizza stone that they had in the same spot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                newbatgirl RE: Zengarden Jul 14, 2007 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Got a GF Grill from my parents, used it once and decided that it steamed food but came nowhere near grilling it. Gave it away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I do use my slow cooker quite often but not for real cooking. It's a dream for serving on buffets and such. At holidays, I use it to heat and serve spiced cider when all my stove burners are typically occupied with food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree that the sliding measuring spoon is useless.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  swsidejim RE: newbatgirl Jul 16, 2007 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree on the slowcooker, I only bring mine up from its basement storage home when I am having a party, and need to keep something warm on a buffet table. Other than that I never consider using it for cooking anything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bakerboyz RE: Zengarden Jul 16, 2007 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My son bought me a bagel slicer about 4 years ago, don't think I have ever used it...I mean, how hard is it to slice a bagel with a knife??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HungryLetsEat RE: bakerboyz Jul 16, 2007 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I know 2 people who have sliced through their hands cutting bagels. One had to have surgery and go through 4 weeks of physical therapy! The other needed stitches at the emergency room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perhaps the bagel slicer isn't such a useless tool for those who aren't accustomed to dealing with sharp knives.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      revsharkie RE: HungryLetsEat Jul 16, 2007 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My knives are plenty sharp and I still don't see the problem. You stand the bagel on its side on the cutting board, with your hand above it, and slice downward.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HungryLetsEat RE: revsharkie Jul 17, 2007 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You and I know that's the safest way to cut a bagel. However, apparently a lot of people hold it in their hand and slice through it and into their palm. That's how the people I know got cut. (Both were teenagers - so I think thats telling.) I also heard somewhere that emergency rooms see this injury a lot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          im_nomad RE: HungryLetsEat Jan 26, 2008 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          am guilty of this one....still have the scar to prove it. However, my guilt is mitigated by the fact that I had just gotten home after a 12 hour night shift and a 40 minute bus ride....and i was half asleep. Haven't done it since though !!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jfood RE: revsharkie Mar 13, 2008 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Standing a bagel on its side almost caused a might nasty cut for jfood since the edge was pretty slippery and phoot, the darn thing slipped.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now jfood lies the bagel onits side on the board, places his left palm on top with fingers extended upwards and knife horizontal in his right (stronger) hand on the side of the bagel. Hopefully there is a "flat" end on the bagel where it touched its neighbor in the oven. Jfood places the flat part of the edge to his left. Cuts halfway through picks up the bagel-knife combo and places the flat edge on the board, left hand on top of the bagel and one push-pull with a nice long knife and the surgery is complete.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            deuelpm RE: revsharkie Apr 14, 2010 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            no no no no no - don't start with the bagel standing up! put the bagel on its face, put your hand flat on the top face, position the sharp bread knife parallel to the surface and centered on the bagel and draw back to make the first cut.... THEN stand the bagel up and cut as others have described. That bagel injury happens from hand slicing, and other injuries from when the knife (even sharp ones) skip off the crust on the first pass. Good bagels will have a nice tough hide!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ...ah yes, as jfood has indicated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eamcd RE: bakerboyz Jan 11, 2009 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We have good knives, but have to admit that we use the bagel slicer whenever we have a bunch of bagels for a group. It does make quicker work and even the kids can use it (with supervision of course).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            razkolnikov RE: eamcd Jan 13, 2009 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I use mine too, even though a knife could do the job just as well. There's just something satisfyingly medieval in guillotining a bagel with the slicer that you can't get from a knife.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That said, I wish I could think of another use for it to rescue it from its unitasker existence.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jethro RE: Zengarden Jul 16, 2007 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My wife! If I only had the receipt to return her!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I win! I win! Does anybody else have a larding needle?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ....Anybody!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            See? I told you I win!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As for egg cups, I use mine for... soft boiled eggs! Brings back childhood breakfasts with my English grandfather who would cut off the top for me, then hand me a crust of well buttered toast to dip in the yolk. Yum! And don't forget the salt and pepper!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              revsharkie RE: Caroline1 Jul 17, 2007 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Okay, yes, you win. Now, tell us, what IS a larding needle?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LabRat RE: revsharkie Jul 18, 2007 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A larding needle is used to insert strips of fat in to lean meats before you roast them. They usually have a sharp tip and a hollow body that can be filled with whatever you want to end up in the roast (usually lard, but I have seen them used to insert pimentos, carrots, green peppers, etc..). They then have some sort of mechanism (usually just a push rod that is inserted in to the hollow part) to keep the added materials in the roast as the needle is removed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MoxieBoy RE: LabRat Aug 3, 2007 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And who needs knives, forks and spoons when you have fingers?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    somervilleoldtimer RE: LabRat Feb 8, 2009 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You absolutely win!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I kind of want one of those! I currently just inject melted butter into turkey breasts with a hypodermic needle!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lexpatti RE: Zengarden Aug 4, 2007 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I haven't seen it mentioned and I've had a couple, give em away every time. An electric can opener. I have no use for these things when the hand crank that fits nicely in the drawer never fails. These electric ones fail, take up too much space and have we gotten this lazy that we need to push a button rather then turn a crank???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kanosis RE: lexpatti Mar 12, 2008 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea, let's work for our food! I can say I never bought an electric can opener either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lseavey RE: kanosis May 5, 2011 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My grandmother has arthritis and cannot open cans without an electric can opener.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        debbiel RE: lseavey May 7, 2011 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, as lseavey points out, electric can openers are essential tools for some people (my sister and niece included).

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