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What is the most useless thing in your kitchen you won't get rid of?

-i would have to say my martini glasses.. i don't drink and wouldn't know how to make a martini.
-my slow cooker..i love it and keep meaning to actually use it.
-my extensive collection of spices, some of which i don't ever use.

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  1. My blender, it sits gathering dust, never use it, but won't get rid of it for some reason.

    1. Pasta extruder...squeezes the pasta out through holes and is A) much more difficult than my regular atlas pasta maker, B) way more expensive C) not consistant, D) Messy, takes up a lot of storage.

      Why would I keep this albatross, you ask??? ..... It was a gift from the inlaws

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      1. Toaster. I hate toast, bagels, etc...
        Juicer.....Actually, I will get rid of it. Who wants a juicer?

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        1. re: yehudimenuhin

          i was going to say ooh me me! i want a juicer, but wait.. what would i do with a juicer?

          1. re: yehudimenuhin

            LOL. I would totally take your juicer, and at least pretend to use it for the first few months.

            1. re: yehudimenuhin

              Because I've learned the essence of having really great fresh juice around for cocktails I love my juicer and you couldn't pry it from me :)

              1. re: jpschust

                yeah, me too. I don't use it much but love what it can do!

                1. re: jpschust

                  I need a juicer that will handle massive quantities of limes for margaritas. What kind do you have? Do you think it would work for my purpose?

                  1. re: mamaciita

                    I just have a CA juicer that I got for like 40 bucks. When you think about the parts of a juicer there are really only 3- the round piece you force your citrus on, the motor, and the strainer. The CA plastic is heavy food grade plastic and the motor seems to be holding up fine. It take about 10 seconds to get all the juice I want out of both halves of the limes.

                    1. re: mamaciita

                      I use my grandmother's ancient manual press for such purposes. It is faster and more efficient than hand-squeezing but cleans up in a snap.

                      I was guessing that yehud's is the kind that you put the whole shebang into, and it smooshes out basically the whole fruit/veggie as juice??

                  2. re: yehudimenuhin

                    Juicer is the next gizmo on my list. My friend's 11-year-old asked for the Jack Lalane juicer for Christmas (and got it). It was all she wanted. They said it is wonderful. I've been walking the line on buying one, and they convinced me. Saving the $$. I can't imagine someone wouldn't want theirs! I'd be drinking orange spinach celery pomegranate juice every day. Wheeee!

                    1. re: luv2bake

                      I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw mention of the Jack Lalane juicer. It's like the cadillac of juicers. I looked at the price and every instinct I had told me it was a rip-off. So, we bought the cheap one. Flash forward to the bottom of my kitchen sink where it now sits as a sponge valet. The end of a short-lived fitness craze, the end of our juicing. I would like to blame it on the cheap juicer.

                      Why is the Lalane so great?

                      1. re: foiehaha

                        I have no idea. I haven't witnessed the wonder of Lalanne, but they said it is incredible.

                        I never buy stuff off TV; it seems to me it's a ripoff, and if it were really good, people would be snapping it up off store shelves & not need to be forced to see it on their television screen! :) But that juicer just attracted me. I only saw the commercial once or twice (I don't watch much tv, and what I do watch is usually TiVo'ed, so I don't watch commercials.) Of course, I talked myself out of it. But after their pitch, well, I reconsidered. Even the parents & her older sister, who thought it was a ridiculous Christmas gift, now think it's wonderful.

                        Maybe I'll see if my m.in-law still uses hers. She got one years ago on a juicer kick, but I haven't heard her talk about it for almost as many years. If she didn't garage sale it yet, I might be able to try one before I buy one.

                        If I find out what's so great about the Lalanne, I'll let you know!

                        1. re: luv2bake

                          Thanks! I just know one of these days, say around mid-April when bathing suit season looms and you already feel a term paper or so behind on that project--that I will walk into Bed, Bath and Beyond and buy one. Lalane must be there.

                          And-- those infomercials had my French/Communist by upbringing husband hooked, too!

                          I often wonder--had we got the LaLane would we be like superpeople.

                        2. re: foiehaha

                          Lalane's model has a powerhorse motor, a large feed tube and is the breeze to clean. The dry bits make great add ins for muffins and smoothies. One of the few informercials that I trusted.

                            1. re: HillJ

                              Hill, I'm guessing this means you have one and like it? Looking for reinforcement of my desire for a Lalanne haha

                              1. re: luv2bake

                                Have it, love it-use it nearly every day...and I do follow the recipes (included in the box) on occasion for using the skins that are extracted-some of the muffins recipes are da bomb.

                                Past experience with other juicers (especially the early models) was awful and I swore off them altogether UNTIL LaLane was demonstrated in front of me.

                                The darn thing has been true to its hype and I've run the attachments thru the dishwasher hundreds of times.

                                (I wish I had his stamina)!

                      2. Fish poacher - got a great deal on it, used it once.
                        Bamboo steamer - never used it.
                        Frying pans - have about six, but somehow each is a slightly different size, so I can't seem to edit.
                        Cookie Tins - haven't made cookies for a couple of years, but "may come in handy one day".
                        Variety of flea market baking ware - unused by me, but "may come in handy one day"

                        This said, until I literally don't have room, or find something that I want the space for, they stay.

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                        1. re: MMRuth

                          Haven't made cookies for a couple of years?!?!?! I would die. haha

                        2. crock pot, got it as a gift, and will never use it.

                          in my humble opinion as a scratch cook I consider a crock pot cheating., like buying pre-sliced veggies, or the like from the supermarket

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                          1. re: swsidejim

                            I use mine to keep rice warm during my all afternoon chili party - can't get the stove temp low enough to keep the rice from burning. similarly good for hot cider if you want to serve it someplace other than the stove.

                            1. re: LauraBear

                              never thought of that use, I guess for a party I could use it as a food warmer.


                            2. re: swsidejim

                              I'm so confused by this. Last night I made lamb shanks with garlic, wine and tomatoes in the crock pot. Definitely from scratch. Definitely tasty. And I set it to cook in the morning and was able to go about my business all day. Not that people don't use crock pots to aid and abet crimes against food (there's a lot of "can of soup" cookery associated with crockpots) but it's not exactly not from scratch.

                              1. re: Amuse Bouches

                                In my humble opinion I think being able to go to work all day while an item is cooking without monitoring is "cheating" in my book. I am an avid BBQ/Smoker, and when I smoke Brisket, or ribs, etc, I am there at all time monitoring it. Same goes for when I make a soup/stock/or stew from scratch,, or a roast.

                                Not trying to belittle anyones preferences, these are just my own, and were the background for the reason I said it is the most useless item in my kitchen.

                                If it works for you and you enjoy it, im glad to hear it.

                                Bon Appetite.

                              2. re: swsidejim

                                crock pots are a VERY valid cooking medium. Energy efficent way of maintaining a very low cooking temp, for stew, braises etc. I make Excellent very clear stocks using a crock pot overnight, especially when I use hocks or shanks.

                                If you are a scratch cook and are not using this, you are missing alot.

                                1. re: Quine

                                  I have large stock pots for making batches of stock, and I am not really all that concerned about being energy efficient.,either way, a gas stove is very cheap to run..

                                  I did actually use my crock pot the other weekend to hold some italian beef in its juice to keep it warm for a party. Did the trick as a warming dish.

                                  As I mentioned before, this is my humble opinion, and if a crock pot works for you, then by all means use it, and enjoy.

                              3. a mezzaluna chopper. It's beautiful, but it's been sitting in the cupboard since I got it two years ago. I like my beat-up cutting board.

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                                1. re: houndgirl

                                  pardon my ignorance.. but whats a mezzaluna chopper?

                                  1. re: RiJaAr

                                    It's a half moon metal knife utensil to chop fresh herbs, etc.

                                    1. re: pescatarian

                                      ahh, my mother had a really old one kinda like that, but it had an inuit name..

                                      1. re: RiJaAr

                                        One of my church ladies has one that she got in Alaska. I am filled with envy every time she brings it in to chop something for a church supper. She swears by it, and it seems to work better for her than any food processor.

                                          1. re: dandelion

                                            YES! thats it! i was going to phone my mom and ask..i wonder if she still has it...

                                            1. re: RiJaAr

                                              Ha! My mom got one for me two years ago and it is still in its wrapper.... Does anyone have feedback about how the end product differs from a regular knife/cutting board?

                                    2. re: houndgirl

                                      I have had a mezzaluna chopper in a draw in my kitchen for about ten years and have never used it!

                                      1. re: emilief

                                        I have an old one that I have hung on the wall as a "decoration"
                                        It looks quite nice.

                                        1. re: bolivianita

                                          i cant live without my mezzaluna...it is the best to chop parsley especially! guys, when you try it you will LOVE it.

                                        2. re: emilief

                                          i would love to have one.. send it my way please!

                                          1. re: emilief

                                            It's great for making a chopped salad (if you like chopped salad). Just put all of the ingredients on a cutting bors and chop away.

                                            1. re: Amuse Bouches

                                              OMG, the bread machine. Had to take one from dear old Dad when he was cleaning out Mom's (RIP) stuff. Used it a number of times out of obligation. I'm currently trying to pawn it off on friends so I don't have to feel like a total loser by pitching it. My problem? You can really only use recipes for bread machines, meaning most bread recipes are not applicable. I can't wait to get rid of this thing.

                                              1. re: cayjohan

                                                Msny bread machines can be used to knead and rise the dough without baking it!! Although swsidejim would probably call that cheating!

                                                  1. re: joshk

                                                    Bread machine and juicer! They came in one package, like a "deal". NEVER used either! All they do is collect dust and take up precious counter space!

                                                    I want an ULU or Mezzaluna!!! O=:)

                                                1. re: Amuse Bouches

                                                  Totally. I've used it once or twice to make dough, but I actually like kneading bread. It really doesn't take too long and it's FUN. And totally worthless for baking, since the bread is always a funky shape and smells odd.

                                                2. re: houndgirl

                                                  This definitely ranks as the most useless thing in my kitchen. Even more despicable, I bought one of these as a gift for my mother. She's never used it. I've barely used mine.

                                                  1. re: houndgirl

                                                    I have a beautiful mezzaluna that I purchased at a church rummage sale, completely unused still in its plastic wrap, directions, uncut board, etc., for $2. I couldn't pass it up. I made myself use it because I bought it, but since then, it's basically been in my cupboard for 4 years.

                                                      1. re: JNUNZMAN

                                                        my husband--except he only pretends he's useless. He's not fooling me, but he has so many other redeeming qualities, I'll keep him.

                                                        1. A pasta maker/roller machine- someday I'm going to make my own pasta...or so I keep saying.

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                                                          1. re: chef chicklet

                                                            Ditto on the pasta machine. What was I thinking? And my mother-in'law's bundt cake pans and jello mold. (The died green bamboo sticks left over from a flower arrangement should probably hit the bricks as well.)

                                                            1. re: chef chicklet

                                                              I'd LOVE the pasta machine-saw in a magazine how to make awesome clay jewelry with it!(no kidding!)

                                                              1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                Me, too. It's a huge thing, and I've only used it once. I want the KitchenAid one that won't be such an ordeal to drag out, store, etc.

                                                                1. re: Monica

                                                                  I just got the Kitchenaid ice cream maker. We have a huge old traditional ice cream maker we got at an estate sale, and it's great, but it's a big batch and lots of salt, etc. The Kitchenaid is smaller than my KA bowl, sits in the freezer, and whips up a small-average batch in about 20 minutes. Marvelous!

                                                                2. oooh, send that ice cream maker my way.. i love ice cream!

                                                                  1. My Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker... bought it (full price from Williams-Sonoma) when I was on an India-vegan kick, but was too scared to use it. Still am. What a dork.

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                                                                    1. re: adroit_minx

                                                                      I've got a never-been-used pressure cooker too - like you, too scared to use it. I remember all sorts of pea-soup-on-the-ceiling disasters when I was growing up. I should get rid of the thing, but I keep thinking...maybe?

                                                                      1. re: cayjohan

                                                                        Exact same reason I haven't used mine, I witnessed my mom "explode" too many dinners using one. I hear the newer ones have all sorts of safety features which prevent this from ever happening, but old images die hard. Maybe that'll be my 2007 kitchen project, to get over the fear... :)

                                                                        1. re: cayjohan

                                                                          Hey, I really need a pressure cooker! Either you Adroit, or you RiJaAr - wanna give me yours?!? LOL! It seems like a lot of people on here are asking for the things that are useless to others...perhaps we should set up a place where we could swap things???

                                                                          **And NO, JNUNZMAN, you cannot swap your wife!!! LOL! **

                                                                        2. re: adroit_minx

                                                                          Well, if you ever decide to sell your pressure cooker for a good price let me know!! I'd love another pressure cooker!! Then again, maybe you'll decide to give a try, if not, I'm waiting!! Ha!! ;-)

                                                                          1. re: Loyal Banach

                                                                            Ditto! I have a practically-antique pressure cooker that was originally my mom's. I didn't use it for years out of fear. You should have seen me the first time I finally used it. The cap thing was rocking away, and I was peeking around the kitchen door just waiting for it to blow!

                                                                            I think it's flashbacks from Breakfast at Tiffany's. :-)

                                                                            But we use it pretty regularly now. I'd love to have a higher quality new one; I've more than once drooled on the monitor at Williams-Sonoma and pressurecooker-outlet.com.

                                                                            I turned my husband into a real pressure cooker fan. He makes a mean pork chop in them, and I am not a pork chop fan.

                                                                            1. re: luv2bake

                                                                              I took the rocker thing off once. All I remember about it was red sauce all over my kitchen, sticky red sauce on the ceiling, behind the fridge...everywhere. I don't remember what I was making, just remember the mess.

                                                                              1. re: chezlamere

                                                                                ummm.... why would you take the pressure cap off? I am assuming you mean before you had cooled the cooker, or it had cooled off.

                                                                              2. re: luv2bake

                                                                                "Quelle Mess!"

                                                                                Yep! Audrey (Holly GoLightly) making mole. Rather, um, a mess!

                                                                          2. RiJaAr, you can use your martini glasses to build individual trifles for your holiday parties at home! they will look sexy and impressive, you'll be able to show layers of goodness thru
                                                                            the glasses.

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                                                                            1. re: flipss

                                                                              hmm, a trifle..i might do that. they have blue stems... i'm thinking fresh blueberry trifle in the summer...

                                                                              1. re: RiJaAr

                                                                                I think the blue stems would be a nice contrast to a mango trifle...

                                                                                  1. re: flipss

                                                                                    mm, those both sound delish. i was just considering banishing the glasses to the basement, i might use them tho now...

                                                                                    1. re: RiJaAr

                                                                                      how about a silky chocolate mousse? you can dip the rim of the glasses first in chocolate, let it dry then assemble your mousse. that will look very festive....

                                                                              2. re: flipss

                                                                                I have margarita glasses that I use for dessert. They will never be used to serve margaritas in my house, but were a gift and they are a gorgeous color.

                                                                              3. I have been collecting stuff for a long time. I have 2 truffle shavers which have never been used, they were gifts. One of those ripple cutters...I rarely cut ripple cut carrot sticks or the like, can't tell you the last time that was used. I kind of forget I have it until I open the drawer it is in, a cheese button, pasta extruder for the KA, used once. I have a potato nest form never used but I am going to get around to that one day, maybe next month for my Gourmet Club dinner. Got a deal on snail tongs and plates, seemed like a goo idea at the time. Quite a few assorted tartlet forms in many shapes and sizes. They are so fiddly. Much ofthe stuff is kept down in my laundry room where I have plenty of storage so I tend not to think about it too much. Kitchen is big with lots of storage too. I know some of that needs to go. Just out of sight out of mind. Oh yeah, that cookie press. I make lots of cookies but that thing even though it is an Atlas it worthless.

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                                                                                1. re: Candy

                                                                                  Truffle shavers are useful for slicing garlic v. thin - i.e., for vongole.

                                                                                  1. re: Candy

                                                                                    I love your typo on the word good! It reads "goo" when used in the same sentence as snail! LOL! Please don't fix it, it's such a great oops!

                                                                                  2. I somehow acquired TWO spaetzel makers. THere's really only need for one in any kitchen.

                                                                                    I have a hand-me-down Mirro aluminum cake decorating kit that my mom gave me (because she never used it)--it's way better, I think, than the plastic-bag-with-metal-tip system, but since I can't bake a cake to save my life (except hot fudge sundae cake, which a six-year-old could probably make without too much trouble), something to decorate cakes doesn't get much use.

                                                                                    There's a shoe box full of cookie cutters in my pantry, up on the top shelf (under one of the aforementioned spaetzel makers) which, again, I don't use because after I outgrew doing them at Grandma's kitchen table I discovered that cutting out and decorating sugar cookies is incredibly tedious. But of course, I'll never get rid of them because (1) some of them were given to me by my mom, and (2) you never know, I might have kids one day and want to bake cookies with them. I can't much imagine it, but you never know.

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                                                                                    1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                      Wanna send me one of your spatzle makers?? I would use it for sure!

                                                                                      1. re: cooknKate

                                                                                        If you want one, I will send it. Just let me know your address.


                                                                                    2. The wall clock...every appliance in our kitchen has a built-in digital clock but for some reason a clock on the wall just has its place :)

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                                                                                      1. re: HillJ


                                                                                        My Dad took his down for the same reason and tossed it away. Shortly thereafter a storm took out the stove clock and electronics, so it was not worth fixing.

                                                                                        The new stove has an odd flaw with the clock. You have to be within a few feet of the stove to read it. (Perhaps the manufacturer got owner complaints that back seat kitchen cooks could read it, and spoil the broth) ;-)

                                                                                        Anyway, he had to make a special trip into town and get a new wall clock but at least this one is battery powered.

                                                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                                                          Unfortunately, all the digital clocks are usually showing different times...and they're all probably wrong. Because we're detail freaks, we have a battery powered atomic clock (receives a signal from the atomic clock in Boulder, CO) which is ALWAYS right. It even corrects for DST by itself. So, when the power goes out, we always know that ones right.

                                                                                        2. My grill pan. We have our gas grill right outside the back door, hooked to the gas line, so it's always ready, and we use it several times a week. I need to get rid of that thing. It's just hanging there, collecting grease and dust.

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                                                                                          1. re: Andiereid

                                                                                            I keep my LC reversible grill/griddle, covers 2 burners even though the grill is right outside the door. Sometimes it is just too windy to use the outdoors grill.

                                                                                          2. Oh gosh... is this my husband asking this question to make me feel guilty?!? ;-) My husband I went round and round last weekend over all the useless stuff in the kitchen or maybe I should say stuff that he thought was useless and I thought was invaluable! I'm actually rather proud of myself- I let him get rid of a lot of stuff and am donating it to a lady that is learning to cook and doesn't have a lot of money! But, you can bet he'll be hearing about it if I miss those two egg separators!! ;-)

                                                                                            I am the worst about keeping stuff just because someone gave it to me as a gift- I actually will cry about it if I don't like a gift that someone has put a lot of thought into for me, and this is without them even knowing! (And no, I'm really not an overly emotional person, just overly sensitive to other people's feelings I guess!)

                                                                                            I will not get rid of these cute little aqua cups with handles from the 1950's that I got at a garage sale- there's 12 of the little guys and I just can't part with them!

                                                                                            I will not get rid of my trifle dish- it holds Christmas balls and looks lovely on my dining room table!

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                                                                                            1. re: Katie Nell

                                                                                              I have a five year rule about gifts - if I haven't used it, it goes - plenty of excuses - lost in the move, "in storage" etc.

                                                                                            2. My smoke alarm is the most useless thing. I have disabled it as it goes off at the slightest whiff of errant fumes; will reenable when I put the place on the market (and be very careful in the meantime)!

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                                                                                              1. re: Seldomsated

                                                                                                That's what a friend of mine said about his smoke detector, until the night their house burned to the ground, killing 4 of their 6 cats and leaving them homeless in late October in MN. He was so ashamed of having disabled his smoke detector that he broke down bawling when the fire chief asked him about it.

                                                                                                Ours goes off occasionally, and we have the breaker marked on the circuit box with red tape so we can fly out to the garage and flip it off if need be, but it is also wired to the lights in our bedroom and bath, and we cannot ever leave it off without knowing about it.

                                                                                                I would reconsider that if I were you. Smoke detectors that have been disabled are the leading cause of fatal house fires. Don't rely on being careful. My friends house caught fire through faulty wiring, and smoldered for hours before igniting. If it had not been for a passing motorist who saw the flames and woke them up, him, his girlfriend and her daughter would have all died.

                                                                                                1. re: cooknKate

                                                                                                  Yes, you are right. I don't know what is going on behind the wall. But darn that thing is sensitive, and so so loud. I'll take your advice tho, and get it turned back on!

                                                                                                  1. re: Seldomsated

                                                                                                    We just put the smoke alarm in the bathroom while we cook. It's habit now. I put it in the bathroom so that when I brush my teeth before bed, I see it and I remember to put it back up.

                                                                                                    1. re: duckduck

                                                                                                      That's a good idea. Those darn things are aggravatingly sensitive. But as one who has lost things (thankfully no living things) in 2 housefires, I keep all three of mine up & running. I'll have to remember the bathroom trick next time the kitchen one goes completely nuts.

                                                                                                2. re: Seldomsated

                                                                                                  We were getting a lot of "nuisance" alarms from our old smoke detector, nearest to the kitchen, as well. Our electrician suggested we replace it with a different design, one with an optical sensor. More expensive, but it doesn't go off unless the place is totally full of smoke (like when, oh! forgot to turn on the exhaust hood).

                                                                                                  1. re: mollychromic

                                                                                                    We had that issue too with smoke detectors, so I crack the window over the sink to avoid a false read.

                                                                                                3. My brother!

                                                                                                  He has a kitchen demeanor like that starving dude in the Hardee's commercial. (The commercial that the dude spews cereal all over the place, while opening up the bag inside the box)

                                                                                                  I have scissors everywhere for that kind of job but he not use them.

                                                                                                  Last box I wanted to thump him across the head, when his most Wheaties landed in the washing machine.

                                                                                                  1. Tortilla press. I have the grand illusion that I will somehow suddenly become the matriarch of a large tortilla-eating clan, instead of a single woman with limited cabinet space.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Snackish

                                                                                                      My word, homemade tortillas ROCK! Invite some friends over and have a party.....they are so good!

                                                                                                      1. re: cooknKate

                                                                                                        Is it really a good gadget to have? My Hub wants a tortilla press BADLY, although we don't really cook in that idiom on a daily basis. What recommends the tortilla press versus buying tortillas from one's local Mexican market?

                                                                                                        1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                          I would say try making tortillas by hand first and if you love them, invest in the press. You don't need a tortilla press to make tortillas -- you can do them with a rolling pin. However, if you are going to make lots of them or make them often, the tortilla press is a good short cut. If you have a good local source of handmade tortillas that you can buy, you may not want to go to the effort, but homemade tortillas *are* the best.

                                                                                                          1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                            We buy them from the mexican market too, just to have on hand for a quick quesadilla or cutting up into chips for baking, but we LOVE our tortilla press for burrito night. Yes, you can roll them out by hand but it takes a long time and the press does all the work for you plus you don't need to fry them in oil or anything. We bought a nice one and paid a lot for it, but it's worth it every time. I wouldn't give it a second thought if I had to replace it.

                                                                                                            1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                              Everything is better homemade! I had a friend from Mexico who would invite me to dinner,whip up the dough for the tortillas,break out the press,and within minutes would have a 10" stack of fresh tortillas (which was fun to watch!)which they used in lieu of silverware!

                                                                                                            2. re: cooknKate

                                                                                                              I know, I know...sigh. I just never get around to it.

                                                                                                              1. re: cooknKate

                                                                                                                Curse you all! Now I feel the need for a tortilla press, which is one gadget I have always easily passed by!

                                                                                                                1. re: luv2bake

                                                                                                                  Yep, now I have to have one, too.


                                                                                                            3. A butter curler (used to use it decades ago, but not in years); escargot dishes and tongs (probably used them twice, but I do love escargot); a teapot and cups I made in pottery class in college (I never make tea in a pot but I'll be damned if I'll throw it away); truffle cutters (who can afford truffles?!?); egg cups (once served a scrambled egg in the shell with caviar appetizer and never used the cups again). And I have the sister of Candy's potato nest form. I've used that twice. Looks impressive hanging on the pegboard.

                                                                                                              1. lol, i guess my real reason for asking this question is so i won't feel so bad about the few things i have that i keep for no reason :P

                                                                                                                1. A Kazoo. For some reason I keep one in my flatware drawer. been there about 8 years now.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: rednyellow

                                                                                                                    Dare I ask WHY a Kazoo in the kitchen? Especially in the flatware drawer??
                                                                                                                    In the junk drawer, yes, but with eating utensils?!?

                                                                                                                    ...Oh! I get it! It's similar to a tuning FORK?! LOL!

                                                                                                                  2. souffle dish--i really like the idea of making a souffle but never have. any other uses for it?

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Produce Addict

                                                                                                                      PA..they make nice casserole dishes.

                                                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                        They also make okay fruit bowls, or a bowl to hold dinner rolls in at the table. I refuse to buy an actual fruit bowl.

                                                                                                                      2. re: Produce Addict

                                                                                                                        Wonderful for baked veg. dishes, and beautiful when taken from oven to table. Keep it - think of it as just another casserole!

                                                                                                                      3. My refrigerator! It's so tiny it barely holds anything! And the apartment is so cold I might as well leave everything out. In fact....in this season, I do!

                                                                                                                        1. Liquid smoke... How long does it last in the fridge?

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Payton Chicago

                                                                                                                            I've always kept mine in the cabinet, not the fridge, and it seems to last pretty much forever. (I have a smoker now, so liquid smoke is a bit unnecessary.)

                                                                                                                            1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                                                              Liquid smoke got banned from my parents' kitchen years ago following an unfortunate incident on my Dad's part requiring the delivery of pizza to rectify. I'm not even sure where I'd find the stuff, much less how I'd use it without destroying things...

                                                                                                                              1. re: Vexorg

                                                                                                                                We always had it, but it was hardly ever used, except now and then when my dad and I would get a whim and start trying to make our own BBQ sauce. Spice Islands made (don't know if they still do) something called "Old Hickory Smoked Salt," which worked pretty well.

                                                                                                                                What IS Liquid Smoke made out of, anyway? It's gotta be come kind of chemistry experiment.

                                                                                                                                1. re: revsharkie

                                                                                                                                  I think liquid somke is just water that has had wood smoke passed though it. Like a bong.

                                                                                                                          2. I thought just purged everything. I just moved, from a studio with a tiny fridge (basically an office drink fridge - kep, I think you are living in my old apartment??) and little storage space to a relatively large apt with lots of cupboard space. I realized when I unpacked that I had about 16 wine openers. I don't drink. My ex boyfriend was a cater waiter and used to bring them home. I tossed most of them, saved a few for guests. What I cannot seem to part with is a sharpening steel that is missing its handle. It's still usable. Sort of. Anybody want it?
                                                                                                                            I am kind of afraid now because I actually have room to accumulate useless crap. I probably will.
                                                                                                                            I think liquid smoke will inherit the earth. It will be here long after we have nuked ourselves.

                                                                                                                            1. I have some napkin rings I won as a prize. I use paper....

                                                                                                                              Most of my gadgets are ones I use, just not that often. I have ravioli cutters and a pasta wheel along with a pasta maker and drying rack. I use them, but not as often as I would like. My bread machine was collecting dust for a while, but I have started using it more often now. I have a crinkle cutter, but have never used it. I have other miscellaneous items too, in a junk drawer. One other drawer is full of items I use all the time. Priorities...I guess.

                                                                                                                              1. My cannoli forms. I've made homemade cannolis shells twice, and it wasn't worth it. Deep-frying is my least favorite cooking task, so I hated that part, and I live in an area where perfectly good shells are available easily, fresh and unfilled. So why hold onto them? Partly because I can't bring myself to give up on any molds or forms of any kind - maybe some day I'll shape tuiles around them? But also because I bought them at Bridge's Kitchenware in New York. Old Mr. Bridge was a grumpy man, legendary in the city for his bad temper. Every time I went in there he would be yelling at the stock boys. But when I brought the cannoli forms to the counter, he smiled almost wistfully and said, "Making cannoli? Nothing like homemade cannoli." So how could I throw out my forms?

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                                                                                                                                1. re: curiousbaker

                                                                                                                                  I use a set of (clean, grease-free) socket wrench extenders for that (as well as for pie weights, etc.).

                                                                                                                                2. It's not really useless, but I never use my mandoline slicer. Scares me, but I can't make myself get rid of it.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: ns538bmk

                                                                                                                                    Just gotta get used to it. If you want to make waffle cuts that look restaurant like then you have to use a mandoline. I just got one and I adore it. It's worth its weight in gold.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns538bmk

                                                                                                                                      Hopefully yours came with a guard. I use it religiously as holding the veggie by hand scares the heck out of me. But I do love the outcome, especially with onions.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                        ns538mbk, Toss the silly veggie guard and buy a ove-glove. It will be the best $10.00 you ever spent.
                                                                                                                                        The Ov-glove is made of Kevlar and is absolutely cut-proof on even a Bron mandoline. I used to use a steel mesh fish glove, but the Kevlar glove is much better and is able to grip a wet veggie with more dexterity.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                                                                          Kelli, that is a GREAT idea. I will definitely pick one up. Never thought of that.

                                                                                                                                    2. RiJaAr, your martini glasses may not be as useless as you think. Even if you don't drink, consider them as serving vessels -- I went to a party once where the host served shrimp cocktail in martini glasses with the shrimp hooked around the rim and the cocktail sauce in the glass. It would also work well for ceviche, pudding, or my favorite improv dessert, a scoop of ice cream drizzled with Cointreau.

                                                                                                                                      RE: the spices: if they're REALLY old, eg: over one year, they may have deteriorated so much that it really isn't worth keeping them around regardless of how often you use them.

                                                                                                                                      ** Hey, I just saw flipss' post above after I wrote this; ditto.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Nom De Plume

                                                                                                                                        Old spices can be used in potpourri or tossed on a campfire as an aromatic.

                                                                                                                                      2. i'm fairly useless in the kitchen, but i'm not going anywhere ...

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: ericalloyd

                                                                                                                                          you're a lot more useful than you think...:-)

                                                                                                                                        2. This thread topic needs to go into the user profile--much more useful than how long ago you ate at MCD's!

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                                                                                                                                          1. Two sushi mats. We don't even need one. If at some point in my life I decide to make sushi again (VERY unlikely), a won't make rolls anyway.

                                                                                                                                              1. I bought a gadget called a "chickcan" that you alledgedly stuff into a chicken with a half-full can of beer before you roast it...what was I thinking? Wasting beer like that!

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: shoshana

                                                                                                                                                  shoshana, we had a vertical roaster for whole chickens and just traded it for a chicken can ... we planned to use beer, soda and other recipes we've spotted on grilling sites.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                    Please let me know how that goes!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                      You know if you're doing it on the BBQ all you need is a water spray (for flare ups)and a large can of beer and it'll do the trick? My friends do it taht way and it comes out awesome, so don't know if I'd buy one of those chicken roaster thingees....maybe if ur in a condo/apartment without a BBQ pit...?

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: shoshana

                                                                                                                                                      We love beer can chicken on the grill, either just using 1/2 can of beer in an actual can or using the Weber version which is a little tidier to use because it catches the drippings. The chicken comes out so tender, and it's super-easy. The skin is no good to eat (not at all crispy) but the flesh itself is fantastic.


                                                                                                                                                    3. The Dishwasher, the most useless invention ever thought up IMO, every time I want a certain glass or other utensil it is in the dishwasher, my wife piles them in there and only turns on the washer when it is full, say once a week, you have to rinse the plates anyway before you put them in, it is little more trouble to soap sponge them off and let them dry. Of course I know that you couldn't market a home without one and of course the wife would kill me. Anybody else agree with me???

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: malibumike

                                                                                                                                                        More than agree with you!Not only do you have to wash the dishes first, sometimes you have to wash them after, as well! Also,you have to unload the thing. I used mine as an extra cabinet for baking dishes.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: malibumike

                                                                                                                                                          i had a nasty portable one that you had to roll up to the sink to use...i think i used it about 5 times and now my bowls are all chipped.. needless to say it was banished to the basement

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: RiJaAr

                                                                                                                                                            that's weird, the one we bought is the same and it's been our best friend for 3 years! I guess you have to be careful which one you get?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BuggySer

                                                                                                                                                              i think ours was just old and decrepit and foul tempered. EVIL MACHINE !!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: RiJaAr

                                                                                                                                                              I felt "uptown" when we got a portable dishwasher when I was 5. We lived in a rental house when my dad went back to school, and my mom wanted a dishwasher but not one for the landlord! After that, we successively bought two turn-of-the-century homes, and neither had a dishwasher. We had that portable dishwasher until I was 16 and moved into a new house with a built-in. My parents gave it to my cousin when she got married (not as a wedding gift, just to give it to her because we didn't need it anymore and it worked great.) She used it for several years until they sold that house and moved into one with a dishwasher.

                                                                                                                                                              I guess they just don't make them like they used to!

                                                                                                                                                            3. re: malibumike

                                                                                                                                                              You just need a better dishwasher! My instructions specifically say not to rinse (except huge chunks), and it works great. It's stainless steel interior, if that makes a difference.

                                                                                                                                                              The only time there's a problem with mine is if someone puts red beans, pintos, other starchy beans in it. The detergent doesn't seem to be able to break down that starch enough, but the water adequately disperses it to the surface of everything in the dishwasher!

                                                                                                                                                              One of our friends feels the same way about his dishwasher. They wash everything by hand and then put it in (in which case I, too, would hate my dishwasher). But I was telling him here one night that he didn't have to rinse the dishes. We got into this discussion about it, his side being predominantly disbelief. I left the room to get more items off the table, and when I came back in, he had put the cake plate -- with the 3/4 remaining cake still on it -- in the dishwasher! He said, "Well, you told me not to clean the food off." hahahaha It's been an ongoing joke since then. When they've come over for dinner, I have gone to the dishwasher to find a bunch of bananas, a whole apple, and other interesting foods awaiting me on the top shelf. :)

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: luv2bake

                                                                                                                                                                Agreed - I think some folks just have cheap dishwashers. Then again, some (ok most) don't know how to properly load a dishwasher, so that can also be a problem. If you significantly block the top rack from getting it's fair share of water, you'll end up with stuff all over your glassware - which should be on the top shelf for those taking notes :-) If nothing else according to Consumer Reports, dishwashers use between (if I can remember correctly) 9-12 gallons per cycle. Of course there are some that use way less than that. Hand washing uses (on average) approximately 12-20 gallons for the same amount of dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: HaagenDazs

                                                                                                                                                                  lol, do you refill the sink for each dish? or do you take out the plug and wash under running water? maybe your sink is really really huge.
                                                                                                                                                                  I can do the same amount of dishes in the sink as in the dishwasher, maybe filling the sink twice, and not all the way, maybe 4 or 5 gallons of water, including rinsing....

                                                                                                                                                            4. I have 3 (yes 3)mezzaluna choppers. I keep winning them at food shows. One even comes with a handy dandy cutting board that is sort of hollowed out in the center.
                                                                                                                                                              I got the jamie oliver shaker for xmas, we'll see if that goes with all the other usless things that I have way to many of to mention

                                                                                                                                                              1. Definitely most useless--a taco shell form/mold/press. It's like a set of tongs with a mesh form on the end to shape the tortilla into the shell while frying. Never used it, but couldn't pass it up at a yard sale years ago. I think it was a quarter.

                                                                                                                                                                My husband thinks so much is useless. But even if I don't use it much, if it's handy when I want to make something specific, I won't part with it! Like my spaetzle maker -- I just used it last night and realized that I like using it, even if it's not often.

                                                                                                                                                                1. molcajete, was my grandma's

                                                                                                                                                                  1. A microwave fish poacher. This is embarassing. That's why I keep it.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. My coffee pot. I don't even like coffee, so why do I have one?

                                                                                                                                                                      I guess I'm panicked that one day I'll have sleepover guests and they'll want coffee in the morning. Until that day, it just takes up space on the counter.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Electric ice shaver, aka Sno-Cone machine, used mainly for certain cocktails, mostly Trader Vic's Mai Tais and the occasional mist. It gets pulled out maybe three or four times a year, so its general utility to consumed space ratio is low. But when you need it, there's no substitute for it.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. that darn showtime rotisserie i bought off an infomercial! i keep having these grand delusions that i will make some wonderful baby back ribs or set it up so i can get sausages cooked just perfectly.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                            I thought the same thing about the Set it and Forget it rotisserie until I tried it. After having read the instructions a few times regarding set up, meat placement, and removal it works great. I use it often now for chicken,leg of lamb, and roasts. Not difficult to clean either. Don't forget to use the gloves though since unit gets hot after use.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: butterfieldsofvermont


                                                                                                                                                                              When my parents got divorced, my mom was over at my dad's house (we still have family functions with everyone together) and saw that Daddy had bagged, shredded cheese. He never let Mom buy shredded cheese, so she always had to shred it herself. When she saw that huge Sam's bag of shredded cheese, she took it out of the fridge and looked at Daddy and said, "Oh, you buy shredded cheese now?" Daddy looked at her somewhat sheepishly and said, "I lost my cheese shredder."

                                                                                                                                                                            2. OMG!! That's not nice ;p I think mine are (appliance wise) a deep-fryer that my Mother in Law gave me for christmas a few years ago, a crock pot that I'm not too sure how to use -- otherwise, a scale I recently bought for baking (and haven't baked...yet!!!), martini glasses from a friend, microwave egg cookers (useless...not sure why I still have them...maybe because I'm a junk collector?)...a set of sherry glasses that I thought were awesome (not remembering that I'm not a sherry drinker...). Amazing how we waste money on stuff like that.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: BuggySer

                                                                                                                                                                                yeahh egg cookers. not sure what the point is , but i got two free inside my microwave when i got it..
                                                                                                                                                                                and i used my deep fryer once and i am to scared to try again (not that anything went wrong the first time except that my recipe sucked and the stuff was gross)

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BuggySer

                                                                                                                                                                                  I just made something in the crock pot tonight that we liked. It's from Southern Living's Slow Cooker cookbook. I didn't do it exactly like the recipe but close. It was an onion cut up (called for 2, but I used one big one, cut it in quarters, and then cut the quarters in half across the width) and put on the bottom of the crockpot. Six chicken breasts on top of that. Then poured over that:
                                                                                                                                                                                  2 cans of creamed corn
                                                                                                                                                                                  2 cans of diced tomatoes quickly run through the blender along with 1 can of green chilis (it called for 28 oz. crushed tomatoes and a bottle (12 oz?) of chile sauce, neither of which I had)
                                                                                                                                                                                  about 1/4 c of worcestershire
                                                                                                                                                                                  about 2 T cider vinegar
                                                                                                                                                                                  several generous shakes of Tabasco sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                  sea salt & pepper til it looked right
                                                                                                                                                                                  a couple teaspoons of dry mustard

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think that's everything. Then put the lid on and cook on high for 4 hours. After that, you take the breasts out and shred them and stir them back into the broth. (Oh, yeah, broth! I added about 1/2 a can of chicken broth. I'd probably leave that out next time and just put in a bouillon cube if it seemed necessary.)

                                                                                                                                                                                  I served it over brown basmati rice. It was very warming on a cold night.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I would make it a little spicier next time. I didn't want to overdo it the first time and end up being unpleasantly surprised! I think I would use Ro-tel with green chiles instead of regular diced tomatoes. If that's not spicy enough, perhaps the spicy Ro-tel.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, I think I'd used fresh or frozen corn rather than canned and maybe add a little sour cream or cream right before serving.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. I have an egg cuber. When you put a hard boiled, peeled egg inside, it comes out square. It is useless; however, it makes people laugh. I bought it on the internet when I read about it in a novel (merely a mention, not germane to the plot) which I read for book group. I was hosting the meeting,so I served square eggs as part of our snack.

                                                                                                                                                                                  By the way, I love my rotisserie. Buy a Bell and Evans chicken,put fresh herbs,lemon and garlic inside and olive oil and kosher salt outside and cook according to recommended amount of time (about 15 minutes a lb.) Eat...moan!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. IYard sale purchases seem to be a theme! I have a large aluminum three-level Chinese bun steamer I got for a quarter - half price because I told the seller whqat it was! I haveeen't made lap cheong bow for years, and I really don't have the room to store the stemer, but I could never part with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Juicer. With the availability of organic juices that lack additives the clean-up doing it myself entails is not worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The Better Breader. I got rid of one version that my Mom had given to me by giving away to Goodwill. The next Christmas my husband gave me another from Bass Pro. I have never used the thing and it takes up large amounts of space. My garlic press is in a bottom drawer under the place mats. And then there is the PC soneware loaf pan and muffin pan. I wouldn't trade my pizza stone for anything but the loaf and muffin pans are never used.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I was just dying ...dying!...for a ravioli form for years. Yet, have I used it even ONCE since I got it, what?!?, like 10 years ago? no!

                                                                                                                                                                                              Same for the fondue pot!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ppalm

                                                                                                                                                                                                My Tassimo, I use it once a week to make decaf, one cup....

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. My hand mixer, which hasn't been used since I got a Kitchenaid 5 years ago. I also keep the bowl of an ice cream maker in the freezer, even though the paddle for it melted in the dishwasher about 6 1/2 years ago. It has sat uselessly in the freezers of four different appartments and houses.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Megiac

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I too have my ice-cream maker bowl in my freezer. I was really excited about the prospect of homemade ice cream, but I never have any time, and usually will go out to get some (there is unfortuantely, a cold stone creamery across the street from me). So it sits and waits to be used. Maybe in the winter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fondue set- I heard that fondue is trendy again. I'll never know because I'm always reminded about the first time I had fondue- during a trip to Austria and how my friend couldn't stop about how much it smelled like feet. Naturally, yes it is cheese and cheese smells, but I think about his feet when I hear the word fondue. But I won't get rid of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. My husband. Every time he tries to cook I have to wash down the wall near the stove.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Dude, this is a hilarious thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kabob "baskets." I love to kabob but hate threading the stupid sticks so I bought the baskets which are metal cages with handles that you place on the grill. The baskets won't even hold half of the goodies I usually put on a stick. Stupid baskets. Stored with my stupid taco shell tong flipper things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I really have got to stop shopping at Cost Plus World Market...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. A bent (at the tip), flexible stainless steel spatula (about an inch wide - size is also kind of useless). Belonged to my mom - she's passed away, & it just reminds me of her. I can almost here her voice, though, rest her soul: "Throw that stupid thing out!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                      But I can't.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Same goes for the worn out knives that used to be my dad's...

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I have one of those microwave bacon drainer deals, but no more microwave. Moved it out of the kitchen a year ago when we remodeled, but we haven't exactly gotten rid of it either. It's sitting by the front door waiting for its ride out of Dodge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. A $300 Laguiole corkscrew.......... so cute..........so useless <sigh>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: icook4u2

                                                                                                                                                                                                            cookie gun - the thing is an antique from the 50s I think - still in the orignal box, bunch of tips, it can actually make really cool cookies, total pain to clean though. I've had it 10 years - think i have used it twice. no way am i going to part with it...