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How would you blow a $50 gift card to Bed, Bath and Beyond?

Diana Oct 12, 2007 08:38 AM

My MIL gave us one for our anniversary. I have plenty of pots and pans, except a good cassarole. I don't need coffee stuff. I have no tart pan, but don't do tons of tarts.

Is there an attachment for my Kitcheniad I should get? I have the ice cream maker.

Any "Gotta have" gadgets? Or things?

Is there a good slicer for that price?

What would you get? What can't I live without?

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    joebelt RE: Diana Oct 12, 2007 08:43 AM

    Buy a silpat if you are a baker!

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      Diana RE: joebelt Oct 12, 2007 09:24 AM

      have two! They are good!

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        joebelt RE: Diana Oct 12, 2007 09:34 AM

        Ok, another suggestion! Buy ME a silpat!!! I still don't own one. :(

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          Diana RE: joebelt Oct 12, 2007 09:48 AM

          Gosh, sorry! You'll love one. Why haven't you got one? They are so very cool.

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            joebelt RE: Diana Oct 12, 2007 12:03 PM

            I know I've bought two for my mom and used them when I cook at her house. Awesome gadget!

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      SGFoxe RE: Diana Oct 12, 2007 10:02 AM

      Find a 20% off coupon, add some of your own $$$ and get an AeroGrow and grow your own herbs

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        dude RE: Diana Oct 12, 2007 12:33 PM

        Mrs Dude just got the Magic Bullet (maybe 1 cup capacity food processor, seen on informercial for $100) there for $60, which was $50 out the door with the above-mentioned 20% off coupon. {BTW, BB&B honors expired ones) Haven't tried it out yet but looks great.
        For your Kitchenaid I recommend the grinder attachment, though it might be more $- I got mine a couple of years ago. I mostly recommend for making potato latkes, but there are many good recipes it would help.
        Do you have a ricer?

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          Diana RE: dude Oct 12, 2007 01:18 PM

          No ricer.

          How fine is the grind on that grinder? My husband would like to mill malted grain for his beer, but the grind can't be too fine.

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            dude RE: Diana Oct 12, 2007 01:42 PM

            comes with 3 sizes

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              Diana RE: dude Oct 12, 2007 03:43 PM

              You don't mean the sausage maker, do you? I think I got myself confused.

              there is a grinder/grain mill : http://www.kitchenaid.com/catalog/pro...

              and a sausage maker/food grinder:

        2. LNG212 RE: Diana Oct 12, 2007 01:34 PM

          I got this awesome travel thing -- it's a large oval white ceramic casserole type dish with a lid and an insulated carrying case (along with the heat/cold pack to put inside with it). It is an awesome gift as it makes travelling with a dish to someone's home remarkably easy (and I travel on public transit since I don't own a car/drive). I've also seen the same contraption with several sizes of square dishes. (The oval one that I have came from Bed/Bath and it's case is a snazzy red.)

          1. Jennalynn RE: Diana Oct 12, 2007 03:45 PM

            A nice set of Microplanes.

            But don't buy a thing without the 20% off coupon. They come out almost weekly. If you don't get them in the mail now, go to their website and sign up.

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              CrazyOne RE: Jennalynn Oct 12, 2007 07:23 PM

              Ah, Microplane. Yes, not a bad idea. We got the Microplane box grater recently, maybe overall not as groundbreaking as the ones that look like wood files, but still has its uses. Useful to have several different ones.

              Absolutely don't buy anything without coupons. You can use at least 4 at the same time if it's worthwhile. 20% off one item (use for anything $25 and up) and also $5 off $15 purchase (or sometimes $20 purchase), which you can use for the small stuff. We get these things constantly. I guess once we use one with our address they keep sending more back.

              Anyway, just browse through there and see what strikes you. Okay, I know this is Chowhound, but seriously, look at the Suite Collection micro cotton bath towels. 20 bucks each (hey, less with a few coupons!) but I've never found another as soft. A treat for the shower after a hard day's cooking. ;-) (See? It's still related. ;-)

            2. optimal forager RE: Diana Oct 12, 2007 03:56 PM

              A good digital kitchen scale.

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                Eujeanie RE: optimal forager Oct 12, 2007 05:29 PM

                I'm a kitchen towel junkie - I use them for everything, never paper. they have bundled white bar towels, I buy them all the time - when I wear them out in the kitchen, they go into the housecleaning pile. I also love their cork trivets - they are light, I toss them over the counters and table to put my hot pots. Surely there is some strange utensil you never had but always wanted? A huge whisk? A tiny whisk? I could spend $50 there in a heartbeat.

                And I totally agree...max out your gift with their coupons.

              2. coney with everything RE: Diana Oct 13, 2007 03:14 PM

                I have an Oxo mandolin, which I don't use a lot but when I do, it's worth having. With a coupon you'd be close to $50

                I second the Microplane idea, and would add some Oxo tongs, lemon/lime juicers, and a garlic press as nice to have small gadgets. And I always need kitchen towels and glasses (where do they go? somewhere with the socks, I think).

                I'd also be tempted to acquire a good knife.

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                  Diana RE: coney with everything Oct 13, 2007 04:01 PM

                  I have several god knives.

                  I went off the OXO brand when I spotted the Oxo"cake tester" Yep, cake tester. A teeny piece of metal wire attached t a small rubber coated "O", too small for a figner.

                  Basically, a $3 skewer.

                  Good thing I have a lot of the necessary gadgets! We went, wandered around, couldn't find the hand slicer I wanted (no space for a full mandoline) and ended up seeing nothing that wasn't a uni-tasker or too big for my teeny kitchen.

                  In the end, we used the coupons and gift card to lower the price of a clearance memory foam mattress pad to help my bad back.

                2. digkv RE: Diana Oct 13, 2007 08:35 PM

                  Use a 20% off coupon and get an infared thermometer. I don't have one but they seem to be so cool. I mean you just like scan the thing and you can have its temperature. If you don't have a pasta maker; that's nice.

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                    Diana RE: digkv Oct 14, 2007 02:17 PM

                    well, if I ate pasta enough to make it worth while.

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