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RGC1982 Apr 10, 2009 02:51 PM

Years ago, when I put my first house on the market, the realtor told me to put everything away except the coffee maker. I was miserable for months. Why? Because I must be some kind of kitchen appliance junkie. It has to be so, because the 100+ square feet of granite counters in my kitchen are covered in appliances. And I am forever considering adding to the collection. I love all colors and have no trouble mixing and matching, although most tend to be white.

Let's see, the last one was a rice cooker. It is now next to the microwave (I have two, one is a built-in), the ice tea maker, coffee grinder and coffee maker. That would be the right side of the sink. I won't get started on the other things I like to use, like my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, electric kettle, and blender. About the only things I put away are my slow cooker, ice cream maker and a rarely-used electric fry pan.

I'd buy a high end espresso maker right now if not for the trouble I have deciding what color to choose.

What do you insist upon leaving out on your counters, not matter how silly it is starting to look?

  1. jmcarthur8 Dec 1, 2012 04:16 AM

    Though I hate counter clutter that doesn't earn its keep, I have decided to relinquish an 18 1/2"x 16 1/2" area at one end for a Breville Smart Oven. That will be partly offset by removing the toaster from the other end. Then the only permanent space hoggers are the tray with the french press and accessories, and the two canisters of utensils that are due to a drawer shortage.
    All other appliances are hidden from view. Unless it's used daily, or very often, the countertop real estate it takes up is too valuable to stay trapped under an unused dustcatcher.

    1. fldhkybnva Nov 29, 2012 12:40 PM

      I have fairly limited storage space so unfortunately I have to keep way more than I would like on my counter which doesn't leave much working space.

      Kitchen Aid
      Toaster (I use it probably once a week so should find it's way to a closet soon)
      Air popper ( I haven't used it in months so probably should also find a new permanent storage spot)
      Keurig coffee machine
      My 8 million bottles of hot sauce that I can't find a better way to store...oh wait, that's not an appliance, but it occupies at least 20% of my counter space that it probably should be
      Cutting boards - propped up behind the sink

      1. letsindulge Nov 29, 2012 12:17 PM

        That would be the espresso machine, and juicer because they are used everyday. Now on the opposite wall on a stainless steel rack live my KA stand mixer, food processor, and rice cooker. The microwave is on a stainless steel roll cart. The small appliances (hand mixer, mini-prep, stick blender etc.) Are stored in the lower cabinet. My space is not for show and is set up much like a commercial kitchen.

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          jujuthomas Nov 29, 2012 10:46 AM

          i have very limited counter space, fortunately the microwave is an over the stove model. currently on my counter are my coffee maker, kitchenaid mixer, food processor and the toaster oven.the only two of those four that get used all the time are the coffee maker and the toaster oven. I'd put the mixer someplace else but it's too heavy to carry around. :)

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            Kontxesi Nov 29, 2012 11:56 AM

            I keep our stand mixer (my Mom's Kenmore; not sure about the weight comparison btwn that and a KitchenAid) on top the the bookcase that lives between my fridge and upright freezer. It's over my head. But a.) I'm fairly strong, and b.) I haven't used it once! :p

          2. hambone Nov 29, 2012 09:55 AM

            Permanently on counter:
            >Microwave
            >Toaster (actually on top of microwave)
            >Coffee maker
            >Bean/spice grinder
            >Fish tank (don't ask. Mrs. Hambone did it)
            >Electric Pencil Sharpener

            Semi-permanent:
            >Kitchen Aid mixer
            >Knife sharpener (I like to leave it out but every once in a while it disappears for a week or two.)

            If Santa hooks a brother up:
            >Ice maker
            >Food processor

            1. juliejulez Nov 29, 2012 09:47 AM

              I hate clutter on the counters, but I do leave out my Kitchen-Aid Mixer. It's red and it's pretty :) Also for every day I do leave out the toaster and my small food scale, but if people are coming I put them away. We also have out a knife block (which aren't the knives I use for every day, they are BF's cheapo set but it looks nice) and a red metal container that holds stuff like spoons and spatulas (that are all either red, black or silver) next to the stove, and my big thick wood cutting board. The Keurig is out too, but over on an otherwise useless 12" strip of counter that's next to the fridge, so very out of the way. Everything else lives in the pantry.

              In my last home I also had out a set of vintage canisters, they were metal with black handles and labels, very Art Deco.

              I will say that in the past, when I didn't have either lots of cabinets or a large pantry, more things lived on the counters. But it bugged me :)

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                Kontxesi Nov 29, 2012 09:23 AM

                The only things that stay on my counter are the microwave and toaster oven. Even those I'd like to be able to stash away, but it's not so easy.

                1. CatherineMcClarey Aug 20, 2012 06:21 PM

                  Bread machine, food processor, coffee maker & toaster. The coffee maker & toaster get used daily; the bread machine gets used approx. once a week (homemade bread for Sunday dinner - yum!), and the food processor gets used when I have a LOT of produce to slice/shred/chop for a recipe.
                  I'm tempted to get one of those Ninja blenders - but it would probably get stored under the counter.

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                    KoolestKat1 Aug 20, 2012 06:15 AM

                    Wolfgang puck grill/griddle (I love, love it!), WP toaster oven, Kitchen Aid blender, coffee maker, toaster (because my husband insists on his toast in it!). Microwave, Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Several years ago I opened my cabinets on the top 18" and have my other appliances stored in-view. It really helps to visually see what I can use. I do have to use a step stool to reach, but I found if I keep a step stool in the kitchen it increases my use of those items on the top shelf.

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                      givemecarbs Jun 12, 2012 09:39 PM

                      I have a toaster, coffeemaker, juicer, vitamixer, microwave, and toaster/
                      convection oven. I don't worry about colors either.

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                        John Francis Jun 12, 2012 04:49 AM

                        I only have two - a Krups big toaster oven and a Kitchenaid stand mixer - and they're always on the counter. That's really all I have room for. If I had a food processor instead of the mixer, that would stay on the counter, but I don't. I also don't have a microwave oven, so that's not an issue. Rice cooker? At my place that's called a sauce pan. Bread machine? At my place it's called a mixer and an oven.

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                          mkatieq Jun 11, 2012 03:27 PM

                          The only appliance I keep on the counter is my toaster. Everything else is stored in bottom cabinets with pullout drawers.

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                            chefathome Jun 11, 2012 03:26 PM

                            My husband and I have separate toaster ovens (I cannot have any gluten), my KA stand mixer, VitaMix and heavy large granite mortar and pestle (though not an appliance but it works like one!) are always on the counter. However, I do keep the island clear for my workspace.

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                              SocksManly Jun 11, 2012 03:22 PM

                              Mmmm all of them? The only one I don't have on my counter atm is my huge rotisserie thing. If I run out of space on the counter, I just stash on the floor in the corner. ie: deep fryer, food processor, etc.. Toaster I put away because it's bulky and easy to put away. Stand mixer, blender, juicer, electric kettle, all on the counter. I hate it, but can't think of a better way.

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                                KoolestKat1 Aug 20, 2012 06:19 AM

                                I agree, if you don't have items close at hand - it's difficult to use. Off my kitchen I have a butler's pantry and I keep additonal items on the counter there.

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                                Toni6921 Mar 11, 2012 12:23 AM

                                Just recently moved to a smaller house, and only have room for my coffeemaker and toaster. Stand mixer and food processor are stored in a cabinet under the sink.

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                                  slowandsteady Jan 23, 2012 03:48 PM

                                  There are four that I leave out on my counter: (1) Electric Kettle, (2) Vitamix, (3) Toaster Oven, and (4) Coffee Grinder.

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                                    SWISSAIRE Mar 10, 2012 05:05 PM

                                    Only two.

                                    A Nespresso Pixie (mine) and my wife's Capresso.

                                    !0 years ago we had the nice stainless steel Rösle open-kitchen look, with endless rails, knives, colanders, and tools hanging everywhere. The small kitchen had a nice silver, utilitarian look to it.

                                    We then had a water leak under our kitchen Pergo wood tile floor, and decided to repair and remodel. The small water leak became a big project, removing a wall and adding a few windows, but the results we are pleased with. Out went the Pergo in the kitchen, and in went dark tile. Out went the kitchen silver countertop and in went white IKEA cabinets with black granite counters, and finally a kitchen island. Colour from the living room now is part of the kitchen. As we now have double the space, and casework, we decided not to use the Rösle rails again. The continual flow of the cabinets and granite give a larger sense of the kitchen, which is still somewhat small.

                                    Everything else, including the cutting board, stand mixer, and even the knives are put away. If I grind meat or mix bread dough, the stand mixer is brought out, used, cleaned and put away. Ironically it seems that when it was sitting on the counter, it was used less. Now it is used more, but seen less.

                                     
                                     
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                                      SocksManly Jun 11, 2012 03:23 PM

                                      I hate you, and are you adopting?

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                                        SWISSAIRE Jun 11, 2012 05:06 PM

                                        Thanks.

                                        No, no more auditions. I kept getting caught by the wife.

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                                        juliejulez Nov 29, 2012 09:46 AM

                                        Great kitchen! I had those same cabinets in an old loft I rented, and I loved them... I still miss those big drawers.

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                                      ellski Jan 23, 2012 03:08 PM

                                      I have a kettle, a microwave, a toaster, convection oven and a cake mixer. Use them all pretty regularly.

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                                        mdgolfbum Jan 14, 2012 05:57 PM

                                        2 slice toaster, coffee maker, awesome Bosch mixer.

                                        jim

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                                          Toni6921 Jan 14, 2012 02:51 AM

                                          Stand Mixer, Food Processor, Coffee Maker, Bread Machine

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                                            biscottifan Jan 14, 2012 07:01 AM

                                            On one side the toaster and coffee maker. On the other side the KA and scale. There are many other things on the counters but they are not appliances.

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                                            annomy Oct 13, 2011 10:38 AM

                                            I live in Manhattan (NY), with the usual tiny kitchen. Though I've gotten to the point now where I don't even like working in a big kitchen - in mine I can reach everything just by turning around. None of that pesky walking between counters! Fortunately, my mungo microwave (circa 1986 and still kicking) fits perfectly in a window that gets no light anyway. The toaster oven lives on the counter. We used to have a coffee maker there too, but it broke, and now my husband uses a cone filter directly into a thermos jug, which is basically in the sink or dish drainer when not being used. The base of the immersion blender, which is essentially my garlic grinder and now smells so garlicky that it can't be used for anything else, lives on the passthrough with a hand-held orange press/juicer that's too big to fit in my utensil drawer. Not an appliance, but the spices that don't fit in my freezer also stay on the counter. The kitchen scale fits vertically between the TO and my knife rack.
                                            Okay, thought I should do a reality check before posting this reply. No other appliances, but the clutter factor is pretty high: the knives just mentioned, a canister of peanuts, a cutting board and sugar bowl, and a bunch of transient stuff.

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                                              bmccommon Oct 9, 2011 08:09 PM

                                              toaster - but should be put someplace, rarely used and some recipes that are printed out and used frequently
                                              tool turn around
                                              corner sink so herbs and plants in the corner
                                              Soda Stream maker
                                              KA stand mixer with cutting boards behind
                                              Then on the peninsula is the dog meds, mail my hubby hasn't looked at, junk my son throws there. I really wish that was not the case. ANyone have ideas NOT to make that the catchall? It's right where you walk in and they put stuff there and don't move it, no matter how much I bitch.

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                                                RGC1982 Oct 10, 2011 07:28 PM

                                                I've tried everything, but it is a losing proposition. In 30 years, I have tried cute little Asian lacquer boxes, an entire "wall unit" that had a fold-down desk and lateral file drawers, more baskets than you can count in nearly every size, crockery for receipts, and just plain nothing -- raw counter space. If, after 30 years, I still can't teach DH to throw out the junk mail before he puts it on the counter, there is no possibility of it happening. He is afraid that he will throw out something that I actually want (though my list is very, very short). So -- I go through it at least once a week and throw it out myself. Unfortunately, it is also the place where all the little junk items land too, so I throw those out as well. After all, do I really need a little plastic thing that I can clip to my drink? Really?

                                                I didn't mention this in my original post about countertop appliances, because it really didn't fit what I was going for. But it does take up a considerable amount of counter space. you are right.

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                                                  John E. Oct 11, 2011 07:02 PM

                                                  I just opened this thread up for the first time in several months. I re-read your original post to refresh my memory and I have a question. I am curious why you have two microwaves? We actually have two as well, but one of the is a small one tgat was sittibg in the basement and one of the kids plugged it in on top of the upright freezer to make popcorn while watching TV in the family room. As far as I know that's all the use it gets. I have read on various threads here where people apparently think it is virtuous to not own a microwave.

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                                                    RGC1982 Mar 10, 2012 06:42 PM

                                                    Sorry that I just noticed this now.

                                                    I have two microwaves because we moved here with a large one, and there was already a microwave installed in the cabinetry above my double wall ovens, which are one above the other. This makes the installed microwave a little too high for me to operate safely if there are liquids involved, and I'll be damned if I have to use a step stool, so we instead devoted a corner of our large kitchen counter to the large counter-top microwave. I know this may sound a little weird, but we have actually used both of them at the same time, probably just because we can.

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                                                      pine time Mar 11, 2012 07:55 AM

                                                      When we remodeled, I had to make the Hobson's choice: lose the double ovens (which I really only used at Thanksgiving) and replace with wall-mounted microwave and oven, or keep 2 ovens with a counter microwave. Went with the 1st choice (I like minimalist counter, even tho' I have tons of counter space and cabinets), and I've been happy.

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                                                        John E. Mar 11, 2012 09:21 AM

                                                        We never would have gotten rid of the second oven. We lived in a house with two ovens two houses ago and if we ever do a kitchen remodel, we're either going to have two wall units or possible one of those ranges with a regular oven and a smaller one above.

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                                                          Caroline1 Mar 11, 2012 09:36 AM

                                                          I have two separate ovens. Both include a microwave within them, but I can only use one with microwaves alone. My ovens are a GE Trivection, that cooks with thermal or convection of a combination of both WITH microwave. My other oven is an older model (sigh) GE Advantium oven that cooks as a microwave or a microwave/halogen oven. The new Advantiums do not do the haolgen, instead they have full convection with full microwave. Two weeks! I missed it by two weeks! You can check them out at the GE website. I suspect GE is not the only manufacturer that combines full microwave with a full oven. Sorry this news is late for you. Maybe next time? '-)

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                                                          John E. Mar 11, 2012 09:20 AM

                                                          I can see why you have two microwaves now. Whomever put the wall unit so high up probably was not thinking about what happens if someone in the future is not tall enough to use it safely. I see kitchens with microwaves underneath the kitchen counter and that bother me as well. Who wants to bend over to use the microwave?

                                                  2. dcrb Sep 10, 2011 04:48 PM

                                                    We have a lot of counter space: There is a toaster, stand mixer, rice pot, coffee pot, cuisinart and a vita-mix. If they are put away, they don't get used much. But on the counter, they get regular use. Must be some psychological reasoning behind this.

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                                                      jlhinwa Sep 7, 2011 06:16 PM

                                                      Just the coffee maker and my magic bullet for morning smoothies. My husband hates clutter, so we have agreed that only the things that are used at least once daily stay out. Just don't look at the counter in my laundry room, right around the corner. There I have a rice cooker, two slow cookers, kitchen aid mixer, blender, small food processor, mandoline, automatic ice maker, and I'm sure I'm missing a thing or two.

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                                                        elenacampana Aug 31, 2011 10:57 AM

                                                        I have plenty of stuff on the counters - but only one appliance - the electric kettle. Over the past 30-odd years of cooking, I've come to rely less and less on electronics and enjoy the hand-work more and more. However, I'm no fool - those useful appliances are only six inches away from the counters, in lower cabinets - for dinner parties and big kitchen projects, I bring out the big guns and love every minute (especially the KA stand mixer, which is 30 years old and still rules).

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                                                          MarkKS Sep 7, 2011 05:39 PM

                                                          If you want to show off pretty appliances to guests, leave them on the counter. If you want to leave something on the counter you use a lot, more convenient than putting it in the cubboard, leave it on the countertop. If you need space to work on your countertop, figure out what is cramping your space too often, relative to its utility or what you want to show off, shelve it. For example, with my kitchen redesign, I put the coffee-bean grinder and water-heater away, but I used it every day, so I left it them convenient on-the-counter. Cutting boards, for sure.

                                                          Hanging pots and pans, not in my kitchen designer's vision. I'm probably going to have to rebel against this. Veggie basket hangers no.

                                                          Just put out on display what you want.

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                                                          DishDelish Aug 31, 2011 02:43 AM

                                                          Coffee grinder, french press, knife block, Kitchen Aid Standing mixer, Food processor. I use the French Press and Food Processor the most. I don't know how I would survive in my kitchen without the Food processor.

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                                                            mjoseph320 Aug 28, 2011 05:21 PM

                                                            It's almost embarrassing to admit how much I have out (let alone how much I have put away) but I love kitchen gadgets and appliances - even if they are one trick ponies. I also tend to rotate some of what's out based on what phase I am going through lol. I do have a four foot by three foot extra cabinet/counter that I use for setting most of the appliances on. My DH attached a power strip to it so I don't have to lug the things off of it and can use them right where they are. Oh, and obviously clutter doesn't bother me too much :)

                                                            Currently on the extra cabinet is:
                                                            4 slice toaster (will be put away once my daughter leaves for college next month)
                                                            Vita-Mix Blender (too tall to go in a cabinet)
                                                            large Kitchen Aid food processor
                                                            Kitchen Aid stand mixer
                                                            Wolf Gang Puck Versa Cooker (just got it last week so still playing with it)
                                                            Cook's Essential electric pressure cooker/slow cooker/steamer (this was in a cupboard until yesterday when I used it for the first time in months and used it again twice today)
                                                            Magic Bullet
                                                            On the rest of the counters I have:
                                                            Coffee Maker
                                                            Deep Fryer
                                                            built in microwave

                                                            Besides appliances I also have sitting out:
                                                            paper towel holder
                                                            knife block
                                                            canister set (it matches my decor but I don't really use it)
                                                            three holders for spatulas, wooden spoons, etc.
                                                            salt bowl and pepper grinder
                                                            Olive Oil (in a little glass pitcher made for oil)
                                                            Peanut Oil (in another type of glass pitcher)
                                                            Cast Iron Wok stays on the stove (the thing is too heavy to move all the time since it is used frequently)
                                                            glass canisters holding pasta and dried beans

                                                            I still have plenty of work space without having to move things around and I have found that if I put stuff away in a cupboard I will forget about it and not use it. I dream of having a walk-in pantry with open shelves that I could store everything on and still see it so I would remember I have it and actually use it!

                                                            I am not mentioning all the appliances I have put away though lol.

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                                                              MarkKS Aug 28, 2011 07:56 PM

                                                              My SIL gave me a magic bullet. It's really nice. A fantastic tool. If you are starting out, it is definitely an affordable great appliance.

                                                              For next step, fine-cutting but not pureeing. I would go with sharp knives, German great. but you have to know how to sharpen, then Japanese, which require wet sharpening stones.

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                                                              exvaxman Aug 25, 2011 02:21 AM

                                                              Only what gets used often:
                                                              Souis Vide
                                                              T-fal actifry
                                                              rice cooker
                                                              Mirro Mirromatic grill (best thing ever for pressed sandwiches/reubans).

                                                              Everything else rotates.

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                                                                MarkKS Aug 28, 2011 07:44 PM

                                                                I don't know. If you have a sous-vide, you have to leave it on the countertop. For other stuff, just figure out how often you use it. Daily leave it out. /not daily, but you have space, leave it out. For other appliances and you have space, leave it out. Space, and you want to show it off, leave it out.

                                                                You can always leave whatever on the counterstop pace you want to "project". For "serious" visitors, they might be as "impressed" by what you can "produce" out of the cabinets.

                                                                For example, if you want a holiday feast, you're going to have "fun" trying to do it all yourself. It's really fun to have 4-5 people doing their own dishes. You give them tools and space.

                                                                I have some nice tools, lots of knives (the really sharp Japanese knives are only for me), Cuisinart big and small food processors, you have to take them out of the cabinets, Cusininart blender, take it down, Vitamix Blender, with wet and dry beakers, use it, Kitchen-Aid 600W multi-purpose tool (dough whip, high-speed wire-whip, meat grinder, pasta-maker, juicer) it should work for you, Bamix immersion blender, a couple mandollnes,

                                                                three full-size convection ovens (one gas, two electric) plus a non-convection oven, plus a microwave. And a 6 burner Capital Culinarian 23k btu gas range with a grill you can do nice veggies on, or just throw a pot or pan or two on.

                                                                For stir fry, I don't have a 100k+ btu burner, but I have four 30k btu Camp Chef burners that are up to the task. For grilling, I can get my Webers pretty hot. My BIL has a an oak-log-burning chain-raised grating grill that blows my Webers away. I lust for one of those.

                                                              2. BIGGUNDOCTOR Aug 13, 2011 02:00 PM

                                                                70's vintage Kitchen Aid mixer, Hobart A-120 12qt mixer, 14" Hobart Buffalo chopper, Hobart meat slicer, toaster, Acme juicer, blender, microwave,

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                                                                  MarkKS Aug 19, 2011 08:52 PM

                                                                  This sounds like you have stuff you use on the countertop. If you still have other space for food-prept, why not? If you are trying to ahow off your appliances, nothing wrong with that. If they get in the way of your food-prep, to the extent you have to work around them too much, storage might be a good idea. If you are trying to sell a house, top-line commercial applianees, saying "this is a pro-gourmet functioning kitchen," can be a strong selling point. To other potential buyers, a cluttered-counter can be a major turn-off. For those wanting sleek-looking kitchens with great appliances, they can always open the cabinets to see your serious restaurant-level equipment.

                                                                  Mostly, if you aren't trying to sell a house, put on as much stuff on the countertop as works best for you. If you have appliances that you don't use frequently, and they impinge your workspace, store them, unless moving them is too hard. If you have a star-applaince-studded countertop and have room enough to work, leave them on the countertop.

                                                                  I don't have any Hobart restaurant appliances, nice stuff! I don't have a commercial stove. I went with a Capital Culinarian stove 23k btu, not even close to restaurant level heat, but UL.residential building /fire code approved.

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                                                                  marneybrown Aug 13, 2011 12:13 PM

                                                                  I have a coffee pot, can opener, and my mixer on the counter. Anything else and I have no room.

                                                                  1. jmckee Aug 12, 2011 09:08 AM

                                                                    I'm half and half on the clutter vs. minimalist thing. I leave some things out, but the large island is all clear of the clutter that seems to infect most other islands in the neighborhood, because it is a WORKSPACE. The only thing I have on it is usually three or four cookbooks I want to remember to use frequently at the time, e.g., Barbara Kafka's "Vegetable Love" during the current harvest season, or something new I need to remember I have.

                                                                    Here's what I leave out -- and where -- along with the reason each is not stored away.

                                                                    Toaster: I use it a lot, not just for breakfast bagels / toaster pastries / English muffins / etc. I use it to toast bread lightly for sandwiches, or buns for burgers (on the "bagel" setting, so only the inside is toasted.

                                                                    Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer: Too big to store, and leaving it out is a reminder to use it or to make recipes that require it.

                                                                    Coffee Maker: Used daily. No point in storing.

                                                                    Electronic Scale: A reminder to use, and a reminder that I have one for recipes that are by weight rather than by volume measurement.

                                                                    Blender is stored. Cuisinart food processor and mini are stored. Deep fryer is stored.

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                                                                      MarkKS Aug 13, 2011 12:00 PM

                                                                      I think leaving appliances on the countertop, where this is most convenient for you to use frequently-resorted to ones, is great. If you're selling a home, maybe store some of them. It depends on what your home-buyers are looking for. I knew a woman who had her electronic deep-fat fryer on the countertop, she and her kids liked the convenience. Me, I don't have one, I just put a deep-fat pot on the stove, and the pot and basket are stored in a cupboard. My stand mixer is on a spring-loaded swing-up shelf in a cabinet. Kind of a "gimmick", I still have to carry it over to the countertop to use it. If I were using it daily, I'd leave it on the CT.

                                                                      My MIL puts her toaster into a a cabinet, even though she uses it daily. For that frequency of use, I'd leave it on the CT. When children and their spouses and children are here, and they want toast, I leave it out.

                                                                      You can figure out what is more convenient or inconvenient for you to leave out, or put away. The combo of harder to lift/more frequently used, combined with "Do I have the countertop space for it, so if it is on the CT, I can still do my work when I'm not using it?" is a great combo to leave it on the CT.

                                                                      Mostly, if you aren't trying to sell a home, do you have enough food-prep space to prepare your meals the way you want to? Can you make what you want to? If so, you have enough CT space.

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                                                                        jmcarthur8 Aug 14, 2011 04:25 PM

                                                                        That's interesting that you remove your KA from the mixer shelf to use it. When I include a mixer lift in one of the kitchens I design, I always work it into a dedicated baking area, and have the electrician install a receptacle inside the cabinet. When the mixer is up, it is used in place on the spring-loaded shelf, with plenty of counter space around it for all the ingredients, bowls, etc.

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                                                                          blaireso Aug 24, 2011 09:09 PM

                                                                          I used to have the same issue with my KA mixer and found that storing it under a countertop (in my case, under the cooktop because it's the only cupboard that accommodates the height and weight so I can schlepp it up and onto the counter) works for me better than a swing-up type of storage. For me, it seems to work to have the mixer immediately next to my mis en place without having the mixer stick out at the end of the countertop. I have a big island that basically makes my kitchen an alley type, so having something sticking out gets in the way of my path between stovetop, sink, oven and counterspace. What are ya gonna do, we're all stuck with our geography.

                                                                          I'm an appliance/baking pan/cookware junkie, but recently have been paring down, rediscovering my CI and donating redundant items to women's shelters. We're also anticipating downsizing, so specialty items that are only used occasionally are slowly being reexamined and treasured or discarded. Jeez, I hate that!

                                                                          DH is a big "lean and mean" fan, and I have to admit I really love the shine of an expanse of clean granite is a lift in the a.m. Realtors will probably agree, get rid of extraneous--but that's only a realtor's POV, not a homeowner's who loves to cook. So, savor the stuff, and if you're listing your house, accept the misery of living with a totally vacuumed, dusted and appliance-purged house for a few months. Ugh. Empathy here.

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                                                                          jmckee Jan 16, 2012 08:30 AM

                                                                          A change: The Kitchen Aid mixer is now stored, because I received a Cuisinart Griddler for Christmas, and all reviews said you'd need to keep it out because you'd use it a lot. So far that's true; I use it about three times a week.

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                                                                          NanPad Aug 5, 2011 09:44 AM

                                                                          Spices and dishes: I had my contractor install a stainless steel shelf just wide enough to hold a plate over my range, at the very back so the flames don't reach it. My range is a downdraft so I didn't need an overhead vent. On the shelf I have my go-to spices, with room for a a few plates. Saves me time hunting for the spices I 've put down somewhere on the countertop ( or maybe they are still lurking in the spice cabinet) or a place to put the plates just as the food is ready. A little bit of clutter but not much. I adapted this from a restaurant kitchen I used to work in.

                                                                          1. srsone Aug 4, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                                            ka mixer...
                                                                            oster model 7 blender...
                                                                            t-fal 4 slice toaster
                                                                            george foreman..
                                                                            the deep fryer is way back in the corner...

                                                                            and 2 knife blocks...(they were gifts)

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                                                                              skyline Aug 4, 2011 12:30 PM

                                                                              LOL, I can't even hide behind the "gifts" excuse for my 2 knife blocks... just bought too darn many knives.

                                                                              One block is the traditional slotted kind but after I bought the Shun chef's knives I discovered they won't fit into even the biggest block-slots, so the second block is the standup quarter-circle magnetic type. Messermeister and MetroKitchen both sell them.

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                                                                                srsone Aug 13, 2011 01:05 PM

                                                                                they are useful...
                                                                                and they both came with a set of extra steak knives......and one came with a cleaver also

                                                                                but i still have 2 santuko's...
                                                                                and im thinking about a Usuba

                                                                            2. mlou72 Aug 4, 2011 09:47 AM

                                                                              Keurig, KA stand mixer that I bought when I was 17 and use frequently, microwave, Zojirushi induction rice cooker, and Zojirushi bread machine. And this is not a large kitchen, but I use all of them every day or every few days. The bread machine should go back in the pantry, but I use it every 3 days or so to knead bread and something else in the pantry claimed the empty slot for it.

                                                                              I tamed the appliance clutter by rotating those extra fun appliances. Nixed the toaster though, we're just not toast people. Everything else is in the pantry or a bottom cupboard. Once a month or so I pull out the slow cooker and use that. It goes back, and the big George Foreman grills up all kinds of yummy things throughout the next few weeks. I wish I could keep the big 3 tier steamer out, but it's in a handy enough spot in the pantry.

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                                                                                skyline Aug 4, 2011 12:19 PM

                                                                                Viking stand mixer

                                                                                Zojirushi rice cooker

                                                                                Smaller food processor (KA 7 cup). The "serious"one (a Braun CombiMax) lives in the pantry unless it's needed, because it has a footprint more than twice the size of the KA, and a considerably larger bowl.

                                                                                Breville countertop oven (which rarely gets used but who wants to haul it back and forth?)

                                                                                Microwave only because it's too big to hang from an upper cabinet. Next house will have a smaller one because the only thing it gets used for is to melt butter and nuke-steam frozen veggies occasionally. Huge waste of space.

                                                                                Do two knife blocks count as an appliance? LOL

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                                                                                  MarkKS Aug 12, 2011 02:30 AM

                                                                                  If you want to show off the tools you like to use, absolutely. My kitchen designer/contractor came up with this minimal-counter-clutter look, but he doesn't know how to cook. He stuck my knives in a drawer, says a pothanger will "clutter" the view.

                                                                                  I'm thinking, we have to synthesize something different from old-time kitchens not suitable for guests to linger, more like, "Do you guys want to watch something cool? And participate in making some cool things?"

                                                                              2. FoodChic Jul 24, 2011 08:41 AM

                                                                                Coffee maker and nothing else.

                                                                                1. crowmuncher Jul 23, 2011 12:26 PM

                                                                                  only one- the EuroPro convection oven- too big to hide to protect from dust...

                                                                                  1. goodhealthgourmet May 9, 2011 02:20 PM

                                                                                    clutter makes me crazy.

                                                                                    i've never had the option of indulging my inner minimalist before because my kitchens were always tiny with very limited storage space...but my current one is a big step up.

                                                                                    for the first several months the knife block, electric kettle, blender & one crock of utensils were the only things on the counter. no need for a coffeemaker because i use an Aeropress. i finally caved a couple of months ago and gave up some space for a new Breville Smart Oven...very smart move because i love it and use it pretty much every day now.

                                                                                    oh, and my Cuisinart Stand Mixer has lived on top of the fridge in every other kitchen and continues to do so, because i don't use it very often and it takes up far too much cabinet space.

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                                                                                      c oliver May 9, 2011 02:41 PM

                                                                                      I found once I put my stand mixer in a little dead space on the counter (between the toaster oven and the staging area to the left of the sink that I use it more.

                                                                                      I have one of those 6-7' tall stainless steel shelving units from Costco in a little 'nook' at the end of the kitchen. My HUGE MW/convection is on it.

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                                                                                      pine time Apr 8, 2011 02:23 PM

                                                                                      I must be super weird: I have 14 feet of granite counter (don't hate me), and the only appliances out are the coffee maker and toaster. I do have 3-4 decorative pieces, but that's it. Guess I like a minimalist look.

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                                                                                        John E. Apr 8, 2011 03:00 PM

                                                                                        If it were me and I had that much space I'd lose the art and get a Breville Toaster Oven and leave the KA mixer on the counter.

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                                                                                          pine time Apr 9, 2011 12:31 PM

                                                                                          I don't even own a KA mixer (altho' it's on my wish list and CostCo has an upcoming sale)! Buying that much granite was a real sticker shock when we remodeled (the old counter was Formica).

                                                                                      2. Glam Foodie Apr 7, 2011 09:07 PM

                                                                                        In general, I keep a few appliances out and put the rest away. If I'm doing some fancy entertaining, I sweep away everything but the bare necesseties for the night!

                                                                                        Right now on my counters I have:

                                                                                        - Microwave
                                                                                        - Toaster
                                                                                        - Coffee pot
                                                                                        - Tea kettle
                                                                                        - KitchenAid stand mixer, because I've been doing lots of baking lately

                                                                                        Put away, I have a crock pot, blender, Magic Bullet (lol), food processor, and waffle iron.

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                                                                                          RxDiesel Apr 8, 2011 09:06 AM

                                                                                          My wife is the 'clean countertop' sort, so our u-shaped granite is encumbered by only (1) an All-Clad Slow Cooker in a corner; (2) coffee maker and electric teapot/water boiler thingee; (3) knife block; (4) open utensil canister next to the cooktop (whisks, spatulas, spoons, etc.); and, on an opposite side, my wife's laptop where she can email/surf/ etc. while I'm cooking. It keeps her out of the way, sort of .....

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                                                                                            John E. Apr 8, 2011 12:40 PM

                                                                                            I would love to have an expanse of clutter-free granite counter top. We don't have that much counter space and almost every inch of counter wall space has something against it, such as the commercial sized plastic wrap box that holds the cutting boards upright. There are three knife blocks, toaster, phone and mail type clutter on the other side of the stove; radio, blender and box of tissue on the other counter and coffee maker and crock of tools (spatula, tongs, wooden spoons, etc.) on the other side of the sink.

                                                                                            I'm actually ok with everything with the exception of the mail stuff, but I already got a similar stack removed from over by the radio, so I have learned to pick my battles. I am waiting for when the phone goes and the mail clutter will go with it. Honestly, did anyone ever envision the day when the American kitchen did not have a telephone on the wall or counter?

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                                                                                            blaireso May 9, 2011 01:50 PM

                                                                                            We're lean and mean types ourselves, I like to walk in to our kitchen and see a nice, clean expanse of shiny granite. That said, we still have:

                                                                                            toaster
                                                                                            electric kettle
                                                                                            blender
                                                                                            coffee maker
                                                                                            electric can opener
                                                                                            knife block (+ magnetic holder on wall)
                                                                                            wood cutting board (plastic ones are in cupboard)
                                                                                            2 oils, s&p mills, kosher salt
                                                                                            crock of most used utensils (rest in drawers)

                                                                                            I'm extremely lucky that I have lots of cabinets, but I also have appliances stashed in the pantry and linen closet. If I could fit them, I'd "relocate" the utensils and trash the can opener and knife block!

                                                                                            I really like the appliance storage system above, everything is easily accessed without taking things out to get to the stuff behind. I'm always afraid I'm going to knock something off a shelf, like the glass top to my slow cooker, or the milk glass receptacle from our juicer, inherited from my FIL and well-used and beloved.

                                                                                            Anybody else have duplicate appliances? I've got two grill/griddles (one electric, one CI), and two slow cookers. Got the 2nd slow cooker to replace the one with teflon lining that's elderly, but just can't bring myself to throw it out. Still works!

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                                                                                            Basiorana Apr 7, 2011 03:52 PM

                                                                                            Appliances that stay on the counter on purpose:
                                                                                            Coffee machine
                                                                                            Blender
                                                                                            Microwave
                                                                                            Bread machine (because I can't fit it anywhere, it's an old one)
                                                                                            Toaster oven (our toaster died and it was free. Wood paneled!)
                                                                                            Crock pot

                                                                                            Appliances that stay on the counter because I use them so often they never find their way home:

                                                                                            Rice maker
                                                                                            Yogurt maker

                                                                                            1. John E. Apr 6, 2011 09:26 PM

                                                                                              I find it interesting the number of people listing a coffeemaker as an appliance they leave out on the countertop. I assume they mean an electric drip coffeemaker. I would like to hear from people who own an electric drip coffeemaker who DO NOT keep it on the counter. Where do you keep it, how often do you use it and why would it not be left out on the counter?

                                                                                              We don't make toast on a daily basis anymore but the toaster is still on the counter (as is the coffeemaker).

                                                                                              The only other appliace left out is the blender which is used at least 4 or 5 days per week. If we had an easy place (handy) to store it, I suppose it would be stored there.

                                                                                              We also have a radio on the counter, does that count?

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                                                                                                Krissythecook Apr 7, 2011 02:45 PM

                                                                                                Such a fun discussion, like visiting everybody's kitchen! My electric drip coffeemaker is on the counter because I program it almost every night to brew at 5:30 a.m., since I have to leave for work at 6:30 and I love having coffee ready when I get there for breakfast. Time and alertness are short, so keeping it easily available is sensible. I keep other coffee makers in the cupboard. My kitchen is based on the 1898 footprint of my old house, but we remodeled in 2004 to make a beautiful space--still not a lot of counter space. It sounds like we all use things that are visible more often, when it's convenient. I've also learned to use the kitchen table for work space, and to double check often that I'm actually using the appliances on the counters--KA mixer, toaster oven. Non-appliances: knife block, cutting board, jars of tall utensils, pot of salt, pepper grinder, bread basket, long narrow ceramic holders for tomatoes and pears. By the sink, soap and hand lotion. I have a rotating double shelf under one counter corner for the FP, blender, rice cooker, immersion blender, hand mixer, and popcorn maker. Works great, but if I were buying a new one I'd be double sure it was heavy duty--it is not happy with the weight on it. On a very old marble top bureau, I have a bread machine, and on the sideboard a radio/CD player. Bon appetit, everyone!

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                                                                                                  elsiecat Apr 9, 2011 03:38 AM

                                                                                                  We have two electric drip coffeemakers (12-cup and 4-cup) and as of today we keep neither on the counter. The big one has always lived in a convenient closet because we'd never need it except for company. The little one lost its countertop lease today after we spent this week getting reacquainted with our old french press, to which we are now solidly converted. But the mini-drip is still perfectly good, so it gets tucked onto an out-of-the-way shelf in case we break the french press and can't instantly run out and get a new one. A coffee emergency is a coffee emergency, after all.

                                                                                                  A radio is DEFINITELY a kitchen appliance IMHO. And more convenient than my version of it, which is an iPod that rides in my pocket or tucked precariously into a waistband if I'm wearing something with no pockets. I dream of a wall-mounted kitchen TV myself, but whatchagonnado.

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                                                                                                  blaireso Feb 4, 2011 12:36 PM

                                                                                                  I'm both an appliance junkie and a clean countertop person, luckily with lots of storage closets. Some larger things are stored in the linen closet (waffle iron, electric griddle). Other items put away: cuisinart, kitchen aid mixer, hand mixer, immersion blender, 2 coffee grinders (one for coffee, one for spices), knife sharpener, slow cooker, Showtime rotisserie (another discussion, ours is 13+ years old and we love it). In fact, all our appliances are pretty old, much loved and used fairly often. I'm using the cuisinart less and less because it's such a pain to clean, mostly limited to veggies or bread crumbs these days because of that.

                                                                                                  On the counter: electric kettle, toaster, coffee maker, Oster retro blender, salt & pepper mills, kosher salt crock, couple of oils, cutting board & large trivet leaning against the backsplash, utensil crock, lotion near the sink. If I had drawer space I'd put the utensils away..

                                                                                                  About blenders: I highly recommend that if you can, you order an ice chopper blade. Makes a huge difference in their performance. I make a breakfast smoothie daily, so it's tucked around a corner but still handy. I like to walk into the kitchen in the morning and see a clean, shiny countertop--a micro fiber towel and a spritz of isopropyl alcohol works miracles.

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                                                                                                    heidikay Feb 3, 2011 10:16 AM

                                                                                                    One appliance the Keurig because it is used several times a day. Everything else gets pulled out and put away.

                                                                                                    Leaves room for all the paper clutter I like to accumulate. If only I could deal with the paper my kitchen would be impressive.

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                                                                                                      CoffeeKing Apr 19, 2011 10:26 AM

                                                                                                      Agreed. Our Keurig B70 is used throughout the day and has its own permanent spot on our counter top. The only other appliance is the toaster oven which gets used just about as much. Blender, electric grille and rice/veggies steamer are stowed in cabinets or kitchen drawers and are the only other appliances pulled out relatively often.

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                                                                                                      MysticYoYo Jan 31, 2011 08:57 PM

                                                                                                      The microwave is on its own stand. Underneath is a toaster oven.

                                                                                                      On the counters:
                                                                                                      Coffee maker
                                                                                                      George Foreman (it's not too big)
                                                                                                      Immersion blender that's in a corner
                                                                                                      Can opener

                                                                                                      and I'll sometimes leave out a crock pot for days before getting annoyed and storing it.

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                                                                                                        elsiecat Dec 30, 2010 10:59 PM

                                                                                                        - Microwave - used constantly, even when baking. I'll never heat milk on the stove or put chocolate into a double boiler again (yes, I still have the double boiler hidden away).

                                                                                                        - coffee grinder, which we use to grind flax seed each morning because DH is a health nut.

                                                                                                        - coffee maker, in which we make coffee bought already ground (I know, I know, but we're not really coffee people; if you want to get all purist with me we need to start a tea discussion).

                                                                                                        - toaster, which we use any time we make any kind of sandwich or use pita bread. Also, sometimes I make too many waffles and if so I freeze the extras which then get popped two at a time into the toaster. Mmm, waffles.

                                                                                                        - KA (Pro 600 Nickel Pearl) which is not going anywhere even if I could lift it conveniently. It has its own slab of counter which has become the Standing Mixer Shrine. I love that thing so much.

                                                                                                        Ha, I have exactly 5 appliances left out on my counters! Lucky for me you didn't ask about the other, non-appliance equipment actually taking up most the the space on the counter :-)

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                                                                                                          elsiecat Apr 9, 2011 03:26 AM

                                                                                                          Down to 4 appliances - today the coffee maker goes into hiding as we're switching to French Press! (I fear that soon there will be a 2nd coffee grinder, now for coffee beans.)

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                                                                                                          opehlia payne Dec 28, 2010 08:02 AM

                                                                                                          I'm the sort of person who dislikes clutter, but have such a dearth of storage space that I have no choice but to keep some items on the counter. We inherited a few small appliances when my grandmother died a couple years ago- things I never bought but couldn't refuse getting for free. Then some things- toaster, microwave, etc- we rarely use but would regret getting rid of if we did.

                                                                                                          On the counter are food processor, blender, a small GF grill (which has turned out to be handy in summer when it's Too Hot To Cook), toaster, rice cooker, crock pot, coffee grinder, coffee maker. I have an old food processor cart, on top of which sits a toaster/ convection oven, and on the bottom shelf, the microwave. And on top of the fridge are a bread maker, a waffle iron we just got for Christmas, and an electric tea kettle.

                                                                                                          I'd love to have a large enough pantry to store most of these things away when not using them (except the coffee maker and grinder). Hopefully our ongoing house hunt will prove successful- we've outgrown our apartment!

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                                                                                                            sedimental Nov 27, 2010 01:28 PM

                                                                                                            I did a big "re-org" of my kitchen items last year. I actually thought it through for weeks -and I like it so far.
                                                                                                            I made a "appliance pantry" under the stairway in a hall for all the appliances not used daily. I built the wooden shelves. I almost used the coat closet instead, but ended up doing something else with that. This pantry holds big items like the Kitchenaid, bread maker, vita mix, crock pots, etc. on shelves making for easier access. It also holds smaller items like the mandolin, ricer, rice cooker, etc. Some of these items I hang on the wall in there on hooks.

                                                                                                            I have huge racks under my counters for the FP, immersion blender, grinders and all those frequently used chopping/peeling/slicing/ gadgets (almost daily use items).

                                                                                                            So, NOW, left on the counter: wine rack for weekly bottles, t.v. (always on food channel or CNN),4 slice toaster, coffee maker and food saver. Appliance free!!! I get my cake and eat it too. It was a big project -but really worth it.

                                                                                                            Now....Ughhh.....that garage!

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                                                                                                              HeBrew Nov 22, 2010 06:33 PM

                                                                                                              All of them! And I only have one counter in my apartment kitchen (and one drawer!). So, next to the stove are the most commonly used spices, utensils, and cutting board. Then lining the counter top is the knife block, coffee maker, coffee grinder, toaster, processor, bread machine, boat motor is in front of the blender, and lastly there she stands...the beautiful white and stainless sculpture, the KitchenAid Heavy Duty mixer.

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                                                                                                                RGC1982 Nov 22, 2010 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                Double row appliances is definitely a sign. Whether this is a sign of too small a kitchen, or too large a collection, is in the eye of the beholder!

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                                                                                                                serah Nov 19, 2010 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                Okay, let's see... I'm a big believer in that if it's a hassle to get in and out of a cupboard, you won't use it.

                                                                                                                Kenwood Chef - pride of place. You'll prise this from my cold, dead hands. Used several times a week.
                                                                                                                Food processor - mid sized, lives beside Chef.
                                                                                                                Kettle, used daily. I make my coffee in a cafetiere which is either in the dishwasher or the cupboard
                                                                                                                Kitchen scales- slimline electric set, used all the time
                                                                                                                Rice cooker - a Zojirushi fuzzy logic machine that will live out whenever Santa Claus gets round to visiting this year:) We eat rice several times a week so I'm really looking forward to this.

                                                                                                                Knives live on a magnetic rack

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                                                                                                                  dessert_diva Nov 17, 2010 06:09 AM

                                                                                                                  I used to "keep a clean countertop" until I got older (LOL) and let's face it, the arms and back just ain't what they used to be. Plus I'm lazier. ;-)

                                                                                                                  Permanently out on my counters now are:
                                                                                                                  * Zojirushi Micom rice cooker (which is used every single morning for programmed steel-cut oatmeal, plus at least 3x a week for rice cooking. I love this thing, best appliance I ever bought!
                                                                                                                  * KitchenAid stand mixer
                                                                                                                  * KitchenAid 4-cup food processor which is the smaller of the two (the Big Daddy is a Braun K650 Combi-Max which I love but would take up more than twice the room, and the 4-cup is big enough for the daily-gruntwork jobs)
                                                                                                                  * fullsize microwave which really is a waste of space because I only use it for occasional things like melting butter if I'm in a hurry, or making 3-minute from-scratch potato chips; but I have noplace to store the thing and it's way too heavy to haul around.
                                                                                                                  * Breville countertop oven
                                                                                                                  * electric kettle, which boils water for tea faster than my electric smoothtop can do it
                                                                                                                  * electric steamer

                                                                                                                  I'm lucky to have a walk-in pantry and so on the shelves there I can also store the Braun Combi-Max, the Cuisnart ice cream/yogurt maker, the extra steamer that I bought when it was discontinued (just in case!), the Tassimo which I only use for guests ever since I gave up coffee six years ago, the Just for Dinner breadmaker which my daughter gave me and so I can't get rid of it even though I dislike the taste of the bread it makes (I only use it when she visits, otherwise I bake my own from scratch -- she was trying to "save me some work", bless her heart), and the electric knife which was a gift from my son and which I never use either.

                                                                                                                  Currently my knives are in a drawer-block but I'm seriously considering getting the Global stainless steel countertop block. I'm going to get my knives sharpened today and don't feel like having them sitting point-down on wood anymore (the Global is open on the inside, so nothing touches the blade). I should be able to fit it between the microwave and the toaster oven... I think.... right? ;-)

                                                                                                                  Oh, right, the other things permanently on the countertop are the vinegar I use most often (Golden Balsamic) and two kinds of olive oil. Yes I know the olive oils SHOULD be in the pantry where it is darker, or inside a cabinet, but what the heck. The bottles are dark glass, and I wrap them in paper towel to catch drips anyway, so the only part that's really exposed to much light is the neck of the bottles.

                                                                                                                  Oh, and the peppermill. Used to have a Perfex but now I have a Rosle (stainless housing, ceramic grinder) which I adore. All other spices are kept in a closed cabinet though.

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                                                                                                                    rheostaticsfan Nov 17, 2010 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                    * telephone
                                                                                                                    * vintage blender. (It was my mothers and has sentimental value, although I never use it)
                                                                                                                    * 2 slice toaster
                                                                                                                    * convection/toaster oven
                                                                                                                    * stand mixer
                                                                                                                    * food processor
                                                                                                                    * knife block
                                                                                                                    * induction burner (single burner)
                                                                                                                    * vacuum sealer
                                                                                                                    * rice cooker

                                                                                                                    I've been wanting to move the blender away somewhere and put the food processor there, but for some reason DH doesn't like that angle of view on it. It's a side counter. But...I'm finding the space with the FP and stand mixer awfully crowded.

                                                                                                                    I also have a knife sharpener I'd like to leave out to encourage me to use it to hone my knives before each use but there's just no place for it at the moment.

                                                                                                                    My island is my only clear workspace. I like my toys, but I also like uncluttered workspace. It's a constant struggle.

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                                                                                                                      dessert_diva Nov 18, 2010 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                      My dilemma exactly. I wish I had room for an island, to be used for "active work" only. My layout is what can best be described as a truncated U ... long side of the U is where the 5-burner cooktop is and most of the individual appliances are, and the much shorter side of the U is taken up by the microwave (corner) and the Breville toaster oven. The fridge and double wall oven are at the end of that U (yep, I know they shouldn't be next to each other but the walls are what they are) . If I were to put even a small island in the middle of the U, it'd drive me insane to constantly have to walk around it. Plus I couldn't have an outlet in it, because of the tile floor over a slab base; no way to run the wiring.

                                                                                                                      My theme song is constantly "next house's kitchen...." LOL

                                                                                                                  2. jmcarthur8 Nov 11, 2010 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                    Wow. I have a coffeemaker and a toaster out. The rest of the appliances are in the pantry or on a big rack by the back door in the garage. I cook every day, so it's all near to hand without being in the way.
                                                                                                                    DH tells me I have OCD because I have to have 'everything in it's place'. Maybe he's right!

                                                                                                                    1. ZenSojourner Nov 10, 2010 02:03 AM

                                                                                                                      If I had the space - which I do not - I would leave everything out. Since I don't have the space, we have a small 4 shelf wire bakers rack that sits just outside the kitchen area where all my appliances except the microwave, toaster, and rice cooker are kept. The microwave sits on the divider between the hall and the kitchen. The rice cooker is on top of the microwave. The toaster sits on the counter next to the crock with the utensils in it.

                                                                                                                      The cabinets here are mounted high enough that there is actually space underneath them for my KA mixer, and I have occasionally left it out for several days, but there's only about 4' of counter space there, and about that in an L to the left of the sink. It's just that space to the right of the sink that's actually usable though so I can't really leave anything sitting there.

                                                                                                                      1. Barbara76137 Nov 9, 2010 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                        Coffee maker, knife block, can opener, toaster, frequently used evoo and vinegars as well as sea salt & pepper grinder. Nothing is cluttered and it makes the kitchen "feel" like a kitchen, but most importantly I am NOT going to waste time digging for things.

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                                                                                                                          Beckyleach Oct 7, 2010 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                          I have only about 6 feet of countertop. Maybe 7? I've had to add an old Hoosier bottom, a rolling butcher block cart, and, of course, the top of my fridge, as appliance places. I like things out, so I remember to use them...despite the clutter. My counters are pretty deep, luckily, so there's still space in front to work.

                                                                                                                          So, currently out (or on the fridge): Big Kitchenaid mixer, small Kitchenaid mixer. Rice cooker. Blender. Toaster. Convection toaster oven. Electric knife sharpener. Great big KA slow cooker. Bread machine (don't really use it but I still think I will..). Microwave. Cuisinart Grind and Brew burr grinder/coffee maker. Old Sunbeam percolator. And a KA food processer (the old, old Cuisinart fp is under the counter; it's just so ugly).

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                                                                                                                            electricfish Oct 7, 2010 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                            I thought I didn't have much stuff out, but upon reflection, that is a complete lie.

                                                                                                                            1. Giant early '80's microwave that is the size of a wall oven, and weighs more than I do. Works very, very well so don't see any reason to replace it. Plus it fits perfectly, like it was custom made, onto a shelf the previous owner designed into the kitchen.
                                                                                                                            2. Retro Oster blender - now for drinks only, I got a stick blender to use for soups, etc.
                                                                                                                            3. Toaster oven. I could lose this item. It's ugly, cheap and only gets used once or twice a year when sombody (me) gets in the mood for cheese toast.
                                                                                                                            4. Coffee maker - fancy Moccamaster awesomeness!
                                                                                                                            5. Cuisinart food processor - used just enough to make leaving it out worthwhile.
                                                                                                                            6. Waffle iron - child's favorite breakfast, but could be put up.
                                                                                                                            7. Toaster - could put this away too, I can't remember the last time we made toast.
                                                                                                                            8. Kitchenaid Stand Mixer - used lots!
                                                                                                                            9. Fancy chromed juice press - very nice industrial kind of thing, but we don't have good bulk citrus around here, so I never use it. Plus it's about 3 feet tall and won't fit in a cabinet. I should get rid of it. It does make my kitchen look very "pro", but it's stupid to keep something we never use. I've cleaned it ten times more than I've used it.

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                                                                                                                              hotoynoodle Nov 9, 2010 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                              am fascinated by folks who own, and keep out, both a toaster AND a toaster oven. the former, ok, if you make toast everyday? sure. the latter? you have a toaster and presumably an oven... cheesy toast in the broiler takes about a second.

                                                                                                                              i own a loft with very limited storage space. 2 kitchen cabinets, in fact. one of which holds the food pro, a coffee maker and a blender among many many other items. when i use the food pro, maybe once per week, it takes about 3 seconds to put it away, so i can't think why it needs to be out. i guess i just prefer the look of clean sight lines.

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                                                                                                                                EWSflash Jan 14, 2012 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                DH used to catch stuff on fire in the toaster oven. New house doesn't have as much room, I put the kibosh on toaster ovens.

                                                                                                                            2. silkenpaw Oct 5, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                              Stand mixer, blender, food processor. Covered so they don't get dusty. The spice grinder, hand mixer and immersion blender live in the cabinets. Nothing matches. I like the eclectic look, LOL.

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                                                                                                                                nwatson88 Aug 9, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                Alright, there are a ton of posts already on this one...but I laughed at the lead question and can't help myself, especially since I just got done re-organizing the kitchen...I should preface this by saying I'm an all opportunity eater with a passion for raw foods and he is a video game engineer/programmer (aka likes technology) and we are both foodies;) I Can Not live with clutter, especially in the kitchen, and have worked really hard to organize everything. I have our kitchen set up more like a working kitchen. Still, I don't reeeally want alllll these things. I have our more used items on the counter top, neatly placed by amount of use.
                                                                                                                                On the counter top we have...
                                                                                                                                Ice Cream Machine (his)
                                                                                                                                Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer (both)
                                                                                                                                Kitchen Aid Food Processor (both)
                                                                                                                                Blender (both)
                                                                                                                                Juicer (hers)
                                                                                                                                Hand-held immersion blender (both)
                                                                                                                                Utensils (both)
                                                                                                                                Toaster oven (both)
                                                                                                                                Deep Fryer (his of course!)
                                                                                                                                Sprouting rack (hers)
                                                                                                                                Snack bin (both)
                                                                                                                                Vegetable bin (hers)
                                                                                                                                In the cupboards, we also have pressure cookers (both), fondue pots (his), cast iron cookware (both), pasta makers (his), and a bread machine (his).

                                                                                                                                We are lucky at the moment to have the right-sized kitchen to hold everything neatly!

                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                1. Chemicalkinetics Jun 26, 2010 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                  Many things, but rice cooker is a must because I use it about 3 times a week and at least once a week. I won't want to take it out and put it back, take it out, put it back.

                                                                                                                                  I also insist other items on the counter, like spices bottles, oil dispenser, utensils holder.... , but they are not appliances.

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                                                                                                                                    kaleokahu Jun 24, 2010 09:49 PM

                                                                                                                                    Hmmm, let's see... The realtor wanted me to clean up my place, too, but I just couldn't put away the following:

                                                                                                                                    Duck press
                                                                                                                                    Garage door openers
                                                                                                                                    Magic Bullet
                                                                                                                                    Webcam for http\www.nakedcooking.com
                                                                                                                                    Yogurt maker
                                                                                                                                    Electronic monitoring anklet
                                                                                                                                    12V cordless wine chiller
                                                                                                                                    Electric corkscrew (corded
                                                                                                                                    ) Hotdog zapper
                                                                                                                                    Airpop popcorn machine
                                                                                                                                    Water distiller
                                                                                                                                    Norelco razor
                                                                                                                                    Bamix wand
                                                                                                                                    Yeast incubator cabinet
                                                                                                                                    Pioneer juicer/grain mill
                                                                                                                                    CB radio
                                                                                                                                    FryDaddy
                                                                                                                                    TV remote
                                                                                                                                    Easybake oven
                                                                                                                                    Brisker
                                                                                                                                    Popiel Set-It -and-Forget-It
                                                                                                                                    Egg poacher/escargot cooker
                                                                                                                                    Knife Sharpener
                                                                                                                                    "Salad Shooter"
                                                                                                                                    Cotton candy spinner
                                                                                                                                    Canopener
                                                                                                                                    Vaccuum sealer
                                                                                                                                    Kavakava tanoa/French press
                                                                                                                                    Infared remote-sensing thermometer
                                                                                                                                    Meat smoker
                                                                                                                                    EPIRBs and GPS for guests

                                                                                                                                    That's the left side. Right side:

                                                                                                                                    Spuulboy wineglass washer
                                                                                                                                    Taser charger
                                                                                                                                    Countertop icemaker (for cubes with holes)
                                                                                                                                    Hobart finger slicer
                                                                                                                                    Babysitter/Au Pere monitor
                                                                                                                                    Electric rolling pin
                                                                                                                                    Keggerator
                                                                                                                                    Hobart cubesteak machine
                                                                                                                                    Tabletop rotisserie
                                                                                                                                    Electric knife (and toothbrush)
                                                                                                                                    George Foreman grille
                                                                                                                                    Electric Rubirosa and saltcellar
                                                                                                                                    Sausage grinder/stuffer
                                                                                                                                    Breathalizer
                                                                                                                                    Begian wafflecone iron
                                                                                                                                    Recipe laptop, printer and scanner
                                                                                                                                    Sno Cone machine
                                                                                                                                    "Essential oil" still and shotglasses
                                                                                                                                    Bagel boiler
                                                                                                                                    Bug zapper blue light
                                                                                                                                    Electric envelope slicer
                                                                                                                                    Lettuce/paper shredder
                                                                                                                                    Infared touchless soap dispenser
                                                                                                                                    pH meter
                                                                                                                                    Boombox (w/ DJ turntable)
                                                                                                                                    Carafe hot chocolate maker
                                                                                                                                    Electric "Aberciser" belt and remote
                                                                                                                                    Margaritaville maker
                                                                                                                                    Shock collar buttons for all 6 dogs, 2 valets and 1 cat

                                                                                                                                    Now, that takes care of the pool house.... In the MAIN kitchen, we have...

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: kaleokahu
                                                                                                                                      buttertart Jun 25, 2010 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                      What, no HotDogger?

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                                                                                                                                        kaleokahu Jun 25, 2010 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                        Oh, yes, the Hotdogger is on the left, right next to the Airpopper and opposite the bread machine. Very practical layout for me, I just pivot my HoverRound when watching baseball on the Jumbotron.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kaleokahu
                                                                                                                                          buttertart Jun 25, 2010 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                          I was afraid it might be too déclassé for a pool house, I might have made a faux pas in mentioning it.

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                                                                                                                                            cuccubear Jun 25, 2010 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                            I don't know what I'd do with *that* kind of counter space...whew!

                                                                                                                                      2. JerryMe Apr 26, 2010 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                        Interesting thread! The only thing(s) out are my coffee maker and microwave. I have an L shaped kitchen w/ a breakfast bar along the opposite wall of the long part of the L. The bar tends to gather paper. Why? I dunno, but those are the only appliances (stuff) that hangs out in my kitchen. Knives are on a metal bar above the stove and I do have a glass jar on the stove w/ my utensils.

                                                                                                                                        1. kosherfoodies Apr 26, 2010 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                          on my counter:
                                                                                                                                          kitchenaid stand mixer
                                                                                                                                          cuisinart food processor
                                                                                                                                          (they wouldn't fit in any cabinets in my nyc apartment)
                                                                                                                                          immersion blender

                                                                                                                                          my slow cooker lives in the coat closet.
                                                                                                                                          my microwave is built-in, so it doesn't count, and i never use it anyway. i can't even reach it without standing on a step stool (which i also keep out; it's one of my most-used kitchen gadgets).
                                                                                                                                          and the percolator and teapot stay on the stove, though those aren't really appliances.

                                                                                                                                          1. decolady Mar 30, 2010 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                                            Out on the countertops:
                                                                                                                                            Braun juicer
                                                                                                                                            coffee maker
                                                                                                                                            coffee grinder
                                                                                                                                            hot water dispenser
                                                                                                                                            breadmaker
                                                                                                                                            toaster oven
                                                                                                                                            Cuisinart
                                                                                                                                            kitchen scale
                                                                                                                                            blender
                                                                                                                                            stick blender
                                                                                                                                            remote for the Bose

                                                                                                                                            The Kitchen Aid is on one of those pull-up shelves that goes back down into the cabinet when the mixer is not in use.

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                                                                                                                                              tonka11_99 Mar 28, 2010 11:40 PM

                                                                                                                                              I have a lot of counter space but here goes.

                                                                                                                                              a can opener (electric)
                                                                                                                                              a Stick blender and cup in a stand
                                                                                                                                              a toaster
                                                                                                                                              an electric skillet but that isn't really necessary
                                                                                                                                              coffee maker
                                                                                                                                              Foodsaver with 11 and 8 inch rolls

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                                                                                                                                                BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 29, 2010 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                Starting at one end of the room and working around:

                                                                                                                                                Kitchen-Aid stand mixer
                                                                                                                                                Electric kettle
                                                                                                                                                Coffee grinder
                                                                                                                                                French press
                                                                                                                                                Full-size Cuisinart
                                                                                                                                                Cuisinart mini-prep (yes, there are advantages to having both)
                                                                                                                                                Dualit toaster
                                                                                                                                                Heating pad (for making homemade yogurt once a week)
                                                                                                                                                Microwave

                                                                                                                                              2. TheCooksCorner Mar 28, 2010 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                I cook everything from scratch and I need a lot of appliances, so I built (yes, I did it myself) a separate section in my kitchen just for my appliances. I used bathroom vanity cabinets that match the rest of my kitchen instead of regular kitchen cabinets because I don't need all that counter depth; then I raised them several inches.

                                                                                                                                                I'm attaching a picture. It was taken before I drilled hole in the counter top and dropped all the cords into it -- the sockets were on that wall and I didn't want to move them. Now the cords are invisible.

                                                                                                                                                Now I couldn't live without that part of my kitchen!

                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                  MacGuffin Mar 29, 2010 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I'm VERY impressed! NICE job!

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                                                                                                                                                    JerryMe Apr 26, 2010 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                    That is indeed a very nice job! I like dropping the cords through the counter.

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                                                                                                                                                    shastadaisy Feb 5, 2010 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                    My husband's baby is on the countertop: Rancillio Espresso maker with equally heavy grinder. Also, a retro looking chrome Oster blender. Our microwave has it's own 'garage' with a pretty cupboard door.

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                                                                                                                                                      2good2eat Mar 25, 2010 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Have counter space but gets cluttered (surprise!!)
                                                                                                                                                      Drip coffee maker (daily use)
                                                                                                                                                      Rice Cooker (used atleast weekly)
                                                                                                                                                      Toaster, Food Processor, KA Stand Mixer
                                                                                                                                                      Cutting board, utensil caddy, tray with oil/salt/pepper etc
                                                                                                                                                      Dish rack , Cookie Jar

                                                                                                                                                    2. ifjuly Jan 28, 2010 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Microwave and toaster oven are on a three-tiered dolly on wheels with the coffeemaker and a little carousel caddy of mugs on its top shelf. My pistachio-colored Kitchenaid Pro 600 stand mixer is on display because it's too heavy and too gorgeous not to be out! But everything else is put away because I have a badly laid out boxy galley kitchen--it's spacious but the space is wasted--the floorplan is wide but not quite wide enough for an island in the center, and not long at all, so the counter space is next to zero despite the actual room being sizable. Sigh. I need every single inch of counter space for prep! I'm one of those poor chaps who has to utilize all the space-saving tips and tricks in the book--a hanging basket for produce, hooks to suspend all of the major cookware, little floating shelves and magnetic strips and hooks for spoons and tools, etc...

                                                                                                                                                      I keep my cookbooks on a separate bookshelf in the breakfast nook by the major hallway, near the curio that houses the china, barware, etc. When I see people keep their cookbooks right on their kitchen counters I'm always amazed--both because that must mean they don't need a lot of cookbooks and because they must have a ton of spare counter space!

                                                                                                                                                      If I had my way and did have ample counter space, I'd probably keep my rice cooker and food processor on the counter, just because I use them often and the food processor is very heavy.

                                                                                                                                                      And if there was an elegant way to have the immersion blender just hanging on a wall (unplugged of course!) by the oven I'd probably do it, because y'all are right--it's the greatest electronic tool in my entire kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                        UnoakedChardonnay Jan 29, 2010 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                        "Ifjuly": Do I understand that your kitchen is U-shaped? Maybe my friend's solution could spark an organization idea. She needed extra counter space, but only sometimes. So she replaced the under-cabinets opposite from her everyday working counter with a rolling cabinet. That gave her a lot of extra counter-working space when needed, but the cabinet pushed out of the way for the majority of the time when she didn't need it.

                                                                                                                                                        I wonder if I described it clearly. I can SEE it clearly...

                                                                                                                                                        Anyway, construction is involved, but could make a standard kitchen more functional for much less money than redesigning the whole kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                        koigirl Jan 26, 2010 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Coffee maker, cordless phone and small flat panel tv are only electrics on countertops. Lurking in cabinets are: coffee grinder, toaster, large and small slow cookers, rice cooker, bread machine, KA stand mixer, hand mixer, immersion blender, food processor, blender, all of which I use on a regular basis. I try to keep myself from purchasing one-purpose small kitchen appliances even when I'm tempted (the iced tea maker comes to mind) and traded my ugly countertop electic can opener for a manual one years ago. Less is sometimes more although you wouldn't know it from reading my above list.

                                                                                                                                                        1. woodleyparkhound Jan 26, 2010 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Immersion blender (use it for a smoothie every morning), rice cooker (use it 2 - 3 times a week) and a tea kettle on the stove for morning coffee. If I had enough storage space to put the rice cooker away, I would!

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                                                                                                                                                            armagnac Jan 24, 2010 04:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                            KitchenAid mixer, Krups toaster oven (love it!), and that's it. I mean, where would you put them away between uses? And why?

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                                                                                                                                                              Island Jan 23, 2010 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Hate appliances on the counter so there are none. Toaster oven and kitchen aid mixer are in a garage and slide out as needed, the latter almost daily for toast and reheating. Other appliances pulled out only when needed. Like a coffee maker when we have guests; we don't drink it. Only have a knife block, utensil pot, salt & peper shaker on the counters and a teakettle on the cooktop.

                                                                                                                                                              1. tzakiel Jan 12, 2010 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                - Cuisinart FP
                                                                                                                                                                - Zojirushi Rice Cooker
                                                                                                                                                                - Zojirushi Hot Water Dispenser

                                                                                                                                                                I also have a Waring pro deep fryer I keep out for stretches of time while the oil is still fresh enough to use.

                                                                                                                                                                I actually wrote up a blog post about this very topic:

                                                                                                                                                                http://jonvandalen.com/newblog/2009/1...

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                                                                                                                                                                  MacGuffin Jan 10, 2010 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  My Vita-Mix and my Norwalk juicer (which weighs 60+ lbs.).

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                                                                                                                                                                    jybarra2 Dec 25, 2009 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Kitchen Aid mixer, coffee maker, and installed microwave on counter top. Within my cabinets; 2 crock pots, blender, hand beater, tea maker, toaster, small food processor. Too many to keep on counter, it would look way to cluttered and chaotic.

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                                                                                                                                                                      foiegras Dec 16, 2009 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I guess I have only one ... my (jadite green) Kitchen Aid stand mixer. This doesn't make me a minimalist, however ... just low tech :D

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                                                                                                                                                                        taos Nov 21, 2009 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Just talking about appliances, not other stuff like knives, knife blocks, bowls, etc.:

                                                                                                                                                                        -blender
                                                                                                                                                                        -cusinart mini-prep
                                                                                                                                                                        -coffee grinder
                                                                                                                                                                        -microwave

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                                                                                                                                                                          whiskysour Nov 21, 2009 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Coffee grinder.
                                                                                                                                                                          French press.
                                                                                                                                                                          Insulated carafe.
                                                                                                                                                                          Toaster oven.
                                                                                                                                                                          Knife block.
                                                                                                                                                                          Utensil pot.
                                                                                                                                                                          Goldfish in a bowl.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. RetiredChef Nov 16, 2009 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            To keep married bliss alive it consits of

                                                                                                                                                                            Toaster
                                                                                                                                                                            Kitchen Aid
                                                                                                                                                                            Knives in Block

                                                                                                                                                                            We do have a 5 QT Hobart that stays out in our baking area - it's a little heavy to move and the area was designed around it.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. algct Nov 15, 2009 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Microwave with a convection toaster oven on top. Food processor in an alcove shelf. Coffee grinder, knife block and the 2 salt cellars [kosher and sea -large crystals].

                                                                                                                                                                              They all get used a few times a week, if not daily.

                                                                                                                                                                              PS. Thermo-carafe French Press if you caffeine addicts are wondering. Holds the requisite 30+ Oz of morning madness....

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                                                                                                                                                                                roux42 Nov 15, 2009 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I have a tiny New York kitchen.. So all th fits is the coffee maker and the toaster oven, the microwave in on the fridge. Every else is stuffed into closets.

                                                                                                                                                                                By the way... I love my hand held blender that I bought it at a stoop sale for 5 bucks 10 years ago. It is great for soups, making lumpy gravy smooth and tomato sauce, salad dressing for a crowd etc....

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Paulustrious Nov 15, 2009 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think I said this somewhere else but....

                                                                                                                                                                                  The hand-held blender fits really well in a wine rack

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                                                                                                                                                                                  cutipie721 Nov 11, 2009 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  The ones that I use everyday will stay on my countertop, in other words, my Jura espresso machine only. I _hate_ clutters

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Beckyleach Nov 9, 2009 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Currently: Convection toaster oven, KitchenAid mixer, blender, toaster, rice cooker, microwave oven, grind-and-brew coffee maker, food processor and electric knife sharpener all are out on my (very inadequate) counters. All get used weekly, if not daily.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      huruta Aug 29, 2009 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Depends on where we are living. We've rented for years and moved alot. Our last place the only thing out was the coffee grinder and toaster. In our new place, I don't have much cabinet space but a decent amount of counter space so the toaster and coffee grinder and now joined by the food processor, mixer and blender.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        snax Aug 28, 2009 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I am an ultra minimalist. The toaster is the only thing (apart from a wooden chopping board and vitamins) on my counter. However it is actually cleaned to get rid of any crumbs and placed neatly in the corner with a tea towel over it after each use. In my old house there was a cupboard that you would open up and there would be my toaster, kettle and all my tea/coffee/Milo/vegemite etc ready to go) it made the process or breakfast and hot drinks a pleasure to prepare. We also have one of those work office types of water cooler/heater that is free standing in the corner. But I would have the kettle out on the bench if we didn’t have the water dispenser.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          suz_pereira Aug 28, 2009 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          In the kitchen:Food Processor,KitchenAid Stand Mixer,microwave, Technivorm perfect coffee maker,coffee grinder,scale, hanging pot rack and magnetic knife holder on the wall.On a rack in the garage:Blender,toaster,electric frypan,slow cooker, countertop BBQ, fondue pot,electric grill,electric kettle, ice cream maker, rice cooker,bread maker. I got rid of all the esoteric kitchen gadgets long ago.( pasta maker, meat slicer, etc) I can't live without the immersion blender, mandoline, and microplane in the drawer though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Matash Aug 10, 2009 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I am trying to minimize all the items on the counter . Right now I have coffee machne, toaster and toaster oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                            If I ever received (as a gift) a beautiful colored Kitchen Aid Blender, food processor etc royal blue I would definitely keep them out (Better half - are you reading this........)

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                                                                                                                                                                                              nvcook Aug 10, 2009 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Let's see - immersion blender in it's stand, toaster, coffee maker, bean grinder, stand mixer and cuisinart food Processer. My kitchen is fairly large so it really doesn't seem cluttered.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Gooseberry Aug 9, 2009 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I think it boils down to:
                                                                                                                                                                                                personality (clutter vs minimalist)
                                                                                                                                                                                                cupboard space (where things will go if NOT on the counter)
                                                                                                                                                                                                counter space

                                                                                                                                                                                                I've moved to a place with much more counter space,and quite deep counters, which means I can have things out and keep enough workspace for, well, working.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Dishrack
                                                                                                                                                                                                3xjars with cooking utensils
                                                                                                                                                                                                butter dish
                                                                                                                                                                                                salt, pepper, olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                kenwood mixer
                                                                                                                                                                                                microwave
                                                                                                                                                                                                toaster oven
                                                                                                                                                                                                electric kettle
                                                                                                                                                                                                chopping board rack
                                                                                                                                                                                                tray containing tea items, notepad, pens
                                                                                                                                                                                                vintage containers containing flour, sugars, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm interested that on one else has listed stationery, but I find it indispensable when annotating recipes, scribbling in the margins, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  itstangy Jul 21, 2009 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have a decent amount of counter space, but not quite enough for what I leave on my counter:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Musts:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Zorjirushi hot water boiler
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rice cooker
                                                                                                                                                                                                  blender
                                                                                                                                                                                                  2x Utensil crocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                  knife block/knives
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tray for my cooking oils/salt

                                                                                                                                                                                                  hoping to get rid of:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  dish rack (when we get a dishwasher)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. buttertart Jul 21, 2009 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have a big kitchen for NY, but it has very little counter and cupboard space. I am always trying to make more room but don't seem to be able to function without the microwave (aka big electronic timer per my husband), coffeemaker (Keurig, hate the footprint, too big), DLC-7 Cuisinart 1984 vintage, K5A standing mixer 1987 vintage, 2 coffee grinders (we use loose in the Keurig, one for coffee and one for spices), and cute red KA toaster which is the least used item of all (I eat breakfast at work, my husband seldom eats toast). With the back of the counter on the other side of the sink being cluttered with soy sauces, vinegars and other nonputtawayable cooking ingredients, I barely have room to roll out a pastry crust (or swing one of my 2 dear cats).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      cycloneillini Jul 19, 2009 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Counter clutter drives me nuts, but unfortunately I am also a gadget junkie. Thankfully I have a large island kitchen and a walk in pantry. The only appliances on the counter are the coffee maker (Senseo), Henkel knife block and screwpull wine opener (which is actually my husband's gadget - I prefer the old fashioned cork screws), along with two decorative oil and vinegar caddies and a wooden tea box. And next to the stove I have two utensil caddies (storing spatulas, mixing spoons, whisks, etc.), because having all that stuff cluttering a drawer also drives me crazy. There is a pull-out cabinet (with doors) that is counter-height under my microwave - it was made to store counter top appliances, but mine is chock full of various seasonings, vinegars, soy sauce, etc. It's very handy to be able to open it up and pull out the shelf to access whatever ingredient I want when I'm cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Rubee Jul 19, 2009 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        For me:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I finally have nice counter space. The last kitchen (downtown Boston galley kitchen) was so cramped, I had appliances everywhere and about 20 inches of useable counter space. In the new kitchen I can store most of the appliances in the pantry. I have three long counter spaces and try to to keep them uncluttered. One is between the refrigerator and oven, and one on each side of the cooktop. Basically, the only appliances out are the Hamilton milkshake blender, coffee grinder/coffee machine, and KitchenAid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The first area holds a stainless steel milkshake blender and the bottles of booze that won't fit in the cabinets. Yes, sad but true, we have too many bottles! One of these days we're going to put in a wet bar in another part of the house so I can clear that. On one side of the stove is the coffemaker, stainless steel and class cannisters for coffee beans and sugar, Wusthof knife block, and a SS container for cooking utensils right by the stove. On the other side, next to the stove is a ceramic olive oil carafe, then cookbook stand, SS/glass cannisters for flour and rice, and KitchenAid mixer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        A silver Nambé bowl holding fruit is on the kitchen table in the nook, the island contains the kitchen sink and SS drying rack, and the low bookcase behind the sofa dividing the kitchen from the main living area holds cookbooks and on top a stainless steel platter with cocktail/shaker set.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Candy Jul 19, 2009 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Okay, am sitting at mu built in kitchen desk. On it are laptop, small scanner, lamp, speakers, telephone and a few refrence books. Like Sam I have a lot of counter space and storage. Looking to my right is kind of my baking area, Lg. processor, sm. processor, stand mixer, and Food Saver. Continuing to the right past wall oven, two doorways, the fridge, next counter has an unused Krups Coffee maker that needs to go away, stab mixer, French Press, Microwave is mounted above, under an upper cabinet. Then the sinks, then electric kettle, DH's tea pot and toaster. In the island is the cook top and crocks of utensils. In the room are also 3 bookshelves, a table for my orchids on the SW windowed wall, rocking chair, and lamp. I have 3 sets of tall cupboards for china and glasswar not in everyday use, 1 basket of dog toys, and a basket under the orchid table to collect magazines. There is a dining area too and a door to the screened porch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          As a former Realtor first thing is to make the kitchen sparkle and shine. Cleanliness is the biggest factor. Kitchens that don't look lived in are a turn off to anyone who cooks. If they don't cook what do they care what the kitchen looks like?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            blaireso May 20, 2009 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm also in the minimalist camp. I am pretty obsessive about keeping the granite counters clean, and I like the uncluttered look. On deck: toaster, coffee maker, salt cellar, pepper mill, EVOO in dark green tall bottle with screw cap (about 2 c. capacity). Also a large utensil canister that in a pinch can double as an ice bucket. My DH likes to have a knife block out, I prefer steak knives put away and kitchen knives on a magnetic holder on the wall. I use a blender daily, so it's out. Beside the sink is a trivet that holds dish soap and hand cream (no stained granite). Leaning against the backsplash is a large wood cutting board, and an IKEA trivet that is also big enough to handle several dishes at once. We've got a kitchen with lots of counter space and an island. Plenty of drawers to hold all my paraphernalia, plus a pantry. All other appliances (a bunch like the rest of you) are out of sight and hopefully away from volatilized oils from cooking. If I had 2 more drawers next to the stove I'd probably delete the utensil canister and put those away, too. I know it's kind of obsessive, but I really like to wipe down all those glossy counters and see no fingerprints, no mess, no fuss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. bythebayov May 5, 2009 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              food processor (use it too often to put it up), toaster oven and coffee maker

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. CaseyAngelova May 4, 2009 04:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Counter appliances drive me nuts. When designing cabinet layout, I including hiding places for my microwave, food processor and Kitchen Aid mixer. I don't have anything else but those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don't eat toast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don't drink coffee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don't drink juice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bythebayov May 5, 2009 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  no coffee or juice? :-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Soop May 8, 2009 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    or toast O__O

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. dcrb May 1, 2009 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Coffee pot, stand mixer, blender, food processor, toaster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. mels88 Apr 30, 2009 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Microwave's a given.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Coffee maker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Toaster/Oven toaster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - Rice cooker (which also works as a steamer!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very minimal. =) I like space - not clutter. But I make sure other appliances like my blender and George Foreman grill are easily available. I keep them in a cabinet nearby. Gotta have the George Foreman grill!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All my appliances are black, too, except for the rice cooker. I love black. It goes with everything, and it looks nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. jen kalb Apr 28, 2009 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a big kitchen with a lot of storage space and a huge marble table which is the main work/eating space - while my preference and desire when I built this kitchen was to store most of this stuff out of signt it hasnt worked. First, I am an incredible food collector and accumulate a lot of stuff which lies around all the open spaces. Second, we keep out appliances for daily or frequent use. /Third, a lot of these items are too big and tall or heavy to fit in a storage space under or near the work area. Appliance have gotten bigger over the years. My current processor is MUCH bigger than my original cuisinart, which fit easily in the cabinet. My current toaster is a huge monster, coffeemaker ditto, etc.Finally, my arm (tendonitis in the elbow) tells me almost daily that lugging heavy items unnecessarily is stupid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Selling a house is hopefully a one time experience - unless your own aethestic sense demands it, you should set up your kitchen for your own convenience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here is the equipment that is is sitting out on ours on the spaces on the two sides of the sink,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (1) coffee grinder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (2) mini-chopper (received as blooddrive premium, not yet assigned a home)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (3) huge drip coffee maker (should be in the cabinet, rairly used
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (4) knife block
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (5) toaster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (6) espresso machine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      behind the cooktop under the hood several crocks full of utensils
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      other side of cooktop - (7) kitchenaid mixer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (8) food processor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (9) blender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (8) scale.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jen kalb Jul 21, 2009 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        since this report I have demoted my blender to the cabinet - who knows, I may get rid of it - replaced with an Indian mixie, butterfly brand, which so far has competently made some masala and a chutney and liquidized a pineapple. I have high hopes for this appliance but its too soon to give a recommendation here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          qianning Apr 4, 2011 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Are you still happy with the "mixie" or has it been demoted off the countertop? I've been making a lot of wet/dry pastes lately (Thai, Indian, Burmese) and am wondering a "mixie" should be on my wish list.....so any advice very much welcome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. linengirl Apr 25, 2009 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Starting by the fridge and working clockwise around the kitchen:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kitchenaid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        coffee maker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        blender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        knife sharpener (I know, I know, but I'd put away almost everything before I'd give up room for that thing. I am devoted to it...)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        food processor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rice cooker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        toaster oven
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If I was not so lazy about hauling things out to use them, I could put away the stand mixer, the rice cooker, the blender, the coffee maker (I drink a lot of tea), the food processor... just don't make me give up my knife sharpener! ;->

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Krissythecook Apr 24, 2009 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's easier to clean a counter with less stuff on it, and it gives you more work room, but it seems like I use most often the tools that I can see. My kitchen has limited counter space, but I keep a huge maple cutting board out at all times (18" round); knife block; 5 jars full of spoons/spatulas/whisks int he corner; drip coffee maker; toaster oven; KA mixer. No room for more--but in a revolving shelf inside a corner cupboard are my food processor, blender, immersion blender, and FP blades. On the stove top, a beautiful copper tea kettle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. BamiaWruz Apr 22, 2009 03:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't see a problem with electric kettles on counter, and as for the rest it depends on how frequent they're in use. Some people make toast frequently so if the toaster was on the counter that would make sense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As for me it's kettle, mini smoothie maker bottom, but the cup is in the cupboard. Mini chopper, large blender, george forman grill and everything else is put away. I don't like appliances on counters, but I don't mind things like oils/vinegars that need to be accessible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FigNinja Apr 21, 2009 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just my electric kettle. I also have a paper towel roll and often a bowl of fruit but that's it. I hate having things on my counter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Politeness Apr 19, 2009 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Moving clockwise from 11:00,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                electric kettle (Braun )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                burr coffee grinder (Solis Maestro)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hario Nouveau (if you have to ask . . .)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sharp microwave (inherited when my father died; would never have bought it, hardly use it)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Delaminator (Krups Type F404; explained below)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Toaster (Siemens Global Design)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rice cooker (Panasonic SR-EA10N)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of the cooks in our kitchen is a native-born Japanese, so we make rice in that rice cooker 300+ nights per year, and have done so in that selfsame rice cooker for the past ~20 years; it just keeps working.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And -- out on a tea cart, but moved to the counter when it needs to be used, blender (Bosch MMB2000)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The delaminator needs to be explained, I suppose, as RGC1982 was the person who started this thread, then went on to dis' electric can openers. We ain't gots no steenkin' electric can opener, we's gots an electric can delaminator! (Krups calls it an "Open Master") Here is why it is essential: Our dog (who weighs 79.999 pounds) gets fed twice a day, 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., a different meal in the evening than in the morning. At the morning meal, he gets a dollop of plain yogurt and a sprinkling of dried blueberries on top of his kibble, but at the evening meal, he gets 1/4 can of canned dog food (Solid Gold Turkey & Ocean Fish) under his kibble. So three days out of every four, we have a partly used can of dog food in the refrigerator. Because the Krups does not actually cut into the metal, but merely uncrimps the seal at the top of the can, we can put the top back onto the can and make the can a servicable sealed container stored in the refrigerator, no need for Saran Wrap or the like to cover the partially full can. (Works well for part cans of tomato paste, etc., too.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Caitlin McGrath Apr 19, 2009 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We've always just used the plastic can caps they sell at the pet supply store for the in-progress cat food cans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Politeness Apr 19, 2009 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But Caitlin, have you ever seen one of those for a tomato paste can, though?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath Apr 20, 2009 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have not; then again, unlike with pet food, I don't mind transfering leftover tomato paste to a jar (which I think is safer for potentially longer keeping once open), and in fact, I often buy it in tubes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kattyeyes Apr 20, 2009 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We also use the tube of tomato paste when we want to use just a little vs. the whole can. Works like a charm and I never realized it even existed in a tube until a few years ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Caroline1 Apr 23, 2009 05:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I transfer my tomato paste to a ziplock sandwich bag, squeeze all of the air out, zip, mash flat and even, score it into four equal sections with my finger (a la tic tac toe), fold along one score and pop it in the freezer. Next time I can use it all or only use a fourth of it. Works for me! I don't like storing acidy things in a can, no matter how much white plastic liner they come with.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RGC1982 Apr 20, 2009 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I use a plastic lid designed to fit pet food cans, but I totally understand why you might like the delaminator. I supposed that one day I too will have to give in, but not yet. It just seems easier not to have one than to clean one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Politeness Apr 21, 2009 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RGC1982, true confessions time: we never have cleaned our Krups Open Master. In our defense, we have never had occasion to clean it. When a can is delaminated, not cut into, the liquids inside generally do not ooze out onto the appliance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Cascokat Apr 18, 2009 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow, after reading all of these posts, I guess I'm going to have to break out my immersion blender from it's (ORIGINAL) box and start using it! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm one of the clutter-free people, so the counter top is home to only a toaster, a coffee maker and the mini-Cuisinart. The crock of wooden spoons doesn't count!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        odkaty Apr 19, 2009 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I keep my immersion blender in one of those utensil canisters in a cabinet. Wrap the cord around the motor part and drop the head in beside the motor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. cassoulady Apr 18, 2009 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The KA stand mixer, Breville citrus juicer, Food processor, are all on open shelves in the kitchen. and the toaster is on the griddle of the stove. These are the only things I really use and they are in arms reach of the stove.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          PeytonQuinn Apr 17, 2009 09:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have a Model SR-MK10S National Rice Cooker with Fuzzy LOgic. I am looking for manual for this cooker. It is actually made by Panosnic and sold under various retail outlets with different model numbers. I downloaded a PDF from Pansonic for another model that looks Identical. Anybody got any ideas? I her the rice cooker chimming rice is ready, but it tastes a small bit undercooked. Perhaps this is due to the fact that I live at 8578 ft altitude. Water boils faster but not as hot at this elevation. But the air is always sparklingly clean and fresh. Peyton Q

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            c oliver Apr 18, 2009 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't own a rice cooker so can't help you there. But I live at "only" 6400 ft. and I ALWAYS add salt to water which raises the boiling point. I know there are books about baking at high altitude. Maybe some on just plain cooking. I'm struggling with learning how to make pasta dough. Both the altitude and the humidity effect the result. Good luck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. cuccubear Apr 17, 2009 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Heck, I wish I could get rid of _my_ microwave, but SO won’t hear of it! :-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On the counter – Microwave, Coffeemaker, Food Processor and Toaster. Counter space is at a real premium in my kitchen, so I put in special U-shaped shelves in the closet to hold most appliances.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mcel215 Apr 17, 2009 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What are U-shaped shelves? Are they available to order, or did you custom make them?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a broom closet in my kitchen, that now stores a small upright freezer and one high shelf. But there is room for one more shelf, and I would love to maximize the space. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cuccubear Apr 20, 2009 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I custom made it myself. The closet in my kitchen starts at knee level (weird I know) so I have standard shelves a little more than half way up. Towards the top, I cut the middle of the shelves out so it's shaped like a U. That way I can reach up to store things in the highest part of the closet. Usually it's wasted space.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mcel215 Apr 21, 2009 03:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, I think I understand what you are saying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have a closet in my kitchen and there is a high shelf only. It was originally a broom closet, thus no other shelving. I bought a small upright freezer, so now I have extra freezer space. But there is about a five ft. gap between the top of the freezer and the upper shelf. My problem with putting shelves in between, is the circuit box sits on the right hand wall, and I need access to it. It has a cover/door that needs to be opened to change a fuses when necessary. So, I too need to custom design something, thus the curisiosity into your U-shaped design. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paulustrious Apr 22, 2009 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I believe that in most places it is against code to have the (main) circuit box in a cupboard in which things can be stored. But that's between us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mcel215 Apr 24, 2009 02:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Really? Well, that's probably why is "supposed" to be a broom closet! But, there is a large metal frame around the small box, preventing me from adding shelves near it anyway!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just saw wasted space and used it. With a 725 sq. ft. Condo, one tends to do that. I put a small standing freezer on the floor and the top shelf was already there. I am just looking to add some space to hold my small appliances and get them off the counter now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bnemes3343 Apr 17, 2009 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stand mixer, toaster, food processor, blender. coffee pot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. David A. Goldfarb Apr 17, 2009 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The only conclusion after all this is that one cook's clutter is another cook's mise en place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  RGC1982 Apr 17, 2009 08:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think you have finally answered my question. Thank you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ali Apr 17, 2009 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I envy all you folks who have learned to live without a microwave. :( If I could do it, I really would. It's taking up way too much room that I don't have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From east to west, my appliances:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  small toaster (which I just realized I can get rid of/move to a better space)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  immersion blender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  magic bullet base (I LOVE this thing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rice cooker (this one comes and goes but I'm on a rice kick right now)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  microwave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  toaster oven
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  old school cuisinart - not on counter but out nonetheless (no room inside any of the cabinets)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I try to limit it just to those and have no problems with any being out ... except for that microwave. ARG!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hotoynoodle Apr 22, 2009 06:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    you *can* learn to live without a microwave. i used to have one, but when i moved, i lost a ton of space. just get rid of it. you'll learn quite quickly. they're such eyesores.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cassoulady Apr 22, 2009 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am in agreement, the only think i ever used mine for was melting butter for popcorn it seemed, so when i moved, i didnt miss it. What do you use it for Ali?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ali Apr 22, 2009 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reheating food. It's the single most-used item in my kitchen, that microwave. I tend to cook on weekends, and reheat food during the week. And especially on dreary days and days when I get home from work extremely late, the most I can stand is waiting the 4 minutes it takes for the microwave to do its job. The mere thought of getting out a pot/pan/whatever, even for the same purpose, would just deter me from eating.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cassoulady Apr 23, 2009 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That makes sense.... I rarely have leftovers to reheat which is probably why I never used mine ( expect for pizza which gets soggy anyway).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bmccommon Oct 9, 2011 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I use mine to all the time. Since I never know if my husband will be home or not, I don't plan meals or food. I thaw in the microwave if I have to. He heats up soup, makes popcorn, I melt chocolate, butter, used to heat water until I had my hot water dispenser installed. Since it's built in it's not in the way. I have cooked full meals in there too. That's one thing I won't give up!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        David A. Goldfarb Apr 22, 2009 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To save some space, I got a microwave that's also a toaster. It's not a great toaster, but it's enough of a toaster. I use it more as a toaster than as a microwave. I used to use it to warm up coffee, but I've been making coffee almost exclusively with the espresso machine for the past few years, so I don't do that anymore. I could downsize even more and just get a toaster, but I've been using the microwave for defrosting, and the ice cream freezer is stacked on top of it, so it's like having three appliances with one small footprint.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you just use it for heating food, one strategy is just to do everything in a single serving size pan (like a 9-10" frypan), which is how some restaurants keep orders moving down the line. Bowl of soup?--heat it up in a pan. A dish that involves sauteeing and broiling--it can all be done in one or two pans. Firing a dish that's been partially cooked--it happens in the same size pan. They'll usually have a few stacks of cast aluminum pans like this on a shelf over the range.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Caroline1 Apr 23, 2009 05:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's possible that a lot of people who don't list a microwave on their counter tops have built ins. I have two wall ovens. One cooks with microwave and/or halogen light. It will do everything from broil a steak, bake and brown cookies, or heat my soup. The other oven uses thermal heat, convection heat, or microwave in conjunction with either or both of those, but will not use microwave alone. Ain't nuthin' wrong with cookin' with microwaves! But it's usually a personal choice on whether they take up half your counter space. And THAT is annoying!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EWSflash Jan 14, 2012 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jeez- I'm pushing for a new microwave at home, I'm going to take the gimpy crippled MW to work because we have a sort of bat cave and we have coffeemakers,an espresso maker, water heater, a toaster oven, and a MW would be perfect, because we have to heat our lunches in the break room, MW which usually has the splatters of some slob's lunch that they didn't clean up. That and the goddamn MW popcorn, which I will tell everybody if they do that in our batcave I will take the MW out, period.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              John E. Jan 14, 2012 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, your post brought back memories. We had a giant microwave years ago. It was a wedding present back when they cost around $500. I had an office in the basement of a building and we really did not have enough storage room. I was talking to the super of the building and he told me that behind a wall in our hallway was an empty space. Without too much difficulty we cut a hole through the wall and found a room about 12' X 14'. We built some shelves and that's where my old microwave went (among a LOT of stuff...office supplies etc.) One of our younger employees found a way through the back of the 'new' storeroom into another part of the basement. He called it the 'batcave'. I had to put a stop to the exploration when I caught him napping in their once. (He wasn't doing it while clocked in, but still....)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            polish_girl Apr 16, 2009 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am in the minimalist camp. I leave none of my appliances out. Actually, 2 - electric water kettle and a toaster, but they are both hidden behind these "appliance garage" doors built between the cupboard and the counter in 2 corners of my kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              happy_c Apr 16, 2009 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rice cooker, microwave, and toaster oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The rice cooker is way too big for the limited counter space I have but I use it almost every day so why bother putting it away! Plus I don't have storage space for it anywhere else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Mawrter Apr 15, 2009 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My kitchen lacks both storage and counter space. It is small and so badly designed it looks cluttered even without anything on the counters. Even if that weren't the case, I'd prefer to have absolutely nothing on the counters... but reality intrudes. I don't have space in the kitchen to put away the things I use regularly unless I start using the oven or the dishwasher for storage. The things I don't use *very* regularly (like daily, or close to it) get put away in the hall closet, the dining room closet or one of the dining room cabinets. The only exception is the stand mixer, because it's too damned big and heavy to justify moving around that much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                so, on the counters:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * stand mixer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * toaster oven
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * espresso machine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * coffee grinder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                All the appliances people leave out all the time are bad enough, but what I really hate is food out on the counters. Those "decorative" containers of sugar and flour and whatnot; spices, oils... all being exposed to light and air and getting staler by the second.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. toomanypots Apr 15, 2009 03:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the blender sits out mainly because it's too tall to put in the assigned appliance cabinet. So into the depth of the only corner in the countertop. Recipe book on stand serves as the 'garage' door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Demented Apr 15, 2009 01:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At what point did a knife block or french press become an appliance?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soop Apr 15, 2009 02:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I didn't read this thread properly, but I assumed electrical appliance. I suppose a french press might count otherwise though

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        adrienne156 Apr 15, 2009 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        An appliance is an instrument that performs a specific task with the implication that it is power operated. My french press makes coffee and lives on my counter because I use it often. If I preferred a coffee maker, it would live on my counter, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think most people, like myself, simply stated what was on their counters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RGC1982 Apr 15, 2009 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I say let her count the knife block and the French press if they have a permanent home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cyberroo Apr 14, 2009 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I kindof like clutter. So, from left to right:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Spice racks (flush-ish against the wall.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Tray with 2 jars of utensils, 8 kinds of salt, butter dish, peppermill...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Knife block & 3 cutting boards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Stand mixer & food processor. (I could put at least one of these away, but why bother?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Canisters (at least one of which is empty)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Toaster (hands-down the most used appliance I own)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Finally, the space above the dishwasher usually has drying dishes -or- the cocktail shaker and mixers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just outside my kitchen, I also have a rolling cart with the microwave (purchased so my mother-in-law could make her instant coffee). The lower shelves hold all of my enameled cast iron + coffee-making stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Soop Apr 14, 2009 02:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kettle, toaster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Boccone Dolce Apr 13, 2009 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crock Pot- it's a pretty one- oval, green crock and it's painted like some of my hand painted bowls from Italy- with olives!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cuisinart Grind -n- Brew (and I sing to it often, "cuisinart grind-n-brew i love you..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4 slice toaster (it's not plugged in except for when we use it- I have visions of the cats traipsing across it and the dog slamming the level down on their paws. NO ONE is allowed on my counters but I haven't installed the web cam yet so I dunno what happens here during the workday...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My KA (Hunter Green) hangs out on the bakers rack, attracting wolf whistles from the ugly yet functional water dispenser...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Everything else is shoved away- no- wait- my tiny mini chopper is out- and the base of the magic bullet but only because someone left them out, they need to be put away...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kattyeyes Apr 13, 2009 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You crack me up! :) I would totally do something like that (sing to the grind-n-brew).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Apr 14, 2009 12:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  boccone dolce, i've been debating getting a grind-and-brew.....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sounds like you're smitten. ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and i love my black & decker handy chopper, too. http://greasypot.com/wp-content/uploa...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  masha Apr 13, 2009 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We like a streamlined, uncluttered look, so no appliances are visible on the counter. On the counter, but behind an "appliance garage," are the drip coffee maker, expresso maker, coffee grinder, and 4-slice toaster. Everything else is put away in cabinets. Works just fine for us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    odkaty Apr 13, 2009 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The kitchen aid mixer and coffee maker are the only things on our counter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. pikawicca Apr 13, 2009 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have lots of counter top space (quartz), much of it covered by appliances I use daily/weekly. Starting at the fridge and going clockwise: microwave, coffee grinder, coffee maker, waffle iron. Toaster oven, knife block, electric kettle. Food processor, blender, set of canisters, stand mixer. Fagor slow cooker/pressure cooker,rice cooker. This is a serious cook's kitchen, and anyone who ever buys this house in the future will buy it for the kitchen. Screw your realtor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RGC1982 Apr 13, 2009 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like your attitude!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Actually, you made me think -- I DO put my waffle iron away, just under the cooktop. One of the few.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. David A. Goldfarb Apr 13, 2009 02:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One counter has a small Sharp microwave/toaster with a Cuisinart ice cream freezer on top of it, espresso machine, and grinder. Another counter has a dish rack (next to the sink), food scale, usually an electric tea kettle, large maple cutting board, knife block, Kitchen Aid stand mixer, blender, a vase with cooking utensils, and a couple of salts and pepper grinders next to the rangetop. The rice cooker comes and goes as needed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are pots and pans hanging from individual hooks all around the kitchen, with some heavier items resting on shelves and the top of the fridge. I like stuff to be accessible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kinnexa Apr 12, 2009 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Uh...everything? Let's see: electric kettle, microwave, toaster, electric skillet, Foreman grill, electric griddle, dirty dishes, clean dishes, old saucer we use as spoon rest, huge canister of tea bags, hot plate, huge toaster oven, crock of utensils, last night's beer bottles, stray forks, last week's beer bottles, cat toys, to name a few. In fairness we do have open plank shelves in the kitchen that hold at least a couple appliances and canisters, and freestanding bookshelves that hold a few more, and a place on the floor for the breadmaker, and steel utility shelving in the corner behind the freezer for packaged food, wine bottles, onion and potato baskets, and empties for homebrewing. Sometimes the Foreman grill ends up on top of the cat food bucket or the kettle on the coffee table with the books and last week's mail. And since we don't have a stove (hence all the electric gadgets), we can't store/hide anything in the oven...We own the place and don't like to waste time arguing, so dirty dishes are 'allowed' anywhere, at least until they grow fuzz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Obviously 'looking silly' never mattered to me, except for the time we wanted to refinance and tried in vain to clean up for the appraiser. We live here! - and yes, we use all of that stuff. We've made some pretty fine meals in our weird kitchen. I challenge Robert Irvine to do a "Dinner Impossible" in my kitchen - I can hear him fretting and moaning now...!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            c oliver Apr 12, 2009 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you not have a stove because all the small appliances overload your circuits???? Inquiring mind(s) want to know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kinnexa Apr 13, 2009 10:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Very funny! Actually there was a stove in the house when we bought it, but over the years parts started to s**t the bed. My mother-in-law offered us her 'spare' stove, so we gleefully banished ours to the town dump (I believe we actually threw rocks at it too.) Then we discovered Mom's stove weighed about a million pounds and there was no way it would fit up the tiny cellar stairs - how did it get down there anyway?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At any rate, we soon found we didn't miss having a stove unless we wanted to hide the dirty dishes in the oven. So now we have a collection of small appliances...but hardly any one-trick ponies. I mean, there is a limit!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Apr 14, 2009 12:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i'm intrigued by the mental scenario created by your description of appliances s#!%%!*g the bed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                although....i *can* picture my fridge wetting the bed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kinnexa Apr 15, 2009 10:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Been there, done that. Boy, what a mess!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. bayoucook Apr 12, 2009 04:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Induction burner, convection oven, toaster, coffeemaker, KA food processor, small FP, knife block, small tv, canister of wooden spoons and cooking utensils.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              comestible Apr 11, 2009 09:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If we are talking about JUST appliances (not utensil holders, knife blocks, etc.): coffeemaker, toaster, electric kettle. That's it. We used to keep an electric can opener out, but it's chipped and ugly though it works. We keep that and plenty of other appliances out of sight unless needed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's not to say our countertops are clean! Plenty of other junk manages to accumulate, LOL!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Montceau Apr 12, 2009 01:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Clean countertops are SO important: both for space and for hygiene. You don't know how often commercial kitchen's countertops are --deeply-- cleaned and sanitized.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have my MAGIMIX FP that replaces mini-chopper, mandoline and stand mixer (all-in-one), my SAECO fully automatic coffee maker so no need for a separate grinder, and no need for a kettle as it provides hot water (TIP: if you want to buy a fully automatic coffee maker choose the one that has the least electronic...electronic and coffe don't get well together!), a MAGIMIX toaster, and a MAGIMIX juicer -- we make fresh navel orange juice by the glass every morning and the pineaple juice on Sunday is delicious. The microwave is built-in, and sad to say, but for hot chocolate, very little used as well as the egg cooker and the popcorn machine that are hidden.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's it, no bacteria.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mcel215 Apr 12, 2009 04:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had my microwave built-in to save counter space, without realizing I could easily live without it. I use it to re-heat leftovers about once a week. I use the timer on it though! ugh....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chowrin Nov 9, 2010 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sad. shoulda got a convection oven. at least that's good for pizza.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hotoynoodle Apr 12, 2009 04:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    an egg cooker? there's an appliance called that?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes Apr 12, 2009 04:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GEEZ, where did I miss the part where the OP asked if there was any BACTERIA on our countertops? Please!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Apr 12, 2009 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i think montceau mistook comestible's comment about "clean" countertops.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "clean" can mean "clear of clutter" as well as "scrubbed and disinfected", etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i'm sure comestible was talking about "clean" in the first sense.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kattyeyes Apr 12, 2009 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No, I get that, but we are a site of food lovers. I think (hope!) it goes without saying we're working on clean work surfaces and aren't mixing up our deliciousness with bacteria. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          comestible--I'm with ya--stuff (containers of this or that) accumulates all the time at my house, then I can't stand it anymore and get it all tidied up...as I did just yesterday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Apr 12, 2009 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i have papers and books on my countertops!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i forgot my tv and telephones and iphone charge station in the kitchen. i watch food shows, and call my mom about old recipes. there -- food related! ;-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kattyeyes Apr 12, 2009 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I only get a pass because my papers/books/mags are on the dining room table and we rarely eat there--we eat in the sunroom off the kitchen. :) It's the brightest and most fun/funky room in the house. When we have to make room for more than three people, then the DR table gets organized. Otherwise, it's a way station for all sorts of stuff "in process!" Welcome to real life! Hey, Happy Easter!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Apr 12, 2009 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kattyeyes, tell that to mr. alka! ha!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                happy easter, to you too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              comestible Apr 12, 2009 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yep -- I meant the countertop as way-station for the detritus of everyday life -- today's mail, car keys, newspapers, etc. It's a big counter, so there's always room to work. And stuff gets cleared away eventually.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jadec Apr 12, 2009 04:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Electric kettle, toaster oven, microwave, toaster, rice cooker and French press. All used at least once a day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RGC1982 Apr 12, 2009 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Funny, the one and ONLY appliance I just refuse to consider is an electric can opener. Maybe when I get old and my athritis makes it more appealing...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            c oliver Apr 12, 2009 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Me too. I just don't like single-purpose thingies if there's an alternative.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kattyeyes Apr 13, 2009 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I grew up with an electric can opener and an old school manual one that made the electric appliance seem like the better deal. But now I have an OXO Good Grips and it makes opening cans a cinch. I believe it will serve me well through old age! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Caroline1 Apr 13, 2009 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, believe me. Arthritis moves an electric can opener from "appealing" to "must"! '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kattyeyes Apr 13, 2009 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You just deflated my balloon. Honestly, one day I won't love my Good Grips anymore? I had four hand surgeries already when in my 20s, but am much better now. I always joke I didn't have hands that were built to work hard...but my OXO tools are so comfy to use--the can opener and the peeler.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On the other HAND, guess we'll never find out who won the LIMBS-O contest, eh? ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caroline1 Apr 13, 2009 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I used a manual can opener for years. The one thing I DO NOT miss about it is that it would entangle itself with all of the other tools that shared a drawer with it. My counter-top electric attacks none of its neighbors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think the contest was banished because the mods don't like cheesecake! '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes Apr 13, 2009 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's good when our appliances and tools can play nicely with one another. Someday, I'd like bigger drawers/more storage space for sure, so I can keep such attacks at bay. My oo-ma-moochie whisk is prone to entanglements. Apparently, it's called a "twirl whisk" in real life. It is my favorite egg-beating tool because it's sort of toy-like and springy and reminds me of my mom chanting, "Oo ma moochie, gamma gamma goochie" when she'd beat eggs when I was little. I think it was from "Bippity Boppity Boo" or something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.chefcentral.com/-P3407C119...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOL--neither cheesecake NOR beefcake, apparently, but that's OK. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bayoucook Apr 13, 2009 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The whisks are the bad boys in my drawer too. Gonna keep them (seperated!) in a canister with other more friendly tools.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Caroline1 Apr 13, 2009 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I keep all of my whisks in a jar on the counter top, but they still tie themselves to each other. They're just malicious creatures by nature. After all, they're MADE for whipping!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Apr 14, 2009 12:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          my twirl whisk, and its cousins, stand with my wooden spoons in a re-purposed mustard crock

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bayoucook Apr 13, 2009 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So true, that's the reason I switched to electric about a year ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LadyCook61 Apr 11, 2009 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kitchen Aid stand mixer, Blender, Coffeemaker, Coffee grinder, Food Processor, Electric meat grinder, Cusinart Griddler. 3 crocks of gadgets- whisks, rasps, spatulas etc. On the other counter is hubby's coffeemaker, my cusinsart oven and vertical Food Saver.. Hubby and I have our own coffeemakers, he likes his coffee and I like mine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Apr 12, 2009 05:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ladycook, how do you like your griddler?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bayoucook Apr 12, 2009 05:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yes, i've been eyeing that too - how often does it get used?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LadyCook61 Apr 12, 2009 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I use it most every day, which is why it sits out on the counter. *smile*

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LadyCook61 Apr 12, 2009 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I like it a lot, hubby is always asking for panini. I have used it also for grilling hamburger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. CindyJ Apr 11, 2009 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I HATE to clutter my countertops. The only "appliances" that reside permanently on my countertop are my coffee grinder and coffee maker. I use them every day -- often more than once a day -- so I can justify their placement there. Every other appliance, no matter how large or small, has a home somewhere else, and gets taken out ONLY when needed. My kitchen counters are work spaces, not display areas for my kitchen "tools."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        c oliver Apr 11, 2009 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That last sentence is an excellent description. I have a decent sized kitchen compared to alot of the NYC ones but not so much that I want to decorate with small appliances. Even the toaster is two steps away in the pantry. The end of the counter has an electrical outlet so the toaster, slow cooker, whatever, can come out of the pantry, get used, cleaned and put back away. I've not Nelly Neat in the least (far from it!) but it annoys.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Sam Fujisaka Apr 11, 2009 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a lot of appliances, a lot of counter space, and a lot of storage space in a smallish apartment with great design. No wasted space anywhere. Three bedrooms and three baths. No appliances on the counters. All stored within quick reach.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kelli2006 Apr 11, 2009 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My microwave is built into my cabinets but the coffee maker and the food processor sit on the counter. I have a corner appliance garage for my stand mixer, toaster, and the blender.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kattyeyes Apr 11, 2009 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've always wanted an appliance garage. Those are the coolest things going--lucky you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Paulustrious Apr 11, 2009 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Guess I am a slovenly gadget freak. When I built my kitchen I added an appliance counter. Holds lots of stuff underneath and lots of gadgets on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So we have juicer, microwave, toaster, blender, food processor, stand mixer and phone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kattyeyes Apr 11, 2009 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ooooh, I love your cabinets with the frosted glass panels. Sharp!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Paulustrious Apr 11, 2009 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ikea - relatively cheap, and I think they look better than they cost.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maximilien Apr 11, 2009 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              most of the time my toaster and rice cooker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. alkapal Apr 11, 2009 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rgc1982, your countertop clutter sounds like my condiments in the fridge!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i have a small kitchen, with very little counter space, but i keep out a coffeemaker and toaster. right now a breadbaker is taking up space, but i haven't used it in months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the scary thing is, if i moved to a bigger home (with a bigger kitchen), i'd have to pack up all my junk (er, i mean "stuff").

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  RGC1982 Apr 12, 2009 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oooh, a breadbaker. I have thought about getting one of those :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jfood Apr 15, 2009 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Whenthe little jfoods were in grammar school, jffod made bread every night for their sandwiches. Coming downstairs to the smell of baking bread every morning was the perfect way to start the day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Burnt that puppy out in about three years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Caroline1 Apr 10, 2009 11:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would probably have been rude to your realtor . But a lot of realtors are strange. I had one refuse to list my house for sale unless I removed an ABSTRACT nude painting from my living room. Needless to say she did not get the listing! When I see a house, whether in photos or real life, and there's nothing but a coffee pot and a bowl of fruit on the countertops, I just assume there is no resident cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think a kitchen is for cooking, so my counter tops house my espresso machine (far too big and heavy to put away anyway), my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, an electric reamer/juicer, blender, electric can opener, Cuisinart, four slice toaster, an electronic scale, and an AM FM Shortwave radio. I use every one of them way too often to even consider putting them in a cupboard. If I had room.... '-) Hey, I'm a kitchen junkie, what can I say?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hotoynoodle Apr 11, 2009 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    an electric can opener? a manual one is about the size of a wine key. or do you just have it to laugh every time you turn it on and the cat or dog comes running into the room? ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bchick Jan 2, 2010 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I used to think electric can openers were silly, but my hands are slightly arthritic and my sister gave my mother the Black & Decker Gizmo as a Christmas gift one year. It is great. No sore hands when I have to open a bunch of cans. I will definitely get one when I get my own place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our counter space is very limited, too many doorways off our kitchen, so the Gizmo is one of the few items on the counter (really should be mounted under the cabinet, to make a little room, but I don't think it would fit over any of the other things on the counter except the toaster oven and that would be a fire hazard). On the right side of the sink there is no outlet, so the dish drainer sits there, taking up most of the space on that side. On the left side, the counter turns, and the micro is shoved back into the corner on an angle, behind that runs the multi-outlet strip so we can plug the other stuff in. Next is the coffee maker (something my mother and I could both do without, but my father wanted it), a knife block that my father made over 30 years ago, Gizmo sits in front of that and the last thing is the toaster oven. That is the end of the counter space.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What I would have on the counter if I had my own place with enough counter space:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Micro - I hate built-ins, especially over the stove. I am short and clumsy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Toaster oven
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kitchen-Aid mixer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Food Processor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mini FP/chopper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Knife block
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Canisters with flour, sugar, brown sugar and such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Next to the stove would be a canister with spoons, spatulas, tongs and such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A TV (I like TV for background while doing other stuff, like cooking)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A Gizmo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A teakettle would live on the stove

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Easily accessible would be:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fondue pot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Crock-pots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Waffle maker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Electric griddle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hand mixer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Immersion blender (great for making a single milkshake)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Electric kettle (not likely to be used at home, I take it to hotels on road trips because I hate using the in-room coffee pots for water for tea or cocoa)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dish drainer (for the non-dishwasher safe items)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rice Cookers (yes, more than one, because they will mostly be used for cooking for HUGE groups of people)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Old fashioned hand-crank meat grinder (used mostly to make cranberry relish for Thanksgiving, but I'm sure I can find other uses some day)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am a bit of a gadget junkie, but having the right tool for the job makes cooking more convenient and fun.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RGC1982 Apr 12, 2009 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Of everyone here, you sound the most like me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Caroline1 Jun 12, 2012 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Should I update my counter clutter? Three years later, I have relocated the AM FM Shortwave radio and replaced it with a SousVide Supreme. Now that is a countertop appliance that stays on the countertop when you have arthritic hands!!! I've also added a Food Saver. Hey! Kitchens are for cooking!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ATaleOfFiction Apr 10, 2009 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just a coffee maker.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          adamshoe Apr 10, 2009 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On the counter now: KA mixer, coffee maker and grinder, blender, toaster. On our flat glass cooktop (which is technically counter...) the big dutch oven. I think that's it. My SO is a clutterbuster, so that's all I'm allowed to have exposed. Works for me. My cuise is relegated to under the counter cuz, it's just not used enough, as is my deep fryer, the george foreman grill, the electric skillet, etc. adam

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lcool Apr 10, 2009 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            NONE ,However my counters aren't bare.Fruit bowl,vegetable tray and olive wood board,mortar and pestle are always there.My counter space tends to look spare and organic.But the temporary things ,like lemons and apples also look at home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mother of four Apr 10, 2009 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FP, mini FP, Toaster, Scale, Keurig coffee maker, KA stand mixer. If I had a larger kitchen I would have more out. If it's hidden it does not get used!! Since you said appliances, I didn't include the knife block, container for salt, (pepper grinder, 2) , large ceramic container for a lot of tools.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. billieboy Apr 10, 2009 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have very VERY limited counter space. The only thing out is a coffee maker and a toaster. My nuker is in a microwave stand (cabinet actually, with storage above and below) and my cutting board is on a microwave stand. I have a small chest freezer that I use for counter space when I need it, but nothing stays on it. Cooking in a small apt is a PITA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio Apr 10, 2009 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  <"Cooking in a small apt is a PITA.">

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But that just forces you to be efficient....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MMRuth Apr 10, 2009 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, and I have found that I rather like being able to stand in the kitchen and barely move more than a step or while washing things, putting them in the dishwasher, using the stove, and getting something out of the fridge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Emmmily Apr 10, 2009 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hear ya - I have so little counter space (Manhattan apartment) that I often end up using the lid of my (metal) garbage can to set bowls on. And yet I keep out my plug-in kettle, mini-food processor, blender, spice grinder, and mortar & pestle. To be fair, I a) use all of those but the spice grinder and m&p on almost a daily basis, and the grinder is small and the m&p is pretty, and b) I've got just as little storage space as I do counter space, so there's not many other options for where to put them. Microwave is on a shelf above the stove, toaster is on another shelf with the pots & pans, breadbaker is in the broom closet - you get the gist.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MMRuth Apr 11, 2009 03:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I use the top of my garbage can too. And various surfaces in my living room. Various cookie sheets, the roasting pan, and the cast iron live in the oven, and on a chair when they aren't in the oven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Querencia May 8, 2011 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I appreciate these city apartment posts. People who cook in those big suburban kitchens that you could give a dance in don't have a clue how we city folks live---my usable counter surface is about 8 square feet. When cooking, I have sometimes had the impulse to throw something upward in the hope it will stick to the ceiling and get out of my way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          EWSflash Jan 14, 2012 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have a "suburban kitchen" it has slightly more counter than yours. It sucks. My SIL is an interior designer and offered to help with redesigning it- she thinks in terms of very high end, which must mean she's flat-out horrified by our kitchen. I'd just about kill to have her kitchen fo the most part, it's beautiful and has so many amenities.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      irishnyc Apr 10, 2009 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hear ya! We have 2.25 sq. ft. of counter space. That's it! So on our actual counter top? Nothing. What on earth would fit? Our microwave is on an old TV stand and on top of that is the toaster and coffee maker. The toaster gets used almost every day, the microwave isn't even plugged in. We have a ton of "counter" appliances that we got as wedding gifts that are still living in their boxes and stored on top of our cabinets 8 years later. Someday I'll have yards and yards of counter space where a KA stand mixer will live happily ever after.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lcool Apr 10, 2009 09:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2.25 squ ft : been there done that When space is that tight it is challenging.Back when the sink counted as 25% of the CLEAN WORK SPACE I learned about ???? practicle creative.Those days are long gone but the lessons are not los or forgotten.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On my counters:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coffee maker on one, Blender, FP, knife block on the other.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Microwave in wall over stove, toaster on pantry counter, immersion blender and all else behind closed doors in cabinets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm very lucky in that I do have adequate storage.... a place for everything, and everything in it's place....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. mcel215 Apr 10, 2009 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I gutted my kitcen 3 years ago. I didn't have a lot of $$, so no bells and whistles. And my kitchen is a galley, with not a lot of extra storeage. And I don't like a lot of clutter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have my KA stand mixer, KA processor, KA blender and toaster on the counter. On another counter, my coffee maker and grinder. I have a SS strip for all my knives on the wall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also have a white glass top stove with an extra burner in the center, it holds my large Staub.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In my pan drawer is my immersion blender, electric juicer and mini food processor. On top of my fridge, is my handmade wooden cutting board and digital scale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have three drawers full of utensils......ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Someone once did a piece on Oprah (?), to take a cardboard box, and place all of your utensils in the cardboard box and leave on your counter for a week. After a week, check the box. Whatever is still in the box, are the things you don't need handy. Put them away in places further than "at your reach". I cook/bake a lot, so not much was left in the box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. kattyeyes Apr 10, 2009 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is funny. On the kitchen countertops:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a multitude of cutting boards in a stand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          knife block
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          canister crock of tools that don't fit in the utensils drawer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          toaster (kind of a goof as it's used rarely--used it tonight to toast bread for meatballs)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          blender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          microwave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          opposite mini counter holds the espresso machine and a spice rack next to the fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We have a rolling cart that lives in the sunroom off the kitchen that houses:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the KA mixer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coffee bean grinder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          baking racks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          meat tenderizer and other hanging tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          whatever other pans/racks don't fit in the kitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just like the rest of this condo, we've got more stuff than space! But I don't want to get rid of any of it. And there are more "kitchen toys" on a bakers' rack in the living room. How do you spell obsessed? ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kizzle May 1, 2009 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I live in an early '50s tract house, and your kitchen sounds like mine, except I don't have the spice rack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I LOVE my immersion blender, it lives just next to the sink in the mini side cupboard. My current gadget display (due to lack of space, it rotates) is bread oriented, so I have a dough mixing machine, and a handheld electric coffee grinder, which I use to grind grain for bread flour additions. Most all of my gadgets live on a shelf in the Pantry room off the kitchen. I have a countertop toaster oven, a 4-slice toaster, a 5 qt. slow cooker, a rice cooker (great for grits, too!), my blender, my ice cream maker, and usually my food processor, but I was moving stuff, and put it on another shelf, and promptly knocked it onto the floor...Thank goodness the immersion blender and my Waring blender fill in most of the time, and a good old knive has managed to do, as well...lol!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ~Kizzle

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Paulustrious May 4, 2009 05:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              An immersion blender fits perfectly into a wine-rack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At least that's where mine goes. Then again, I classify the wine rack itself as a kitchen appliance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mcel215 May 6, 2009 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What a great idea!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only the coffee maker made the cut for visible appliances on the counter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alwayscooking Apr 10, 2009 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I wish it were only the coffee maker - my SO bought and leaves out the toaster, ugh (it is slim and he brings many other redeeming features!). I much prefer seeing fresh fruits, vegetables, breads some of the oils and salts on my counters rather than appliances.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hotoynoodle Apr 11, 2009 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                just a hint: you're better off storing the oils in a cabinet. exposure to light speeds up the oxidation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alwayscooking Apr 11, 2009 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the reminder - most come in very dark bottles and those that aren't get transferred to pottery bottles when I bring them home. And these are the ones I use daily not the canola, rice bran, etc stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tzurriz Apr 10, 2009 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              appliances on my counter? Not too bad, I think. A toaster oven, a coffee grinder, a drip coffee maker, and an espresso machine. Everything else gets put away. The microwave is a built in (which being short, I detest). I also have a knife block, and a glass vase which holds utensils. On the stove is a spoon rest. I used to keep a tea kettle on the stove as well, but I think someone threw it out, as I can't find it for the life of me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tzurriz Apr 14, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Actually, we now have a new "appliance" on the counter. We put the toaster away for Passover, and my husband replaced it with his new Acer Netbook computer. Smallest functional laptop I've ever seen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I complained, but it stayed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Then he caught me using it the other night to look up a recipe online for chard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I guess it's going to stay.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  c oliver Apr 14, 2009 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Got the same computer just recently. Love it and, yes, it's perfect for the kitchen, isn't it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tzurriz Apr 14, 2009 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it is, just please don't ever tell my husband that I said so! ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      c oliver Apr 14, 2009 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just between us girls :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RGC1982 Apr 15, 2009 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually, I didn't count my laptop when I listed my appliances, because it sits perched on the outer bar-height part of the second island. But I guess you could say it too is out on the counter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just be really, really careful about spilling liquids into the keyboard of any laptop computer. You may ruin it, and the techs can tell if a liquid has been spilled inside if you try to make a warranty call. (Don't ask how I know)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        c oliver Apr 16, 2009 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, I had that accident but not in the kitchen. Just a really small amount of water and I had to have the keyboard replaced. The tech said anything more than water and I would probably have been buying a new computer. So, yeah, when it's in the kitchen it's either WAY over to the left out of the way or up on the bar height counter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fromageball May 4, 2009 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I spilled a bit too much water(actually, my cat knocked a bottle over...) on my laptop keyboard and ended up needing a new laptop...love the cat but I wasn't happy with him that day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            c oliver May 6, 2009 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            At those times, I smile sweetly and say "can you spell euthanasia?" Makes me feel better anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  easily amused Apr 10, 2009 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Only 2 things out on my counter are a 2 slice toaster and a set of canisters. Everything else is tucked away. i was gifted an Immersions blender (Wolfgang Puck) set recently but have to admit I have not used it as I will need a spot for it. I love to cook and am in the Kitchen all the time, but love to have the counter clear. It's a struggle..Crazy huh?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maybe I should revisit that Immersion thingey..What is it great for again?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ziggylu Apr 10, 2009 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Toaster Oven and Microwave. Now that the weather is warming up the iced tea maker will come out and sit out until things cool off again in October.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's all on the counter. I will confess that the Kitchen Aid, Nespresso, Food Processor and blender live on the bottom shelf of my butcher block cart so while they aren't on the counters they aren't necessarily out of sight completely either. Easy to grab when I need them and not cluttering up the counters when I don't.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kchurchill5 Apr 10, 2009 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MY FP would be on the counter if I had room. I barely have room for what I have.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ziggylu Apr 10, 2009 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I use the FP so infrequently it should live in back closet. I hate the thing to be honest but it is handy for the very rare things I use it for(unfortunately my pie dough by hand is not yet as good as my pie dough in the FP. ONce it is I may just dump the thing). I have yet to be convinced its any kind of time saver though given what a bitch it is to clean.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mother of four Apr 10, 2009 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can't believe you feel that way. I love my FP. If it isn't out it would not used, but I bet I use it every other day!! I slice, mix, grate, chop!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ziggylu Apr 10, 2009 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            slice with a knife or benriner for larger qty or very thin, consistent slices(gratins)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mix with a whisk or spoon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            grate with a microplane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chop with a knife

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I really only use mine for pie dough. My DH might use it occasionally but if he does he has to clean it, I won't go anywhere near it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            However, I AM the one with the iced tea maker on the counter. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seriously i loathe having to using the FP. THere's no way it's a time saver by the time you put it together, use it, take it apart and clean it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              S0LIDARITY Apr 8, 2011 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree with the cleaning part..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                John E. Apr 8, 2011 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              elsiecat Apr 9, 2011 04:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FP pie dough is always going to be better than by-hand pie dough IMO! FPs were made for making pie dough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You're the second person I've heard complain about how hard they are to clean - seriously, I don't get this. First, they're dishwasher-safe; secondly, half the time I don't even bother to put them in the dishwasher because it's so easy to just pour in some hot water and a squirt of dish soap, give it a 30-second spin, and voila! Clean FP!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                blaireso May 9, 2011 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm with the hard-to-clean crowd. I don't use my FP for anything other than veggies. Anything with oil/animal protein is just too hard to get off the inside of the feed tube. I love making pie crusts by hand, the texture is far easier to control and you don't wind up with library paste. I make 'em five at a time, wrap and freeze. They keep for a long time, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  John E. May 11, 2011 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If the feed tube is hard to clean, then don't use the feed tube. Just put the product with oil/animal protein in the processor bowl with the blade and then cover and process.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EWSflash Sep 12, 2010 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I bought an iced tea maker from WalMart. The price was very low so I got it, and diswcovered that it was really badly designed. I quit using it and won't buy uber-cheap appliances there again, I think their 'specials' like that are dumping grounds for bad designs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have a few hand made pottery pieces which are my canisters and my spoon holder for all my hand made spoons. Toaster, Coffee Maker, micro, my wrought iron plate holder hand made, s/p and not much else. I have a wine rack and glass rack but with an apartment. I seriously downsized. I still hate an empty counter, looks cold and bothers me, but also hate it cluttered. I have just enough. Now with an apartment you never have enough room..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              adrienne156 Apr 10, 2009 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agreed about the space issue. My knives w/ their block, the cuisinart, the kitchenaide (I've got the 5-speed pro and I swear it's got to be at least 30 lbs - probably wouldn't move it even if I had someplace to stash it), and the french press stay on the counter. And, of course the microwave, but where else would I put it. The rice cooker and blender(s) get put away, but that's because they fit in the cupboards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Although I'm rather neurotic about clutter, I think the thing that really helps is that all of my stuff matches and is on the minimalist side (black and stainless steel).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kchurchill5 Apr 10, 2009 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mine may be all pottery and good pottery however, they do match. I have an art degree major in advertising, commercial art and interior design so ... yes, they match. My pet peeve as well. Not black and stainless, but all matching. I hate non matching items. Picky I admit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  adrienne156 Apr 10, 2009 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 majors - wow! That must have taken awhile. My neurosis is purely self imposed (I have a "pre-law" L.A. degree). :o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've been toying with the idea of getting a hanging rack for my kitchen, but I don't know how my landlord would feel about me drilling the 20+ holes it'll need to bare the weight and then having to pull the mollies out when I leave. Oh, the joys of living in an apartment...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kchurchill5 Apr 10, 2009 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I drill away. Only way I can survive ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spackling is a great fix :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caroline1 Apr 10, 2009 11:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My god, do NOT hang a pan rack from a ceiling with molly bolts! Well, unless you want it to fall down on you one day while you're in the middle of making a marinara sauce! Find the ceiling joists and screw large substantial hooks into them, then use chains, that can hang at an angle, to mount your pan rack. And the holes from the bolts are quite easy to cover and repair when/if you move with no harm to your damage deposit refund.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kchurchill5 Apr 11, 2009 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Actually mine are mollys, but really good ones. Chains, 8' ceiling, they would be hitting me in the head :). It is a small rack, ceiling flat mount with hooks for the pots. I will have more holes to fix than I can count with all the things I have hung just to try to gain extra room. Never lived in an apt, so from a very large house to this was a shock. Thank god for spackle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          c oliver Apr 11, 2009 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I vote your way, C1. The thought of molly bolts holding up heavy metal items over my head makes me shudder. I'd rather have nothing than that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kchurchill5 Apr 11, 2009 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My bolts hold up to 100 lbs. Contractor grade bolts. I could hang from my rack

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              c oliver Apr 11, 2009 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Boy, they obviously make things differently where you live. I wouldn't trust a molly bolt for that kinda weight. MAYBE a toggle bolt but, nah, wouldn't want to risk it on a ceiling. Walls fine. Even if the bolts themselves hold, it could pull down the whole dang ceiling. I hate suing my tenants but I also don't hesitate to :) Sticking with C1 on this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Caroline1 Apr 11, 2009 11:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kim, it doesn't matter whether your molly bolts are certified to hold up to 27 tons! The PROBLEM lies in the gypsum board (dry wall) that the molly bolts are hanging from on from the other side. Gypsum board is unpredictable. Many things can compromise its integrity, or whatever integrity it has to start with. Age, humidity, thickness of the board used, the climate where you live. All of these things play a role on how strong the board is. Add that to the fact that NO gypsum board is certified to support ANYTHING hung from it when used overhead. Yes, yes. I know. You're an interior designer. Well, I daresay I have more years as an interior designer and architectural consultant than you've been alive, so PLEASE, Kim, if you want to live very dangerously by hanging a pot rack from YOUR ceiling with molly bolts, that's fine, but PLEASE do not advise others to live dangerously too. Use heavy duty screw-in hooks or even lag bolts (if you have attic access to the kitchen rafters) that attach firmly to the ceiling joists to hang a pot rack. Be safe!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kchurchill5 Apr 12, 2009 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I never advised anyone to ... I was just replying to your comment. I have mine up with very strong mollys. I wasn't disagreeing, but mine is very sturdy and I would never suggest to anyone how to hang something. Everyones situation is different. I just mearly said the molly work for me and is very strong. I wasn't trying to tell anyone or to fight over how to hang something at all. I just told you how I hung mine. That was it. And chains are great but not the type rack I could use or have due to the height.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Is this about mollies of cookware appliances? I'm really sorry I even made the comments I used mollies and they work

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caroline1 Apr 12, 2009 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Again, Kim, it has absolutely nothing to do with what kind of molly bolts you have used but relates to the material your CEILING is made of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But you do have me wondering just how tall you are. My last kitchen had 8' ceilings, my pan hanger was suspended from it with chains, I had all sorts of pots and pans hanging from it with NO problem. I'm 5'7" tall. The only one I recall having a problem was a 6'4" friend who managed the problem by tilting his head to the side when passing under that particular pot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jfood Apr 12, 2009 04:24 AM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jfood has to agree with C1. He would NEVER hang anything from a ceiling with Mollys. Take the 100# rated mollys and hammer them into whipped cream and pull, then hammer them into 1" steel and pull. Major difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The reason so many racks do do go directly onto the ceiling but are attached via chain links is for 1) aethestics and 2) find the studs to attached safely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jfood does not even attach shelves in the little jfoods' rooms for trophies with mollys. Why? The mollys work great but they "slide" out of the holes ever so often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paulustrious May 1, 2009 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jfood may not have put the togglebolts (UK) in correctly and ensured that his toggley bit had untoggled. Jfood may well have been trying to put them in an insulated wall where results frquently go awry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For the cost of a return flight to NY I will happily instruct Jfood in ensuring a he has a jolly molly and not a boondoggle toggle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jen kalb Apr 28, 2009 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    why dont you find a joist to screw into? Would be a lot safer than those moly bolts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  adrienne156 Apr 13, 2009 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I appreciate the concern and I apologize profusely for my silly comment as it was taken a bit more seriously than I intended it to. I often forget that much is lost in translation on the internet (I would never drills 20 holes in a drywall ceiling, perforating it to basically create a giant easy-tear hole). :o) But, Caroline, you are certainly correct, one would have to find a load bearing beam - aka a ceiling joist - and then use a heavy duty screw (I would probably use a longer lag screw w/ a larger head or fitted with a washer) then chains, and then the mollies if I felt they were necesarry for extra support (toggle bolts would be more appropriate even though the lag screws would certainly be adequate).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hotoynoodle Apr 10, 2009 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rather than perceiving it as not enough room, i think of it as too much stuff. i moved from a 3 bedroom house with a pantry to a loft with almost no storage. a serious down-sizing of possessions beforehand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            all that is on my counter are the 2 hand-made pottery wine chillers i use for cooking utensils, a glass jar of brittany salt and a kettle which stays on the stove-top. salt dish and pepper mill on back of stove panel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i do not own a microwave and dirty dishes in the sink are not allowed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            yes, i entertain often, but having worked in professional kitchens, i'm not much of a gadget person.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            until this thread, i have never even heard of an iced tea maker! good golly, boil water, steep tea, pour over ice, lol.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              c oliver Apr 10, 2009 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've actually seen an iced tea maker in someone's kitchen. It's been a year ago probably and I still scratch my head over that one. I have an 8 cup pitcher that's perfect for steeping tea. I've never liked 'one trick ponies' and that seems like the ultimate :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gooseberry Aug 9, 2009 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We combine iced tea (rooibos) with fruit juice at home as our mealtime beverage of choice. We make our iced tea in a 1-litre (2-pint) glass jar, and then store it in the fridge. We got the glass jar when we bought bulk honey, so no additional costs. One of the most used items in my fridge!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mawrter Aug 9, 2009 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I kwym about one-trick ponies, and philosophically I agree, but when I hear people who have something like that that they LOVE and use all the time, it starts making sense to me. I mean, try parting me from my coffee grinder & espresso maker - not likely! I adore them and they certainly don't do anything else - in fact, it takes both of them *together* to get me my espresso, so maybe they're really 1/2-trick ponies!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ziggylu Apr 10, 2009 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I make fun of my own iced tea maker all the time. I don't remember what possessed me to buy it. Mr Coffee brand, $15 from Target a few years ago. But we use it ALL the time during the hot months here in AZ...where are plenty. I know I can easily make iced tea without one of these but for whatever reason this stupid machine is a well-used well-loved un-necessity in our house. LOL It gets way more use than our microwave and I swear if we had to pick between the two the microwave would be gone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kchurchill5 Apr 10, 2009 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have my 7 or 8 main items and that is it. I agree, I don't have much. Coffee Maker!! A must, 1 small, 1 large processer, A must!! immersion blender in cabinet, hand mixer with or without but I do use it. Knives and good wooden spoons and my cast iron. Oh yeah toaster and micro. There you go. I could do without the rest

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      aggiecat Jul 30, 2009 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, it's a one-trick pony but it was much easier to use an ice tea maker than it was to get my pennsylvanian born husband to get the dang proportions right with the boiling hot water, the time to let it all steep the ration of hot water to cold water and the right amount of ice. Now after 8 years of marriage later I've got him well trained, we moved on to the electric kettle and the rubbermaid pitcher but I still have to mark the pitcher with the little lines that let him know how much hot water, how much cold ater and how much ice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We take iced tea pretty seriously down here in TX, and wherever else it's the "house wine." I do have a beautiful big french copper kettle that stays on the stovetop and my kitchenaid mixer (agreed, too heavy to use) along with the coffee maker stay out permanently.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You might find this thread from a few months ago interesting:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5674...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've since then started keeping my KA stand mixer on the counter because I'm using it alot and it's too heavy to bring down from the top shelf of the pantry which is the only shelf tall enough to hold it. Still a minimalist. I don't decorate with books or stereo equipment either :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chowrin Nov 9, 2010 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kitchen appliances decorate my bedroom.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      microwave on the table, dish drainer on the other table, kitchen aid stand mixer, blender (cause it fits behind like a champ)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      espresso machine, coffee grinder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and water filtration system.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't do pictures, books... and the stereo equipment is part of the computer, for betatesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cherry knife block on topof the fridge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        betsydiver Apr 11, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i have a friend who has an "appliance garage" in one corner of her counter; consists of a piece of wood attached to bottom of adjacent cupboards. hides several larger things like blender, bread baker. etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          John E. Apr 19, 2011 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If we had large counters with a big corner, I'd build an appliance garage. If I were going to build a new house one of the features to include definitely would be a walk-in pantry with shelves big enough for the appliances listed as well as the normal food items.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EWSflash Jan 14, 2012 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would fi I had the room

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fauchon Apr 10, 2009 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm your opposite...I'm a minimalist who hates anything that smacks of clutter. I keep only the two that I use daily -- often more than once -- a toaster oven and electric kettle out on the counter. Stashed away are Cuisinarts (mini & regular size), coffee grinder, spice grinder and a hand mixer. Long gone are an electric frying pan, coffee maker & juice squeezer. The microwave is built in so I don't count that as a counter occupant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paradoxically, I completely understand your fascination/obsession -- I'm forever contemplating purchases (the latest is an immersion blender) which I am just about to decide against after months of flirtation, research and wavering.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          c oliver Apr 10, 2009 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No, no, no. I came along just in time!!! You MUST get the immersion blender :) I just got one after years of thinking I didn't want one. I got it at Costco for $30 and it has attachments for FP and whisking. I made wontons recently and the FP attachment was the perfect size for chopping 4 oz. of chicken. And it fits great in a drawer. See? Aren't you glad you read this? HAHAHA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kchurchill5 Apr 10, 2009 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Immersion ..... in my drawer and I love it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fritter Apr 10, 2009 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have one of the immersion blenders from Costco. I got it with a coupon for less than $20. Five years later it's still kicking. Works like a charm!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On my counter top?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Microwave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bean Grinder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              French press
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Knife Block
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fruit bowl

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Demented Apr 12, 2009 02:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Appliances that stay on the counter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                coffee grinder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                coffee maker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                digital scale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                toaster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                food processor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stick and jar type blenders.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bayoucook Apr 12, 2009 04:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree. I've had mine for over 10 years and I love it. It's so handy, and it's not very expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bythebayov May 5, 2009 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ive only used mine a couple of times to make soup...what do you use yours for?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alwayscooking May 6, 2009 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "refried" beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to add body to a stew or a soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    smoothies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    on tomatoes to make some pasta sauces

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PAO May 6, 2009 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not a gadget person, but the immersion blender is a must in my kitchen. Purees soups, cooked beans, chops garlic when I need more than a few cloves, etc. Nothing more tedious then putting soup in blender in batches to puree, then having to pour back into separate container, because you still have soup in pot that needs pureeing. Immersion blender eliminates all that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PAMPAM Apr 25, 2010 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    C. Oliver, you are SO right. Fauchon, run out right now and buy an immersion blender. Mine is a Braun, about $40, and comes with the above-mentioned whisk attachment and a chopping jar with a blade inside, like a mini–food processor. The blender's profile fits your hand firmly, and the pulse button gives you precise fingertip control of texture and consistency. It comes with a wall mount, but I keep it out of the way in a drawer. Along with my four-cup Cuisinart coffee maker, it's the one appliance I use every day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I still have my beloved Cusiniart food processor, which I've had for 30 years, but it's now relegated to a lower cupboard and rarely used, because the immersion blender performs many of the Cuisinart's tasks so well; and I gave away my retro Oster blender with glass pitcher for the same reason.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    While the immersion blender doesn't make doughs or items in larger quantities, it's superb for puréeing sauces, and soups: gazpacho, carrot or squash, bean or lentil; it lets you process half smoothly and leave the rest chunky. And it does the job right in the pot, on the stovetop, with no messy pouring of hot liquids back and forth from pot to blender or Cuisinart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's the ideal tool for making my breakfast smoothie. With a tap-tap action, it even breaks down frozen fruit—but don't make the same mistake I did and blend in the yogurt container, as it'll chew through the plastic; as well as fresh salsas, hot pepper sauces, and tapenade, or enough pesto for one meal; chopping garlic, onions, and herbs; making half a cup of seasoned fresh bread crumbs; whipping cream or whipping up frozen cocktails; and whatever else the creative cook can think of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Relative to the cost of a full-size food processor or even a good-quality mini one, the price is negligible, and the appliance invaluable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Florida Hound Jun 26, 2010 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Re: immersion blender. Many years ago now, we needed a new blender, and my wife said blenders took up too much room on the counter or in the cabinet, anyway. I read a few raves by other Chowhounds about this thing called an "immersion blender," and that sounded like a great replacement to a regular blender. I was thrilled to find a macho silver-colored one by Cuisinart, I believe, and expected to pick up the task of blending anything, where we had left off. I like to make smoothies and Italian Sodas, and things with ice cubes and crushed ice and...NOT THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR MY NEEDS. So disappointed in the immersion blender-so limited in what it could do for us. I used it 3- 4x for a few things after we bought it, and we finally gave it to the church yard sale about 6 months ago. Haven't had a good home-made smoothie in years. This morning, my wife came back from Wal Mart with a 'Ninja Master Prep Food and Drink Maker" (About $39.00, she says). We look forward to breaking it in later this weekend with malteds. It may well be an appliance that "stays out on the counter," even if there isn't quite enough room. Florida Hound.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Florida Hound Oct 3, 2010 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just an update, 3+ months later- still love the Ninja Master Prep Food and Drink Maker. We have settled in to frequent malteds with my granddaughter (Walgreens' old classic recipe is on line). We have a ball making them and the results are great. I brag on the new Ninja appliance every chance I get.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MacGuffin Oct 3, 2010 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Walgreens has a classic recipe for malteds...?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Florida Hound Oct 6, 2010 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am posting here, to make sure MacGuffin gets my reply, and also starting a new thread since we're drifting away from countertop appliances... An employee at Walgreens in Chicago is credited with inventing the Malted- a "Pop" Coulson, in 1922. A link to that history and info about milkshakes, etc:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milkshake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But you also asked about the Walgreens recipe, and I found one on-line at:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.grouprecipes.com/75263/old...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The one I copied down a few years ago is a variation as follows:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 Cups vanilla ice cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2/3 cups cold milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 T malted milk powder (Horlicks brand or other brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            )2 T chocolate syrup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dampen your glass and place in freezer for a short time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In blender, combine these 4 ingredients. Cover and process until smooth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Get the glass out of the freezer and pour the malted into the chilled, frosted glass.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Top with:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dollop of whipped cream, "cherry on top."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Serve immediately. Yield: 1- 2 servings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In our house, we sometimes add "our secret ingredients," such as a capful or two of vanilla extract, and a small tray-full of very mini ice cubes (prior to any blending).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, at our house, with my background as being from the New York area, the chocolate syrup brand has to be Brooklyn's U-bet brand. The soda fountain people at a Walgreens in Chicago in 1922 probably would not get out the U-bet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Enjoy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Florida Hound

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MacGuffin Oct 7, 2010 04:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks! I became aware of this malted milk powder elsewhere on Chowhound some time back and plan to look into it one of these days: http://www.ctlcolfax.com/ctlfoods.html . Nice that you can get U-bet where you are. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Barbara76137 Nov 9, 2010 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        my immersion blender is mounted on my wall next to the stove so that "technically" doesn't count as "on the counter".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UnoakedChardonnay Jan 26, 2010 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm like "fauchon," and believe less is better. On one end of the kitchen is an espresso machine. On the other end of the kitchen is the stand mixer. There is a toaster in between, but it's really getting on my nerves because it's clutter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is an electric kettle I use every day to make tea, but I don't even leave that on the counter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are a few appliances we use, like the immersion blender, and I did recently acquire a convection toaster oven (see? I need to get rid of that countertop toaster) because I bake bread a couple of times a week, but don't want to heat an entire large oven to do it. The small oven is out of the way on a shelf, and it works great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But a rice cooker? A bread maker? We have pots and bowls for that sort of thing. We have a waffle iron, but I've recently managed to concoct a great pancake recipe, so...anyone need a waffle iron?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Feb 6, 2010 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ""anyone need a waffle iron?"""

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          talk to scuzzo, he cooks everything on a waffle iron! ;-)).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          westsidegal Jan 31, 2011 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i love my immersion blender.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it hardly takes up any space in the drawer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            melpy Feb 9, 2012 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Where does one stash said items? My cabinets are full, the tops of cabinets too. The counter seems like the logical storage place. Prefer to avoid attic since it is two flights of stairs and basement is dusty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              melpy Nov 29, 2012 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now that I have moved Inhave stashed most of my appliances in the pantry. On the counter remains: toaster oven, toaster and kitchen aid mixer. I have so much more work space!

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