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Jul 14, 2009 11:58 AM

If you had $300 to spend on a gadget

What would you get?

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  1. Food Processor

    Stand Mixer

    Meat Slicer


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    1. re: fourunder

      I don't think I would consider fourunder's choices as gadgets. They look like pretty standard tools. But they are all excellent choices. I'd add to the list a good flour mill or a pressure-cooker canner. And, if three hundred would cover it, a ceramic oven insert.

    2. I can't decide if I would go for a food processor or stand mixer first. Would also put good quality knifes up high too.

      But i have those, so if I was buying something new what would it be?

      Maybe an instant hot water dispenser tap (I am always impatient waiting for water to boil) or a marble slab for rolling pastry. This is clearly an indication that I have most every kitchen gadget there is.

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      1. re: pengcast

        Do you have an electric kettle? Water boils in a flash. IME the water from an IHWD tends to be a bit stale &, if you're making tea, not really boiling.

        1. re: pengcast

          I considered listing a quality set of knives as well, but I did not consider them to be a *gadget*.


        2. I'd buy a Breville Toaster oven. My Cuisinart TO cooks perfectly & is wildly convenient (toast? not so much) BUT the finish started chipping & discoloring within a month. I haven't gotten rid of it (yet) because it's so handy for small jobs but what an eyesore!!!

          1. Food processor. I have an early 80's Cuisinart that just won't die and I've used it consistently through the years. My tech-averse mom loved her food processor and used it daily.

            The new Cuisinart Elite is expensive but looks like it will last compared to some of the cheaper ones,


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            1. re: ferret

              I agree, if I had to have one of the above, it would be a food processor though, since I also now have a stand mixer and a blender, I'd say I use the FP the least of the three. However, it is more of a multipurpose gadget than the others. A meat slicer would be way down on my list, both because of lack of counter space and expense (didn't realize that one could get one for $300).

                1. re: fourunder

                  Wow - had no idea! Still no counter space though and, fortunately, in Manhattan, most delis etc. are v. good at slicing. I suppose if someone gave me a leg of prociutto, I might indulge!

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    Here's a better one.....but it's larger.....searching eBay. you can even get the Chef's Choice for $65. With the prices of cold cuts today, it's worth considering.


                    My niece and nephews purchased this Chef's choice model for around $500 last Christmas for their father(my brother). I didn't have the heart to tell them they overpaid.


                2. re: MMRuth

                  The Elite looks like a good buy because you get small and large bowls. I have both the afore-mentioned workhorse Cuisinart and an underpowered Cuisinart Mini-Chop. Would be nice to have just one sturdy base for both.

                3. re: ferret

                  I think I am already being given a food processor, the Kitchenaid 12 cup, I asked for-I hope!

                  Is the Cuisinart better?

                4. A mochi maker with the price of shipping included.