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May 12, 2011 02:49 PM

what items ov do you hang onto instead of ...

Today I have spent most of the day boxing up to send out many items that I've hung onto for some time for various reasons.

Might use someday.

No one would appreciate it.

It just cost too much to give to goodwill - perhaps I'll find someone who will enjoy it.

It's not good enough to give to someone.

No one would want something that has an imperfection.

Etc, etc, etc.

I'll start off with what? my most precious, my most memorable, my most expensive item.

OK, here goes:

Cuisinart electric skillet - used but not abused. I can add more...

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  1. - fondue set. gave it to the handyman in my building because he happened to be fixing something for me when i took it out to drop off at Goodwill.

    - KA 11-cup food processor. still worked, but i splurged on the new Cuisinart Die-Cast Elite earlier this year, so it was sitting in the cabinet as a "backup." gave it to a dear friend whose FP crapped out on her.

    - cheap multi-level rice cooker & veggie steamer that i received as a gift *years* ago and never used once. gave it to the aforementioned friend along with the FP.

    a few years ago when i moved back out to CA from NJ, i got rid of as much as i could because i was moving into a place with less storage & counter space. a friend who lived across the street inherited a Breville juicer, Nesco Dehydrator, my "extra" teakettle, and the complete library of Cooking Light Annual Cookbooks. it was her lucky day :)

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Ah, a cookware angel!

      I'll list my second get rid of today:

      KitchenAid mixer K5ss - I must've had 5 of them in the last few decades.

      My Electrolux Assistent does the job for the mixer now; I certainly prefer it.

      1. re: Rella

        well, the angel wishes she had the dehydrator and juicer back now that she has plenty of space for them again ;)

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Years ago (single person) I took a job abroad, signing a contract for 2 years. I cleaned out my apartment. I gave most of my kitchen to a lady downstairs. I did not fulfill my contract -- couldn't stand the job and the country. I did get my TV back, but the lady downstairs would not give me one item of my kitchen items. She was adamant, even called me a name -- you probably know which one. As I look back, the items were nothing, but it was all I had; I had spent all the money I earned in the very short time for Air Fare return. Times were tough then.

          1. re: Rella

            She was the "you probably know which one." I would have given you back your stuff.

            1. re: Jay F

              Yes, I was hoping for even just one pan However, it's giving me a smile thinking about it now, so I guess the experience was worth a smile.

    2. 3 Crock Pots....I gave them to an enemy!

      1. My mother gets rid of NOTHING. Ergo, when her kids want to "get rid" of something, we give it back to her. Because she keeps things forever, we have been known to...uh...accidently break something, thereby creating a bona fide reason for throwing it away.

        I wonder where that fondue set is...

        1. At this point I only keep my KA mixer for the pasta roller attachment. I've replaced it with the Cuisinart stand mixer which I do love, but I'm coveting the Electrolux Assistant now.

          I need to find something to do with my margaritaville machine, it's been retired since I got the vitamix. Not sure what to do with it.

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          1. re: rasputina

            I'll be HAPPY to take that off your hands!

            *goes hunting Margarita salt*

            1. re: CookingForReal

              yeah, i'm pretty sure if we had a bartering or trading feature here on CH for cookware, all the "misfit toys" would find homes :)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                It would be SO nice to have a swap/sale section.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Since there is no feature like that here, take a look at to find a Freecyclers group in your local area. You can list things that you have to give away and people can also post if they are looking for something specific. It's not just cookware, pretty much anything and everything gets listed.

                  One example, I gave my ancient stovetop pressure cooker to a middle school teacher who was looking for some cookers to set-up science experiments with his students. It was nice to know that someone got an interesting use out of it.

                  1. re: pamf

                    thanks pam, i'm aware of freecycle, i was just thinking that since so many of us "know" each other at this point it would be nice if we could share the cookware wealth with each other. but yeah, it's neat that your pressure cooker ended up getting repurposed in the name of educating our youth :)

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      I wonder if we could create a wiki for this purpose?

                      1. re: olympia

                        My local county has a store where they take donations and it goes to the county to aid people. People get to buy cheaply and then the county system gets a boost.

                        Still cleaning out
                        Electric Tortilla maker

                        Nordic Ware Reversible Grill

                        Juiceman - not an expensive model

                        Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

                        Waring Pro Professional Belgian Waffle Maker
                        Waffles - who needs wafles?
                        Villa Ware Crepe Maker
                        Crepe maker - who needs crepes?

                        Toastmaster Bread Maker

                        George Foreman Grilling Machine - not an expensive model

                        Villa electric grill

                        Food Saver accessories

                        Clearing the way. Some of it bought on recommendation, used once or twice. Ice cream maker used enough to decide to get more involved.
                        George Foreman - our outdoor bbq is what we go to.
                        Food Saver - it broke down.
                        Bread maker? Saw a newer one I like. Just use it for pizza dough occasionally.
                        Tortilla maker? Can't regulate the heat adequately.

            2. I have several old fashioned enamel turkey roasters, some of which I bought used through the years. I'm not getting rid of them, even though I seldom use them anymore.

              Most everything else I have has been chosen and is used by me. I have gotten rid of some stuff in the last few years. I used to have some vintage bread pans that were made of a textured steel folded in the corners like an envelope. I don't bake bread, but I loved those old pans! I hope someone who bakes bread is loving them and using them.

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                1. re: lkeyes

                  My goodness! I missed your question back in May. No, I don't think so. One roaster came from Target about 20 years ago. Another came from a store that is no more: Grandpa Pidgeon's in Bridgeton MO. The others came to me used. Before I gathered cast iron, I must have gathered turkey roasters.

                2. re: sueatmo

                  sueatmo: I don't have your bread pans but I will visit local thrift / re-sale stores looking for special items like them. Funny that you feel that way because I many times have sent thanks and blessings to the person who donated an item I have used. I have a set of old nesting pyrex bowls, solid primary colors, that I found separately over the span of 10 years. I love these bowls and appreciate that I have them. I picture all the scrambled eggs mixed, all the cake batters stirred over the years. So, I'm sure your pans have found their way into a bread baker's happy hands!

                  As for items: A 20 yr old hand mixer, bread maker (the round loaf kind - uggh) and my Vitamix (shamed-faced: That poor Vita just sits there with nothing to do. I *never* use it. I need to sell but I just can't bear to part with it.)

                  1. re: DomesticDizziness

                    I have a pretty picture in my mind of your Pyrex mixing bowls. I got rid of my nested set of Pyrex mixing bowls! I never thought they were aesthetically pleasing. I use Pyrex glass jugs instead. Every so often I see stuff in antique shops or in flea markets that was current about the time I got married (1970) and I can't believe I am that old! My old stuff is antique! :D