The kitchen gift I didn't think I'd use, but...
- CindyJ Jan 29, 2012 08:45 AM
...but it ended up being something I embrace every time I use it, which is fairly often. I'm talking about a non-stick electric griddle my kids gave me a few years ago. The only griddle I'd ever had before was one that was an insert on my old Jennair cook top, and it never cooked evenly. It was also a pain in the neck to remove the cooking cartridge, plug in the electric element, put in the griddle, and then have to reverse it all because if I left it in, I'd be left with only two burners to cook on. Who needs a griddle anyway, I thought.
Then I got the gift. I just used this griddle again this morning. It can handle 7-8 slices of French toast or 6 pancakes at one time, it heats quickly and it's easy to clean. I admit I never would have thought of buying one for myself, but I'm glad the kids got it for me.
Have you received any kitchen-related gifts that ended up surprising you with their usefulness?
Not a gift, but my son persuaded me to buy a kitchen scale because he was on some weird weight training diet. The diet didn't last long, but I found myself using the scale to weigh fruit for jam and jelly and tomatoes for sauces. Never thought I needed one, but now he's off at college and I am happy to have the scale.
An electric knife, when it was given to me I thought hell, I'll never use that. I've used it alot more than I thought I would and there is no better tool to use to strip kernals off from fresh corn
An English friend gave me an ice tea maker many years ago. At first I thought, a great,, wwhere am I going to put this thing? Turned out makes good iced tea and I still use it almost every day for 3/4 of the year.