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Feb 13, 2012 06:37 AM

What kitchen equipment do you never use but is always in your kitchen?

I have this 'thing' about wanting to be able to make good chinese food. I think once in fifty years I've made a decent chinese dish and that must have been by accident. So over time I've purchased things like bamboo steamers and woks and then I get fed up and give them away then a couple of years later at say a garage sale I'll see a steamer or a wok and drag them home only to give them away some time later. Here's few more items I should never be allowed to buy because I can't use them or they inevitably end up at the back of the drawer. Garlic press/potato ricer/bamboo sticks for impaling meat on/those little fold out steamers/steak knives/fondue sets. What are some of your 'boomerang' kitchen items?

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  1. my toaster. food processor. espresso machine.

    1. Coffee roaster, pasta maker (electric), marinator (electric, vacuum), meat tenderizer (one with lots of blades, like a some kind of medieval torture device), rotisserie (for grill). I have a suspicion my pressure cooker may be joining this list.

      1. Geez I have so many it's embarassing. A kitchen aid mixer with tons of attachments (I know I know)a big food processer when I use my little cuisinart mini prep all the time. A mandolin,( I like to work on knife technique, and I like prep, what can I say)a food mill I've NEVER used. Problem is, my hub and his Dad who lives with us, like simple, old school family dinner food, and it's easier to prepare it without breaking out all the stuff and then have to clean it up. Kinda like the hard floor cleaner I got for Christmas. It vacuums, scrubs, and dries the floor. But it sound like a sonic jet taking off, and cleaning it is a pain. Broom and mop, thank you.

        1. I have arbitrarily adopted a one year rule. if it isn't used within a year, adios. Interestingly, as things near their expiration date I generally dig them out and use them. I think, however, the Bundt pan may be headed out. It is sitting there on an open shelf staring down from among Madeline plaques, tart pans, a Charlotte mold, a pâté mold, and a bunch of brioche tins, the only one gathering dust. My exceptions to the one year rule are the croque Monsieur pan and the ancient Spong coffee mill. They have lifetime passes.

              1. re: nomadchowwoman

                :) There was another poster (forgot the person) who always advocates the very first kitchenware/cookware should be a fire extinguisher.

                Consequently, my fire extinguisher is the one which I have never used.