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

Puffin3 Feb 13, 2012 06:37 AM

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. chrissy1988 RE: Puffin3 Feb 13, 2012 11:39 AM

    my toaster. food processor. espresso machine.

    1. drongo RE: Puffin3 Feb 13, 2012 12:35 PM

      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.

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        shnoopy RE: Puffin3 Apr 9, 2012 04:02 PM

        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. tim irvine RE: Puffin3 Apr 9, 2012 04:26 PM

          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. Chemicalkinetics RE: Puffin3 Apr 9, 2012 04:28 PM

            My fire extinguisher.

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              nomadchowwoman RE: Chemicalkinetics Apr 9, 2012 04:31 PM

              Good one!

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                Chemicalkinetics RE: nomadchowwoman Apr 9, 2012 04:39 PM

                :) 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.

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                  nomadchowwoman RE: Chemicalkinetics Apr 9, 2012 04:51 PM

                  And may it remain so : )

            2. nomadchowwoman RE: Puffin3 Apr 9, 2012 04:57 PM

              Everything you've named, Puffin, plus too many others to list. (Except the folding steamer--I use mine a lot; my favorite use for it is squeezing the water out of spinach.) But the bamboo sticks made me laugh--I have several packages of them in various lengths, many repeats, even one set in a fancy cardboard cylinder. I guess I must have once been worried about running out of them--before I discovered they're too flimsy for most things I might skewer.

              1. scubadoo97 RE: Puffin3 Apr 9, 2012 05:07 PM

                A bread knife

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                  ellabee RE: scubadoo97 Apr 10, 2012 09:15 AM

                  So I take it that you don't eat crusty, unsliced bread? Or, if so, what do you cut it with?

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                    scubadoo97 RE: ellabee Apr 10, 2012 09:33 AM

                    My regular knives seem to do a fine job even on hard crusty bread.

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                      tim irvine RE: scubadoo97 Apr 11, 2012 05:02 PM

                      I foolishly usually reach for my bread knife, but my 10" chef does a better job...so hear! Hear!

                2. melpy RE: Puffin3 Apr 10, 2012 09:47 AM

                  Nothing really boomerangs because I don't get rid of anything. My blender rarely sees use though. I prefer my immersion blender. Regular toaster is only used by my SO because I prefer the toaster oven. Coffee maker because we aren't coffee drinkers. Hand crank mixer because we only ever used them for batters and I rarely make pancakes or muffins. Crockpot because it is large so we usually use it for bigger thinks like pull pork.

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                    cleobeach RE: Puffin3 Apr 10, 2012 10:13 AM

                    I did a hardcore purge about two years ago and used the one year rule. A few things that remain but really need to go because I rarely use them -

                    cast iron grill pan
                    a grilling "basket" for the grill
                    waffle iron

                    1. Caroline1 RE: Puffin3 Apr 10, 2012 07:55 PM

                      I have a very special never-used-anymore article in one of my kitchen drawers I will never get rid of. It's a stiletto, rather a fancy one at that, and way back over a half century ago, it was threaded with fancy garnishes like a fancy cut lemon half with some grapes or whatever, then stabbed into a roast fowl or other roast for presentation. It was fun! And pretty too. hmmm... Maybe this Christmas?

                      1. rmarisco RE: Puffin3 Apr 11, 2012 10:32 AM

                        i have a wok i've never used.. not just any wok, mind you: it's a serrafino zani italian wok. it is so beautiful.. but it's HUGE! darn thing won't fit on my cooktop!!! it's on top of the fridge, holding junk. i take it down and polish it every so often. it cost so much, i'll probably never get rid of it. it would be nice to cook in it once though - guess i'll just have to move ;)

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                          Starr5678 RE: Puffin3 Apr 11, 2012 12:14 PM

                          Mandolin, fondant roller, avocado slicer.

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                            smkit RE: Puffin3 Apr 11, 2012 01:59 PM

                            My lefse making equipment, terrine molds, and immersion blender, but that is probably because I haven't taken it out of the box in almost two years.

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                              sueatmo RE: Puffin3 Apr 11, 2012 04:55 PM

                              The only boomerang item I can think of is my slow cooker. I've gotten rid of at least 2, but finally bought a new one and tried to learn how to use it properly. I do use it, but not constantly.

                              I own several large granite ware turkey roasters. I have maybe 2 'vintage' ones and a couple of new to me roasters. I never use the large ones any more, now that the kids are all gone. I still have them though.

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                                escondido123 RE: Puffin3 Apr 11, 2012 05:19 PM

                                I have few kitchen cabinets so the extras go in one of the two linen closets down the hall. In the far one, until I came to the conclusion I wouldn't use them anytime in the near future, was a crock pot, bamboo steamer and KA meat grinder attachment. They are now all sitting in a cabinet in the garage. Next year--off to the Goodwill.

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                                  latindancer RE: Puffin3 Apr 27, 2012 10:11 PM

                                  A lovely, small cast iron pot with a wooden lid from Japan that was given as a gift. i don't use it, and don't let things accumulate that I don't use, but I don't have the heart to give it away.

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