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Apr 30, 2012 11:31 AM

How do you part with Kitchen items that you rarely use?

I don't consider myself a keeper or collector. At least once a year, I purge my apartment of anything that we don't use or need. But, I have to confess I don't get rid of my kitchen items. I have a few things that I don't use or use rarely and I'm feeling guilt over parting with them. This is an interesting feeling that I equate to clothes hoarders but have never experienced myself. For the sake of true confession, the items are a blender, deep fryer, and food processor to start.

How do you part with your rarely used but taking up too much space kitchen equipment? Do you sell, donate, re-gift? Do you have a twinge of guilt?

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  1. <How do you part with your rarely used >

    It depends. For very small size items, I may keep them. I have a stainless steel soap which is completely useless, but I still have it. In my mind, I want to give it to someone as a gift. I also have a set of mini size mortar and pestle, which I have no use. For other items which I have replacement, I don't feel bad tossing them. For example, I have a very worn baking spatula. I did not toss them away until I got a new one.

    For most kitchen items which I end up removing, I usually toss them because they are so useless and old that I don't see anyone using them.

    1. Garage sale? donate to Goodwill,Kijiji/Craigslist,or put it in a box and leave it outside your house,someone will pick it up.

      1. I have chosen, in downtown Los Angeles, a specific shelter that receives anything/everything and gives right back to those people who are in need. There was a young mother, they brought in to help, who didn't have a crib for her newborn or clothes, etc. I heard and I gave.
        If you have a place like that where you live I highly recommend doing this.
        I've given them everything I'm finished with or have never used. It's very, very rewarding with absolutely no guilt.

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          1. re: latindancer

            <It's very, very rewarding with absolutely no guilt.>

            I don't know. There are something which are too stupid to give..... like my stainless steel soap.


            Do I really want to give that to another person so that he/she can look at me and say "WTF is wrong with you?"

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Just chuck it in the bin already!!! :D

              1. re: petek

                <Just chuck it in the bin already!!!>

                :) There may be some people out there who may appreciate my stainless steel soap. I am looking for that special someone.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  <I am looking for that special someone>.

                  Aren't we all....

              2. re: Chemicalkinetics


                Hysterical! Can I ask what possessed you to buy that thing to begin with??

                1. re: sherrib

                  Hi Sherrib,

                  <what possessed you to buy that thing to begin with>

                  Two things -- really. First, it was on sale in either Home Goods or TJ Maxx. Second, I thought it would work to remove fish, onion, garlic smell from my hands. Eventually, I found out two things: first, it does not seem to work (for the few times I tried), and second, I find out that I really don't care if my hands smell a bit.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    yeah, it won't work on fish --

                    A stainless spoon (which I already have on hand!) works a treat for garlicky or oniony hands -- there are some folks here who just rub their hands on the faucet, the stainless sink or (shudder) a chef's knife.

                    Just has to be stainless - and I've never found an explanation as to why it works.

                    Sorry, Chem - I can't sacrifice the storage space for your stainless soap.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      I have tried many times to get rid of smells with lemon, with stainless steel, and they don't work for me. When I was in Italy I had to peel so much garlic you can't even imagine. My hands smelled terribly of garlic. Lemon and stainless steel were utterly ineffective. The sous chef taught me a trick that has worked for all smells for me. He walked me over to the coffee grinder, put some ground espresso in my hands, I put some water on it, rubbed it all over my hands as if it were soap, and then rinsed. My hands then had a delightful coffee smell which suits me fine as I love coffee, and the garlic smell was gone permanently. Coffee grinds have never failed me to this day, for any smell.

                      1. re: TeRReT

                        TeRReT and sunshine,

                        Yep, pretty much what most people say too. The stainless steel may absorb some odors, but not significant. So if you are to handle fish, garlic... all day, then it won't work at all.

                        I read about the coffee trick. I really wonder if the coffee ground removes the odor or marks it.

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          Whether is simply covers, or removes doesn't matter to me. My hands smell like coffee for an hour which is always nice, and by the time the coffee smell is gone there is no further odour. Fish I could see leaving my hands naturally after and hour or two, but garlic lasts for a long time. After coffee I no longer have the garlic smell, so maybe it does a bit of both. Its pretty abrasive when rubbing your hands with grounds, and its got oils, and great smell, so I'm sure its a combination of many things.

                  2. re: Chemicalkinetics


                    Like a scene out of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
                    I can just see Larry David trying to explain the words "Rub Away" to some homeless guy.

                2. No guilt whatsoever.

                  My secret is simple: Periodic gifts to either of my sons, combined with a cooking book.

                  One was given a stainless steel pizza cutter which he did not use for 5 years. When he found he could make good bread dough ( using the gift of our old marble rolling pin, and even older stand mixer ), this tool suddenly became very useful.

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                  1. re: SWISSAIRE

                    "...this tool suddenly became very useful."

                    I do get rid of stuff that I KNOW I will never use again, which usually consists of tools/equipment which were upgraded. But I tend to hold onto stuff that I still like but don't use very often, because I tend to hop around from one kitchen interest to another - and it may be a long time before I find my way back to the particular activity that requires the particular long unused equipment. For example, right now I'm doing a lot of canning, which I just started doing, even though I owned some of the equipment for years and it was going unused - mostly because it took me a long time to work up my courage to get past my fear of processing sealed glass jars in a large pot of boiling water. I go through periods of baking a lot of bread, making ice cream, making pasta, etc., etc., and in between these periods, the stuff sits around unused. But I'm always glad I didn't discard the equipment needed for each particular activity. Fortunately I have a large basement to store much of this equipment in.

                  2. I part with my unused or no-longer used items with a great sense of relief to not be encumbered with them, happiness that I have even a little bit more cabinet space (which I will inexorably fill with something else soon...) -- and the joy of knowing that it is going on to serve a purpose in someone else's life (I donate pretty much anything useable, unless I'm having a tag sale).

                    It always makes me wonder what took me so long to cut my ties with my clutter.