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Jun 2, 2013 09:00 PM

Costly culinary tools that you own that don't get much use, or that have caused you buyers remorse.

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  1. Don't get love much or don't get used much?

    I don't get to use the following much, but they work perfectly fine and I like them a lot. I just don't get to use them much.

    Korean stone bowl (Dolsot):

    Egg waffle iron:

    These I don't love (not necessary hate, but don't love):

    Nordic smoker:

    Tassimo T65:

    Lodge Color (enameled) cast iron Dutch oven:

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Thanks for posing that question. My intended question was "not used much", but it would be interesting to know what items have failed to meet our expectations as well. Am going to attempt to edit the original post. LOL!

      Gosh...I love dolsot bi bim bop. Do you heat the vessel on the stove top? I see that we both have smokers on our list. I actually like mine, but don't use it very often. I have a SS All Clad dutch oven in my arsenal. Believe I got my $ worth. I know that people swear by enameled cast ironware but I can't justify the purchase, plus it's heavy as heck.

      1. re: letsindulge

        <I love dolsot bi bim bop>

        Me too, which is why I bought the dolsot.

        <Do you heat the vessel on the stove top?>

        Yeah, I do. It is pretty cool to cook in a stoneware -- a literal stone ware.

        < I have a SS All Clad dutch oven in my arsenal>

        I know a lot of people like enameled cast iron Dutch ovens, and they are attractive and a bit more traditional. Objectively speaking, I don't see how a stainless steel cladded Dutch oven won't work just as good. In my case, I started using more of the bare cast iron cookware and moved away from the enameled cast iron cookware

    2. Whats wrong with the chinois?? I was about to buy that one from Matfer. Not enough use or was there a problem with it?

      I regret my Le Creuset dutch oven as it saw no use after upgrading to copper. I was able to sell it for a profit though.

      I also regret my le creuset grill pan. too small. and everything sticks. Its also a pain to clean.

      And im not a fan of my Maverick Commercial thermometer i got from Williams-sonoma. I found out about the Thermapen only after the return period ended. Sometimes I think about "accidentally" leaving it in the oven.

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      1. re: JenniferLopez

        Hi, JLo:

        The Matfer chinoise is a very useful item, and the best in its class. Buy with confidence.


        1. re: kaleokahu

          I *want* the chinoise! Not sure what exoglass is. What about the 'easy to clean' claim? I have found every chinoise I have used to be a PITA to clean.

          1. re: mwhitmore

            Royal PITA! Maybe you'd be interested in purchasing my "like-new" Mafter exoglass? ;)

            1. re: letsindulge

              Hi letsindulge,

              I'd like to buy your exoglass. Shoot me an email at quddus-at-g-mail-dot-com.


            2. re: mwhitmore

              Hi, mwhitmore:

              Exoglass is a Matfer-Bourgeat proprietary, nonporous composite material which is temperature resistant up to 430F. Dishwasher safe and can be sterilized. It is very ugly (in the usual grey) but really good stuff. Cooks Illustrated rated the M-B Chinoise tops, even at $118.


            3. re: kaleokahu

              I totally concur that it is the best. It's why I bought it! I don't make quantities of stock any longer, so it's hanging from my overhead pot rack now. I employ this strainer when I'm making a few quarts. Easy to throw in the dishwasher.

              1. re: kaleokahu

                I agree. I'd avoided buying the Matfer because I couldn't figure out where I'd be able to store it in a small NYC apartment kitchen. It really is pretty bulky. Finally found a place to hang it and bought it just before Thanksgiving. What a pleasure to use. And I don't find it especially difficult to clean. Stuff seems to sponge right out of it. Anyway, I couldn't believe the nonsense I'd gone through for years to strain stocks, gravies, ice cream bases. I've used it at least a dozen times in the past month and am only kicking myself that I waited so long to buy it.

              2. re: JenniferLopez

                I also never use my Le Creuset grill pan. No matter how hot or gentle the heat, everything sticked, which also made it miserable to clean.

                1. re: Terrie H.

                  I have two of the Le Creuset grill pans. They are are not shaped the same and one is red while the other is green. I think I bought the second one before I tried using the first one. I guess I bought them because they were Le Creuset. That, and they were $5 and $7. I did find out why they were donated to Goodwill.

                  1. re: John E.

                    My one, and only piece of Le Creuset is the afore mentioned tagine. I've not missed having a LC casserole, or french oven because I'm perfectly happy with my SS All Clad. From stovetop to oven is how I use them.

                  2. re: Terrie H.

                    I have two of those grill pans and while I don't love them because I think they're too small, I never have anything stick to them. I will say they both have a lot of patina and don't look too pretty but they work well.

                2. There are things I rarely use, but would never give up. Poultry shears, barbed fondue forks, and duck press come to mind.

                  The culinary tool I most regret buying are hundreds of cook books. Look nice, good reads, a cuisine I hope to explore, and 5 years later never in the rotation. I just came across a copy of the recipes from the culinary olympics of 1980, purchased at the 1984 competition. With a couple autographs. I will keep it for the memories.

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                  1. Probably the two biggest wastes of money for me I'm lucky I didn't purchase. One was a wedding gift and the other, a Christmas gift.

                    Anyway, was thoroughly unimpressed with our bread maker and found the deep fryer a lot more pain than it was worth.

                    For bread I go old school and use and oven and for deep frying I just use a dutch oven and a Chinese fishing basket aka spider.


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                    1. re: Davwud

                      I do some baking, but not bread in a long while. I'm fortunate to have several excellent artisan bread companies in my vicinity.

                      I'm almost certain that I'll be garage selling my Rival deep fryer. I deep-fry so infrequently that a dutch oven paired with a splatter screen get's the job done.

                      1. re: Davwud

                        Same here regarding deep fryer. I sold mine and do the same thing you do with a dutch oven and spider. Works fine.

                        1. re: Davwud

                          I use my bread-maker(only bake cycle) to bake a sourdough rye bread in my garage in order not to over-heat my house.

                        2. My Cuisinart Rotisserie Oven. The thing is impossible to keep clean so it looks awful on the counter, but it's also too big and bulky to store away regularly. The dripping tray is barely deep enough to hold all the fat that melts off the chicken, so it usually overflows when you are trying to take stuff out. It comes with kebab attachments, but the meat and other items slide right off while cooking since it's vertical. Besides, who wants to wait 3 hours for some kebabs or a hamburger when you could throw them on the grill in 10 minutes?

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                          1. re: Atomic76

                            My DIL's parents hosted us for Thanksgiving dinner and roasted the bird in their Ronco vertical rotisserie. It was actually pretty decent. I'm not tempted to buy one though.

                            1. re: letsindulge

                              Mr. Pooch's daddy gave us a Ronco Showtime gift ever. No cleaning other than the prongs and drip pan. It lives in our garage. We love to watch it cook while sipping martinis.

                              My regrets are the rice maker and juicer.

                              1. re: Poochinator

                                Ronco for me, a gift also. I don't use it everyday, since I've only made whole chickens in it, but I would never part with it. Next up, I want to try duck. Someone here said it works very well for that.