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Jul 16, 2013 07:49 PM

Most annoying/useless appliance you own

Mine is my juicer.
Great idea, lovely end product, but a real PITA to clean - spend more time cleaning it than enjoying its wares. And no one wants the result of an incorrectly cleaned juicing machine!

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  1. Grill pans. Not an appliance, but what a pain to clean.

    If I must name an appliance, that would be my clothes iron.

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    1. re: autumm

      Yeah, not restricted to appliances.

      I have a friend who has a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a thermomix, a bread cooker, a stick blender, a juicer, a food processor, a George Foreman, a sandwich press, a rice cooker and an array of pots and pans.

      And NO bench space to work on, and no idea what is plugged in, and a lot of dusty (impressively expensive) unused appliances!

      1. re: cronker

        Hi, cronker:

        That's really funny. You need to pick him/her up a vintage Octodog, 'lectric skillet, egg poacher and airpopper. Just keep adding unitasker appliances until they get the point. Or not, it'd still be hilarious.


        1. re: cronker

          I have most of those, but they aren't stored on the counter. Wire rack shelves are my friend.

          1. re: autumm

            These come in handy when you want grill marks on steaks but it's raining outside so you don't want to use the barbecue

            1. re: autumm

              I went through a couple of Calphalon grill pans, they were a nightmare to clean. The more you scrubbed them, the more you just damage the non stick surface making them even harder to clean down the road. I would eventually have to junk them after a few months.

              I did pick up a relatively cheap indoor electric smokeless grill that wasn't too bad though. I got mine for like $30.


              There are only two parts to clean, the grill and the drip pan, and both fit into your dishwasher easily barely taking up any space. You put water in the drip pan and the grill itself has holes in it to allow the juices to fall through - instead of burning up in the wells of a standard grill pan.

              My main gripe though was that it takes like 15 minutes to heat up, and never really gets screaming hot. It took forever to roast peppers on it, for example.

            2. The only time I ever use the meat slicer is to make beef jerky, which I only do occasionally.

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              1. re: weezieduzzit

                Geez, wouldn't that be handy.... I always seem to get sucked into cutting duty when my fiance wants to make jerky. What a chore!

                But I don't think I'll be going out and buying a meat slicer just for that. :p How big is this thing? What did it cost you? (I'm picturing huge one at the deli I used to work at.)

                1. re: Kontxesi

                  Kontexi, Its not a huge one like at a deli, it's a home version but its big enough to slice big hunks of partially frozen meat 1/4" thick to make jerky with. We paid $10 for it, in the box, at an estate sale, got the dehydrator we use to make the jerky (and for many other things like "sundried" tomatoes and kale chips,) at the same sale for another $10.

                2. re: weezieduzzit

                  My family wants one to make thin sliced sandwich meat from my sous vide chicken and beef.

                  1. re: LJones

                    I have a meat slicer, but the mandoline works great when I don't want to drag it out of the box.

                    1. re: rasputina

                      I've never thought of subbing the mandoline in as meat slicer. Why is that? I mean, I wish I used the meat slicer more often, but it's such a damn clunky beast.

                  2. re: weezieduzzit

                    I have a slicer but it rarely gets used. It lives in my laundry room and comes out when needed. When you need it it is very handy to have. I loan mine to friends when they need one.

                  3. My flour sifter. It's a crappy one from Ikea and it constantly gets stuck. I want an old one like my Mom's that she found in an apartment she moved into in the 70s and kept it.

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                    1. re: juliejulez

                      Check out thrift stores, charity shops, flea markets and church and estate sales. You will find one. I have two that I have accumulated over the years. I should give you one of mine, because to be honest I don't use it that much.

                      1. re: juliejulez


                        I always wanted what my great-aunt Kate had. Her sifter was in one of those old freestanding pantry cupboards that had a flour bin with built-in sifter. Last one I saw was pretty beat-up and went over $400 at an estate auction. I don't want one that badly.

                      2. I did a major purge two or so years ago so I got rid of many, many useless kitchen items.

                        The one that remains that really annoys me the Kitchenaid blender. I know I haven't used it in at least two years. It takes up too much room yet I can't bring myself to get rid of it.

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                        1. re: cleobeach

                          Was going to post something similar to this. I originally bought the Kitchenaid blender to make smoothies. I quickly grew tired of cleaning it daily. Haven't used it in a few years and like you....I feel compelled to keep the damn thing. Thinking, What if someday I need it?

                          1. re: cleobeach

                            My wife loves her Kitchenaide. It is used to make cakes, cookies, and candies, kneed breads and pastries, and is indispensible for her frosting creations: see photo.

                            1. re: cleobeach

                              Blender is definitely my least used "appliance". Most thinks go into te food processor o I use my stick blender.

                              1. re: cleobeach

                                Agreed! The blender is a funny thing. I NEVER use it, but I can't bring myself to part with it. Go figure!

                              2. Kitchen Aid meat grinder attachment. All I can get is grey ooze no matter how I cut, freeze, grind the meat.

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                                1. re: escondido123

                                  I had a family-owned hand-cranked mincer when I was a child but one of my sisters has it now. Very useful and probably one of those would have a price similar to the attachment...

                                  1. re: escondido123

                                    ITA, it's a cheap piece of plastic, mine cracked.

                                    1. re: escondido123

                                      I use mine several times per year, but have to be careful to trim off any particularly sinewy parts of the meat and give those to the dogs. Even so, I still have to take it apart halfway through grinding anything and remove any fibers tangled around the impeller blade and die.

                                      It's a pile of junk.

                                      1. re: escondido123

                                        I've not had that problem. Mine grinds both coarsely and finely. It does a great job. Maybe you got a dud?