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Dec 6, 2013 12:45 PM

Your worst foodie gifts

As Christmas is fast approaching, I have just updated my blog with some of the worst foodie presents available on the market.

What was the worst foodie gift you have ever received as a present?

My suggestions are here:-

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  1. One year I received one of those things that you use to make deep fried onions flowers/blooms. They were popular at some restaurants at the time. The main thing is, the person who gave it to me knows that I hate onions! Yes, I use them in making soups and stews and the like, but will NOT eat them on their own.
    Strangely enough I was assigned the creamed onions for Thanksgiving dinner for several years (before I moved to another island) because the first year I got them I made the best creamed onions anyone had ever had. I refused to even taste them. Go figure...

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      1. re: tommg

        I've secretly always wanted one of those. Did you try it and if so, how was it?

        1. re: baseballfan

          As a kid I had dreams of using this to attack my sister.

          1. re: baseballfan

            I succumbed to the advertising for this many years ago. I've moved many times since then and the salad shooter goes with me. It does basically the same thing that my food processor blades do, but takes up less space in the dishwasher. I probably wouldn't buy one again, but at the time I didn't have a food processor. I do love it, anyway.

            1. re: hippiechickinsing

              I still see this at Target or Walgreens during the holidays. I am always tempted but have never given in. I have a bit of a kitchenware and gadget issue. I realized just how much during this last move and I have resolved to only buy what I actually need. We will see how long that actually lasts ; )

              1. re: baseballfan

                if you start a 12 step program for people with kitchen gadget addiction, please include me.
                i hardly cook at all anymore, but still i keep buying these gadgets. . . . .

          2. re: tommg

            I have one that my friend gave me when she was moving out of state, in the 1990s. I use it once or twice a year to grate large amounts of cheese, like 2# of cheddar or a pound of parmesan. It's great for that purpose.

            When she brought it over, she made me take out all the produce I had in the fridge and we shot it all over the kitchen, I don't think if I've ever laughed so hard in my life. The pieces were flying everywhere!

            1. re: tommg

              I adore my Salad Shooter. I got married in the late 80s and received a Salad Shooter for a wedding present. I'm on my 3rd one. I don't ever use it to shoot salad but it is amazing for shredding cheese.

            1. re: foodieX2

              Not all avocado slicers are junk. I have a metal one with piano wire for the slicer. It removes the peel and slices the avocado quite accurately.

              1. re: Candy

                Junk or not who really needs one? How hard is it to slice and avocado? I guess for someone who has everything and place to store it all but to *me* its pretty worthless.

            2. I was given the Ronco 5000 Showtime Rotisserie which I actually have a love/hate relationship with. It actually does a good job cooking a chicken. The downside is it's the size of a small Toyota and is a pain to clean and store when not in use. If you want a nicely cooked chicken and you have a two car garage but only own one car, give me a call.

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              1. re: bobbert

                I also received one of these as a gift and felt the same way. The food that came out of it was delicious but it was huge! I also thought it was a real pain in the ass to clean. Mine squeaked the entire time it was rotating which was annoying. My animals found it fascinating though and would sit there and watch it for hours. I finally got rid of it 2 moves ago.

                1. re: baseballfan

                  I forgot about the squeaking! I'm also hesitant and embarrassed to write this but, like your pets, I often found myself staring at that thing albeit not for hours. This would make a great gift for a college kid who smokes a lot of pot.

                    1. re: bobbert

                      LOL So true! We used to line up some stools, with beer in hand, and watch it rotate like it was a football game. Every now and then the chicken skin would bubble and pop to the sound of 'ooooos' and 'ahhhhhs'.

                      1. re: Novelli

                        Mine was a gift too, but I do like it. They recommend squirting a little salad oil where the pole sits in the groove to reduce the squeaking, it helps a tiny bit. And yes, I agree it is mesmerizing for some strange reason.

                        1. re: Novelli

                          Are you sure you didn't just have beer in hand?

                    2. re: bobbert

                      I need to keep my eyes open for one of those, I always wanted one. No AC in our tiny cottage kitchen makes summer cooking a challenge. I could set it up in the shed.

                        1. re: bobbert

                          The first thing in the instruction manual says "DO NOT set it and forget it!" They were just kidding.

                    3. A few years ago we received a smoked turkey from Greenbergs in Tyler, TX. Interesting that they mail you a post card a few days ahead of time to "warn" you its coming. It was delicious the first day, made tasty leftovers the second day, but ... oh ... the eternity of two people and a SMOKED turkey. The fragrance lingers in the fridge (and the freezer) for several weeks. I finally gave the carcass to a friend of mine so that she could have smoked turkey soup ... I can only eat so much turkey tetrazzini.

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                      1. re: Cheflambo

                        Ah, and see, one man's trash...... I love those Greenbergs. After we've had our fill it gets parted up in small packets and re-frozen for use in beans, soups, stews later in the year. The carcass makes great smoked broth.

                        Everything does need to be double-bagged in the freezer though. Lol.

                      2. Ceramic knives. I have knives that I like, that do not require such special care.