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To consider...

...as I have decluttering on my mind.
Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of. (Raye's addenum: things in plain text with no change are things I simply don't have and never did.) (Mer's addendum: offset with asterixes are 'broken and no longer functioning and we should get rid of)

"I wonder how many *pasta machines*, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards."

What of Dutch ovens, *immersion blenders*, pizza cookers, comals, stand mixers, handheld mixers...?
We have a lot of stuff, but we use most of it. As for the broken pasta machine, it's in the garage; I believe I could get the part for it made on a 3D printer, and it would function just fine, but we have since gotten the pasta attachment for our stand mixer, and it's pointless. So. Anyone want a totally awesome pasta machine that needs a replacement part? Yours for the price of shipping.

I have never used the bamboo steamers, but I store garlic and onions in them, so no biggie. And I MIGHT. I do not actually use the fondue set once a year, per the requirements, but I have used it so often at parties that I consider it a must keep.

The immersion blender was a hand-me-down from my mom; it's slightly cracked, and it doesn't work that great. Should get rid of.

But for the most part, I use stuff. I go on tears and use certain things a lot for a week or a month, then cycle into something else before coming back around--the unlisted waffle iron being an example of that--sometime last year, I tried to cook everything on it (verdict? leave your cinnamon rolls as cinnamon rolls, and it's no substitute for a panini press if you're just trying to make a hot sandwich; cookie dough sticks; waffles work best). The slow cooker sees nearly weekly use. The melon baller gets appropriated to a lot of other tasks. The deep fryer is maybe once a month, but when you want tasty fries, it's the go-to.

I will note that of the other unused items, they were items my husband brought to the relationship.


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Sep. 28th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
I love my immersion blender. Love love love love. I cannot believe I ever ladled hot soup into the regular blender in batches and then back onto the stove to do other things with. Zip zoom immersion blender whee.

And yah, I can imagine how people do without slow cookers, and it is by not being me, basically. Because going to bed with a puddle of barley and spices and water and waking up with a week's worth of breakfast in the slow cooker is really vital to my needs. VITAL. Not to mention the chicken and the chili and the ribs and all the other things we cook that way. The barley is NOT OPTIONAL.
Sep. 28th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
I was going to ask what an immersion blender is, then I got it. A stick blender! Oh, yes, I use mine a lot. I also love my crock pot. We were just pondering how we seem to need a larger one. I think when you get beyond the basic round crock pot size, they start to be called slow cookers. We need that.

How do you spice your barley? I'm intrigued and want to try barley breakfast for myself.
Sep. 28th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
I put in whatever amount looks good of: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and orange peel.

Some weeks that means none of, for example, orange peel.

It always means waaaaay more cinnamon than cloves. Etc. But it is not an exact science.
Sep. 28th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, ok, typical breakfast cereal spices. Sounds good. I don't think I would have come up with the orange peel, but that sounds lovely.
Sep. 28th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
I'm too lazy to do this properly, and either don't know or can't remember the html for the formatting.

pasta machine--don't have
breadmaker--got rid of
juicer--own, and have used, but may not keep
blender--own and use
deep fat fryer--got rid of
egg boiler--what is that even
melon baller--don't own
sandwich maker--??
pastry brush--own and use
cheese board--own and use
cheese knives--don't own but covet
electric wok--don't own
miniature salad spinner--don't own
griddle pan--down own
jam funnel--what is this even
meat thermometers--own and use. Who doesn't use a meat thermometer? I don't want to eat at their house.
filleting knive--own and consider necessary, although seldom use
egg poacher--don't own
cake stand--don't own but would like to have
garlic crusher--don't own
martini glass-don't own
tea strainers--don't own but would be nice
bamboo steamers--if I had one of these I would totally use it
pizza stone--own and never use only because it is too big for my oven
coffee grind--used daily at my house
milk frother--isn't this normally attached to an espresso machine?
piping bags--don't own but am willing to defend
banana stands--I think I might add this to my list for Meijer. Been wanting...
fluted pastry wheels--don't own
tagine dishes--don't own
conical strainers--don't own, I guess. Are conical ones special?
rice cooker--own and use at least weekly
steam cooker--don't own
pressure cooker--own and use
slow cooker--own and use
spaetzle maker--don't own
cookie press--don't own
gravy strainer---don't own
double boilers--own and use (how do people melt chocolate or make hollandaise? Savages!)
bains marie--this looks french to me
sukiyaki stove--don't own
home smoker--don't own
tempura set-don't own
tortilla press-own and use baby
electic whisks--don't own
bacon press--don't own
bacon slicer--don't own
food processor--own and use
sugar thermometer--own but use rarely
mortar and pestle--own and use frequently!
kebab skewers--use for kebabs maybe once a year. invaluable for fun and recreation around the house
mouli mill--what is that even
cake tester--do they mean a butter knife or a toothpick? If not I have no idea.
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