Thank you all for your thoughtful responses yesterday. I have read them quickly and will go back and respond once I have written this post. As for the list from last night, here is my response.
1 Blender – I have one as part of a combination with my food processor.
2 Electric Grill – we had one which we did use but when it died I did not consider replacing it. A bit of a fad, I guess.
3 Baby Food Maker – it is a long time since I was making food for babies but I have no idea what this would be.
4 Microwave oven – yes, I have a microwave but I use it less and less. If it died, I would not automatically rush out and buy another one.
5 Panini Press – I expect this is like my sandwich press which I use quite a bit.
This is my food processor and all of the associated gadgets in the cupboard. The blender is with some of the other bits in the box at the back. Like most things, I do not use it to its full potential although the blender, citrus juicer, grater and slicer attachments are well-used.
I also have a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer and the pasta attachment for it.
Kettle – used on the gas stove if we lose power. Also on the slow-combustion heater during winter.
Slow-cooker – very well-used for soup, baked potatoes, casseroles, refried beans.
Sandwich press – toasted sandwiches and I also use it for cooking pancakes
Bread slicing guide – very useful for home-made bread
Juicer – rarely used – very difficult to clean
I also have a stick blender in another cupboard.
I have never been seduced by the single-purpose appliances such as a pie-maker, ice-cream maker, popcorn maker or hot dog thingummy but I still have plenty of gadgets. If I were to get rid of any it would be the juicer, I think. It is interesting to consider how our needs change, particularly as families grow and children leave home. Our diet and the types of food we eat has changed over the years, also. This is how clutter can become a problem – something that was essential 10 years ago is not longer required but we are loathe to move it along.
How do my appliances compare to what you have? Everyone has different essentials and priorities.