Kitchen Appliances – Part 2

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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.

2015-03-11 01This 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.

Kitchen Aid mixerHere are the rest of my appliances in the convenient appliance cupboard.

2015-03-11 02Top shelf:

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.

Middle shelf:

Sandwich press – toasted sandwiches and I also use it for cooking pancakes
Bread slicing guide – very useful for home-made bread
Toaster

Bottom shelf:

Juicer – rarely used – very difficult to clean
Breadmaker
Jug

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.

4 thoughts on “Kitchen Appliances – Part 2

  1. Microwave – use it everyday
    Electric Frypan – use it 2 or 3 times a week
    Food Processer – use it once a week/fortnight
    Blender – came with the Food Processor- has never been used
    Pie Maker – use it heaps espceially in Winter – great invention
    Stick Blender – use it heaps and it has extra attachments like whisk and a bowl so like a mini food processor – good for doing things like breadcrumbs or pesto.
    Sandwhich Press – used mostly on weekends – also good to cook Hash Browns
    George Forman Grill – use it 2 or 3 times a week, sausages, bacon, has browns etc.
    Tefal Quick Cup – use this in place of a kettle as it just does one cup of hot water at a time – my husband is a tea drinker
    Coffee Pod machine – use this 3 times a day – best thing ever
    Toaster – of course – I have kids so it gets used every day.
    Breadmaker – gets used about 2 times a month
    Slow Cooker – used to use this heaps but haven’t used it for a while – might dust it off before Winter and use it again.
    Apple peeler/corer – not electric but one of the best inventions as we have heaps of apples fo my husband cooks them up and freezes them or makesapple turnovers.
    Also have a kettle that goes on the little portable gas stove for when we have power cuts.

    Things I bought and used once and then gave away (or still considering giving away):
    Juicer – WAY too hard to clean – gave away
    Ice Cream Maker – makes such a small amount and we don’t eat much – gave away.
    Food Dehydrator – took 3 days to dry my tomatoes – still undecided about this – my husband won’t let me give it away!
    Donut maker – bought from K-Mart for $1 – used it once – might give it away.
    Slushi Maker – my son got one for Christmas a fwe years ago – we used it 4 times and it blew up !!

    Wow that is a bit of a list – I do have a large kitchen, but hate wasting cupboard space so try and get rid of things if they are not what I expected!

    • Hi Lynda – a comprehensive list and you reminded me that I have a food dehydrator as well. I use mine, although not often but it definitely stays.

  2. We have kettle, toaster, food processor, blender, hand mixer, coffee machine, coffee grinder/spice grinder, electric frypan, electric grill, pie maker, donut maker, juicer, bread maker, milk shake maker, chocolate fountain and water filter/drink station. The pie and donut makers were from the op shop ($5?) and have been used I think once. The choc fountain was bought for a party and will be used for every party in the future probably, a big hit! The milk shake maker and juicer are in the op shop pile as we speak. I can make a milkshake in the blender if need be, and the juicer is too fiddly to clean. The drink station was a gift and doesnt really get used enough.

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