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via kelliem  and silme : Kitchen Cupboard Meme: 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 had but got 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, salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands (wish I had one!), 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, 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."

I wish I had a food processor. It's on the list. Garlic crushers are utterly useless, though.

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Every item on that list that my roommate and I own we use at least yearly, and in most cases monthly or so. Several items that we don't own, we don't own because we break them faster than their usefulness bears out (garlic press any one? I finally got a nice self cleaning one and it lasted 2 months before dying)

I keep at least 4 pizza stones on hand and have killed 3 in 5 years
I have a large square one and a pizza peel. The stone lives in the oven. It sees use about once a week.

I am also a huge fucking fan of my slow cooker. Beans overnight with no effort. WIN.
The slow cooker is the only kitchen gadget I have ever encountered which actually delivers on the late-night-TV-infomercial promise of them all, which is "Push button; receive food". (Somewhere between two and twenty hours of waiting are elided, but I can leave home for a substantial portion of that, so I don't care. Besides, the TV infomercials elide that too)

I've actually discovered that the "low" setting on my slow cooker is too low to cook gristly meats properly, but that's a small price to pay. The slow cooker is the only kitchen gadget I really can't live without.

(Instant oatmeal, just wait four hours!)
They are pretty unbeatable.

All I can imagine is that some people don't actually cook, and so don't use these things?
You mentioning slow cookers reminded me it's coming up on cold weather, and I can make some of that drink I make with cranberry juice, apple juice whole cloves, stick cinnamon and slices of lemon. You let it simmer for about 18 hours, adding juice or water at intervals as it simmers down. When I serve it at parties, I use the slow cooker like a heated punch bowl -- put it on the table, with a ladle on a plate beside it, so I can serve it hot. Smells up the house something wonderful.
That's pretty much how I feel about my rice cooker - I dump quinoa and lentils and spices and water in, and twenty minutes later I have a perfectly reasonable pilaf. It's not the best food I make, but it's got a pretty excellent effort:tastiness ratio.
I have a steamer rather than a dedicated rice cooker (I do brown rice in the oven) and I fucking love that thing. (I actually have two, because the plastic steamer tray bit of my first one broke after fifteen years, and when I bought a new one it came with two plastic steamer bits.)

So now I have one for rice/quinoa/whatever and one for veggies!
Whoo. What are you doing, with your pizza stones? (I have my first, and I love it - for baking bread, not pizza - but if there are things that happen to pizza stones, I should probably be aware, and prepared, and so forth...)
Oh, things get banged around in my kitchen. Also when I am entertaining, I like being able to prep four pizzas at a time so I can just switch them out as needed.