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kitchen equipment purchasers anonymous
Wed 24-Mar-10
12:32 pm
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Hi

My name is Shelley and I am addicted to buying kitchen equipment.  My latest purchases have included a apple peeler corer (vital to preparing apples to be dried) , a dehydrator and a magimix.

I am here today because I need help!

Wed 24-Mar-10
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Poor you Shelley, but I suspect that like a lot of us here, although you recognise that you need help, there is a large part of you that enjoys your addiction. Monster    If this is the case then I am afraid you are lost forever in a mountain of kitchen equipment.  Big_Laugh 

( sorry must go now as someone mentioned a magimix - you are not alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)    Eeek

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Wed 24-Mar-10
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Lol - I blogged about this very topic yesterday.  It's just as well my kitchen is so limited in terms of worktop space or I'd be a lot poorer!  Big_Laugh

Wed 24-Mar-10
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my thoughts exactly Ruth 🙂 I'm actually anti-gadget in general, even disregarding the miniscule size of my kitchen. Especially single-purpose gadgets. Except for my espresso coffee machine, but that's not a gadget, it's essential equipment 🙂 But I still find myself drooling over things like beautiful knives, lovely crockery, cute little dishes. And I confess a magimix might be rather nice now that I make so many cakes Embarassed

ps didn't know you had a blog, I've bookmarked it now.  No, you don't need a specific pot for mussels 🙂 I cook them often and I don't have one. They will taste good whatever you cook them in, as long as it's large enough to shake them about!

Wed 24-Mar-10
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danast said:

Poor you Shelley, but I suspect that like a lot of us here, although you recognise that you need help, there is a large part of you that enjoys your addiction. Monster    If this is the case then I am afraid you are lost forever in a mountain of kitchen equipment.  Big_Laugh 

( sorry must go now as someone mentioned a magimix - you are not alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)    Eeek


Yes I need to confess too and yes I think I enjoy my addiction too Monster, after all the juicer will come in handy when there are 6 apple trees to juice, and the dehydrator, the two slow cookers, large and small, the new very sharp knife, oh yes and there is the other type of juice extractor - the steamer type. I also have a small kitchen and my stuff creeps into the overflow area commonly called the dump room.Cheers

Wed 24-Mar-10
8:32 pm
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Indeed : one only has to look at how much more fruit my kids are eating now apples can be peeled and cored and sliced with my new peeler thingy!!

and how much healthier is their dried fruit intake::::

YESWellDone I enjoy my addiction..... perhaps I am not yet ready for this group after all!!EeekEeek

Wed 24-Mar-10
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Wed 24-Mar-10
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Just tell people that you don't/can't cook and you'll gadgets galore! Laugh 

In the last few years I've been given a rice cooker, two steamers, a herb chopper, a slow cooker, a wok, two fondue sets, two colanders and the ubiquitous (in the USA at least) George Foreman Grill. Sheesh. My little kitchen is stuffed.....with stuff in boxes. Frown 

I must confess though that I did purchase a stick blender and would love a big Kitchen Aid Mixer (US equivalent of a Kenwood Chef mixer I think) - why do people always give savory equipment rather than sweet/dessert equipment as presents?

What kitchen equipment have you been given.....? Has anything ever made you scratch your head?

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Thu 25-Mar-10
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Suz, definately go for the Kitchen Aid mixer! You won't know how you got along without it, I promise! Its really great since it has all of the attachments/add ons, so its incredabilly versitile. I have the meat grinder, pasta maker, the shreadder/grater, and I think of all of the appliances that I don't need because I can get another attachment for the Kitchen Aid.

Sorry Shelly, I guess i'm a happy addict. Whistle

Back to your question Suz, I too was the victim of a George Forman grill gift. I used it once and it got donated after that....go figure.

Head scratching gift? I was given a large open roasting pan with a rack. I had no idea what I was going to with it, since I usually put things that would be roasted on my barbeque, but I figured out that it is a wonderful pan for making apple butter in the oven.

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Thu 25-Mar-10
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My head-scratching gift was a bread machine. I knew my sister-in-law was fixing to buy me one because she was always raving about hers. So I headed her off (I thought) by repeatedly mentioning that I didn't want one. It didn't work 🙁 It lives in our junk room, though actually I do now use it occasionally for making muffin dough, just because it's there. I never cook anything in it though.

My mother-in-law gave me a food processor which I didn't really want, but I do use it occasionally; it's more useful than the bread machine. I just wish someone would give me a Kenwood now 🙂

Thu 25-Mar-10
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veronica said:

ps didn't know you had a blog, I've bookmarked it now.  No, you don't need a specific pot for mussels 🙂 I cook them often and I don't have one. They will taste good whatever you cook them in, as long as it's large enough to shake them about!


It's very new and mostly just me wittering on!  Embarassed

I like the moule pot though - this is the problem!  Big_Laugh

Head scratching gift - a manual ice crusher/grinder machine.  Lurked in the cupboard in it's box until I gifted it to a charity auction. Wink

Thu 25-Mar-10
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Shelley, that was very brave of you to stand up and confess your addiction.  I think though that you are a lost cause, so reclaim your entrance fee on the way out.Wink

I'll try that again!

Thu 25-Mar-10
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We were given a fondue set- a le creuset fondue set. Never used, don't like to throw it out as it was a wedding present from a dear friend....neary freecycled it a couple fo years ago, but the person didn't come to collect it....can anyone think of a a culinary use for it OTHER than as a fondue set?

We were also given a 'sideboard entertainer' for a wedding present.

I know.

What is it?

It is an ugly box that takes up huge amounts of room and it keeps things warm.

Enormous and useless. Now long since given to a Village Hall that needed something to keep things warm in and on and had loads of space.

My addiction is more to little kitcheny things....jolly cake cases, cookie cutters...and to china, oh how I like good chinaware...and mixing bowls, Mason Cash mixing bowls....

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Thu 25-Mar-10
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TG blue and white stripey things…

Fondue set - could you use the pot as a small milk / sauce pan on the hob?  Or the whole as a 'raclette' - I think that's the right term - where you cook bits of meat in it at the table.  Not sure if you're a vegggie though?!

A really big oil burner?  Er...

Thu 25-Mar-10
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raclette set ; now theres a very useful piece of equipment!!

use to make raclette; melted cheese in little warmers; sometimes with heated meats, sometimes with cold meats, wserved with gherkins; mmmm on a cold night!!

we have one of those too!!

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