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27 September 2012 @ 12:03 pm
kitchen meme  
The kitchen meme making the rounds: 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.

pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, 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, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, fondue sets

Context.

Did some interpretation tricks. I don't use my griddle pan since I got an electric griddle which is arguably more superfluous, but that doesn't make me love it any less. I'm not sure what use a miniature salad spinner would be, but I use my full-size one all the time.

Other gadgets in our kitchen:
Kitchen Aid mixer
Braun hand mixer with wand and chopper attachments
Hand crank nut chopper (love)
Waffle iron

Since B gave up gluten (which ended 20 years of chronic pain!) we don't do a lot of baking, so some of the things we don't use anymore are recently disused and emotionally hard to give up.

I'm sheepish about the garlic smasher. I certainly prefer hand-minced garlic, but my knife skills aren't up to actually doing it in finite time with acceptable blood loss. At least it's pretty.

I suspect there are a bunch more italicized items lurking in the inaccessible back corners of our cabinets. And don't get me started on B's platter problem. ;-)

Oh, hey, are those silicone brushes worth a crap? I have one of those classic things with the twisted metal handle with brush that never comes clean enough to keep me from freaking out a little. Recommendations?
 
 
bsue on September 27th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
platters
You haven't noticed? I got rid of a whole slew of them last winter. H took some and I took some to Goodwill.
Jeff Youngstromjry on September 27th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: platters
I guess I hadn't. Cool!
The Mad Gastronomerinaurolillium on September 27th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Silicon brushes are very suitable for most uses. The only thing they are not so hot for is plain water, but honestly, most people aren't going to use them for that much.

Garlic tip: place a clove or two under the flat of the blade of your chef's knife or cleaver. Strike the other side of the flat with the heel of your off hand. This cracks and partially crushes the garlic. Then you can chop it fine quickly, the way you chop herbs, without actually mincing it, which is a pain in the butt.
Jeff Youngstromjry on September 27th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I do the squish-with-the-knife thing to crack the skin off before I put it in the twisty thing, but I'll try squishing a little more aggressively and doing the herb chopping method and see if it's more pleasing than the output of the twisty thing which isn't terribly awful.