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Old 01-06-2009, 07:36 PM   #31
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Out of curiosity, why do you want/need one so much?
It cuts down on our trash so much. It is also much more convenient and less messy than having to get the trash can out (not that that is really that big of a deal, but still...)
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:41 PM   #32
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Think of it as kinda splitting your garbage up more so less goes out to the trash can and into landfills. For us it is part of recycling so to speak. First we recycle what we can for glass cans and plastic, then what can go onto the garden or in the compost goes, then what can be ground up and flushed down the sink goes thru the garbage disposal (nothing hazardous of course), then what remains goes into trash cans. This way only what can't immediately be recycled goes into the trash can and then into the landfill.
Of course, our garbage disposal has been on the fritz for the last two years, but in all honesty there isn't that much left over for the trash anyway after recycling and composting.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:33 AM   #33
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I would love a garbage disposal. I do not have the space to compost living in the city and I hate having to constantly take out half full garbage because there are little scraps that would be way too interesting to the doggies. Also we only have once weekly trash pick up so the less interesting my garbage is to cats raccoons mice rats etc the better.

I have only had it in one apartment ever I cant say I miss it terribly but I would like one.

You want to talk about gross though when I purchased my house the kitchen sink had a garbage disposal attached that had NEVER been hooked up to power so talk about a gross the smell from it filled the kitchen and I think it basically served a a mouse and roach feeder... the first thing I did after closing was take that sucker out.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:39 AM   #34
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A sharp knife.
I concur GB
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:15 AM   #35
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My (moderately priced, but sharp) knives, and Penzeys spices--those are the things I always miss when I am cooking at my Mom's or my sister's.

When I was married, kitchen tools were given very low priority--the Evil One bought the best quality woodworking and mechanic's tools, but good kitchen stuff was frivolous, according to him.

The first things I bought after the divorce were the best pots and pans, knives, food processor and mixer I could afford. Even though I am only cooking for one, usually, good tools have made my life so much more pleasant. (Or maybe it just seems more pleasant because I am no longer dealing with the Evil One? )
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:23 AM   #36
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A sharp knife.
+ 1, My friend Andy gifted me with a proper chef's knife and a Chinese cleaver. It changed everything!
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:02 PM   #37
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My spork. Titanium. Light weight, for portability and high-speed eating. Virtually indestructible. I have two, just in case...actually, I would say my 8" chefs' knife. But I have always known the value of a good, sharp knife. Beyond that, my food processor. It makes the grunt work of cooking for groups go very quickly. And yes, I do have two titanium sporks...one never knows...
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:40 PM   #38
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Good knives
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For me, this is an easy one - good quality, sharp knives.
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Real knives.
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I too would have to say good quality, sharp knives.
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I totally agree, for me it would be these sharp set of knives
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My (moderately priced, but sharp) knives, ....
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+ 1,

I guess I'm not alone,

THe Knives have it.


Garbage disposals? I read somewhere garbage disposals keep sewer rats well fed. In some areas this has led to real problems with 'rodents'.

THe house we moved from had a disposal so when we moved into this house 15 years ago I installed one, then several years ago I remodled the kitchen and deleted the disposal. In the intervening 5 or so years I can think of only a hand full of times I really missed not having a disposal.

Storage. I don't know how I got by without a pantry. And more shelving.

And the refrigerator with a bottom freezer. Just went to get cream for the coffee. So nice not having to bend over every time we go to the fridge.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:48 PM   #39
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we have had a disposal in the past. When the last one fritzed out, we didn't replace it and I don't miss it at all. Same with the dishwasher - I clean up as I go, and with just the two of us, it only takes a few minutes to hand wash the dishes.

I guess for me, its a toss-up of having plenty of counterspace and having good cookware (pots & pans).
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:59 PM   #40
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We had a dishwasher, turned out to be a place to store dirty dishes.

So when I built the cabinets I didn't make provisions for a dish washer.

Wife washes, I dry and stow. It's one of those team efforts we seem to enjoy.


Pots and pans and storage ... I know to many it wouldn't seem possible but I have way too much cast iron. I have to choose which ones to keep in the kitchen and which ones to put into storage. And the ones I keep in the kitchen are going to have to be hung on the wall to free up storage space.
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