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Old 01-07-2015, 09:43 AM   #11
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If you use them regularly all the power to ya! It's your kitchen. I wouldn't be embarrassed by them at all sitting on the counter. I personally think commercial equipment is cool in a residential kitchen.
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:45 AM   #12
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Why in the world would one be embarrassed. ?
My wife wants everything perfect, in our old house she had some sort of decoration in front of every counter plug, with all the appliances under the counter, so when we wanted to make toast, we would have to take the toaster out from under the counter, move a vase with flowers in it over to expose the plug and then plug the toaster in, make the toast, and put the toaster away, then move the flowers back to cover the plug...

We OFTEN have people over and they look around and say "do you live here?", it seriously looks like no one lives on our first floor. Its a sickness and obsession of hers, I will be watching tv with a blanket and get up to do something like check the oven or use the restroom, and I will come back sit down and then notice the blanket I was just using is folded and put in the basket on the other side of the room.
Or I will pour myself a drink and leave the Jameson on the counter {on the off chance I may want another } and it will be killing her inside to see the bottle sitting there and not put back in the bar, she used to put it away, now she will just walk over and put a coaster under it, I guess thats progress, lol...

It doesn't bother me either way, I don't want my house a mess, and if a wall gets a nic I don't have to spackle, sand and paint it within 24 hours, but since I know it will bother her, I do because I know it will drive her crazy {or crazier rather }...

If I leave my sheeter out on the counter when we are entertaining she will apologize to our guests for it when they come in the kitchen, its actually pretty funny, because her mother is even worse... My poor father in law...
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:57 AM   #13
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I have someone in my family like that, with a total OCD......
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:12 AM   #14
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I have someone in my family like that, with a total OCD......
She doesn't have to lock the door 9 times and stomp her feet twice before leaving the room, and I have seen her step on cracks in sidewalks, so not completely ocd, but yes there may be a touch of it there, lol... One of my sons is also a clean freak, my other son is more like me, clean but not obsessively...
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:20 AM   #15
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Shrek is almost as bad, I'll still be wearing my hat and coat and he's saying (about my lunch dishes I put on the counter), if you put a little soap and hot water in these they are easier to wash. Dang, let me get my coat off first.
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:23 AM   #16
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Ow, wow. I would love to have equipment like that. You are lucky man.
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:34 AM   #17
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My wife wants everything perfect, in our old house she had some sort of decoration in front of every counter plug, with all the appliances under the counter, so when we wanted to make toast, we would have to take the toaster out from under the counter, move a vase with flowers in it over to expose the plug and then plug the toaster in, make the toast, and put the toaster away, then move the flowers back to cover the plug...

We OFTEN have people over and they look around and say "do you live here?", it seriously looks like no one lives on our first floor. Its a sickness and obsession of hers, ...
you know if we take our two wives put them together make it into one and then divide in the half, we would have two perfect wives. We have stuff all over the place. I am a mess myself, but what she does drives me crazy.

But I have a question. Is it a pasta/dough maker you have there? All together can you tell us in more details what those machines are, i.e. brands, capabilities, sizes, please.
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:58 PM   #18
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If I had the room and the money, I would have a commercial kitchen in my house.
I would be proud to have those things to use.
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:34 PM   #19
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you know if we take our two wives put them together make it into one and then divide in the half, we would have two perfect wives. We have stuff all over the place. I am a mess myself, but what she does drives me crazy.

But I have a question. Is it a pasta/dough maker you have there? All together can you tell us in more details what those machines are, i.e. brands, capabilities, sizes, please.
OK, well the sheeter is a doyon dl18sp, made in italy they also have a 12" model but when I bought this one it was not in stock in the US, it now is readily available and if I were buying it now I would get that one, its about 5" more narrow and cost $500 less. I think I paid like $2100 for the 18"... It normally has a plastic safety shield on the front that makes cleaning rather difficult, I removed it after a week and it works much much better, I could see how in a commercial setting OSHA would want a shield of some sort on there...
It has rolled every dough I ever introduced to it, I can get a stiff italian dough with hardly any resting and run it through 4 times adjusting the thickness every time and with in 2 minutes have transparent dough... Pasta is great because I can fold it feed it fold it feed it, its so much faster than any other way I have rolled pasta with a better result...

For pasta I would love an extruder and some day may buy one Alfa PEXT-12 La Monferrina IDEA Pasta Extruder Attachment, fits #12 hub, 38lbs/hour production but at $3000 its tough to justify since I can make pasta pretty well now, and I have demo'd the extruder and it works fantastic put is no easier or faster than how I currently make pasta....

I use a pasta bike to cut the pasta, it comes out great and is really fast, so I just sheet it, and then roll it with the bike, takes 2 minutes to roll 18"X48", then I just roll them into nests for drying... For ravioli I use a roavi rolling pin, I have a couple pins but found this one to be the best Repast Supply Co ...


Next would be the Robot coupe food processor Robot Coupe R2CLRDICE Combination Food Processor w/ 3-qt Clear Bowl, S-Blade & 1-Speed
I went through my share of processors, I can promis you this is the absolute best in the world. A friend of mine that owns a few restaurants has 3 of these on a bench in his restaurants kitchen, he let me play with one for a while and I had to have it, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING machine... I can fill the hopper with potatoes only cut to fit in the hopper, and hit pulse, it sucks them through and pushes out perfect chips, the bowl part is also amazing, I can liquify any food based material in no time at all... just a great machine...

The blender I never use, that I bought for my wife, we had a vitamix that lasted 2 years, so never again will I buy one of them, this one is a blendtec it works great and is quite the machine, all digital touch face, she makes smoothies in it, you never have to push the material towards the blade, it will surge its own motor up and down to make sure everything is blended, where the vitamix actually came with a pusher to help push stuff towards the blade and if you didn't you didnt get blended all the way through. I can put all the ingredients for tomato soup in the blender and it blends so fast it will come out HOT, and not just a little hot, like 175 degrees!!!! I like that unit, but hardly ever use it, I like to heat my soups on the stove, granted I tried it and it works, but thats it...

My mixer is IMO the best value you can buy, I recently just got sick of buying kitchen aid mixers, I looked into the Hobart n50, BUT then for $2200 I just couldn't pull the trigger on it, if it was 10 or 12 qts, sure but for 5 qts, no thanks...
I tried the Ankarsrum {magic mill} and its not for me, I don't just make dough, I mix creams, and pastry doughs, yo can't mix cold butter in that mixer or it breaks and voids the warranty no thanks..
I would love a spiral mixer but they only do dough so I went with a planetary that does everything pretty well..
My mixer is a general gem110, these are named many things, Presto, Eurodib, ect but its a good solid design, .6 hp, decent bowl, OK fit and finish and it just works... What a lot of people don't understand about kitchen aids is when you turn the speed down you turn the power down and lag the motor, it causes stress on the gears and the motor, with a planetary you move it from 1-3 speeds and you are getting the full .6hp in every speed, you are just changing the gear ratio, so when you are slow kneading dough, you arent beating up the machine on its lowest setting... Anyway if you can fit a 10qt mixer and are in the market for a mixer at a great cost pm me, I will get you the contact info on where to get a great deal, I paid about twice what you would think shipping would cost!!! It weighs like 175lbs...

I also have a ton of nemco cutters, they just make life easy and I have had them a long time http://www.amazon.com/Nemco-Food-Equ...+cutter+tomato I hate cutting tomatos that cutter is work its weight in gold... You can get the same one made by new star for like $80...

I think thats all I have setup, I have a fry machine and 1/4 oven, conveyor oven, and a couple other things I setup and then put away like my 12" general meat slicer, I will pull it out and use it then put it away...

My next house that I build which wont be for about 8 years when the kids are on their own will have a full commercial kitchen, 36" stove with 1.5" gas line {not like a wolf, I mean a real commercial stove} Doyon oven with steamer, proof box, roll racks, all ss and magnet racks, full hood, tiled floors and walls, with double swinging doors that are wood and nice on the outside and ss on the kitchen side... I already have the plans and own the lake front land, just waiting till the kids are on their way and we don't have to worry about schools and such...
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:52 PM   #20
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In my world, it's wonderful to have good-quality, reliable tools and that would include commercial ones. There's no way I would be embarrassed to have others see them in my kitchen.

By many standards our kitchen is not small but moderate, with a nice amount of counter space. I would like to have an island but there's no room for one so I work with what we have.

As you mentioned, there are appliances that weight as much as a boat anchor and are a, literal, pain to move from a storage space to the counter. Therefore, mine are out on the counter, especially since my apparent close friend Arthur(itis) has come to stay permanently in most of my joints, not the least of which are my hands. Lifting and moving heavy appliances are not tasks I particularly enjoy.

I'm a retired interior decorator and I can, somewhat, understand your wife's desire to have a "pretty" visual kitchen. That's well and good from an aesthetic point of view, but not for cooking practicality. Our kitchen is a cooperative effort toward both work-friendly and decorator pleasant.

I have a very definite dislike of doing repetitive things unnecessarily. That is, retrieving a toaster, etc. from a cabinet, moving a decor object from in front of an outlet to plug the toaster in and reversing the actions when done making toast. I may be retired, but I still don't like the time that is wasted in this instance, but that's my view.

It's clear you understand your wife's preferences and try to make efforts to accommodate her without sacrificing your preferences entirely. If you've been together long enough to have a 15-year-old son, then you must have a handle on your relationship.

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