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Old 01-27-2010, 09:17 PM   #1
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Don't buy me that!!

I have limited cupboard space and no storage anywhere else.Why is it that when people know you like to cook that they assume that you need a dedicated electrical appliance to make one ceartain thing?Crock pots,Electric skillets,Deep fryers and an indoor grill are all I need.If I want to make a grilled sandwich,Casidilla,Pancake or anything fried I will allways choose my favorite cookware. My wife even bought me an electric crepe pan.I have never made nor do I ever plan on makeing crepes and if I did I would prefer to use one of my small non stick skillets.I personaly appreciate the thought and know they mean well but save your money.Thrift stores are full of this stuff.

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Old 01-28-2010, 02:16 AM   #2
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OK - on my "don't buy me that" list:

An electric bun warmer
Salad Shooter
Avocado segmenter
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:36 AM   #3
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While not an electrical thing I saw a banana slicer at the grocery store. That has to be the most useless thing..
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:16 AM   #4
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this topic made me smile....i agree with wanna be, Janet H and FrankZ
list...i don't find the use of the ff:
electric hot-pot
Garlic press

electric cheese grater

The Popcorn Maker
Bread Machine


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Old 01-28-2010, 06:29 AM   #5
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I have a rice cooker collecting dust, also.
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:33 AM   #6
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neighbor saw me through the window chopping veg. She came over with a mini food processor (very thoughtful) and was really flabberghasted to hear me say thanks no thanks, I really enjoy chopping and keeping my knife skills well honed. I had to explain that I had fine knives, and a major food processor for things like hummus or a pate.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:08 AM   #7
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My mother which thinks she is doing her 5 daughter flavors buy buying us things- which are most appeciate that she thinks of us - but she she is the worse for buying us gadgets.
I make quesdias (spelling?) just by useing my stovetop flat griddle, she saw me and now all of us have a quesadia maker.
Walmart.com: Salton Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker: Appliances
Yes i have used it a few times but i go back to my griddle.
the taco tray
Taco Tray - Holds 6 Tacos and Favorite Toppings
-- still in plactic wrap in back room- (garage sale this summer)

lil cheese grater /storage container this past month from akea
IKEA | Cooking | Utensils & gadgets | CHARM | Grater
used it once as it was taking cheese to a function to later put on the dish i made after it was warmed up. (at my moms) she was happy to see it in use.

the new item is a garlic grater-
http://frenchgarlicgrater.com/default.aspx
I can't even begin to coment on this-- makes a great spoon rest on the top of the stove.

But I do have to say she brought us all a granny fork
* Granny Fork - Rada Cutlery Kitchen Utensil Stainless Steel * Cooking Sharp!

I now have 2 now as I have found she struck gold with this- it is the handiest lil fork.
getting pickles out of a jar - testing potatoes for done - i find myself reaching for it all the time when cooking.

I could go on and on with her pros and cons but ------ Got to love her !!!!! Her heart is in the right place
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:16 AM   #8
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I giggled at some of this. I have a quesadilla maker too. I use it rarely, mostly when I'm working an evening shift and need to leave a meal plan for the kids. I have a few things gathering dust.

rice cooker - I just don't see the need, 15 minutes stovetop is good
espresso maker - mostly I just suck at using it!
electric knife - just makes a HUGE mess (wait..that might be user error )

I could NOT live without my popcorn popper though. I've killed a few in our married life.
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IMHO, once it has been given to me, its mine... to do with what I want.
I have no qualms about returning such useless items, so I can get something
I can use.

The one time someone asked me where there THING was, I explained to them
that I wasn't going to use it so I returned it for a lovely shirt that made me think
of them every time I wore it. ;) They were touched and pleased. (So I didn't get
a shirt, call it a white lie, LOL)

Then there's my sister, who gifted me worthless kitchen items... from garage sales,
LOLOL! No returning them.
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:30 AM   #10
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this topic made me smile....i agree with wanna be, Janet H and FrankZ
list...i don't find the use of the ff:
electric hot-pot
Garlic press
electric cheese grater
The Popcorn Maker
Bread Machine
heheheheh me, too! Over the years, I have sold a rice cooker a blender and a crock pot/slow cooker at yard sales, after allowing them to sit around my house too long. All gifts from well meaning friends and relatives.
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