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Old 12-04-2006, 06:09 PM   #91
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When DH and I were in the planning stage of opening a restaurant, we were convinced by the 'experts' to plunk down a tidy sum for a bread prover. It was the most memorable white elephant of my whole life! It was never used for proving bread but just to store pots and pans!! As it turned out, it was quite easy to prove bread without resorting to high tech equipment but the big monster was impossible to move out since the kitchen partitioning wall was built after the prover was put in its place. Fortunately, the story had a happy ending. After an acrimonious and expensive court battle against a rapacious landlord, we settled by agreeing to move out to new premises. Little did he know that he could have inherited most of our kitchen equipment due to our inability to move it out without tearing down a wall. Fortunately, he was convinced at the last moment to buy all our kitchen equipment for a nice (to us) sum. This way the prover became his baby to either help him relieve pot storage problems or challenge his ingenuity to the hilt!
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Old 12-04-2006, 06:12 PM   #92
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When DH and I were in the planning stage of opening a restaurant, we were convinced by the 'experts' to plunk down a tidy sum for a bread prover. It was the most memorable white elephant of my whole life! It was never used for proving bread but just to store pots and pans!! As it turned out, it was quite easy to prove bread without resorting to high tech equipment but the big monster was impossible to move out since the kitchen partitioning wall was built after the prover was put in its place. Fortunately, the story had a happy ending. After an acrimonious and expensive court battle against a rapacious landlord, we settled by agreeing to move out to new premises. Little did he know that he could have inherited most of our kitchen equipment due to our inability to move it out without tearing down a wall. Fortunately, he was convinced at the last moment to buy all our kitchen equipment for a nice (to us) sum. This way the prover became his baby to either help him relieve pot storage problems or challenge his ingenuity to the hilt!
poetic justice. Love it!
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Old 12-14-2006, 04:12 PM   #93
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It was eons ago that my wife purchased from an infomercial (pre-internet days) a multilevel-stackable-plastic-whizz-bang-sure-to-magic food dehydrator gadget.
What a great deal of money we were destined to save!!
What a wonderful and varied selection of foodstuffs we would surely have!!
What an awesome opportunity this would be!!
What a total waste of money and time!
While it DID work (we dried some bananas and such) it simply failed to prove useful. I think its still in the storeroom somewhere!


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Old 12-14-2006, 04:54 PM   #94
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Hey, nufsef!!

Where have you been lately? Was going to ask if your K'Aid Stand Mixer is still working, but I think your PS on the bottom of your post answers my question.

Good luck with it!!
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Old 12-14-2006, 05:43 PM   #95
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Sorry, nufsed, you didn't care for your food dehydrator. We have a similar/same one and really like ours. One of the things I like to use it for is to dry bread cubes for croutons and stuffings. Once I've cut the bread into cubes, it only takes a couple of hours to have nice fully dried cubes.

We also use it to make some mean beef jerky. I like to dry green peppers for pepper flakes, too. Great for soups and such.
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Old 12-14-2006, 06:32 PM   #96
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I love our dehydrator (in storage now - won't fit on the boat either). Once in a while our local grocery would have a deal on mushrooms - big ol' bags for a dollar each. A few hours in the food dehydrator and I had wonderful mushrooms for those times when I really needed mushrooms and no way to get to the store. We dried peppers and celery, herbs, fruit. I think we even dried tomatoes in it. If a killer deal on shrooms comes up I can always go to storage and grab it for a day or two.
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Old 12-16-2006, 12:14 PM   #97
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I once bought a Cuisinart juice extractor, had it for a few years only to find out that the spinning rubber drive coupling had begun to rub up against the plastic casing, wear away and create a burning rubber smell!!

At the time, I thought that it would be as good as their food processors, but boy was I mislead!!! Eventually, the thing crapped out and I had no choice but to throw it away! Part of the resaon that I will never buy any Cuisinart products ever again!!

Now this piece of crap is no longer available at all. I replaced it with a Juiceman juice extractor, and it works much better!
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Old 12-16-2006, 12:49 PM   #98
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We bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker, hoping to make ice cream sweetened with Splenda. After three or four failed attempts we gave up. We eat so little regular ice cream that it's not worth the trouble. Ben & Jerry's is often on sale for $2.50 a pint here. The ice cream maker is now on the "aging" shelves in the basement.

(We have a 5-shelf storage unit in the basement where we put things that we don't use any more but are "too good to throw away." When we put something new on the shelf we make room for it by throwing away - or giving away - something else there. We also do an annual clean out of the better stuff for the church yard sale.)
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Old 12-16-2006, 03:43 PM   #99
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I have an ice cream maker that you have to freeze the bowl. It was a gift and I love using it but unfortunately it doesn't get much of a chance. I only have a fridge/freezer so usually I don't have the space to freeze it!
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Old 12-16-2006, 08:57 PM   #100
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I like the self-contained machines, but nothing from Cuisinart. I've written them off.

I got a Galato TSA-09A in January '03, and it's still going strong!! It really works very well!

You don't have to pre-freeze the part where the bowl goes. Well, in essense, you do, but it only takes about 12 minutes or so for the chamber to freeze up.

It has it's own built-in sealed refigerating system.
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