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Old 03-01-2012, 11:01 AM   #1
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Not so great kitchen tools

What kitchen tools have you regretted buying or been given as presents?

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Old 03-01-2012, 11:26 AM   #2
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The first thing that comes to mind is egg separators. I'm sure there are others.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:34 AM   #3
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I purchased a Cuisinart immersion blender two years ago that I've used once.

It's not so much that the tool itself is useless, it just doesn't fit in with my cooking style.

40 bucks down the drain.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:37 AM   #4
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I have a handful of citrus peelers that have somehow come into my possession over the years. I'm pretty sure I didn't buy any of them.

And speaking of egg related items, I own one of those wire egg slicers. It doesn't really work very well, though. It should really be called an egg mutilator.

I also have a crockpot that I only use once every couple of years, and usually just to keep something warm at a potluck. Although a lot of people swear by them, I don't think I've ever once used mine for actual cooking.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:52 AM   #5
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A garlic press. They don't work that well and are a pain to clean. I'd rather just mince or finely grate the garlic.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:03 PM   #6
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I regret just about any single function item. Egg slicer, bagel slicer, cheese slicer, garlic press, holiday baking pans, and anything that has ever been advertised on a TV infomercial.

I do like to try all of these things but, I usually go back to the basic tools and appliances. Curiosity clinches the sale and then the stuff ends up in the Good Will donation box! I guess it is good for the economy, it creates jobs, just not in this country!
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:29 PM   #7
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I bought this Terra Cotta cooker at a second hand shop. It is supposed to have been made with volcanic ash and claims to draw fats from foods. And be great for steak, but I used it once and it didn't work out very good. It was also a bugger to clean. Never used it again. It looks cool hanging in the kitchen, though.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:52 PM   #8
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I would say that just about every kitchen item I have regretted buying, was poor quality.

I have owned garlic presses that were good. I have owned cheap ones that broke. I don't own one now, because I like mincing garlic and I am very picky that it be solid, easy clean, and do a good job on the garlic.

I bought a burr coffee grinder that was too cheap. I still use it occasionally for Bodum grind, but it's useless for the espresso machine. It grinds well enough for the mocha maker and for drip coffee.

I bought a bargain electronic thermometer and it quit telling the temperature correctly after a few uses.

I have an "instant read" thermometer that isn't as instant as my candy/deep fat thermometer.

I own a wire egg slicer and like it.
I own an egg separator and occasionally use it.
I own a Cusinart immersion blender and use it a lot. It has a mini food processor attachment that gets used a lot. Any time I need to whip cream or eggs, out it comes with the whisk attachment.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:54 PM   #9
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Truffle shaver. It just doesn't get used often enough! I really want it to get used a lot!
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:45 PM   #10
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good thread !!!
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