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Old 06-16-2006, 08:33 AM   #11
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Favorite, is my dicing knife, least favorite is the garlic press. Should just throw it out.
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Old 06-16-2006, 08:54 AM   #12
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...Least favourite - well, I've got two cupboards and a drawer filled with those 'hmmmm, that's a brilliant idea' things that you NEVER use!

I have a bin full of those once brilliant ideas as well! I thought I'd use a zester a lot more than I do. Perhaps because I have a microplane grater I can use in it's place. I guess there's a gadget hierarchy in place. Would that be a gadgetarchy?
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Old 06-16-2006, 09:01 AM   #13
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I guess I would need some clarification on what would be considered a gadget before I could give a real answer. My favorite kitchen tool is my chefs knife, but I am guessing that does not count as a gadget.

I supposed I will pick my probe thermometer as my favorite.

My least favorite would be...hmm...I guess I don't have any. My least favorites are the ones I don't buy because I know they will not get used.
Thanks, GB. That's what I thought. I agree about the chef's knife; it is the one tool I just about know I am going to use, no matter what I am cooking. And regarding probe thermometers, anything that goes in the oven gets one of these.

To me these are tools; what I am talking about are the more gadgety items like shrimp peelers, and maybe the stuff you see on T.V.- Zesters, the Kuhn-Rikon Tongs, Slicer-dicer units, string bean frenchers, et cetera.

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Old 06-16-2006, 09:09 AM   #14
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Least favourite - a little gadget for cutting strips of peel from citrus fruits. They have a special name that escapes me for the moment. Anyway, I have one but I can't get it to work properly. I have arthritis so it may be that I don't have the strength in my hands/fingers to get it to cut right; it could be that it's not sharp enough to do its job; it could be that all such tools are rubbish. Either way, I can't bring myself to throw it out and buy another one in case I will be equally useless at using it, it will be equally useless as a tool or the whole concept of the tool is just rubbish.

Favourite - too many to mention. Over the years I've bought a lot of little bits and pieces and more than a few big bits and pieces. To my credit, I do actually use them. My latest big toy is a De Buyer mandoline... A joy to use but hardly justifiable. Mind you, I can make a mean julienne potato cake now! And I do notice the difference between mandolined courgettes and Magimixed courgettes...
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Old 06-16-2006, 09:12 AM   #15
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I have a bin full of those once brilliant ideas as well! I thought I'd use a zester a lot more than I do. Perhaps because I have a microplane grater I can use in it's place. I guess there's a gadget hierarchy in place. Would that be a gadgetarchy?
Amongst some of my 'must have that, then never used' treasure trove are
  • A weird thing that segments apples
  • Another weird thing that is supposed to cleanly remove the avocado flesh cleanly.... it doesn't!
  • Egg slicer
  • garlic press
  • Thing for ensuring that honey comes out of the pot easily- looks like a stick with a rounded, separated area on the top - don't ask me why, but I have a wooden one and a bright yellow plastic one... (so good I bought it twice!)
  • bean stringer/slicer
  • salad spinner
  • various oil/vinegar sets
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Old 06-16-2006, 10:14 AM   #16
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Favorite, is my dicing knife, least favorite is the garlic press. Should just throw it out.
What's a "dicing knife"?
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Old 06-16-2006, 10:16 AM   #17
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I have a bin full of those once brilliant ideas as well! I thought I'd use a zester a lot more than I do. Perhaps because I have a microplane grater I can use in it's place. I guess there's a gadget hierarchy in place. Would that be a gadgetarchy?
No, I think "gadgetarchy" would literally translate as "rule by gadgets", which in some kitchens wouldn't be far off the mark.

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Old 06-16-2006, 10:19 AM   #18
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what I am talking about are the more gadgety items like shrimp peelers, and maybe the stuff you see on T.V.- Zesters, the Kuhn-Rikon Tongs, Slicer-dicer units, string bean frenchers, et cetera.

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I do not know what Kuhn-Rikon Tongs are, but if they are like regular tongs then you can count that as my favorite gadget. Other than that I am surprised to say I do not think I have any other gadgets. This is very surprising because I am knows as a gadget guy.

I just thought of the one gadgets that I do not have, but want. It is one of those citrus fruit peelers. I don't really know how to describe it, but I am sure a lot of people here know what I am talking about. Mom mom had one and we used it to peel stubborn oranges all the time. It came in very handy!
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No, I think "gadgetarchy" would literally translate as "rule by gadgets", which in some kitchens wouldn't be far off the mark.

Kelly

Exactly! The microplane now rules over the zester!
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Old 06-16-2006, 10:26 AM   #20
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Amongst some of my 'must have that, then never used' treasure trove are
  • A weird thing that segments apples
  • Another weird thing that is supposed to cleanly remove the avocado flesh cleanly.... it doesn't!
  • Egg slicer
  • garlic press
  • Thing for ensuring that honey comes out of the pot easily- looks like a stick with a rounded, separated area on the top - don't ask me why, but I have a wooden one and a bright yellow plastic one... (so good I bought it twice!)
  • bean stringer/slicer
  • salad spinner
  • various oil/vinegar sets
Oh, the avocado thing- I think I know what you mean. I use a knife, then a spoon.
You don't like your egg slicer? Admittedly, I don't slice a lot of eggs with mine, but I do use it frequently to slice mushrooms and olives.
I have a salad spinner; don't use it often, but when you need one, you need one.
I'm not sure what you mean by oil/vinegar sets. I have cruets.

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