Monday, September 24, 2012

Cooking Utensils Meme

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don’t use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.
I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicersblenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushescheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic presses, margarita glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation’s cupboards.
My banana stand got regular use -- my mother's rule for everything that ails you is "have a banana" -- until I learned somewhat recently that bananas ripen/go brown a bit more slowly if their stems are disconnected, leaving nothing much to hang them by. I ought to get rid of the thing but I have trouble parting with something I paid good money for (it's stainless steel, because I'm a dork).

I've had to give up coffee, so ought to get rid of the coffee grinder, too, since I don't grind my own spices much, either.

As for must-haves, with soup season just getting started, my slow cooker is in heavy use and I can't imagine not having one, even though, since I work 11-hour days (10 on the job plus another 1-1 1/2 bike commuting) I'm often pressing my luck on some recipes. I haven't had a serious failure yet.

Why do I have a rice cooker, again?

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