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    Most pointless kitchen gadget?

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    Morningfeather
    Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:39 pm
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    donnie27 wrote:
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    Do you think maybe you could use that gadget to make some decorative ice cubes for his next drink? icon_wink.gif
    Oh how we sacrifice to keep the peace. As Hallmark says.....it's the thought that counts"......... icon_question.gif icon_question.gif icon_question.gif Donna


    The Meatballer thingy has air holes at the top of each little square... maybe I can fill it with that florist styrofoam and put flowers in it icon_idea.gif
    WI Cheesehead
    Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:15 pm
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    I do have a cookie press that I bought at a garage sale. I use it every Christmas, but only 3 disks will actually press out cookies correctly, out of the 10 or 12 it comes with. Oh well. Also tried the frosting tips. That was just a big mess! I finally put it in a box with things that I decided to put away that I use once a year or so. My parents bought me a garlic press, thinking they were going to make my life easier. Well, this one didn't peel the garlic, so it wasn't any more convenient. They finally bought me another one that you put the whole unpeeled clove into and it peels and minces it. Much nicer, except harder to push down! Anyone have one of those Pampered Chef ice shavers? I got mine free for hosting a show and haven't used it in years. I put that in the "once a year" box. We'll see if I pull it out this summer.
    Chocolatl
    Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:18 pm
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    Oh, oh, oh, I just remembered this one!

    We were hosting a party that was jointly planned by DH, myself, and a single friend of ours. The single friend wanted mint juleps.
    The day of the party she came over with an "ice crusher" that supposedly would make perfect ice for the juleps. It looked something like a large ball bearing in a plastic holder. You were supposed to hit the ice with it.
    It only took me about a minute to realize that if I used this thing I'd be spending the entire evening (and maybe longer) alone in the kitchen with this device. The friend was very surprised when I got out the blender. Not that I suspect her of ulterior motives or anything. . . icon_razz.gif
    faith58
    Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:25 am
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    Thanks for joining in and sharing your most pointless gadget. I luv reading about them icon_smile.gif
    hobbgal
    Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:37 am
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    We were given a quesidilla maker. I sure hope that is how it is spelled. After coming up with several greasy messes, we went back to the frying pan.
    Another is the Pampered Chef Ice Shaver. You have to freeze water in these little plastic containers that come with it. Well those were gone the first summer. Too awkward to just use ice cubes.
    There are many more. We just moved and I can't believe the kitchen gadgets I got rid of.
    But this Christmas I discovered something I will use and love; the new lighter weight Pyrex baking dishes! A total keeper!
    Junebug214
    Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:25 pm
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    I must nominate the Pampered Chef Apple Peeler Corer Slicer thing.... I just had to have one so I bought it and I think I paid almost $30 for the piece of junk. You can only peel granny smiths (all of the same size and perfect shape) because the other types are too soft and go to pulp and they said it worked on potatoes - probably, if they are shaped like a granny smith! And DON'T ever take it apart to wash it - it will never work right again! I went from being a pampered chef to a po'd one!! icon_biggrin.gif Live and Learn!
    Ms. Mayhams
    Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:08 am
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    I have all kinds of gadgets and I use them from time to time. There is one that I got and I don't use it is the sandwich maker. I don't like it for the fact that the bread don't fit in it and the only thing that I found that worked was tortillas and now that the kids are no longer at home it is time to get rid of it. I am going to be moving soon and that is the time that I will be getting rid of the junk I don't use. I also have a lot of candy mold and I don't make candy that often but I am going to start after DH gets a new job. I love it all.
    Marie Nixon
    Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:35 pm
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    wicked cook 46 wrote:
    .........
    Then the hundreds of dollars I spent on Tupperware storage that I chucked last year when all my cereal and food was starting to taste like plastic. The plastic was starting to "break"down after years of use.

    This is why I shop second hand stores for gadgets rotfl.gif

    Wicked cook 46 - I was sorry to hear that you threw away Tupperware. It has a lifetime gaurantee. You could have returned the pieces and you would have received replacements at no charge! Over the years we have returned lids that warped and other pieces that flaked and always received a replacement.
    wicked cook 46
    Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:12 am
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    I gave some to a friend for her kids to use in play and the rest went to donation . The worse part was there was no flaking of the plastic it was just the dry goods were starting to taste like the container and I stored the same foods in them like flour was always in the same container etc. Plus I don't think we have any reps left here.
    Greyhound Lover
    Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:08 am
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    Probably the most useless thing I ever had was a egg yolk seperator. You crack the egg into this little cup that holds the egg yolk - while the white dribbles around the edge.

    I mean, really.....it takes like seconds to do that in the egg shell itself and you don't have to wash it later...

    Thank goodness I didn't pay for it. Or maybe I did, because I kept it for 10 years, taking up space, before finally chucking it, NEVER ONCE used....
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    donnie27
    Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:08 am
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    Oh, I had one of those egg separators........was free at a TW party I think. That is still in a drawer somewhere right next to the citrus peeler "thingy". (Plastic stick that makes a cut in the peel and shows you where to peel ??? or something like that). Someone has obviously spent many sleepless nights trying to think of gadgets to give away at these parties .... but I doubt anyone has ever used one. (I think I used my citrus peeler to apply glue to a drawer I was fixing..... icon_rolleyes.gif ) Donna
    wicked cook 46
    Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:36 am
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    LOL I have both the egg separator and citrus peeler from TW.
    I don't use either but my DD LOVES the peeler. LOL
    Cinisajoy
    Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:47 am
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    Oh so that is what that funny looking thing with my salsa maker is. Yes the salsa maker has an egg white whipper.
    Karen Elizabeth
    Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:44 am
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    donnie27 wrote:
    Oh, I had one of those egg separators........was free at a TW party I think.


    Still got mine, still use it regularly! icon_biggrin.gif In fact, I have two, but I prefer the orange one...... they are both TW, though. The older one is white, with a longish handle, a bit awkward to use.

    I got two useless thingies this Christmas, although they came with a lot of love so I have to make sure I use them icon_rolleyes.gif

    From DS, a miniature wok/fondue thingie.... what he was Thinking!!?? Well, I'll give it a bash..

    from DD2s boyfriend, a 'paired set' of sushi bowls & dishes, ie for two people. (Family of 5, often six or seven people eating....) Well, its a lovely thing, even tho we dont eat sushi, I think its going to come in handy for Zaar photos... ... heeyyy, so will that mini-wok...!! icon_biggrin.gif
    mayness
    Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:19 pm
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    Quesadilla maker, for sure. My SIL and husband loved theirs, so they got us one... I could not get the darn thing to work. I mean, it heats up nicely and all, but it only seals the edges if you put nearly nothing in it and use huuuuge tortillas. And it's so difficult to clean! Once or twice a year when I want a quesadilla, I'll make it in a pan, the EASY way.

    When we moved to an apartment with 1 drawer in the kitchen (ONE!) and not much cupboard space, I threw out or gave away a lot of stuff... including an egg separator and a citrus peeler! DH wanted to toss the newfangled no-sharp-edges can opener, too, but I like that one, so we have two can openers in our tiny kitchen. icon_lol.gif

    Oh, we also have a cutting board that is like 4 x 6"... I think it used to be my mother's, but I never saw her use it either... I've used it a couple of times for very small things, but I spent more effort corralling the food onto the tiny surface than I do chopping!
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