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    shellbee
    Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:35 pm
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    Has anyone eles tried the starfrit rotato peeler. I bought one since I have a shoulder replacement in hopes that it would be handy. I returned it...however, I am just wondering if I got a defective one. Any feedback from those who own one woulde be greatly appreciated...thanks!
    Juliet from SA
    Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:40 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    donnie27 wrote:
    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


    I got one of those peelers at a t/ware party -I love it. I am "funny" about getting the pith under my nails, and now I don't need to worry! Sad but true! icon_redface.gif
    Mims Cookin
    Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:06 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    katie in the UP wrote:
    Remember those things that sealed bags up? It ran by battery.....and it was suppose to seal chip bags and etc.

    rotfl.gif


    Yeah.. I remember.. I think my curling iron would have worked better. It is a good thing I bought mine at McFrugals/Big Lots and saved a few $$. icon_confused.gif
    Mims Cookin
    Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:18 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Cinisajoy wrote:
    Good afternoon everyone.
    I can't see where a flat whisk would do much good either but I would bet she gets at least one. Just put it in the pointless and useless gadget drawer.


    I bought a flat whisk.. if it is the same thing being discussed here kind of looked like a wire paddle/spatula - however I bought it at a thrift store. It no longer takes up space in my cooking utensil carousel. I think perhaps if it were smaller it would have been more useful. Perhaps it would not have splattered out so much of my egg I used it for to whisk if it had been half the size. icon_rolleyes.gif

    The nice thing about thrift stores is you can make a silly purchase "thinking" that it would be as "Martha" says.. "A good thing" and when you realize that you should not have listened to Martha's voice in your head, you at least are not out lots-o-bucks. Then you can repurpose that misguided purchase and recycle it back to said thrift store. See, isn't recycling fun? icon_lol.gif
    Mims Cookin
    Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:22 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Morningfeather wrote:
    Anyone ever seen the Meatball maker thingy? My honey loves me so much that I have one... actually two 'cause he saw one at a yard sale or something. Place the plastic box with dividers on top of ground beef and just roll it around for perfect shaped meatballs.....yep icon_rolleyes.gif I tried it once and am now storing two of those bad-boys cause one day I just know I'm gonna come up with a nifty re-purpose idea for them


    OF course I don't know exactly what it looks like.. but I have a repurposing idea.. Use it to cut brownies in perfect squares.. just don't roll it around. There ya go, a use. icon_wink.gif
    Chocolatl
    Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:50 pm
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    Mims Cookin wrote:
    katie in the UP wrote:
    Remember those things that sealed bags up? It ran by battery.....and it was suppose to seal chip bags and etc.

    rotfl.gif


    Yeah.. I remember.. I think my curling iron would have worked better. It is a good thing I bought mine at McFrugals/Big Lots and saved a few $$. icon_confused.gif


    Ha, ha, that's another one I got stuck with. Was DH's idea that time. I knew it wouldn't work, and got to say I told you so when it broke the third time we tried to use it. icon_razz.gif

    Then there's the under-the-counter jar opener I got at a yard sale. Let's just say it's a good thing I only paid a dime!
    Mims Cookin
    Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:58 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Chocolatl wrote:
    Mims Cookin wrote:
    katie in the UP wrote:
    Remember those things that sealed bags up? It ran by battery.....and it was suppose to seal chip bags and etc.

    rotfl.gif


    Yeah.. I remember.. I think my curling iron would have worked better. It is a good thing I bought mine at McFrugals/Big Lots and saved a few $$. icon_confused.gif


    Ha, ha, that's another one I got stuck with. Was DH's idea that time. I knew it wouldn't work, and got to say I told you so when it broke the third time we tried to use it. icon_razz.gif

    Then there's the under-the-counter jar opener I got at a yard sale. Let's just say it's a good thing I only paid a dime!


    That is the beauty of recycled shopping.. icon_surprised.gif
    Morningfeather
    Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:33 pm
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    Mims Cookin wrote:
    Morningfeather wrote:
    Anyone ever seen the Meatball maker thingy? My honey loves me so much that I have one... actually two 'cause he saw one at a yard sale or something. Place the plastic box with dividers on top of ground beef and just roll it around for perfect shaped meatballs.....yep icon_rolleyes.gif I tried it once and am now storing two of those bad-boys cause one day I just know I'm gonna come up with a nifty re-purpose idea for them


    OF course I don't know exactly what it looks like.. but I have a repurposing idea.. Use it to cut brownies in perfect squares.. just don't roll it around. There ya go, a use. icon_wink.gif


    I think the that is the best idea yet... cutting brownies!! Google "Meatball Magic" if you want to see the silly thing.
    Thank you - I might break them out tomorrow and do a little brownie cutting icon_lol.gif
    Mims Cookin
    Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:02 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Morningfeather wrote:
    Mims Cookin wrote:
    Morningfeather wrote:
    Anyone ever seen the Meatball maker thingy? My honey loves me so much that I have one... actually two 'cause he saw one at a yard sale or something. Place the plastic box with dividers on top of ground beef and just roll it around for perfect shaped meatballs.....yep icon_rolleyes.gif I tried it once and am now storing two of those bad-boys cause one day I just know I'm gonna come up with a nifty re-purpose idea for them


    OF course I don't know exactly what it looks like.. but I have a repurposing idea.. Use it to cut brownies in perfect squares.. just don't roll it around. There ya go, a use. icon_wink.gif


    I think the that is the best idea yet... cutting brownies!! Google "Meatball Magic" if you want to see the silly thing.
    Thank you - I might break them out tomorrow and do a little brownie cutting icon_lol.gif


    I checked it out..although the As Seen on TV site did not have any I could see I found one on Ebay, then I found a tv station news show that did a segment on the meatball magic.. here is an excerpt that I am sure you can relate to..
    We rotated the maker and rotated and rotated. We went well past the 9 second mark. But eventually, after 2 minutes and 9 seconds, we had 8 perfect meatballs and one that was slightly misformed. We had our meatballs... but we were also out of breath. This is hard work. http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1820732.

    All in all, it was not a positive experience for the the experimenters. But there are people actually bidding on 2 of them at EBAY. Maybe they will read these posts before fighting for the final bid and save themselves $5.00 icon_wink.gif

    I think as a brownie.. or perhaps a perfect cutter for fudge would be a better option. OR.. it looks as though it could work as a office desk divider for paper-clips etc.. <G>.
    Chocolatl
    Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:35 am
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    Give it to a little kid to use in the sandbox. icon_lol.gif
    Morningfeather
    Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:00 pm
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    Part of me wants to sell them on Ebay and make a little (very little) money, but I couldn't do that to someone else lol Since I have 2 of those bad boys, I'll use one as a cutter and see what happens and donate one to a little kid... another great idea! They have holes in them so they won't hold paperclips or anything else. Maybe I'll tape the bottom and start some seeds in one of them icon_biggrin.gif
    Mims Cookin
    Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:31 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Morningfeather wrote:
    Part of me wants to sell them on Ebay and make a little (very little) money, but I couldn't do that to someone else lol Since I have 2 of those bad boys, I'll use one as a cutter and see what happens and donate one to a little kid... another great idea! They have holes in them so they won't hold paperclips or anything else. Maybe I'll tape the bottom and start some seeds in one of them icon_biggrin.gif


    Yeah.. having a conscious really bites sometimes huh? icon_wink.gif No need to be an enabler for others bad kitchen gadgets.

    I do like the seedling idea.. if not the sand box toy. Having taught pre-k children , I can see how preschoolers would enjoy the gadget for play dough fun as well. Who knows, they this thing may make play dough meat balls better than real meat.
    tomsawyer
    Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:33 pm
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    That would be so neat if they ended up finding a better purpose for it than it's original purpose.

    I think that the most pointless tool in our kitchen is a juicer. No not the fact that it doesn't get used but here is the story. I was at a garage sale and found one and thought it would work perfectly. But then for my birthday my sister gave me another juicer. So now there are two juicers and so one of them does not get used very much (at least I didn't pay an arm and a leg for it icon_lol.gif )

    I guess another useless tool is this parmesan grater contraption that takes forever to put together to grate it and is not worth the work when we only get fresh occasionally. Oh well, maybe one day I will need to make a recipe with a ton of parmesan icon_razz.gif
    Karen Elizabeth
    Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:28 am
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    I grate my parmesan and keep it in the freezer, then I'm sure of always having it when I need it, and I do use a lot.

    I think I might have said, that one of my most useless gadgets was a coffee grinder (in a house where we virtually never drink coffee), until I had a brainwave, and now I use it to grind nuts and spices for curry dishes! Took me six years to have that brainwave icon_rolleyes.gif
    beckihrh
    Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:51 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Hi all here I go,
    Gadgets I hate,,,,
    1.The Ronco Rotisserie. Sucks hard to clean smokes messy lots more. (donated to Goodwill)
    2. The Pampered chef apple peeler. Where are you suppose to clamp this think to? It came with a dumb block and it still flops around. If the apple or potato is shaped wrong it won't peel. Hard to clean.
    3. Every TW gadget they have (back from the early 80s) {:O
    4. Tupperware, yuck! Tried it, its gone.
    and this is just the top of my drawer. I have a drawer the never open. Bad huh?
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