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    Most pointless kitchen gadget?

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    HeatherFeather
    Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:15 pm
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    Funny to read through all of these comments, especially since I regularly use and am very happy with so many of the things mentioned.

    The ridged cutter from Pampered Chef - I always use it on any really hard veggies, especially carrots...it slices through them quickly, easily, and they come out with nice wavy ridges


    The apple peeler/corer/slicer - I use this every time I make apple pie, I have no problem using any sort of fresh baking apple with this. Mine suctions to the counter though, with a brake to keep it from slipping around.

    Microplane grater - I literally use this every day for zesting citrus, grating things like nutmeg, chocolate or parmesan, it also works terrific grating fresh ginger and garlic too

    Mini Cutting board - I use this every day when I need to just cut a lemon into wedges or cut into an avocado, simple things like that. I also use it as a spoon rest near the stove while cooking.

    The stupid swan measuring cups were a "free gift with purchase" from some place like the Swiss Colony and I got rid of them. The egg pan with the egg handle is garbage - it isn't nonstick and the handle gets too hot.
    Chocolatl
    Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:40 am
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    Energized1 wrote:
    I love the little 6" cast iron skillets. I have 4 and wish I had more. I use them to cook and serve appy's in - like stuffed mushrooms, or baked cheese or whatever. Just wrap a nice napkin around the handle and serve straight out of the oven.

    How many people are you serving--3 midgets?

    Okay, I hope my attempt at wit doesn't come off as rude, but I just don't see it. A 6" pan isn't big enough to make appetizers for more than two adults. That's fine for a romantic dinner, but for a party you'd need 4 of them, at least. At which point I'd say the heck with it, and break out the potato chips.
    Borealis Beegirl
    Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:36 am
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    [quote="HeatherFeather"]Funny to read through all of these comments, especially since I regularly use and am very happy with so many of the things mentioned.

    I guess I would have to say these are useless to me because I use them so little. I haven't made an apple pie ever, although I eat an apple several times a week and do make pies (just not apple)

    I find it easier just to use a french knife to cut my carrots as I do a large amount at a time. Those things are supposed to make vegies look more appealing, I don't have any problem eating them.

    never have used my microplane, just don't do any cooking that requires it, probably won't.
    JLBear71
    Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:29 pm
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    I don't really have a useless/pointless gadget. Oh, yes I do. It came with the house which I bought from grandparents. They had a banana slicer shaped like a banana.

    I like my Pampered chef Ice Shaver. I keep it on top of the fridge in the warmer weather. I also use the pint size containters that soup comes in from the chinese take out. My dad wants one now so he can make his own diabetic water ice. Of course, I was looking for one in October and guess what. None to be found. He also loves the TW citrus peeler.
    Morningfeather
    Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:19 am
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    I have a banana slicer that I went looking for to buy. I dehydrate a lot of bananas and you wouldn't believe how handy that little baby is for me. A friend permanently loaned me a ceramic knife and that is my new best friend! She said it was bad luck to give a knife as a gift so this one is on loan and is not returnable. I love that knife....
    Chocolatl
    Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:48 am
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    This isn't really a gadget, but I've got this plate. It was made for my late FIL by a friend of his who was taking ceramics classes. It's a really weird sort of rounded teardrop shape, very flat, and it's got a pattern of little black pawprints leading up to a ceramic figure of a mouse holding a piece of cheese. It's also got the family name on it (misspelled). I guess it's for serving appetizers, but it's such a strange shape that it really isn't practical. I don't know what to do with it. We never use it, and of course I can't get rid of it unless I find someone else with our name who actually might want it.
    Karen Elizabeth
    Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:23 am
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    I can so identify (altho I love the sound of your plate! icon_biggrin.gif ). When my husband and I married and he moved in with us, he brought with him a pottery 'house name', a huge roundish clay disk with surname and some clumsy floral shapes, stuck on. It had been a gift to him and his late wife, made by a friend of hers.
    It's .................. revolting! icon_redface.gif
    I am so grateful he never insisted on putting it up, since if he had, I would have felt obliged to 'love' it..... it adorns a garage shelf................
    donnie27
    Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:35 am
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    I've had a few of these "handmade treasures" over the years too. I always hid or packed them away, but finally decided that if I happened to "accidentally" drop one (or more) when washing them, that they would be out of my life forever. You know you can't give them to charity.......what if someone eventually recognizes them? or the charity refuses them? icon_lol.gif ? Sometimes I think these gifts are given because even the artist who made them hates them too ! Oh well, you know life's too short to clutter our homes with things we don't need or use or want.......so I just say that we enjoyed the item and that we will always remember the thoughtful gift.
    Well............I hope it sounds sincere......... icon_redface.gif icon_redface.gif icon_rolleyes.gif
    Donna
    Karen Elizabeth
    Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:54 am
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    donnie27 wrote:
    I've had a few of these "handmade treasures" over the years too. I always hid or packed them away, but finally decided that if I happened to "accidentally" drop one (or more) when washing them, that they would be out of my life forever. You know you can't give them to charity.......what if someone eventually recognizes them? or the charity refuses them? icon_lol.gif ? Sometimes I think these gifts are given because even the artist who made them hates them too ! Oh well, you know life's too short to clutter our homes with things we don't need or use or want.......so I just say that we enjoyed the item and that we will always remember the thoughtful gift.
    Well............I hope it sounds sincere......... icon_redface.gif icon_redface.gif icon_rolleyes.gif
    Donna


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    You definitely have the answer, Donna! I live in hope of DH knocking this off the shelf, and also an embellished white serving platter ............SO embellished that I can't imagine what you're supposed to serve on it!!! I did entertain the thought of giving the platter away, once as a 50th, once as a 60th birthday present... but I couldn't bear the thought that they'd think that I actually chose it for them... icon_lol.gif
    donnie27
    Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:57 am
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    Sounds to me that the platter needs a good washing in some
    VERY slippery and soapy water. (You know how hard it is to hold onto dishes !) Just be sure to be really upset when it hits the floor. icon_eek.gif
    Karen Elizabeth
    Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:05 am
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    It definitely needs a good wash! And I have good hard kitchen tiles... I know, because last week I smashed the microwave glass turntable... now, that was not intended!

    However, we've found that one set of unloved plates actually fits that microwave very nicely, and as DH says, we've got lots of them... icon_lol.gif
    donnie27
    Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:21 am
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    Now you're getting the idea....... icon_lol.gif
    I know what you mean about the microwave turntable. I almost have a breakdown everytime I take mine out to wash it. When we got our last oven, I saved the turntable just in case I broke the new one. Now, there is a pointless kitchen gadget that I am storing (somewhere) but I can't help myself. I think I need counseling...... icon_rolleyes.gif ! My SIL just called yesterday because he needed a new glass pot for their coffee maker. Well, wouldn't you know I found one in my garage sale box, but only after I went out and just bought them a new coffee maker. It was on sale, and I just decided it was easier to get that than look for the carafe for theirs.
    Well, nice talking to you again Karen.......it's been a while. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one with such guilt problems over "ugly" gifts. What are people thinking? (But then I guess that's what my DD thinks every time we go shopping together........... icon_redface.gif icon_rolleyes.gif
    Karen Elizabeth
    Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:41 am
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    icon_lol.gif I know!!! I have a dear friend that I hate buying gifts for, because no matter what I come up with, she looks at it with barely-disguised 'what on Earth made her think I would like this'.................. my last offering was a miniature herb garden, brightly coloured plant pots with seeds and soil and everything you need for growing a selection of Italian herbs (she is Italian).
    She opened the packet and was thrilled!! I thought, at last! After 10 years I finally got one right! Turned out she thought it was a brightly coloured set of pen/pencil holders for her desk..... a herb garden, was not, in fact, so thrilling, sigh. I suggested she use the containers to hold her pens and pencils, and give the seeds to her sister, who does enjoy gardening! icon_lol.gif
    donnie27
    Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:53 am
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    So funny.........I just read a magazine that suggested that very thing........using an herb set for a desk organizer. Guess you are one up on them !!
    I hate buying gifts.......if I think something is perfect, then it's probably NOT !
    When Xmas comes, I take the kids shopping, they buy, I wrap it up, and they open at Xmas. Then I add some $ for the rest and they are thrilled. They get what they want, and I don't have to worry about them "hating the gift".
    Of course, the little ones give me a list........who knew Star Wars made a comeback ?? icon_redface.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
    jolenemom6
    Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:08 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    Oh I've had a fun time reading these responses. I get kitchen gadgets all the time as gifts and I have to say the most useless one was a sandwich maker. I'm going to give it to one of my sons for college.
    Two years ago I was given a chocolate fondue fountain by my oldest son. We used it (as a family) during Christmas, and a piece of food got stuck in it, and the chocolate ended up spewing a two foot round swath all over the counter and floor. I'm not going to use that again unless it's outside! Needless to say, my second oldest son bought my oldest son his OWN chocolate fondue fountain for Christmas this past year. icon_lol.gif
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