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    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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    Isabella's Can Opener
    Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:19 pm
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    I love this topic, being a self proclaimed addicted gadget guy. So what is your most surprisingly successful gadget and your biggest disappointment?
    katie in the UP
    Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:30 am
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    There are so many in my kitchen that I wouldn't want to live without....I'll have to put more thought into it....but......
    I hate to say this, I hope my DH doesn't read this but I'm terribly disappointed in the Kitchen Aid Ice cream 'attachment'. It's a bowl that you freeze....it fits sort of awkwardly on my KA I don't know, it could be me but I just don't care for it icon_sad.gif
    Bonnie G #2
    Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:30 am
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    Glad to read that - I'd thought about getting the KA ice cream attachment but decided it looked a little small and inconvenant so went with an actual ice cream machine which I LOVE

    As to the question, I'd have to say my biggest disappointment would have to be that dicing gadget that you push down on the handle to cut potatoes and veggies. It was just to hard for me to push and as I wanted it mostly for things like hard vegies (potatoes and carrots) I never used it and ended up giving it away.

    My favorite would have to be my KA - I use it almost every day and it's never given me a minutes trouble - when ever it dies (and I've had it for over 10 years) I'll replace it with a bigger and better one. It's the one gadget that NEVER leaves my countertop.
    **Tinkerbell**
    Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:55 am
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    My mommy's in town, so I got to interview her for this question too! icon_smile.gif

    Mom's Good: Kitchenaid Stand Mixer
    Mom's Bad: The Microplane Herb Mill

    My Good: Kitchenaid Stand Mixer
    My Bad: The Progressive Fruit & Vegetable Chopper
    Lori Mama
    Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:11 am
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    Oh dear, so many gadgets
    I would have to say my favorite one would be my chef's knife. I even take it on vacation whenever we stay at a condo with a kitchen. My least used, would have to be my deep fryer. It works fine etc, but it's hardly used. I think the reason being we are so much more health conscious these days, I can't bring myself to use it. icon_wink.gif
    Isabella's Can Opener
    Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:37 pm
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    I forgot to put in mine.

    Worst ever has to be the Ravioli attachment to my manual pasta roller. I tried to use it once and it failed so miserably I didn't even bother to wash it. It went right into the bin.

    Second disappointment was the G Foreman. Looks good on paper but a cooking appliance without heat control is a bad engineering mistake. I still have it but I plan to make my own modifications to try to turn it into a usable device.

    Jury is still out on what my best is... Stay Tuned.
    duonyte
    Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:58 pm
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    My stick blender is my favorite - I use it every day, or just about.

    I need to think about bad, there are so many things I've pitched, but I tend to put them out of my mind, at the same time.
    Isabella's Can Opener
    Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:05 pm
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    duonyte wrote:
    My stick blender is my favorite - I use it every day, or just about.

    I need to think about bad, there are so many things I've pitched, but I tend to put them out of my mind, at the same time.


    Stick blender is on my list for when I get my own kitchen again. Til then its the old Transfer to the Blender method. BTW the worst listed above was from my kitchen not the one I am using. The owner has been shopping from one of "Those" catalogs for years and you wouldn't believe whats in the cabinets here . sigh icon_eek.gif
    tasb
    Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:10 am
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    The Good: Kitchenaid Mixer

    The Bad: Slicer and Shredder Attachments for the Kitchenaid. Used them once and they will stay in the box. I get more use of the attachment I didn't really want, the Food Strainer. The grinder will get more work once hubby starts hunting again.

    The Ugly (but good): Apple Peeler Corer Slicer. It is a dark green doesn't go with my kitchen at all.


    Thankfully someone weighed in with the ice cream maker for KA, I was looking and wanting one but couldn't justify the cost. Especially with the separate machine being 1/2 the price.
    PaulO in MA
    Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:09 am
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    Recent NY Times article on immersion blenders. People have been cleaning them without unplugging first. icon_eek.gif

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/dining/immersion-blenders-can-be-a-danger-in-disguise.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    Best kitchen gadget: A vintage cheese grater/shredder I bought at a consignment shop that clamps onto the countertop like an old meat grinder.
    Isabella's Can Opener
    Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:23 pm
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    PaulO in MA wrote:
    Recent NY Times article on immersion blenders. People have been cleaning them without unplugging first. icon_eek.gif

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/dining/immersion-blenders-can-be-a-danger-in-disguise.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    Best kitchen gadget: A vintage cheese grater/shredder I bought at a consignment shop that clamps onto the countertop like an old meat grinder.


    Silly Humans icon_rolleyes.gif I guess I had better add one or two of these to my to buy list before the government either requires modifications / safety guards rendering the contraption useless or bans them outright. icon_lol.gif

    I have know of the grater you found. I haven't seen one in decades. I am going to have to keep an eye open for one.
    katie in the UP
    Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:54 am
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    **Tinkerbell** wrote:
    My mommy's in town, so I got to interview her for this question too! icon_smile.gif

    Mom's Good: Kitchenaid Stand Mixer
    Mom's Bad: The Microplane Herb Mill

    My Good: Kitchenaid Stand Mixer
    My Bad: The Progressive Fruit & Vegetable Chopper


    Is that chopper like the one on QVC? I'm seriously considering it for summer.
    Jacqueline in KY
    Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:18 pm
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    I have bought a lot of gadgets in my life and I think it is funny because Bonnie's least favorite is my favorite "manual" gadget, my nicer dicer plus from QVC. I use it every time I cook to chop up something.

    My favorite electrical gadget is probably my Vitamix. Don't use it often but it sure does the trick when I do.

    My worse electrical gadget that I have bought, actually was a gift, is my electric roasting pan. I hate that thing, too big for me.

    I have too many non-electrical gadgets that I detest, to list.
    Bonnie G #2
    Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:44 am
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    Jacqueline in KY wrote:
    I have bought a lot of gadgets in my life and I think it is funny because Bonnie's least favorite is my favorite "manual" gadget, my nicer dicer plus from QVC. I use it every time I cook to chop up something.

    My favorite electrical gadget is probably my Vitamix. Don't use it often but it sure does the trick when I do.

    My worse electrical gadget that I have bought, actually was a gift, is my electric roasting pan. I hate that thing, too big for me.

    I have too many non-electrical gadgets that I detest, to list.


    Hee, Hee Jac. It's not the nicer dicer I'm talking about - I LOVE that and use it almost every day - it's the one that came after that I thought would be so much better looks more square, tall and has a lever at the top that you push down on to send the item to the bottom. That lever was just way to hard to push. The nicer dicer I can just slam my hand on and presto it's done. It's the one I stick with icon_wink.gif
    Demelza
    Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:42 pm
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    LIke a lot of the others on here, my best would be my KA stand mixer, I don't know what I would do without it.
    My worst, there are a lot that are on this list, but once you get rid of them you tend to forget about them, but the one that comes to mind right now are the Eggies. I thought they looked like a great idea, & no more peeling eggs (I have a terrible time peeling them). Well they do work, but you have to make sure you oil them really well, if they are not sealed well enough egg manages to ooze out, & cleaning them is a pain.
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