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Flapjack66's picture

What device do you have in your kitchen that's languishing at the back of the cupboard or drawer? Nominations so far:

Pasta Extruder
Bread Machine
Yogurt Maker

Jean's picture

(post #37283, reply #1 of 108)

Electric wok.  It's being donated to a sale this month.


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Gretchen's picture

(post #37283, reply #2 of 108)

Oh, you ought to try the bread machine again, but just let it do the mixing and first rise. Bake in regular loaf pans.


My electric wok is long gone--never really hot enough, but I did use it for serving to keep food hot, and it did make a really good fettucine alfredo one time.


I just cleaned out some closets and my tall asparagus steamer is leaving.


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rbakich's picture

(post #37283, reply #40 of 108)

Man alive! After a long hiatus, I LOVE my electric wok and wouldn't part with it! Maybe this is just due to me being a nostalgic suck kind of guy, I'll never know. But I CAN tell you that I make fried rice, Lo Mein, wontons and such in that thing.....

I haven't found a better vessel for deepfrying things yet,

I use mine to make soups, Soo Guy, and other things that I can't seem to get the temperature for on my stovetop (no natural gas here, sadly).

I could lose my microwave, but I don't think I am ready to part ways with my electric wok just yet......

Madeleine's picture

(post #37283, reply #106 of 108)

Good to know about that asparagus steamer...I have come close to buying one each year when asparagus is in season. Now I will be sure to resist the temptation!

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Flapjack66's picture

(post #37283, reply #108 of 108)

I think fish poachers and asparagus steamers are evolutionary dead ends. There are far better ways to cook the former (steaming, Chinese style) and the latter (roasting).

Canuck's picture

(post #37283, reply #3 of 108)

Bread machine


Star shaped branding iron that I thought was so cute and dragged back across a continent. It is (or I am) useless.

MadMom's picture

(post #37283, reply #4 of 108)

Pasta Extruder...actually, I have two.  One for the KA and one for the Cuisinart FP.  I used the one for the FP in the far distant past, but have never used the one for the KA.  I really should drag at least one of them out and use it.



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Biscuit's picture

(post #37283, reply #5 of 108)

Dinosaur pancake-shaper-things


Lots of different cookie cutters in shapes that I bought for specific uses that I KNOW I will never use again


China cap


Vegetable slicer-dicer attachment for KA - a knife is so much easier and faster


pasta extruder for KA - I have an Atlas that I use instead


I'm sure I have more, I would just have to give it more thought.


And they are all going in the "for yard sale" box this month.


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JoeB2's picture

(post #37283, reply #6 of 108)

You guys have those pasta rollers for the KA and don't use them?? I don't use my atlas because you need four hands for them. I can't imagine a KA would be powerful enough to actually extrude spaghetti or macaroni.

I haven't used my yogurt maker in awhile.. I should drag that out and make some chicken.

I think I use almost everything at some time or another.. we even still have a Krups Espresso/Cappuccino maker I used last night that we received as a wedding gift, 20 years ago.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #37283, reply #10 of 108)

I have the pasta extruder for the KA that I don't use (although it's fun). It worked okay, but wasn't worth the trouble.


The roller attachments for my KA I DO use, though.  Much easier than using my atlas roller, and I can do it without an assistant!


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Lee's picture

(post #37283, reply #30 of 108)

I never bought another pasta extruder since I think imported store bought macaroni pasta is far superior to anything I could make, but I love the KA roller/cutter attachments for egg pasta.  One of my DDs isn't a baker and had no desire for a KA until she used my pasta roller for lasagna sheets.  She bought a nice KA at a yard sale so that she could use the pasta atttachments.  She's gotten into sausage making, and I just sent her the meat grinder.  

Aberwacky's picture

(post #37283, reply #32 of 108)

I used the KA meat grinder for years for making sausage.  The attachments on it are generally pretty well-thought-out.


The pasta roller attachments are like having another set of arms--so wonderful!  Like you, I prefer the extruded pasta I can buy.  It was fun to make our own, but the novelty wore off.


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wonka's picture

(post #37283, reply #33 of 108)

I want to get the roller/cutter for the KA. You can't find gluten free egg noodles here at all (or fresh gluten free pasta either).

Marcia's picture

(post #37283, reply #34 of 108)

Don't you have an Asian shop that carries fresh rice noodles, or are those not gluten free? Different texture, of course.

You amaze me with the things you make, and they look so good, too. :)

wonka's picture

(post #37283, reply #35 of 108)

I can get those, but I would love to make fresh egg noodles. We love them and I can't find them fresh or dried anywhere (gluten free that is). It would be fun to make ravioli too, as that is something I can't have anymore unless I make it myself. I have noticed that some companies in the US make them but I have never found them here.

Marcia's picture

(post #37283, reply #36 of 108)

I've basically switched to rice or other starches, since I can no longer eat dairy or tomatoes. Somehow there are still plenty of things to eat, but eating out is difficult.

Would you please remind me of the name of the gluten-free forum you frequent? I should have bookmarked it, but neglected to do so. TIA.

Marcia's picture

(post #37283, reply #41 of 108)

Thanks again, Wonka. Good luck in your quest for gluten-free egg noodles. :)

wonka's picture

(post #37283, reply #38 of 108)

Thanks. From what I've heard their shipping fees to Canada are pretty steep. With hubby only working here and there, that's not an expense I can justify right now. But now I know where to order from, when the finances improve.

DeannaS's picture

(post #37283, reply #51 of 108)

We have access to LOTS of gluten free products here. If you ever want me to send you something, let me know. I'm not sure what shipping costs would be from here. But, I can look into it if you want.

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wonka's picture

(post #37283, reply #52 of 108)

Thanks Deanna. We actually have quite a few products here too. I just have yet to find a few items, like the ravioli, or the gluten free licorice (I had some that were bought at Trader Joes, and they were really good). I will probably make a trip in the next month or so, to see my friend in Seattle (met her on a beach in Costa Rica many years ago). I should be able to find the things I can't find here, there, when I go.

PeterDurand's picture

(post #37283, reply #17 of 108)

I am pretty sure they were talking about the extruder, not the rollers.

 


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Astrid's picture

(post #37283, reply #53 of 108)

The Atlas. I'd forgotten I had it. Although I did do some layered noodles with fresh herbs once, which were really pretty, though not very even or straight. As for spaghetti, it kept falling off the back of the chair I was trying to dry them on, until I discovered that a towel helped.

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Marcia's picture

(post #37283, reply #54 of 108)

We have one of those old folding drying racks which we didn't use after getting a dryer. We have been using it for drying pasta for many years, and when DS saw one at a girlfriend's apartment, he was impressed that she had a pasta drying rack. That was the first time he had heard of it being used for clothes. ;-)

MadMom's picture

(post #37283, reply #55 of 108)

I really should make some pasta, although I have no idea where the drying rack is...I never used it for drying clothes, either.  Guess a lot of us had that brilliant idea!  I'll bet I could use the oven racks, just prop them up on something high.



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Marcia's picture

(post #37283, reply #56 of 108)

I don't see why not.

BTW, I saw Banquet(the cheap ones in our area)pot pies advertised for 2 for a dollar. Guess who that made me think of? ;-)

MadMom's picture

(post #37283, reply #57 of 108)

I remember when they were 4 for a dollar...guess that shows how long it's been since I've eaten one.



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Marcia's picture

(post #37283, reply #58 of 108)

Wow, I don't remember ever seeing them for that price, but I think I only noticed them because of you. ;-)

thecooktoo's picture

(post #37283, reply #59 of 108)

I would be willing to bet that SWSNBN could take those, add a jar of Heinz chicken gravy along with a few pantry staples and come up with a delicious, semi-homemade meal that would just please all families!