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    Judy Haffner Guest

    Default What Kitchen Appliances Can't You Be without?


    I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    appliances that you use often and would be lost without?

    I learned to cook with an electric skillet and mostly always have two on
    hand, which I use daily. I would VERY much miss my Kitchen Aid mixer, as
    I do a lot of baking, and would be lost without it too. I also have a
    hand portable mixer, which is handy for a quick mix and smaller
    quantities. My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend. Also love our Bunn
    coffeemaker. I have other appliances I use periodically, such as a mini
    processor (for small jobs) and the can opener, deep fryer, waffle iron,
    and blender, which I would miss, but not to the same degree as other
    appliances.

    Judy


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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Judy Haffner" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?
    >
    > I learned to cook with an electric skillet and mostly always have two on
    > hand, which I use daily. I would VERY much miss my Kitchen Aid mixer, as
    > I do a lot of baking, and would be lost without it too. I also have a
    > hand portable mixer, which is handy for a quick mix and smaller
    > quantities. My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend. Also love our Bunn
    > coffeemaker. I have other appliances I use periodically, such as a mini
    > processor (for small jobs) and the can opener, deep fryer, waffle iron,
    > and blender, which I would miss, but not to the same degree as other
    > appliances.


    I can live without any small kitchen appliances. I rarely use them at all.

    Was given an electric can opener and eventually threw it away after never
    being able to figure out how to use it.

    I have a bread maker. It's in the garage. Never use it. Same for my
    dehydrator.

    Can't remember the last time I used my stand mixer or the hand mixer or even
    my stick blender. Have a regular blender I haven't used since I moved in.
    And I did buy a Magic Bullet to replace the broken one but never took it out
    of the box.

    I do have a food processor. I will be using it when I make meatloaf and
    that will be fairly soon. But really? I can easily do without these things
    and I did for many years.



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    Sock Guest

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    On 28/09/2011 4:58 PM, Judy Haffner wrote:
    >
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?
    >
    > I learned to cook with an electric skillet and mostly always have two on
    > hand, which I use daily. I would VERY much miss my Kitchen Aid mixer, as
    > I do a lot of baking, and would be lost without it too. I also have a
    > hand portable mixer, which is handy for a quick mix and smaller
    > quantities. My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend. Also love our Bunn
    > coffeemaker. I have other appliances I use periodically, such as a mini
    > processor (for small jobs) and the can opener, deep fryer, waffle iron,
    > and blender, which I would miss, but not to the same degree as other
    > appliances.
    >
    > Judy
    >


    The one with the boobs. She is the only thing in my kitchen that I would
    be lost without.


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    A Moose in Love Guest

    Default Re: What Kitchen Appliances Can't You Be without?

    On Sep 28, 2:58*am, jhaff...@webtv.net (Judy Haffner) wrote:
    > I'm not talking abouttheusual bigger appliances that are foundina
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., butones such as a electriccanopener (forinstance). Doyouhave someappliances thatyouuse often and would be lost without?
    >
    > I learned to cook with an electric skillet and mostly always have two on
    > hand, which I use daily. I would VERY much miss my Kitchen Aid mixer, asIdo a lot of baking, and would be lost without it too. I also have a
    > hand portable mixer, which is handy for a quick mix and smallerquantities.. My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend. Also love our Bunncoffeemaker. I have other appliances I use periodically, such as a miniprocessor (for small jobs) andthecanopener, deep fryer, waffle iron,and blender, which I would miss, but not tothesame degree as other
    > appliances.
    >
    > Judy


    I have no appliances that use electricity except for fridge, stove,
    and microwave(which I use rarely). That's all that I need. Oh,
    yeah. A coffee maker.

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: What Kitchen Appliances Can't You Be without?

    On Tue, 27 Sep 2011 22:58:43 -0800, [email protected] (Judy Haffner)
    wrote:

    > My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend.


    I'd say my toaster ranks right up there with FP. I don't use a
    microwave for much other than reheating, but I only lived without one
    for about a year (after the old one konked out) before I gave in and
    bought another one.

    --

    You are what you eat, so avoid fruitcake and nuts.

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    Cheri Guest

    Default Re: What Kitchen Appliances Can't You Be without?

    "Judy Haffner" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?
    >
    > I learned to cook with an electric skillet and mostly always have two on
    > hand, which I use daily. I would VERY much miss my Kitchen Aid mixer, as
    > I do a lot of baking, and would be lost without it too. I also have a
    > hand portable mixer, which is handy for a quick mix and smaller
    > quantities. My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend. Also love our Bunn
    > coffeemaker. I have other appliances I use periodically, such as a mini
    > processor (for small jobs) and the can opener, deep fryer, waffle iron,
    > and blender, which I would miss, but not to the same degree as other
    > appliances.
    >
    > Judy


    I have all of the above, plus a few more. I love kitchen gadgets and would
    hate to be without any of them, but especially the Bamix stick blender.

    Cheri


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    critters & me in azusa, ca Guest

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    On Sep 27, 11:58*pm, jhaff...@webtv.net (Judy Haffner) wrote:
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?
    >
    > I learned to cook with an electric skillet and mostly always have two on
    > hand, which I use daily. I would VERY much miss my Kitchen Aid mixer, as
    > I do a lot of baking, and would be lost without it too. I also have a
    > hand portable mixer, which is handy for a quick mix and smaller
    > quantities. My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend. Also love our Bunn
    > coffeemaker. I have other appliances I use periodically, such as a mini
    > processor (for small jobs) and the can opener, deep fryer, waffle iron,
    > and blender, which I would miss, but not to the same degree as other
    > appliances.
    >
    > Judy


    my krupps convection toaster oven.

    harriet & critters in azusa, ca

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    greghouse Guest

    Default Re: What Kitchen Appliances Can't You Be without?


    2 days ago I lost my wine opener and had to drive 5 miles to get it. So
    I ordered an electric one from amazon. Its superb. Also simply cant have
    wine without my wine aerator.

    Can opener and waffle iron for me too. Cooking on the burner if
    microwave isnt working is much easier than opening a can with a screw
    driver.

    Judy Haffner;1665392 Wrote:
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc.,
    > but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?
    >
    > I learned to cook with an electric skillet and mostly always have two
    > on
    > hand, which I use daily. I would VERY much miss my Kitchen Aid mixer,
    > as
    > I do a lot of baking, and would be lost without it too. I also have a
    > hand portable mixer, which is handy for a quick mix and smaller
    > quantities. My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend. Also love our
    > Bunn
    > coffeemaker. I have other appliances I use periodically, such as a mini
    > processor (for small jobs) and the can opener, deep fryer, waffle iron,
    > and blender, which I would miss, but not to the same degree as other
    > appliances.
    >
    > Judy





    --
    greghouse

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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: What Kitchen Appliances Can't You Be without?

    On Sep 27, 11:58*pm, jhaff...@webtv.net (Judy Haffner) wrote:
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?


    My Vita-Mix, Cuisinart, stick blender, Kitchen Aid mixer and coffee/
    espresso maker. Don't own a microwave.

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    Ranee at Arabian Knits Guest

    Default Re: What Kitchen Appliances Can't You Be without?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (Judy Haffner) wrote:

    >
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?


    Stick blender, food processor, coffee grinder, grain mill, slow
    cooker. Everything else, I could do myself with other tools
    (non-appliances). Probably even the food processor, I could give up if
    it really came down to it. The slow cooker could also be replaced with
    oven and stove, but I am weird about not leaving those on when I leave
    the house, so the slow cooker helps me. I have a French press, and am
    the only big coffee drinker in the house, so I wouldn't have to have a
    coffee maker. I didn't put the KA on the list, because I can do by hand
    everything I use it for, but I do have the meat grinder attachments on
    it, and I'd like to get more into grinding my own meat. However, if I
    have the FP, I can approximate that.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

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    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

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    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    "critters & me in azusa, ca" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > my krupps convection toaster oven.


    I miss having a toaster oven! We have a restaurant conveyor belt
    toaster, though, that is pretty awesome. I just wish it didn't dump the
    food down the back chute the way it does, so I could use it to make
    cheese toast and other things like that. I could use the oven, instead,
    though, so I didn't put that on my list.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

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    Kalmia Guest

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    On Sep 28, 2:58*am, jhaff...@webtv.net (Judy Haffner) wrote:
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?
    >
    > I learned to cook with an electric skillet and mostly always have two on
    > hand, which I use daily. I would VERY much miss my Kitchen Aid mixer, as
    > I do a lot of baking, and would be lost without it too. I also have a
    > hand portable mixer, which is handy for a quick mix and smaller
    > quantities. My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend. Also love our Bunn
    > coffeemaker. I have other appliances I use periodically, such as a mini
    > processor (for small jobs) and the can opener, deep fryer, waffle iron,
    > and blender, which I would miss, but not to the same degree as other
    > appliances.
    >
    > Judy


    Can't be without? That's a bit extreme. I DO use and appreciate my
    small food processor
    toaster oven
    bread machine
    microwave oven
    waffle iron
    crockpot

    Actually, I could survive without any of these -- just gimme a sharp
    knife or two and a cutting board.


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    Cheryl Guest

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    On 9/28/2011 2:58 AM, Judy Haffner wrote:
    >
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?
    >
    > I learned to cook with an electric skillet and mostly always have two on
    > hand, which I use daily. I would VERY much miss my Kitchen Aid mixer, as
    > I do a lot of baking, and would be lost without it too. I also have a
    > hand portable mixer, which is handy for a quick mix and smaller
    > quantities. My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend. Also love our Bunn
    > coffeemaker. I have other appliances I use periodically, such as a mini
    > processor (for small jobs) and the can opener, deep fryer, waffle iron,
    > and blender, which I would miss, but not to the same degree as other
    > appliances.


    Foodsaver -- the newer hands-free model
    Kitchen aid mixer -- I gave away my hand mixer
    Mini Krupps food processor for veggies and cheese
    Coffee bean grinder
    Meat grinder
    immersion blender

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    Serene Vannoy Guest

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    On 09/27/2011 11:58 PM, Judy Haffner wrote:
    >
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?


    Nope. Good knife, decent cutting board, some sort of pot and pan, and
    I'm good to go.

    Serene

    --
    http://www.momfoodproject.com

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    jmcquown Guest

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    "Judy Haffner" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?
    >

    Your "for instance" rang a bell. I was given an electric can opener as a
    bridal shower gift. I hated it. When the power goes out you really don't
    want to have to rely on an electric can opener. And when you don't have
    electricity pretty much all you can do is open cans and fire up the grill

    Jill


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    James Silverton Guest

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    On 9/29/2011 10:40 AM, jmcquown wrote:
    >
    > "Judy Haffner" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >>
    >> I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    >> kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    >> ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    >> appliances that you use often and would be lost without?
    >>

    > Your "for instance" rang a bell. I was given an electric can opener as a
    > bridal shower gift. I hated it. When the power goes out you really don't
    > want to have to rely on an electric can opener. And when you don't have
    > electricity pretty much all you can do is open cans and fire up the
    > grill
    >

    All the way through our long and generally happy marriage my wife insisted
    on using an electric can opener and I regarded it as a waste of counter
    space
    and used a manual. We gave up trying to convince each other after a year.

    What I do find necessary is an electric coffee grinder. In fact, I have
    no other way to grind coffee beans for my ancient Mr Coffee machine. I
    have a second identical grinder for spices. I find a two-cup Cuisinart
    food processor essential. (I do have a full sized one that I seldom
    use.) I use an electric hot tray to keep food warm in my kitchen and I
    don't know what I'd do without it. Another much used appliance is my
    40-year old Japanese automatic rice cooker.


    --


    James Silverton, Potomac

    I'm *not* [email protected]

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    Lucille Guest

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    On Sep 28, 2:58*am, jhaff...@webtv.net (Judy Haffner) wrote:
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?
    >
    > I learned to cook with an electric skillet and mostly always have two on
    > hand, which I use daily. I would VERY much miss my Kitchen Aid mixer, as
    > I do a lot of baking, and would be lost without it too. I also have a
    > hand portable mixer, which is handy for a quick mix and smaller
    > quantities. My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend. Also love our Bunn
    > coffeemaker. I have other appliances I use periodically, such as a mini
    > processor (for small jobs) and the can opener, deep fryer, waffle iron,
    > and blender, which I would miss, but not to the same degree as other
    > appliances.
    >
    > Judy


    I like my micro wave to steam my vegetables in the silicon covered
    dishes.

    Lucille


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    Doug Freyburger Guest

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    Judy Haffner wrote:
    >
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?


    The ones that stay on the counter evolve over the years. Even our
    toaster has moved to the shelves at a few points. So has the mixer and
    even the coffee machine. I think those are the ones that have the
    highest percentage of time on the counter.

    The toaster oven or convection oven held space for a pretty long time.

    One of the most surprising one that has a lot of counter time is the
    Magic Bullet miniture blender.

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    Kalmia Guest

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    On Sep 29, 4:17*pm, Doug Freyburger <dfrey...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Judy Haffner wrote:
    >
    > > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?

    >
    > The ones that stay on the counter evolve over the years. *Even our
    > toaster has moved to the shelves at a few points. *So has the mixer and
    > even the coffee machine. *I think those are the ones that have the
    > highest percentage of time on the counter.
    >
    > The toaster oven or convection oven held space for a pretty long time.
    >
    > One of the most surprising one that has a lot of counter time is the
    > Magic Bullet miniture blender.



    What's your guideline for giving something countertop space? Once a
    day? Twice a day? There has to be a size factor too, I would think.

    For some reason, my lemon reamer gets countertop billing, but if I
    move it, it'll upset mys 'system.' It lives in teh smallest caddy
    but gets used maybe twice a week.

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    Jerry Avins Guest

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    On Sep 28, 2:58*am, jhaff...@webtv.net (Judy Haffner) wrote:
    > I'm not talking about the usual bigger appliances that are found in a
    > kitchen, such as dish washer, microwave, refrigerator , stove, etc., but
    > ones such as a electric can opener (for instance). Do you have some
    > appliances that you use often and would be lost without?
    >
    > I learned to cook with an electric skillet and mostly always have two on
    > hand, which I use daily. I would VERY much miss my Kitchen Aid mixer, as
    > I do a lot of baking, and would be lost without it too. I also have a
    > hand portable mixer, which is handy for a quick mix and smaller
    > quantities. My Cuisinart food processor is a Godsend. Also love our Bunn
    > coffeemaker. I have other appliances I use periodically, such as a mini
    > processor (for small jobs) and the can opener, deep fryer, waffle iron,
    > and blender, which I would miss, but not to the same degree as other
    > appliances.


    My counter is pretty cluttered, but the "appliance", if you can call
    it that, is a cutting board. Knife rack too.

    Jerry
    --
    Engineering is the art of making what you want from things you can
    get.

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