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    and the microwave of course, especially for re-heating left overs and making pop corn. We bought Caedy a stand mixer for her birthday and she loves that, and uses it to bake. Then of course the typical toaster which gets a work out as well. I don't like our electric can opener, or I should say it doesn't like me. The only one who can get it to work is my son. I'm about to give up and go back to a manual even if it is hard on my hands and my shoulder some days. This is the third one and none of them want to work for me.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun May 05, 2013 at 08:24:58 AM PDT

    •  A recent study tested various (5+ / 0-)

      items in the typical kitchen and one of the places were bacteria seemed to be most prevalent was on the can openers. The electric ones are impossible to clean and a lot of the hand operated can openers will rust and can't be put in the dishwasher.

      Nevertheless, if you shop around, you can find an all stainless steel can opener that is dishwasher safe and I'm getting ready to order one.

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      by Mr Robert on Sun May 05, 2013 at 10:27:28 AM PDT

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    •  I don't have a bread machine (5+ / 0-)

      but I do have a Kitchen-Aid and my Cuisinart and well, my hands.  I think they'll do.  Speaking of bread machines, my daughter told me that there were a lot of negative reviews on Amazon for James Beard's classic Beard on Bread because the recipes don't refer to using bread machines.  Aaaargh!!  Do these people seriously not know that you don't need a machine to make decent bread.  There's a lot of joy in making bread by hand.  Not saying that bread machines are bad by any means, but you can do without just fine.  Also, if you have half a brain, can't you adapt the recipes to a machine?

      •  For me the bread machine is (4+ / 0-)

        an accessibility issue. I have COPD and a pinched nerve in my neck that affects the use of my right hand. Some days I can knead bread, some days I can't. Some days I don't even have the energy to use the mixer to knead the bread. With the bread machine I can make bread even on my worst days, because I just add the ingredients and push a button.

        And yes, most recipes can be adapted to the machine, or you can use the machine to knead the dough for you and then bake it in the oven.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Sun May 05, 2013 at 12:18:30 PM PDT

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    •  Here is the manual one I have (4+ / 0-)

      and I love it. It is very easy on the wrists and is dishwasher safe too:

      http://www.amazon.com/...

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      by ninkasi23 on Sun May 05, 2013 at 12:44:41 PM PDT

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