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  •  Minor kitchen gadgets (6+ / 0-)

    As far as small electric appliances are concerned, I have a Braun coffee maker that I use a couple of times a week; a coffee grinder; a toaster that I mostly use to toast those thin sliced bagels; a Cuisinart Food Processor; an ancient hand mixer; a six quart crock pot and a 2.5 quart crock pot; a small deep fryer; and a commercial grade stick blender that's great for making cream soups.

    As far as non electrical things are concerned, I have a good quality set of Messermeister knives that I use several times a day; a set of stainless mixing bowls; a good variety of cooking spoons some of which are stainless some are wood and some are nylon; cooking tongs; a full set of Tramontina pots and pans; a couple of ancient cast iron skillets; one non-stick skillet that I reserve for eggs; a Martha Stewart roasting pan with rack; several colanders; and a bone saw.

    I have to put in a good word for my Jennair dishwasher which I use at least every other day. It's super quiet and I barely know it's running even when I'm standing next to it. Before I got this one I lived with a dishwasher that sounded like it was an airliner getting ready to take off.

    The difference I discovered is that the noisy ones have a built in food disposer (grinder) and that's what makes all the noise. Mine simply has a filter that you need to clean periodically, but since I always rinse my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher the filter isn't a problem.

    I really like my Panasonic microwave oven. I use it almost exclusively to warm leftovers, but I do that a lot.

    I have yet to do it, but one of the things I've considered picking up is a single burner, countertop, induction cooktop. You can buy them for well under $100 these days and I think my Tramontina pots would work on one.

    That's not a complete list, but it gives you an idea.

    By the way, be careful with that mandolin food slicer. They can be very dangerous. To be safe using one you really should wear chainmail gloves. The stainless steel are best, but they aren't cheap. You can also get them made out of other materials.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Sun May 05, 2013 at 10:07:15 AM PDT

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