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Nov 1st, 2009, 12:29 AM
What gadgets do you have, how much were they and what do you do with them? Just wondering if we have too many gadgets!

Food processor and blender: £20, use the processor part quite a lot. Blender jar has a crack though after it was dropped.

Smoothie maker that makes it in a cup: £20. Not had smoothies for a while. Dropped and broke one of the cups.

Hand blender: Inherited, use it to blend soups occasionally.

Microwave: £60, only really use it for porridge and steamed puddings.

Sandwich toaster: £5, Toni uses it more than me.

Panini Grill: £20, use it for paninis, toasted sandwiches, cooking burgers.

Breadmaker: £60, use it mostly for pizza dough.

Steamer: Inherited, I don't use it, I use a pan steamer instead.

Two biggest bargains I think were the food processor (which was half price) and the panini grill which is big enough to do 4 toasted sandwiches (8 slices of bread) at a time.

Nov 1st, 2009, 12:39 AM
We have:

Blender (too huge though and has to live in the cupboard)
Same smoothie maker as Pob which we use a lot
Food processor
Half broken toaster
Microwave (years old had it at uni over 10 years ago)
About 3 juicers
1 mini chopper type thing
Tesco Value Hand Blender

BB would love a breadmaker and I would love a slow cooker.

Nov 1st, 2009, 12:56 AM
Sandwich toaster which I've had for years and I can't remember how much it was. It gets used a couple of times a month when I get a hankering for a cheezely and onion toastie.

Microwave, had this for years too. It's a pretty cheap and cheerful model and gets used for reheating and defrosting stuff.

Deep fat fryer. About 30 quid I think. Gets a fair amount of use as I love proper chips.

Huge old Kenwood food processor from the 70s made from cast iron with dozens of attachments of questionable utility and a hilariously sexist instruction manual. It didn't cost me anything as it was given to my Mum by one of her friends and she passed it on to me. I mostly just use the blender function for making smoothies.

Standard hand mixer. Around 15 pounds I think but also bought ages ago. Used for mixing batters and stuff.

I would like a bread maker but my kitchen is tiny and I don't really have room. Even the microwave and fryer live in the conservatory.

I also had a coffee grinder but lost a vital bit so need to get a new one. Freshly ground coffee is the best.

Not sure if it counts as a gadget but my cafetiere gets used daily as I love proper coffee and drink way too much.

Nov 1st, 2009, 06:08 AM
food processor- no clue
juicer (that we never use)- 30 or 40 bucks
beaters- $20?
hand blender- (gift)
two microwaves (one built into the kitchen and one we bought)- 30 or 40 bucks
kettle $15
toaster $10
and an old fashion pasta maker (it's older than me so I don't know about the price)

Nov 1st, 2009, 11:46 AM
Cool thread :cool:

Stick blender - would never be without it!!! I even make hummus with it :thumbsup:
Food processor - mine is pretty crap; the juicer is rubbish and the blender leaks :mad: I only use it if I want to chop a large quanity of veggies for making soup
3-in-1 Steamer/rice cooker/slow cooker - rice maker is awesome, as is steamer. Not a big fan of the slow cooker, TBH.
Popcorn maker - great invention, if only I ate popcorn :lol:
Microwave - we use our quite a lot, mainly for defrosting, and for the excellent "crisp" plate :thumbsup:
Bread maker - RIP :(
Kettle - my kitchen staple
Pressure cooker - non home should be without one

I want a Green Star juicer. :cool:

Nov 1st, 2009, 12:07 PM
Oooh, it's fatal talking to me about kitchen gadgets as I can't resist them. having recently gone raw because it's the only way I can keep my weight down and still eat I have bought a mini food processor for garlic and ginger chopping - it makes lovely salad sauces in minutes and is really cute and teeny :)

We have a large food processor

A blender

A stick blender

A small nut grinder

All other cookery items now obsolete as no cooking goes on in the kitchen!

Nov 1st, 2009, 12:10 PM
What's a crisp plate?

I forgot we use microwave for cooking poppadoms.

We have a slow cooker that I inherited that has never been used.

We have a cafetiere that was about £15.

Kettle and Toaster I assumed was standard kit.

Mr Flibble
Nov 1st, 2009, 01:01 PM
Oh my..... where to start?

This will take some time to compile

Nov 1st, 2009, 01:35 PM
Oh my..... where to start?

This will take some time to compile

You run Gentoo Linux in your kitchen? :eek:

Mr Flibble
Nov 1st, 2009, 05:30 PM
I used to have a Gentoo based MythTV server (http://photos.offline.org.uk/displaypicture.php?returnpage=yes&galleryid=187&orderid=15) in my open plan appartment, so yes I can technically claim to have run it in my kitchen ;)

Mr Flibble
Nov 1st, 2009, 06:35 PM
I love glass, brushed stainless steel and gadgets :)

The kitchen is one of my favourite rooms. Nothing in it has ever (to my knowledge) encountered any non vegan food.

Small Electric Appliances

KitchenAid Ultra Power Blender, Red (http://www.johnlewis.com/230135064/Product.aspx) - £110 - Cocktails, smoothies, crushing ice, breadcrumbs
Dualit 4-Slot Toaster (http://www.johnlewis.com/230641440/Product.aspx) - £60 - consistantly toasting things well
Kenwood Deep Fat Fryer (Dishwasherable) (http://www.homeandgardengifts.co.uk/Electrical/Kitchen/Deep-Fat-Fryers/Kenwood-Deep-Fat-Fryer-17900075.aspx) - £50 - mmmm chips
Delonghi Panini Press * Grill (http://www.jarvisonline.eu/Buynow-id-1015-Brand-New-Sealed-DELONGHI-Table-Top-Healthy-Grill-CG400-Dishwasher-Safe.html) - £40 - Grilled veg, cibatta sandwiches
Dualit Hand Blender (http://www.johnlewis.com/230421455/Product.aspx) - £65 - Whisking, immersion blending
Salter Glass Scales (http://www.salamandercookshop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2070&currency=GBP) - £35 - weighing things
Panasonic Bread Maker - £100 - mainly for dough making rather than loaves. Had a cheap one previous which was complete junk
Breville Brushed Stainless Steel Kettle - £50 - boiling water?
Breville Toasted Sandwich Maker (Dishwasherable) - £30 - Should get used more often, I love toasted cheezly sandwiches
Juicer - £30 - Obligatory never used or taken out of the cupboard gadget

Large Electric Appliances

Smeg Stainless Steel Range Cooker (AA rated) (http://www.johnlewis.com/230209134/Product.aspx) :heart: - £1200 - worth every penny
Kenwood Brushed Stainless Steel Dishwasher (http://www.dixons.co.uk/product.php?sku=084213&camp_id=froogle) - £270
Delonghi Brushed Stainless Steep Microwave - £120
Samsung American Style Fridge (with ice maker) - £700 - I'm lazy and its pretty


Cast Iron Pestle (http://www.heals.co.uk/Preparation/Typhoon-Cast-Iron-Pestle+Mortar/invt/841237?source=119_4) - £20
Simple Human Brushed Butterfly Bin (http://www.heals.co.uk/Kitchen-Storage/Simplehuman-Butterfly-Bin-30L/invt/544993&bklist=icat,2,mycatref) - £60 - I like it so much I bought one for my study too
Simple Human Dish Drainer (http://www.johnlewis.com/230417474/Product.aspx) - £50 - potentially a little over priced, but it is the world's nicest dish drainer
Simple Human Bag Recycler (http://www.johnlewis.com/230217284/Product.aspx) - £10
Global Knives (http://www.heals.co.uk/Preparation/Global-Knives-Range-G-Series/invt/globalknivesg&bklist=icat,2,mycatref) - £120 - worth every penny
Cafetiere, Stove top Espresso (Moka) maker, glass teapot - want a proper espresso machine, but wouldn't use it enough to justify the cost
Loads of cocktail paraphernalia: shakers, jiggers, strainers, straws, umbrellas, stirers, muddler (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manahttan-Caipirinha-Pestle-Muddler-Length/dp/B000VRYVSE) :heart:, 80+ glasses (martini, shot, tall shot, american, brandy, champagne, white wine, red wine, sundae) - you can never have enough glasses
Ravioli mould, lots of silicone and heavy bottomed bakeware/pans, pizza stone for pizza and bread (get one!)

Drawer1 of other small items:


Drawer2 of other small items:


+ several cupboards more.

I'm not materialistic, I just like shiny things :)

Nov 1st, 2009, 07:09 PM
hand blender
food processor (ancient)
pasta machine
ice cream maker
espresso/coffee machine
electric whisk
electric rice steamer
breville sandwich maker

Nov 1st, 2009, 07:12 PM
Ice cream maker
Waffle iron :heart:

(+ kettle and microwave oven- but not mine)

Nov 1st, 2009, 07:12 PM
I'm not materialistic, I just like shiny things :)

Maybe you are a magpie.:p

I have a:
Kenwood smoothie maker - fruit/green smoothies.
Diablo sandwich maker - I've used it once or twice I think!
Vegetable steamer - I have used that about 5 times, I usually just use a normal saucepan instead.
Hand held blender - I use that for soups mainly.
Electric tin opener - I use that fairly often.
I have a kettle of course too - I use that more than anything else for cups of green tea.

(I don't really know the prices.)

I don't have a microwave or a toaster but I would like to get a breadmaker and a food processor.

Nov 1st, 2009, 07:23 PM
i gave away my breadmaker as we were eating wayyyyyyy too much bread, and my kitchen was too cluttered! (i do miss warm raisin and cinnamon bread though :sad:)

i also gave away my slow cooker, my steamer, my sandwich toaster, my cake mixer and my Disney ice-cream maker >(way too much hassle! :hmm:)

now i have:
a blender (hardly ever use it, might give it away too)
a microwave (i never use it, husband does sometimes)
a toaster
a deep fat fryer (for weekend chip sessions!)
then just the obvious kettle, oven, pots and pans.

Wow, i'm quite gadget-less! :amazed_ani:.

Nov 1st, 2009, 08:34 PM
A crisp plate = plate for eating crisps off, no??? :D

Sorry, ehm, our microwave is one of those multipurpose thingies - microwave (duh) plus grill (never used) and a very cunning "crisp plate" - it browns things and makes 'em nice and crispy so you can use it for stuff like sliced potatoes, burgers etc. We use that a lot, more than the microwave function itself.

Nov 2nd, 2009, 05:20 PM
helen105281 - don't hanker after a bread maker. The ones I've seen all use Teflon in the pans and it's deadly stuff. Above certain temperatures (and bread requires high temperatures) Teflon gives of gases and I've heard it migrates into food. Either that or, when you're trying to get the bread out, it sticks to the bread and you end up ingesting it.

If it's non-stick, how does it stick to the pan?

The best bet is to find a method of oven baking bread that suits you. There are some simple no-knead solutions and there's the 'crock' method.

A bread maker is just one more appliance to go wrong.

Mr Flibble
Nov 2nd, 2009, 05:29 PM
A bread maker is just one more appliance to go wrong.

Shouldn't you be reading a book? ;)


Nov 2nd, 2009, 05:37 PM
A television, microwave, cell phone and computer are examples of products that emit radiation

I confess to owning a computer.

Blue moon
Nov 2nd, 2009, 05:47 PM
Simple Human Brushed Butterfly Bin (http://www.heals.co.uk/Kitchen-Storage/Simplehuman-Butterfly-Bin-30L/invt/544993&bklist=icat,2,mycatref) - I've got one of these too, perfect size & shape for the gap I had, otherwise I would never have paid £60 for rubbish storage :rolleyes:
Also have:
no kettle (and... breathe!)

basic cheapie toastie maker, had for years, used one or twice a year.

basic cheap microwave, reheating etc.

cheap range steamer - used a few times, now limescaled & looks filthy, haven't got around to cleaning it. Also rice part doesn't work at all.

basic cheapie toaster, for thawing sliced bread mostly

stick blender - always makes a terrific mess though. Mostly used for making cheesecakes.

cheap food processor - wanted, barely actually used.

Electronic scales

Salad spinner - doesn't plug in so not sure of it's "gadget" status? Rarely used anyway.

Melon baller - absollute rubbish. Bought it to make pretty ice cream balls, didn't work.

Removable bottom cake tin - again rubbish, leaks through the sides so have to line with foil anyway.

Are we including cookware? Mesh cover for frying pans, in theory to stop fat spitting. Mostly used to drain water from pans these days, even to seive flour. anyting except the intended use, which it doesn't do.

My list seems to be turning into "useless kitchen items" so I'll stop there!

Mar 9th, 2013, 04:00 PM
I am reviving this thread as I love kitchen gadgets! I don't have much at the moment as I'm poor and my flat is tiny but I have:

- a kettle
- a hand blender
- a microwave (came with the flat)
- a coffee grinder (for seeds)

I would love a toaster and a blender, I'm working on it :)

Mar 11th, 2013, 05:38 PM
I have a Vitamix, food processor, stick blender, coffee and spice grinder (one for each), electric kettle (good buy!), toaster oven.

Mar 11th, 2013, 09:12 PM

I have to ask, are they worth the money? ;)

Mar 13th, 2013, 05:00 PM

Mar 13th, 2013, 05:28 PM
Heh and here I was all excited about my little set of knives from chicago cutlery.