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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:12 PM

Quick, name a kitchen invention that you really like.

Mine is simple today, but as far as I'm concerned a great invention -- baking spray with flour. Especially for intricate pans like some of the cake pans they now have with spires and swirls.

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Reply Quick, name a kitchen invention that you really like. (Original post)
Denninmi Feb 2013 OP
Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #1
Denninmi Feb 2013 #2
NYC_SKP Feb 2013 #3
pinto Feb 2013 #4
hlthe2b Feb 2013 #5
Freddie Feb 2013 #6
LancetChick Feb 2013 #7
noamnety Feb 2013 #17
cbayer Feb 2013 #18
Warpy Feb 2013 #20
Major Nikon Feb 2013 #8
fizzgig Feb 2013 #9
Major Nikon Feb 2013 #12
fizzgig Feb 2013 #13
Major Nikon Feb 2013 #25
cbayer Feb 2013 #10
GoCubsGo Feb 2013 #11
Graybeard Feb 2013 #14
OffWithTheirHeads Feb 2013 #15
Snarkoleptic Feb 2013 #16
northoftheborder Feb 2013 #19
Retrograde Feb 2013 #30
Glassunion Feb 2013 #21
boston bean Feb 2013 #22
Liberal Jesus Freak Feb 2013 #23
bif Feb 2013 #24
mother earth Feb 2013 #26
sir pball Feb 2013 #27
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #28
Fortinbras Armstrong Feb 2013 #29
guardian Feb 2013 #31
sad-cafe Feb 2013 #32

Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:13 PM

1. Fire

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:14 PM

2. Yeah, that's kind of important.

Unless you're doing a totally raw diet.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:19 PM

3. In college, I'd have said the toaster oven, now it's the microwave cooker.

I dare not call it an oven when my first oven was a firebrick outdoor dutch oven, indoors was a propane Wedgewood.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:21 PM

4. Ice box that became refrigerator.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:25 PM

5. Since my go-to for a very very quick nutritious on the go "meal"

is a high protein (usually with fruit) smoothie of one type or another, I'd have to say a very powerful blender/food processor.

Mine of choice is the (still) US-manufactured Vita-Mix.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:31 PM

6. Crock pot

I make at least one crock pot dinner per week and am always finding new recipes for it (I love Big Oven). Also great for entertaining, pot luck dinners and such.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:36 PM

7. Immersion blender

I dunno if that would qualify as my favorite invention (I can name several), but I'll just say that it allows me to thicken or puree a lot of soups that would otherwise have to go through the godawful step of being blended in batches in a food processor or blender. Gah. What a pain. And then you have to wash the damn blender or food processor parts. The immersion blender has a small 1-piece removable blade that you stick in the dishwasher and that's it. A healthy vegetable or legume soup with no cream that's a little too thin? Buzz it with an immersion blender and you have instant body.

My immersion blender <---

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Response to LancetChick (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:45 PM

17. That's what sprung to my mind as well.

I love soup - and prefer the thicker texture, but without adding cream.

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Response to noamnety (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:52 PM

18. I love blended soups of all kinds.

Kinds of like hot vegetable smoothies!

But I do confess that I add cream when I have it.

I'm making a broccoli/leek soup tonight and will add cream. The chicken stock I have is just not rich enough.

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Response to LancetChick (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:32 PM

20. That's mine, too

although I still use the standup jobbie for things like Chinese BBQ sauce and the tomatillo/garlic/chile mixtures for the local cuisine. Mostly I jam the stick blender into a glass or pot or even plastic baggie and buzz away. Not needing to wash a heavy glass jar long with everything else is nice.

I use the blenders, stick and standup, more often than I use the food processor, to be honest. If I've got grating or slicing to do, the mandoline is the go to gadget. It's easier to clean than a Cuisinart.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:42 PM

8. Cast iron skillet

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:42 PM

9. was just about to post this

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Response to fizzgig (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:45 PM

12. The stove and oven follow

After that it's my old wood cutting board and knives

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:47 PM

13. i will say i am a fan of the dishwasher

but the stove and over are pretty damn handy

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Response to fizzgig (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:27 AM

25. I use my dishwasher every day

But I could live without it. Sometimes I just wash the dishes by hand anyway. If it were just my wife and I, I'd probably do that more often.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:43 PM

10. Hand down the stick blender.

Easy to store, easy to clean, takes very little electricity and does the job perfectly and without mess.

Went to a friends house the other day and was pureeing his butternut squash soup in a regular blender.... while spewing the stuff everywhere and burning his hands.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:44 PM

11. Immersion blenders.

Being able to make creamy, low-fat soups is so much easier with the invention of the immersion blender. Pureeing gives the sensation of having cream in the soup, without actually having cream in the soup. Mine has rescued a number of chunky soups, too. I didn't like the chunky versions, but when I took the stick blender to them, they became delicious.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:52 PM

14. My microwave.

I'll get a lot of grief for this from those who claim that 'zapping' food in it poses health problems. But I use it every day. Every day for everything from my oatmeal at breakfast to a bowl of soup at lunch to frozen veggies at dinner.

I just saved myself from having to wash three pots already!

I love it. (Toaster oven comes in a close second. BTW I'm single and cooking for one.)

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:04 PM

15. The Wok

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:02 PM

16. Microplane grater.

Made some lemon chicken with linguini last night.
Sooo good!

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:23 PM

19. Appliance: dishwasher; gadget: microplane grater

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:00 PM

30. with the rice cooker a close runner-up

I thought it was superfluous until I got one: now it's "let's start the rice while we decide what the rest of dinner will be", and let it do its thing without any more human intervention.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:56 PM

21. Convection for cooking.

The radio to keep me company

But my favorite would be a simple 10" knife.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:03 PM

22. my keurig coffee maker.

couldn't live w/o it.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:52 AM

23. Coffee/spice grinder.

And the immersion blender and the microplane and....did you say just one?

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:50 AM

24. Celphalon non-stick pan

I use it almost every day.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 06:21 PM

26. I am a kitchen gadget junkie, one of my prized possessions is a flatbread electric press that I've

owned for years, but only recently have started using again. (Never truly gave it props, but I cannot live another day without using it and singing it's praises.) Another must have as far as I'm concerned is a panini grill, and a mandoline. Oh don't forget your ice cream scoops for baking cookies, meatballs, cupcakes, etc., and a dough scraper!

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:01 PM

27. Parchment paper.

Not wax paper, parchment. It's kind of hard to find and expensive in "home use" sizes but if you have the space you can get a thousand full-pan sheets for $30-40 online.

That and my Vita-Prep 3...POWERRRRRRR

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:26 PM

28. Nutmeg grater

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 10:49 AM

29. I'm a fan of many of the things mentioned

Such as the immersion blender (I haven't used my regular blender in over a year). I have two, an expensive Braun with lots of speeds and a cheap Cuisinart with one speed. Of course, the one I almost always use is the Cuisinart.

I do use my food processor quite a bit. For example, last night, I made lasagna verde bolognese, and the easiest way I know of pureeing the spinach is to put the cooked and drained spinach in the food processor with the eggs and give it a few pulses with the cutting blade.

Speaking of pasta, I make my own pasta at least once a week, and I love my pasta rolling machine. If you make fresh pasta, you need one of these machines. I have a 35-year-old Atlas, and it works great. (BTW, would anyone be interested in a thread on making fresh pasta?)

I have some really good knives, but the one I use most often is a 7" Shun chef's knife. Great balance, fits my hand, beautiful looking blade, $200. I keep it sharp with a whetstone and a steel.

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:19 PM

31. peeler

 

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Response to Denninmi (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:47 PM

32. we have this onion chopper that we could not live without

 

bought it at a state fair one year and have used it a ton.

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