A few weeks ago I was wandering around my kitchen and I had an epiphany! You see, like many people, I have several appliances literally collecting dust in my cupboards due to the fact that they are used so infrequently or have never been used at all.
But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost! Each appliance represents a significant amount of money spent, whether I bought it or it was a gift. And each appliance takes up a huge amount of my precious cupboard space! So what can I do?
I’ve decided to make a commitment to using my appliances more so that they aren’t a waste of money or space in my kitchen. And what better way to accomplish this goal than to blog about it! Mission: Appliances will be my approach to researching and planning new ways to use my appliances, reporting my findings back to the readers, and ultimately making decisions about what to keep and what to simply get rid of.
Today’s Mission: Appliances post will basically be an introduction to all the appliances I currently have on hand. Then each Friday I will feature one appliance that I was (hopefully) able to use creatively that week. And my goal is not only for myself, but I want all of YOU to be able to benefit too! I’m sure I’m not the only one with dusty appliances sitting lonely on the shelf.
Mission: Appliances – An Inventory
To begin I would like to make a list of all the kitchen appliances I own. To be clear, I’m using the term ‘appliances’ a little loosely to be able to include fancy gadgets that don’t necessary use electricity, but still perform a special cooking function.
I have decided to divide the list into appliances that I actually do use regularly and ones that I almost never use. For the purposes of this series, I only plan to feature appliances I do not use regularly. But first let’s get appliances I use often out of the way.
Appliances I use regularly
- Refrigerator – Well, of course.
- Oven – Obviously.
- Dishwasher – Yes sir.
- Microwave – Now I’m just getting silly, but I like to be complete.
- Toaster – We use our toaster almost every day.
- Coffee maker – While we don’t actually drink coffee, we have this coffee maker for our coffee-loving guests.
- Rice cooker – Anytime I cook rice (which is fairly often), this is what I use.
- Bread maker – We have two of these (one was given to us recently by someone who no longer wanted it). My husband loves to make bread.
- Lettuce spinner – I grow lettuce in the garden and also buy a lot of lettuce during winter. We use this lettuce spinner regularly to wash, dry, and keep lettuce fresh in the refrigerator while we are eating it.
- Kitchen Aid beaters – While I don’t use these as much as I just use a mixing spoon, I will pull them out occasionally to beat the thick mixes or mixes that require some ‘fluff’ to them.
Appliances I do not use regularly (or not at all!)
- Food dehydrator – We’ve used this three times total–twice to make beef jerky for vacations and once to dehydrate herbs. I’d like to use it more because it’s pretty nifty.
- Slow Cooker – We have two of these (large and small) and I actually mainly use them for transporting food to potlucks. I’d like to find more recipes so I can actually use them for cooking. And as we all know, crock pots can be huge time savers in the kitchen!
- Food processor – I was actually really excited about this appliance when we got it because I wanted to use it for pureeing soups and sauces. But I can honestly say that I have NEVER used it.
- Food chopper – You’d think I would use a food chopper to speed up the cooking process. Well, I’ve never used it.
- Blender – Everyone needs a blender, right? I think we’ve used our blender only once.
- Smoothie maker – I married into this appliance and am curious how it differs from just a plain old blender. We’ve never used it since getting married.
- Waffle iron – I married into this appliance as well and we’ve used it one time to make chocolate chip waffles. We had a little difficulty. But the idea of having waffles regularly intrigues me because I think waffles are great!
- George Foreman Grill – The staple of a college student, right? We use this grill rarely for meats. It’s a pain to clean if you ask me. But I’m willing to give it a chance.
- Electric Indoor Grill – We just bought this grill and actually have been using it regularly so far (I even wrote a review for it here). But I want to try some new recipes so the regular use continues.
- Partial pressure cooker pots – My husband got a deal on these a few months ago, but I haven’t tried them yet. One of the problems is that I have to learn how to use them. If they do what they claim, then I could save a lot of time in cooking. Stay tuned.
- Wok – I love Asian cooking, but I am ashamed to say I’ve only used our Wok once! It just seems like a hassle to pull it out of the cupboard when a normal skillet gets the job done.
- Deep Fat Fryer – We got this for Christmas and I am very excited to use it. However, it remains sealed inside the box.
- Mandoline Grater/Slicer/Juicer – We also got this for Christmas. I’m not sure exactly what it does, but I am looking forward to finding out.
- Frosty Treat Maker – This was a hand-me-down mini appliance from my mom. I don’t think we’ve used it. But sounds tasty, doesn’t it?!
- Double Boiler – My mom gave me this because she had two of them. I know she uses it for melting chocolate for candy, but I have never used it.
Wow, you sure have a lot of appliances!
Two words: Wedding gifts!
Can I play too?
If you have a kitchen appliance that is not on this list, then I’d love to have you guest post about it in the future! Send me a message if you are interested.
Which appliance in your kitchen do you use the least?