Friday, 29 November 2013

Ban the Kitchen Clutter

Yes, I have a soup maker  but it's looks quite different from this piece of kit.  Mine's called a saucepan and, like this machine which its manufacturers claim can be used as a blender too. my humble pan is multi-functional and doubles us as, amongst other things, a popcorn maker as well.  How genius is that!  It doesn't have a chunky/smooth function though.  When I want to blitz my soup I use a compact stick blender.  That  also has a myriad of uses especially as it has a jolly useful dinky chopping attachment and bowl.

Sometimes, like in this case, I'm beggared if I can see what some spangly new kitchen gadgetry adds to the cookery equation. Every one of those specialist devices takes up more and more space.  Now, if you are hankering after a specialist piece of equipment I'm not saying that you shouldn't go ahead and buy it.  Just think carefully about how much use you're going to get out of it.   And as the silly season for present buying is upon us, just be careful to about inflicting those novel culinary solutions on others.  The likelihood is, that after a couple of uses, they'll end up languishing in the back of a cupboard, with the popcorn maker that you bought for them last year!

5 comments:

  1. I have bought gadgets in the past, but as you say, most of them end up at the back or on top of a cupboard and then get donated eventually, so I only have basics now. My soup maker is my slow cooker. A kitchen 'gadget' that gets used at least twice a week whatever the season and for all kinds of meals, not just soup. And my chunky/smooth function...well, chunky or fine I can do with a knife before the ingredients go into the pot; smooth would be courtesy of my blender that came with my food processor, but as we love chunky soup I don't think I've ever mushed it all up after cooking. The other 'gadget' I use the most is a breadmaker, but not so often as we don't eat a lot of bread unless I make something different to go with the soup.

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  2. So true! I like my panini maker, though!

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  3. Nit strictly gadgets but when our friend came to stay last month we ended up buying two cake tins (not cheap ones) and an electric whisk. Doubt they'll ever be used again. The things I do to be sociable!

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  4. I got rid of a lot of my redundant kitchen stuff when I had a refit. I've still got things I don't use any more, must take them to a charity shop.

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  5. My soup maker is a saucepan too. Single use items are a pain in the bum - especially if you have very limited kitchen space, as I have.

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