I like kitchen gadgets. My wife thinks I’m a little indiscriminate in my kitchen gadget purchases and reigns me in. Depsite that, we’ve managed to accumulate a lot of stuff, some more useful than others. What follows is my list of useful and not so useful stuff. What do you have?
Cuisinart ice cream maker: My wife was very dubious about this purchase and had it pegged for a permanent place shelved and forgotten in the basement. Surpisingly, she is now a fan of it. We use this about once a month to make our own ice cream.
Slow cooker: I was convinced we needed one of these and my wife hemmed and hawed until it showed up at Costco and we picked it up. It’s been a huge asset to the kitchen. It’s especially good for when we are both going to be late getting home for dinner, we can make something that is slow cooked for a long time; set it up before we leave for work and dinner is ready when we step in the door. This one is rated as indespensible.
Waffle maker: I could have sworn that this would be something I use all the time. Instead, it sits mostly unused. I like waffles. It just seems I can’t be bothered to mix the batter or clean up the mess. I’d rather just grab a box of Eggos from the freezer. A bad buy on my part.
Stick blender: Myy wife thought it was just another power toy for me to play with. She now uses it all the time. Although not indispensible, it’s highly useful.
Rice cooker: It’s a fancier one with timers and settings for rice and congee. We’re a Chinese household so it’s obviously indispensible. The only question was whether we should have spent the extra money for something even fancier. I lost.