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JimD
11-10-2016, 04:44 PM
Anyone else use one of these? They froth heated milk in a few seconds. Add coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, etc. for a perfect frothed milk coffee

https://s7d9.scene7.com/is/image/BedBathandBeyond/2587013033501p?$478$

Joe (SoCal)
11-10-2016, 05:10 PM
My milk frother, I use it every day.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m320/fosterhere/F871C1EF-FB12-4A77-BE54-9442ABB73EB2_zpsuykyfmke.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/fosterhere/media/F871C1EF-FB12-4A77-BE54-9442ABB73EB2_zpsuykyfmke.jpg.html)

Immersion Blender, use it once a week

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m320/fosterhere/10B72871-C316-4191-B495-60BB337DD8D0_zpszmcy6pqg.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/fosterhere/media/10B72871-C316-4191-B495-60BB337DD8D0_zpszmcy6pqg.jpg.html)

Nija, sometimes 3 times a day

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m320/fosterhere/1166252F-8D00-4085-A782-C75E5FB3D310_zpskcyaujnt.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/fosterhere/media/1166252F-8D00-4085-A782-C75E5FB3D310_zpskcyaujnt.jpg.html)

Norman Bernstein
11-10-2016, 05:11 PM
It looks cool.... but my kitchen and basement are overloaded with gadgets and appliances that MIGHT be useful, but not often enough to justify space in the kitchen cabinets. Included in the list:

An ice cream maker, which we've used to make delicious sorbets.... but only infrequently.

A paninni press.... I love a good paninni sandwhich, but it takes up a lot of space.

A breadmaker... works amazingly well, but it's big, with no place to put it.

A nice juicer... if only I could remember to buy oranges suitable for juicing.

A large electric griddle... bought to speed the process of making latkes for Hannukah, once a year.... it turns out to not heat evenly enough.

The one kitchen gadget which I REALLY like is my immersion mixer ('boat motor')... I use it when making soup, and it disassembles into two small pieces which fit neatly in a cabinet drawer.

Stiletto
11-10-2016, 06:08 PM
I have one that was a freebie with some mail order years ago. It gets very little use.

phiil
11-10-2016, 06:15 PM
I have a small (4 oz maybe) tupperware container. Put an ounce of half-and-half in it and shake like mad for 20 sec.
Latte just like Starbucks.
Cheaper, too.

Tom Montgomery
11-10-2016, 06:23 PM
Electric kitchen gadgets that I possess?

Hmmm.... Two Krups coffee grinders (one for coffee beans and one for whole spices). One KitchenAid food processor. One cheap immersion blender. One Chef's Choice waffle maker. One Chef's Choice knife sharpener.

And I think that is it.

I have been considering an electric carving knife, a blender and an ice cream maker for a few years now. I have been surviving just fine so far without them.

I had a bread machine years ago. Don't know what became of it. Don't care what became of it. It is more fun to make bread the old fashioned way. ;)

JimD
11-10-2016, 06:26 PM
We make quite a bit of ice cream using coconut milk and berries from our garden.

Captain Intrepid
11-10-2016, 06:30 PM
Not sure if it qualifies as a gadget, but some of my favorite kitchen tools are my bench scrapers. Flexible plastic and rigid steel, they're useful while cooking, baking, cleaning up, and doing dishes.

John B
11-10-2016, 06:41 PM
I have round steel bar with a handle and its a bit rough to the touch. If I whisk it up and down our go to , carbon / folded steel, bought in Brighton England from a junk shop bone handled carving knife in 1989, that knife becomes ' able to cut things that it was not able to cut mere seconds before'.
There used to be a word for this process but apparently it is incorrect. My wife calls it ' can you make that knife sharp' and I call it sharpening with the steel, but I know now that I must be wrong.

Tom Montgomery
11-10-2016, 06:59 PM
Not sure if it qualifies as a gadget, but some of my favorite kitchen tools are my bench scrapers. Flexible plastic and rigid steel, they're useful while cooking, baking, cleaning up, and doing dishes.
That is one of my favorite kitchen tools as well. I would not call it a "gadget."

This, on the other hand, is a gadget:

http://www.intlpantry.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/thumbnail/500x/b863308daa0299c94cad7bff575ff5e1/E/v/EvoMagento-380_4.jpg

The Original JarPop jar opener. It breaks the vacuum seal on jar lids which makes opening the lid easy peasy.

Mine looks just like this. $4.99.

Works like a charm. :)

Phil Y
11-10-2016, 08:59 PM
We had one of those. We lost it. We miss it.

Tom Montgomery
11-10-2016, 09:03 PM
We had one of those. We lost it. We miss it.
It is available online. :)

I would order two. ;)

BrianW
11-10-2016, 09:12 PM
A breadmaker... works amazingly well, but it's big, with no place to put it.






I had a bread machine years ago. Don't know what became of it. Don't care what became of it. It is more fun to make bread the old fashioned way. ;)

We had one of the older round shaped bread makers for years and never used it. One day I got tired of moving it around, and tossed it into the trash.

SWMBO'd was not pleased. So she bought another one, the kind that can make normal rectangular shaped bread, which costs a lot more money.

Now it sits around, doing nothing, getting in the way. I don't throw it away, I learned me lesson.

Tom Montgomery
11-10-2016, 09:24 PM
The first time I ever attempted to make bread i was about 17 years old and still living at home.

The recipe was out of page 608 of The Joy Of Cooking for Swedish rye bread.

It involved rye flour, yeast, molasses, sugar, salt, butter, grated orange rind, fennel seed, anise seed and raisins.

I followed exactly all the general directions on mixing ingredients, kneading, etc.

To my astonishment the bread was successful!

I was hooked.

pkrone
11-10-2016, 10:46 PM
Lemon-Aider

By far, the best lime or small lemon juicer I've ever used. It's stainless and strong as an ox.

http://omgshoppingnetwork.com/image/cache/catalog/lemon-aider/lemon-squeezer-premium-stainless-steel-manual-lime-wedge-press-hand-juicer-lemonaider-4-500x500.jpg
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41W1fXvyN7L.jpg

I use it every day. A quick rinse and it's ready to go.

Where did you get that? Looks pretty awesome. As an aspiring mixologist, that looks very handy. And gift-worthy to other aspiring mixologists.

Bobcat
11-10-2016, 10:55 PM
My guid wyfe had a KitchenAid standing mixer when I married her in March.

I have just started using it. What a wonderful tool.

I recently got the shredder/slicer attachments (Found them at the Goodwill) I am starting to figure out how to use them

Tom Montgomery
11-10-2016, 10:57 PM
I also have a Zyless garlic mincer:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41UJaXBT6pL.jpg

I have had it for a number of years. The design may have changed since. In any event it works great. Just toss in an unpeeled garlic clove or two and press. Remove and dispose of the detritus.

One can mince garlic with a kitchen knife, of course. But then one must peel the clove, sprinkle with salt, and spend a minute or two mincing the clove with your knife. And the garlic is sticky!

Using the mincer is so much simpler, quicker, and cleaner. I have used other mincers that are worthless. This one really works.

Tom Montgomery
11-10-2016, 11:11 PM
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Another gadget I own. The Nuance Wine Finer. It is a wine aerator that actually seems to work!
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http://www.winesetgift.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Wine-Finer_details.jpg
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Around $25.00 online. Way to expensive. Except that it works.

BrianW
11-10-2016, 11:30 PM
I'm in the market for a good mandoline. If anyone has a good suggestion. Dishwasher safe of course. ;)

Tom Montgomery
11-10-2016, 11:40 PM
This is the one I have. OXO brand. Readily available online.

https://www.oxo.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/1400x1400/8cbb9603cd1c8aa64a161403a3adb86b/1/1/1155700V2.jpg

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
11-11-2016, 01:13 AM
I'm in the market for a good mandoline. If anyone has a good suggestion. Dishwasher safe of course. ;)

They are not safe, swmbo has the scars to prove it.

pet gadgets;
Diamond sharpening stone,
Polished square rock - crushes garlic.
Hand held IR remote thermometer - easier and more accurate than a conventional sugar thermometer.

epoxyboy
11-11-2016, 01:32 AM
We have an awesome bazillion rpm juicer, that cost a packet, and has been used at least twice. After spending ten minutes to assemble the damn thing, it is quite capable of extracting juice from rocks, lumps of bronze, and ripened gronicles. Mere fruit doesnt stand a chance.
The big turn-off is the half an hour it takes to get the numerous parts clean, and figuring out how to pack them all away.

Pete

elf
11-11-2016, 01:57 AM
35 year old blender, 40 year old food processor, coffee bean grinder, coffee machine, toaster oven, microwave.

Ice cream is made with the Danvier system. Pint and half pint. The pint lives in the freezer, way in the back. Happy with Talenti.

Would like to have an under-counter freezer, don't need a chest freezer - too big. Undercounter freezers are not a domestic appliance. They sell for horrendous prices to veterinary and other similar human health labs.

Not interested in frothed milk in my coffee. Half and half for me.

goodbasil
11-11-2016, 02:11 AM
Lee Valley has a French made Mandoline for $119 US $'s.

Graeme Forrest
11-11-2016, 05:03 PM
Mandolines are superb fingertip removers. How to make coffee totally undrinkable, put milk of any sort in it.

Shang
11-11-2016, 08:14 PM
My guid wyfe had a KitchenAid standing mixer when I married her in March.

I have just started using it. What a wonderful tool.

I recently got the shredder/slicer attachments (Found them at the Goodwill) I am starting to figure out how to use them

Particularly useful for mixing ingredients for bread. It will also knead bread, but it's simpler to do that by hand. Also does several of the items contributed above, including grinding meat, although we've stopped doing that since we no longer eat dead animals.

We owned two (one at the town house, one at the lake). The daughter of a friend was setting up house keeping as she went off to college, so we gave her one of the KitchenAids.

Bobcat
11-11-2016, 08:26 PM
I have been baking bread since I was a teenager. (There were a few years that I didn't) I have always mixed and kneaded everything by hand. That may change in part.

I have not made bread with the Kitchenaid, but I have done a lot of pizza dough. I found a recipe that will allow the dough to rise on the counter in a bowl all day while I am at work. It's worked out well.

I do eat dead animals and am thinking of trying some sausage making

BrianW
11-12-2016, 01:37 AM
Lee Valley has a French made Mandoline for $119 US $'s.

Not made from wood!

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
11-12-2016, 01:45 AM
I do eat dead animals and am thinking of trying some sausage making

Making sausage from live critters may prove something of a challenge.

SMARTINSEN
11-12-2016, 07:29 AM
So I am looking for a good can opener. What is the best one?

Tom Montgomery
11-12-2016, 07:33 AM
I use a KitchenAid manual can opener.

Is it the best? I couldn't say... it is comfortable in my hand and opens cans easily.

Bobcat
11-12-2016, 08:44 AM
Making sausage from live critters may prove something of a challenge.

Good point!

Michael D. Storey
11-12-2016, 10:47 AM
I have an old osterizer. I took a spring-re-wind off of a lawn mower and mounted it where the motor was in the osterizer. Blender when you're away from electricalpower. Works great. Useless. I love it.

wizbang 13
11-12-2016, 10:59 AM
I have an old osterizer. I took a spring-re-wind off of a lawn mower and mounted it where the motor was in the osterizer. Blender when you're away from electricalpower. Works great. Useless. I love it.

ohh! thanks for that. The hand powered blender in my "Veryrude" broke after 10 batches of smashing ice cubes. I could make it much more heavy duty!!
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8701/28572422920_1840bf319e_z_d.jpg

Old Dryfoot
11-12-2016, 01:07 PM
A good quality vacuum bagger is a must have gadget. Though when used right, it's more of a tool than it is a gadget.

http://www.foodsaver.ca/dw/image/v2/AAMB_PRD/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-master-catalog/default/dw7a87b2d7/images/highres/FM2100-33HR-3.jpg?sw=400&sh=400&sm=fit

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
11-12-2016, 01:53 PM
Those things are the business for kayak or backpacking trips - the joy of dry socks - vac packed to minimal volume!

David G
11-12-2016, 03:29 PM
We had one of the older round shaped bread makers for years and never used it. One day I got tired of moving it around, and tossed it into the trash.

SWMBO'd was not pleased. So she bought another one, the kind that can make normal rectangular shaped bread, which costs a lot more money.

Now it sits around, doing nothing, getting in the way. I don't throw it away, I learned me lesson.

Hmmm... is that possible? You must tell me more. I keep getting into Dutch (and not the harbor) for the s.o.s. with my sweetie <G>

David G
11-12-2016, 03:34 PM
Here's one no one has mentioned. My bamboo pot scraper. Helps clean up cast-iron pans that have gotten crusty without resorting to soap, or scouring. Ours gets frequent use --

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1255/6147/products/bambu_Bowl_071018_2793_21_1024x1024.jpg?v=14623853 40

Breakaway
11-12-2016, 04:53 PM
Here's one no one has mentioned. My bamboo pot scraper. Helps clean up cast-iron pans that have gotten crusty without resorting to soap, or scouring. Ours gets frequent use --

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1255/6147/products/bambu_Bowl_071018_2793_21_1024x1024.jpg?v=14623853 40





How long does thta stay useful, David? Doesn't the edge get blunt?

I have some ceramic pot scrapers that are wonderful and stay sharp and effective for a long time. But not forever.
http://ep.yimg.com/ay/famousfoods-store/kyocera-ceramic-dual-scraper-14.jpg


Kevin

David G
11-12-2016, 05:39 PM
How long does thta stay useful, David? Doesn't the edge get blunt?

I have some ceramic pot scrapers that are wonderful and stay sharp and effective for a long time. But not forever.
http://ep.yimg.com/ay/famousfoods-store/kyocera-ceramic-dual-scraper-14.jpg


Kevin

When I got this one, I regarded it as a cheap ($3-4) experiment. Turns out it's a huge success. Years later, and no signs of degradation.