My Kitchen Gets Used!

Posted on May 2, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Food - Well-used KitchenMy neighbor wondered if I wanted to buy her fancy-shmancy countertop hot air oven.  She was cleaning out her house after losing her husband; reorganizing everything and getting rid of things she doesn’t use.  Hmmm…there’s the rub.  She didn’t use this contraption, and yet, she thought I might want it.  Little did she know how much I detest unused kitchen gadgets/appliances.

Here is a picture of my kitchen sink area right now.  That’s the French press coffee makers from this morning, the food processor and mixer bowl with assorted measuring cups and spoons from a batch of granola bars I put together, and the blender parts from a lunch smoothie I made all drying after their washing.   I do have quite a few gadgets and appliances for the kitchen, but I use them all.  And I love it best when I use almost all of them in the same day as here!

Whenever I hear about or see some new amazing gadget that will make my life wonderful, I try to think hard about how it will be either better than what I have right now, or how it will completely change the way I do something for the better.  Well, a countertop hot air oven?  Why do I have a regular oven, then?  How will I store it?  Probably way deep underneath somewhere or in the basement.  That’s a recipe for never using it!  These items above live on my kitchen counter or on the cart that gives me more counter space right there in the kitchen.  I don’t have to bend deeply or do stairs to get at them.

When I was getting married my aunt wanted to get me an electric frying pan.  This is a nonsensical idea to me.  I have a stove and frying pans.  Why would I need an electric frying pan in addition?  I had to talk hard and fast to get her to see my point of view.  She couldn’t imagine life without one.  I told her I would return it and buy something I really want!  The pan never materialized.  Same story with “high ball” glasses.  She said, “But what will you do when you have someone over who asks for a high ball?”  I said, “They will drink what I have available.  I will never have high balls available as I don’t plan on having a fully-stocked bar!”  I guess in her day that was a great faux-pas.  Now I think people are fine when you say what you have and they pick from the list of available drinks.  Poor auntie, I wasn’t very nice about it even then, 20 years ago.  I’m a fierce defender of my small kitchen storage space!

I have been lured by the idea of a great new gadget, though.  For a time I was a consultant for a home party-based kitchen gadget company.  I acquired many of their products.  By now I have decommissioned most of them.  The keepers?  Stoneware pans.  I love them.  A killer garlic press and a few other things.  Not much, though, as much of it was made of plastic or nonstick surfaces.  I’ve gotten rid of anything that could poison me!

A small kitchen can work really efficiently with tools that are actually used to make the jobs of cooking at home easier.  I always like to think of how much money I save by cooking at home instead of eating out.  The savings definitely more than justifies any kitchenware purchase that will get used and save effort.

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