Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 26 to 50 of 55

Thread: Kitchen ware I wish I hadn't bought

  1. #26
    Power Poster sewbizgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    20,318
    I think when we are young we need to collect all that kitchen stuff. Now that we are older, we constantly want to get rid of stuff to have less and less. We learn how much our possessions 'possess' us!
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewbizgirl
    Boom 20 Album of Blocks I made to swap https://www.quiltingboard.com/member...bums19942.html
    "The reward of a thing well done is having done it." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. #27
    Power Poster sewbizgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    20,318
    Quote Originally Posted by JuneBillie View Post
    Though I am not much into gadgets I do love my dishes, teapots, cute odd dishes I find.,etc. I have a new set of gorgeous coffee mug size cups my son bought me, and they are so pretty. I have Christmas mugs in a special cabinet that me and my husband started when we first got married. We would buy each other one that are those sculpted type mugs for our hot chocolate. I have one coffee cup he had made for me with pictures on it. Other mugs for hot or cold drinks that my son would bring back for us from where he went to a fly in. I have all kinds of pretty serving dishes that I love. So I am only a minimalist when it comes to gadgets. lol...I have some clear dishes that were used in cafes a long time ago that you don't see anymore. They are little ones that are shaped where you have a section for a tiny food, a place for a cup or glass, and a third place that's a mystery. lol...
    You are after my own heart with the dishes, etc., Susan... I do have lots of old sentimental dishes and little planters I have collected. They make my kitchen homey to me. My favorite kitchen stuff is my collection of Pyrex colored bowls and casseroles from the 50's. I started with the pieces that were my Mom's and that I remember eating out of every dinner time... and then I've added to those whenever I find good pieces I can afford. I'll keep all of that until I die!
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewbizgirl
    Boom 20 Album of Blocks I made to swap https://www.quiltingboard.com/member...bums19942.html
    "The reward of a thing well done is having done it." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  3. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    Posts
    935
    I'm the same way. I used to be a sucker for kitchen and sewing tools and gadgets. I have no need for "stuff".

  4. #29
    Super Member Roberta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    China, ME.
    Posts
    2,916
    Blog Entries
    1
    The worse purchase I ever made was from a TV selling channel. It was a Keurig Vue coffee machine. They stated the packs could be purchased anywhere and they were coming out with a refillable little cup, neither of which happened. Instead they stopped making the Vue model in a short period of time so I'm stuck with the expensive machine and some unused boxes of the packs, ugh !

  5. #30
    Super Member Latrinka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Slidell, Louisiana
    Posts
    6,946
    Quote Originally Posted by travelinggramma View Post
    When your children are looking for a gift - ask them for a gift of time. ASk them to plan an outing for you all. this could mean a picnic in the park, a show, dinner at their home, ,,,anything but things.
    Yes, definitely agree with this! Or fabric, of course you can't go wrong with that!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

  6. #31
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Keller, TX
    Posts
    1,464
    Try that pressure cooker! They are wonderful! Carrots cook in 3 minutes...roasts are so tender......please try.

  7. #32
    Super Member dotcomdtcm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    New York City UWS
    Posts
    4,488
    I love useful kitchen tools. With my arthritis in hands & shoulder, I love my Kitchenaid, spiralizer attachment, electric juice squeezer, & 7 place cherry pitter. I have a closet full of baking pans. But then I love to cook & entertain!
    Dotty in NYC

  8. #33
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    TN
    Posts
    809
    We have recently started to declutter and get rid of stuff we don't use. I had tons of cooking utensils, all kinds of baking pans that got donated since I don't bake anymore. I used to bake a lot with the grandkids when they were little but they are grown and gone. The grocery stores sell great baked goods, great deli salads and one of my favorites rotisserie chicken. I have nothing on my counters except the Keurig, and a toaster.

  9. #34
    Super Member plainpat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Mid-West
    Posts
    3,838
    Blog Entries
    11
    Thanks everyone. Very interesting. My cookbook collection was huge.We stopped at a couple book publshers to stock up.Our DDs took what they wanted & the rest went to a church sale.
    Did someone say " buy fabric?"oh,my.....fabric & tons & tons of sewing stuff is my next clearance problem.Been having shoulder/neck problems.Very doubtful I will ever be able to sew again.Mad at myself for getting so carried away.....'must have been a hoarder in another life
    Pat

  10. #35
    Super Member Evelynquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Ct.
    Posts
    4,109
    I have so many cookbooks I store then in my garage

  11. #36
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    1,978
    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Diana View Post
    Try that pressure cooker! They are wonderful! Carrots cook in 3 minutes...roasts are so tender......please try.
    Pork chops, chicken for soup, so many many things.

  12. #37
    Super Member purplefiend's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Round Rock,Texas
    Posts
    6,136
    Quote Originally Posted by canmitch1971 View Post
    The most useless gadget I have ever had was a fondue pot. We might have used it twice in 45 years.. My Mother got us a pressure cooker that I have never used also...I am afraid of it.
    I love cooking with my pressure cookers, they're useful tools. They're nothing to be afraid of as long as you follow the directions and use it properly.

  13. #38
    Senior Member Notwendy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI from Columbia, SC
    Posts
    368
    I love large serving pieces (bowls, platters and oversized plates) and pretty dessert plates. I think I could serve 60 people cake and display a long table or three of nibbles. But I'm not patient enough to cook. When I'm hungry I don't want to wait hours. And when I'm not hungry I have no interest.

    We keep a few small appliances. Some see almost daily use (Keurig, toaster oven, microwave). Others less often (George Forman grill, electric wok, tea kettle, small burner that only works with metal pans, rice cooker/steamer). I have most of the items because we don't have a stove/oven. Why keep something that large to mainly boil water?

    I put a bookshelf in its spot where I keep my boxes of scraps and my quilting/sewing books. Much better use of the space. : )
    'Tacky' does not necessarily refer to the quality of adhesiveness.

  14. #39
    Power Poster JuneBillie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    In God's Kingdom
    Posts
    12,498
    Blog Entries
    1
    I use to have a pressure cooker years ago, and I used it all the time. It did cook the best fall off the bone meat, and held in all the flavor. I remember at first being afraid of it, but after about the second time, I never was afraid to use it again. It was very safe.

    Now days it's mostly my crock pot. I got it when I was still teaching so I could put something on before I left and it would be done when I returned home.

  15. #40
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    1,811
    I love kitchen gadgets! I have a ton, and use a ton of them! I have slicers, and dicers, and mixers and strainers, and lots of spatulas! I have serving pieces and seasonal pieces and most of my Moms and MIL's things. Fortunately I have a lot of storage and know where most things are. I'm the go to person when anyone in the family needs something for a party. Crockpots, roasters, pressure cookers, rotisseries, coffee makers and presses... if they need it I probably have it!! I hate to think of downsizing!!

  16. #41
    Super Member sharin'Sharon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    northeast NE
    Posts
    1,066
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I love cooking with my pressure cookers, they're useful tools. They're nothing to be afraid of as long as you follow the directions and use it properly.
    A year ago for Christmas, we gave our grown four children's families a Cuisinart electric pressure cooker and they LOVE them. A month ago, we finally purchased one for ourselves. It is super...nothing to be scared of. We bought their cookers because of their busy lifestyles and short times to prepare meals which led them to picking up fast food all too often. With a brief steam build up time and 30 minutes they can have a complete tasty meat, potato & vegetable meal for a much less cost than eating out.

  17. #42
    Super Member jmoore's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Boothbay Maine
    Posts
    8,253
    Blog Entries
    2
    I do a lot of cooking and own a kitchenware store... needless to say I have access to a lot of gadgets but I prefer to pay good money for a quality product (spatulas, mixers or otherwise) that are going to last me...
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

  18. #43
    Super Member coopah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Horse Country, FL
    Posts
    7,270
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by NoraB View Post
    I have been gifted many cookbooks. Hmmmmmm....maybe there's a message in there somehow! Anyway, those take up so much room in my pantry and I don't think I've used half of them. I'm thinking of moving them somewhere else so I can put food in the pantry. Where do you all store your cookbooks?
    Too funny! We used to buy my MIL cookbooks, but they never helped her much! She wanted to cook fancy and we wanted to eat plain. To answer, I store my cookbooks in a small kitchen cupboard. We got rid of most cookbooks during our last move. If I want a recipe now, I check out the Internet. Times sure have changed!
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

  19. #44
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Ashtabula County, Ohio NE Corner
    Posts
    377
    My son got us a hot Chocolate maker that is supposed to make it frothy ? ? ? I think we have used it 2 times in the last 8 years... its gotta go, and so is the Quesadilla maker, it doesn't allow much room for the thickness of every thing we want to put in... so its going too, I use my Black Iron Skillet more. One I do use is the Smoothie maker because we don't have a Good Blender.. and my favorite is the mini chopper I use only for nuts...
    Friend who can share your laughter and tears are the only ones you need.

  20. #45
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Lumby, British Columbia
    Posts
    2,743
    I agree with the shreader attachment for our kitchen aid. I never use it. Use everything else we own. I will never buy another, but I bought a spritzer bottle, that you put your own oil in. Well it clogged up after a couple months. So I bought another more expensive model, and the same thing happened. I volunteer at our local thrift store. The most usless items we get on a regular basis are, electric vegetable streamers, the slap chop, sandwich presses, single expresso makers, and egg cookers. We can't even sell them, nobody wants them. We used to give our retired parents delicious food hampers. We filled it with items we knew they liked. Jam, pickles, mustards, canned fish, crackers, cheeses etc. The loved it.

  21. #46
    Super Member Luv Quilts and Cats's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    3,704
    I never used the nice Cuisinart food processor I bought. I found it easier and faster to just cut things with a knife. And no machine to clean up. I also bought a 6 quart Nescoe cooker years ago, have not used it once. Still have it though. One thing I bought and did not like was an electric stir fry pan. Never worked right. I do have a Keurig coffee maker though, and would not give it up for the world. It has made me somewhat of a coffee snob. LOL! I bought the little cup thing that you can put your own coffee in. The coffee comes out thick and tastes like mud. So I only use the K cups now. When on the road I bring my coffee with me or get it at a coffee place.
    Luv Quilts and Cats
    Never underestimate the healing effects of beauty. - Florence Nightingale

  22. #47
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Lowell, MA
    Posts
    14,087
    I've been guilty of the same thing, although my DH is the one who used to buy all the various gadgets that came on the market; thankfully, because of very little room and very little money, that has stopped.

  23. #48
    Senior Member Bren's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    927
    I LOVE cookbooks and really have a problem getting rid of any of them. I have the complete set of Southern Living annual cookbooks going back to 1979 and use them a lot. I also buy regional cookbooks when we travel, and I simply can't resist church and guild cookbooks. I counted one time and had close to 200 before I managed to donate a few to our church rummage sale! I really enjoy cooking, but don't buy or use a lot of gadgets.
    Bren
    Change is inevitable; growth is optional

  24. #49
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Norfolk, VA
    Posts
    5,416
    Blog Entries
    1
    What drives me crazier is now that my daughter is living with me again, I can't find anything. I've always like everything in its own cabinet/drawer. The plastic ware gets its lids put on before going into cabinet, I hate looking for them. She was raised like this, and at her home, she keeps things organized but not at mine. Our heads are getting ready to butt, really hard.
    Judy

  25. #50
    Banned
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Victorian Sweatshop Forum
    Posts
    4,098
    I used to have or want every gadget out there, but as I've grown older I've downsized considerably. The two kitchen gadgets I could not live without are my Salad Shooter and my Veg O Matic. I also have a George Foreman grill but did you know a waffle iron works just as well? Hehe a chicken breast looks odd when you take it out but tastes just as good!

    Cari

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.