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My turn---

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of:
I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastrybrushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, eggpoachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slowcookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

I would say that all the things in Bold I actually use often. Most of them have several or many uses.

The thing I use most of all is a cast iron frying pan. It is a really big one, about 5 inches deep, and maybe 16 across. I can bake, boil, fry, and pretty much anything else in it. And it is perfect as a big stable bottom for double boiling.

The best thing is: I did not buy it. Husband and I were sent to Norfolk Virginia in 1987. We moved into a terrible neglected little house in the scarey part of town. The grass in the yard was knee high. We went to mow the lawn, but we had to remove debris first. There were buckets, and car parts, and all sorts of things back there. We had to check carefully, we could not see the ground and did not want to run into anything with the lawn mower.

At the very last minute, we found the frying pan. It didn't look like much. It was orange with rust. But husband fixed it up with a grinding wheel. With all the rust removed and some oil rubbed on and off, it looked like new. I know it seems strange to find kitchen equipment, but I could not see any logical reason not to take and  use it.

I have used it at least 3 times a week ever since.


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Sep. 24th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
oh this is going to be fun....

egg boiler...I call that a pan with enough water to cover the eggs!

I couldn't live without my heavy bottomed frying pan either. I use it for so many things

there is one missing from the list : micro-wave oven....I have one, can't remember when I last resorted to using it to defrost something quickly; it takes up space but I haven't had the chance to take it to the electrical goods recycling place!

Edited at 2012-09-24 12:46 pm (UTC)
Sep. 24th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
Cast iron skillets are the BEST. They last forever, if they rust it's simple to remove it (steel wool, sandpaper, grinder, depending on the level of rust), you can use any utensil at all without worrying, and the more you use them the better they get.
Sep. 24th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
I adore my skillet. I sometimes wonder how it came to be there. It was completely invisible in the tall grass. (Imagine hitting it with the lawn mower!) I cannot believe anyone would get rid of one on purpose. And even back then they were expensive. So, it is a mystery. I forgot to add, I also make biscuits in it.
Sep. 24th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Huh. Maybe the large ones are expensive, but as cookware goes, cast iron is a BARGAIN. Especially if you just buy one or two pans and not a set. The fancy stainless steel with the copper layer in the bottom, or the Calphalon anodized aluminum, THOSE are expensive. The only other ones that are both inexpensive and useful are the thick plain aluminum ones they use in restaurants. Thin stainless like RevereWare, and most cheap nonsticks, you might as well just put your money on the stove directly for all the performance you get out of them.
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Sep. 24th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
My Hubby is the 'cook' and 'baker' here and he has most of these gadgets. He uses most of them, too. We have a drawer for the stuff he uses all the time, and a box for the 'once-in-a-while items.

We LOVE our cast iron! Hubby has a big skillet and also a small kettle. We bought both at a "camping/outdoor" store, at about half the price of the big fancy $$$ cooking store!! We clean them with salt, which draws out any grease or moisture, then wipe them lightly with a bit of cooking oil on paper towel to preserve them.
Sep. 24th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
cast iron is the best and yes - clean pans with salt.and clean pans you have boiled water in using vinegar.
I use earthenware pots in the oven and a cast iron on the top of the stove.
I love having fun with the 'false friend' names of cooking utensils. a casserole is a pan in France and a covered pot (or a stew) in the UK but in the US it is an open dish - which in France (and the UK) we would call a 'gratin' dish or in Provence a 'tian' and in the South West a 'cassoulet' - and all 3 give their names to the dishes cooked in them.
Sep. 24th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
Your skillet sounds fabulous, though I suspect it would be wasted on me. I try to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible :}

PS Wots a jam funnel?!
Sep. 24th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
It is a funnel with a cup-like top, used to pour boiling jam where you want it. Then you quickly make with the rubber ring things, and the paraffin, which has been briskly boiling too.
I got mine from my mom.

I do have to say, I never use it for jam. I find it good for non liquid, but sort of slidy goopy items that need funneling. (Son used for beer sparging, too.)

And now I am having a sort of Edward II jam funnel picture, complete with naked Bunting. I may never recover. I may have to throw out my jam funnel.
Sep. 24th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
And now I am having a sort of Edward II jam funnel picture, complete with naked Bunting. I may never recover. I may have to throw out my jam funnel.

...when anyone mentions a turkey baster I crack up!
Sep. 24th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
I think I messed up. I italic'd the ones I do not have. I bolded the ones I have and use. Sorry for the confuzzling.
Sep. 24th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
used to pour boiling jam where you want it.
Where would you want to pour boiling jam? Is this some kind of weird torture?!

Then you quickly make with the rubber ring things, and the paraffin, which has been briskly boiling too.
Eh? WTF?

Edward II jam funnel picture, complete with naked Bunting.
Ewwwww! Did you really have to impart that charming mental image?! XD
Sep. 24th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry about that.

The funnel, the jam and the wax are for home jam canning. Canning is supposed to be as clean and quick as possible, to eliminate bacteria. So combining it with some weird sex torture would probably be unwise.

I am sure naked Bunting is relived to hear that!
Sep. 25th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love the story of your iron pan. I and my mother often say that this kind of cookware is really inexpensive when we consider how long we can use it!
Sep. 25th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
That is a very good point. I got good value too, as it was free!
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