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CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (3,734)
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2/22/13 4:52 P

I have INCREASED my kitchen gadgets since starting this path to healthy living. One doesn't need much in the way of gadgets to eat out, pop in a frozen meal, open all those snack bags and packaged cakes, cookies, etc.....

But to make my low fat, roasted red pepper humus on a regular basis that food processor helps insure that I will continue to cook/ make my own foods. My kitchen scale insures that I will face my portions, etc.

I cook so much more now and it helps to be able to cook meals quickly and enjoyably.

Soooo....... Bring on the kitchen gadgets. They are my friends!

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,734
2/22/13 1:51 P

I like to think of my kitchen gadgets as "power tools for cooking". After all, DH could saw a piece of wood without a power saw, and men constructed things for years without electric drills and sanders and all that. It just makes it go faster and I think sometimes encourages us to do more than we otherwise would, if we had to do it all by hand.

I've got an immersion blender (when my "regular" blender died, I bought the immersion one to replace it, as I wanted to be able to just stick it down into a pot of pea soup to thicken it up) and a hand mixer and the standard toaster, plus a coffee maker. And a coffee grinder plus another grinder just for spices. I have an electric knife (it was a gift) that I almost never use. Mostly because I'm a klutz and although I can indeed cut myself with a regular knife, I could do a LOT more damage really fast, with the electric one. My DH would be happy if I got rid of it.

Had a 3-cup food processor, I reckon they call them "food choppers" or something when they're that small. (Also a gift.) But it didn't work very well and I ended up only using it to chop homemade sweet pickles. Even then it mostly left a lot of large chunks. It died and I gladly threw it away. So maybe if I got a really good, small food processor?

Used to have a bread maker and when it died, I just started making bread by hand and I really like it. Seems so.... idk, salt of the earth or something.

I must say though that there are good, healthy recipes that I skip over because I do not want to do all the "hand work" required, because I don't have the "power tool" that would make it less work. (lol. That was really wordy and probably doesn't make any sense.)

I've got a crock pot which I use and a waffle maker which I rarely use. And one of those food saver vacuum seal things, that always seems like more trouble to drag out, than it's worth. Another gift. I do not like to have stuff sitting out on my counters-- if I had my way, the counters would be totally bare and I'd have all that square footage just waiting for me to get out ingredients and start cooking.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 48,892
2/21/13 9:45 P

I think that it COULD take the meaning out of what we cook but on the other hand it could also encourage us to be more creative, more experimental with foods that are healthy but "HARD WORK" For me, if it makes my son enjoy the kitchen more, it is worth it. I always pooh-poohed his desire for a stand mixer and then one day I made my cookies in it - and then instead of using a spoon like I always did, I used his little scoop and things went so fast - I was IMMEDIATELY converted to his way of thinking. I used to cook a lot but since my son does our cooking now, I don't do much except around the holidays and I love the convenience that the gadgets provide and the time they save,

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (128,348)
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2/21/13 7:48 P

I'm quite old fashioned, I guess. I avoid most gadgets. I have an old waffle iron (plates reverse to make a grill) that I use for grilled cheese sandwiches. I have a slow cooker that I use at least once a week, year round. I have a toaster oven which I often use instead of the big oven (there are only 2 of us), and a basic coffee perc. We have a food processer which we almost never use, and I wouldn't buy one again.

SARAHANN01 SparkPoints: (1,660)
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2/21/13 6:53 P

I personally find my food processor to be pretty valuable. I don't use it daily, but when I want to make a fresh, homemade salsa it's very helpful. I also like using it to chop up healthy foods (zucchini, onions, garlic, mushrooms, etc) into really small pieces to add to turkey burgers or other dishes using ground meat. I guess it all depends on how you use it.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
2/21/13 4:18 P

My food processer died a couple years ago, and mostly I don't miss it except for one thing - grating beets for borscht. OH how i miss clean-hands beet prep!!!

I do have an immersion blender, which is very convenient for making a smooth soup, in a way that you just can't get with a hand-masher.

Most of the kitchen gadgets are actually more work than they save (they are almost always annoying to disassemble and clean - whereas a knife and cutting board can be quickly and easily rinsed or dumped in the dishwasher.


SARAHMO4 SparkPoints: (1,613)
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2/21/13 3:23 P

Missruth, I have a small 3 cup food process or and its great for onions. Its used for that and to puree other foods I wont put in my blender.

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,734
2/21/13 2:56 P

You know, I was just thinking about this type of thing. I don't have a food processor and I was thinking (well ok, I was surfing the 'net doing some "window shopping") of getting one. And then last night when I chopped (with a knife) a bunch of vegetables for soup, I got to thinking, would I appreciate the food and the work that goes into making it, if I could just press a bunch of buttons and have the work done for me.

And then I thought, well right now I have plenty of time to chop tons of stuff because I don't work in the winter. But when I AM working, it sure would encourage me to eat more vegetables if it wasn't so time-consuming to fix them, when I don't have time. sigh. idk. I think I'll probably buy a food processor before I go back to work. But I definitely don't need an electric cheese grater. ; )

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2/21/13 2:44 P

I was thinking about everything I had in my kitchen after looking at a cooking store and all of the gadgets they had. The basic essentials to electric cheeses graters, food processors and other weird stuff. Does anyone else ever wonder if appliances like a food processor or electric cheese grater help bad habits form or not so great eating habits? I dont mean anything bad, too me they just take the work out of cooking. I end up eating more and appreciate food less because of what I didnt do and how easy everything was to make it. I wonder if its just me that has a hard time eating healthier when I can pay for food that has a lot of the work taken out because of a machine or convenience in some way.Any thought or comments would be appreciated.

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