Your Experience With Kitchen Apparatus

I have learned more about kitchen appliances from this thread the last week than in years. I do not have an Instant Pot or Air Fryer, but I have been very curious about them. Same with a mandolin. Thanks for all the info!

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But I have a husbsnd for that!

@Flash wrote:

My sister was scared to use her mandolin as well so I sent her a pair of gloves. She too is now a mandolin convert. [www.amazon.com] is roughly what I got. My original pair a few years back was around $10, the pair I sent my sister had gotten the price down to about $8 a pair and now they are 3 pair for about $10.
So maybe someone knows what this is....

My mom has this thing - all metal - that suction cups to the counter. You put cabbage in the top of it, turn the crank, and it shreds the cabbage into a bowl that you put under it to catch it. That's how we made coleslaw when I was growing up. I got to turn the crank. No cut fingers. As I recall, there were different blades on it. I remember Mom changing the blade before we did the carrot.

Kim
Hey, found a picture of what it looks like. Although the base on Mom's looks a little different.
[www.ebay.com]

Kim
kimmiemae, that's a manual food processor.

I had a similar counter gadget that worked as a juicer. I think I got it in Mexico.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
They also have single pairs of gloves for less but yes, this seems like 'the beast' at a quite decent price. Most of the gloves are made to be worn on either hand. I only use one on the right hand as that is the hand I hold foods in to slice.

My mandolin looks like [www.amazon.com] and that is about what I paid for mine 4-5 years ago when I bought it on a shop at Gordon Food Services (GFS). If mine had a name on it, it has long ago worn off. In reality I have never used the extra blade sets that came with it, just the main slicer. The little stand that has it stand above the counter is a leg that folds under so the whole apparatus is about 1" thick when closed--and that is why I can easily store it between two knife blocks.
I used my mandoline for a few weeks then went back to my knife. Slicing my fingertip off played a big role.

@Madetoshop wrote:

Who owns and uses a mandoline? Do you love it and use it often?

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
kimmie that photo of that old fashioned food processor made me want one, even though I would not use it much because the electric is so easy. But it just looks SO cool!!!!
A little bloodletting and minor injuries in the kitchen comes with the territory. I have shaved skin with a manual vegetable peeler, cut/nicked myself many times with knives, burned myself with splattering grease as well as with grabbing a hot pan handle, punctured myself while putting raw meat onto metal skewers, etc. Isn't it handy that we heal? Of course my most frequent kitchen injury is when emptying the dishwasher, getting in a hurry and opening up still a new hole in my shin from the sharp corner on the dishwasher door.
This is what you REALLY need! [www.ebay.com]

@JASFLALMT wrote:

kimmie that photo of that old fashioned food processor made me want one, even though I would not use it much because the electric is so easy. But it just looks SO cool!!!!
I agree. Electric is easier. That thing is a beast, though. I should get it out for old time's sake.

@JASFLALMT wrote:

kimmie that photo of that old fashioned food processor made me want one, even though I would not use it much because the electric is so easy. But it just looks SO cool!!!!

Kim
Flash, I have countless burns on my hands and arms from my oven rack! Despite this happening for years, I still don't use the oven mitts which are in reaching distance.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
Two houses ago, a manual, hand-crank meat and food grinder was found hiding in the corner of deep kitchen cabinet. It's cast iron, clamps to the counter and has three blades. Don't know why I've schlepped it around, always finding a place for it. I've never used it.
I was telling Ann about looking for a stand mixer like my moms old sunbeam and that for some reason I have the two glass Fire King bowls that came with them. She said they were her mothers and her old mixer should be here somewhere. I bet its boxed up in the attic. It would be a hoot to find it.

I enjoy awkward questions and uncomfortable silences. This gas station pavement is $%^@*#& hot.
Hello, fellow Shoppers! Does anyone out there have experience with an appliance that is a regular coffee maker, and also an espresso maker, from ground coffee - an appliance with 2 sections? Thank you, Ms. Convir19 positive, and being quarentined.
I was given a combo coffee maker years ago. It made both regular coffee and expresso and had a steam arm to steam milk. Took up lots of counter top real estate and did nothing well. My real preference for expresso is the stove top pot like [www.amazon.com] My real preference is a standard Mr. Coffee type pot. I do have an electric expresso maker but I don't personally like the coffee as much as from the stove top pot.

Edited to add: If you are looking for specific use instructions for an appliance you own but do not have a manual for, at this point you can google the brand and model number on line and most all of the old manuals are available in pdf form.

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I am still wanting a counter top convection oven but am placated for the moment after ordering the mandolin (thank you Flash and everyone) and gloves on Amazon. The one I had my eye on was a Cuisinart that was twice as much. For $30, I will try the mandoline WITH GLOVES.
I am skeptical these days about Cuisinart. They used to produce excellent products but for the past decade nothing I have bought with their name on it has held up. Big beautiful frying pan I paid a fortune for even though it was on a half price clearance buckled on the stove within weeks (no, I never plunge a hot pan in cold water). I took my rubber mallet and flattened the bottom. Soon after, it buckled again. Rinse and repeat a half dozen times and a letter to Cuisinart explaining that the store I purchased from had gone out of business provided me with the offer that if I mailed the pan to them they would check it and if it was a manufacturer defect they would replace it, but to be sure to enclose a check for return mailing of my pan if I wanted it back. A nylon coated whisk (to use in a Teflon pan) the nylon peeled off after a couple of uses. Meanwhile my almost 25 year old Cuisinart food processor continues working just fine.
My first blender was an Osterizer I got from eBay to make adult drinks. It kept up as my cooking skills evolved. Over 10 years later, I got a new, pretty Cuisinart blender. It conked out after a few smoothies.

"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
Maybe the inferior pieces were a different series. I experienced that with a skillet I bought at Kohl's many years ago. Mine was okay, but disappointing. The same skillet I bought was about twice as expensive at Williams-Sonoma. Turns out that it was not the same skillet. I forget the names of the different series, but something like Chef's or Professional.

I had a similar experience with a Honeywell thermostat. I bought it at Home Depot. Had to replace it twice within five years. An electrician friend told me that the ones he carried on his truck were the same brand, but not sold at box stores. I was skeptical, but the one he installed will probably outlast the HVAC unit.
The different quality products under the same brand name has been an issue for some time. We were introduced to that with the John Deere tractors sold at Home Depot and the ones sold at the John Deere dealership. The dealership does not have the models sold at HD and does not even want to work on them. We were going through a small tractor here every 2-3 years as long as we were using the ones sold by places such as Home Depot or Tractor Supply. Once we bought a Deere from the dealership we paid the price of about 3 of those cheapie ones. Fourteen years later it continues running well and doing the jobs it was intended to do.

Same issue with a Price Pfister faucet from Home Depot and a Moen. Once we bought 'more expensive' faucets from a real plumbing supply place we have not needed to replace them further.
When I had to replace my blender I chose an Oster. I figured I might very well hate it but it would last forever. Still going strong 5 years later and I dont hate it. Yet.

I enjoy awkward questions and uncomfortable silences. This gas station pavement is $%^@*#& hot.
I have everything from a pressure cooker to an Insta Pot. Air fryer, ice cream maker, sandwich maker, abskiever pan, toaster, microwave, yogurt maker, mandolin, all kinds of graters, Nutri Bullet, Ninja, an Oster blender and a steamer. I rarely use the microwave now. Barring the microwave, I do use all my appliances on a fairly regular basis. The mandolin slicer comes out only for making potato chips in the summers that I dry and keep for the whole year. I prefer to keep it tucked away since the day my husband sliced his finger. He wanted to make a salad for me. Never again.

Just remembered: I have a juicer, toosmiling smiley

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I had forgotten ice cream maker until you mentioned it. I have a Cuisinart ice cream maker. I really like it. I can buy erythritol and make delicious sugar free ice cream. I generally only use it in the summer because it all gets eaten as soon as I make it LOL.

I enjoy awkward questions and uncomfortable silences. This gas station pavement is $%^@*#& hot.
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