YOU can live without these 10 kitchen items!

BREAD MACHINE
You can buy mediocre bread easily enough, or make the real thing without much practice.

MICROWAVE
If you do a lot of reheating or fast (and damaging) defrosting, you may want one. But essential? No. And think about that counter space!

STAND MIXER
Unless you’re a baking fanatic, it takes up too much room to justify it. A good whisk or a crummy handheld mixer will do fine.

BONING/FILLETING KNIVES
Really? You’re a butcher now? Or a fishmonger? If so, go ahead, by all means. But I haven’t used my boning knife in years. (It’s pretty, though.)

WOK
Counterproductive without a good wok station equipped with a high-B.T.U. burner. (There’s a nice setup at Bowery Restaurant Supply for $1,400 if you have the cash and the space.)

STOCKPOT
The pot you use for boiling pasta will suffice, until you start making gallons of stock at a time.

PRESSURE COOKER
It’s useful, but do you need one? No.

ANYTHING MADE OF COPPER
More trouble than it’s worth, unless you have a pine-paneled wall you want to decorate.

RICE COOKER
Yes, if you eat rice twice daily. Otherwise, no.

COUNTER TOP CONVECTION OVEN, ROTISSERIE, OR “ROASTER”
Only if you’re a sucker for late-night cooking infomercials.

I feel pretty good because I only have two of those items. The rice cooker which I cannot do without and copper pots. I agree with the article because I hate cleaning them!!!!!

Comments

Even though I haven't used my bread machine in months and months ... I've tried making my own bread and the result was paperweights!

Microwave ovens are necessary for house value. ;D Just in case one needs to sell her house in a hurry, everyone wants an over-the-stove installed microwave!

I'm not sure what a boning knife looks like! I'm sure I have one, and I use it for other things.

Amen for the stock pot. Mine is so big I have to wash it in the bath tub! I only use it to brine a turkey.

Pressure cookers scare the *#^@% outta me!
Mary said…
Shut your mouth! You CANNOT live without a microwave! :)
Supermom said…
HA HA!!! I didn't make the list!!!

Perhaps you could put the "paperweights" on ebay. LOL

BTW, you can live without a micro because I don't have one.

~running away with my evil laugh~