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What are some common kitchen appliance you don't own and why?

Oct 26, 2017
13,446
#1
I don't own a toaster. I'm not anti bread or anything. I do buy bread. I just don't really need to toast the bread. If I want a hot sandwich I just press it on my cast iron skillet. I also don't eat bagels much. Those must be toasted and the stove top option for toasting is not as good. I don't have a toaster oven either.

I also don't have a food processor. I see these things in cooking shows all the time. But I can do most of that they do be hand or using a blender, which I do have. They look awful to clean as well if you're without a dishwasher.

And, of course, I don't own an electric kettle. I don't drink tea ever so no need. I rarely need to boil water quickly either.

What are some common kitchen appliance you don't own and why?
 

janusff

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
7,154
Austin, TX
#2
I don't own a toaster. I'm not anti bread or anything. I do buy bread. I just don't really need to toast the bread. If I want a hot sandwich I just press it on my cast iron skillet. I also don't eat bagels much. Those must be toasted and the stove top option for toasting is not as good. I don't have a toaster oven either.
how do you live with yourself?
 

Shugga

Banned
Member
Oct 25, 2017
14,340
#3
Toaster and food processor but imo those don't count as common kitchen appliances
Dishwasher tho I don't own.
 

EkStatiC

Banned
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Oct 27, 2017
1,241
Greece
#11
I don't own a coffe machine/maker.

When i drink coffe at home (every day) i make a traditional Greek/Turkish or a Frappe, for both of them a machine is not necessery.
 
Oct 28, 2017
1,050
#13
Blender. I don't drink smoothies or make pureed soups. If I need to break down any ingredient I'll use my food processor.

The method for cleaning a food processor and not feeling like it's a total drag:
1. Hot water. Very hot water. It'll cut any fats/oils that may have adhered to the plastics.
2. A towel, drying mat, or drying rack where you can let the food processor air dry completely. You just set it there and let it do its thing

That's it. That said, I will only pull out the food processor when there are no other alternatives suited to the task. The idea of using a contraption with multiple parts still makes my mind a little tired. But that's why I have a hand immersion blender and a mini Ninja food processor. They're great for salsas and other small tasks.
 

C.Mongler

The Fallen
Oct 27, 2017
1,116
Washington, DC
#14
An automated drip coffee maker, though that might be a cop-out answer as I have a french press and a ceramic pour over dropper.

I don't own an electric mixer, though truth be told I would like to get one at some point.
 
Oct 30, 2017
514
#17
I threw away my old-ass toaster and microwave. That was a few years ago and I still haven't come around to getting new ones. Managing to cook just fine without them, surprisingly! I might get a microwave in the near future, as reheating meals is so much easier with one.
 
Oct 25, 2017
6,644
#18
We don't own a toaster anymore and it pisses me off. My wife got a toaster oven and threw away our old Black & Decker toaster. Toaster ovens are fine but they're way more complex than a toaster and we already have a full oven and so it's just this piece of huge kitchen hardware that we don't use at all, where as I used to use the toaster at least once a week.

But my wife was so gung-ho about a toaster oven as a wedding registry gift, I have no idea why. She's used it like twice in a year. It takes for ever to heat up, heats unevenly, you have to fucking flip stuff half the time, it's too small to really heat something large, too large for what it's usually heating which is like, bread-shaped things. I suppose it'd be fine for making toasted sandwiches, but I'd just use the oven for that... We also have a premium on counter-space, and so having this microwave-sized toaster oven is so inefficient use of space for something we never use, is harder to clean. ALSO the goddam thing gets SUPER HOT on the sides. And you have to preheat the fucking thing? I just want toasted bread, or a bagel, or an english muffin. Why the fuck would I Want to turn a 3-4minute exercise into an 11-minute exercize? For fucks sake.

But because I kinda protested about the toaster oven and she won that baattle out of stubbornness, it's not something I could ever bring up again or she'd flip. Probably take the whole unit and throw it out in the trash outside and then we'd have neither a toaster oven nor a toaster.

We have mostly everything else (I've got a fucking fry-a-lator and a panini press for godsakes). We don't have a Sous vide, no interest in it at this point. I'd also like to buy a new outdoor grill, my old shitty home depot grill that I bought when I bought my house 10 years ago is hitting the limits of its durability. I really want to get a nice new Weber grill, and I probabyl will, but I don't want feel like dropping $1000 on one... but I still probably will.
 
Oct 25, 2017
227
#22
I don't own a mixer. I don't bake and I can get by doing it by hand if it's necessary for something.

I don't own a toaster. I have a toaster oven.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,876
#23
"sadly" we don't have a Microwave in our new apartment, but rather one of these fancy ass steam / convection ovens. (in addition to the regular 'oven' oven). Which is great and all, but sometimes i just wanna heat up cold soup or coffee from 1 hour ago, right in the cup, in 30 seconds. Or have some microwave pop-corn.

I miss that convenience. Though the induction stove certainly helps.



Beyond that - we have a Blender, a KitchenAid Artisan, two coffee makers (drip + nespresso), a Nespresso milk foamer, a Crock pot (that collects dust), a mixer, a toaster, a Soda Stream ... a coffee grinder, an electric kettle ...

We don't have a waffle iron or any of these 'fold down' (George Forman style) grills - but i have those little toaster bags that let you make grilled cheese sandwiches in your (vertical) toaster.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,981
#24
I only use the microwave and toaster. I've been seriously considering donating the few unused appliances I do have to a thrift store, because they're just a hassle for when I have to move.
 
Oct 27, 2017
842
Virginia
#27
Coffee machine. I didn't drink coffee often enough to need one, but I got a Keurig as a gift once. After a year, I gave it away since it took up space and wasn't used often enough. Now I have a french press and bean grinder which are easy to clean, inexpensive, and small enough to shove in a cabinet when not in use.

I love toasters. I don't use it often, but if I have bread, I need it toasted. I have a small manual food processor which is really easy to clean and store. I'd like to get rid of our fryer. We don't use it because it's such a mess and a pain in the ass to clean.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
4,099
New Jersey
#30
I don't own a coffee maker because when I did I ended up finding roaches making a home in there because of the moisture and darkness and there was no winning that battle so I just use a French press.
 

Felt

The Fallen
Oct 27, 2017
2,524
#33
I have a lot of gadgets but never had a toaster or mixer.

Been thinking about a mixer to make homemade pasta
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,385
#34
We don't own a toaster anymore and it pisses me off. My wife got a toaster oven and threw away our old Black & Decker toaster. Toaster ovens are fine but they're way more complex than a toaster and we already have a full oven and so it's just this piece of huge kitchen hardware that we don't use at all, where as I used to use the toaster at least once a week.

But my wife was so gung-ho about a toaster oven as a wedding registry gift, I have no idea why. She's used it like twice in a year. It takes for ever to heat up, heats unevenly, you have to fucking flip stuff half the time, it's too small to really heat something large, too large for what it's usually heating which is like, bread-shaped things. I suppose it'd be fine for making toasted sandwiches, but I'd just use the oven for that... We also have a premium on counter-space, and so having this microwave-sized toaster oven is so inefficient use of space for something we never use, is harder to clean. ALSO the goddam thing gets SUPER HOT on the sides. And you have to preheat the fucking thing? I just want toasted bread, or a bagel, or an english muffin. Why the fuck would I Want to turn a 3-4minute exercise into an 11-minute exercize? For fucks sake.

But because I kinda protested about the toaster oven and she won that baattle out of stubbornness, it's not something I could ever bring up again or she'd flip. Probably take the whole unit and throw it out in the trash outside and then we'd have neither a toaster oven nor a toaster.

We have mostly everything else (I've got a fucking fry-a-lator and a panini press for godsakes). We don't have a Sous vide, no interest in it at this point. I'd also like to buy a new outdoor grill, my old shitty home depot grill that I bought when I bought my house 10 years ago is hitting the limits of its durability. I really want to get a nice new Weber grill, and I probabyl will, but I don't want feel like dropping $1000 on one... but I still probably will.
Dog what kind of toaster oven are you using? That sounds like a nightmare.

My experience with ours is the exact opposite, we have a Breville and it's the best thing we've ever bought. Heats up super fast (so beats using the oven), large enough for plenty of food. Toasts evenly and perfect every single time and in as few as 3 minutes. Bagels are perfectly toasted, reheated pizza is like eating it straight after delivery, we use it for like 90% of our cooking and we're a family of 4.
 
Oct 28, 2017
4,125
Arkansas, USA
#35
I think we have everything but an instant pot, and we'll likely have one of those in the not too distant future. I hate having things that are never used, but to my wife's credit she actually uses all of our kitchen appliances.

I enjoy cooking too, but it's one of her true passions, so most of the time she just wants me to get out of the way and cleanup after she's done.

Edit: Oh yeah, we don't have a toaster oven. Not a big loss there, they take up a lot of space and they can't do anything that an actual oven and/or toaster can't do.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,615
#38
Bought a thermometer recently and that marks the end of everything I really need. Might have to get a new crepe pan and stock pot soon though.

Been slowly getting rid of my bunch of pressure cookers as they age out, the Instant Pot has replaced all of them.

A food processor or a stand mixer would be nice but not really a necessity.
 
Nov 8, 2017
1,492
#40
I didn't own a toaster or an electric kettle for years, and the only reason I have them now is because my parents bought them for their own convenience when staying over. I've literally never used the toaster myself, and I only use the kettle for making instant gravy (otherwise I just boiled water on the stovetop).

I don't own a coffee maker, which are extremely common here in the Netherlands, but I've never drank a coffee in my life, so it wouldn't be useful to me anyway.

I didn't have a dishwasher until three years ago when I moved into my new apartment, and I almost never use the one I have now anyway. I still just wash everything by hand, unless I have family or friends staying over (even then, sometimes I just forget to use it).

I don't own any kind of food processor or blender, although I kinda want one if only so I can quickly chop up onions for making curries.
 

Pau

Self-Appointed Godmother of Bruce Wayne's Children
Moderator
Oct 25, 2017
1,658
#41
Didn't grow up having a toaster and don't see the point of one if you already have a toaster oven.

Don't have a dishwasher in the current apartment which I'm fine with. Never really use it besides a drying rack and I'd rather have the cabinet space.

Partner wants an InstaPot so we'll probably be getting that at some point.
 
Dec 12, 2017
1,267
#42
A toaster oven or toaster. They take up too much space. I don't have to pay for cooking gas in my apartment so it just doesn't make sense to use electricity for smaller ovens
 
Oct 28, 2017
2,636
Canada
#46
Microwave. We used to have one but everything made in that thing tasted like crap. So now, if I don't have time to cook, I just eat a sandwich.
I expected this and it's true you can't cook anything well in a microwave but besides heating things quickly I've found microwave great for kickstarting long cooked veggies such as yams ... put them in bowl , cover put in for a minute per yam then move them to oven .... halves the cooking time ... I actually use it several times per week just for this yams , potatoes , squash , etc

There's a good use for many but some pull double duty. My friend gave me a convection oven which toasts as well so toaster is not needed.
Food processor is a common one but if you try to grind things that are sticky like nuts they won't fall down into a blender properly the food processor is great for that and shredding and chopping like shredding your own bag of cheese.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,120
North Carolina
#47
My wife loves kitchen appliances. That's like the majority of my gifts to her. Vitamix blender, KitchenAid Pro series mixer, Instant Pot, the works. This year I got her an immersion blender for Christmas. She loves it.

She wants a big expensive food processor as her next kitchen purchase. We have one now but it's a smallish, cheap one. I'll probably end up getting it for her as a birthday gift or something. A fryer is the only thing we don't have and she wants an air fryer, so that will be another future gift, I'm sure.