Let's look around our kitchen, shall we? Open those cabinets. Look on top of the fridge. Or, should we head to the garage or basement. Any of those places you may glimpse those buys you made for the kitchen, the ones that you used maybe twice since bringing them home and now they just take up shelf space...like that anti-aging face cream we discussed last week (have I mentioned I'm turning 40? Not that I'm having issues with it...).
Again, I'm not a whiz in the kitchen but I have tried -- and as a result made some not-so-smart buys for my kitchen. Sometimes Mama wants a new thing for the kitchen...but here are a few to avoid. Walk away slowly and go back to yesterday's post and get something off of that list (or wait until Thursday when I will have the number one item you need for your kitchen.)
Rice cooker -- Really, with the great 90-second bags you can put in the microwave or those easy, stove-top recipes, who needs a rice cooker?
A gazillion different types of knives -- Now, yesterday, I mentioned getting some quality ones, but I didn't say 53 of them. How many does one kitchen need? No more than five or six (I've seen some sets with up to 12 different kinds. I didn't know they made 12 different kinds!).
Gadgets that do things you can do by hand -- I'm talking egg yolk separators, garlic peelers, strawberry hullers, and those types of things. I am really not sufficient in the kitchen, and even I know how to peel a bit of garlic with a knife.
Electric Can Opener -- It takes up prime counter space and really doesn't do anything that its hand-held cousin can't.
Ice Cream Maker -- I may hear from you folks about this pick, but I never understood the attraction of making your own ice cream. There are so many fabulous store brands out there these days, made with fresh ingredients. It is one of those items you may use only three times a year. Save that money and put it toward something else for the family.
Popcorn Maker -- Another pick that you guys may disagree on, but popping a bag in the microwave (no pun intended) is so easy. The cost of valuable cabinet space to house the thing is just not worth it.
What kitchen gadget do you never really use?