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via [personal profile] ailbhe and everyone else: Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, underline the ones you use at least once a month, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, crepe makers, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, pie funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, stand mixers, mincers, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, gratin dishes, apple corers, mango stoners and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

The OH and I would have more of these, but we have a rule that we call "Donald." In one of Donald Norman's books (I think it is Turn Signals Are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles) he talks about how since he's a usability expert, companies send him gadgets to evaluate. His family established a rule about which gadgets he could accept. He had to be able to answer several questions about it. I'm not sure what his questions were, but our questions have evolved into:
  • How are you going to use it?
  • Where are you going to store it?
  • How are you going to clean it?
  • Where are you going to plug it in?
So the challenge to "Let's buy this gadget!" is "Doooooooooooonaaaaaaaaaaald!" And if the person who wants the gadget can't answer all four questions, they can't buy the gadget.

What languishes at the back of our cupboards are various coffee-making implements ('cos I keep trying different ones), fancy serving platters that we received as wedding gifts, nice glasses (we use plastic beverage holders for everyday because we're klutzes), and large casseroles. The bread-making supplies would languish, but they have been repurposed for other uses.

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liveavatar
Sep. 25th, 2012 09:03 am (UTC)
I like your "Donald" rules! We ask ourselves the first two questions frequently, the third question less frequently, and hey, everything has to be plugged in and switched out in the same few outlets so we don't worry about that aspect.

When this meme says "steam cookers," does that mean the simple metal steamers? If so I have to go back and tweak my response.
firecat
Sep. 25th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
I thought it meant the simple metal steamers.
liveavatar
Sep. 26th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
I guess I thought it meant some bigger tool, like a slow cooker. Off to change something to boldface. :)
flarenut
Sep. 25th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
We have an additional one that should seem obvious but isn't always "Do we already have something else that can do this tool's task?"

Sometimes it's OK if the answer is yes, like when I got J the set of leopard-print knives.
firecat
Sep. 25th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Leopard print knives are definitely outside the realm of things that one is allowed to apply Donald to.
flarenut
Sep. 26th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
One of the categories for stuff is "I need it for my soul."
keryx
Sep. 27th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
We have something that didn't even make it on this list: an ebelskiver pan. We used it several times when it was still new, but it turns out that I hate ebelskivers as much as I hate other pancakes.

I'm going to retroactively apply this rule to the breadmaker that's been tucked, largely unused, between 2 cabinets for a year.
firecat
Sep. 27th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Pancakes are dessert, not breakfast.
keryx
Sep. 27th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
They're not even a particularly good dessert, either. And filling them with things just makes them more like little bombs.
flarenut
Oct. 2nd, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
We got a pan, and used it, and liked the ebelskivers, but. What they don't tell you is that after about half a dozen uses over a gas stove the nonstick starts flaking off. So some day I'm going to find a cast-iron one, but until then we will have to forgo little bombs of treat-filled goodness.

(Hmm, now I am wondering how close you could get to one of those steamed or baked sweet pork buns.)
livejournal
Sep. 27th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
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