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    Useless appliances

    I was shopping today and saw this on clearance:



    A cupcake maker? What happened to using an oven? And you can only make six at a time, which means you'd have to run it four times for a standard cake mix.

    It was sitting right next to the Quesadilla Maker, also on clearance, that looked like a round griddle with a hinged top.


    I'm wondering who would buy this when most homes have kitchens with ovens.
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    Every wine opening apparatus aside from the wine key is a useless appliance. None actually make the process any better than the wine key. They're all just made so fools can pad the pockets of the company owners. The above is a similar situation.

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    The cupcake maker is mostly useless, but my mom put on her grandma hat and bought one for when the grandkids come over for a couple reasons:

    1. Less time to heat up than oven, wastes less energy
    2. Produces WAY less heat - her oven is built in the wall surrounded by bricks. In summer, it turns the kitchen into a sauna
    3. Easy to customize each batch. Throw sprinkles in some, blueberries in other, etc

    It is mostly gimmicky though.

    My useless appliance in the juicer that's been sitting in the cabinet, untouched, for years and years now. It works OK, but makes a big mess - resulting in way too much prep and clean up time. But it's still sitting there.

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    Almost everything at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

    In our house, It's the rice cooker. Since my wife went on the SCD, I'm the only rice-eater in the house, so I just make it on the stove.
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    Let's see...

    The stand mixer, the spice rack, a small George Foreman grill, there might be a food processor/blender somewhere, and a Pyrex set (still in the box) that my wife bought on Black Friday last year. She tends to buy a bunch of crap to make her life easier in the kitchen, yet she prepares maybe one meal a week for herself and about once every 3 or 4 months for the family...

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    These are the most completely useless appliances ever. Very common in apartments in Beijing, but I've seen some in Shanghai and elsewhere, too:



    It's a dish sterilizer. What you do is you wash your dishes, and then put them in this thing to sterilize them. It doesn't wash the dishes, it just sterilizes (OK, and dries) already-clean dishes.

    The most annoying thing is that they're usually the size of a small oven and are installed in the same place an oven would go -- but instead you've got this COMPLETELY useless glorified dish rack.

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    Useless Appliances (and other stuff)

    Anything sold on TV infomercials

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    Hey hey hey...

    Watch what you say about food processors.
    I use mine to:
    Make pie dough.
    Make hummus.
    Chop nuts.
    Chop onions and peppers for marinara.
    Puree soup.

    And it does them all very well without making a big mess.
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    Dishwashers, you have to pre-clean the dishes! What kind of BS is that?! for that I'll just wash the damned dishes myself and get the job done right the first time! I have one 'cause it came with the house, but it will cease to be in a few weeks! Bruhuhahaha!
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    Brick Bread makers.
    I have an oven and it makes bread from any recipe.




    I have seen many a powerfully stupid tool on various construction sites. For the life of me I can't decide which was the most asinine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebikes View Post
    Dishwashers, you have to pre-clean the dishes! What kind of BS is that?! for that I'll just wash the damned dishes myself and get the job done right the first time! I have one 'cause it came with the house, but it will cease to be in a few weeks! Bruhuhahaha!
    But they can also store the clean dishes until you're ready to use them. Much more space than the drying side of the kitchen sink.

    The dish sterilizer is pretty crazy. I assume any old food bits that are still stuck to the plate have been sufficiently cleaned to pose no further risk.

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    I bet there were a few meatball makers on the shelf below the cupcake makers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by black_box View Post
    But they can also store the clean dishes until you're ready to use them. Much more space than the drying side of the kitchen sink
    The dish sterilizer is pretty crazy. I assume any old food bits that are still stuck to the plate have been sufficiently cleaned to pose no further risk.
    Yeah, I'd take a proper dishwasher over a dish sterilizer any day. At the very least, the dishwasher holds a bunch more dishes. And you don't really need to prewash dishes before putting them in a good dishwasher -- it will just help to prolong the life of the dishwasher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
    Yeah, I'd take a proper dishwasher over a dish sterilizer any day. At the very least, the dishwasher holds a bunch more dishes. And you don't really need to prewash dishes before putting them in a good dishwasher -- it will just help to prolong the life of the dishwasher.
    +1 Most newer dishwashers have can handle food left on pots and plates.

    My dishwasher has a sterilizer function that I've never used. The only time I've ever used that setting was at my parents' house when my dad was sick and we had to be very careful about him getting exposed to any germs.
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    These are items bought for gifts to inflict on those of us who cook.

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    We've just stopped using the dishwasher in my current apartment entirely. For starters, it's one of those stupid "portable" ones that you have to roll over to the other side of the kitchen and hook up to the sink (meaning the sink can't be used for anything else for the hour or so it takes to run. And you have to pre-rinse pretty thoroughly anything you put in there. Also, you have to wash again about half the stuff that comes out of it (I swear dishes come out dirtier than they go in). Basically, right now it's just a space to put the cookie jar and other stuff on top of. I swear, if we'd known how crappy it was before we moved in, we wouldn't have taken the apartment, but we've sort of gotten used to washing dishes by hand again and it doesn't really take that much longer than the pre-rinse and put stuff in the dishwasher and then put it away when done we did before.
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    In our house the oven is a useless appliance. My wife calls it the big white thing that gets hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Brick Bread makers.
    I have an oven and it makes bread from any recipe.
    Actually, our bread machine came with a GREAT meatloaf recipe. Mrs A's diet precludes using it for bread, so that's what we use it for now.
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    I was in a store once that sold only products advertised on TV, and overheard a woman saying to her friend "I've got one of these, and one of those etc... and none of them work".

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Brick Bread makers.
    I have an oven and it makes bread from any recipe.
    I use our breadmaker all the time. The timer means I can put the ingredients in late at night and have fresh bread for breakfast the next day.

    I do like cooking bread in the oven though. I just don't always have the time to do so.
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    Electric deep fryer. Too hard to empty and clean the oil between uses.
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    This vibrating face lift appliance. I guess it might have other uses, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palesaint View Post
    3. Easy to customize each batch. Throw sprinkles in some, blueberries in other, etc
    ??? It's no easier than using a standard cupcake pan.

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    Useless appliances

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Brick Bread makers.
    I have an oven and it makes bread from any recipe.

    I have seen many a powerfully stupid tool on various construction sites. For the life of me I can't decide which was the most asinine.
    I use mine regularly - for making pizza dough not bread though.

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