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Old 12-25-21, 07:33 AM
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if you could have only 1 kitchen appliance?

what would it be?

for me it would have to be the toaster oven
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what would it be?

for me it would have to be the toaster oven
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My table top ice maker... love that thing.
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Anything that keeps beer cold is a good thing! Merry Christmas!!!!
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I guess probably one of those instapot things because everyone says they can do so much but I do really love my wok burner! If I could move it indoors then I might say that.

However I don't know that I can do just one thing in the kitchen realistically I mean so many great appliances.
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My stove/oven range. Sure, you can keep food and beverage cold, but I'm not eating raw eggs. You can boil eggs, pickle them, and can them and have eggs for years. Just an example....
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Wow!! That's super nice! I've seen one of similar design, but it was a lot dirtier and some bits were broken on it.
I like that griddle on the left. Or, is that for dish water? My Rome Eagle wood stove has one for dish water
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Wow!! That's super nice! I've seen one of similar design, but it was a lot dirtier and some bits were broken on it.
I like that griddle on the left. Or, is that for dish water? My Rome Eagle wood stove has one for dish water
The top is a griddle. It lifts up. The broiler is underneath. Chambers 90 C. Buttercup yellow. Made in 1956 in Shelbyville, IN. There’s a good deal of rust inside, but she’s still chugging along. When I hit the Powerball I’m going to have it restored.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
The top is a griddle. It lifts up. The broiler is underneath. Chambers 90 C. Buttercup yellow. Made in 1956 in Shelbyville, IN. There’s a good deal of rust inside, but she’s still chugging along. When I hit the Powerball I’m going to have it restored.
Powerball? Would it really cost that much? Or, you're just exaggerating....lol?

I've had to do a number of DIY repairs on the ol' Rome Eagle Lassie. Here's a web image of it.....though mine doesn't have all rust. I use it a lot to cook large pots of chicken for the animals here. Saves a ton on the electric bill



Up top is large compartment with two access doors that hinge down. You can keep pots and pans that are small enough or use for bread proofing
On the cook surface, the water chamber is to the far right with the rectangular top panel. I never use it, though
On the front, to the far left, is the wood box. Middle....the oven. Under the oven is the broiler, but I just keep pan lids in there. And, to the right, is a fire tool compartment
The knob/lever you see to the back/right of the cooking surface is the damper. Had to fix the linkage for that.
The oven isn't real air tight as it has some cracking in the iron wall. It'd take a welder to fix it, so I don't use it....though I can to some degree of success. Hard to control the temperature in it.
I've got it piped in to the chimney that has my Earth Stove on the opposite side of the chimney. With both going, it can get pretty warm in the kitchen. Too warm sometimes. But, when it gets bitter cold, I'll fire it up to supplement the Earth stove heat. Cut up hardwood pallets are perfect in the Lassie

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Old 12-26-21, 12:33 PM
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It could be very tough to eat at home if you don't at least have a fridge and a cooking appliance of some type. Things like a mixer, a can opener and so forth are also integral parts of that equation.
So, before a useful answer would be to ask, are we taking at least the two above mentioned items for granted?

When we moved to this location, we didn't have a usable refrigerator or stove for several months. We utilized a cooler and a grill that had a gas "stove" eye to one side. Otherwise, we would have been eating out every single meal. It was handy that we had an apartment to return to for a good portion of that time with an automatic ice maker and cold storage for what we would take down the next day.
In the spirit of your ask, if we are discussing the question at hand it would have to be a fridge. I can cook over a fire if I have to and would consider that I don't have to use canned goods for anything.
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On my boat the only appliance I have is a stove... refrigeration is a nice thing, but you can live without it. Hard to "cook" without heat.
In order of importance:
running water
cooking fire
manual can opener
coffee making equipment
refrigeration
everything else.

Microwave ovens are way down the list. Dishwasher's even further down the list.
In my home I have both... I have not used the dishwasher in two years. In my last home we remodeled and put in a very nice quiet Bosch dishwasher... we still washed dishes by hand most of the time.

I make coffee at least once a day, I toast something maybe once a day.
I blend something about 2-3 times a week. I microwave maybe 2-3 times a week. I food process maybe once every 2 weeks. I use the Panini Press maybe twice a month. I use the instapot maybe twice a month. I use the Kitchenaide Mixer maybe once every 2 months or so. (these use times vary around the year... ) That about sums up all my kitchen appliances. (I do have other tools, such as good knives, and a Mandoline... but it is all manual, as are peelers, can and bottle openers etc.)
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Originally Posted by genec View Post

Dishwasher's even further down the list.
In my home I have both... I have not used the dishwasher in two years. In my last home we remodeled and put in a very nice quiet Bosch dishwasher... we still washed dishes by hand most of the time.
One of the next major projects in my home is going to be to repair the "upgrade" the previous owner made to the kitchen by tiling it in without removing the previous floor. This results in an off standard dishwasher install that only very few cheesy models of appliance will fit. We bought a brand new one a couple of years ago after a glass inexplicably broke in the old and working one. It lasted just about a year before the heating element went out.
We called a repairman and the parts that it needs to heat the water are more than the unit cost but due to the shipping issues I cannot find a replacement that fits without tearing up the floor.
We have gone for a goodly amount of time without one, but recently learned a trick that has brought the "broken" one back into use.
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Running water.
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Old 12-26-21, 07:01 PM
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Running water.
But...

That's not an appliance....
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Sink is the obvious answer. I'll just have to use my camp stove to cook in the garden.
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
But...

That's not an appliance....
Water does not magically appear at the faucet. Appliances are required. In my case: well pump, pressure tank, hot water heater.

Here's a definition, albeit British, of appliance: The action or process of bringing something into operation.

But enough quibbling, I take your point.
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Fridge. I can eat cold food, but I can't eat spoiled food.
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You mean besides the basics? Fridge, stove, oven?

I'd say microwave.

With a broiler top. And dishwasher. And pressure cooker. Coffeemaker.

Kidding, just the microwave. Usually I cook from scratch but some days when my energy is low I appreciate the microwave. Mine has a broiler top but it's very low power and doesn't really do any effective browning, and can't even make toast. It's more of a heater/warmer for dishes that can't be microwaved.

If my apartment had plug-ins I'd definitely want a dishwasher and small washer/dryer. Alas my neighborhood has declined rapidly and it's not safe to visit the laundromat some days -- definitely not weekend evenings. The adjacent convenience store is mostly a druggie hangout. So I end up hand washing my cycling and jogging clothing and only use the laundromat for bedding, towels, etc.

I use a small espresso maker and a French press for coffee, and I've cut way back on my caffeine intake so I don't even use those every day. Pressure cookers were nice with a bigger family, especially for holidays, but most of my family are gone now.

I've had several countertop plug-in appliances and tire of most of them. Mostly because my kitchen is too small, with limited storage space for too many gadgets. I still have two bread makers, which I haven't used for awhile but might again. I used to prefer hand kneading dough, but with worsening arthritis the bread machines are handy for kneading. I can still bake loaves in the oven, which usually makes better bread than the machine. Bread machine bread tends to be cakey or doughy, rarely as perfect as oven baked bread. When I made challah I use the bread machine for the dough, then weave or braid the loaves and bake 'em in the oven.

Had a couple of plug-in grills, dumped 'em after a few months. Had a really nice old Belgian waffle maker, kept from my grandparents' home after they died, but it finally quit and I didn't replace it. I've had a few crock pot/slow cookers, which are handy. Unfortunately I forgot to clean the big pot once a couple of years ago -- just before I went into the hospital, if memory serves -- and when I finally rediscovered it the thing wasn't worth salvaging. Big Rival crock pots cost less than $30 so I'll just replace it if I need a big one again for holidays or to feed a bunch of people -- but the pandemic has put the kibosh on my cooking for group affairs. I still have a Little Dipper and medium Rival crock pot for single person meals.
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Surprisingly not great at either opening cans nor slicing cheese.
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