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Has an appliance ever changed your life?

 
 
Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 07:43 pm
If so, how so?

I was thinking about the fact that I don't like making salads. I'm increasingly annoyed by using my hands to rinse the lettuce and shake it off. Maybe I'll finally break down and buy a "salad spinner." Have you ever had an appliance change your life for better or worse?
 
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 08:29 pm
@Banana Breath,
My electric pressure cooker has been a life saver. Good, flavorful, and healthy foods quickly cooked, with a portion easily cooked longer to be mushy enough for my elderly mother to chew without having to cook two separate meals all the time.

Banana Breath
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 08:57 pm
@Butrflynet,
Good point about your mother. I took my grandfather out for dinner once and we experienced food he couldn't chew... oops.
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 09:28 pm
@Banana Breath,
Yah, I think the electric can opener pretty well set me free,
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2014 10:14 pm
@Banana Breath,
Panini grill with interchangeable plates. Love that thing.
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Tue 25 Nov, 2014 12:00 am
Smoke alarm.

It never fails to tell me when the roast potatoes are ready.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 25 Nov, 2014 12:05 am
@Banana Breath,
In my 50 0r so years I can think of two...the microwave and the immersion blender. Maybe I need to include the K-Krap coffee machine as much as I hate it I do use it, and when I do I would not have taken the time to make real coffee.
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Tue 25 Nov, 2014 01:18 am
I almost forgot the mangle.

This little beauty has freed up so much of my time.....

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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 25 Nov, 2014 04:43 am
Deep fat fryer, chips at the touch of a button.
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 25 Nov, 2014 06:36 am
The slow cooker. Tasty, healthy food with minimal preparation that requires no babysitting. Come home from work and the house smells like dinner. I'd also put the stick blender and microwave up there, agreeing with hawkeye10 (I don't have a Keurig as I'm the only one who drinks coffee so I make individual batches for myself). We have a bread maker and an ice cream maker and I like them both but they aren't used as much as the others.
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Tue 25 Nov, 2014 06:38 am
Of course, the new fangled "Arnold" thingy has helped our household immensely.



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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 25 Nov, 2014 07:31 am
@Banana Breath,
Banana Breath wrote:
If so, how so?

I was thinking about the fact that I don't like making salads.
I'm increasingly annoyed by using my hands to rinse the lettuce and shake it off.
Maybe I'll finally break down and buy a "salad spinner."

Have you ever had an appliance change your life for better or worse?
Do guns count as appliances??
I guess u APPLY them where appropriate, toward targets.

YES. Thay have aided n supported my equanimity n serenity,
and thay r a lot of fun; good looking, too!

Thomas Jefferson was of the vu that thay build character
and independence in the young.





David
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DNA Thumbs drive
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 07:33 pm
@Banana Breath,
The computer has changed everyone's life, unless perhaps you live in a rain forest.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 5 Dec, 2014 08:19 pm
Electric drill.
I've done remodeling, off and on.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2014 03:28 am
Food processor, makes making pastry and cakes so much easier. The hand blender is a useful bit of kit too. How did they make guacamole before its invention?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2014 09:32 am
@izzythepush,
I always make it with a fork. Do you use unripe avocados?
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2014 09:34 am
@ossobuco,
Oh no, ripe ones. Anything that's not eaten on the day gets chucked out.


How do you get on mashing up the onion with a fork?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2014 10:23 am
@izzythepush,
Onion? This california girl (avocado tree in my aunt's backyard) makes simple guacamole, as did my latina friends: avocado, salt, maybe a small squeeze of lemon, and that's it. I like spices and onions and garlic, but they go into other stuff. One friend did do guac with fresh crab and some sherry type bottled dressing, but that was unusual.
The key is a great Haas avocado.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2014 03:46 pm
@ossobuco,
I got a recipe from a Texan cookbook when I was out there. It always goes down well, the only change I made was to drop the coriander.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2014 04:18 pm
@izzythepush,
Oh, well, Texas...

I hate their tortillas (which sell well here to the exclusion of Sonora types, which are not fluffy).

Needling you, as you know. You're welcome to put what you want with avocados - and tell me about cornish pasties.. (oh, and meat pies in general).
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