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November 26, 2005

More on Kitchen Appliances (small ones)

Everyone ought to have a bread machine. I have the Ultimate Bread Machine and it is wonderful. I've had it for 2 years or a little longer and I don't think there are any that will do more than this one. And the price is certainly good.
Whatever bread machine you get, be sure that it will make 1, 1 1/2 and 2 pound loaves. The best recipes I have found are from the internet - chocolate bread, onion cheese bread, and more. I bought some bread machine cookbooks, but when I want to make bread, I turn to Google to find some interesting recipes.

I gotta tell you, I have a Cuisinart Food Processor and I probably use it maybe once or twice a year. For most chopping chores, a good knife is about as fast and way less messy. For grating, get a good grater. It is great if you want to make cottage fries or potato chips, but I don't do much in the way of frying. Unless your cooking habits are way different than mine, I don't think that food processors are worth the expense. But if you do want one, don't get a cheap one - they can't handle much without breaking.

Did I ever mention that once upon a time I managed a small appliance repair shop? It's been about 20 or 21 years, but I can tell you that some brands were and still are (because the engineering has not changed)cheap. They break a lot.
Cuisinart can handle a lot of stress.

I almost forgot the coffee maker. Oh, gosh. We love our coffee maker. We have had many different brands through the years, but this Capresso is the best we have ever owned. It ain't cheap, but for the last 3 years, it has faithfully performed. It has a great burr grinder that can be adjusted to different grinds. It is much easier to clean than the Cuisinart version, and honestly, it is much better made. I highly recommend it. It has the clock thingie on it so you can set it the night before. The grinder will grind your fresh beans and then shoot it into the basket which then moves over to the correct position over the carafe.
I love it, love it, love it.

Everyone needs a toaster, but I've never really found one that toasts really evenly. So I have no recommendations there.

Okay, that's it for kitchen appliances - later I'll tell you what I think of knives, and more importantly, bar supplies!

Posted by Beth at November 26, 2005 05:59 PM