Kitchens, appliances and pantries....!

Desiree - posted on 07/07/2011 ( 41 moms have responded )

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In the middle of cooking the family meal and wondering about the other mums out there and if they are as crazy about certain things in their kitchens. There are certain appliances in my kitchen that I couldn't live without and if they broke I would cry. In my pantry I have certain items that I never run out of they without them I would be lost. So am I the only one?

There are 2 appliances I am crazy about my food processor It just does everything I need it too and more. Can't figure out what I did before without one and a twist and chop no onions don't make my hands smell for days.

Pantry: Mrs Ball Chutney every South African house has at least one bottle of the stuff bases for every sauce and goes great with wors rolls( a South African Sausage) cheese sandwiches even hot dogs.(If you have a South African friend ask them about this one item)
Flour: base for sauces and thickener has many uses.
Real butter to make that all important roux with the flour for the smoothest cheese sauce on the planet.
Muffin mix chocolate: I am a useless baker so I cheat and once I have mixed up the batter I add a large bar of Cadbury's Top deck crushed to make a great muffin.
Oxo: great for sauces, stews and soups.

So what do you like to make sure you always have and why.

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Constance - posted on 07/09/2011

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I am big on new recipes and flavors. I would love native spices and stuff like that.

Desiree - posted on 07/09/2011

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Thanks I will check here if I still struggle I will let you know. but let me know if there is anything you would be interested from my side of the world that you may like or want .

Constance - posted on 07/09/2011

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I can check around for you if you would like. I have no problem helping out. I do all the research in my family and I mean all of it my mom, husband, sister, friends.

Desiree - posted on 07/09/2011

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Thanks Constance maybe I will just wait for Walmart too get here. They are opening here soon.

Constance - posted on 07/09/2011

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Desiree I think you can order it online. I know places like Amazon.com you can normally find one. Walmart, Target too. I'm not completely sure with me being in the states

Desiree - posted on 07/09/2011

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Just looked at it on line. Were can I get me one of those. Considering I live in South Africa. I could use one.

Adrienne - posted on 07/08/2011

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Appliances:
Stove/oven - ours went out a while back and it took a couple weeks to replace it. Try cooking for 6 adults and 2 kids on hot plates LOL!
Blender
Coffee maker

Pantry:
Canned tomato products (sauce, diced, and paste) - for the quick spaghetti
Herbs
Greek seasoning
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Quinoa
Annie's bunny crackers
Peanut butter
Honey
Flour
eggs
milk
butter
baking powder
pasta of some sort
basically - the staples. A whole lot can be done in a pinch with basics

Constance - posted on 07/08/2011

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@Desiree, The Magic Bullet is wonderful. It is really small but extremely powerful. It chops , blends, purees in 10 secs. or less.

Vicki - posted on 07/08/2011

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Appliances: My thermomix. Processes, blends, grates, mills, cooks, steams, weighs. I have a great set of pots and pans.

Pantry: Hard to say. Baking stuff, tinned tomatoes, onions, garlic, oats, honey, lots of other stuff I can't think of now.

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Instant yeast, KAF Flour, canned diced tomatoes and pasta

I splurged with my tax return this year and bought my dream equipment - Kitchen Aid stand mixer (yellow)! NOw that i have it, I'd never give it up. That and my KitchenAid Food processor.

My caphalon 3qt pot and my rubber scraper.

Mary - posted on 07/08/2011

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This am I was reminded of just what really is the most important thing in my kitchen: a coffee pot with timer.

We had some really big thunderstorms here last night, and the electricity must have gone out at some point. I woke up, and there was no freshly brewed coffee in the pot. Oh, the panic!!!! Waiting for that fucker to brew even enough to pour half a cup is excruciating. I wonder if they make ones with battery back-up....

Amber - posted on 07/07/2011

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Appliances/tools:
Steamer, blender, bread maker, stove/oven, refrigerator, grill, and microwave.

Food/beverages:
Fruit (strawberries, grapes, and bananas specifically)
Veggies (especially broccoli, peas, and corn on the cob)
Milk
Chicken
Cheese
Yogurt
Oils
High fiber cereal or bars (not a big breakfast fan)
Orange juice
Ketchup
Crackers

Constance - posted on 07/07/2011

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I do actually sell a lot f the things I cook and bake. I want to turn it into a fulltime thing though. Right now it is mainly to single friends that don't know how to cook and they don't want tolive on take out. I also host single military on a regular basis. My kitchen is bigger than my 3 car garage. I also make all my husbands food and pack it and ship i to him 2x a week so he gets to eat my food. I have on average 20 kids that eat here everyday.
I really do love to cook. I am completely passionate about it. I make everything from scratch. I can spend 18 hous in my kitchen and still be smiling when I am done. ust my back right now doesn't allow it. Last week I made a commet about my cinnamon rolls that I make and my kids wanted them so bad that they brought everything in my bedroom so I could make them. I actually made cinnamon rolls on my bed.

Sal - posted on 07/07/2011

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constance do you bake from home as a job? i would need to buy another house to keep that much stuff....i might be just a bit envious

Constance - posted on 07/07/2011

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My list is really long I am passionate about baking and cooking. My kitchen drives my mom crazy. I have a huge kitchen and it is full of appliances.
4 kitchenaid stand mixers
3 full size food processors
several smaller food processors
4 magic bullets
6 blenders
3ice cream makers
6 of each and every size of pots and pans
6 or more of each type of baking sheets and pans
2 six burner stoves
4 double ovens
Every hand tool you can think of

My pantry has to have everything at all times. I will go out in the midle of the night if I am runing low or run out of something.
My husband went out and got insurance just for my kitche equipment. I miss my kitchen right now though my back is giving me a lo of problems so Ican't do the things I love to do.

Jenny - posted on 07/07/2011

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Appliances:
BBQ! I use mine at least weekly even in the dead of winter.
Coffeemaker, I really want a French Press though.
Blender for smoothies and margaritas

Pantry - a pantry means dry goods in a cupboard for me so I'll list staples instead:

Whole grain cereal
Coffee
Veggies and fruit
Rice
Potatoes
Tomatoes for sauces
Herbs (out of the garden)
Pepper
Olive Oil
Pasta Noodles
Milk
Butter
Eggs
Bread ( I use stale ends for crumbs)
Yogurt (plain and flavoured)
Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Sal - posted on 07/07/2011

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and coffee, both instant and plunger, i don;t know how i forgot that seen as i am sitting here with my first cup of the day

and my hubby starts to panic if we run out of hot english mustard

Sal - posted on 07/07/2011

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i have a stick blender that attatched to a bowl, i love it, i broke the bowel last year and had to go to a bit of trouble to get it repaced so when i ordered it i got 3, i love it and when it dies i will get another just the same, my crock ot makes life just so easy, will be replaced in hours of it breaking, and my kenwood mixer , i am dreading it dying as it is a really old one and a new one is going to really set me back a packet,

in the pantry, canned tomatos, and i do have a fabulous herb and spice collection, vegimite, good jam, rissotto rice, couscous (combine with the crock pot put on in the morning and dinner is ready in moments when scream o'clock hits) and eggs, because we live without a store which is open long hours everyday my pantry is pretty well stocked for most things

Becky - posted on 07/07/2011

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Appliances- my Kitchenaid mixer, crock pot, and my magic bullet. Okay, I probably could live without the bullet, but it's great for making iced-caps!
Pantry: flour and sugar, canned tomatoes, iced tea mix, ketchup, mustard, and bagels and cream cheese. My son gets seriously put out when we run out of bagels and cream cheese! lol Oh, and right now, Saltine crackers!

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Appliances: Food processor and refrigerator and something that will cook the food...a camping stove is awesome when the power goes out! And my coffee maker.



Food:

Coffee and tea (so true Heather, except I drink cold sweet tea).

Slap Ya Mama creole seasoning is very important.

Tomatoes

eggs

milk

flour

sweetener (sugar, honey, or syrup)

cheese

rice

herbs (which are technically kept in the garden, not pantry)

veggies

butter

some sort of meat

Lady Heather - posted on 07/07/2011

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The thing about tea and coffee is that no matter what else might be missing from your kitchen, you can have your warm beverage, calm down and then make a plan to re-stock. haha. The day there are no staples in the cupboard and my mixer dies AND there's no tea is the day I go certifiably insane.

Amie - posted on 07/07/2011

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Holy crap!! I can't believe I forgot coffee!! I guess I should have kept going through the cupboards. haha

Lady Heather - posted on 07/07/2011

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And obviously I need my oven or the mixer would be pretty useless. hehe.

Lady Heather - posted on 07/07/2011

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Appliances: KETTLE, coffee grinder and maker, immersion blender (I make a lot of blended soups) and my KitchenAid mixer.



Food: TEA AND COFFEE, basic baking supplies (especially cocoa powder for my chocolate cravings), canned tomatoes, onions and garlic (so soup can always be made), bananas, maple syrup (not freaking Aunt Jemima's), various oils and vinegars to make dressings

Rosie - posted on 07/07/2011

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this will be long, lol. i need my kitchenaid (soon to be bosch mixer, well, soon enough, lol had to spend some of my savings),http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/Bosch_U... my food processor, and oven/range (my oven currently doesn't work and i'm going crazy, thank god for awesome neighbors! ). like lisa i am also on the market for a grinder, i would like the nutrimill.http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/index.a...
pantry items, are butter, chicken stock, bread, mayo and sour cream ( i make my own ranch dressing) , whole wheat flour, bread flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla (basically all you need to make treats). canned tomatoes to make sauces, ketchup, spices and herbs. i NEED all of these things, and cannot live without any of them, lol. there's more but i won't bore you, you get the drift. :)

Amie - posted on 07/07/2011

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Appliances (I have so many but only use a handful of them regularly - lol): my food processor (it's actually out right now making more butter), my slow cookers (god I love those things) our smoker, my waffle iron, griddle and blender.

I have others (my family knows how much I love to cook and bake so they're always buying me these things for Christmas) but I don't use them nearly as often.

Food: Stock (dry and liquid), eggs, milk & cream, flour, sugar, bread crumbs, molasses, baking powder & soda, canned tomato sauce & paste, spices, fresh veggies & fruit. This is getting really long. LOL I'm going to stop looking through the cupboards now.

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A good set of kitchen knives and does my dish washer count? I don't really use cooking appliances.

Food: eggs, mature cheddar cheese, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, baked beans, herbs and spices, milk, flour and breadcrumbs

Jenn - posted on 07/07/2011

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It is the enzymes of organic, raw "mother" in apple cider vinegar that carries health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and helping with weight loss. There is all kinds of info on the many uses for cider vinegar beyond what I listed.

Minnie - posted on 07/07/2011

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Apple cider vinegar is neat- some quality of the base of it actually creates alkaline blood (which is ideal) even though the vinegar is an acid. I also use it every day for sourdough starter and for soaking grains and flours

Minnie - posted on 07/07/2011

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Appliances I can't live without: my food processor and my slow cooker and I would REALLY like a grain mill and a dehydrator (it sucks keeping the toaster on low for like, 18 hours), they are almost a must and we are having a hard time doing without, but you know, finances...

Cooking stuff I can't do without:

Butter and ghee
Eggs
Some sort of bone broth
Apple Cider vinegar

Desiree - posted on 07/07/2011

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A twist and chop a small hand machine we have here in South Africa that chops thing nice and small also makes a salsa in needed. just stick everything inside close lid twist the lids back and forth a fews time and it chops it nice and small.

Jenn - posted on 07/07/2011

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My panini maker, coffee maker and Dutch oven. As for the pantry, sea salt for the boat load of tomatoes we grow in our garden and eat daily. Tiny treat cranberry and orange scones...my absolute favorite indulgence. Apple cider vinegar for it's numerous health benefits and agave syrup for sweetening tea or serving on pancakes :)

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