Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kitchen Appliances: They're Hot until They're Not

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kitchen Appliances: They're Hot until They're Not

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They're the kitchen equivalents of a treadmill, or an elliptical machine.

You know, those heavy pieces of exercise equipment that you always tell yourself you're going to use but somehow never do. And so they hulk off in a corner somewhere, or are folded under a bed, collecting dust.

Many a kitchen is cluttered with small appliances that were used once or maybe twice, and then forgotten. It is as if they are stranded on the Isle of Misfit Small Kitchen Appliances.

I'm talking here about pressure cookers. They were all the rage just a few years ago. They take hours off the time it takes you to cook something, right? Everybody likes to save time. So, for a while, everybody bought a pressure cooker.

And some people, no doubt, still use them. But mine has its own dedicated place on a basement shelf, where it sits, forlorn and forgotten, waiting without hope to be useful again one day.

A similar fate has befallen our electric rotisserie -- which, unlike the pressure cooker, was actually used more than once. An electric rotisserie is a spit that automatically turns, with a source of electric heat on one side. As the meat turns on the spit, the heating element slowly roasts it and keeps it supremely juicy and full of flavor.

It's a marvelous invention. I can't imagine what it is doing in my basement. Maybe this weekend I'll bring it up and make something good with it.

And how many breadmakers are shoved into closets, next to the single gloves and an old hat? Making your own bread sounds like a wonderful idea, and you don't even have to spend much time on it with a breadmaker.

And yet … that bakery is so close and their breads are just so amazing. Maybe you can make a loaf next week.

And somewhere in this happy land, someone is using an iced tea maker to make iced tea. I drink so much iced tea, myself, that I have had to cut back. …

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