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Re: Kitchen Gadgets/Appliances - the good and the bad

Its it wrong that I use my induction stove as a slow cooker?
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Re: Kitchen Gadgets/Appliances - the good and the bad

Good:

1. Trash compactor

2. Warming drawer

3. Pineapple Slicer


Bad:

1. Breadmaker - good in theory but it's a hassle and takes up too much counter space. It now resides in a cabinet in the garage on top of the VHS player.
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Old 03.05.2017, 12:22
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Not sure why people have those racks with ten or so different knives in them.
Small, medium and large chef's knives.

Ham, salmon, and slicing knives.

Bread and boning knives.

Paring knives of various sizes.

Cleaver.

Now, for appliances.

Stuff we use a lot:

Moulinex Cuisine Companion
Moulinex bread/baguette machine
Deep fryer
Meat slicer
Ice cream maker (with freezer section)
Juice extracter
Various small food processors/mixer sticks
Gass grill
Charcoal grill/smoker
Normal hob/oven
Convection/microwave/grill oven
Raclette grill
Rice cooker
Citrus juicer
2x fridge, 1x freezer, 1x ice machine
Electric kettle, Nespresso machine, Soda-stream
Pots/pans/mokas too numerous to mention
Specialized non-electric stuff too numerous to mention

Rarely used:

Pasta machines (automatic and manual)
Electric wok
Waffle iron
Popcorn maker
Sandwich press

There's probably more that I can't recall.

Tom

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Old 03.05.2017, 12:32
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Its it wrong that I use my induction stove as a slow cooker?
Is it wrong that I have a feeling this was meant for the Is-it-wrong thread?

(I actually think it is, since the power the slow cooker uses my be minimal as opposed to the cooker)

Patxi - I always dreamed of bread maker. Why don't you use it?
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Re: Kitchen Gadgets/Appliances - the good and the bad

A proper knife (Victorinox are recommended by one of my fav. review sites)
A small but powerful chopper and blender (Kenwood)
A kettle for heating up water (noisy and thus may be replaced soon)
A nice wok which makes cooking a lot more fun
And my spice box of awesome indian spices.... :-)
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Old 03.05.2017, 12:51
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(I actually think it is, since the power the slow cooker uses my be minimal as opposed to the cooker)
Have you got some figures to back that up?

I tried to find some but just got dumb answers such as "An induction hob is rated at 1800W" so it must use so much more that a crock pot"

I would reckon the difference would be minimal with an induction hob and the right kind of saucepan.

As a comparision:

An induction hob transfers 90% of energy to heating a pot.
Gas transfers 60%.
Halogen etc transfer up to 55% (so basically half the energy is wasted).
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Old 03.05.2017, 12:54
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I always dreamed of bread maker. Why don't you use it?
My father in law has one. He made a couple of thick loafs and then the novelty wore off. Has been collecting dust (together with the 200 other appliances he bought on a whim).

I don't know if it's because I am a fan of french type of bread, or random crispy, golden rolls, but I have never felt the appeal of a bread machine. I've tried a few breads done on one, and was not amazed.
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Small, medium and large chef's knives.

Ham, salmon, and slicing knives.

Bread and boning knives.

Paring knives of various sizes.

Cleaver.

Now, for appliances.

Stuff we use a lot:

Moulinex Cuisine Companion
Moulinex bread/baguette machine
Deep fryer
Meat slicer
Ice cream maker (with freezer section)
Juice extracter
Various small food processors/mixer sticks
Gass grill
Charcoal grill/smoker
Normal hob/oven
Convection/microwave/grill oven
Raclette grill
Rice cooker
Citrus juicer
2x fridge, 1x freezer, 1x ice machine
Electric kettle, Nespresso machine, Soda-stream
Pots/pans/mokas too numerous to mention
Specialized non-electric stuff too numerous to mention

Rarely used:

Pasta machines (automatic and manual)
Electric wok
Waffle iron
Popcorn maker
Sandwich press

There's probably more that I can't recall.

Tom

F*** me, that's a lot of stuff just to make beans on toast
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Old 03.05.2017, 13:08
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Have you got some figures to back that up?

I tried to find some but just got dumb answers such as "An induction hob is rated at 1800W" so it must use so much more that a crock pot"

I would reckon the difference would be minimal with an induction hob and the right kind of saucepan.

As a comparision:

An induction hob transfers 90% of energy to heating a pot.
Gas transfers 60%.
Halogen etc transfer up to 55% (so basically half the energy is wasted).
I really would be curious myself. I thought induction, even the lowest, still uses more power for an 8hr session than your 8hr slow cooker event (but with tastier food and me not having to be around). The stuff online seems to vary, they just say oven is inefficient, meh.

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My father in law has one. He made a couple of thick loafs and then the novelty wore off. Has been collecting dust (together with the 200 other appliances he bought on a whim).

I don't know if it's because I am a fan of french type of bread, or random crispy, golden rolls, but I have never felt the appeal of a bread machine. I've tried a few breads done on one, and was not amazed.
I just want that smell in the morning really...I could just bake in the oven. There are too many people with breadmachines they do not use, I wonder if it is really that useless.
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Old 03.05.2017, 13:08
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Re: Kitchen Gadgets/Appliances - the good and the bad

I have a breadmaker (forgot about it so didn't mention it before) that I've not used for a few weeks, but in the winter I tend to use it once a week. It cost £50 and I've had it 10 years so far.

I sometimes buy "bread maker mix" packets from the UK, basically a packet that has everything ready. They work well. Coop do them here but they're crap for some reason. Here, I buy flour from http://graf-muehle.ch although it's a long bike ride from Basel so I stock up in the summer.
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Old 03.05.2017, 13:10
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Oh, cool.

I have a question for you: I suppose you have to take it someplace to sharpen it, periodically. Can you recommend one (that is cheaper)?

I asked a friend who's visiting Japan soon to buy us one too.
Thanks.
My knifes are sharpened by the gipsies who come by about once a year (the last one was a crook - did a good job for far too much money - but there is an other guy I'll stick to from now on).

I'm quite impressed by the ceramic knifes. They cut a pumpkin as if it were butter.

Tom reminded me, I got an ice-cream maker too .... lives in my deep-freezer .... out of sight, out of mind.
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Oh, cool.

I have a question for you: I suppose you have to take it someplace to sharpen it, periodically. Can you recommend one (that is cheaper)?

I asked a friend who's visiting Japan soon to buy us one too.
Thanks.
I sharpen myself with Japanese ceramic stones. Not at all difficult and easy to learn by watching a couple of videos on youtube.

A set of 1000, 2000 and 5000 is really all that you'd ever need in practice and will probably last a lifetime if you're not a professional chef.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nagura-Shapt...-/201519378993

As for knives, I found Kanetsune brand (available on ebay, quite affordable) to be of particularly good value. I stocked half of my family with these knives and everybody loves them.
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Old 03.05.2017, 13:30
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Is it wrong that I have a feeling this was meant for the Is-it-wrong thread?

(I actually think it is, since the power the slow cooker uses my be minimal as opposed to the cooker)
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I figured it was only necessary since I was topically posting on that thread about dishwashers :P
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I figured it was only necessary since I was topically posting on that thread about dishwashers :P
Are you one of those who steams salmon fillets in the dishwasher?
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Are you one of those who steams salmon fillets in the dishwasher?
Nah, that's where i keep them when they still alive, i like fresh fish....
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I really would be curious myself. I thought induction, even the lowest, still uses more power for an 8hr session than your 8hr slow cooker event (but with tastier food and me not having to be around). The stuff online seems to vary, they just say oven is inefficient, meh.
What type of hob do you have?

Can you see that unless it is induction, it will be around 50% inefficient?
If your cooking is mainly non-crock pot then in the grand scale of things, it wouldn't make a measurable difference to your overall energy consumption whether you used an induction hob or a crock pot for that odd meal.

But, if you are concerned abut energy consumption, there's enough info on this thread to make you want change your gas or halogen hob to induction immediately.

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Patxi - I always dreamed of bread maker. Why don't you use it?


Forgot the bread maker. Also in use every weekend :-)


I love to mix and try new recipes
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What type of hob do you have?

Can you see that unless it is induction, it will be around 50% inefficient?
If your cooking is mainly non-crock pot then in the grand scale of things, it wouldn't make a measurable difference to your overall energy consumption whether you used an induction hob or a crock pot for that odd meal.

But, if you are concerned abut energy consumption, there's enough info on this thread to make you want change your gas or halogen hob to induction immediately.
Induction. That's why I was wondering if slowcooker will make a difference. I feel like leaving even an induction plate on for 8hrs will eat into the power consumption. Being able to walk away is another thing, have never walked away from a stove on. Slowcooker would add another thing to store.
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Induction. That's why I was wondering if slowcooker will make a difference.
Okay, that makes more sense. I'll see if I can find some figures.

(we're in the process of making our place more energy efficient at the moment so I'm looking into this sort of thing - I got one of my kids to count how many 50W spot lamps we had - and he came back with 76 !)

(And I know he missed some).
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I use little lights - dyodes? (sp) Xmas lights. Have them in every room, instead of bright power hungry lighbulbs (I cut down on those). On a bed post, kitchen, above sofa..you can mush tgem or spread, adds a bit of magic. (No hippster dyode covers)
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