I’ve been thinking about my kitchen appliances for a while. Thinking about how I have so many cool things but rarely use them–or don’t know how to use them best. Many of these appliances are ones Scott and I registered for when we were getting married. Fondue Pot!! Cool!! Of course I need a Trifle Dish! Shake Mixer? Hell ya!
Other than to cook queso (the jarred kind), we’ve only used our fondue pot once. Never used the trifle and I’m not sure about the shake maker. Not to mention all of the other gadgets filling our cabinets and taking space on our counters. I won’t tell you guys that last night I might have bought a bundt cake tin at the grocery store… So sad Trish, so sad.
Out of this was born Operation Use My Kitchen Gadgets. Using my kitchen stuff is part of my list of things I want to do in 2012–each month I will focus on one appliance/gadget and really try to learn how to use each item to its full potential. I’m counting on your help to give me pointers!!
For the rest of January and February my focus will be the Crockpot. I just got a new one for Christmas and really want to utilize it. I’ve been a crockpot owner for over 10 years and have gotten really good at cooking roast but that’s about it. Last Sunday I cooked a breakfast casserole and it was OK but it helped me realize that this baby can be used for so much more than just pot roast. My two limitations with the crockpot are finding the time to prep (night before? get up early?) and being gone for 11 hours and not eating for another 2 after I get home. 13 hours is a long time for anything to cook.
Do you have a crockpot? How do you use your crockpot? Any good recipes you’d recommend? Suggestions on how to get past the limitations?
The other appliances/gadgets on the list: ice cream maker, fondue pot, blender, food processor, springform pans, George Foreman grill, shake maker, and trifle dish (gah…and now bundt cake tin). One for each month (not in that order).
I’ll report back at the end of February and let you know how my first OUMKG went. Anyone want to join me?!
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