It's always amazing to me the gadgetry that is invented (or perhaps rediscovered) each year for cooking.
I like browsing through the shiny new things, especially at Kitchen and Co. in Asheville. (Love that store!)
One gadget that I found indispensable, but have learned to live without is a microwave. We do not have one and mostly reheat things in the grill which is something I never used before moving to the UK.
But, I realize that most would consider both a microwave and a grill intrinsic to a kitchen.
So, farther down the gadget spectrum, we have a panini maker. I love paninis. However, we only ever use the thing once every two months or so. We'd probably use it more if we had the counter space to keep it out on the counter on a regular basis.
I tried using it to cook pancakes, in order that it might have a multi function. It worked, but it was terribly slow. Just doesn't get hot enough and there is quite a bit of wasted energy when it stays open, since pancakes don't do well with the top down over them. :)
I cleaned out the kitchen today and realize that we have several bits and bobs that don't get used. In fact, some of them haven't been used in almost a year.
I know I'll use them again, but it seems a waste of space to have them hanging about. Catch 22, I suppose.
I am the Clean Fairy today, so I must trot back to the cleaning.
So, I'll leave you with a questions, as usual:
What's hanging about, unused, in your kitchen?