Meme on cooking utensils


Via starlady38, a very kitchen-y meme:

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don’t use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic presses, margarita glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation’s cupboards.

I use my garlic press all the time, mainly because I love to put garlic in everything. Also, if the vampire apocalypse ever comes to pass, I’ll be well prepared. I also had to google most of these, because I didn’t know they existed (cookie presses? sandwich makers? Wow), and wasn’t altogether sure of some things: for instance, our pressure cooker doubles as a steam cooker thanks to a handy basket, and we have a raclette set but no fondue set (I’m assuming a lot of these are typically American British equipment)

It goes without saying that our rice cooker sees heavy use :p


  1. This is one of the few times that I saw the genesis of a meme; it came from . So, while some of the stuff might be typically American, typically British seems more likely.

  2. Ah, OK. Will amend, thanks!

  3. Heh. Just noticed this one.

    pasta machine – had one in UK, didn’t work well, got rid.
    breadmakers – used one in UK for about 3 years before Robin stopped eating bread
    juicers – never had one
    blenders – use regularly
    deep fat fryers – had one in UK, used very rarely (needed better ventilation than our kitchen had!)
    egg boilers – not familiar with this. We boil eggs in something called a “saucepan”, not sure it’ll catch on
    melon ballers – not sure if we have one, don’t think so
    sandwich makers – um, again, whu? does this mean a sandwich toaster (which we don;t have)? because I make sandwiches most days. By hand. There’s a machine?!?
    pastry brushes – use basting brushes for grill marinades. Not pastry brushes (don’t do pastry)
    cheese knives – have, use sometimes
    electric woks – nope. Use a stovetop wok
    miniature salad spinners – have a salad spinner, used regularly. Would not describe it as miniature.
    griddle pans – use frequently
    jam funnels – never heard of one
    meat thermometers – have two, use regularly though both have been flaky recently
    filleting knives – not sure if we have specific filleting knives. don’t fillet things, so suspect not.
    egg poachers – no
    cake stands – no
    garlic presses – yes, used to use all the time, now tend to use big jars of pre-minced garlic as we get through so much of the stuff!
    margarita glasses – have them, never use them
    tea strainers – used occasinoally but mostly use bagged tea
    bamboo steamers – nope
    pizza stones – had one in UK, used frequently, again in days before Robin stopped eating flour-based products
    coffee grinders – used daily
    milk frothers – no
    piping bags – no
    banana stands – no
    fluted pastry wheels – no
    tagine dishes – yes, used occasionally
    conical strainers – yes, used regularly
    rice cookers – no, use saucepans
    steam cookers – no
    pressure cookers – used to have one in UK, used occasionally
    slow cookers – yes, used regularly
    spaetzle makers – no
    cookie presses – no
    gravy strainers – no
    double boilers (bains marie) – no
    sukiyaki stoves – no
    food processors – not as such (lots of grinders and mixers, though)
    ice cream makers – had one in UK, used occasionally
    takoyaki makers – no idea what one of those is I’m afraid
    fondue sets – think we have one, certainly used to, but don’t use it

    We cook at least 95% of main meals from scratch, but there are big sections misssing from our repertoire because of the no sugar/no flour thing (basically anything dessert-related or bread-related or jam-related has no purpose in our kitchen)

  4. Wow, you seem to have tried quite a few of those. I’m in awe.
    (a sandwich maker is a sort of heated press that you use to make croque monsieurs, for instance. We have one at home, but I had to google it to understand what they meant
    I think they meant the miniature kind of salad spinner, otherwise I’d have marked it since we own a rather large one-not sure what you do with a miniature one since salads pointedly come in, well, large sizes…).

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