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Coupon Abbreviations
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  • WYB = When You Buy
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  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
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kitchen appliances you don't need

There are some kitchen appliances that are necessary (or at least super helpful) to a functioning kitchen, but there are some that simply take up space (and cost money you don’t necessarily need to spend).

Here’s a list of kitchen appliances you don’t need and can probably do without.

Kitchen Appliances You Don’t Need:

1. Yogurt Maker

These machines are generally sorta bulky and you can find some pretty great sales on yogurt in grocery stores. If you’re set on making yogurt yourself, you can find some ideas online about how to do it without an extra machine.

2. Rice Cooker

I know lots of people love their rice cookers, but if you’re pressed for space, I think it’s one of the things that can go. You can easily make rice in a regular pot on the stove.

3. Bread Machine

Unless you can find a good deal, bread machines are generally pretty pricey. Use your regular old oven to make a yummy loaf of bread.

4. Deep Fryer

Fix a cooking thermometer to a pot of canola oil and you can get the same results for french fries and more as you would with a bulky deep fryer (oil generally needs to be between 350 and 375 degrees).

5. Baby Food Maker

Homemade baby food is certainly great for your baby, but you can get the same smooth consistency by steaming foods and then blending them in the blender.

6. Panini Press

Yes, paninis are delicious, but you can get the same pressed effect by cooking your sandwich with another heavy skillet on top. Flip it once during cooking and you’ll have a melty, hot sandwich.

7. Salad Spinner

The problem with salad spinners is that they take up so much space (too much space for only having one purpose).

8. Most Items with Only One Purpose

In general, most items that have only one purpose are taking up space and the task can be accomplished with something you already own. Ditch the avocado slicer and use a knife, get rid of the egg separator and use your hands, etc.

What kitchen items do you think are unecessary?

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    • joycejoann

      I recently got rid of our salad spinner, because it was such a space hog. It did get more dirt off homegrown lettuce, though.

      I disagree on the bread maker. It’s more about the convenience of having the machine knead it, let it rise, then knead it again and give it another rise. I usually take out the dough and bake it in a regular loaf pan.
      With the business of potty training, homeschooling, and cleaning up messes, it can be hard to keep track of where my bread dough is in its cycle. Someday, when I have the time to bake all our bread, I would even buy a second one to make 2 loaves at once.

    • mommalana

      I use my breadmaker 3 times a week. Two loaves of bread and pizza dough. It saves me a ton of money. I am on my third machine, having worn out two of them. Having a salad spinner keeps me from buying expensive bag salads.

      • mommalana

        I use my salad spinner to dry cooked pasta for salads and to dry other produce, too.

    • Anna

      So culturally biased! We Asians can’t live without our rice cookers!!!

      • Cecille Mendoza Millena

        True!

    • Nicole

      She said these are items you don’t “need.” She did not say they are items you shouldn’t own! Jenny just tries to help. She isn’t condemning you for using any of these items.

      • mommalana

        True. I guess I am just still feelng burned over the Aldi vs Publix post. I felt condemned and stupid for shopping at Aldi.

    • alexusrydr

      It all depends upon how much it gets used. My dehydrator is a waste of space because it is hardly ever used. My rice cooker is another story. Cajuns use rice cookers almost daily.

    • jbwphoto1

      When I bought my salad spinner from TJMaxx for about $21, I wondered how I’d gotten away with not having one all these years. I like putting together my own salad and was destroying/wilting the lettuce with trying to rinse and paper towel dry. I don’t have anything cast iron due to glass top stove, so using a deep fryer and the George Foreman as a Panini press really work in my kitchen. The deep fryer also does a much better job of keeping grease from popping on me. I still haven’t used the bread maker I received as a gift, but it seems to be an addicting appliance.