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    I have a shameful confession - I just went out and bought a MELON BALLER!!!
    Looking through my gizmo drawer I also found a butter curler, an avocado slicer, some paper lace doilies, an egg pricker and a julienne slicer - none of which has ever been used as far as I can recall.

    Come one, fess up and be absolved.

    Edit: Also an olive pitter
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    Where to begin? OK, I have a vintage waffle iron that makes heart-shaped waffles. Never been used. An old-fashioned toaster -- the kind where you put the toast in on either side -- that I used to use, but my husband doesn't like so it stays in the cupboard. Two blenders, one a vintage Waring, which I rarely use. A juicer that enjoyed some use last summer and fall until my husband lost interest. A food processer that gets used occasionally. A pulser that I've used once. Every kind of cake and bread pan and pie plate imaginable, plus cookie sheets and muffin pans. I rarely have time to bake any more. A cappuccino machine etc. that gets used only when I insist my hubby make me a cup. About four different kinds of coffee makers, including a drip, a cafetiere and a Vietnamese. Etcetera.

    What do I use? A beat-up old cheese grater, the kind you hold. An old glass citrus juicer. My 25-year-old hand mixer that works like a charm. An old metal cake pan that I'm too embarrassed to ever leave out on the counter, but over which I seriously freaked out once when I thought I'd lost it in a move. An air popper. My old English teapot, complete with chips from the last earthquake. Are you starting to get the picture?

    I feel a serious bout of spring cleaning coming on.

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    I have a melon baller -- rarely use it on melons, instead, I make my kids mini ice cream sundaes. They think the tiny scoops of ice cream are very cute.

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    My friends laugh at my cookie scooper. But they are probably just jealous! It allows me to make bakery-perfect cookies!!! (tulip gave me the best idea to use it FOR ICE CREAM!!)

    I use my apple slicer/corer at least twice a day, but that's not really 'embarrassing'.

    I love kitchen gadgets. A*O, I've never seen an avacado slicer...does it work well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze
    Where to begin? OK, I have a vintage waffle iron that makes heart-shaped waffles. Never been used. An old-fashioned toaster -- the kind where you put the toast in on either side -- that I used to use, but my husband doesn't like so it stays in the cupboard. Two blenders, one a vintage Waring, which I rarely use. A juicer that enjoyed some use last summer and fall until my husband lost interest. A food processer that gets used occasionally. A pulser that I've used once. Every kind of cake and bread pan and pie plate imaginable, plus cookie sheets and muffin pans. I rarely have time to bake any more. A cappuccino machine etc. that gets used only when I insist my hubby make me a cup. About four different kinds of coffee makers, including a drip, a cafetiere and a Vietnamese. Etcetera.

    What do I use? A beat-up old cheese grater, the kind you hold. An old glass citrus juicer. My 25-year-old hand mixer that works like a charm. An old metal cake pan that I'm too embarrassed to ever leave out on the counter, but over which I seriously freaked out once when I thought I'd lost it in a move. An air popper. My old English teapot, complete with chips from the last earthquake. Are you starting to get the picture?

    I feel a serious bout of spring cleaning coming on.
    The good old fashioned things can't be beat in my book.

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    ^^Agreed. I inherited a melon baller that I've never used from my husband when we combined households. One weird thing I bought that I actually use is a cherry pitter for making jam and freezing all the luscious cherries we get here in summer. As for all the other gadgets in my drawers and cupboards, there will be a day of reckoning soon!

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    I have a press to make toast say I love you. Never used the damn thing and it has moved with us at least 6 times. The kids now use it on play dough.

    Popover pans for the one time every 10 years that I make popovers.

    What is a butter curler?
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    Swanson's Frozen Dinners

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVZ
    Swanson's Frozen Dinners
    I eat Lean Cuisines and SmartOnes from WW which don't even have the retro appeal of a Swanson's!

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    Aren't those made by Swanson?

    But these really are a godsend when you're too damn lazy to cook or do anything and just want to eat

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    Butter curler - it's a metal hook thing you scrape over a block of butter and you get thin curls of, er, butter.
    Totally poncy and useless.
    Ditto the avocado slicer.
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    I have a cheese curler. I used to use it, but haven't in years.

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    Thanks I have one then. I always thought it was for making chocolate curls. Would explain why it never worked very well. I'll use it for the next batch of popovers.

    I also have sterling silver grape scissors. They were a wedding gift and have never been used.
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    I have a mini food processor that I love. I also have Ikea wooden salad tongs. I mostly use them as arm extension when I need to reach for something up in a high cabinet!

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    I have a Hello Kitty Sandwich Grill Pan.



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