Appliances Anonymous
August 23rd, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Linda Petty is an editor at CNN Living. She likes boxed mixes, tarted-up vegetables, letting produce rot in her crisper, eating breakfast at her desk, raiding your pantry, ice cream cones and other frozen delights.

Homemade ice cream is headed my way and I won’t have to lift a finger. That’s because I gave my ice cream machine to a friend of mine and he has big plans.

It took me a while to dig it out of the appliance cemetery - also known as the tippy top shelves of the cupboards in my kitchen. It was buried there after I had used it twice, for a banana pudding ice cream and a strawberry sorbet.

But I just had to have the machine after watching Oprah Winfrey on her old show talking rapturously about all the low-cal treats that could be made in the easy-to-use thingy. It was sort of easy to make the frozen desserts. But it was also easy to eat the whole dessert - which sort of canceled out the low-cal part. And then there was the cleaning of all the parts.

So now the machine is taking up residence at my friend’s house, much to the dismay of his wife. She feels they have enough small kitchen appliances crowding their cupboards that they already fail to use more than once a year.

Some of my seldom-used appliances arrived as gifts from well-meaning friends. Others were impulse buys to fuel my culinary dreams.

There’s the hand mixer, the bowl mixer, the standing blender, the hand-held blender. Then there are all the specialized things for chopping and slicing. And there’s the broiler in the stove, the toaster, the toaster oven, George Foreman’s grill, the microwave, the Crockpot.

Little things add up - like the cheese slicer, the regular grater I inherited from my mother, the microplane grater from a friend, the grater-attached to Tupperware that was gonna keep my work area cleaner.

I have a wooden, cookie roller thingy that was crafted in occupied Germany. I have a melon baller and an ancient curved grapefruit knife. Those sit in a crowded drawer along with other things I may use once in my entire life.

Maybe there should be rental stores of kitchen stuff that nobody really needs, but we all could take them home and use them once and admire how they look in our kitchen. And then take them back.

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