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Passing on memes is like posting new content, isn't it? Here's one doing the rounds:

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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. There are additions.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, crepe makers, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, pie funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini 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, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, stand mixers, mincers, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, gratin dishes, apple corers, mango stoners and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

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I feel rather better about our collection - we use pretty much everything that we have, the only exceptions being the juicer (which we might have got rid of, now I think of it), the fondue set (wedding present, naturally) and the sugar thermometer (which has received quite a bit of use in the past, just not this year). How anyone can own martini glasses and not use them at least once a year is beyond me.

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I had a look at that meme, but couldn't face posting with all the HTML messing about involved. I did laugh at the martini glass part, since ours get used every couple of days.

And there's no cocktail shaker on there, but ours gets extraordinarily heavy use: we use ours to heat milk when E wants warm milk or if any of us want hot chocolate, as well as for cocktails (no microwave, and anyway boiled water around a metal container is by far the fastest way to heat milk gently). We went through a stage where the shaker was being used twice a night, as a result.

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Never heard of half of these things! Think my list is at:

Have and use all the time:
garlic crusher
tea strainers

Have and use sometimes:
Kebab skewers
Rice cooker

Have and rarely use but really should:
Hand blender

Used to have:
Bread maker
Sandwich toaster
both got used until they expired, RIP. Wouldn't buy again though.

WHAT is a banana stand!?!?

OK I know what a banana stand is now! It's an object unfit for holding bananas but useful for holding headphones...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B0001IWY8M/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_1?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0

Ooh, your list is bigger than my list...

I have a cake tester, and somewhere the remainder of a packet of wooden kebab skewers left over from some earlier project. That's all from the list. My kitchen is too small for most of this junk anyway, even the microwave is sometimes regretted.

The cake tester doesn't see use because if I make a cake I immediately eat the entire cake, unless it has some other mission that forbids this, and so I know before I even get out a mixing bowl that it's a bad idea.

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