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 Post subject: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:52 am 
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Inspector! Doctor Claw's Cooking-Rut-Ray has put all the locals in a trance! Everyone is sticking to their favourite utensils and cooking methods, and their kitchens and appliances are getting covered in a toxic dust that is infecting everyone with Boring Food Ennui.

Your mission this month is to dust off your lesser (or never) used kitchen gadgets, appliances, utensils, and serveware to inspire everyone! You can also kick it up a notch and share your personal kitchen hacks, or report back after trying that idea you've seen online.

Try to use one gadget multiple times, or take a stab with a couple of the ones that you've never gotten around to. Whatever you want!

In May, save us all Inspector Kitchen Gadget!


I am away for nearly two weeks this month so my time for this one is limited. But I have a small spiralizer I've never used that I would like to take a stab at, and lately my blender is only used for sauces and cashew cream. I hope to make use of them a bit this month. If I am able to find the time to bust out my never used pasta roller, all the better.

Not feeling this challenge? That's cool too. Choose your own adventure, and let us know how it goes! And if you've not joined in on a challenge yet, feel free to jump in.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:53 am 
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Oh! And don't forget to share your doings using the #ppkcooks2016 hashtag :)

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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:42 am 
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I've been meaning to use my spiralizer more, thanks for the challenge to actually make me do it! I could also use my awesome grill pan more. Fun challenge is fun, thanks Moon!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:23 am 
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Oooh! This'll be a fun one! I have a new immersion blender - it's nicer and more powerful than my old one, but I'm still getting used to it and I don't love every design aspect of it. This could be a good way to get better at using it! Good thinking!


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:01 pm 
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I love all things kitchen gadget, so it was hard for me to find one I don't use. I realized I never use our slow cooker though, and I under-use the pasta maker. My kids apparently think I don't use the ice cream maker enough, but I'm not sure that's going to happen this month.

I decided that not having too many underused kitchen gadgets means that I may have to just buy myself something new this month. Right? I definitely need to buy all the things.


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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 1:27 pm 
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Alin wrote:
I've been meaning to use my spiralizer more, thanks for the challenge to actually make me do it! I could also use my awesome grill pan more. Fun challenge is fun, thanks Moon!


I was thinking of my spiralizer as well. Or my BioChef. Or my Dehydrator. Maybe all three

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Used my food processor to make Homemade Vegan Pantry mozzarella for a cold pizza salad. The salad has greens, pickled peppers, slow roasted tomatoes, kalamata olives, cannellini beans, and vegan cheese. I've made the salad a million times, but I've never made this mozz before, so I'm excited to try it - will report back!


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 11:54 pm 
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I decided to use the slow cooker, which I have never used before. I made an easy black bean soup which I'll have for lunch all week. It was super easy, and it was nice to be able to take my kids to Legoland and come home to find my soup was done.

I think I might try to do this every weekend this month, so I'll be on the lookout for more slow cooker recipes that look yummy.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE4B6UfoaUy ... davi_on_ig


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 1:38 am 
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My pressure cooker literally has not moved in two years. It may be time.

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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 7:56 am 
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That looks really good, DEG! And thanks for the review on the Hampton Creek dressings. I love thousand island so much, will definitely have to try.


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 10:03 am 
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This will be fun to see what everyone dusts off and uses. That soup looks yummy!

Let's see I've got an ice cream maker, a slow cooker that I usually only cook beans in, a pasta attachment that comes out once a year and then one that literally has not been used in about 10 years- a small blowtorch hastily bought so long ago in a brulee phase! I'll have to see what happens...

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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
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Update: Homemade Vegan Pantry mozz is REALLY GOOD! One of the best vegan cheeses I've ever made, no doubt.

I also made Blendergirl's cauliflower millet mash with the assistance of my new immersion blender. Pretty good! And easy, which is a big plus.


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 3:21 pm 
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DEG wrote:
I love all things kitchen gadget, so it was hard for me to find one I don't use.

I know, me too. But I'm also excited about the theme!


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
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I did a two for one last night. :) I made ravioli which used my pasta roller and ravioli press. The main reason I don't make it more is that the whole production takes up a lot of counter space, and when I have foster kittens, I usually have bottles and formula and whatnot taking up too much room. But I cleaned the counter and decided to go for it. My 6 year old even helped. Plus he loves making his "special spaghetti" out of the dough scraps.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE9IJs0oaWl ... davi_on_ig


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 8:16 pm 
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I dunno if it counts as a gadget, per se, but I just bought a baking steel...!


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
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DEG wrote:
I did a two for one last night. :) I made ravioli which used my pasta roller and ravioli press. The main reason I don't make it more is that the whole production takes up a lot of counter space, and when I have foster kittens, I usually have bottles and formula and whatnot taking up too much room. But I cleaned the counter and decided to go for it. My 6 year old even helped. Plus he loves making his "special spaghetti" out of the dough scraps.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE9IJs0oaWl ... davi_on_ig

Awe, they are so cute, and plump, and square!


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
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Thanks! The ravioli mold thingy I have makes it easy to make perfect little ravioli. I really should make them more often. Too bad my kids are not adventurous at all with fillings so it's always tofu cashew ricotta. Maybe one of these days I'll make that for them, and something more interesting for me and the hubby.


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 7:15 am 
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Hmm. I don't think I really have any kitchen gadgets! My kitchen is so small I've refrained from buying things that will take up counter space.

The crock pot is really the only one I have, but er, someone just gave me a popcorn air popper? haha.


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I only use my slow cooker for beans, so I decided to give slow cooker seitan a shot - really, really good. Am wondering if I could do any of the homemade vegan pantry recipes with it... problem is, it made so much that it will take me weeks to go through it and try something new!


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
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Slow cooker seitan sounds really good! I find that seitan freezes really well, so you could always freeze individual portions of it instead of having to eat your way through a giant amount before making anything else.


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
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I've loved all the challenge themes before this, but this is my FAVORITE. I am obsessed with kitchen gadgets.

My spiralizer and mandoline have been sitting unopened in their boxes for over a year. This month I will actually use them!

I'm also going to make some yogurt in my Instant Pot. I've never made homemade yogurt before, but I'm really excited to try it.


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 10:28 am 
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I have a ton of kitchen gadgets and I use most of them except for two. My potato ricer (never used) and rarely use my slow cooker. I will have to look for a few recipes that I can test these gadgets out. Not sure what to do with the ricer, other than gnocci, which I've made a few times already.


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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 10:50 am 
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Miss Mandy, anything that calls for mashed potato! Samosas, pierogis, maybe even a latke/potato cake. Ricers make the best straight up mashed potatoes too. Roasted root veggie mash would be great too.


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 Post subject: Re: May PPK Challenge: Go Go Kitchen Gadget!
PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 9:54 pm 
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MissMandy wrote:
I have a ton of kitchen gadgets and I use most of them except for two. My potato ricer (never used) and rarely use my slow cooker. I will have to look for a few recipes that I can test these gadgets out. Not sure what to do with the ricer, other than gnocci, which I've made a few times already.


What if... you put churro dough into the ricer, and then extruded it into frying oil. It would be like angel hair churro nests...!
Also, if you make mashed potatoes/parsnips/etc, I've seen cinnamon roll recipes that call for mashed potatoes as a wet ingredient.


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