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Topic # 143366 12-Apr-2014 12:51
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What is the geekiest item in the kitchen?

Tell us what it looks like (a picture maybe), what you use it for, and Ideally where the rest of us can go to get one too




I'll start with something low tech, but very geeky IMO

I have a copper mixing bowl that I use for making Pavlova
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Part of the egg white grabs the ions from the copper and this gives firmer egg whites quicker, and the copper ions make the egg whites turn a copper/pink color.

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  Reply # 1023919 12-Apr-2014 12:59
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TimA's kitchen. Consists of the all geeky Automatic Can opener.





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really sharp knives are the only thing i get obsessive over in a kitchen, cant survive without them.




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  Reply # 1024042 12-Apr-2014 16:37
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vexxxboy: really sharp knives are the only thing i get obsessive over in a kitchen, cant survive without them.


Do your prefer a particular material i.e. ceramic or steel - or is it all about the knife keeping an edge?

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  Reply # 1024069 12-Apr-2014 17:29
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TimA: TimA's kitchen. Consists of the all geeky Automatic Can opener.



and yet, the can opener and the fridge is probably about the only bit TimA uses in there :3


as for the copper bowl, i think i may have found the next gift idea for a few people :D




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  Reply # 1024075 12-Apr-2014 17:44
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vexxxboy: really sharp knives are the only thing i get obsessive over in a kitchen, cant survive without them.


Have to agree on the sharp knives. I just spent the morning refining our knives, it is my current obsession.

What do you use to sharpen yours? I use a Lansky Diamond fixed angle system. It has 4 grade of diamond sharpeners and a sapphire stone to polish them up once sharp. They glide through paper (I test by cutting the edge of a piece of a4).

Love my copper frypans too.

Wife likes her Breville Juicer and pod coffee machine. Both are used daily.

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  Reply # 1024083 12-Apr-2014 18:14
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vexxxboy: really sharp knives are the only thing i get obsessive over in a kitchen, cant survive without them.


Do your prefer a particular material i.e. ceramic or steel - or is it all about the knife keeping an edge?


just keeping an edge, i have 4 really good German knives that i have had for years , they set me back around $400 but worth every cent. 




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  Reply # 1024107 12-Apr-2014 19:21
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I have a digital meat thermometer. It's great to be able to set a temperature on the meter, shove the sensor in the meat and wait for the beeping to know when it's perfect. 

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  Reply # 1024202 12-Apr-2014 22:24
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Dav4122:
vexxxboy: really sharp knives are the only thing i get obsessive over in a kitchen, cant survive without them.


Do your prefer a particular material i.e. ceramic or steel - or is it all about the knife keeping an edge?


I really love my Japanese style Shun knives - http://shun.kaiusaltd.com/ - but you need to sharpen them to a different angle than regular blades.  I have a Shun electric sharpener for once a year restoration, and use a ceramic 'steel' for casual keeping of the edges.

I also love my dishwasher, and couldn't live without it.  But the dishwasher and the knives never meet :P 

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  Reply # 1024697 14-Apr-2014 09:21
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vexxxboy: really sharp knives are the only thing i get obsessive over in a kitchen, cant survive without them.


Do your prefer a particular material i.e. ceramic or steel - or is it all about the knife keeping an edge?


I really love my Japanese style Shun knives - http://shun.kaiusaltd.com/ - but you need to sharpen them to a different angle than regular blades.  I have a Shun electric sharpener for once a year restoration, and use a ceramic 'steel' for casual keeping of the edges.

I also love my dishwasher, and couldn't live without it.  But the dishwasher and the knives never meet :P 

Do you know what angle they should be sharpened at?

I have two German made kitchen knives (One 'Chef' knife and one carving knife) and also a 'Ran' Japanese blade. I sharpen the germans at a 25 degree angle, but feel this angle is almost too much for the Ran. I feel at the moment my oldest knife (a German Chefs knife) is the sharpest in the block, and I also like the feel of it in the hand. I like the Ran, and I love the 'sound' if it.

Never ever in the dishwasher, although, is that because of the chemicals, or the danger of other items whacking into them?

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I have a wall mounted android tablet (in a custom picture frame) in my kitchen.  the rest is just your standard kitchen I suppose.  I also have this Batman apron in a draw, but I've never used it.

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  Reply # 1024707 14-Apr-2014 09:34
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Our Induction Hob, really cool,  really fast




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cant do without our Krupps Coffee Machine.





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  Reply # 1024716 14-Apr-2014 09:47
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Nothing really geeky at all, just quality tools.

I also have some nice knives, nothing too high end. I sharpen with a standard steel, which is annoying and not super effective. Any better suggestions?

We have all Circulon non-stick cookware - three pans, three pots, baking trays, etc. It works very well. The only thing that seems to stick to it is rice noodles when I cook Pad Thai, I may have to buy a wok, but they don't work so well on standard stove elements. I suggested getting a standalone gas cooker (with a small bottle of gas) that can sit on the bench, but my wife doesn't like that idea.

Love my Bosch dishwasher.




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  Reply # 1024722 14-Apr-2014 09:55
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I have one of these kettles - https://www.sunbeam.co.nz/Coffee-and-Beverages/Kettles-and-Urns/KE9600R-Cafe-Series-Variable-Temperature-Kettle-Red.aspx

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ets you heat to different temperatures and keep the water hot. The LCD shows the current temperature and a countdown to the target temperature. Its pretty cool.




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timmmay: Nothing really geeky at all, just quality tools.

I also have some nice knives, nothing too high end. I sharpen with a standard steel, which is annoying and not super effective. Any better suggestions?

We have all Circulon non-stick cookware - three pans, three pots, baking trays, etc. It works very well. The only thing that seems to stick to it is rice noodles when I cook Pad Thai, I may have to buy a wok, but they don't work so well on standard stove elements. I suggested getting a standalone gas cooker (with a small bottle of gas) that can sit on the bench, but my wife doesn't like that idea.

Love my Bosch dishwasher.


knives are interesting -- we bought a $400 set of knives from a good brand. 

But, the $10 knife bought from walmart in the US (for a camping trip) seems to do just as good a job if not better as it seems to stay sharper for longer. 


And, non-stick frypans -  no matter the price , they always wear out even if you look after them. We bought the woll titanium non-stick pan from the food show for $300 or so.   It lasted longer than the normal teflon but it is nearly 3 years old and has lost much of the non-stick surface .  This has never seen a dishwasher and only cleaned using a water, detergent, and dish cloth according to the instructions. 

It has a lifetime warranty but they will no doubt invoke the 'you did not take care' clause and it would end up in an argument which I don't care to take with them. We did use this on fairly high heats but there were no warnings against doing this due to the high quality construction. 




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