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What convience items would you never want to do without?

For me it's:

electric kettle
rice cooker/steamer
smoothie blender stick (I don't have a regular blender anymore)
toaster oven

and of course, the microwave
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our microwave

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Coffeemaker, hands down.

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Microwave

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Microwave!!!
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Potato peeler!
Most people probably don't consider this a conveinence item but, you probably weren't forced to use a paring knife growing up!
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Potato peeler!
Most people probably don't consider this a conveinence item but, you probably weren't forced to use a paring knife growing up!
I HATE using a potato peeler on potatoes...carrots, on the other hand -- I tried to use a paring knife on one of those the other day... :
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electric kettle... i'll probably think of more..
oh.. my laptop!! does that count?
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coffee maker
bread machine
what about appliances like washing machine & dishwasher?

I never use our microwave--it's basically a giant clock in our kitchen!
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Rice cooker - I can't make it otherwise.

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water heater, dh doesn't need cold showers. (they need a snickering smiley)
and the washing machine.
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my super-automatic espresso machine

coffee, espress, cappucinno all at the touch of a button
despite the high $ initial cost - its saved me a fortune b/c I no longer have the excuse to go out for coffee on my way to work

I call it the 'Coffee Altar'

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My Toaster, tea kettle, and blender.
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Microwave. My daughter would kill me without it. She refuses to think about eating or what she wants to eat until about 3 minutes before she's having a freaking breakdown because I can't fix what she's picked out fast enough.

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toaster
bread machine
mini-food processor, whips up a batch of hummus in a minute

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Gosh, umm I dunno. I've lived without a lot of modern things, including a water heater and it wasn't too bad. I'd say my fridge I wouldn't/couldn't live without.

My microwave is a big clock too! DH uses it more then me, but we wouldn't even have one if MIL hadn't insisted that we "can't live without it".
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Potato peeler!
Most people probably don't consider this a conveinence item but, you probably weren't forced to use a paring knife growing up!
I was forced to use a potato peeler while my mom used the paring knife, I hate using a peeler they take longer for me, I only use the peeler for carrots.
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I could live without most of the above but the water heater is definitely something I would never, ever live without. Cold showers No baths. No warm washing clothes: How would I wash my face
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Rice Cooker
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Coffee maker (yes, I've boiled water, put the filter in a styrofoam cup with a hole in the bottom and it was a pain in the ass.)

Rice cooker.

Microwave.
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coffee maker
hot water heater
toaster

I had a microwave and just used it for the timer, when that broke I took it to the dump and bought a timer. Certainly made for a lot more counter space.
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The two we use the most:
Coffee maker
Rice cooker

DH does use a french press at work and I don't mind making rice on the stove, so we could probably go without. We hardly use our microwave.
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Upright mixer and washing machine. I don't have anything listed in the OP except a microwave - isn't that funny?

Coffee bean grinder is pretty nice, although I could use an old-fashioned coffee mill just as easily, if I had one.

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Well, we're not that great at making rice to begin with and living in Japan just makes us want sticky rice rather than regular rice, so our rice cooker is a must.

We also wouldn't like to be without the microwave either. Matter of fact we just bought our new one yesterday since we left our old one behind when we moved.
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clothes washer. and i want to marry my vitamix. i suppose oven and stove, too. we don't have a microwave. oh and fridge. so i can keep my beer cold.
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