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Hi:

I'm in serious decluttering, simplifying mode and wondering what others choices would be if you could only have 5 appliances in your kitchen. I use a lot of appliances regularly; they don't sit and only get used once a year so that's why I'd be curious what folks would pick.

Here are all my appliances:

Kitchen Aid Mixer
Cuisinart Food Processor
Hand Blender/aka Stick Blender
Yogurt maker
Vitamix Blender
Rice Cooker
Pasta Maker
Juicer
Toaster
Waffle Maker
Panini/Grill
Coffee Maker
Crock Pot
Electric Tea Kettle (our electric over takes 5 minutes longer to heat up)
Bread Maker

Thanks for the input.
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Kitchen Aid Mixer
Cuisinart Food Processor
Hand Blender
Yogurt maker
Vitamix Blender
Rice Cooker
Pasta Maker
Juicer
Toaster
Waffle Maker
Panini/Grill
Coffee Maker
Crock Pot
Electric Tea Kettle (our electric over takes 5 minutes longer to heat up)
Bread Maker
I feel that if you really do use them enough to justify keeping (and you have the space for them), then keep them.

Personally I would get rid of the toaster. You can use your oven to toast things. Do you really need the rice cooker? Could you not just cook rice in a pot on the stove? Other than that just assess how much you use them to see if you really need them.
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Interesting question! I've been thinking about this very thing b/c we are considering an overseas move and will seriously need to pare down if we go...I'll be watching to see what others pick! I think I would pick:

-The KA mixer
-rice cooker
-toaster
-crock pot
-food processor (if it's large enough to do any "blending" type jobs for you, otherwise probably the vitamix blender)

I think that pp are right, though, if you honestly use them all the time most of them are worth keeping. I am a firm believer in my rice cooker, and ditto the crock pot, with a busy toddler who usually won't let me cook uninterrupted that thing is a lifesaver. You could definitely probably pare down the "blending" type items, and I am getting ready to get rid of our coffee pot, we have a large french press we use almost exclusively.
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We have quite a few small appliances, but I use them too.

Here's what I would keep if forced to pick 5:
KA
tortilla maker (I love this thing! )
blender
yogurt maker
crock pot

I'd be willing to go without the rice cooker, but dh loves it, and it does do a wonderful job.
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Kitchen Aid Mixer
Blender
Rice Cooker
Juicer
Toaster
Crock Pot

Thanks for the unput.
This is what we have - 6 items (and ours is a toaster oven, not just a toaster) - if I needed to lose one it would depend on what you use more. We use the rice cooker a lot but the juicer only about once a month, so it would likely be the one to go.

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I go back and forth on the rice cooker but boy it makes great rice, and I still haven't figured out good rice making in our altitude.
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Of what I have, this is what I'd keep

Kitchen Aid mixer
Kitchen aid food processor
blender
toaster oven
steamer (which I use for rice also)

dh would insist on the coffee maker though and I really like my juicer
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I personally don't have a set number I can 'have' appliance wise. Instead, they have to fit in a designated storage area when not in use. So for right now, I've got a blender, kitchen aid mixer, and deep fryer on my counter, and all the crockpots (I have 3), asst other 'stuff' - like hot air popper, etc. Can't remember what all I have right now, lol. I have a microwave cart that has 2 cabinet doors on it and that's where everything is stored. Since I seem to go in seasons on what is out on counter (except kitchenaid - that stays out ALL the time - I use it a minimum of 3x week) it works for me.

probably didn't help much, eh?

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Electric Kettle
Rice Cooker
Toaster Oven
Microwave (the stove just uses too much electricity)
Immersion blender

I really want to replace my stove with a single pot convection hot plate, but that's not happening for some years.
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Kitchen Aid Mixer
Cuisinart Food Processor
Toaster
Coffee Maker
Crock Pot

These are the ones I'd keep.

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I'd keep the Kitchen Aid, food processor, blender, crock pot and waffle maker because these are the ones we use often. I have a few french press coffee makers, though, or I would have had to keep a coffee maker on the list too.
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I think you should keep them since you use them regularly, especially if you have space for them all to be kept out of the way and if you enjoy using them. You could try putting a couple of them up high/someplace inconvenient for a couple months and see if you miss them or not, and if you don't, get rid of them.

I love decluttering, but it can be hard to walk the line of simplifying as much as possible and regretting what you get rid of. My personal goal is to keep the stuff I really love and enjoy and get rid of the stuff that keeps me from enjoying my space.
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I have all of the appliances you have except one. I make every single meal we eat here at home from scratch. These appliances keep me from being in the kitchen all day (although even with them, I am in there a lot). But, if I were forced to choose five, I'd keep my standmixer, food processor, electric kettle, rice cooker and toaster. Those things make my life a lot easier but then again, so do all my gadgets.

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we have a fridge, a stove, a microwave, a kettle and a cofee maker. so that's the five I'd keep off your list :
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oh. oops. we have a toaster too.
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Ok, you left out the big ones. I was wondering how you'd cut down to 5!

*I* would want to keep our toaster, coffee pot, hot water kettle & crockpot. DH would "need" to keep our deep fryer. I have a love/hate relationship with the thing. It was a gift to us, otherwise we wouldn't have one.
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If I had to downsize my kitchen clutter collection, I'd choose:

-Electric kettle
-Toaster oven
-Raclette grill (we love it, and use it all the time)
-Stove
-Fridge

I'm actually having a hard time thinking of things I'd keep!

We've gone through 2 mixers since we've been together, and I nearly picked up a manual hand mixer (the old fashioned kind) when we were out at a specialty kitchen store yesterday. For how often we use it, I'd be happy with that.

We've gone through 3 coffee makers since we've been together. And we recently started drinking instant, when we want it, so we can use the kettle for that.

I hate my microwave. The only thing we ever use it for is de-frosting leftover spaghetti sauce.

The toaster - or crumb creator - could get the boot. I hate it, too.

I have a crock pot, but have never used it. Not once.
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Yes I left out the big ones - mostly because they aren't going anywhere.
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If I could only keep five it would be these:
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Kitchen Aid Mixer
Toaster
Waffle Maker
Coffee Maker
Crock Pot
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Kitchen Aid
rice cooker
bread machine
crock pot
toaster oven
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toaster
blender
hand mixer
crock pot
waffle iron OR stick blender

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I agree, that if you use them, then keep them. From that list the things I use are Bread Maker, Electric Kettle, Yogurt Maker and Mixer. I have a coffee pot but only use it a couple of times a year. The rest of the time I use a French Press.
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Were talking about stuff that plugs in, right?

Kitchen Aid
Cuisinart
Stick Blender
Toaster Oven
Crock Pot

Okay, drumroll please...

That's all we have! Popcorn can be popped, yogurt made, and rice boiled in a pot. (Okay, to be fair, to make yogurt you also need a thermometer and heating pad, and the heating pad plugs in. But we don't keep it on the kitchen counter.) We have a mortar and pestle for spices, a hand grinder and a French press for coffee, a tea kettle, a cast iron waffleiron (used on stove burner) and some attachments for the Kitchen Aid (pasta maker, grain mill).

As my man Alton Brown says, "Death to the unitasker!"

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toaster oven
toaster
ice cream maker
blender
coffee grinder

(I actually think that is all the appliances I have)
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Gosh, I've never been so proud of myself as I am on this thread. We don't have a microwave, either. And our bread and yogurt is exclusively homemade.

Okay, I'm gonna stop gloating now.

I find bread kneading to be theraputic, so I would ditch the breadmaker. We went to Vinnie's, bought a dozen loaf pans for $5, and bake bread at least 8 loaves at a time and freeze them. So I guess we have six appliances, because we have a chest freezer (but it's in the basement).

Also, as I said, you totally do not need a yogurt maker to make yogurt. I can give instructions if anyone wants them.

You could get the pasta maker attachment for your Kitchen Aid.

I don't really get why you have a juicer and a Vitamix and a Cuisinart. I would ditch the juicer and the Vitamix, keep the Cuisinart, and, if you really miss it, get the juicer attachment for the KA. We have a little hand juicer that meets our needs.

You can get a Lodge cast iron pan to make waffles and grill paninis- inexpensive, too. And you can hang it to save space.

You could also go the mill and French press route for coffee. Honestly, since we ditched our piece of crap Mr. Coffee, I don't even like drip brewed coffee anymore.

The point of a rice cooker is lost on me.

So I've got you down to, what, seven?

HTH!

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I have a recipe on how to make homemade ice cream without a special machine, too, if anyone's interested.

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I don't really get why you have a juicer and a Vitamix and a Cuisinart. I would ditch the juicer and the Vitamix, keep the Cuisinart, and, if you really miss it, get the juicer attachment for the KA. We have a little hand juicer that meets our needs.
HTH!
My DS only likes clear juice so the juicer gets used 2 times a week to make juice. I love more smoothie like mixes and do a lot of things in the Vitamix as a blender. I used to have the KA juicer but it was limiting for me since I couldn't juice berries and such in the KA juicer. The Cuisanart is used to slice veggies, shred cheese, and the like, and pesto etc.
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My top 5:

Hand blender
Kitchen-Aid Mixer
Food processor
Crock pot
Toaster
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Hi:
Kitchen Aid Mixer
Cuisinart Food Processor
Vitamix Blender
Rice Cooker
Toaster
Coffee Maker
Crock Pot
Electric Tea Kettle (our electric over takes 5 minutes longer to heat up)
Okay, I couldn't get down to five. Do you use your bread machine everyday? I know some people do.

I have all of the above minus the kettle and rice cooker. I wouldn't mind either TBH
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I have a recipe on how to make homemade ice cream without a special machine, too, if anyone's interested.
I would LOVE this recipe! My ice cream maker just died.
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