Love/Hate Countertop Appliances

First off, let me introduce to you a "new to me" blogger and weekly party. Beth at Beth Fish Reads is definitely not a new blogger. She has a wonderful blog. She hosts a weekend party called Weekend Cooking. Here is her description from her blog regarding what the party is all about....

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

What a great concept for a weekend foodie party!

So here is my first step into Beth's party

Countertop appliances! I love them...I hate them!

I don't have a ton of counter space and giving up room to countertop appliances is not really something I like to do. I have my basics that always stay on the counter.....coffeepot, toaster and toaster oven. I also have a huge crock that holds all my misc. kitchen utensils, a knife block and Troy has his hot chocolate maker. That is more than enough for me. I love wide open clean kitchen surfaces. Now, is it always like that in my home?.....yeah, right! But, I try.

I have, of course, the standard "Pull them out when I need them" items, such as slow cooker, crockpot, popcorn maker and a big electric fryer.

But, then there are those other small appliances. One of which is our George Foreman Roaster. As you can see from the picture, ours has been used quite a lot.

Friends of ours bought this for us years ago. I honestly didn't think I would even use it. But, it was a gift, so at least trying it out was something I had to do.

Well, I have cooked many different things in this roaster over the years. And without a doubt, this thing cooks whole chickens better than any other method I have ever tried! The chicken always comes out super moist on the inside and with a little crunch on the outside. The herbs really sink in and flavor the chicken meat.

As you can see, I am cooking a chicken right now. The house smells AMAZING!

So, you are probably thinking,"Umm, Diann? So what is the "hate" part?" Well, besides the fact that it would take up room on my countertop, cleaning this sucker is a major pain!!

The only thing removable is the little drip dish on the bottom. Okay, so wiping it clean isn't totally horrible, not wonderful but, not horrible. What is a pain is the little drip hole. You can spend an hour trying to get that thing clean! You can't fit even a toothbrush down the hole. I generally have to take a little piece of one of those plastic mesh scrubbies, wrap it around the tip of a pencil and try to clean it out. So, not fun!

So, do you have any countertop appliances that you have a Love/Hate relationship with?


  1. I got rid of everything I "hated" and don't miss them one teeny bit. I had an electric griddle that was gift and really liked it, but hated having to store it 'cause it didn't fit in a cupboard. It broke and I never replaced it for just that reason.

    The only thing on my counter is my Kitchenaid mixer because it's too heavy to move around, and my electric can opener. I put my toaster in a cupboard when I'm finished.

    Last summer I had a clearing out day in my kitchen and filled three huge boxes with extra stuff. How many pans and pyrex dishes does one person need?

  2. While I covet wide open counters, I'll sadly never have them. S-i-g-h... I've blogged about the reality at my house.
    xoxo Pattie

  3. Hi Diann. Try pipe cleaners. Maybe even sprinkled with some soft scrub. I hate cleaning my waffle iron.

  4. Wow, this appliance looks incredible! I want it! Though not the cleaning aspect...

  5. I don't like to have anything on my counter except perhaps some canisters and a very few decorative items. This does not work that way, though, because we do have a toaster, coffee pot, and big electric mixer, along with a deep fryer. I need to invent some sort of 'cover' for a few items, or find a place to stash them!! (your chicken looks yummy!)

  6. First -- that chicken looks awesome! But ewwww cleaning that sounds horrible. Mine is my countertop grill -- I have a cuisinart and I love how it grills but even though the plates are removable, it is still difficult to clean all the grease off the entire appliance.

    What a great first post for Weekend Cooking. Welcome!

  7. I keep only one appliance on my counter, an electric kettle. Because I love my tea and use that every day. Everything else is out of site.

    Happily, I have a pantry. But anything that hard to clean would be at a yard sale, no matter how good the chicken.

  8. I love this post! I, too, hate counter clutterers. I have a toaster (made hubby get rid of the toaster oven), my Kitchen Aid mixer (which was kept in the pantry for a while but is very heavy) and the coffee maker (that only gets used 2x a month). For me, that is too much stuff on the counter. And I have already stuck away the electric griddle, the crockpots, the GF grill, the FoodSaver, the cookie press, the milkshake maker. I also got rid of the toaster oven, the food processor, the blender and the ice crusher. I feel abnormal when I go to friends' houses and see how many appliances they keep stocked up in their cupboards. Am I not that into my cooking or am I just backwards? Hmmm, that I will probably never answer. :)

  9. I like this post and I like your blog. I'm glad you participated in Weekend Cooking or I never would have found you.

    Since retiring my husband and I live in an RV which means a very small kitchen for someone who loves to cook. Countertop space is not only limited but impossible when we are on the move. The appliances that survived are stored in the cupboard. Fortunately, I have enough of those.

    What appliances survived? Toaster, crock-pot, electric skillet, hand-held mixer and small blender. I really miss my KitchenAid and food processor. When we finally come off the road those will be my first two purchases. In the meantime, I make do creatively.

  10. Hey that's a good blog. Thank you.


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