George Foreman Grill, garlic press and apple corer: keep or toss?


July 18, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

Moving out of my apartment brought me face-to-face with a handful of kitchen gadgets that had rested in the bottom of cabinets and the backs of drawers for a year.

I went through a phase during which I collected all sorts of trinkets for the kitchen. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I really don’t need as many tools in the kitchen, especially the kind that only perform one job.

Three stragglers have managed to survive the move into a new kitchen, but I’m not so sure if I want to hang onto them.

  1. The George Foreman Grill. I first got my hands on this baby freshman year of college. I cooked EVERYTHING on my grill: chicken, burritos, even Toaster Strudels. Watching the fat drip off meat provided tens of minutes of enjoyment. I gradually decreased my use of the George Foreman Grill, mainly because it was such a witch to clean. And sometimes, I just don’t want my fat dripping off into a plastic tray.
  2. Garlic press. I use garlic a lot in my cooking, so I thought this tool would reduce the time I spent mincing. Wrong. This was another tool I found difficult to clean.
  3. Apple corer. I bought this utensil to better accommodate this recipe for apple dumplings that calls for the cook to remove the core of the apple and fill the space with sugar. I only used the apple corer once. It was pretty tough to push that thing through an apple. It became even more difficult if you were off center.
I’m going to hand over my decision-making to the people. Should I keep or toss* these tools?
*By toss, I mean donate to Goodwill.

7 thoughts on “George Foreman Grill, garlic press and apple corer: keep or toss?

  1. I’m getting ready to move myself so I’m sure I will be asking these same questions soon. I use my Foreman grill maybe twice a year, thinking that might not be worth it…hmm…

  2. JoLee says:

    Toss the Foreman. Send me the press and corer 😉

  3. emily says:

    i love my corer. i don’t use it much, but it makes eating apples so much better. remove the annoying middle before your first bite!

  4. Gail Weber says:

    Received a Foreman Lean Machine Fat Reducing Grill with no directions ie how long to cook meat etc. Please send us a recipe book and directions.

    Thank you.

    Gail Weber
    5058 N. Watervliet Rd Watervliet, MI 49098

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