The S’mores Maker.S'mores It was at flea market yesterday and I had to stop and reflect. It represents everything that is wrong with commercialism in the U.S.

smoresS’mores is that universal treat that we learned about on our first camping trip or backyard BBQ.

You melt a marshmallow, place it next to Hershey’s milk chocolate, and squeeze it between 2 graham crackers. Done.

Smiles and a sugar high will follow.

Why does that require a machine ? With multiple working parts ?

banana slicerstrawberry slicerEvery time a new kitchen gadget gets advertised, I just shake my head.

Most of them, I’m sad to say, I learned about in my mother in law’s kitchen.

Why is slicing fruit such a challenge ?

egg separatorSo many examples…mug


pizza cutterspaghetti fork

For years, my family tried to convince me that I needed a Food Processor. I am an old-fashioned cook; give me a great chef’s knife and a cutting board and watch me work.

apple peeler

A compromise ?

My husband has a basement full of high tech tools;  commercial grade drill press, circular saw, scroll saws, wood lathe, etc. etc. etc.

He is a skilled carpenter, and these are necessary to him. He uses them every few years now.

I cook almost every day. But, it’s never been about the tools for me.

One Christmas season, I yielded. He gifted me the overpriced food processor.

It scared me. Something about washing that blade..I was sure I’d slice off a digit or two.

I quietly returned to my knife and board, my old fashioned blender, and for liquids, the magical immersion blender.

As for the Processor, capital “P”, I use it 2-3 times a year, just often enough to bring it out of storage and dust it off a bit.

I will sell it one day at a garage sale, or flea market.

It will be out there with someone’s S’mores Maker.

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62 Responses to Processor

  1. I am not a kitchen gadget person either. I loathe clutter and barely used items taking up storage space. If it serves me no purpose then it doesn’t have a place in my home. I do, however, own a food processor and it gets used once or twice a week on average. The main reason is that my oldest son professes to despising onions but I cook with onions all the time, just ones I’ve disguised by shredding them to a pulp on the food processor.

  2. Oh dear, I am a sucker for a gadget! I have a small food processor, I had one of those V Slicers, and I have a little mini chopper thing too!
    Luckily my husband is a chef and needs none of it. He is like you Van and doesn’t understand why I need gadgets!

  3. nancyruth says:

    I love kitchen gadgets but usually go back to the knife and cutting board. My favorite gadgets are the old-fashioned ones that require no cords or electricity.

  4. “Why is slicing fruit a challenge?” hehe

    I would like to get an apple corer though. I feel that I am wasting a lot of apple

    • My daughter is a great cook/baker. We did an apple pie together one holiday, she went out and bought me an apple corer the next day. I’ve used it once..when she visited. ☺ Thanks for the comment.

  5. Nurse Kelly says:

    Haha, Van! I love the self-stirring mug! I don’t go for a lot of gadgets either, but my husband loves them! I agree with you – a good knife and a cutting board can do most jobs. I do love my Keurig, if that can be considered a “gadget,” and I do have a NutriBullet that I use a lot for smoothies!

  6. I love this post!! Yes I agree, the kids are always telling me I need this and that gadget! I find they just sit in the cupboard more than anything! The smores maker is the best ha ha!

  7. Erika Kind says:

    Hahaha… so funny. I remember that peeling machine. The preshool of my daughter had one of those… in use. It took them so much longer to peel the apples… I never got it!

  8. My reaction when I read the first line was, “A S’mores maker? Who needs a s’mores maker?” 😀 Of course, that was the point. I do like my apple peeler/corer/slicer though. For me it all comes down to the ease of cleaning, and those are a piece of cake…I mean pie 🙂

  9. I’m with you all the way on that. I hate clutter of any kind and buying kitchen gadgets just means more clutter. It is devious how companies can create a market, and imply there is a need, for so much stuff. Honestly, do you need a device to cut up a hard boiled egg?

  10. LaVagabonde says:

    My husband is obsessed with kitchen gadgets. He buys them, and then never uses them. It’s harmless, I guess.

  11. gh0stpupp3t says:

    There is a gadget for everything it seems. I like the fact that you are still using the knife and cutting board. Also, who needs a s’mores machine? That takes all the fun out of making them.

  12. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Van, I’m right with you in the kitchen!! Give me my wooden cutting board and my favorite wooden handle cutting knife any day over a processor. I’ve used a processor several times, only when making a stew for example where I was putting so many veges in and my time was limited. There is something about cut veges and fruit that you just don’t get with the processor. It’s called, IMO, LOVE. Great post, my friend! Love, Amy ❤

  13. George says:

    It’s amazing the kitchen gadgets they come up with and I think my wife has found all of them..:)

  14. I’m with you! My last gadget was a forced purchase at a Pampered Chef party. It was called the Butter Buddy, intended to make buttering corn on the cob an easy experience. Let’s just say Buddy was not a good friend!

  15. I can sooooo relate to you on this post Van! ❤
    Diana xo

  16. I am “old school” too. I enjoy the physical aspects of the kitchen, and cooking/baking can be kind of contemplative. No gadgets for me. I am still able to beat egg whites and whipped cream with a whisk and think it is fun. Maybe age will change that but in the meantime, I am not into gadgets. Well, maybe just my rice cooker and a blender a couple times a year 😉.

    • I was smiling as I read this, I just finished a pot of mashed potatoes that I used an old-school potato masher instead of whipping them with a hand mixer. I hadn’t had my coffee or breakfast yet, and it was labor ! Arm workout at 7 a.m.? Thanks, Jane ☺

  17. lbeth1950 says:

    I spent a good part of yesterday cooking. It does feel good.

  18. writerinsoul says:

    Fun post. Fun comments. I came very late to the most basic gadgets. I absolutely count the hands-on kitchen work as calorie-burning exercise. I want to work the pizza dough with my hands, for one – like you with your cutting board & knife. Sort of the “zen of cooking” like our ancestors have done for hundreds of years. And clutter! Nooooo.

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