Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pancake Powered Kitchen Appliances!

I have finally found the answer to every mother's question - why can't I somehow bottle up my child's endless supply of energy and use it for something useful? Oddly enough, I found it at a rummage sale:

Both my ten year old boy and my four year old boy are fascinated with my new toy. We shredded two zucchinis and a pound of cheddar with it this morning (and they were begging to do more!)

In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that I already have a gadget like this that hooks up to my kitchen aid stand mixer (the slicer/shredder attachment). But, honestly, it's kind of a pain to clean (by which I mean it takes up a lot of room in the dishwasher . . .) and store (yeah, it's my own fault for keeping it waaayyy back in the lower cabinets, so I have to dig it out whenever I want to use it . . .)

Ok, yeah, I saw a new toy and had to get it. It was only $2! And it's so earth-friendly it runs on completely renewable pancake power! You never know when there might be a power outage and you just NEED some shredded cheese!


This gadget actually caused an "Ah-ha!" moment for me. I had never seen a gadget like this before, and honestly, I never even thought to wonder if there could be a gadget like this. It just assumed that my big, bulky, plastic, electricity-driven shredder was all there was (other than that little flat cheese grater thingy I have in my utensil drawer. And maybe a salad shooter - which of course is simply a little, useless, plastic, electricity-driven shredder . . .)

But when I saw this, it dawned on me - most of those electric kitchen gadgets (the useful ones, anyway) probably started out as non-electric kitchen gadgets, since people have been preparing food for thousands of years, but electricity has only been widely available for less than a hundred.

Which (in my mind, anyway) went along with one of the ideas that drives this blog: processed foods, with all of their unpronounceable chemical ingredients, are simply poor imitations of real, homemade food. This was actually a revelation to me. I know - duh! I honestly used to think that you couldn't make things like ketchup or mayonnaise in your own kitchen, that you needed some kind of industrial machinery and unavailable-to-the-average-person chemicals.

But slowly, after I married and we started a family, I began to learn how to actually cook - not just warm up pre-packaged frozen pizzas and lasagnas (my poor husband put up with a lot of hamburger helper those first years!) Thanks to the internet, I found recipes for things like spaghetti sauce (millions of them!) and discovered what to do when you don't have a can of cream of mushroom soup.

So, part of the reason I started this blog was to help people like me - to give back, in a Titus 2 kind of way.

But also realize that I'm still learning - feel free to share your tips with me, too!


  1. I want one of these! (Esp. after reading that Food Renegade post about the wood pulp in shredded cheese...sigh.)

  2. So you finally got the comments to work, huh? What did the trick?

  3. Great children can also use such appliances. I am also using kitchen appliances and my children often help me out.

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  6. Great to sea children also handles this equipment easily, we are also using this kitchen appliance last 5 year, thanks for sharing such a great post!

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