Expensive Kitchen Toys

So… I have a dehydrator. There was a time when I was eating raw foods. For me that meant foods only heated up to 115 degrees. I did raw food for about a month before I decided that it was too hard to ever get full.

Left over from that experiment with my food intake is a truly wonderful dehydrator that my parents bought me in support of my healthier choices. I actually enjoy dehydrated foods like cucumbers and fruits but haven’t used it much in the past couple of years. I have tended towards buying flash dehydrated veggies from the store because they taste so much crispier. Sunday night, I brought back out the dehydrator to make a few treats. I have bananas and apples and squash in there at the moment. I would like to also try dehydrating sweet potatoes to make chips. Here in lies the problem though. Nothing that I am dehydrating is actually super healthy for me.  Dehydrating actually condenses the sweet in fruit and doesn’t fill me up as much. Beef jerky would make money sense but I have never used my dehydrator for that. So the question becomes, do I keep the dehydrator or sell the dehydrator.

Kitchen stuffs I have already sold/donated

  • Jack LaLane Juicer (fresh juice shoots my blood sugar way up)
  • More than 20 knives
  • Several Pans
  • Random stirring utensils that I had multiples of

Kitchen stuff I use regularly

  • 3 sets of silverware
  • 5 9″ dinner plates
  • Blender
  • small pot
  • medium pot
  • small pan
  • wooden spoon
  • non melting spoon
  • spatula
  • measuring glass cup
  • Dry measuring cups
  • teaspoon and tablespoons
  • pan with sides
  • 2 loaf pans
  • cupcake pan (but mostly for eggs)
  • Pyrex

I am not sure if the rest of my kitchen stuff in important to have around. I would love a ladle and put it on my Christmas list as well as a better set of measuring spoons but in the way of actually NEEDING things I think I may have some items that are taking up space.

Not to sure about these

  • Toaster oven (keep thinking Ill use this more in a trailer)
  • Percolator (for guests.. coffee)
  • George Forman Grill
  • entertainment china for 5 people (I do have dreams of entertaining.. but trailer life might make that hard

I just keep wondering what the basic kitchen must need and if I am the basic kitchen. I also struggle with the idea of cooking in such a small trailer space. I do honestly like to cook so that will be an interesting change. I need to make sure to bring what is necessary and only necessary so I actually have space to work. The dehydrator has me wondering about loaning things to friends that would use them with the understanding that I would claim them back when I decided on a house life again. Sounds a bit to much like playing with fire though. If I chose to do that, I would have to be ok with them getting owneritous (where someone begins to think they own something that they didn’t before) and not wanting to give the items back.

Just something to meditate on as my whole kitchen gets used during the Christmas season. <3


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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