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What is your LEAST favorite PC product?

Discussion in 'Products and Tips' started by jrstephens, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. jrstephens

    jrstephens Legend Member

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    Just wondering what you all do not like or never use.

    I do not like the "old" kitchen shears and never use them. We will see about the new ones.

    I cannot stand the jar opener! I can open better with my hands or using the Easy Opener to loosen the jar first.

    The Jar Opener wins as my least favorite!
     
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  2. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    That's funny - I LOVE the jar opener, but don't like the easy opener...never use it! My least favorite though, and one that I think is totally silly is that little food holder thing...can't remember the name...the one w/ the prongs(looks like a hair pick), and you are supposed to use it to slice an onion or something....oh - and the ice cream sandwich maker, and also the tiles paper napkins!
     
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  3. rennea

    rennea Legacy Member Gold Member

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    I love the jar opener as well:) :)

    I don't like the hold and slice, it's a pain the the butt.
     
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  4. Bexs50

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    For me, its the kitchen spritzer. I was so excited to get it and now it never works right. I would never show a product that only works correctly PART of the time!
     
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  5. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Hold n Slice! That's what it's called! COuldn't remember the name!
     
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  6. jenniferknapp

    jenniferknapp Legacy Member Gold Member

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    I have to agree with the hold n' slice and the jar opener! I don't use either at all....waste of drawer space!
     
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  7. chefkristin

    chefkristin Legacy Member Gold Member

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    I HATE the silicone oven mitt and I am so happy that it is being discontinued! I have burnt myself on it twice right through the thing. If people try to buy it I tell them NO!!! I don't want my name associated with that.
     
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  8. Teresa Lynn

    Teresa Lynn Legacy Member Gold Member

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    part of my demo (during mixing) is Dr Phil's How's that working for you spiel. I include bread tubes, silicone oven mitt, hold and slice, cut n seal, grate container, lids to colander and bowls
     
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  9. DebbieJ

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    Love the Jar Opener! Hate the Hold & Slice!

    So glad the Silicone Mitt is going bye-bye.

    Other than that, can't say I have strong feelings about anything else.
     
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  10. Ginger428

    Ginger428 Legacy Member Gold Member

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    You forgot the ice cream sandwich maker....:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
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  11. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    I'm not so crazy about the Deluxe Cheese Grater....Just about all the cheese get's stuck....yeah, I know about the microwave trick.....give me my box grater any ole day! I also don't care for the veggie peeler, silicone oven mitt, or the tea. Everything else I pretty much love!
     
  12. jrstephens

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    I had forgotten about the hold 'n slice - you can tell how much I use it.

    I am not crazy about the vegetable peeler either and am hoping the new one is better.
     
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  13. amya

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    I am so glad to hear that someone else does not like the old kitchen shears. Everybody seems to go on and on about how great they are, but I am truly not impressed. Hopefully I'll like the new ones better.

    I would say the ice cream sandwich maker is pretty low on my list - what's the point? I can easily put ice cream between 2 cookies and press.

    I like the cheese grater, but I do use my old box grater in my own home. I only use the cheese grater at shows - but I sell a lot of them, so I guess they can't be that bad. I bought the grate container but I have never used it - it seems like it would be a pain to have to constantly remove it and dig the cheese out of the grater.

    One of my least favorites is the baker's roller - I've never been able to get it to work like it should. I know you're supposed to put it in the freezer for a minutes first, but I never remember to.
     
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  14. BethCooks4U

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    I hate the polka dot towels. I love the SA pieces but not those towels.

    And I hate the "artichoke" colors this spring - I still say that is avocado. The green microfiber towel looks like "celery" color to me and I like that.

    I also don't like the colanders. I'm glad they came out with the strainer! Now I don't have to carry the small colander and home no one asks what I think of it.
     
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  15. Tara1021

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    What's the microwave trick?
     
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  16. cmdtrgd

    cmdtrgd Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Nuke your cheese for about 5 seconds before putting it in the cheese grater - it releases the oils and makes the grating easier.
     
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  17. mom2leelee

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    Of all the things I own my least favroite is the egg slicer plus. That's only because I just NEVER remember to use it..lol.
     
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  18. jenniferknapp

    jenniferknapp Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Once you use it a few times, you won't forget!! I saute a lot of veggies...so it is in front of my drawer. Slicing whole mushrooms has never been easier!
     
  19. dianevill

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    I think the stencils, old and new, are well....worthless.

    Diane
     
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  20. jrstephens

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    Mine still gets stuck even when I do this. I Love it for parmesean cheese, but not cheddar.
     
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  21. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    mine too....I use the microplane for my parmesan!
     
  22. jenniferknapp

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    I love fresh parm from the grater when someone else is cleaning it afterwards!! I think I've only used mine once because it was a pain...
     
  23. jrstephens

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    I just tried the new ones to cut some paper and loved it for that. Have not tried herbs yet. With the olds one mine felt like they were sticking or something and was hard to make them close to cut (does that make sense?).
     
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  24. chee65

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    That's so funny because I love my kitchen shears. I use it for just about everything, like chicken wings. I even cut some dowel sticks with it and it is still in perfect condition.

    I also like the sandwich maker. I sold so much when it was the guest special because I demo'd it and everyone loved it and they increased their order so they could get it.

    I do have to agree with the artichoke color, I'm really not crazy about it.

    I also like the cut n seal because it makes really neat turnovers.

    I guess if I had to chooose a least favorite it would have to be the stoneware mini-fluted pan. I haven't used it much because it's so hard to clean. and of course the paper napkins are ridiculous.
     
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  25. GourmetGirl

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    I love the hold 'n slice... probably because I sliced myself twice during my first week of being a consultant with the self-sharpening knife!

    I hate the silicone oven mitt and the ice cream sandwich maker, but since the oven mitt is being discontinued I'll go with the ice cream sandwich maker. I agree with everyone else that I can just as easily (easier actually) make an ice cream sandwich without a $12 tool. The dessert plates are a close third though, as they don't match anything and are way overpriced!
     
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  26. PCGINA

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    I'm right there with ya Linda!!! :D If the recipe calls for Cheddar Cheese, I tell them to buy pre-shredded cheese (I know - my bad) - but I just can't seem to get the cheese to NOT stick - warmed or chilled :eek:

    I also DO NOT like the ice cream maker (blah)...

    AND Beth - I LOVE THE DOT TOWELS!!!:D
     
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  27. Jilleysue

    Jilleysue Veteran Member Silver Member

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    Yeah I have to be honest..I don't like the cheese grater at all. It feels flimsy and plasticy..almost like it is going to break. It sticks and it is really a pain. I'd rather have shredded than fresh than go thru all that.
     
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  28. lacychef

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    Man, I love my cheese grater:) I nuke my cheddar for 9 seconds--works great every time! I use the microplane for parmesan.

    Hate the silicone oven mitt-so glad it's gone!
    There's a few things I don't have cause I know I won't use them, like the hold & slice...
     
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  29. The_Kitchen_Guy

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    You kids will appreciate the jar opener a lot more when you start to develop arthritic joints. Demo it to anyone over 40, no matter what YOU think of it, and you'll sell a lot of 'em as add-ons.

    The Suds Pump and the Kitchen Spritzer both need to be taken apart periodically and washed out. The oils you put in the spritzer will coagulate in time and clog up the sprayer.

    I use my cheese grater a lot, and for more than cheese, but I don't usually demo it since most everyone buys grated cheese these days anyway. (Our friends at Sargento in Plymouth thank you, too!)
     
  30. ChefBeckyD

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    I sell alot of the jar opener by telling the story of how my mom was going to buy one of those hugh electric jar openers (not can opener, JAR opener), but took home my PC one to try, and called the next day to tell me to order another one for myself, because she wasn't giving it back! Saved her not only about $30, but also precious counter space in her kitchen!!

    I also don't like the cheese grater, I use my UM to grate softer cheeses, and my Microplane for harder cheeses! I have broken the handle off from TWOcheese graters in the last four years! I never use it and never recommend it!
    I also cheat quite often, and use pre-grated cheese - especially if its not really a part of what I'm demoing! And KG - Sargento is my FAVORITE brand of cheese!
     
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  31. ChefNic

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    Make sure you release the pressure on the kitchen spritzer. I've had mine for years! and it still works fine... sometimes it has to be pumped more often than I like...and I think it works better when it isn't aiming down... lift the pan up so you are holding the bottle upright. You may just need a new spray mechanism...Good thing it comes with two now... and also keep the oil more full rather than more empty.
    HTH...
     
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  32. ChefNic

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  33. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    Don't push so hard! Give the grater a chance to work! Softer cheeses need to either be frozen for awhile or nuked for a few seconds, as others have noted.

    BTW - that's the same thing people do with dull knives - they push too hard instead of sharpening the knife and letting the knife do the work...and that's why people cut themselves with DULL knives far more often than not!
     
  34. ChefNic

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    And I've heard ... "The softer the cheese, the lighter the squeeze"
    soft cheese would be cheddar/ mozz...
    hard cheese parmesan.
    I still think Ult. Mand for Cheddar/ mozz... etc...
    $$$$
    HTH
    $$$$
    LOL...
     
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  35. Sheleeno

    Sheleeno Novice Member

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    for me, the new tomato knife looks too much like a playdough toy. It makes me nervous that people won't take it seriously and be careful with it. I'm not all that impressed with the new tool turn about. not liking the new kitchen sheers, but i'm thinking they are trying to get people to buy the salad choppers instead. And those new easy adjustable measuring spoons...I think they will be more work than they are worth.
     
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  36. mom2leelee

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    I love that the new measuring spoons and scoop have all the different measurements on them (tsp., tbsp, oz, ml) I used mine last night as a sort of conversion chart!
     
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  37. raebates

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    The new spoons are okay, but I'm not sure I like the little depression that holds the 1/4 t and 1/8 t. Time will tell.
     
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  38. rebeccastt

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    My husband used the new adjustable scoop last night to measure milk and he said it seeped through...isn't is supposed to be used for dry AND wet ingredients?

    I LOVE my new TTA...it works SO much better than the old one.

    I wish the new kitchen shears had a cover/holder like the old ones...I love that they are right on my fridge and easy to grab. I haven't tried cutting with them yet.

    I really like the new green Santuko knife too...I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it cuts.:)
     
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  39. mom2leelee

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    Mine did the same thing the first time I tried it w/ water but it was because I didnt have it put together all the way. Make sure the white part is pushed all the way down into the clear part. If is still seeps I would call HO and get another one.
     
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  40. rebeccastt

    rebeccastt Veteran Member Silver Member

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    Thanks for the tip....I'll try that!:)
     
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