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Need new "big gift" kitchen tool/appliance

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mt7187 | | Oct 5, 2011 11:00 AM

The girlfriend wants to get me something nice for the kitchen for my birthday, but I'm blanking on ideas. A few we were kicking around:

-Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer: Cool idea, but takes up alot of space and I'm not sure how much I'd use it...do you all use it mostly for breads? I do alot of no-knead bread making, so I wouldn't need the mixer for that, and do pizza dough by hand, and sweet breads like banana with a hand mixer. Seems like the Kitchen Aid wouldn't get used enough.

-High quality auto meat grinder: Another cool idea, and very convenient, but not sure if it's unnecessary since I already have an old (1905) hand crank grinder. I use it, but notice that it sometimes puts out "globs" of meat rather than grinds...not sure if this is due to the meat not being semi-frozen enough however. Would the auto grinder be that much of an improvement?

-Sausage stuffer....worth it? Practical? Can't we stuff by hand?

Other ideas like floated around, but seemed unnecessary. VitaMix is cool but I already have a blender.

Any wild ideas we didn't think of? Thanks in advance!

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