Jump to content
  • Welcome to the eG Forums, a service of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters. The Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the culinary arts. These advertising-free forums are provided free of charge through donations from Society members. Anyone may read the forums, but to post you must create a free account.

Rantings of a Kitchen Luddite


Darienne
 Share

Recommended Posts

53 minutes ago, weinoo said:

If BlueStar and Wolf start making phones, we're in trouble.

If I knew what BlueStar and Wolf were, I might respond to your post.  As it is, I don't even know what Bluetooth is. 

 

ps.  I Googled both of them.  We don't live in that snack bracket to begin with. 

Edited by Darienne (log)
  • Like 2
  • Haha 1

Darienne

 

learn, learn, learn...

 

Life in the Meadows and Rivers

Cheers & Chocolates

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, Margaret Pilgrim said:

and we're always saying, "What's beeping?"  

Last night 2am, I heard the familiar sound of the squeaky folding step ladder. Some time went by so I got up and found DH standing in the kitchen with 6 smoke alarms spread out on the kitchen counters waiting for the 'chirp'. (I buy a new one every time change). Safety first.

I had forgotten that I saw a live cricket in the tub earlier. 😂. Meant to go back and catch it and toss it outside. Tiny thing and sluggish so I thought it could not escape the tub...who knows where it is now. 😬

Bought a cheap Oster toaster oven for the beach house years ago from Costco. Love it and surprised to see it still available. Simple dials. 

After extensive shopping for a new wall oven and finding the perfect one, it was being discontinued. Sat for a year before we had the time to schedule the electrician change from gas to electric. No regrets. Love it. Simple dial knobs. No songs. I don't need a pizza setting. 

The Oster old and new...

Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 12.49.02 PM.png

  • Like 2
  • Delicious 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 hours ago, paulraphael said:

 

 

What bugs me is that often, a simple, well-designed option exists. But it's 3 times the price of the complex, terribly designed thing that was created by marketers for suckers. 

Such as our Panasonic commercial dial operated microwave.   Sturdy like a tank.   Meant for idiot use in break rooms and gas station hot food counters.   $269. , more than double a household unit but we sing it’s praises daily,

Edited by Margaret Pilgrim (log)
  • Like 4

eGullet member #80.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

oh the beeps. If you barely brush up against the Bosch wall oven - away it goes - have to  get manual which I keep in a specific drawer with the rest of them, and reprogram. I heard an errant beep the other night - like 3am. Thought oh crud we lost power. never did figure it out as we did not have a drop. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, weinoo said:

If BlueStar and Wolf start making phones, we're in trouble.

 

BlueStar would use the old  Western Electric designs.

 

Maybe not a bad idea. We have an old princess phone t hat still does fine.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

41 minutes ago, heidih said:

oh the beeps. If you barely brush up against the Bosch wall oven - away it goes - have to  get manual which I keep in a specific drawer with the rest of them, and reprogram. I heard an errant beep the other night - like 3am. Thought oh crud we lost power. never did figure it out as we did not have a drop. 

 

BlueStar doesn't have any beeps and laughs at power outages

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Annie_H said:

Last night 2am, I heard the familiar sound of the squeaky folding step ladder. Some time went by so I got up and found DH standing in the kitchen with 6 smoke alarms spread out on the kitchen counters waiting for the 'chirp'. (I buy a new one every time change).

 

Been there, done that, but for only two alarms. Last time it was a wine fridge way downstairs, letting its careless caretaker know that he left the door a bit ajar. Or he left the jar a door, I forget which.

  • Haha 2

"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."  -George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Act 1

 

Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

Link to comment
Share on other sites

48 minutes ago, Alex said:

 

Been there, done that, but for only two alarms. Last time it was a wine fridge way downstairs, letting its careless caretaker know that he left the door a bit ajar. Or he left the jar a door, I forget which.

Or our confufflement when we couldn't figure out why our new fridge was insistently beeping.    Appears someone had inadvertently brushed against the "wine cooler" button which alerts you that your wine has been in the freezer for 15 minutes.

  • Haha 3

eGullet member #80.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, heidih said:

oh the beeps. If you barely brush up against the Bosch wall oven - away it goes - have to  get manual which I keep in a specific drawer with the rest of them, and reprogram. I heard an errant beep the other night - like 3am. Thought oh crud we lost power. never did figure it out as we did not have a drop. 

When I worked at Radio Shack, many moons ago, we always had a locked display case filled with various timers, clocks, watches, etc. A common prank to pull on "the new guy," opening the store for the first time, was to set *everything* in the case to start going off one device at a time, beginning about five minutes before opening time and continuing for a solid hour.

 

It was a classic of shock and AWE.*

(Applied Workplace Evil)

  • Haha 5

“Who loves a garden, loves a greenhouse too.” - William Cowper, The Task, Book Three

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

My grandmother was adamant - a cricket in house - driving her mad. At the time I did not know about the dying smoke alarm chirp. I finally tracked it down. She was not an affectionate woman but she displayed unusual emotion thanking me.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, gfweb said:

 

BlueStar doesn't have any beeps and laughs at power outages

 

In the one power outage we've had here in 20 years (that was Sandy), the only thing usable was our gas range. A Bosch at that time - and I don't recall any beeping. As a matter of fact, I don't have any beeping from any of the stuff I'm reading about; I believe it's all shut-off able, at least for the beeps one doesn't want to hear.

  • Like 2

Mitch Weinstein aka "weinoo"

Tasty Travails - My Blog

My eGullet FoodBog - A Tale of Two Boroughs

Was it you baby...or just a Brilliant Disguise?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

And then there is the beeping thermostat which created one of life's most embarrassing moments.  Figuring the beeping meant the thermostat needed replacing, we called the furnace guy.  When he arrived the first thing he said was, "did you check the battery"?:$

  • Haha 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 hours ago, gfweb said:

 

BlueStar would use the old  Western Electric designs.

 

Maybe not a bad idea. We have an old princess phone t hat still does fine.

 

My princess phone fell on the floor and cracked, but it still works.  Unlike one broken burner on my stove.

 

  • Like 3

Cooking is cool.  And kitchen gear is even cooler.  -- Chad Ward

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 hours ago, heidih said:

My grandmother was adamant - a cricket in house - driving her mad. At the time I did not know about the dying smoke alarm chirp. I finally tracked it down. She was not an affectionate woman but she displayed unusual emotion thanking me.

On the other hand, ours was not a dying smoke alarm chip, but rather a cricket.  We currently have a cricket somewhere in the kitchen.  It chirps all night.  And I do mean all night long.

  • Haha 2
  • Sad 1

Darienne

 

learn, learn, learn...

 

Life in the Meadows and Rivers

Cheers & Chocolates

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I’ll go you one better than that. For a week, I’ve had one in my bedroom/bathroom. As I am in the throes of an insomniac cycle anyway, I simply lie there and listen to him. He’s a most energetic cricket.

 

Off to Google “lifespan of crickets.”

 

And now that we are well and truly off topic…

  • Like 1
  • Haha 4
  • Sad 2

Don't ask. Eat it.

www.kayatthekeyboard.wordpress.com

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, kayb said:

And now that we are well and truly off topic…

But at least we’re laughing. 

  • Haha 1

Anna Nielsen aka "Anna N"

...I just let people know about something I made for supper that they might enjoy, too. That's all it is. (Nigel Slater)

"Cooking is about doing the best with what you have . . . and succeeding." John Thorne

Our 2012 (Kerry Beal and me) Blog

My 2004 eG Blog

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...
On 9/6/2022 at 12:34 PM, heidih said:

I lived my business life relying on sensors, emergency back up systems and similar in construction management. I don't want to be in a hospital or high-rise without them. But in my kitchen KISS

 

I don't know... a fuzzy-logic rice cooker is very cool and high-tech but a fuzzy-logic controller for a nuclear plant sounds worrisome.

It's almost never bad to feed someone.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

28 minutes ago, haresfur said:

 

I don't know... a fuzzy-logic rice cooker is very cool and high-tech but a fuzzy-logic controller for a nuclear plant sounds worrisome.

 

I spent 12 years working in the field of industrial process control, and I well remember Three Mile Island, our country's nearest brush with domestic nuclear disaster.  The supplier of our industrial color CRT's (quite high tech at the time) jokingly attributed the vibrancy of their color phosphors to the company's close proximity to the mutant reactor at Three Mile Island.

 

If I'd trust any company to run a nuclear reactor it would be Zojirushi.  It just might not be cheap.

 

 

Edit:  Amazon informs me the Zojirushi NW-JEC10BA is now up to $829.99.

 

Edited by JoNorvelleWalker (log)
  • Like 3
  • Confused 2
  • Sad 1

Cooking is cool.  And kitchen gear is even cooler.  -- Chad Ward

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...