Tropical Island – What Small Kitchen Appliance Would You Take…

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 14, 2010

So…I’ve got my chocolate, my garlic press and now my KitchenAid. Or perhaps my VitaMix.

That’s a toss up…but in the end, it’ll be the KitchenAid.

What on earth am I going to do with a garlic press, some chocolate bars and a KitchenAid?!?  Suggestions?

If you were going to be shipped off to an undisclosed location, for an undisclosed amount of time, that looks like the above picture and could only bring 1 small kitchen appliance, what would you take with you?!?

We are not talking microwaves, stoves, or dishwashers here either. Small. Electric. Sit on the counter-type appliances. Okay?!

What about you?!?  What small kitchen appliance could you not live without???

(And again. Don’t overthink this!)

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Laurel July 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

immersion blender. love it.

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Susan July 14, 2010 at 10:29 am

I think I’d like to have my Showtime rotisserie oven. Worth it’s weight (and mine) in gold when it comes to making delicious dinners.

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Elizabeth July 14, 2010 at 10:39 am

Corkscrew!

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Denise July 14, 2010 at 10:41 am

um… the COFFEEMAKER!!!!!! but then again, do i have the kids with me on a small desert island?

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 14, 2010 at 11:02 am

@Denise,

This Tropical Island vacation involves you and only you. So no coffeemaker needed!

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Jennifer July 14, 2010 at 10:52 am

Definitely my kitchenaid mixer. I use it almost every day!

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Katie Favara July 14, 2010 at 10:53 am

It’s not electric. But, I couldn’t live without my Pampered Chef Chopper. I can’t imaging dicing anything by hand!

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Jodi July 14, 2010 at 10:56 am

my G5 george foreman. I can make anything on there like grilled meats, waffles, or even cookies… and yes, it sets on my countertop and i store it away when not using it!

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Carrie July 14, 2010 at 11:26 am

since you’re bringing the kitchenaid, i’ll bring my second choice: the toaster

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Teresa July 14, 2010 at 11:31 am

Tough call between my immersion blender and my small George Foreman. Since I already have my trusty knife with me, I think I will go with the Foreman so I can grill the fish I catch

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Jennifer July 14, 2010 at 11:40 am

hmmm it’s a toss up between my food processor and my kitchen aid, but I think I’ll bring the mixer, because I have ice cream maker and grain mill attachments for it. I wouldn’t want to be on a tropical island without a way to make ice cream :-)

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Jocelyn Stott July 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Coffeemaker, corkscrew and/or kitchenaid. I love them all.

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Tracy July 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Wow, this is hard. Remembering this is a tropical island would have to make a tough decision – would it be my blender so I can make tropical drinks or my hibachi so I can grill fresh fish, maybe wild boar… probably the blender, wouldn’t require my having to kill anything.

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sara@coffeerandoms July 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Coffee maker, no question. Kids or no kids, I love my coffee.

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Kristie July 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Kitchenaid mixer I’ve made coffee without a coffee pot camping b4 no biggie!

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Kelly Hancock July 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Definitely my new Weber grill! I love to grill on it!

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Stephanie July 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Toaster oven. It can do many things.

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Dee July 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Immersion blender — so many uses — especially something with coconut!

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Jen July 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Blender

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Christy July 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

coffee maker!

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Allison July 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Rice & veggie steamer (although it becomes a little less important without the kiddo…)

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The Downhome Diva (aka MrsD05) July 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

My Keurig and enough K-cups to last me the rest of my life.

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Emily @ Relishments July 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Food processor–that Cuisinart can chop up any food I happen to be able to find on the island.

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Amy July 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Forget the coffee maker. I’m bringing the espresso machine. This isn’t about my son — this is about sipping iced soy lattes ANY TIME I feel like it. Plus that island doesn’t look like it has a Starbucks.

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Jennifer July 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I would bring my food processor, it doubles as a blender so lots of virgin drinks until I ferment something into liquor and then party time!

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Tara July 14, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Now this is an easy question for me — my KitchenAid Mixer. I just love it!

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Regina S July 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I could not survive without my coffee pot! and matches for the fire to grill the fresh fish!!

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Kelly Hess July 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

my amazing Pampered Chef knives. I did a post on my 5 favorite kitchen items:
http://spendless2savemore.blogspot.com/2010/04/my-five-favorite-kitchen-gadgets.html

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Becky L. July 14, 2010 at 9:20 pm

My hand held Kitchen aid mixer. Love it and mixes quick well just about anything. I didn’t answer the previous question, it would have been a wooden spoon.

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Heidi July 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

magic bullet blender… frozen drinks!

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Gena July 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I would have to say, I would take my toasteroven!!! Or, could think more like McGyver (sp?!), and bring the electric knife, and with that and a q-tip, we could build a small city!!!! haha ;-)

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Barbara July 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm

So, since it is a small appliance, I am assuming we have electricity? I have a portable ice maker I only use occasionally, but now this is turning into a great party – how are we going to keep our beverages, salads, etc cold?. With all the other things you all are bringing – who has the ice for the party? ME!!

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Barbara July 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm

@Barbara, PS – even fore only me – I need my ice for water and iced tea…..

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Anuan July 15, 2010 at 2:37 am

I think I would take the slow cooker

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Alicia July 15, 2010 at 6:31 am

Definitely my crock pot if that counts- it sets on the counter! :D I figure I would throw whatever food I have in there and it would eventually cook into something that wouldnt break my teeth.

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Paula July 15, 2010 at 7:23 am

I would want my crock pot!

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Nanette Bratley July 15, 2010 at 7:32 am

It would be a toss up between the toaster oven and croc pot…..we need to eat with all of these drinks…..

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Sue July 15, 2010 at 10:00 am

Crock pot !

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LisaE July 15, 2010 at 10:14 am

I would definitely take my crock pot….can cook almost anything in it and I can’t live without mine!

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Blakely July 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

A toaster oven.

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Jess S July 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

Kids or no kids – definitely the coffee maker! Though wait – we would be on a tropical island, with plenty of coconuts, bananas, pineapples, etc. right? So maybe I need my blender… If I change my one food to rum (that’s a food right?), then I could just live off pina coladas!! I like this island more and more. :-)

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Tammy H July 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm

My toaster!

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Xanthe July 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm

My crockpot…..love love love it and slow cooked pork w/mangoes? Sounds yummy!

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Condo Blues July 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Hmm…it’s a tossup between my bread maker because I could have fresh crunchy toast in the morning and soft pretzels in the afternoon or my electric teakettle. I’m going electric tea kettle. Then I can make coffee in the morning from fabulous tropical coffee beans and hot tea in the evening from hibiscus flowers.

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Cherish July 16, 2010 at 9:00 pm

My Bosch!

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