Do I really need it?

electric kettle

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Look around our house and you’ll see that today, we have a microwave, rice cooker, crock pot, food processor, toaster. But we don’t have a kettle.

I kept telling T we’d buy a jug once we settled in. It’s been six months. No jug.

It’s one of those purchases I’ve been putting off because, really, do we need one? We certainly don’t have the room. There’s no cupboard space to store it, let alone counter space. The only reason we’d use it is to make hot drinks. Which is a pretty rare occasion. And the microwave does nearly as a good a job of heating up water.

We’ve lived without a lot of appliances over the years. A toaster, microwave, kettle (usually all at once). All the other things I mentioned in that first paragraph which we now own are relatively new to us.

Maybe you use your blender on a daily basis. Maybe you can’t live without your George Foreman grill. Everyone has different needs. For me, it’s my rice cooker. I love that thing like a child. A kettle, not so much.

Am I nuts? Is a kettle an absolute necessity? What have you made do without?

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8 thoughts on “Do I really need it?

  • Reply FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com September 17, 2010 at 23:19

    I’m with you. I love my rice cooker, but a kettle? It’s handy but not necessary. I can just microwave anything I want 🙂

    That being said, I just got an immersion blender and I love it. So I need to start using it….

  • Reply Jessie September 18, 2010 at 02:28

    we have an excellent set of pots & pans, and a set of knives. other than that – I figure the microwave and all the other smaller appliances are just wants. Sure a kettle is handle, but it’s nothing a mug of water in the mic or a pot on the stove can’t do…

  • Reply The Asian Pear September 18, 2010 at 04:37

    I think most things one can do without. Even a microwave. That’s what ovens and stoves are for. Boiling water can be done over the stove and a pot. Everything is just perks. A kettle isn’t neccessary but it’s nice to have. I know cause I BOUGHT one. The thing is… If your kitchen is small and you don’t make too many hot drinks, it might be better to do without.

  • Reply Kara September 18, 2010 at 05:34

    I lived without a microwave for a week and while I thought it was going to be horrible, it wasn’t so terribly bad. It was bad for my microwave popcorn craving though, lol.

    I think I’ve used my kettle once since I bought it. I used to drink tea all the time, but now, I rarely use it. (Coffee all the way!)

  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair September 18, 2010 at 11:06

    Nooo you don’t need a kettle! Boil water in a pot if you want tea 🙂

    I REALLY want a food processor the real question is whether I need one… Sigh

  • Reply Stephany September 18, 2010 at 14:58

    I lived without a microwave for about 6 months. It was hard, especially when I couldn’t make microwaved meals but we got through it! We also have a blender (which we barely ever use), a Crock-Pot (which we use at least once a week), a popcorn popper (popcorn tastes SO MUCH BETTER in a popper!), a microwave, and a small grill. I want a coffee maker, but I know I’d barely ever use it.

  • Reply Amanda September 21, 2010 at 12:30

    I couldn’t not have a kettle. I drink about a million cups of tea a day (no exaggeration – I use loose green tea leaves, and just constantly reuse the same leaves). With each kettle’s worth of water giving me about four cups, I can easily boil the kettle about five to six times a day…boiling water on the stove/in a microwave simply wouldn’t be practical!

  • Reply Aspiring Minimalist September 21, 2010 at 14:36

    I don’t have a kettle. Often I drink tea at work, and we have a coffee/hot water machine.

    At home, when I want tea, I just set a pot of water to boil on the stove. Though this doesn’t happen too often – caffeine in my system after 7:00pm means I’ll be up all night.

    However, I do have a rice cooker, crock pot, microwave and a toaster oven (though no toaster).

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