Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Works For Me Wednesday-Heavy Kitchen Toys

Hey everyone! We all know I love my kitchen toys! The thing is my kitchen's dinky and the counter space is literally a 2' x 2' square... so real estate is at a premium! I added a stainless steel prep table and the Kitchen Aid mixer lives on a corner of that, when the boys gave me the KA food processor to go with it a couple Christmases ago, I needed to get... creative.
I wanted to store it in the far back (very dark) corner of the counter, under cabinets. This unit is heavy and came with nice rubber feet to keep it from vibrating around. I would need to bend over to lift it to place it towards the front of the counter to be able to use it, not an ideal situation. Nosing around the Home Depot one day I came across these plastic sliders...
I removed the paper back and stuck the sticky side to the rubber feet of my food processor. Now I simply slide it out when I want to use it, wipe it off and push it back when done. Works for me!!!

Notes:
  • In case you're curious, this is the 9 cup version with the mini work bowl. I find it to be a perfect size and do use the little bowl often, it's great for bean dips! I've done everything from scalloped potatoes to chopping veggies for homemade relish with it. It's very quiet, quite powerful and a great tool to have. It works so fast that potatoes are sliced in a second-amazing! 
  • In over a year the unit has not slid around while in use and I don't leave it unattended while in use so I'm always monitoring what's going on.
  • This is a solution I came up with that works for me. I don't have a hubby that may question why I'm messing with an expensive piece of equipment... My boys subscribe to the "whatever makes you happy Mom and what's for dinner???" theory of life:@).
Have a happy day!

22 comments:

  1. I have that exact KA food processor and I love it! Now we're twins! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great idea! Kitchen Aid makes some really nice kitchen stuff!

    ReplyDelete
  3. These are fantastic! I have to look for them.

    XO,
    Jane

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi Lynnie! Oh, you're the smartest one! :) That's a grand looking food processor. Mine bit the dust a few years ago and I've never gotten another one.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. That's a great idea! My KA Mixer is to big to sit out, to, so i keep it in the back corner on a plastic (Winnie-the-Pooh) place mat. I just slide it out to the front to use it, and back into the corner when i am done!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I need to get these for my Kitchen Aid!! xo

    ReplyDelete
  7. Very clever and I like the whatever works for you philosophy! hugs, Linda

    ReplyDelete
  8. Sounds like an ingenious solution to me! I need to get those for my toaster. Not that it's heavy, but I keep it in my appliance garage (so 1980's) and the rubber feet don't let me slide it out easily.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love those things! The big ones are good to scoot across the floor on. Ask my gkids! :)
    Thanks for adding my party, Let's Dish to your side bar, you are sweet! Tonight at 7!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love this idea, Lynn! I was trying to come up with a solution for my canisters that are kind of rough on the bottom and I was afraid they were going to scratch my new counter. I put little felt pads on the bottom of them. I guess that's along the same line as you did. I love ingenuity!!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. What a neat idea you had. So, I guess those sliders really work!

    ReplyDelete
  12. That looks like a super idea! I think a pack of those sliders might come in handy in my kitchen!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Looks like a good idea to me!!!
    xxoo

    ReplyDelete
  14. This is a fantastic tip. I hate the scratchy scrape across a counter.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Well, you smart thang, you....I would never have thought of it...:)

    ReplyDelete
  16. I want one of those so bad! lol sandie

    ReplyDelete
  17. Great idea, Lynn! Have a good wknd!
    Beth

    ReplyDelete
  18. I hope this isn't a double comment as I don't know what happened to the other one - but as I was saying - I would LOVE to have one of these but I also bet they are quite expensive. It looks so heavy duty and like it can really get the job done.

    ReplyDelete
  19. That is a fabulous tip. That is also a fabulous food processor :-). Have a greatday. Blessings...Mary

    ReplyDelete
  20. Lynn,
    That is a super idea! I also love the comment how there is no hubby to tell you that you shouldn't do it.
    Sometimes I ask mine how it could have been possible that I could have survived almost 40 years before we met!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Great idea. These Kitchen Aid pieces are so heavy. We store ours in a pantry for lack of counter space. I rarely pull out the mixer because it's just easier to use the hand mixer. ;-)

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by!