In case you're confused about what you're looking at, let me shed light on the photo above: That's my mini food processor, with a knife jammed in the locking mechanism. Without this active intervention, it would work approximately two percent of the time. This little machine is old, and the lid latch is clearly broken, but I can't seem to let it go. Can you relate?
I bought this mini chopper over 11 years ago and it's my one of my favorite tools in the kitchen. I used it for years before getting a full-sized food processor, and I still use it about the same amount. It has clearly justified the 35 bucks I paid for it, way back when in the days when I was just getting into cooking. It gave me ten solid years of use before its locking latch broke down. Hasn't it earned its peaceful place in the Great Appliance Junkyard in the sky?
But I just can't seem to let it go, even though $40 for a new model isn't going to bankrupt me. I've tried to replace just the bowl, but the part doesn't seem to be available anymore.
I don't know whether it's a misplaced sense of thrift, or a nostalgic attachment to this little machine that has whipped up so many batches of pesto, biscuit dough, marinades, and sauces, but it still has a place of honor in the drawer, despite the contortions I perform every time to jab the knife through the handle, hold down the button, and, often, press a towel over the lid.
Can you relate to this? Do you have a small appliance in your kitchen that had served out its useful life, but you just couldn't let go? Why not? And what made you finally send it to its rest?
(Images: Faith Durand)