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Old 03-24-2016, 07:17 PM   #1
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Collapsible Kitchenware

I knew about collapsible bowls, but didn't really look at 'em until next week. Amazon Prime got used and UPS and USPS delivered today. I've already played around with them and even Dirk was impressed with them. Who knew he would? Not me!

The item I was most impressed with is the salad spinner, as I love making salads. It can also be used as a colander and a salad serving bowl:
http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-CS...ilpage_o00_s01

1.5 and 3 quart mixing bowls that will also double as serving bowls:
http://www.amazon.com/Squish-41004-M...ilpage_o00_s00

Amazon.com: Squish Mixing Bowl, 1.5-Quart: Kitchen & Dining

I don't anticipate using the measuring cups very often, but they'll be handy if/when I do need 'em:
http://www.amazon.com/Silicone-Colla...ilpage_o00_s00

Loads of fun! And they'll take up lots less space in trailer cabinets! Yay!
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:41 PM   #2
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I have a BIG bowl that collapses--don't use it often, but darn glad I have it.
I also have the collapsible strainer...I got them both at Walmart
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:44 PM   #3
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They look great, thanks for posting.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:19 PM   #4
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I have a collapsible strainer, which works reasonably well even though only the rigid bottom part is actually a strainer and the collapsing section of silicone is solid. It is certainly less awkward to use and clean than our folding strainer, which is like this one:
Space Saving Plastic Flat Fold Colander Kitchen Strainer Kitchenware

Some of the collapsing items don't make much sense to me, because they don't save much space compared to nesting rigid items together. Measuring cups would be a good example of this.

For one really big bowl, I think collapsing makes a lot of sense.
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:21 PM   #5
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Thanks very much for posting. I have a few smaller collapsing bowls; however, the larger bowls (and spinner) are very intriguing.
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:05 PM   #6
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Yup, my wife's been using them, including the collapsible spinner, and loves them.
A real space saver for the trailer.

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Some of the collapsing items don't make much sense to me, because they don't save much space compared to nesting rigid items together. Measuring cups would be a good example of this.

For one really big bowl, I think collapsing makes a lot of sense.
I saved tons of space when I stacked them all together in one pile, as opposed to two different piles if I did the salad spinner in one pile and the rest stacked inside each other (if they were non-collapsible types) and there was still room on top for more.

Yeah, I didn't see much sense in the measuring cups, but I was on a roll last week with Amazon, so what can I say? They somehow ended up in my cart - heck if I know how that happened!
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:22 AM   #8
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I knew about collapsible bowls, but didn't really look at 'em until next week. Amazon Prime got used and UPS and USPS delivered today. I've already played around with them and even Dirk was impressed with them. Who knew he would? Not me!

The item I was most impressed with is the salad spinner, as I love making salads. It can also be used as a colander and a salad serving bowl:
Amazon.com: Progressive CSS-2 Green Collapsible Salad Spinner - 3 Quart Capacity: Kitchen & Dining

1.5 and 3 quart mixing bowls that will also double as serving bowls:
http://www.amazon.com/Squish-41004-M...ilpage_o00_s00

Amazon.com: Squish Mixing Bowl, 1.5-Quart: Kitchen & Dining

I don't anticipate using the measuring cups very often, but they'll be handy if/when I do need 'em:
http://www.amazon.com/Silicone-Colla...ilpage_o00_s00

Loads of fun! And they'll take up lots less space in trailer cabinets! Yay!
We'll have to keep an eye on Laura. She seems to be some kind of time traveler.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:20 AM   #9
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We'll have to keep an eye on Laura. She seems to be some kind of time traveler.
Dang it, someone caught my typo! I saw it after it was too late to edit and was hoping no one would notice. Shoot! But, yeah, if that was someone else's post, I would have caught it right away. And I look my posts over twice before I hit send. Jeez, guess I was too excited over the kitchenware. HA!

(I said "next week" instead of "last week")
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:40 PM   #10
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Collapsible Salad Spinner

An update for those of you waiting with bated breath to see how it works.

Tried it out tonight for dinner. I made a marinade in the 1.5 quart bowl for the chicken breast I cut into chunks. After quickly cooking them, I used the spinner part of the device as a colander as the juice needed straining since I wasn't cooking rice with the dinner that could have mopped it up. It worked great, as did the bowl for mixing. Hey, it is a mixing bowl, but still!

The salad spinner worked great! Easy to use and easy to clean. And it got out more water than the one I've been using for years and years, so Amazon just might be getting another order for one, so I can keep this one in The Trailer and not have to lug stuff back and forth or forget about it.

So, yeah, very happy that I got these.
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Old 03-29-2016, 09:53 AM   #11
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Thanks for the update Laura. I think you just cost me some money ... Hello Amazon!
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Old 03-29-2016, 10:52 AM   #12
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If you want to go crazy..sea to summit makes collapsible pots!

For use with camping stoves.
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Old 03-29-2016, 12:16 PM   #13
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I knew about collapsible bowls, but didn't really look at 'em until next week. Amazon Prime got used and UPS and USPS delivered today. I've already played around with them and even Dirk was impressed with them. Who knew he would? Not me!

The item I was most impressed with is the salad spinner, as I love making salads. It can also be used as a colander and a salad serving bowl:
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1.5 and 3 quart mixing bowls that will also double as serving bowls:
http://www.amazon.com/Squish-41004-M...ilpage_o00_s00

Amazon.com: Squish Mixing Bowl, 1.5-Quart: Kitchen & Dining

I don't anticipate using the measuring cups very often, but they'll be handy if/when I do need 'em:
Robot Check

Loads of fun! And they'll take up lots less space in trailer cabinets! Yay!
After five years of snowbirding, I found the collapsible measuring cups take up almost as much room as the regular ones, so don't bother. I have had the collapsible salad spinner that also suffices as a great salad bowl, but hardly use the spinner because I find that I buy the salad in the clamshell for ease and last a little longer without getting squished. Of course the salad strainer can't be used for pasta, so the pasta strainer works great. However the greatest collapsible item, IMHO, is the collapsible dish pan. I use it in the sink for washing small loads of dishes, and small clothes items. Great investment. Also, the green vegetable bags that let them breathe and last longer. My philosophy: Each item should be used at least two ways. Don't make the mistake of filling up your trailer with too much stuff, however how much fun it is to buy!
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Old 03-29-2016, 12:39 PM   #14
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I remember early on in our trailering, the full-timers would all tell us that when they first start out they are crammed with stuff. At about three months they start disposing of stuff, by six months lots more goes, and by a year they are starting to have lots of storage space. They then seem to all arrive at a rule of "if we haven't used something in a month, it goes."

One shouldn't buy much for their trailer until they have been out camping for awhile. Once you go out for an extended trip or two you'll start to learn what you need and what you can get rid of. We no longer take much of anything that we took when we first started.
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