Here are five appliances we’d sorely miss if they were gone.
The barbecueMany will be surprised to see the backyard barbecue on the 'can’t do without' list. Sure, an outdoor grill is great, you say, but is it really a household essential? If you have to ask, you’ve never had to experience extended or frequent electrical blackouts and live on cold food from the pantry. A barbecue isn’t a luxury, it’s a lifesaver. If you don’t already own one, look at a specialist brand like http://www.zieglerandbrown.com.au/ and see what you can pick up.
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Speaking of food, could you imagine life without a refrigerator? In days gone by, people used to cover their meat in salt to make it last longer. Then meat safes were invented to store food. You had to keep an eye on your chops, though. If they started turning green, eat them or throw them away. On a positive note, if fridges had been invented earlier, we might never have experienced wonderful dishes such as curries, invented to disguise the taste of rancid meat.
The oven and microwaveStill on the subject of eating, who wants to get their caveman on, head outside and start a fire just to have a bit of brunch? Nobody? The oven and its later cousin the microwave are two appliances that have changed our cooking lives for the better. Preparing a hearty meal today is just a matter of flicking a switch, turning a knob or pushing a button. They are so much a part of our lives many people today still complain about the 'chore' of cooking the family dinner, not considering the difficulties our forebears had to go through to get a bit of hot, cooked food on the table.
The washing machineMany people avoid buying clothes that have the dreaded words ‘hand wash only’ on the label. Why? Because washing by hand is a tiresome and messy task. But imagine having to do it with every item you own. Without the washing machine, the weekly task of cleaning your clothes would be unbearable. Without washing machines, we might all become nudists.
The televisionAnd finally we have the television or, as some call it, the electronic babysitter. This device is as much a part of the modern family home as electric lights and walls. It looks after the kids when we are busy, provides us with some mindless entertainment after a long day and keeps us up to speed on all the news and current affairs in the world. It’s fair to say the television, for whatever purpose you use it, is indispensable.
No doubt there are many more items in the house that people would list as a 'can’t do without' item. It’s all a matter of perspective. What’s yours?