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Eamon Burke
12-23-2011, 02:13 AM
This is a continuation of the other self-indulgent, pic-heavy post about the knife stuff I grew up with (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/4292-The-knives-I-grew-up-with(pic-heavy)).


It's ordered from my favorite things, to the least interesting.

There are some things that have been lost in time--my parent's full set of vintage Revereware copper-bottom pots and pans, our Hobart-era Kitchenaid mixer with every attachment, the Dualit toaster, our almost magical stainless egg-frying pan(heaviest egg pan ever, but could cook an egg on a match), the cutting boards we had(1 pastry, 1 meat with blood groove, 1 small)...there are some that are no longer. But there is plenty left, and I wanted to share the fabulous kitchen tools left in the well-appointed kitchen I grew up with. You've probably never seen a kitchen like theirs in a house that for the most part pulled $6k per person, per year.
:cooking:


This spoon. It is enchanted, surely, by the countless meals it has seen, and I cannot(repeat, CAN NOT) cook my best without a wooden spatula with at least a similar design. Mine current one's bamboo(and it's burned), and I will be replacing it with an heirloom quality wooden one designed exactly like this old one.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-YALgB-26Yb8/TvQHknWJAjI/AAAAAAAAAfY/3aNj9wodrlU/s720/2011-12-20%25252020.52.31.jpg


We had these in the kitchen, and I used them to smash garlics and whatnot, but they are woodworking mallets, and yes, they are both ironwood. Heavy as :censored:.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7d4-K91ttiw/TvQHVYE186I/AAAAAAAAAfY/LcLc4msF9mQ/s576/2011-12-20%25252020.51.54.jpg

Best designed peeler ever. Some Japanese brand, but it has two slots, and the middle part does the cutting. The handle is just a round wood thing. Nothing fancy, but its the best I've ever used.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-n95XXt1EX2o/TvQGltO2zQI/AAAAAAAAAfY/0Iy2lNhwcVM/s576/2011-12-20%25252020.56.44.jpg

You don't see this in every kitchen. It was for breaking down pigs and deer, and hangs on the cabinet:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-DXjJFndfFNk/TvI-dR4kY-I/AAAAAAAAAXc/2m93GGLuauw/s720/2011-12-20%25252021.40.04.jpg

One of those cool hollow ice cream scoops that conducts heat from your hand to the scoop. Simple and effective.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-qvvEK1isaVg/TvJCMkBbcHI/AAAAAAAAAYM/BTsdOoWhTc4/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.26.59.jpg

The only Jar Opener I've ever used that actually worked. It would twist a tire off a car if it were only bigger. It dimples the lids, but when you are opening an old mason jar with cane syrup in the threads to clean it out, you can't be too picky.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MXY8vCqp1Mw/TvJCvZ6BX0I/AAAAAAAAAYU/LyFXXapR3FY/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.26.10.jpg

Little copper pots--two for "Turkish Coffee", which were made in Lebanon, and one with a silver lining, made in Denmark, that is just for melting butter.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Oa5Aa_BDAIQ/TvJERCUMI3I/AAAAAAAAAYs/fqlDdL-WAFM/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.23.36.jpg

Egg coddling pots--all made in England, and there's about 10 more of these. It's what the cool kids were doing in the UK before Sous-Vide.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-hEQMF1dSaGA/TvJGPqlX9WI/AAAAAAAAAZI/AS1tlZtffSo/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.21.39.jpg


Vintage pastry scale, made in France. Just got a repair done via a new part made a local machine shop(can't say that about most modern tools).
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-UqMCfKeU4h0/TvJJguLzYQI/AAAAAAAAAaA/D4--9_mzioQ/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.14.43.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-TrpZ-iDghtU/TvJI_bxgyrI/AAAAAAAAAZ4/jHbRmTWoazE/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.14.53.jpg

Revereware Electric Skillet with Sensatemp control. This is where I learned to love pancakes and bacon.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-EkvojClYNng/TvJK0Bjx9lI/AAAAAAAAAaQ/i5QJHGbRImg/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.14.16.jpg

Robinson Rosewood handled utensils, all made in the USA.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HU6XRnxQVE4/TvJLchJml1I/AAAAAAAAAaY/OdifUyNjgp0/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.13.24.jpg

Hand-made, custom Rolling pin
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-lgvwu0r7-Zo/TvJHkLszfXI/AAAAAAAAAZg/GU2wl4cscMY/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.17.21.jpg

Our seldom used Molinillo(it works fantastically):
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-DUqh4-0fERo/TvJHE39Et-I/AAAAAAAAAZY/akM8LD9H4dc/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.18.39.jpg

Wilesco Appfella, my dad still uses this thing ALL THE TIME.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7Lzw2QegCPc/TvJni6uhEKI/AAAAAAAAAbE/bYWF6BNG4JQ/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.09.25.jpg

Anyone know this brand? It's a pastry scoop that I loved(and forgot to photograph).
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-6bDCC-I-cww/TvJpaRUh6_I/AAAAAAAAAbc/3QXbEpIh64E/s576/2011-12-20%25252021.08.13.jpg


If you made it down to this point, and are still reading, you win the prize--I like you more! :wink:

Kyle
12-23-2011, 02:48 AM
That is so cool that you still have all of this! Thanks for sharing.

Sarge
12-23-2011, 02:57 AM
Great colletion of stuff. I'm a fan of that Molinillo

Eamon Burke
12-23-2011, 03:05 AM
That is so cool that you still have all of this! Thanks for sharing.

Well, it's all still at my Dad's house. But I was visiting, and always like to cook there when I can.


Great colletion of stuff. I'm a fan of that Molinillo

Thanks! Me too.

Iceman91
12-23-2011, 03:40 AM
I have a 35 year old cutting board that my dad made when he was 17....... it means so much to me. I just ordered a boardsmith board, but this board is still in great shape and i will never fully replace it.

PierreRodrigue
12-23-2011, 09:34 AM
Very cool! My mom had all kinds of old never to be seen again odds and ends in the utility drawer in the kitchen. When we were kids, some of them got used as shovels in our sand pile in front of the house, or to hack down small trees. Our butts were usually sore when she found them missing, and sent us to retreive them! Ah, good times! :D

Eamon Burke
12-23-2011, 11:29 AM
I have a 35 year old cutting board that my dad made when he was 17....... it means so much to me. I just ordered a boardsmith board, but this board is still in great shape and i will never fully replace it.

Thankfully I didn't have any boards burdening me from getting a Boardsmith--now my board will be a memory for MY kids like this. But I would love to have that Butcher Block.


Very cool! My mom had all kinds of old never to be seen again odds and ends in the utility drawer in the kitchen. When we were kids, some of them got used as shovels in our sand pile in front of the house, or to hack down small trees. Our butts were usually sore when she found them missing, and sent us to retreive them! Ah, good times! :D

HAHA I bet you were a handful. I wouldn't have considered taking kitchen tools outside, I loved to cook as a boy, sometimes more than running wild in the woods.

Johnny.B.Good
12-30-2011, 09:45 PM
Cool thread. Thanks for sharing.

mr drinky
12-30-2011, 10:03 PM
I love that stuff. Every now and then I shop for vintage kitchen wares on eBay. That old kit just feels good in the hands.

k.

Johnny.B.Good
12-30-2011, 10:08 PM
Thankfully, both of my grandmothers are still alive (one just across the water in San Francisco who is 101, and the other in Florida who is 94). I like to look in their kitchens at all of the old things. So well made and maintained. Nothing less than 50 years old. All well used. Not many scary sharp knives, but interesting nonetheless.

Eamon Burke
12-30-2011, 11:04 PM
You know what's most remarkable to me about the knives? They are very thick at the spine, and taper downward strongly. Makes for a distinctly different feel on the gripping fingers.

tk59
12-31-2011, 10:57 AM
I've never seen a molinillo like that. Very cool. Neat thread, in general. :)