This is a continuation of the other self-indulgent, pic-heavy post about the knife stuff I grew up with.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
You don't see this in every kitchen. It was for breaking down pigs and deer, and hangs on the cabinet:
One of those cool hollow ice cream scoops that conducts heat from your hand to the scoop. Simple and effective.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Revereware Electric Skillet with Sensatemp control. This is where I learned to love pancakes and bacon.
Robinson Rosewood handled utensils, all made in the USA.
Hand-made, custom Rolling pin
Our seldom used Molinillo(it works fantastically):
Wilesco Appfella, my dad still uses this thing ALL THE TIME.
Anyone know this brand? It's a pastry scoop that I loved(and forgot to photograph).
If you made it down to this point, and are still reading, you win the prize--I like you more!