I've always loved kitchen gadgets, nothing better than the kitchen section of a mail order catalog. I thought I'd introduce you to some of our gadgets. I'll bet you all have some too!
The scale was manufactured by Wm Enders Oak Leaf of Walden, NY and patented in 1906. We really use this scale and it works well. This was from my grandmother's house and now it sits on our counter. We set things on top and the arrow points to the weight. There are no digital readouts that glow in the dark.
The timer- hand wind and listen for the ding, just once so don't miss it. The advantage to this timer is that I can go outside and take it with me. What can be better! Our new oven display lasted all of about 8 years, after the warranty ended of course. This is a nice dual oven with convection option too. Our new motto is the fewer electronics, the better.
The Ecko high speed beater- what power outage? None here, crank and beat. Normally we use a whisk and I do have a very nice Kitchen Aid mixer that we purchased years ago. The Kitchen Aid was expensive but very well worth it as far a gadgets go. We have attachments for grinding and sausage stuffing too. This manual model will work in a pinch though, so we made sure to keep it as well. It really says high speed beater!
The egg slicer, could it get any more simple? Perfect slices every time for salads or just packed in my lunch bag accompanied by fresh tomato and cucumbers with a little ranch dressing on the side.
The can opener. We gave up on electric can openers years and years ago. They became dull, the dropped the can or opened only a portion of it. This is a pretty fancy one for us, it has handles-with grips! Normally we used one that would fit in the palm of your hand with a small key type winder. The one in our emergency bag doesn't even have that, it's a military type - my husband always calls it a John Wayne opener.
We opted out of the pretty granite counter tops because cast iron is our cookware of choice. Instead, we chose a very sturdy tile that will stand up to heat and heavy cookware.
We rescued this cast iron piece from a flea market- completely covered in rust. After some clean up it is just perfect and a great pot for frying smaller quantities.
This old Griswold dutch oven is from my husband's great aunt. It's been in the family since 1926. In 2012 it continues to be one of the most used pieces of cookware we have.
To accompany our gadgets we also have some awesome cookbooks that have been passed down through the family. Some early 1900s, some fun 50s/60s, novelty and themed plus enough church cookbooks to fill a library shelf! Of course Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking has the place of honor next to the wine rack along with The Joy of Cooking.
The Boston Cooking School Cook Book (this edition 1927)
My dad was a gadget type of guy too. He always tried to give mom something super great and every time she returned it. One year it was a combination meat slicer and something I can't quite remember, but it was really cool. Back it went. Another year it was an AM/FM clock radio/light/alarm combination that probably massaged your back and dried your hair too. Well, I might be exaggerating just a little. But back it went. All the good stuff, back when these sort of things were not the norm!
It's good to have the old standbys though, the "through thick and thin" items that are proven.
What gadgets are your favorite?