Kitchen Gadgets ... Let's Identify Some
This is the first gadget of my collection
I started this collection because ...
I really don't know why ... or maybe it was because about thirty years ago I found the cutest little something or other and bought it for 15 cents. By the way, when was the cent sign removed as an optional key? It was quite handy! Anyway, I placed this 'something' in a visible and very predominant place so that when someone came in the house they would see it. My thought was that someone would then say, "Oh, that's a nice ...." And, then, I would know what that thing was. Finally, someone mentioned that it looked like a tea bag holder. She explained that the tea bag was placed in the top and any liquid dripped into the bottom part. I guess it would work but it could be just as messy as putting the used tea bag on the saucer.
Many unusual strainers can be found on eBay and elsewhere online, as well in thrift shops and at garage sales.
Most recent find
The next finds
I didn't have much time over the years to go to garage sales or to thrift shops but, finally, I did find a couple of interesting items. I have yet to identify them. Sometimes these gadgets have a company name that helps. The first picture does; it is Vermco but I put in that name as a search. I had no real luck except some items came up on eBay. These items were also kitchen gadgets like knives and ice cream scoops but nothing that looked like mine. I even went through their completed listings section. My husband thinks it could be a scoop to use on coconuts but I've searched that and got nothing that even resembled it. I'll keep trying.
The two items pictured at the right
The two items that I found (mentioned above) are very unusual and mysterious, at least to me. Neither have identifying marks of any kind and no family member or friend has an idea what they are for.
- Regarding the first one, the bottom left piece has a long slit in the metal. When the two pieces (top and bottom) are pushed together, the left large one goes through the separation. There is a hook on it to keep it from separating from the bottom. I hope that makes sense. While unique and well made, it is not particularly sturdy so it couldn't be used on firm foods. One person thought it could be for scraping cookie dough off the flat surface I have no idea what it is used for so could not do a search.
- Regarding the second, the middle section looks like it might be wine and black bakelite. The half moon section is like a full circle that is split on the arc side. The other end is comes to a curved point. We thought it might be for separating the sections of a grapefruit with the one end and pulling a section out with the other. I've searched auction sites and other internet sites but cannot find any that has the half-moon end.
Ice crusher with an Irvinware incised stamp, a patent number, and the number 2 inside one handle
I really like this one
I really do like the one on the right not just because I found out what it is used for. This one came from a thrift shop and I could not resist it. It is so clever! After a few days, my husband said it was an ice cube crusher. We put a cube in and it was crushed easily. After checking eBay, we found that it was indeed an ice cube crusher. The two pieces 'lock' together and to crush the cube, when the handles are gripped together.
A recent purchase
I found this 'thing' at Goodwill. The clerks and I discussed its purpose but the only idea anyone had was that it could hold a tomato for slicing. The handle looks like a screwdriver handle. The metal ends are not sharp even though they become smaller in diameter about three-eighths of an inch from the end. The 'spikes' are in four rows which form a cross. Someone thought it might be a meat tenderizer. Even though I didn't know what it was for, I had to have it and it was only 49 cents. I'm still trying to learn what this little gem is for.
Help with identification
I was looking at this item when another customer saw me examining it and said it was a knife sharpener (her mother had one like it). I have several sharpeners but none like that so it did not occur to me.
Slice-a-Slice and other gadgets
I've had this for many years but did not look it up until today. It is a strange looking gadget and I'd be totally lost if it did not have the name on it. It is stainless steel and made in the USA and, from what I've read, these are considered vintage.
The idea is to make thin slices of bread. The gadget is hinged on one end so that it opens and closes. The inside rough punctures are to hold the bread in place when slicing through it with a thin sharp knife. They were probably useful before sliced bread or when making it at home now.
We have had the corn cutter for many years ... probably we purchased it in the 70s or 80s. My husband said I used it but I don't think so. My mother cut corn off with a knife and then used the back of the knife to scrape out the creamy interior. I was pretty adept with that method and, looking at the item pictured, don't believe I could have used it safely.
I just found the 'strainer' at a thrift shop for .49. Although I've not used it, believe it would be wonderful with certain pan sizes and more compact than the colanders and easier to clean.
Not sure about this gadget
One might think this is a cookie cutter and it could be. The bottom 'cutting' surface is not smooth, however, but has a patterned jagged edge. I don't remember where I found this but is interesting looking. There are no marks, brands, or stamping on this one.
A garlic press??
Here again, I've had this for some time. It is marked U.S.A. but that is all the information shown ... no company or brand. I thought it might be a garlic press but it does not look like any of the dozens and dozens I looked at on the internet. While it is heavy stainless steel, I am not sure it would hold up for many many pressings. It hinges open and one side is flat. The other has bumps on the inside and dimples on the outside. The two handles are pressed together and, when closed, it is about 2-1/2 inches from handle tip to the hinged side. I will keep trying to identify this attractive little gadget.
I like this one too!
Trudeau herb mincer
Though Trudeau's website has this as an herb mincer, I plan to see if it works for other things ... lumpy powdered sugar, spreading cinnamon and brown sugar ... the list could go on and on. The handle, of course, turns and the long thin spikes go through the slots in the flat bottom. The spikes barely fit through the slots but, when turning, the food item can sift down. It is really well made from stainless steel but there is no maker's mark of any kind. The flat bottom is hinged so that anything becomes jammed, clean out is easy.
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