Vintage Kitchen Appliances -It's a Whole New World
The Kitchen Post –Civil War Era
Vintage kitchen appliances show us how much easier it is to cook today. The kitchen by definition is a room used to prepare food and it is equipped with a stove, a sink for cleaning food and washing dishes, plus cabinets for storage and a refrigerator to keep food cold.
While kitchens have been around for centuries, it was not until the post-Civil War era that the majority of small kitchen appliances were invented. One of the main reasons was people no longer had servants and housewives who worked alone in the kitchen needed culinary help. The invention of electricity greatly advanced the technology of laborsaving kitchen devices as well.
GE Oven Courtesy Appliencist
Keeping Food Cold - a Constant Battle in Summer
Keeping food cold before electricity required a refrigerator that story nice which in the cities was delivered by nice truck in the country quite often the ice or snow was brought down from the mountains.
The stove on display from appliencist is but one above variety of beautiful vintage stoves for sale.
Icebox Old Norwegian
According to Wikipedia kitchen forks can be traced back to the time of the Greeks. Knives have been used as weapons, tools and eating utensils since prehistoric times. Only in fairly recent times knives have been designed for specific table use. Spoons have been used as eating utensils since Paleolithic times.
First Patented Appliances
In 1850, Joel Houghton patented a wooden machine with a hand–turned wheel that splashed water on dishes and while it wasn't the greatest machine, it was the first patent for dishwasher.
Architect, inventor, John W. Hammes built his wife the world's first kitchen garbage disposal in 1927. He went into business and his company was called In–Sink-Erator Manufacturing Company.
The first historical record of a stove built in Alsace, France was in 1490.
The waffle iron was patented on August 24, 1869, invented by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York. The patent (United States #94,xxx) described the invention as a "device to bake waffles
Oulder Style Can Opener
Canned Food and How to Open It
Initially canned food was invented for the British Navy in 1813, in made of solid iron which meant cans weight more than the food they held. The inventor, Peter Durand, was guilty of an incredible oversight. He figured out how to seal food into cans, but gave little thought as to how to get it out again.
The instructions read:" Cut round the top near the outer edge with a chisel and hammer." Only when thinner steel cans came into use in the late 1860s could the can opener be invented. The first patented was in 1858, devised by Ezra Warner of Waterbury, Connecticut, and forcibly worked around the edge of the can. Stranger still the first type of can opener never left the store. A clerk had to open each can before the can was taken away.
Finally, William Lyman in 1870, invented a modern can opener with the cutting wheel that rolled around the rim.
Potato and Apple Peelers
Wikipedia shows four different types of peeler's for potatoes or apples. Each one of these looks like it has some potential for cutting yourself, and I think you have to grasp the potato or apple tightly. I can see why a lot of country people just simply used a good sharp knife for peeling.
It is fun to look back and see all the old appliances and compare them to all the neat appliances we now have but are disposal. We have machines that open jars, we have Cuisinarts, juicers, easy to use can openers and knife sharpeners, convection ovens, machines to make panini sandwiches, cappuccino machines, electric knives in the list goes on and on. The biggest problem I have today is where to store all these things!
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