Kitchen Trivia #7, Newsletter & Contest At Mama's Treasures Everyday I learn some new interesting fact about a piece of vintage kitchenalia. I am fascinated by trivia that is kitchen related. Do you remember stories about these things too?
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Everyday I learn some new interesting fact about a piece of vintage kitchenalia. I am fascinated by trivia that is kitchen related. I thought I would share a few of my most recently learned facts about the history of items we all remember from Days Long Ago. All of these great facts can be found in the book, “Kitchen Antiques,1790-1940”, Collector Books, 1997, by Kathryn McNerney.
....The word kitchen is thought to have been eventually derived from “Cycene” or one of its forms noticed in Old English scripts covering about 500 years.
....Monasteries enjoyed the finest kitchens, established in separate buildings........
....American blacksmiths and other metal workers preferred filling orders to a customers fireplace measurements.
....The word “range” of Teutonic origin, meaning herein a row or series of openings (wells) over fires, generally became “cookstove” or merely “stove” by the mid-1800’s.
....with the innovation of stoves saving time and energies for cooks, kitchenwares also entered a new field....Manufacturers began to producein quantities with slight or drastic changes and improvements, steadily adding a multitude of entirely new gadgets with
....”utensils” almost always automatically brings to mind the idea of smaller “instruments” ...extending the range of our hands’ capabilities. with such boundaries restrictive and often confusing, that word also properly includes “vessels” covering a multitude of material
things in kitchens from primitive to present.
....Crock: Housewives found these wares scarce as the clay was not universally found and transportation costs were high. Arrival of the Erie Canal and better roads quickly accelerated building of new potteries and availability for purchasing increased.
....Although known centuries B.C., butter was more widely used for lighting oils and medicinal ointments than for food.
....to help earn needed extra monies, or when their animals gave more milk for drinking and resultant cream products than the cooks could use up and the family consume, excess printed molded butter was sold by housewives at weekly “market stands” or from the
backs of their buggies and wagons along the walkway in the nearest town.
....flax wheels were easier to carry and store than the larger heavier wool wheels.......
....When the family moved up from corn schucks mattresses into those stuffed with saved feathers, one or more chore for the cook was to smooth down the pads every morning.....
....Lamps were hung as close as possible to the fireplaces so that drafts might carry the offensive odors (and smoke) up and out of the chimneys.
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