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, “300 Years Of Kitchen Collectibles, Krause Publications, 2003, by Linda Franklin.
....the Hunter Sifter is a must have for a kitchen collection. It was advertised over 100 years ago as combining”...12 kitchen utensils in one. It is a Mixer, Scoop, Measure, Weigher, Dredger, Rice Washer, Starch, Tomato, Wine, and Fruit Strainer. It is the most
useful kitchen utensil made.”
....Some wire baskets were for gathering eggs....Another type...often mistaken for a salad
washer....is a snail basket....they are the same size or slightly larger than lettuce baskets, sometimes have a lid, a bulging body with narrowed neck.
....The “Magic Mop” mfd. by Pro Diet Mop, Inc., of Belle Chase, LA, is made of a special plastic that “attracts grease from food like a magnet.” It was developed to use in ocean oil spills. Later it was made into mops used to stir hot soup and other food from which grease
has to be skimmed or removed. Patent No. 3,748,682.
....Bread Dockers. Used to mark bread before baking.....”We make these dockers in any shape& of any number of letters. they cost according to the number of letters”...Jaburg Brothers Catalog, NYC, 1908.
....Collectors sometimes ask if it’s safe to use old cake pans for baking, even if they have a bit of rust. It’s safe to the user, not quite as safe for the pan, but only if you don’t carefully wash and dry thoroughly after use. the solder used in such late pieced pieces is not dangerous, and rust only adds a bit of extra minerals to your cake.
....Figural cookie making was practiced in Europe at least as far back as the 16th century.
....The American Agriculturist, Sept.1846, published a tip on “How To Boil Green Corn,” with advice on eating it too. “The proper state in which to eat green corn, is at the time that the milk flows upon pressing the kernels with the thumb nail. It is best when boiled in
the ear with the husks on, the latter of which should be stripped off when brought to the table. The ears should then be covered with butter, with a little salt added, and the grains eaten off the cob. Over-refined people think this vulgar, and shave them off, but in so doing they lose much of their sweetness.
....A jagger is a pastry cutter, generally one that makes a jagged (actually zig zag) edge. They are also called pie wheels, pie rimmers, pie jiggers, pie cutters, trimmers, jagging irons, gigling irons (very archaic term), jiggers and probably other names.
....Springerle boards are intaglio carved (that is, carved into rather than carved relievo-raised relief, where the background is carved away, leaving