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2014/07/31 12:57:56 (permalink)

Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed

I found this at Goodwill and almost teared up:
 

 
This isn't just some old blender. This is the blender of my youth. We'd make simple shakes out of it with ice cream, milk, and canned or fresh fruit. I remember everything about it: the colors, the logos, the order of the speeds (I didn't know what "frappé" meant and always forgot to look it up), the sound of the motor.
 

 
The pitcher is glass and quite heavy, and holding it meant that I was being allowed to pour and would momentarily be consuming a delicious shake. All I have to do to travel through time is feel its heft. And independent of all this, the blender is a gorgeous appliance. Just look at it! I don't know how many shakes I'll make with it now, but I'm pretty sure I'd have bought it even if I didn't cook at all.
 
And today, this arrived in the mail:
 

 
We invariably made use of it on movie nights. My sister and I would just stand there, hypnotized, watching the popcorn come out. There's a plastic dish at the top for butter to be melted by the popper's heat. Like the blender, it's noisy and powerful. This particular model is so powerful, in fact, that it's sought after today as a coffee bean roaster; later models apparently reduced their wattage and overall service quality. I had no idea! Consequently, I had to pay a bit of a premium, even though I've no intention of using it for anything other than its original purpose.
 

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    EdSails
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2014/07/31 13:35:54 (permalink)
    Up until 10 years ago, I had (and used) my grandmother's pressure cooker. That was a real antique! 
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2014/07/31 16:04:15 (permalink)
    I had that very same blender when my kids were growing up! I loved it. 
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2014/07/31 16:16:15 (permalink)
    I have the exact same popper, and almost the same blender.  I once had the same blender until I somehow (?) left a medal spoon in it while trying to make a frozen Margarita.
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2014/07/31 18:31:19 (permalink)
    Man that is too cool. We had one of those exact blenders as well while I was growing up! We always had a large Sunday meal around 1pm with my grandparents and all of us, then Sunday nights my dad would make milkshakes and pop popcorn (though not air popped) and we'd watch the Disney Sunday Night Movie. Thanks for the memories Ketteract!
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2014/07/31 19:40:27 (permalink)
    Ketteract - we have an old Waring blender probably from the late 40's, early 50's that no one in the family wants that I should send you - Every Sunday night we made milkshakes in it, and sandwiches from the leftover Sunday roast.  It would probably break the blades to chop ice. 
     
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2014/08/01 02:26:23 (permalink)
    I have my grandmothers rolling pin. Still use it.
    It's not a kitchen appliance but my bride has her grandmothers old wooden ironing board. It's over 100 years old and she still uses it every time she irons! Won't use one of those new-fangled ones. 
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2014/08/02 22:58:54 (permalink)
    Successful test run with my first homemade milkshake in maybe 20 years!
     

     

     
    Crushed 4 ice cubes in the blender, then added a few spoonfuls of ice cream (the Sam's Choice was the only one in the entire freezer made from only milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla beans - you know, what used to be Breyers' selling point before Unilever bought and ruined them), a cup of milk, pineapple, a little extra sugar (since canned pineapple doesn't come in heavy syrup), and blended away.  Delightful, and the blender did its job perfectly.  I'm already making a mental list of all the different fruits I'm going to try with this.
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2014/08/02 23:01:02 (permalink)
    Ours was avocado.  We still have the glass container.
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2014/08/03 11:48:01 (permalink)
    I realized I didn't own an electric can opener, so I rectified that situation this morning.  There's no actual nostalgia associated with this one, but it's damn nice regardless:
     

     
    This thing means business!  Apparently Oster used the "Imperial" name on some of its products from the '60s to the '70s.  I love it.  Looks like it should be on a car. I was going to describe how it works, then figured I'd let an old ad do it for me:
     

     
    I used it on a can for lunch, and it is very nifty, even if it's not too space-efficient due to the knife-sharpener mechanism in the back (which I can't imagine I'll ever use).
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/07 16:03:29 (permalink)
    Toaster of my childhood, reclaimed!



     
    Look at this thing.  It's amazing that kitchen appliances were once adorned like this.
     

     
    Solid chrome.
     

     
    Incredibly, the rear of the thing - which you would ordinarily never see - has the design as well.  I can't imagine that being done today.  
     

     
    And just in case one color adjustment wasn't enough for you... here's another.  For the true toast connoisseur.
     

     
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/07 16:06:41 (permalink)
    Hmmm...must be a setting or plug in, but I can't see a single picture Ketteract posted. Weird and sad.
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/07 16:11:40 (permalink)
    They're all on imgur.  Someone else here once had a problem with them being blocked at work...
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/07 16:26:39 (permalink)
    I can see all the pictures.  I guess I had a deprived childhood.......no blenders, popcorn makers (we used a pan w/lid) no toaster.........my mother's homemade bread would not fit, we used the broiler in the oven to make toast.  I bought my mother an electric can opener.  She never used it.  She preferred the hand-held kind. 
     
    I have no blender, no food processor, really no kitchen appliances except my beloved KitchenAid mixer!  Oh, we have a toaster but that was already here. 
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/07 19:47:47 (permalink)
    have both the blender (had the orig, now part of a mixer combo made in the 70's) and a similar popper.
     
    The popper was a quick reflex purchase. WE still make popcorn in the old metal popper my parents got as a wedding present in 1939!.  It still has the open coil in the bottom and has caught on fire several times from accumulated oil and grease, but friends still swear it makes the best corn
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/07 20:28:06 (permalink)
    We had that blender but it was avocado in color.4
    That's how my mother got me to eat eggs.... put them raw into a chocolate shake.
    I still can't believe she did that!
     
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/08 01:20:34 (permalink)
    The new Gadget of choice was the Electric Knife! Do they still even make them anymore?? 
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/08 10:14:09 (permalink)
    lleechef
    I can see all the pictures.  I guess I had a deprived childhood.......no blenders, popcorn makers (we used a pan w/lid) no toaster.........my mother's homemade bread would not fit, we used the broiler in the oven to make toast.  I bought my mother an electric can opener.  She never used it.  She preferred the hand-held kind. 
     
    I have no blender, no food processor, really no kitchen appliances except my beloved KitchenAid mixer!  Oh, we have a toaster but that was already here. 


    Lisa, we were rich! We had a hand mixer/beater and a toaster. If you thought you needed more, you were wrong!
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/08 10:34:20 (permalink)
    Is a mandolin considered an appliance?  If so, I use it a lot for slicing, dicing and shredding.
     
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/08 11:01:41 (permalink)
    FoodbmeThe new Gadget of choice was the Electric Knife! Do they still even make them anymore??



    They do, and they actually have their uses, including out of the kitchen; they are, by far, the best tool for cutting foam rubber.
     
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/08 11:08:47 (permalink)
    Sundancer7
    Is a mandolin considered an appliance?  If so, I use it a lot for slicing, dicing and shredding.
     
    Paul E. Smith
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    I do have a mandolin.  I think we could consider it an appliance even though it's not electric!
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/08 11:15:01 (permalink)
    Why mom is a big Osterizer fan. In fact, she used to do a demo for them in one of the department stores here in town. I can't remember which one but my guess is that it was Lazarus. Anyways, I guess they were pretty broke at the time and lived on the stuff she got to bring home like the leftovers from the pimento cheese demonstration. She tried to go with a more expensive blender once and she hated it.
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/08 14:18:07 (permalink)
    The beige Osterizer blender shown in Ketteract's opening post, above, is the exact one that I still use for my main blender. 
    I also have two other blenders that hang-out in a kitchen cabinet ... but the Osterizer is the one on the counter. 
     
    I have an even older Oster blender packed away in a box somewhere ... this one ...

     
    and in the same box a vintage Sunbeam Mixer like this ...

     
    I have a lot of vintage kitchen equipment.
    In general, if it works, I tend not to throw it out.  One of the benefits ... or downsides ... of having lots of storage space.
     
    post edited by Sonny Funzio - 2015/02/08 14:22:54
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/08 14:21:18 (permalink)
    While I was looking for an online pic of the Sunbeam I showed above, I came across this photo of a tattoo. 
    Holy cats! ... just how serious do you have to be about cooking/baking to get a huge tattoo of an eggbeater on your arm? ....
     

     
     edit: checking the pic online again, I see the owner calls it one of her "Bake or Die" tattoos.  Wow.
     
    post edited by Sonny Funzio - 2015/02/08 14:27:45
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/09 09:48:16 (permalink)
    Re: Mandolins/Mandonlines.
    It is said that a smart person learns from their own mistakes, and a wise person learns from other people's mistakes. I don't know what you call someone who learns from someone who learns from other people's mistakes, but when I got my first mandoline, I also bought a cut resistant glove (I'm now on my second glove, reinforced with steel wire). Frankly, I'm now skilled enough that, even though I cut very close to my hand, I haven't hit the blade in a couple of years, but even now, I would be VERY nervous without it:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut-resistant_gloves
     
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/09 12:07:08 (permalink)
    I have never used a glove or a guard on a mandolin.  And yes, I have had my share of "bar code" injuries to the pad of my thumb!  But I've also been burned, wacked off a few knuckles and cut a few finger tips off!  Hazards of the profession.
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/09 12:16:41 (permalink)
    One of the best things about moving back in with my mother is getting to use the actual appliances and gadgets from my youth. On an almost daily basis, I use the electric hand mixer, blender, stand mixer, crock pot, electric frying pan, electric griddle, measuring cups, measuring spoons, canisters, and innumerable pots and pans, dishes, and utensils that have been in this kitchen since before my birth. We finally had to replace the oven about three years ago and the stove last fall, but up until then those were the same appliances that had been here about 10 years longer than I've been alive. I keep meaning to do a photo shoot and blog post with everything, but I never seem to be able to get around to it.
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/09 12:36:57 (permalink)
    My most cherished things I have from my mother's kitchen are her rolling pin, her pie plates, measuring spoons and the 1950 edition of Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book.
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/09 15:56:15 (permalink)
    Lisa, that made me smile.
     
    I have my Great-grandmother's rolling pin.  I love that stick of wood.  It's the one Mom used.
     
    I have a metal khaki green colored metal file card box full of hand written (in pencil) recipe cards from my mother's junior high cooking class.  Each card has her name on it.  It usually makes me smile but at the moment just the thought has me tearing up.
     
    I also love her Corning baking and casserole dishes.
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    Re: Kitchen appliances of my childhood, reclaimed 2015/02/09 17:53:15 (permalink)
    I have the memory of the heartburn induced by my mother's cooking.
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