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.
post edited by Ketteract - 2014/07/31 13:04:24