Sunday, April 08, 2007

Name That Kitchen Item


Not long ago I was attending a meeting of the group I belong to, P.E.O., which raises money to provide scholarships for women. The member who was giving a program that day had borrowed a number of antique kitchen and laundry and farm tools. She challenged us to guess what some of them were and our answers led to lots of laughter.

The item shown here was passed down from Sweetie's mother to him and probably belonged to his grandmother, too. I've never seen another one like it. It seemed like a fun gadget to challenge you bloggers and lurkers with. Do you have any idea what it is used for? It's made of cast aluminum. As you can see, it's gotten a lot of use over the years.

I'll post the answer tomorrow.

Happy guessing, but keep it clean people.

9 comments :

Anna Haight said...

No fair since I already know... Hope you and Sweetie enjoyed Easter! We had a fabulous picnic near Pantoll on Mt. Tam, posted a slide show.

Ilva said...

You put hot coals in it to warm up the bed in the evening?? No, it looks to pretty...

Ash said...

Depends how big it is, but my mom had a set of three of these for cooking vegetables, they fitted together to make up a whole 'pot' and you could cook a different vegetable in each section. Does that make sense? Very handy things they are!

Claudia said...

It's a rice cooker!

My MIL had one of them, made by the Guardian Service Company,she got married in 1945. She told me that the salesman (who went door to door) explained the shape as being the optimal shape for the perfect cooking of rice!

She's gone now, and somehow over the years, she had aquired two more. They do make amazing rice, and now my two daughters and I each have one to remember her by every time we cook rice.

Lis said...

Okay I know I am so wrong.. but I'm going with a coffee pot / tea kettle type thingamajoo?

hehehe

xoxo

shar said...

is it a popcorn popper?

Elle said...

anna,i did tell you about it, didn't i? Glad you had a great picnic!

ilva, great guess & i might try that :)

ash, i think this is a bit different. i've seen those sets, but the aluminum on this is far thicker. truly very handy.

claudia,
it could be a rice cooker. must try that. what a nice memory!

lis,love the idea of a thingamajoo. maybe it could be used for coffee/tea, but it's pretty thick aluminum for that.

shar, we could try popcorn. sounds like fun!

THANKS for all the great guesses.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I'm late to the party for a guess. I really think that would make for a fun time and lots of laughs with the guessing.

Elle said...

tanna, even late it's great to 'see' you. These kinds of old fashioned things can lead to lots of laughter...and good eating.