I confess I am terrible about taking BEFORE pictures. Even when I take them I manage to lose them. I KNOW I took pictures of these plates they day I bought them, but they have slipped through my fingers. These 19th century cake plates are ‘soft paste’ porcelain, which is basically a cheap porcelain, think more »

Recoating Enamelware

All of my experiments with fixing enamelware chips, I have avoided using any products on the business surface of pans that will get heated. Rustoleum corp had a stroke when I even ASKED them about offgassing of their high heat products and refused to discuss it. So for my purposes all the applications are to more »

When I visited Maine Pantry shop downtown Portland, I picked up a canister of Bakewell Cream, a Maine stalwart product since the 40’s. I was only vaguely familiar Bakewell Cream and was curious. I know most people decide what they want to cook and then buy the ingredients, I sometimes BUY the ingredient and then more »

I love a wooden handled nail brush in the bathroom. I also like a nice little vegetable brush, and a pot scrubbing brush and so forth. I have never found a plastic handled brush which sat in the hand as comfortably as a wooden handled one. My experiences with wooden handled brushes have been highly more »

I’ve been studying US patents for kitchenware trying to grasp why some items have survived unchanged since their inception and other items fall away. Which gives me a great excuse to BUY more things, breaking my personal rule about having duplicate items which perform the same function. Leading me straight to the decision of ‘which more »

During my research I stumbled upon a question someone posted online which sort of blew my mind:  “I’ve always been a running water dish-washer….I learned that some dish soaps are formulated for the sink full of sudsy water method.  How does this work, sink full of sudsy water? “Which led me down another rabbit hole, could there more »

I had a grand day out last week and came home with some goodies, among which was this basket with damaged corners. It doesn’t seem to be especially old, but I liked the way it was assembled, the handle had brass fittings and aside from the corner damage was pretty solid. If the basket had more »

I watch a lot of youtube videos on cleaning and restoring things. It seems folks on the other side of the planet who use many copper, brass and silver items in their kitchen have absolutely mastered the chore of removing tarnish from these items: they boil them. There are many many ways to clean tarnish, more »

I can’t remember when I didn’t have a wire egg slicer…or even a wire potato slicer…over the years I also accumulated a wire butter slicer and even the wire cheese slicer. I’m always slicing eggs for things, and running an egg through the potato slicer gives you a head start on potato salad. I don’t more »

One of the most used gadgets in my kitchen drawer is this little aluminum juicer. With a little invesigation I discovered that in 1949 the ‘Barbery’ Juicer’s design was credited to Lucille Barbery a corporate officer of Foley Manufacturing. Patent applied for in 1949, and issued in 1951. I happened to find a nice profile more »