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 »

We’ve all seen this. Someone has the bright idea to spray a piece of aluminum cookware with oven cleaner. Well in all but the worst cases it can be repaired. I picked up this Wearever pan for $1 because someone had given it the oven cleaner treatment and then donated it. As an object lesson more »

Aluminum is the third most common element on the planet after oxygen and silicon.  Alloying it with other metals such as copper, magnesium, manganese, silicon, tin, and zinc, increase its durability, and hardness as well as decreasing its vulnerability.  Its malleability and conductivity and affordability make it the most common kitchenware material. However, aluminum is a very more »

I had been wanting to play with Rustoleum’s High Heat Grill paint for a while now.  I had to wait until I had something to paint and the weather to break.  This antique sad iron trivet has been swimming in the molasses and water rust bucket for a while, and I picked and had a more »

Plastic spatulas are usually a disposable item, surviving in a kitchen until they are melted or unpleasantly stained by tomato sauce.  Tomato sauce staining can be fought with various weapons: vinegar OR baking soda and even a good soak with a dash of beach.   But  it is usually a death knell when the handle and the more »

I have picked up a few 1950s FLINT US Stainless Steel Utensils lately.  Decades of constant washing and drying and exposure to the minerals causes plastic handles to roughen up and look beaten.  This type of plastic is pretty indestructible otherwise.  The rough surface can be sanded smooth or even burnished with steel wool and more »

Usually I just give my 1990 Kitchenaid a good wipe down everytime I use it. But I took this occassion to break down both mine and my mother’s 2001 machine and clean all the nooks and crannies.  Aside from dishtowels and a good antibacterial spray,  you need a scrub brush to get into all the more »