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 »

I picked this ladle and chan (think food shovel) out of a thriftstore .99 tub, their handles were loose as anything but it saves me from having to buy new ones in the Asian market.  I have become attached to using Gorilla Glue to repair unglued handles. Unlike PVA and other acrylic glues which shrink more »

I covered cleaning geared openers in a youtube video before, but I haven’t taken my own advice lately.   I pulled out my spare US made Swing Away and realized I hadn’t cleaned it in a while.    Cleaning a geared food tool may be the single aspect which throws people off.   Many folks expect everything more »

When I suggested to my friend Don Lindgren, owner of Rabelais: Fine Books on Food and Drink in Biddeford, that we put in a rack of vintage and lightly used kitchenware, I really didn’t think he would go for it. He already has an extensive array of antique kitchenware for display and a copper vessel more »

I have been wondering what to do about vessels where the cracks go all the way through to the inside.  So I am running an experiment on this Vintage bean pot.   Burnham and Morrill, of B&M baked beans, used to sell their beans in grocery stores in crocks; eventually switching to cans, though they do more »

I didn’t know I wanted a 94 year old electric tea kettle until I stumbled upon this one on ebay. Actually the seller had labeled it 1918 which was what turned up on my search.  But it is just a charming shape, I couldn’t resist.  So I immediately put it on my shopping list, bought more »

Among the recent acquisitions are two enameware basins, from their weight I would say they are preWWII, perhaps older.  Medical basins are commonly found in pairs, because they sat in frame, where the 1st basin would hold carbolic and water, and the other would be for rinsing.  The chipped enamel on this bowl is not more »

It was pretty awkward to shoot video of the actual shopping this time. I got some scowls and jostling. So we only get to see the loot. A friend was visiting over the holiday and we hit a few of the antique shops in Oxford Maine. I came away with a lot of small items more »

I impulsively scooped up these scissors in an antique shop, because I recognized Soligen Germany as some of the best for blades, and they were still ridiculously sharp without appearing to be resharpened….and they were also $5. F.W.Engels. Solingen. Germany. No. 100 D.R.G.M. with the Hansel and Gretel Logo. Between 1909 and 1943, the F. more »