I picked up this Cartson Pewter (Freeport Pennsylvania) Pewter charger (that’s the underplate for a dinner plate) and it had this stubborn stain on it. Pewter is metal alloy, traditionally composed of 85–99% tin and is not as reactive a metal as aluminum. The stain survived quite a bit of washing, even some elbow grease more »

The Jacob Bromwell Flour sifter – iconic, insanely perfectly designed device. So perfect in fact, it has 100 imitators. Invented in 1926 by Thomas G Melish for the Bromwell Wire Goods Company, it is still being made in Indiana today by the Jacob Bromwell company. Although a flour sifter is no longer a required item more »

I picked up this table top clam shucker last week for a couple of bucks. This particular design invented by Kevin Frieswick in 2004  is still being sold, but from what the reviews tell me, the new ones are being made with less care than this one. This is a nice sturdy hardwood and firmly more »

I revisited the 1894 Rhubarb Pie Experiments, with great results. Because of the length of cooking time and the meringue top, I am sticking with the foil pie shields but I may have to invent some reusable ones for these tins.  BTW I find that once seasoned, I don’t have to add any more grease more »

I have always wanted to experiment with Ovenex this funky bakeware experiment of Ecko’s from 1936. The  waffle texture was supposed to be easier to clean and transmit heat better.  I am not sure either of those are true, as it works just as well as other layer cake pans. What I can say is more »

With all this new kitchen toys I am bringing in, I need a bit more storage. I had this idea for a pot rack above the kitchen sink. My window doesn’t face outside so there’s no light to block…and I am rather short. 1 1/4″ PVC pumbling pipe, closet rod hangers, and some bent shower more »

I got a good look at the gears on these two items, and figured it was time to actually clean them. The Swing Away wasn’t vintage when I bought it, but is is now, they still look the same. The Top Off Edlund Bottle and jar opener is a terrific little device. I derusted and more »

Join me for a Fourth of July Lobster Boil, here in my backyard in Portland, Maine. Warning, there will be graphic depiction of crustation carnage and mollusc mayhem. Into this vintage enamelware lobster pot, I cook up some Maine grown corn on the cob, Maine Lobsters and some locally collected Softshell Steamer Clams. While I more »

These are three of the wooden handled utensils I have picked up recently to use in my kitchen. Wooden handled utensils were doomed when dishwashers became common. Those with the finish intact are collectible, and those with less than perfect paint jobs are everywhere. With one rattle can you can spruce up a lot of more »

I ran across the recipe for Sunshine’s now extinct Garibaldi Biscuits.  Which were a fruit filled biscuit in the English definition of the word, or a butter cookie with dried fruit in the American usage.   Traditionally in the UK it is made with currants, and in the US with golden raisins, I’m of the opinion more »