I am fascinated with this unusual tinned steel pan, I have never seen one this old with straps and rivets instead of lead solder. So the chance to restore it for use was exciting. My best guess is that it was 1880s, as I did find an advert with a strapped frame and rivets instead more »

I salvaged these vintage Boltaware bar trays from my basement where they were languishing post flooding. But before I could use them again for anything they needed a bit of a scrub and buff. They are such an awkward shape, that they always live in the gap next to the fridge so they always need more »

I do realize I am always saying, wipe all the vintage steel items down with mineral oil after you clean it and before you put it away. But caring for old metal ware makes it as important as dish soap. Put the mineral oil in a small spray bottle, any bottle. As soon as the more »

I hadn’t meant to buy another Foley Food Mill, but it seems I am seeing them everywhere.    Though they have been around since 1933 and are still made and sold by Mirro, not many people need or use them anymore, I think their biggest detraction is storage.  It is just such an odd shape. more »

I started doing one thing and it led me down a rabbit hole. I don’t collect just for collecting, they have to be something I’m going to reuse whether to make flavored vinegars or oils. This is just a clean up on aisle 9 with this one little bottle. I used some millet and alcohol, more »

Though this Pommery Moutarde de Meaux pot isn’t vintage, the recipe does go back to the 18th century.  It is one of the few ceramic pots or crocks of this shape that turn up in the US.  People here are content to buy their dijon mustard in a plastic bottle. Someone had been using this more »

For years I have been staring at my vintage wooden drying racks trying to figure the best least invasive method to repair loose dowels. When the wood ages the pins shrink in the sockets and won’t stay put. However because it’s a hinge, they can’t be repaired with glues or nails etc… I have previously more »

So I picked up this charming wire basket for a dollar. I don’t think it was old, but old enough. I really like it’s feet. So I figured I would give it a once over lightly, and get all the tarnish out of the nooks and crannies of the twisted wire. But since I don’t more »

We’ve all seen this, aluminum sauce pans with a rainbow of black and grey on it. Aluminum is soft and easily reactive, in cooking this is usually caused by exposure to tomato or vinegar sauces. With small saucepans, it is almost always caused by boiling eggs in the shell. Eggshells are nearly all calcium carbonate, more »