*Can you guess what the block of wood with a handle might be for?
While looking for our little Christmas tree this week (still haven't found it!), I re-discovered some of my mom's old kitchen utensils. Two of them in this picture were hers, but the small crockpot is one Jim and I were given in the 70's. No, not the 1870's! I don't know if we take very good care of things, or if it's that kitcheware was made a lot more durable "back in the day", but in any case, I was thrilled to see my mom's old nut grinder especially.
I had a nutgrinder that broke here recently and it had a plastic hopper top. It only lasted us a few years. Even if Mom's nutgrinder only makes it a little while longer I have preserved it here for posterity as it were. The heavy weight microwave muffin pan was Mom's from the 1980's I believe. She was so proud of her (gigantic) microwave she bought at Sears. It had a special place in the kitchen even.
The reason the crockpot was out on the counter is because I used it just this week to cook some boneless pork ribs for BBQ. Crockpot cooking, as with microwave cooking is high on my list of great inventions.
*So, have you guessed what the small block of wood with a white handle mgiht be used for? OK, I'll tell...Our Bosche dishwasher doesn't have a drying element. The dishwasher heats the water it uses to a high temperature and sometimes there is little water left on the bottoms of the up-side-down mugs. By opening the door a little and putting that block of wood on the ledge it lets the steam out and evaporates more of the water.
My blog isn't always about kitchen retro topics, but I know one that is. Please take a virtual stroll through my friend Lidian's blog Kitchen Retro. I just got the link for it and had to chuckle, the banner at the top of her blog is about a dishwasher. I swear, I didn't' know she had done that! Of course you know, "there are no coincidences", right?