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Unusual & unknown kitchen gadgets

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50 minutes ago, lindag said:

(some of the roads are pretty rough)

Probably the understatement of the year.

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palo   

I think Kerry said it best, unless you have shades of Grey in you

 

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I have these, pan grabbers that came with sets of utensils back in he early '70s.  I got two sets because I like the long, perforated spatulas and the deep ladles that were part of the sets.  It was a complimentary design to Corningware "Spice of Life" cookware which included some enamelware cookware in addition to the stovetop and ovenware.  

The could be used (with a folded paper towel) to grasp and lift the ceramic ovenware.  

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6 hours ago, Norm Matthews said:

 

I apologize for being unclear. I did not mean to imply that this gadget predated the ice cream scoop. I meant that I supposed it was a precursor to the cookie sized scoop many people use today.

No need to apologize.  I'm sure you are correct when it comes to consumer use - it was two tablespoons for most homemakers when this came out, and how I was taught in the 1940s and continued to use that method for 20+ years. 

 

However, portion-control dishers of various sizes were used in commercial kitchens as early as the 1920s.  When  Horn & Hardart opened a retail store to sell the foods available at the Automats, the workers used various sized dishers  for strict portion control.  There used to be a YouTube video of this process.  But the use was limited to commercial kitchens, hotels and restaurants.  

As far as I was able to learn, when I was actively collecting, the first ones directed at homemakers, consumers, were marketed by mail-order companies in the late 1960s.  

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15 hours ago, andiesenji said:

I have these, pan grabbers that came with sets of utensils back in he early '70s.

I remember these well but wasn't there another one that had a one piece handle? As I remember, it was rather poorly designed as you had to angle it downward to attach it and risked hitting your knuckles on the oven rack.

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2 hours ago, Tropicalsenior said:

I remember these well but wasn't there another one that had a one piece handle? As I remember, it was rather poorly designed as you had to angle it downward to attach it and risked hitting your knuckles on the oven rack.

 

There was a Corningware one piece handle with a twist end that tightened it on to the short handle end  so it could be used like a stove top pan handle. I don't recall if it was oven safe.


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Yes, I remember that one now. Thank you, Norm. The one that I remember came with a set of three dishes, probably CorningWare copycats. In order to put the handle on you had to angle it down and snap it up. The first time I used it, I burned my hand on the oven rack and I pitched it in the trash. Pot holders worked just fine. The dishes themselves didn't last much longer. One exploded in the oven and one broke in the dishwasher. I never had a problem like that with CorningWare.

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I have several of the Pyrex and Corning handles.  They were a proprietary item made just to fit the Pyrex "Flameware" and later the Corning stove top and oven ware.  They were not intended for use in the oven.  Only for stove top use.

 


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21 minutes ago, andiesenji said:

They were not intended for use in the oven.  Only for stove top use.

 

I'm sure that mine weren't Pyrex because they were colored, more like the CorningWare. They were a gift so I really have no idea what they were. Not a very good gift, as it turned out, but it's the thought that counts.

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Corning sold Corningware in 2000 and the new company made them out of a stoneware based clay which did not have the traditional characteristics of the older stuff. I had some, not knowing it was different and one chipped and cracked within a couple months.  I read that in 2008 a similar type ceramic used in the original ware was reintroduced.

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On 9/15/2017 at 5:37 PM, andiesenji said:

I have several of the Pyrex and Corning handles.  They were a proprietary item made just to fit the Pyrex "Flameware" and later the Corning stove top and oven ware.  They were not intended for use in the oven.  Only for stove top use.

 

 

My mom rarely cooks these days but when she uses her Corningware on the stove, she always uses the handles. The biggest issue for her is some of the handles fit only certain pieces of the Corningware. The length of the existing physical handles on the dishes determines which of the add-on handles will work and which won't.

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5 hours ago, Toliver said:

My mom rarely cooks these days but when she uses her Corningware on the stove, she always uses the handles. The biggest issue for her is some of the handles fit only certain pieces of the Corningware. The length of the existing physical handles on the dishes determines which of the add-on handles will work and which won't.

I have one of the white handles which only fits the Corningware French White stove top items that have a slightly curved "lug" handle.  Attempting to use it on other Corningware pieces will cause breakage.  Almost all of my Corningware and Pyrex is from many years ago. I bought a ton of it when I began catering in the '70s - at the Pyrex/Corning factory outlet in Sun Valley, CA that was in  a big barn of a building, with stuff just stacked on the floor in boxes and wooden crates.  It was always busy.  

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