Recently I inherited some old kitchen utensils that belonged to my husband's grandmother. As I sorted through the bag of odds and ends, I tried only to keep what I really needed. After all, my utensil drawer is already bulging. I passed on the little tin citrus juicer. It was identical to the one I'd gotten at a thrift store recently for 50 cents.


I almost didn't take the egg beater. I've got 3 whisks already, plus a hand mixer and a KitchenAid. But I couldn't resist turning the handle. And then I was hooked. This little gem is heavy and solid and whirrs --no, purrs -- when you turn it. They knew how to make things 50 years ago, no doubt about it.


This morning I pulled it out to whisk up our breakfast eggs and was amazed at just how well it did its task. The eggs were perfectly whipped in half the time a regular whisk would require. And yet it is barely any harder to wash than a whisk. I love it.

And this item below? Well, it is a mystery to me-- I kept it just for curiosity's sake. Was it was designed to cut pasta? Or maybe to crimp the edge of a pie crust?


I'm hoping that someone will clue me in-- anybody know what it does?

What about you? Have any vintage kitchen items that you love?