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Things you rarely see these days.

Order yourself a latte, and a pastry (The virtual cinnamon buns are excellent today). And have a nice chat.

Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby mum-at-the-oven » January 12th, 2020, 8:09 pm

KC2 - my knife is the one Herbi linked to.

I also have a cheese wire, a cheese knife and an odd shaped double sided serrated knife called a Magic Gadget. I don’t really know what it’s for of from where it came although I suspect originally from my Mum
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby StokeySue » January 12th, 2020, 8:24 pm

Isn’t the magic knife supposed to slice through frozen food
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby scullion » January 12th, 2020, 9:02 pm

no, the mix is pumped through a nozzle at the bottom of the 'cup'. the handle is attached to the plunger. it works in the same way as the glass and bakelite bel ones.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby earthmaiden » January 12th, 2020, 9:45 pm

Just seen a more modern one (1970s) online too. Don't remember ever seeing anything remotely like it before!
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Herbidacious » January 12th, 2020, 10:02 pm

I'd forgotten about those little blocks with a cheese wire attached. Both my father and I had them in the '80s and '90s and used them regularly... and found it hard to get hold of replacement wires.

I have several cheese knives. I bought a rather nice set ro different types of cheese, a while back for when we have guests... which we never do. I also have an everyday one which I do use though, quite a lot.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby wargarden » January 13th, 2020, 3:28 am

I have a bean frencher and angel food cake cutter.
a friend just sent me some aspic molds.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby StokeySue » January 13th, 2020, 8:36 am

I am puzzled as to how anyone would serve a cheese board without a cheese knife? Never been away here or in any house I visit often
Not been entirely convinced by those sets of different cheese knives, they are fine if you are serving the cheese yourself but if you put them out with a cheese board it seems most people help themselves with any random knife
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby suffolk » January 13th, 2020, 11:23 am

My beautiful pickle fork ... silver and bone ... a gift from my brother and sister in law, is one of my favourite things :D
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby earthmaiden » January 13th, 2020, 11:42 am

My stainless steel pickle fork was the result of saving Branston pickle labels circa 1972. It still gives me pleasure to think that it was free, I am quite fond of it!
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby liketocook » January 13th, 2020, 11:58 am

I'm clearing out kitchen drawers and have just found a melon baller I forgot I had :) . still no sign of the butter curler though.
I think my parents had the same fork EM - I've no idea what happened to it though.

ETA - our local hardware shop sells cheese wire Herbi
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby StokeySue » January 13th, 2020, 12:20 pm

I use my melon baller quite a lot,

Not for making melon balls, I don't have the knack

But for removing the seeds and fibre from melons, squashes etc and for hollowing out veg such as courgettes and marrow for stuffing, because the edge is sharpened it is much more effective than a spoon

The butter curler rusted
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Pepper Pig » January 13th, 2020, 12:31 pm

We have at least three lots of silver sugar tongs. :oops: :oops:
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby aero280 » January 13th, 2020, 1:36 pm

We got a fondue set as a wedding present. It's still in a box in a cupboard somewhere!! :D
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby cyprusmoira » January 13th, 2020, 2:28 pm

We have a pair of silver grape scissors, they have a Fox & Grapes design on them.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby earthmaiden » January 13th, 2020, 4:12 pm

I still like using sugar tongs, jam spoon and toast rack when I have suitable visitors. I'd love some grape scissors too!
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby earthmaiden » January 13th, 2020, 8:34 pm

That's the trouble isn't it! On the very, very rare occasion I have something like a coffee morning I like to put out sugar lumps. I dread to think how old the box currently in the larder is!
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Herbidacious » January 13th, 2020, 8:58 pm

I have some I purchased for my father. He died in 2009, and given he never got to visitthis house, they must be quite a bit older than that. (We moved here a couple of months after he died. Not good timing given the state I was in...) But sugar doesn't go off.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Pepper Pig » January 13th, 2020, 9:20 pm

We hope. :lol:
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby mum-at-the-oven » January 13th, 2020, 10:11 pm

I should have said that I have a cheese knife, a cheese slice and a cheese wire.

The cheese wire is towards the end of a wooden rectangular board that has a row of ceramic tiles to hold the various cheeses.

It was a wedding present from 1984 and the sort of thing that you would lay out if you were having a dinner party. I also have a glass domed wooden cheese board (another wedding present) but that would only fit one of those tiny cheese selection packs that they sell in supermarkets at Christmas,

KC2 I did use the tomato knife and it was useful until I got some of those larger Japanese serrated knives (the name escapes me) but my old faithful still lives in the cutlery drawer. :oops:
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby uschi » January 13th, 2020, 10:11 pm

Sue's tomato knife is still popular here in Germany. I don't know what it is called, but it's sa sort of all-round knife used for Abendessen (German evening meals are often cold and consist of bread, butter and various toppings).
It is ideal for that and often called Brotmesser (bread knife) although it is to small to cut German bread loaves, but it cuts the slices in half, can be used to butter the bread, cut tomatoes, gherkins, salami and the like, and whatever else you want to top your bread with.

I still have an egg slicer that slices eggs in either direction and one to slice the eggs into sixths. :hi5:
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Badger's mate » January 13th, 2020, 11:15 pm

I've just got rid of some knives, including a grapefruit knife. The only thing I ever used it for was hollowing out marrows for stuffing. Mrs B is not supposed to eat grapefruit, we don't have it at home.

We have got one of those cheese boards with a wire and tiles, also another round wooden one with some tools inside, but neither is big enough for a proper cheeseboard. If there's too much cheese for the wooden one we use a plastic chopping board. The other two are kept because one goes with our dinner service and the other was a gift from a much-missed friend.

I too had one of the magic knives but I used to cut my hand on the top edge - it was discarded when we consolidated our households.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Herbidacious » January 15th, 2020, 3:05 pm

I wish dedicated butter knives were easier to get hold of.

I use my melon baller for removing pumpkin seeds too. I was going to write into a magazine with that idea ;) I have never balled a melon in my life!

I find my tomato knife very useful for various tasks.

I am amazed they still make Teasmades.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby earthmaiden » January 15th, 2020, 3:43 pm

Do you mean for helping yourself to butter or for spreading? I would have thought that antique markets were heaving with the former as older generations' belongings are disposed of.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Herbidacious » January 15th, 2020, 3:48 pm

for spreading. And ideally dishwasherable. They are not unavailable, just not trivial to buy. Or I thought they weren't. I see John Lewis sells them. And amazon!
Scratch above statement :oops:

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby mum-at-the-oven » January 15th, 2020, 5:38 pm

Butter dishes! My DIL wanted one at Christmas and they are hideously difficult to buy now unless part of an expensive set.

I found that really odd as you can buy butter so easily but not the dishes.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby suffolk » January 15th, 2020, 6:12 pm

I’ve got a lovely stainless steel 1960s butter dish DD bought for me from a car boot sale. I gave her a blue & white earthenware one in exchange ... very similar to this one https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Antique-Blue ... SwCOJeDOVF
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Pepper Pig » January 15th, 2020, 6:21 pm

We have an Old Hall butter dish but alas the glass insert smashed years ago. We still use it. Not showing up on eBay so must be very rare!!!
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Herbidacious » January 15th, 2020, 6:51 pm

I recently bought a Le Creuset one (for £12) in TX Maxx...

We have a Watson one in France.

The Watsons lived two doors down from my husband's ancestors (also potters) in Wattisfield a long time ago :)
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby mum-at-the-oven » January 15th, 2020, 8:15 pm

I did look in TK Maxx thinking they surely would have one bus alas not. I did eventually get one from Asda but it was the choice of that one or nothing having scoured many many shops.
To be fair I didn’t think to look online but I know everyone had butter dishes back in the day, we certainly did and although I buy butter I keep it in the fridge which means I can only use it for cooking not spreading.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 15th, 2020, 8:46 pm

No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby liketocook » January 15th, 2020, 9:02 pm

I have an 1960s pyrex (or similiar stuff) butter dish that Grandparent's had which they used every day. When my Papa and parents combined household in the mid-1990s it came to me as my parents had the same one. I use it all the time and reckon it's indestructible as it's been "bounced" many times and I wash it in the dishwasher. I think they were bought from collecting cigarette coupons. Other things that seem to be less common is proper Tupperware - growing up we seem to have lots of it mainly because the parties were so popular. The only item I have is the "bread bin" that came from my Mum and I use it as seed trays :lol: :lol:
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby earthmaiden » January 15th, 2020, 9:09 pm

I just get plain white butter dishes from Sainsburys or similar. They are usually quite nice and it doesn't matter if they break. I've still got the 1970s stainless steel but prefer china.

I knew someone whose husband made her a special Tupperware cupboard as she had so much. I have a jug, bowl and spatula. The bowl was borrowed but somehow never given back :oops:. I always struggled at parties to find something cheap enough to prevent the family starving for the rest of the week.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby Busybee » January 15th, 2020, 9:44 pm

We have a stainless steel insulated butter dish from Lakeland. I thought quite pricey at £19 but it’s great at keeping the butter spreadable in winter and cool in summer.

Most of the cookware shops, iron mongers and department type stores carry butter dishes around here, as do the tourist gift shops. I have three different ones I think.

Re Tupperware, I to would like to see it come back, whilst the lock and lock boxes are ok I think Tupperware was in different class quality wise.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby KC2 » January 15th, 2020, 10:09 pm

Utility in Brighton do a cow pyrex butter dish: https://utilitygreatbritain.co.uk/produ ... tter-dish/

I also have a white lidded dish for making pates that I use for butter. It's very similar to this one: https://amzn.to/2FU4fsg Not sure about the size - depending on the packet size I have had to trim the butter slightly but then it's a lovely snug fit!
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby StokeySue » January 15th, 2020, 11:59 pm

I have the Arcoroc / Luminarc glass butter dish, they have been making them for decades - it’s a brilliant design as you can use it either way up, as a shallow dish with a deep cover of vice versa

Mine cost less than £1 in one of those cheap homeware shops round the market but the now seem to be much more. I suspect those shops are still the best place to find them.

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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby scullion » January 16th, 2020, 1:11 am

i have one of although i managed to break the glass insert (must remember to make a new liner) but i actually use one of if i want to leave butter out of the fridge (i didn't pay that amount- mine's a second! - as is my garlic jar and salt pig - cheapskate!).

ps i have a couple of - they look like miniature fish knives from the set. i quite often spread butter with a fish knife - what else am i going to do with them‽
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby wargarden » January 16th, 2020, 7:56 am

i am not sure why you all can't find some things above stores, shops or online but
I seem be able to find them easily.I know friend whose side job is find
weird or unusual kitchen Items. And what she can not find; she knows
people who can make them.
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Re: Things you rarely see these days.

Postby earthmaiden » January 16th, 2020, 8:09 am

I saw Tupperware being sold in a shopping centre in the USA a few years ago. I don't think they promote parties any more here - what with cheap plastic from China and women's roles changing I can't imagine any kind of sales party being popular now. I think that those like Body Shop and Ann Summers kind of things may still happen but fortunately it has been some time since I was invited to one of either :lol:.
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