8 Vintage Kitchen Tools That Most People Can't Identify

Diply 13 Feb 2017

Have you ever gone to your grandma's house and wondered why she uses tons of unfamiliar utensils or tools in the kitchen? At times, her kitchen feels more like a medieval dungeon and less like a place where food is made. One thing is clear, though — Grandma makes some amazing food and those weird tools she's using come from a time when there seemed to be a machine for every imaginable thing you would do during cooking.
Let's see how good you are at guessing what these vintage kitchen tools are for. The answers are provided at the end of the article.

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1. Let's start off easy. This first object has a red box connected to a handle. 

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2. This next object also had a handle, but is connected to a larger wooden box. 

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3. How about this circular object?

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4. Now this thing looks like a steering wheel, but it isn't, just sayin'. 

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5. Multiple pieces of wood with holes in it. I really have no idea...

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6. Some sort of chopping must take place with this tool, but right now it's not immediately apparent what it chops. 

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7. This red-handled object looks like it should be twisted. 

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8. This looks like a tool that would be found in construction or painting, but nope! 

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1. Hazel Atlas nut grinder.   2. Coffee grinder.

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We are spoiled these days with a general purpose electrical grinder.

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3. Egg separator.   4. Can opener. 

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If you're wondering how this can opener worked, there is a pin on the underside of the opener that punctures the can. The wheel could then be rotated to cut the top of the can off.

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5. Wringer/cheese press.   6. Fry cutter. 

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The cheese press was used to "wring" out the whey liquid from cheese kurds, turning it into a harder cheese.

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7. Jar opener.   8. Cake breaker. 

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If you're wondering what a cake breaker is, it basically acts as a cake slicer. Oftentimes used for angel food cake, the breaker put less pressure on cakes that can squash down.
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