AGAs are always-on stoves and ovens. An AGA cooks food by using the type of radiant-heat that was used throughout most of history for cooking, before modern direct heat burners came along. Some models of the stove can also provide hot water and heat for the house.
Alcohol produced in very large quantities is made in a “continuous” still (aka Coffey, patent or column still.) In this type of still, you can just keep your production flowing through the still constantly. This is ideal for products such as gin or vodka. Alambic stills are different. They make alcohol in one distinct batch…
A biscuit brake is a machine to beat air into an unleavened dough in order to make raised biscuits. Before biscuit brakes, the work used to be done laboriously by hand.
Branding irons for home use in cooking are miniature branding irons for burning brand marks into food that is being grilled.
A bread bin (aka bread box) is a solid container in which fresh bread is stored at room temperature. They come in many different shapes, sizes and designs. Some people think they are old-fashioned; many people still swear by them.
Butter muslin is a finely-woven unbleached cloth used as a cooking tool. Its original purpose was to drain butter. Cheesecloth is coarser.
Canning funnels are designed to rest securely in the mouths of canning jars. They allow an easy, precise flow of semi-solid or solid food stuffs through into the jar while keeping the rim and neck of the jar clean.
Cans (aka tins) are metal containers (usually cylindrical but not necessarily) in which food or drink is hermetically sealed for storage over long periods of time. They come in different sizes; sometimes the size designations are used as units of measurement in recipes.
Cheesecloth is a loosely-woven cotton cloth that is used to wrap cheese in. In the kitchen, it is used for straining and draining, and for making small spice bags.
Chopsticks are Asian eating utensils, designed for eating food that has already been cut by a cook into bite-size pieces. Chinese ones are square sticks, with blunt tips. Japanese ones are slightly shorter, rounded, and with pointy tips.
Compote has two meanings as far as food is concerned. It can be a dish that you eat, or, a dish that you put food into. As something you eat, it is a dessert of fruit, fresh or dried. It can be a single fruit or a combination of fruit. The fruit is usually kept…
Contact paper is water repellent, self-adhesive paper that comes on rolls for covering kitchen surfaces with. There are zillions of patterns available. Fans inspire each other to find uses for contact paper throughout the house.
Cookware is anything you cook in, whether in the oven, on top of the stove, over a campfire or in a microwave. At a minimum, such items need to be heat resistant. For stove-top use, they need to be flame-resistant as well. For microwave use, they need to be microwave safe. Various materials can be…
Dishwashers are perhaps one of the most important labour saving devices in the kitchen. Most people would give up many other things in their home before they’d give up their dishwasher.
A dough scraper is a tool used primarily to clean surfaces of dough and flour. They can also be used for cutting dough into pieces, scooping up pieces of dough or ingredients such as diced onion, and to clean rolling pins with.
Egg cups are small dishes used to serve boiled eggs in. They came into their own under the Victorians. Highly-decorative porcelain ones appeared in sets.
An egg timer is a simple timing device designed to measure cooking times for making boiled chicken eggs. It also can be used for cooking other items with short cooking times.
A fat separator is a device which uses gravity and time to separate fat from meat juices.
A food pusher is a blunt-ended device used to push food, either at the table, or in the kitchen. If you’ve used a food processor, you’ve used a food pusher.
An icing syringe a tube with a plunger that differently-shaped nozzles are attached to. Icing is then put into the tube and pressed out through the nozzle in decoratively-shaped flows.
Kitchen string can be used for many purposes including holding food items together during cooking. For this reason, it’s always made of natural material, not synthetic, so that it won’t melt into the food during cooking.
Kneading gloves are for kneading dough with. They have two purposes. They let you knead dough without it sticking to your hands, and they help to diminish the flow of heat from your hands to the dough, which can make the dough stickier. Without the dough getting stickier, you also need less flour to help…
A microwave food cover is a re-usable device used to cover dishes of food being heated or cooked in a microwave oven. It serves several purposes. It eliminates the splattering of food around the inside of a microwave oven, which is hard to clean, unsightly and unsanitary. It prevents keeps food from drying out by…
A milk cellar was a cool cellar dedicated to storing dairy products. Ideally, the temperature of a milk cellar would be around 14 C (58 F). Some were made with dome-shaped roofs rising out of the ground; some would have a room constructed for living space on top. Others were more than just simple cellars….