Can You Identify These Vintage Kitchen Items?

By: Jennifer Post
Estimated Completion Time
15 min
Cookie Press Not like the hydraulic kind. A cookie press is a contraption that you stuff cookie dough into and then pump the lever so that the cookie dough comes out the other end in whatever shape you've put at the bottom. They came with different disks that imprinted different shapes. Used to keep 50s housewives pumping out perfect treats, what is the item above?
Cookie press
Indeed!
Rolling pin
Pastry bag
Cookie cutter

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Cake breaker It rhymes. Cake breakers look quite scary with all the spokes, but they are just used to cut into cakes like angel food cake, or other ones that aren't strong enough to stand up to the weight of a knife. It's like a cake comb. What is the item above, that helps cut into delicate desserts?
Pie carver
Cake breaker
Indeed!
Serving spoon
Ice cream scooper

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Breadbox Way less scary than Birdbox. Breadboxes were decorative objects kept on the countertop that loaves of bread would go into in an attempt to keep them fresher for longer. They were made of wood or some kind of light metal like tin, and came in all kinds of designs. Not used much anymore, can you name the item above that was used to keep doughy treasures fresh?
Coffee jar
Cookie jar
Breadbox
Who knew?
Icebox

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Butter mold Not the bad, green mold. Butter molds would let hosts put softened butter inside, and then refrigerate until solid. When turned out, the butter would take on the design on the mold and be fit for the perfect dinner party. Sticks of butter on the table were unacceptable. What item made table butter more appropriate for guests?
Butter press
Decorative tip
Serrated knife
Butter mold
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Cone sieve Isn't used for ill dogs. A cone sieve or strainer sieve was commonly used in farmhouses, and it was immensely helpful for homemade jams and tomato sauces. It has a cone shape with a wide opening, and often came with a stand so the user didn't have to hold it while pushing stuff through. Essential for making jams and tomato sauces, Can you name the tool above?
Cone sieve
Indeed!
Colander
Mesh strainer
Cheese cloth

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Condiment serving tray Put in mustard, ketchup or mayo. A condiment serving tray was one piece with bowls attached to it, that would come with little spoons. You could put it in the center of the table and fill it with whatever condiments suit your dinner menu. To jazz up food, use the item above to provide dinner guests with a little something to add to their plate. Which of the below options is it?
Serving bowls
Condiment serving tray
Is that true?
Lazy Susan
Squirt bottle

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Deviled egg platter Serve the demonic pre-chickens. Deviled eggs were a classic appetizer of days past, and still are to this day. This platter has indentations in the shape of an egg so the egg halves can sit right inside and not topple over. Making and presenting hors d'oeuvres was at its height in the 60s, and this item made one particular appetizer easier to handle. What's it called?
Serving platter
Serving utensils
Deviled egg platter
Is that true?
Toast plate

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Iron trivets Could be an Avenger. Trivets are made of all kinds of materials now, but back in the day they were made of iron. They could either be cast iron or wrought iron, but the sturdiness could stand up to even the heaviest casserole dish. Putting a hot plate on the table isn't very safe for the table. What is the item above that can be placed under a hot pan for table protection?
Hot plate
Placemats
Pot holder
Iron trivets
Indeed!

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Egg poacher Not the illegal poaching. Making poached eggs, especially for a crowd, is no easy task. But with a specially designed pan, it is a little easier. The best ones were made of copper and could poach up to five eggs at a time. Runny yolks are social media gold. But before those days, they were just breakfast. What is the tool above that always yielded perfect results?
Egg poacher pan
Really?
Double boiler
Saute pan
Slow cooker

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Food mill Looks nothing like a windmill. A food mill was basically the old fashioned version of a food processor. It was used to make things like applesauce, baby food and yes, mashed potatoes. You would turn it one way to mash, and then turn it the other to clean the paddle. Mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish, and the item above assists in the mashing part. Can you remember its name?
Masher
Food mill
Indeed!
Food processor
Whisk

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French butter dish Those French sure are clever. A French butter dish was a unique little tool that allowed butter to stay cold, but also be spreadable. You could put cold water in the saucer and butter in the lid, which would keep the butter cold but allow it to get spreadable. Having people cut through cold, solid butter is not pleasant. The item above makes that a thing of the past. What is it?
Butter warmer
Butter knife
French butter dish
Indeed!
American butter dish

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French fry cutter French are at it again! French fry cutters, while sounding like something that would only be found in restaurant kitchens, were actually small items that the home-cook would utilize. All you had to do was place the potato on the grates, and pull down the blades to cut the fries. For an occasional treat, having home-fried treats can be nice. What item above makes preparing them much easier?
Deep fryer
Chopper
Chef's knife
French fry cutter
Really?

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Nesting pastry cutters Birds would love living here. Nesting pastry cutters were used for things like cutting biscuits, pie dough and other pastry doughs. They came in all different sizes, and came as a set that could sit all inside one another for easy storage. What is the item above, with the ability to cut things into a variety of sizes.
Nesting pastry cutters
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Cookie cutter
Pasta shaper
Wheel cutter

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Hand Mixer Crank it with your hands. The hand mixers that we've come to know get electricity to do the work, but the old school ones had to be cranked by hand. The crank would make the gear turn, which would make the beater spin. Not like the ones we have now, what is the item above that could scramble and whip?
Stand mixer
Hand mixer
Is that true?
Whisk
Dinner fork

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Ice cream sandwich maker The best kind of sandwich. Ice cream sandwiches are an easy, handheld treat enjoyed in the warm days of summer. These items let people make them at home and enjoy ice cream sandwiches all year long. You could even make your own cookie and customize the treats. Summer days, drifting away, but not with this tool above to keep the season lasting a little longer. What is it?
Grill
Ice maker
Ice cream sandwich maker
Indeed!
Sun tea pitcher

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Rolling meat tenderizer Holes makes things more tender. The rolling meat tenderizer serves to poke little holes in meat, which breaks up tissue and ligaments in order to make meat more tender. Today's version are more like puncher holes versus the rolling version, but they work the same. Versions of this do exist today, but vintage ones are a bit different. What is the item above?
Paring knife
Mallet
Meat pounder
Meat tenderizer
Really?

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Aluminum ice trays Freezes in plastic or silicon. While aluminum does build up a layer that protects the metal from reacting with water, it is not commonly used for ice trays anymore. Plastic or silicone are the material of choice for modern day ice making. Aluminum is not used for this anymore, but it was the top choice for home makers many years ago. What is it?
Aluminum ice trays
Really?
Chocolate molds
Cookie shaper
Meatball maker

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Nutmeg grinder Now, spice manufacturers do this. A nutmeg grinder looked sort of like a pencil sharpener and a meat grinder put into one. You would put the pod in the top, and the us the handle, kind of like rolling up and down an older car window, and the pieces inside would grind it into a powder. What is the vintage tool above, that seems very extra these days?
Pencil sharpener
Nutmeg grinder
Indeed!
Nut cracker
Meat grinder

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Pot strainer Attached right to the pot. A pot strainer would go right on the top of the pot so that when you need to drain the water from pasta or potatoes, you don't need to clog your sink with a stranger or colander, and could keep your items right in the pot they cooked in. This vintage kitchen tool kept both your sink free and clear for draining. What is it?
Hand aprons
Colander
Pot strainer
Really?
Sink liner

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Soda Syphon Basically a SodaStream. The Soda Syphon turned regular water into soda water, perfect for mixing! Even served as sparkling water with citrus juice was nice. There are modern versions available, as well as newer ones meant to look like the vintage one available for purchase. Ahead of its time for the 60s, this fun tool sparkled up cocktail hour for sure. Can you name it?
Bitters
Cocktail shaker
Whisky stones
Soda Syphon
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Slicer Slice, slice baby. A slicer served many purposes. It was a hand-held tool with wires running the length of the tool. It was used to slice tomatoes, cheese, eggs, pretty much anything you could think of. Looking like a handheld cheese grater, but different, this tool was used on everything from cheese to eggs. What is it?
Slicer
Really?
Knife
Grater
Chopper

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Baking Mold So many molds. Baking molds looked like smaller, thinner waffle makers, but they were actually used for thin cookies like Pizzelles. It was a patterned mold that you would put the batter in and then cook over the stove. Not to be confused with baking pans, this tool looks a bit like a waffle maker. Can you identify it?
Panini press
Baking mold
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Cookie press
Wafer maker

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Wooden dough bowls Used for decoration now. Wooden dough bowls is where you would place your bread dough after it's been mixed so that it keeps its shape and rises up and not out. Nowadays, they are used for decoration or to hold trinkets like keys and spare change. The rising of dough is a crucial step. What is the item above that aids in the shaping and proving?
Proving drawer
Mixing bowl
Wooden dough bowls
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Microwave

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Labeled storage tins Good to know what's inside. Decorated tin labeled storage containers were popular in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The designs changed based on the times, but they were always labeled with words like "sugar," "coffee," and "flour." Storing dry goods in separate container than which they came is popular, but it's always been a thing. What are the vintage things above?
Salt and pepper shakers
Drinking glasses
Mason jars
Labeled storage tins
Indeed!

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Punch Not with your fist. Punch bowls aren't seen much anymore, but they were all the rage in previous decades. Coming equipped with a matching label and glasses, guests could serve themselves whatever beverage you've mixed up. Having plenty of beverages makes or breaks a dinner party. The item above served enough for a crowd. Which of the below is it?
Punch bowl
Is that true?
Glass pitcher
Serving bowl
Ladle

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Hand-cranked coffee grinder Fresh ground is always best. A hand-cranked coffee grinder works almost like the nutmeg grinder and hand mixer. You put the whole coffee beans in the canister, and use the handle to crank the blades inside, which grind the coffee to your liking. If you wake up and immediately reach for coffee, the tool above can make it an exceptional cup. What is it?
Water filter
Hand-cranked coffee grinder
Indeed!
Pour over
High quality coffee

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Egg Separator Keep the yolk out. Egg separators were mostly flat tools with some cutouts around the side to let the white slip out while leaving the yolk in a little indented part in the center. This was great for those who didn't want to separate the eggs in their hands, or risk puncturing the yolk doing it in the shells. If you like to keep your hands clean while preparing meringues or angel food cake, what is the item above that will make that possible?
Gloves
Spatulas
Egg separator
Indeed!
Mixers

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Gelatin Mold Seriously, what's with the molds? Gelatin molds were metal, often tin or aluminum, that you would pour your liquid gelatin dessert into and let it cool in the mold. Un-molding the gelatin was an event in itself and led to people wanting to test is jiggle. The jiggling favorite of the 70s didn't just get there by itself. The vintage kitchen item shown above played a big part. What is it?
Jell-O
Water kettle
Flavored gelatin
Gelatin molds
Indeed!

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Sifter Flour creates the softness. A flour sifter was a hand-operated tool. You would put the flour in the canister, and then pump the handle that would percolate the main part of the sifter to let the flour through and break up the chunks. It made for super light and fluffy cakes and cookies. Keeping baked goods light and airy doesn't have to be a tightly kept secret. What vintage tool, above, does it for you?
Flour sifter
Is that true?
Aerator
Food mixer
Ricer

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Fondue set More like FUNdue. Fondue, the melty, cheesy goodness, was a staple in the 1970s. So much so, people would have parties dedicated specifically to it. The set would come with the main bowl to melt the cheese in and the skewers for all of the dipping foods like bread and fruit. A pinnacle of the 70s food scene, the tool above made it possible to do at home. What is the vintage item?
Steamer
Fondue set
Is that true?
Double boiler
China set

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Recipe card box A place for recipe cards. A recipe card box was a staple in any mom's kitchen. Family recipes, friend's recipes, recipes created at home or copied out of a favorite book were stored in these wooden boxes for safe keeping. The best recipes were always covered with food. What item above can help you remember your favorite recipes?
Cookbook
Notebook
Recipe card box
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Telephone

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Food Chopper Like a food helicopter. A vintage food chopper was a knife of sorts, but it was a curved half-moon shape that would allow the user to rock the tool back and forth over things like vegetables and herbs in order to cut them into small pieces. Which of the below is a half-moon shaped blade for decimating ingredients?
Butcher knife
Food processor
Food grater
Food chopper
Who knew?

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Green bean slicer Heri co verts divider. The green bean slicer works much like the other hand cranked tools on this list. All you had to do was put the green beans in the top and crank the handle to put it through the blades to end up with thin slices of green beans. This produce specific kitchen item seems to have gone completely out of style. What is it?
Green bean slicer
Really?
Potato masher
Carrot grater
Apple corer

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Ice crusher Don't forget the fruit syrup. An ice crusher was the tool of choice for making snow cones and crushed iced at home. Just put big cubes of ice in the contraption and crank it until the ice comes out smaller and fluffier. Top with sugary sweet fruit syrups and enjoy! If you don't want all the calories of ice cream, what tool above will create lower calorie frozen treats?
Frozen yogurt maker
Ice crusher
Is that true?
Sorbet machine
Fruit masher

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34 tupperware GettyImages-857989468 Not generic term for storage. Tupperware was the only thing worth storing your leftovers in. They came in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes. The who's who of the neighborhood had almost every item in the collection, and would most certainly not leave them behind at parties. If you didn't have at least ten of these for leftovers, did you even have a kitchen?
Plastic wrap
Freezer bags
Tupperware
Indeed!
Mason hars

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Meat hammer Can it also hang art? A meat hammer is like a cube with spikes on it attached to a long handle. Each side of the cube has different levels of spiking, and which one you use depends on what cut of meat and how tender you want it. If you don't want to roll a tool over your meat to tenderize, use the tool above instead. Can you name it?
Skewer
Heavy bottomed pan
Rolling pin
Meat hammer
Really?

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Spurtle Could be a Pokemon. A spurtle is a funny name, but all it really is is a wooden spool or dowel that is used to stir thick things like oatmeal, porridge, grains, etc. There are some that are more paddle shaped, but most are just straight or knobbed at the end. The name doesn't really speak for itself, but which tool above is used to stir things like porridge or oatmeal?
Spurtle
Indeed!
Cuber
Kitchen Magician
Roll N Pour

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Cherry Pitter The task is the pits. Fresh cherries come with pits, and those are things you don't want to chomp down on. Using it is as easy as cherry pie. You just place the cherry length wise into the tool, and press down. The needle-like part will push the pit right out. If you're someone who makes a lot of pies or cocktails, this handy tool will cut your prep time in half. What's its name?
Fruit Corer
Cherry pitter
Is that true?
Skewer
Splitter

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Stovetop toaster Eggs, bacon and toast sounds right. There were a couple versions of stovetop toasters. One looks like a small waffle maker with a handle that you hold over the stove to heat up. The other kind was a four-sided tower, almost like a bug zapper, that you would stick bread to the side of to toast. Heated up by flame instead of electricity, what tool, shown above, makes for great breakfast accompaniments?
Brander
Stove griddle
Stovetop toaster
Indeed!
Waffle maker

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Pickling crock Make cucumbers less boring. Pickling crocks, often made of stone or ceramic, could stand up to the acidity of a pickling brine. They also looked pretty, and you could serve the pickles right out of the crock. Pickling your own cucumbers was much cheaper than buying them. Store-bought versions of foods are easy, but homemade often tastes better. What is the tool above, that makes delicious homemade burger toppers?
Spice grinder
Marinating jar
Canister
Pickling crock
Indeed!

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