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Ask a Foodie: We Need Your Help

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HelUnknownTools3p! Friends recently uncovered a pair of old kitchen utensils that were completely foreign to them – and to us.

The two items are pictured on this page.

The one with the wooden handle looks like it might be an old-fashioned device for creaming butter and sugar. Or was it used for mashing potatoes and other vegetables?

The other is a complete mystery. Is it a tool for removing silk from a corn cob? Or a strange tongue scraper?

If you know the answer to either of these, please post them below or e-mail griffin@savorsa.com.

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6 Responses to “Ask a Foodie: We Need Your Help”

  1. I keep looking but I don’t know either! I thought it might be for cucumbers but haven’t found anything concrete either! 🙁 Very curious!

  2. Optimistic Heathen says:

    Wow…my guess on the creepy utensils are that they could have been used to remove meat from bone at a serving table. The one on the left almost looks surgical.

  3. Pingo says:

    John (or Nick),
    Send the pictures to Cook’s Illustrated. They will surely find out for you. They have an article in every issue about antic kitchen tools.
    http://www.cooksillustrated.com
    The first one looks like something like a home made potato masher. The second one more like a corn-on-the-cob remover. But of course one will never know. I am truly itching to find out.
    Good luck with your research.

    • June says:

      I also thought the first looked like a potato masher. And I like the guess about the corn remover. Can’t wait to see what you find out.

  4. couki 1 says:

    The silver colored one with teeth is a corn slitter … I have my very own handed down from my great grandmother. I was told by her that it makes the corn easier to digest (it also makes eating corn for folks with teeth challenges, easier to eat off the cob!)

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