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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


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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.
    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!)