Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools We All Need

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Today it’s all about manual vintage kitchen tools we all need. I wrote a post a week or two ago about kitchen tools and I had so many comments that I just had to add some additional manual vintage kitchen tools today. Several of you sent me emails about these and I just had to post them, it’s so fun to talk about things we still use in the kitchen. We laughed because some people call these items vintage tools, but they are what we grew up using in the kitchen. It’s how we roll, right? If we cook from scratch we have all of these, just admit it.

I remember when my mother died and the family went through some of her stuff and my sister found a pink handled egg beater. What a treasure! I wanted my mom’s recipe box, “squeal”, I wish there were more recipes in the box she had written or that I had asked for her recipes. Just FYI, ask your mom, grandma or favorite relatives for their recipes you love today, not tomorrow.

Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools

Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools

Cheese Grater:

Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools

I remember someone writing something funny that we have to buy our cheese grated in a bag because we are too busy to grate it ourselves. I giggled, I thought it was funny. I remember buying a bag and thinking wow, I don’t have to grate this whole chunk anymore, I can do a small piece at a time. I soon found I had to freeze the grated cheese because once I opened the bag it would go bad before I could use the whole bag. Modern Cheese Grater and Rotary Cheese Grater

After the girls moved on to start their own families, I quickly learned I needed to buy smaller bags. But then, I went back to buying larger bags and putting two cups of cheese in each bag and freezing the smaller bags. I love saving money.

Read More of My Articles  What Is Healthy For My Family To Eat Every Day

Old Can Openers

Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools

This is so crazy, I live in a small town and it’s really hard to find certain things when I need them. I swear I had an old can opener, but I couldn’t find it in the kitchen tools drawer. I thought, really??? So, I ordered a can opener on Amazon. I wanted one like the old-fashioned ones. Manual Can Opener and Electric Can Opener (great for my arthritis, not for a power outage). Manual Old Style

I remember when my mom would bring home some bottles of root beer and RC Cola, oh my gosh, I’m loving writing this post. What do you remember using those bottle openers for?

Meat Grinder

Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools

My mom and dad made the best homemade pork sausage and I don’t have the recipe. It was perfect, juicy and with a little kick. They ground the fresh pork with a meat grinder and added some seasonings. Does anyone have a great recipe for freshly ground pork patties? Manual Meat Grinder made in the USA

I remember my mom also made the best ham salad with a little pickle relish with some mayonnaise. Life is good with a yummy sandwich. We even ground our own chuck roasts, the hamburger tasted so good.

Fine Strainer/Sieve

Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools

If you rinse your quinoa, rice or make jam or jelly, or tomato sauce, this is one I have used for years. I also had one that had a handle to strain the grapes for juice. Manual Hand Stainer

Hand Egg Beater

Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools

I use my manual egg beater all the time rather than drag the stand mixer over to the table to use it for whipped cream, etc. Oh, and eggs, I have to make sure the whites of the eggs disappear before I make scrambled eggs. Yep, I use my egg beater. If you can locate some of these at thrift stores that would be awesome! I have found some, but I try to stick to stainless steel manual vintage kitchen tools if possible. Manual Hand Beater

Read More of My Articles  My Top 11 Favorite Kitchen Tools

Apple Peeler

Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools

I remember growing up and we used a paring knife to peel apples. I have gone through two manual apple peelers in my life. I used one for years for applesauce and dehydrating apples. I’m now on my second one. Here is the one I have now. Manual Apple Peeler and a Paring Knife

Pastry Blender/and Scraper

Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools

I need a Pastry Blender when I make biscuits. No, I don’t make pie crusts, I buy pies. I use a Pastry Scraper to cut my bread dough. If you make homemade bread you know we should never pull the dough, only cut it into sections we need.

Biscuit Cutters

Now, you can use cookie cutters, but I love big thick fluffy biscuits, so I use different Biscuit Cutter sizes all the time. I have to give you my biscuit recipe: Biscuits by Food Storage Moms

Thanks for reminiscing with me today, if we all have some manual vintage kitchen tools we can continue cooking and baking without any power. Life is good if we are prepared for the unexpected. Please store water and food for your family. May God bless this world.

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28 thoughts on “Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools We All Need

  • October 18, 2017 at 8:03 am
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    People think my “vintage kitchen” look is a decor statement. Haha I use my pastry cutter almost every day. I have strainers (all sizes), biscuit cutters, big ladles, etc. Most of these came from yard sales & thrift stores. My mom used the bottle opener (church key) for punching 2 holes in evaporated milk can & her biscuit cutter was an 8 oz tomato sauce can with both ends cut out. Thanks for the memories!

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    • October 18, 2017 at 8:26 am
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      Hi, Linda, I could not remember the term, church key, right on!! I remember the evaporated milk. I just used my last can, mental note, pick up some up at the store. I know I would love your “vintage kitchen”, we could compare our tools we need to cook from scratch! I love this! Linda

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    • October 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm
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      When I was growing up, we had biscuit cutters made from tuna fish cans! They worked great and it was a way to recycle/reuse something that normally was thrown out. We also used the bottle opener to punch 2 holes in evaporated milk. I still do that! Our pastry cutter was our hands.

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      • October 18, 2017 at 4:16 pm
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        HI Leanne, I love the tuna fish cans for biscuit cutters. My mom used two forks to cut in the butter or shortening. One day I heard about a pastry cutter, wow, LOL! I remember punching the two holes so the milk would flow out faster. This is so fun to hear the things we all do in our kitchens. I love it! Linda

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  • October 18, 2017 at 10:12 am
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    Linda, I loved today’s post!! I have almost all of the items you have mentioned and a few more. I found a set of metal pot rings years ago at a yard sale for a quarter. I wasn’t sure what they were at the time, but thanks to some old books and friends, I found out they are the forerunner to SOS pads. They work beautifully on my cast iron. I love my glass rolling pin that was Moms. So my kitchen is a little more than “vintage” parts are down right OLD, but it all works as well today as it did back in the day!

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    • October 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm
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      Hi, Beth, oh my gosh, I have never heard of a glass rolling pin! WOW! I love the set of metal pot rings you bought for a quarter!! Love it! I think that’s why I had so much fun writing this post today. I remember using SOS pads, oh the great memories! I need to see if I can find a glass rolling pin. I bet they are hard to find. Great comment, I love it! Linda

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      • October 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm
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        Linda, The glass rolling pin is filled with small pieces of ice and the cap screws on so your pastry stays cold ! Our elders were very clever. Good luck in your search.

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        • October 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm
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          Hi Beth, I Googled it and it said to add ice water, awesome! I am going to head to a couple antique stores, I love this! Linda

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  • October 18, 2017 at 11:55 am
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    I’m addicted to kitchen gadgets. I know it, but I just can’t help myself. I have drawers and drawers of “stuff” I probably hardly ever use. That being said, IF I ever need something, rest assured, I’ve probably got it. I resist going to Bed, Bath and Beyond as much as possible because I could spend hours in the gadget department. My husband refuses to go there with me and I can’t blame him.

    I took care of my widowed neighbor for 4 yrs and when she died, I was allowed to have several of her kitchen gadgets and wow, she had kept everything! I treasure the gadgets I got from her.

    One comment about biscuit cutters…I have a set but they are flimsy and bend easily. I just gave up on them and use a glass now. I don’t even bother to dip it in flour first; the upside down glass works great for me!

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    • October 18, 2017 at 2:36 pm
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      Hi Robbie, I love this comment! I’m addicted to kitchen gadgets, I can’t help myself either. I could not take Mark to Bed Bath and Beyond. I used to work at a kitchen store and oh, wow, was it ever fun! I love hearing you took care of your widowed neighbor, having her kitchen tools would be a treasure for sure. I grew up using a glass for my biscuits too! Linda

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  • October 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm
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    When I cleaned out my mother’s house, I snached all of the old tools I could find. What a treasure.

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    • October 18, 2017 at 2:39 pm
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      Hi, Janet, I wish I had done that after my mom died. My youngest sister was the executor of her estate and it was not comfortable with her in the same room. I’m glad I got her recipe box, that’s a treasure to me. I really wish I had more of her recipes. We all learn, Linda

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  • October 18, 2017 at 4:32 pm
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    Hi Linda.. Always enjoy your posts. We make our own sausage patties (and ground beef).
    Here is my sausage recipe:
    5-6 lbs lean pork shoulder (can also use country style ribs)
    5 teaspoons red pepper flakes
    2-1/2 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    6 teaspoons ground sage
    Trim fat from pork and retain. Grind the remaining pork and mix in the seasonings. We like fairly lean sausage but you need to have some fat for good sausage. Grind fat and gradually add to your own desired level of fat content. Here again we come to personal taste but we prefer our sausage on the spicy side so we add additional pepper flakes. Make a small pattie and fry it for a sample. Adjust spices accordingly.
    We make the mixture into balls (approx 1/4 lb) and put them in the cheap fold top sandwich bags and flatten them into patties and store them in a larger freezer bag.

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    • October 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm
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      Hi, Chuck, oh my gosh, this a cartwheel moment! I am going to make your recipe, “squeal”!!!! I love love love homemade sausage patties, if it’s okay I will share your recipe when I make them with your name, I love this! Thank you so much, Linda

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      • October 19, 2017 at 10:51 am
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        I hope you enjoy a nice country breakfast with your own blend of this homemade sausage… Don’t forget to spice it up a notch!!!

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        • October 19, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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          Hi, Chuck, I’m going to make one batch that I spice it up a notch and a not so hot batch for Mark! I can’t wait to make some!! Yummy! Linda

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    • October 21, 2017 at 5:42 am
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      We raise & kill our own hogs each year so we have to deal with a lot of meat quickly. I use my now deceased mother in laws pattie trick. Use a wide mouth ring & lid. Pack meat tightly into ring, flip over, push out pattie, remove lid. Perfectly sized pattie. We use an assembly line – one person packs the ring while another flips

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      • October 21, 2017 at 11:50 am
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        Hi Rebecca, I love hearing this idea about the pattie maker trick! This would work for hamburger patties as well!! Plus all of us have so many of those at our house!! I love this tip! I have to give you a shout out for raising your own hogs! You rock! Linda

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        • October 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm
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          We actually raise about 90% of our food on a 80 acre farm. Lots of work but the rewards are great. God has been very good to our family.. BTW. love your website. We are apparently of the same “certain age”‘.

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          • October 22, 2017 at 7:03 am
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            Hi Rebecca, I love hearing you raise 90% of your own food. That would be so rewarding. I’m picturing all the skills you and your family have learned along the way. Priceless skills we all need to know. I’m so glad you like my website, that means a lot to me, I do not take that for granted. Linda

  • October 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm
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    Well i’m so glad I’m not alone on my obsession of all things kitchen gadgets Love Love Love it!! I too was able to get some of my mama’s kitchen tools. And I have a meat grinder just like the one you have Linda and we make our own sausage I’ll send the recipe to you. I use my pastry cutter at least once a week , and my glass lemon/citrus juicer (that was my mama’s) my biscuit cutters are so used I have several different sizes. And my fine strainer seive I have has for so long at least 50 years I got from a rummage sale in Wisconsin for 50 cents. I still use it . Linda here is my sausage patties recipe: Make ahead Homemade Sausage Patties
    about 4 lbs ground pork, 1/3 cup pureed or chopped onion, 2 tsp minced parsley , 2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp ground sage, 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes or to taste at this point sometimes I add cayenne about 1/2 tsp. 2 tsp maple syrup (optional). Combine all spices /seasonings well. Add ground meat syrup and onion using your hands combine thoroughly. Shape into patties lighly spray skillet with oil and cook until nice and brown . Note: To freeze I shape and roll mixture into logs and wrap into plastic wrap. Thaw and slice. Enjoy

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    • October 18, 2017 at 7:31 pm
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      HI Debbie, oh my gosh, I’m “squealing” again! I am going to try both of these recipes and put them on the blog for the world to see if that’s okay with you! I love this kind of sharing! OH, I totally should have added the lemon/citrus juicer! I love hearing the word rummage sales! Music to my ears to get something for 50cents at least 50 years ago! Love this! Linda

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  • October 18, 2017 at 8:33 pm
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    Love this post!! My entire kitchen is VINTAGE because I’ve been married for 57 years & I got lots of my mother’s tools whenever she was trading hers out! I love the 3 sized grater set, wooden spoons, tin measuring cups, & tin measuring spoons. I have a commercial sized grinder, like the one shown in your picture. I was lucky enough to get my Mom’s egg turners & so much more! Enjoyed all the posts from your readers! What fun memories.

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    • October 19, 2017 at 7:04 am
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      Hi, LaRene, oh my gosh, 57 years!! Mark and I are close to that. Oh, girlfriend, this is so funny, because some homesteaders call this stuff vintage and I have to laugh because then we are all vintage! LOL! We cook from scratch, we love kitchen gadgets and love the feel of bread dough in our hands. I guess I am vintage for sure. Love you, Linda

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  • October 19, 2017 at 9:35 am
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    I find so many useful items at our local thrift shop. I even found a manual meat slicer which is handy for slicing roasts to make sandwiches. The suction cup to hold it in place was in poor shape so I use a clamp. The slicing wheel can be taken to a saw sharpener if you can’t do it yourself but it holds an edge for a long time. All for only $4.99!

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    • October 19, 2017 at 5:14 pm
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      Hi Alice, I’m going to drag Mark to a few thrift store and antique stores this weekend! I love hearing people the “finds” people get, Love this stuff! Linda

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  • October 28, 2017 at 10:44 am
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    I get sort of depressed thinking of the Times Gone By. I lived on a farm when I was growing up and helped tend the garden and animals. When I was raising my kids we lived in the country and had a large garden. Oh how I miss that, At 78 I live alone and I have done some canning (600) jars of food in the last 3 years preparing for the blackout. I do however still have some of my vintage utensils as well as some more modern helpers. I am getting too old and infirm to tend a big garden but I am going to try some container gardening this year to come….Love your site and do enjoy the comment of the other readers. LOIS

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    • October 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm
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      Oh, Lois, isn’t this fun to remember how we used to can so many quarts and pints. I Love the comments from my readers as well. Hugs, Linda

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