Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools We All Need

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Today it’s all about manual vintage kitchen tools we all need. Some people call these items vintage tools, but they’re what we grew up using in the kitchen, 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 before she passed away. 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.

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?

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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? Meat Grinder

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, 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

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. Do you love biscuits as much as I do?

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Easy Homemade Biscuit Recipe
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Biscuits by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
  • 4 tsp. instant SAF yeast
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1 cup shortening or softened butter (I use butter)
  • 5 cups white bread flour
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, except the flour. Then slowly add the flour one
    cup at a time, and mix thoroughly. Place the covered bowl in the refrigerator. The dough
    will keep about 5 days in the refrigerator. Roll out the dough when ready to make the
    desired amount of biscuits. Brush them with melted butter and let rise 20-30 minutes.
    Bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy

Chuck Simmons Sausage Recipe

Chuck (a Food Storage Moms follower-thank you, Chuck) sent this recipe to me in a comment! Yay!

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 few small patties 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.

Final Word

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, Linda

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16 thoughts on “Manual Vintage Kitchen Tools We All Need

  • June 16, 2019 at 11:06 am

    My mother had (I still have it somewhere) a manual beater and I remember that it had a short little metal handle on it making a bit difficult to hold onto while your cranking it. We used it to make instant pudding. It was fun until my finger began to hurt from clenching that badly designed nub of a handle. 🙂

    I often find manual choppers and food processors at the thrift store. Even thought they are modern tools made mostly from plastic, they’re an option for people who want to cook without using powered equipment or to cook when their is no power. Often they were never even used by the owner to make salsa, salad fixings or spin lettuce. You find all kinds of these manual devices.

    The stores over here that cater to the Latin foods sell the manual meat grinders since certain foods such as pastelles call for ground up meat or vegetables. Although I think they may be less popular as time passes since everything is electric nowadays, but they still sell them.

    • June 16, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Hi Frank, I can still remember beating whipping cream for what seemed like hours with a hand beater, but it did the job! I’m with you on the thrift stores, we can find a lot of items, barely used or brand new. I love instant pudding! I remember using hand beaters to whip it up too! Then somewhere along the way, we got a hand electric mixer! Life is so good whether we use manual or electric items! But the smart ones have both, we are prepared for the unexpected! Great comment, Linda

  • June 16, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Best can opener for the home kitchen is the old wall mounted Swing-A-Way. It has a magnetic lid catcher built in too. I’ve had one in every place I’ve lived since I was a kid.

  • June 16, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Another item that I do not want to live without is a food mill. Growing up, we made applesauce by just cutting up apples (peelings, cores and all). We cooked it down then put the sauce and all through a food mill. The mill separated the sauce from the peels, cores, stems, seeds, etc.). It was such a chore as a child but I HAD to have one when I grew up and started canning for my little family. I still have one.

    I also love having a manual V slicer to slice fruits and veggies that are consistent in their thinness. This is a necessity for me when I dehydrate those things.

    Other than those two items, I have all of the listed tools and a few more besides that I could live without!!

    • June 16, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Leanne, you see when you cook at home you use those items, I do too! I used to have a food mill, I loved it. I love your comment! Linda

  • June 17, 2019 at 4:50 am

    You mentioned a hand held egg beater. I have a flat one that we always used to beat
    egg whites to make a Angel Food cake. I have used it over and over to make these
    from scratch cakes. You build up your arm muscles using this item.
    I had to smile with the biscuit cutter. My grandma used a tin can for year. When I wanted
    a bigger biscuit cutter but couldn’t find one I like I found a can I could use. I have used it for years.
    You do have to be careful and not get shards of tin in your biscuits but just carefully sand down. Doesn’t
    cost a lot and you can get the size you want.
    I used my meat grinder so much I broke it and sad to say I can’t one I like to replace it. I used it
    a lot to grind cucumbers and other items to make relish. Not just for meat.

    • June 17, 2019 at 8:01 am

      Hi June, that took a lot of strength to make an angel food cake with a hand egg beater, I LOVE it! Oh, my gosh, I remember using a can to make biscuits for years! Then I found out Amazon sold different sizes, it was a game changer!! LOL! I never thought to use my meat grinder for anything but meat! I LOVE learning new tricks from friends, thank you!! Life is so good! Linda

    • June 17, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      Hi Matt, thanks for the link on the flour. I posted this on Facebook (Food Storage Moms) and suggested people going forward keep the paper with the barcode because it seems more and more food items like flour are being recalled. Thank you, Linda

  • June 18, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    I would like to add that having duplicates of all your manual equipment/utensils is a must. I was recently using a cheese grater and broke the handle. (it was very old). Fortunately I have 2 more graters and was able to continue to grate enough cheese for my recipe. A few years ago, we bought a bunch of manual can openers. I have also bought a couple of the safe cut can openers. (I don’t have to worry about the grandkids cutting their fingers on sharp lids). As for biscuit cutters, you can use round cookie cutters of any size. You can also make doughnuts with them and use a shot glass for the ‘holes’. I love my food mill. I have at least 2. Egg separators are another must have for me. As are a mortar and pestle. You do an awesome job of keeping us on our toes. Thank you and God bless.

    • June 18, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Judy, you can tell your prepper like me because we have to have more than one essential kitchen tool, I love it, girlfriend! I’m thinking I better invest in a food mill. I had one several years ago, thanks for the reminder. I love the shot glass for the holes in doughnuts!! Great tip! Linda

  • July 19, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Thank you so much it this article brought back such memories. I currently use one of those aluminum tumblers from the 70’s to cut my biscuits.

    • July 19, 2019 at 11:50 am

      Hi Amy, oh my gosh, I can picture the blue aluminum tumbler that was mine!! We used those for biscuits so many years! I love your comment, it made me smile! Thank you, Linda

  • July 10, 2020 at 3:20 am

    Oh my goodness! That meat grinder brings back memories. When I was growing up there was 10 of us living at home so we pinched pennies getting the wheat to make bread. (Off the wheat penny) mom would buy a hunk of bologna and we’d grind it with pickles add mayo to make poor man’s ham salad spread.
    The cone shaped sieve-strainer, I have 2. Y’know, come to think of it, I have most of these tools and use them because that’s what I learned to cook with at mom’s side.

    • July 10, 2020 at 8:46 am

      Hi Kathy, oh my gosh, I remember my mom making homemade pork sausage! And liverwurst with green onions, oh the memories!! Love your comment, Linda


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