I'm watching Master Chef and thinking how amazing Christine is...a blind competitor who continues to inspire me and Monti, a single mom not unlike myself ,who grows in confidence with her ability and cooking talent. But, it also makes me think about how all the chefs over the centuries still managed to create visions in the kitchen with far less than what these cooks have. So, I challenge you to look at these five cooking utensils from the 17th & 18th centuries and see if you can guess how they were used in those kitchens from long ago. Remember, no peaking at the answers until you have written down your guesses! ;~)
2. Nineteenth century wooden Wall Spice Box...usually found hanging near the open hearth or stove and used to store different spices or home essentials such as candles.
3. Nineteenth century Antique Forged Iron Utensil Rack... this piece would have been used to hold fireplace cooking utensils as well as holding small game or fowl and root vegetables until needed.
4. Eighteenth century French Egg Spoon...often used in France to create a meal centered around an egg cooked in the spoon before being placed on toasted bread.
5. Eighteenth century Barrel Churn...sometimes the entire churn would be turned by the handle or the handle would operate a crank turning paddles inside the barrel to produce butter.