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EXAMPLES OF THE THE WAY IT WAS: Small Kitchen Tools

 

 

Item: Left

Set of ball cutters

Contributor:

George Hill - Melbourne - Australia

Description use and estimated age:

1950 - 1970 Some still in use.

   

Left to Right - Olivette plain- Olivette Fluted - Pea Ball - Grand Pea Ball - Noisette - Parisienne - Grand Parisienne. Used to ball out fruits and vegetables. Note the size compared with an Australian two dollar coin.

 

 

Item: Left

Bat

Contributor:

George Hill Melbourne- Australia

Description use and estimated Age: 

1980

Heavy stainless steel bat, sometimes referred to as "bashers". used to flatten foods and prepare schnitzels. Some were square, Still used in various shapes.

   

Item: Left

Fontage Croustade Mould

Contributor:

 

Description use and estimated Age:

1900

   

The "fontage" croustade timbal mould has a handle ( Not Shown) The mould makes fontage croustades.

The mould is dipped into a thin yeast batter and deep fried. When crisp, turned out and used as a crispy containers for creams or fruits

 

 

 

Item: Above - Right

Beehive Ball Cutter

Contributor:

John Miller - Melbourne- Australia

Description use and estimated Age:

1930 - 1950

 

 

Use to cut tiny consommé garnishes from root vegetables. Note the small size compared with a 10 cent coin

 

Item: Above

Marrow Remover

Contributor:

John Miller - Melbourne- Australia

Description use and estimated Age:

1950 - 1960

 

 

Used to remove marrow from bones . Note the curved blade in the smaller picture to fit into the marrow bone shape.

   

Item: Left

Beignet Irons

Contributor:

John Miller - Melbourne- Australia

Description use and estimated Age:

1950 -1960

 

 

Used to prepare fritters made from a light creamy mixture and  deep - fried.

 

   

Item: Left

Ravioli Cutter / Pastry Wheel

Contributor:

John Miller - Melbourne- Australia

Description use and estimated Age:

 1950 - 1960

 

 

Used to cut ravioli into shapes Still available.

 

Item: Above

Fruit and Vegetable Carving Set

Contributor:

George Hill - Melbourne - Australia

Description use and estimated age:

1975 - 1985 - Still Available.

   

Razor sharp knives and a range of cutting tools for cutting flowers and ornaments from fruit and vegetables.

 

Item: Right

Set of apprentice /cook personal tool kit

Contributor:

Graham Dodgshun - Melbourne - Australia

Description use and estimated age:

1950

The main kitchen knife used by professional cooks and chefs was made from carbon steel they were very easy to sharpen and wore down quickly and required constant care because if they were left wet they would quickly rust. Stainless steel knives were rare and used in the domestic market. There was a convention, when a member of the kitchen brigade laid out all his knives and carefully sharpened them, this was a nonverbal sign to the rest of the brigade he had given notice and considered a good luck and goodbye sign, so one never sharpened all their knives at one time unless leaving the job as this was also considered unlucky. Not being sexist I purposely said He as there were extremely few female cooks in the professional arena and the professional kitchen was male dominated.

 

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