Churn, Meat Grinder on Washer Lightens Wife’s Work (Dec, 1930)

Churn, Meat Grinder on Washer Lightens Wife’s Work

AWASHING machine manufacturer has found two new ways of lightening the | work of the housewife, especially on the farm. With the attachments shown in the photos at the left, she may now grind her mince meat, sausage or vegetables with power from the washing machine, and at the same time churn up the week’s cream for her butter supply.

It takes but a minute to convert the washing machine into a meat grinder. The wringer is removed and replaced by the grinder unit, which is set over the shaft head of the power leg of the washer. When chopping ordinary foodstuffs, this grinder has a capacity of two pounds per minute. There is a safety feed device which exerts constant pressure on the food to facilitate chopping, and at the same time act as a safeguard for the operator.

In converting the machine into a churn, the gyrator is removed from the tub of the washer, and the churn container and paddle is slipped on in its place. This churn is made of aluminum, which is said to be an ideal material for the purpose. It is easy to keep clean, will not absorb odors, resists rust, and is very durable. The churn has a capacity of five gallons, but will churn small quantities equally well.

The churn does not oscillate. The dasher, which is shown in the photo at the top of the page, consists of double aluminum blades which are fastened to a hub. A snug fitting lid fits over the churn.

  1. Eamon says: November 8, 200710:22 am

    It leaves your clothes smelling sausage fresh.

  2. Blurgle says: November 8, 200710:01 pm

    Time-saving appliances were more likely to add to the family’s workload, not reduce it, and especially during the time in question.

    Washers, dryers, vacuum cleaners, and other large and small appliances were marketed mainly to the middle classes, who had previously hired people to perform the drudgery of housework. These appliances allowed families to fire the maid, the gardener, and the laundry service, but they also threw most of the work into the lap of the mother. Women who had spent most of their days looking after their children were suddenly forced to spend hours every day doing housework instead.

    Working class families (who couldn’t afford the luxury of maids or laundry services and whose time really could have been saved by these appliances) usually didn’t have the money to afford them. It was only after the Second World War in North America that the average working-class or poor family could afford such luxuries, and to women from those families appliances like washers, dryers, electric irons, and electric ovens really did save time.

    At this point in time, though, the only people buying these appliances were buying them to replace the maid, not to help the housewife.

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