Housekeeping Tools To Minimize Labor (Oct, 1927)

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A rubber cap replaces the metal one taken from a bottle of ginger ale or other refreshment and, being air-tight, preserves what is left of the contents for future use. The deep groove lets the core go inside the bottle when you give it a twist, and allows the rim of the cap to encircle the outside of the top of the bottle.

The three aluminum kettles shown here fit inside one another so that a different dish may be cooked in each, although only one burner of a stove is required. The upper kettles may be used for steaming or boiling. Handles are insulated and do not get hot.

Who has not had trouble trying to fill a small bottle—such as a baby’s, for example—whose mouth would not safely accommodate an ordinary funnel? Here is a device that solves the problem. The funnel is equipped with spring prongs that grip the bottle, keeping the filling device securely in place. The tension of the metal of which the prongs are made is sufficient to provide perfect security.

Hot and cold foods alike that lend themselves to molding—ice cream and ices, mashed potatoes and other vegetables—can be dished out in neat hemispheres with a small device similar to those used at soda fountains. A band of metal that fits inside the scoop moves when the lever is operated, loosens the portion and drops it on the plate. The device can be manipulated with one hand while the dish is being held with the other.

Feed string beans into the hopper of this machine and turn the crank. This forces the beans through the knives that cut them in uniform lengths. Primarily designed for use in canning, the device is helpful as well in preparing a dinner or luncheon.

A vacuum cleaner that will tire no one is this, which weighs only eight and a half pounds, although it has a full-sized motor providing as much suction as standard-sized cleaners. Its universal nozzle is adjusted to any angle. It is handy for cleaning draperies and upholstery.

A can opener, measuring cup and seal all in one is the unusual device illustrated above. The tubular steel bottom part is cut off diagonally, forming a point and cutting edge. Press it down, as the operator is about to do in the top picture, and you make a hole like that seen in the bottom photograph. Now with the cup measure out the contents of the can as needed. Fit the cutter back in the hole and the can is sealed securely against leakage.

A new “keyhole lock” enables you to render your lock unpickable when you leave the house. Inserted in the keyhole, the device grips the inside of the lock with a spring catch. No key can enter until this is removed, which is done only with the special key, as shown in the photo.

The sharp, cup shaped ends of this grapefruit core remover are hinged together. Hold the handles parallel and insert the device around the core. Then spread the handles and the two halves of the cup come together, biting and lifting out the core as shown. Holes in the cup let the juice drop through into the fruit.

Here is a pea sheller, stamped and cut out of a single piece of metal, that saves time and energy. The cutting and stamping has made part of the metal into the odd-shaped knife in the middle of the plate, leaving a hole below. When you run the pod against this knife, it splits the pod and cuts loose the peas, which drop through the hole into the dish below. A groove guides the pods to the knife to split them in the middle.

Not stainless steel but stainless glass is the material of which the new fruit knives and butter spreaders shown at the left are made. The glass is said to be strong enough for any service required of such knives and the edges are ground to a fineness that equals that of a steel blade. They are easily washed. The ingenious designer turned to advantage his observation of the cutting power of glass.

Almost like a toy in size, this miniature electric range is declared to render standard service. One of the three heating units serves the oven, the others make your coffee and toast and fry your bacon and eggs. One light socket gives sufficient current. Out of use, the range can be stowed away in a trunk or on a closet shelf.

Like a drawer of a filing cabinet is this broiler of a new gas range. Instead of stooping to look in or reach in, perhaps scorching your fingers, you simply pull out the drawer, which slides easily on smooth rails. A safety bar keeps it from coming too far out and falling to the floor.

One need not clutter up a good part of one shelf or drawer with graters of various sorts to serve various purposes if one has the combination machine pictured above, which will reduce spices almost to dust and “chop”-nuts coarsely, as for cake. Three interchangeable barrels, two of which are shown on the table, the third being in the machine, are fine, coarse and medium. After you have used one, it is the work of an instant to slip out the grater and replace it with one of a different size.

If you like to serve a fine sauce in the original bottle, yet want a touch of convenience and elegance, here is the way. The attractive metal holder goes round the body of the bottle and the hinged handle comes up and with fingers of spring metal grips the neck. The device is easily removable for washing.

Here is a cheese knife that contributes materially to convenient and dainty serving. After its cutting blade has made a neat square, the notched tip of the curved blade is used to pick it up and deposit it on the individual plate. The device can be used also effectively for serving butter. It is particularly valuable for buffet luncheons, each guest cutting his own individual portion and serving himself as he pleases.

  1. Sean says: July 21, 20119:47 am

    My family puts up a few dozen cans of beans from the garden every year and that cutter would be really useful, though you’d probably have to go up another order of magnitude for the money to make sense.

  2. Charlene says: July 21, 201110:54 am

    I would have appreciated one of those back in the 1970s, when I was in charge of shelling all the peas in my mother’s garden prior to freezing them.

  3. Tim says: July 22, 20114:24 pm

    I wish my oven had that pull-out broiler too. 🙂

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