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May 10, 2008 07:23 PM

do you collect food related non food things?

I do.
I collect:
cutting/bread boards/chopping blocks
rolling pins
pepper mills
heavy pots and pans
butter dishes
old kitchen gadgets such as egg beaters/flour sifters/dough cutters, etc.
I was wondering if anyone collects things for their kitchen too.
Is there a site where we can exchange or trade things with each other?
Think it'd be a great idea.

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  1. I have an uncontrollable compulsion toward food storage containers and bowls. There are so many other items I really NEED, but these are the two things I keep buying. Bowls are like shoes, right? You can never have too many...

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    1. re: ArikaDawn

      oh my gosh, another person who adores bowls, ME TOO

      1. re: iL Divo

        I once spent the good portion of a weekend, searching for the "just right" bowls for cereal. I noticed that all the bowls I had only held a small portion of cereal and I always had to add another serving. I wanted a bowl that would hold just the right amount. Well, I'm here to tell you, there are alot of bowls in this world. Searching the web was very enlightening.

        1. re: othervoice

          It's so true. And I have different bowls for all kinds of things. I have just the right size bowls for ice cream, another set for soups and chili, another set for small salads, another big set for saucy pasta, plus serving, mixing and mise en place bowls in all kinds of sizes and materials. Glass, ceramic, stainless steel. And I love and use them all. :)

      2. re: ArikaDawn

        I could join Stainless Steel Anonymous.

        Seriously, I do a lot of Chinese food. It is not unusual to use a dozen prep bowls for a meal.


      3. Oh, don't get me started! Well, since you asked ---- here's what I collect:

        - Egg cups

        - Chopstick rests

        - Food tins (like candy tins, cookie and cracker tins, tea tins, etc.)

        - Airline-size liquor bottles (empty, of course)

        - Honey jars (the decorative kind, usually shaped like beehives, but sometimes like pots, and even - oh still my beating heart - like a bee itself)

        My husband collects swizzle sticks with advertising on them, European glass change dishes with food logos (like chocolate), and keychains that advertise or are in the shape of chocolate.

        And this isn't counting things that accumulate even though I don't collect them on purpose, like sets of measuring spoons (I have 6 or 7), wooden spoons, and cutting boards.

        But I'm not trading any of this stuff. I love it and I'm going to keep it!


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        1. re: AnneInMpls

          You reminded me, my DH collects both chopsticks and beer steins. It's so funny the process he goes through trying to decide which set to take when we go out for dinner.

          1. re: AnneInMpls

            It's really not much compared to serious collector types, but I do have about 200 cookie cutters.

            1. re: curiousbaker

              That's a lot, even so! But for a baker, I suppose having lots of cookie cutters is a good thing. Are they all different? Antique, odd ones? Curious as to what you've found out there. (I'm not going to collect them; just curious.)

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I look for odd ones, though I haven't bothered with antiques. I really just like the idea of having a huge assortment of possible shapes at my disposal. Some of my favorites are an elaborate Chinese dragon, a big (8 inch or so) pig, a rook (chess piece), a ballerina, and several different moose (I vacation in Maine a lot). I like the miniature sets - leaves, insects, butterflies, flowers. These can be used for mini-cookies or for cutting marzipan for decorating cakes, so they're really functional. But sometimes it's just fun to have something people don't expect, like a nice turtle. Who doesn't like a nice turtle? The weirdest one I have is a Jesus fish, about 7 inches long or so. Someone gave it to me. I'm not particularly religious, so I haven't had a chance to use it, but if anyone asks me for oversized cookies for a retreat, I'm good to go.

                1. re: curiousbaker

                  VERY cool, interesting cutters! Thanks for the explanation. Always interesting to hear how collectors get into their obsession and what types of things they have.

              2. re: curiousbaker

                I collect cookie cutters too. I have a lot of graduated sets of one shape (stars, hearts, fluted squares, circles, even feet!) I love miniature cutters too. Have a ton of those. I also collect vintage cookie cutters made by a PA tinsmith sometime in the 1980s. They are flat back cutters made to look antique and all of them are really designed well. I have a pig, cat, fish, raven, 3 different hearts, a snowman, a rabbit, a heart in hand and a huge noah's ark all made by the same artist. I use them and hang them in my kitchen as "art".

                1. re: curiousbaker

                  I don't think I quite have two hundred cookie cutters, but it's close. I have them stashed in several large tupperware containers and drawers according to season/events. My most coveted items are my Hammersong line of cookie cutters. They are so intricate and beautiful, perhaps a little pricey, but incredibly well made. You can see them here:
                  Also, I have enough tart/pie/cake pans to open a bakery. It's crazy!

                  1. re: luvarugula

                    OMGoodness!! It's a good thing I didn't know about Hammersong cookie cutters when the children were young and we were making cookies together. They're gorgeous.
                    I must have about 100 cutters just sitting in a container on a back shelf in the pantry. Just not into cookies any longer. :-(

                    1. re: Gio

                      I'm thinking perhaps curiousbaker or luvarugula might be interested in those cutters. :-)

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Really? I'll have to track them down. Thanks Linda. They're really not anything special but some are quite nice. And, they're old....
                        I really need to start clearing out stuff I don't use and try not to buy things to replace them. I'm even considering all those green handled things too. Wish CH had a bulletin board so we could list things like this.

                        1. re: Gio

                          I am totally with you on this one. I started a thread on another foodie board for sharing or trading and it went no where. I was hoping it could be like a I have this, do you want it, want to buy it or give it away? type thing, but again, it didn't work.

                      2. re: Gio

                        oh oh oh oh, can I have 'em? *)

                        1. re: iL Divo

                          Have what? :-) E-mail me - the address is on my profile.....

                          1. re: Gio

                            those green handled things you have hanging around the house. I collect I them too. Okay, I'm done with this collecting thing, oh no I bet I'm not ....
                            My husband says it's a sickness I tell ya, a sickness.

                2. I collect fridge magnets. often food related, but not always. Unfortunately, I have limited space for my collection, so I have to be very choosy about what I buy.

                  1. Absolutely. I collect wooden spoons. Not ones with writing on them or decorated with paint, but old hardwood, wooden spoons or stirrers - *usable* spoons. They have to be the right size - not too long, not too thick in the bowl, an interesting shaped bowl or carving on the handle. I have about 5 I use all the time, but I just counted them - I have 31 of them.

                    And I've got family and friends who help me in my obsession when we go antiquing - if I haven't already spied the item, they'll pull it out and say "How's this one?". :-)

                    While I don't collect cutting boards, I do have 7 of them. I also have some old wooden handled kitchen tools--a meat fork and a skimmer, cookie/dough cutters in graduated sizes in their original tins, and some old kitchen gadgets--a child's sifter, a few old whisks/beaters, tin scoops--all hung on a small antique hat rack that hangs on my wall.

                    Oh! I almost forgot - Christmas-related molds or cake tins - Santa and Rudolph cake tins, and a few old Christmas candy molds take up another wall in my kitchen.

                    And finally, I have a full set of 8 (I think) of old (1950's?) composition bobble head wine bottle stoppers similar to this one:


                    Obsession? Yes. Will I probably buy more at Brimfield next weekend? If I find the *right* thing - absolutely. :-)

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                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Shawnee salt & peppers, cookie jars, old wooden rolling pins, Franciscan Ware Autumn. There are many things on my "to collect" list but until the kitchen is remodeled...Bavarian tomatoes and more that I just can't think of so maybe I'll post again.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        The count of wooden spoons/stirrers is now up to 33 after yesterday's trip to Brimfield. :-)

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          OK, it's several years later, and I saw buttertart revived this thread. I'm up to 38 wooden spoons, I believe. There's an antique show at the Concord Armory this weekend, and Brimfield is coming up.

                          Rut-roh. ;-)

                      2. We collect cheese-related objects- old cheese boxes, old cheese slicers and cutters, cheese labels, etc.