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CityFoodie May 30, 2010 12:13 PM

What is this? It was found in my father-in-law's kitchen. Thanks.

 
  1. alkapal May 31, 2010 06:03 AM

    i'm thinking about the answer. egg slicer doesn't seem correct.

    in the meantime, i'll sip on my gin and "titonic." http://www.kitschulike.com/product_in...

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      roxlet May 31, 2010 06:55 AM

      Ha, ha! Love it!

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        cajundave May 31, 2010 07:32 AM

        It does look like it's for scooping and then pushing off the scoop as apposed to chopping because there is a stop. Take it to the Swimming with sharks TV show! I you figure it out.

        1. re: cajundave
          alkapal May 31, 2010 07:35 AM

          strange shape to "scoop," though.

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            monku May 31, 2010 07:38 AM

            I was thinking of something along that line.
            Maybe scraping home made chocolates off a sheet pan and transferring them onto a serving dish so you don't get fingerprints on them?

            This is driving me crazy and I got to know what it is.

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              jacquelyncoffey May 31, 2010 09:42 AM

              To me, it looks like a spatula and you lift the burgers or pancakes or whatever out of the pan, and squeeze the handle to push them onto the bun or a plate.

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        jjw May 30, 2010 07:05 PM

        This brings back a vague memory from my childhood in the 50's. If I'm recalling correctly, it's a tool to make drop cookies. You squeeze the handle together, scoop up some dough, and then release the handle to push the dough off onto the cookie sheet.

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          Gio May 30, 2010 07:13 PM

          Oh gosh I have one of those. It was my mother's. I really don't know what it's used for but something tells me it wasn't used as you describe. Maybe for slicing hard boiled eggs? I have to have a think on this...

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            Chemicalkinetics May 30, 2010 08:00 PM

            Sounds reasonable.

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              Miss Priss May 31, 2010 07:47 AM

              A little online research confirms the accuracy of your memory! Here's a "cookie dropper" from an online vendor:

              http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/product.aspx?T=1&productId=614925

              And here's the patent application (with helpful drawings) for one version:

              http://www.freepatentsonline.com/5149161.pdf

              There's also a newer type that looks like this:

              http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Scoop-Re...

              Apparently people have been dropping cookies with these things for decades. Who (besides them) knew?!

              1. re: Miss Priss
                alkapal May 31, 2010 07:54 AM

                miss priss wins the contest! ;-).

                ps. have all of you noticed that whenever you go to amazon, there is always "only one" left of the product -- whatever it is!?

                1. re: Miss Priss
                  monku May 31, 2010 07:55 AM

                  Thanks.
                  The only thing that made me think it wasn't was how does one drop a round looking piece of dough to make a round cookie from that thing?

                  1. re: monku
                    alkapal May 31, 2010 07:57 AM

                    i know...how do you control portion size?

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                    CityFoodie May 31, 2010 09:09 AM

                    Miss Priss -- Bravo!! Bravo!! Thank you for your detailed research...and now I know!

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                      Chemicalkinetics May 31, 2010 09:12 AM

                      Wow. Only $1.70?

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                        MikeG May 31, 2010 09:28 AM

                        I don't know how much they've actually been used, it's not like useless kitchen gadgets ever go out of style. ;) My mother had one of these (back in the 70s) and it really didn't work very well at all.

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                        CityFoodie May 31, 2010 09:38 AM

                        jjw - Thanks so much! Mystery solved!

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                          Chemicalkinetics May 31, 2010 09:56 AM

                          Just want you to know. I were the first to agree with you. I believe in you. :P

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