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Old wooden utensils...still use them from relatives no longer here?

How many of you have old wooden utensils such as mixing spoons passed down from family no longer here and still use them? I have old wooden spoons passed down from my grandmother and possibly great grandmother that I still use to this day and when I do use them I think of my grandmothers cooking with them.

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  1. I do too. I love the idea of this lineage of cooks, preparing meals day after day, all holding the same spoon.

    I have a mishmash of cooking tools from my grandmothers and MIL. Each time I use them I am flooded with happy memories.

    1. In 1948, my dad swiped a boning knife while on KP at Otis AFB, Cape Cod, because he and my mom didn't have a good knife at home. I'll be using it for food prep today.

      1. I have a lovely pine cutting board that belong to my husband's grandmother. When asked what I wanted after my MIL's death, I grabbed the two antique apple peelers she frequently used but I haven't used them yet since they have to clamp on the edge of a table. (I'm afraid of damaging the table.)

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        1. re: dfrostnh

          Put a piece of rubber or silicone between the table and the clamp or another piece of wood.

          1. re: dfrostnh

            You can also use a piece of that mesh shelf liner between the table and the clamp. Available dirt cheap at Walmarts or their clones.

          2. I have a potato masher--the wavy grid not the round one--with a red wooden handle that belonged to my mother's mother. I use it whenever I make mashed potatoes.

            1. A wooden potato masher from the Minnesota homestead circa 1878.

              1. The one thing I packed up when Hurricane Irene threatened was the knife my mom always used (wooden handled). It was originally a tire knife my dad fixed up for her. I love using it.

                1. What a great topic...especially for this time of year. Just yesterday for Thanksgiving, I made it a special point to bring out the "old" and use them in observance of memorable days and loved ones gone by. A wooden spoon my dad used to use on the rare occasions when he cooked. (He was a big fan of PBS and really took to cooking after watching Julia Childs and Joyce Chen in the 70's.) The classic 3 tulip bowl set that has to be 50+ years. I even brought out the oldest cookbook I own, passed down from my Grandparents I never got to meet. "The Butterick Cook Book" dated 1911. What's really amusing is under the title on the cover is "With Special Chapters About Casserole and Fireless Cooking". Fireless cooking? I have an old meat grinder that is 100 + years passed down thru the years. I need to make it a point to get it out and use it!!! And I thought I was the only one who got sentimental about these things.......

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                  1. re: Phoebe

                    Nice to know someone else who remembers Joyce Chen. That was a great show.

                  2. I took several kitchen utensils when we broke up my grandparents farm, my favorite is a paring knife that has been sharpened so many times, the blade is like a scapel.

                    1. I use an old oak cutting board that was my grandmother's. It is cracked and awful looking, but it has such a history to it.
                      The family story was that my great grandfather made it from a tree on his farm in Mason, West Virginia.
                      I love that cutting board and feel privileged to be its caretaker.

                      1. Tons of stuff. Over the past 5 years, my wife and I have lost almost all of our grandparents, and I've had the opportunity to select whatever I wanted from the kitchens. Grandpa's spaetzle maker, grandma's pastry cutter, wooden spoons, mixing bowls, juice glasses, etc. All are special to me and reminds me of them whenever I use them. Some are high quality that you just can't find anymore either.

                        1. No, but I bought a couple of beautiful French made olive wood spoons that I hope oneday my grandchildren ask to have :-) Who knows but I like to think that I'm investing in so much more then just a spoon.

                          1. I don't have old wooden utensils but I've kept a few things of my grandmother's. A tinned steel 1 C measuring cup, a meat mallet, a glass thingie that is meant to hold bacon flat in the pan as it cooks. I used one of her old teapots until I broke it. (I've broken several teapots.) And this is not a utensil, but I have a delightful old casserole that sits in a footed silverplated stand. Every so often, I use this as a centerpiece. From a great grandmother, whom I never met, I have an old Dutch oven on 3 legs, lidless. I have no idea why I've kept it, but I have. I certainly have no way to use it.

                            1. I own several wooden spoons and a spatula that belonged to my late mother-in-law, who died three years before I met my husband, and use them frequently. My husband has fond memories of her cooking so I like to keep that little bit of her alive for him.