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Nov 9, 2013 08:37 AM

What in the world is this wooden utensil used for?

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is doing well and learning how to cook!

We were helping close out a restaurant and found this wooden utensil. It looks as if it were never used. So it looks "new". I just can't think what it would be used for. Any ideas? Thanks!

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  1. Looks like a wooden pestle...

    1. Some kind of strange pestle, I think...
      (sorry, didn't read reply below..)

      1. It looks new because just the threat of it is enough to get the line cooks working harder.....

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        1. It looks sort of like a simple Mexican molinillo which is placed between two hands that are rubbed together to make a frothed drink. Could be wrong, though! Some of them are pretty intricately carved.

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          1. re: bear

            I thought of that, or a muddler or masher.

            Depending on size, could be anything from a muddler for mint juleps up to a potato masher.

            1. re: sunshine842

              I don't think it is a Molinillo. They are typically decorative and/or have smaller fins. I'll post a size reference shortly. Too big for a julep tool but maybe a potato smasher.

              1. re: dewmanshu

                You are probably right. But, size does matter!

                1. re: dewmanshu

                  Right. A moilinillo would have one or two loose parts on the handle -- free rings -- that would twirl around in the liquid along with the stable fin-like parts. They help work up the froth.

                  I'm thinking potato masher too.

                  1. re: rainey

                    The old-style molinillos didn't have loose parts and were much plainer. I still think that is a viable option.

              2. re: bear

                That was my first thought. I used to have a very plain one that looked a bit like the picture. My understanding is that the highly decorative features of molinillos are a pretty recent thing.


                1. re: waking1

                  Honey twirler doesn't typically have a break in the "fins" and their fins are horizontal versus this one having vertical. Relatively speaking.