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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!

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j18...

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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. re: drongo

          HAHA Great point!

        2. 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.

                http://depaginas.es/images/api/3/8/1/...

              3. Honey twirler?

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                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.

                2. Kraut pounder?

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                  1. re: Cam14

                    The tapered handle could make one think that, but the kraut pounder typically doesn't have "fins" like this. And the head is not flat enough to be an effective pounder in my opinion.

                  2. If it is small, then it is for honey.

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                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      I'll post a pic with a size reference, it's rather large in my opinion. I've never seen a honey ladle/twirler with funs up and down and then have a slots like that.

                      1. re: dewmanshu

                        I actually doubt it is a hone twirler as well. It looks rather large. Like you said, it also run up and down.

                    2. Hi, dewmanshu:

                      WAG#1: A very large muddler/masher.

                      WAG#2: A spurtle for dishing something like thick oatmeal.

                      Aloha,
                      Kaleo

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                      1. re: kaleokahu

                        Chocolate stirrer. ;-)

                      2. Some pics with size reference

                        http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j18...

                        http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j18...

                        http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j18...

                        1. It's kind of long, but could it be a masher for ab-goosht?

                          It's a lamb stew that you mash up in a wooden bowl. DH had it at a Persian restaurant in Atlanta. They gave him a wood bowl and masher at table to mash up his own stew.

                           
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                          1. re: kitchengardengal

                            I don't know. It just doesn't seem like a masher to me.

                          2. It looks like a tool which we use in India to extract butter from the buttermilk.

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                            1. re: 2babymom

                              Looks like a muddler. Or the paddle for s butter churner...

                              1. re: 2babymom

                                I researched that, I didn't see anything that resembled that. Do you have a link that could lead me to similar pics?

                              2. What kind of restaurant was it?

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                                1. re: ricepad

                                  eh, it was a more of a bar BBQ place. We all agreed, no matter what it was, it had no business in there. LOL

                                2. The Wooden King's Royal Sceptre?

                                  1. I don't know its name, but it is a small mop handle (you bind rags at the end) and use it for cleaning out large pots.

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                                    1. re: law_doc89

                                      So it could be for BBQ mop sauce??

                                      1. re: law_doc89

                                        y'know, I thought about that, too, but wasn't sure.

                                        You could make a sauce mop with that, too (although I'd expect it to be stained with sauce....)

                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                          Nope, I gave the answer already...it is a chocolate stirrer.

                                          You can modify it to do other things, but it's original purpose can't be changed.

                                          1. re: JayL

                                            and we've already discussed why it's not. Several times.

                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                              Well your discussion is wrong.

                                              http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Decor...

                                              And the one pictured by the OP looks to be manufactured by the IMUSA company.

                                              1. re: JayL

                                                Wow! What a great find. I sort of dig that piece, heck I might buy it. LOL But it is vintage and all newer chocolate stirrers don't resemble that thick form, as far as I can tell. This thing int he above pictures is new. Plus, when you twist, stir, and plunge with a stirrer you need those horizontal rings to pull up on the liquid as well. This one doesn't have that at all.

                                                Edit, I missed the post fromt eh Korean store pic. WOW. It just doesn't look like it'd work as well. But that would explain the cloth ring on the top of the handle. It looks festive.

                                                1. re: dewmanshu

                                                  The one pictured above is vintage...but this one is new, and identical to the one pictured in the OP...

                                                   
                                        2. re: law_doc89

                                          This is my favorite answer. It is too new to be a vintage style chocolate mixer IMHO. I'd like to find a webpage selling the replaceable mop heads though.

                                          1. re: dewmanshu

                                            Read my reply above. While you can certainly use it any way you choose, it still doesn't change the fact that is a $4 chocolate stirrer (likely made by IMUSA).

                                        3. Come on people...it's a chocolate stirrer.

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                                          1. re: JayL

                                            Re-checking the size, I agree.

                                          2. Molinillo from Colombia

                                            http://store.gourmetsleuth.com/molini...

                                             
                                            1. I stopped at the Hispanic/Korean grocery last night on the way home and look what was there. I asked an Hispanic manager what it was - for chocolate stirring, he said.

                                               
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                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                OH crap I missed this post! HAHA WOW I just don't get how it would work that well for chocolate stirring.

                                              2. I have no idea so I won't disagree with anyone but will add that it looks like it could ALSO be used to move oven racks in and out. Julia Child used something that looked like a thick wooden yardstick with a notch cut out toward one end. I believe she mentioned that her husband made it. Safer, faster, and easier than moving the hot rack with a potholder.

                                                1. To put the final nail in this coffin...

                                                  You can purchase this utensil here:

                                                  http://www.amazon.com/Wooden-Chocolat...

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                                                  1. re: JayL

                                                    Nail in coffin. haha Thanks JayL!

                                                    1. re: dewmanshu

                                                      ;-)