Reader Callout: What is the Oldest Tool in Your Kitchen?

| 12/20/2011 11:05:51 AM

Oldest Kitchen ToolNewfangled versions of sustainably harvested, recycled and upcycled green products are pretty cool, but an important part of a product's sustainability is also durability. If something lasts a good long time and is made with an eye to quality, you won't need to replace it, recycle it or upcycle it. So in the spirit of celebrating all things well-made, I'd like to know: What is the oldest tool in your kitchen?  

It might be a pot or pan, a sturdy knife, a handed-down marble rolling pin or even a long-lived electric appliance. When I asked myself this question, I immediately thought of the 70s-era fondue pot my mom found me at a garage sale and the smattering of cast iron pans my dad cooked in nearly every single day of my entire childhood. And I have no idea how long those tools existed before I did!

Tell us about your favorite OLD kitchen tools in the comments section below. Please share as many details as you have about this beloved piece of equipment, for example brand, make, model, and of course, why you love it. If you have a photo of the tool, email it to with the subject line "Oldest Kitchen Tool." We'll choose from among your tips for the next installment of "Reader Tips" in the Real Food section of the April/May print issue. If we publish your contribution, you'll receive a complimentary copy of the issue.

Photo by Fotolia/Anja Kaiser 

2/7/2012 10:04:14 PM

The oldest item in my kitchen is a hand crank coffee grinder made of metal with a wooden box and wooden drawer to catch the ground coffee. It still works well.

2/3/2012 4:43:31 AM

I think the oldest tools in my kitchen are a wood and tin pastry cut and crimper, and um.. oh my favorite one the apron my grandmother made and used to wear..the funny thing is i painted my kitchen sanctuary green and when the apron arrived it was the same color in gingham cotton.

Deborah Evans
1/29/2012 12:01:46 AM

My oldest kitchen tool is a vintage 1890's Edgar nutmeg grater. There is no modern equivilalnt. It is the most wonderful gadget and I use it constantly in the winter months and whenever I want fresh grated nutmeg. Searched for and found on for each of my daughters last year.

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