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We owe a lot of our modern kitchen appliances to the Industrial Revolution. Stoves that could change temperature by the twist of a knob, potato peelers, canned foods, and cookie cutters are all products of Victorian or Edwardian ingenuity. So why isn't there more Steampunking of the kitchen going on? Sure, Steampunk Home and Kitchens.com have some great ideas for the overall kitchen area, but if I can type in a few quick keystrokes and come face to face with a beautifully steamed computer or laptop that looks like a music box, why is the same not true for some of my favorite toys?
5. The Teakettle.
|From Craigslist for $185...talk about a bargain.|
4. The Pressure Cooker
|From Modern Pressure Cookers|
If you plan on looking for old pressure cookers, though, be careful! Given their nature, they are dangerous stuff if not calibrated properly, or if time has damaged them in some way. With those safety concerns in mind, this is one that if found might be better suited to a decoration, or becoming a component of a bigger(and low pressure) contraption. Not sure what to do with one, even if you had one? Go here!
3. The Ice Cream Maker
|1900 model from the Journal of Antiques and Collectables.|
Patent for the small-scale hand crank type goes to Nancy Johnson in 1843. According to the Journal of Antiques and Collectables, by the Civil War there were about 50 different versions of the bucket style machines, and they're still available today if you know where to look.
|5 gallon churn attached to a 1926 Hercules Engine.|
1901 gave us the Tipo Gigante, a machine invented by Luigi Bezzera to use steam to force hot water through the coffee grounds, hopefully reducing the time his employees took for their coffee breaks. The result was fast, but bitter. Desiderio Pavoni, who bought Bezzera's patent, experimented with temperatures and landed at the 192F standard for modern machines. The Victoria Arudino models will blow your mind.
1. The Kitchenaid
Invented 1908, the H-5 home model came around in 1919. According to KitchenAid,
"...all stand mixer attachments will fit any KitchenAid Stand Mixer, including the original." This means that theoretically, one could find an original H-5 and put it to use.
|The H-5, according to DecoDan.com it sold for $189.50 in 1915, no attachments!|
Oh, well, one can always dream, can't they?