Hello dears! Continuing on in my Hope Chest series which I started up last week, I am going to share with you all the Kitchen Ware that is in my Hope Chest. I was actually amazed at how much stuff I had in my trunk, as I emptied it all out to gather together the items for this post. Knives, a kettle, pans, jars. There is a lot for someone who isn’t even getting married yet! So, let’s see, what shall we start with? How about the glassware and china?
Glassware and China
The tallish glass on the left is an old Molé sauce container that I cleaned out (those things are awesome! And they sort of look like vintage yogurt glasses). I almost forgot of my idea to gather a whole bunch of those to create my own unique drinking glass collection!
The glass lemon squeezer came from Goodwill, as did the yellow cream and sugar basins (those were a gift from Mom). The cute little glass jar is also from Mom. Hmm… Mom sure has helped out a lot in stocking up my kitchen ware for my Hope Chest… makes me wonder why I love cooking so much. 😉
I have always admired the beautiful printed Pyrex kitchen ware, like the bowls you see above (does anyone know if those are mixing bowls, or are they meant to be something else? Because they didn’t come with lids), but it wasn’t until the year that I got my Hope Chest that I was finally able to purchase the two lovelies you see above. Below them is a nice, what I’ll call a candy dish, of milk glass. This, if I remember rightly, was from some dear friends of ours, as a Birthday present.
The “Small” Utensils
Ahh! The tools of the trade! From the left: Salad Tongs, again from Mom. Steel Measuring Cups (I cannot WAIT to use these someday!): Gift from friends. Plastic measuring spoons: Gift from friends. Vintage egg-beater: Antique Store.
Now, the next item is my all time, hands-down, absolute, positive favorite(!) item to use in the kitchen. “Really Brigid? A Spatula?” Yes. But this my dears is no ordinary spatula. We have the exact same one in our kitchen right now, and I find myself grabbing it every.single.time I bake something. The steel handle extends into the plastic/silicone/rubber/whatever-it-is-made-of spatula part, making for an extremely sturdy utensil. And that is why it is my favorite! No cheap plastic handle here! Now I just wish we had bought a dozen of them while they were in the store, so they could last me my entire life time. 😀
Continuing on from where I left off: Steel measuring spoons: Gift from same friend who gave me the Steel Measuring Cups. Wooden spoon: Gift from ?. I have to add right here, wooden spoons are the best for stirring together anything in the kitchen, from bread doughs, to stir-fry. They are my second favorite utensil to use, just because they are SO sturdy. So grab yourselves a wooden spoon girls! You’ll find it comes in handy for more than one task! (glove-dryer anyone?)
The “Big” Utensils
Mmm.. That Apple Peeler reminds me of apple pies… Now my stomach’s rumbling! Thanks Mrs. S. for such a valuable addition to my Hope Chest! The four spice tins are a find from Goodwill several years ago, before I even had a place to keep them. I’m not sure if I’ll ever actually use them as they are rather rusty/worn inside, but they’ll at least make some nice decoration! The Tea-kettle is one of those lovely finds that we bought out at Amish Country. I have always loved the homey look of Spatter-ware, but the blue just seemed a bit, hmm, melancholy? for a kitchen. So when this bright red Spatter-ware kettle caught my eye, I knew it had to come home with me.
Then of course, there are the Chicago Cutlery knives. I just happened to spot these when we were shopping at a Goodwill boutique. It happened that they were the right price, so I decided to pick them up, knowing that they would at least be a good “beginning” to an essential knife collection that I hope to build up for my kitchen someday.
“Pots and Pans”
So, I don’t really have any pots, but I do have plenty of pans! In the upper left hand corner are some muffin tins from Jess, next to that are two (one stacked on top of the other) pie tins, which are from Mom or Jess (memory fails me :P). Then there is the small frying pan, which may have come from the same Goodwill trip on which I bought the Chicago Cutlery Knives (can you tell I’m not good at keeping track of where things come from?). Below that is a glass pie plate, which you can just barely see, which also came from Mom or Jess. Then there is the springform pan, which I am almost certain also came from the same Goodwill shopping trip as the knives and pan.
Dishcloths, aprons and other essentials
Ah! The textiles! The delightful apron was a gift from friends, as were the hand-knit dishcloths. Then there are the two pot-holders. The heart shaped one I bought at a Church fair, and the pretty little pink and blue one was a gift from a very dear friend. The How To Repair Food book is from my Mom. If you girls do not know about this book, go pick it up on Amazon.com right now! It is the handiest little guide to repairing practically any type of mistake you could make in the kitchen, whether your soup is too thin, or your chicken is just a bit too overcooked, you’ll find it in there. And, fortunately, you can either buy the older edition which I have here, for less than a dollar, or you can buy the newer edition for less than the price of a nice restaurant dinner.
Do you have any Pyrex or Spatterware?
Have you ever used Chicago Cutlery knives?
What is the worst dinner making experience you have ever had?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer