I'm always astonished by how different and yet how bizarrely similar things were a hundred years ago, and this week is no exception:
KITCHEN AND LAUNDRY.
The following list will show what articles are necessary for the kitchen and laundry, and will be an aid to young housekeepers:
One apple corer.
One lemon squeezer.
One meat cleaver.
Three kitchen knives and forks.
One large kitchen fork and 4 kitchen spoons, two sizes.
One wooden spoon for cake making.
One large bread knife.
One griddle cake turner, also 1 griddle.
One potato masher.
One meat board.
One meat saw.
Two large earthen bowls.
Four stone jars.
Two market baskets, two sizes.
One ash bucket.
Two frying pans or spiders, two sizes.
Four flatirons, two number 8, and two number 6.
Two dripping pans, two sizes.
Three iron kettles, porcelain lined if possible.
One tea kettle.
Two granite ware stew pans, two sizes.
One wire toaster.
One double kettle for cooking custards, grains, etc.
Two sugar boxes, one for coarse and one for fine sugar.
One waffle iron.
One step ladder.
One stove, one coal shovel.
One pair of scales.
One coal hod.
One kitchen table, two kitchen chairs.
One large clothes basket.
One wash boiler, one wash board.
Eight dozen clothes pins.
One large nail hammer, and one small tack hammer.
One bean pot.
One clothes wringer.
Two sweeping brooms and one dust pan; one whisk broom.
One bread box.
One cake box.
One large box or barrel.
One dredging box.
One large sized tin pepper box.
One spice box containing smaller spice boxes.
Two cake pans, two sizes.
Four bread pans.
Two square biscuit pans.
One large tin pail, and one wooden pail.
Two small tin pails.
One set on tin basins.
One set of tin measures.
One wooden butter ladle.
One tin skimmer.
One tin steamer.
Two dippers, two sizes.
Two funnels, two sizes.
One set of jelly cake tins.
Four pie pans.
Two pudding moulds, one for boiling, one for baking.
Two dish pans, two sizes.
One cake or biscuit cutter.
Two graters, one large and one small.
One coffee canister.
One tea canister.
One tin or granite ware tea pot.
One tin or granite ware coffee pot.
Two milk pans, and one milk strainer.
One dozen iron gem pans or muffin rings.
One gravy strainer.
One flour sifter.
Two scoops, one for flour, one for sugar.
Two jelly moulds, two sizes.
One can opener, one egg beater.
One cork screw.
One chopping knife.
One wooden chopping bowl.
An ingenious housewife will manage to do with less, but these articles, if they can be purchased at the commencement of housekeeping, will save time and labor, making the preparation of food easier. It is always economy in the end to get the best material in all wares,-- as, for instance, the double plate tin will last for years, whereas, the poor kind has to be replaced; the low priced earthenware is soon broken, whereas, strong stone ware lasts almost a lifetime.
Excessive commas aside, that last paragraph is wisdom of the ages, indeed. (Plus, it makes me feel SO much better about all the cash I've doled out lately at Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma. Egads.)