The Southern Food & Beverage Museum recently added a new kind of exhibit to pique your interest in old school cooking implements--an interactive Kitchen Gadget table! This is a topic that we've dipped into a few times in the past, mostly because there are so many cool and weird tools that were designed with singular culinary purposes in mind.
Many will look familiar, or you can at least figure out what they were meant to do, but there are a few lovely artifacts that just boggle the mind. Whisks boast extra loops in the middle, glass jars house mean-looking chopping devices, and ridged metal promises to create a very unique cut in your vegetables. Many visitors chuckle when they see this display, noting that they still have many of those implements in their kitchen drawers. If it's not broken, why fix it?
This exhibit is particularly fun because it's one of the few places in the museum where you really get to put your hands on culinary history. You're touching a tool that many before you have used to cook meals in their homes, which is such a simple but powerful connection. Most of these instruments aren't necessary, but were created to make something a little easier, to make it look a little nicer. From kitchen to museum, through the generations, this is a chance to recognize the power of human ingenuity and the importance of food in our lives and culture.
Next time you're in the museum, take a few minutes to play around at the Kitchen Gadget table. And in the meantime, take a look at our discoveries in how to use old gadgets in our series, From the Back of the Drawer. You might discover a new favorite!