Sunday, September 21st, 2008...8:43 pm

Hunter Sifter Cook Book

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Hunter Sifter Cook Book 1884Although I’m off today, I worked on some auction listings; including one for the Hunter Sifter Cook Book.
The Hunter Sifter Cook Book contains advertisments for a number of Cincinnati businesses.
Several Hunter Sifter M-f-g Co. products are advertised: the Sifter, Cyclone Beater, and Safety Hollow Ware.
Naturally, I found the Hunter Sifter Co. products: Hunter Sifter, Cyclone Egg Beater and Safety Hollow Ware in various forms on the cook book’s recommended list of Kitchen Utensils. And commonplace items: kitchen table and chairs, can opener, nutmeg grater, potato slicer, waffle iron. Other items listed, puzzled me:

  • candlesticks
  • ash bucket
  • coal hod
  • hammer
  • hatchet
  • 3 iron kettles
  • lantern
  • match box
  • 2 iron spoons
  • meat saw
  • mustard pot
  • rubber window cleaner
  • tin pails
  • wirescreens (assorted sizes)
  • sugar box
  • salt box
  • stepladder
  • tin cake box
  • wash keeler
  • wooden buckets

After further consideration, the items made sense.
A meat saw cuts up a carcass. A pail or bucket carries water or milk from its source to the kitchen. But for a “sugar box,” sugar hardens into a rock in the moist environment of a kitchen, or worse, becomes home, sweet home to a family of worms. Stainless steel and plastic had not yet been invented, so wooden, iron, and steel implements held, chopped, mixed, heated, transported, and safeguarded ingredients. Mousetrap made the list.



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