In order to use the many vintage ranges in the collection, every once in a while we change the stove in kitchen studio. Also spotlights on unique and special ranges.
Having a stand mixer on your counter meant your kitchen was complete. Sunbeam, Hamilton-Beach, Dormeyer, General Electric, Kenmore, Westinghouse and others. Episode #321
Coffee for 50? It's a cinch with these large capacity urns. Whatever the occasion, when we gathered there was hot perked coffee waiting to be served. Episode #320
These versatile pots could cook, steam, boil and deep fry. Popular in the 50's and 60's, they helped set the stage for the slow cooker rage of the 70's. Episode #293
Sure, juices are popular now, but America always loved its juice. Having fresh orange or grapefruit juice every day was a sign of good health.
Having crushed ice on hand was a must for any host or hostess. From shrimp cocktail to whiskey sours, these machines kept the crushed ice coming. Episode #278
Portable hand mixers saved a lot of arm work and made light work out of whipping egg whites or heavy cream, mixing cake batter, and a host of other kitchen tasks. Episode #273
For so much more than cooking the holiday turkey, these electric roasters came in all sizes and were like having a second oven. Westinghouse, Nesco, Everhot, Hamilton-Beach. Episode #261
Perhaps on of the most handy small appliances, the electric skillet came in all shapes and sizes. It allowed you to cook anywhere, and some doubled as broilers and buffet servers. Episode #256
Our love affair with toasted bread has never waivered - and as soon as electricity began to enter homes, Americans wanted electric toasters. With chrome shining, some of these toasters are works of art. Episode #247
These super mixers handle everything from daiquiris to salad dressing. Handy to have on the kitchen counter or bar, the blender changed with times. Oster, Waring, Kenmore, General Electric, Hamilton-Beach. Episode #243
There have been a number of requests to see the refrigerators in the collection. While I don't have many, here's a look at the ones I've adopted over the years. Examples include General Electric, Westinghouse, Norge, Kelvinator and Frigidaire. Episode #339
Long before microwaves, people either made popcorn in a pot on the stove, or had one of these electric poppers that heated the oil and popped the corn. Knapp-Monarch, Dominion, Mirro, West Bend, Sears, and many other brands made poppers. Episode #344
These wonderful ceramic bean pots were made by West Bend from the 1950's and into the 1970's. They were one of the first vintage appliances I collected, and make wonderful beans and other things. I often think of them as one of the early versions of the slow cooker.
I've had a number of requests for a closer look at the dishwashers at the Cavalcade. I only have three, two of them are Kitchen Aid (models KDS-20 and KDS-57A) and the other is a Maytag (model WC-204). Two of the dishwashers are roll-away style.
A look at an unusual vintage appliance made by Oster (Sunbeam) from the late 1970's through the early 1990's. The Oster Kitchen Center was an "all-in-one" appliance that could be used as a stand mixer, blender, meat grinder, juicer, food processor and other things. There were also attachments that turned this appliance into an ice cream maker and can opener.
Here's an opportunity to share some of the vintage waffle irons in the collection, as well as a vintage waffle recipe. These vintage appliances turn out crispy and creamy waffles and are made by companies like Sunbeam, Westinghouse, General Electric, Manning-Bowman, Kenmore, Universal, Coleman and others.
Here's a look at a Toast-O-Lator "Luxury Toaster" or sometimes also billed at the "Aristocrat of Toasters." This design uses a track to carry the toast from one end to the other, and as the toast passes the electric coils, it toasts. The faster the track moves the lighter the toast, the slower it moves the darker the toast. A unique way to toasting bread, this special vintage toaster was a recent gift to the Cavalcade collection from friends Utz and Shirley - thank you so much!!
My collector friend Steve found this vintage Sunkist commercial juicer and completely rebuilt and restored it (it was in very rough shape). He gave it a home in the Cavalcade collection, and here I try it out. An amazing machine! Thanks, Steve!
Here's a look at some vintage vacuum coffee pots like the Sunbeam C30 and C50, Cory, Silex and Nicro. These use a vacuum siphon method to brew the coffee instead of a traditional percolator or drip brewer.