I just had a thought about labor saving devices of all sorts. My mind wandered over the years to the many that I have had and still have even though I don't use them as much as I did when I cooked for large groups quite often. If you wander back in time, what would be your favorite labor-saving device?
Believe it or not, but as a young wife and mother, I wanted to do everything in an elegant and proper way. I wanted to make radishes that looked like roses; you may have seen some of those in past years. I prowled the Sears kitchen wares section and found a radish rose maker. a little plastic device that you just pressed down on a round red radish and presto, out came a radish rose. That was my favorite but I also found a pastry blender that replaced two knives for cutting butter to make pastry dough. I guess my all time favorite would be an egg slicer, just lay an egg in and pull down a part with wires and magically there were perfectly sliced eggs.
I realized that I had lost my sense of play and fun in the kitchen after thinking back. I want to get it back to that. The kitchen is the heart of a home and I will refuse to allow the TV screen to take over my home and life. My kitchen is well stocked with a long list of gadgets and appliances that would have boggled the mind of my mother, yet my mother cooked more food with almost no devices except a couple of knives and forks and spoons. It can be done, but I do love my labor savers. I just want to get back to my love for using all of them.
A few labor savers are in the garage or the rest of the home but most of mine were in the kitchen, but an automatic washer and dryer is a gift from the divine when I come to think of it and is standard equipment in most all homes in America.
With all this labor saving what do we do with the time and energy we save???? Well, a conundrum has appeared. We now need to seek out appropriate exercise. Upper arms are flabby because we have an electric mixer and we have lightweight cookware and cook in small pots. Well, I did use my time wisely and kept a home, cooked and cleaned, cared for a family, got educated, well read, and had a career. That part was wonderful but I now need to find appropriate work. Yikes!!!
I am so THANKFUL and eternally grateful for all my labor saving devices of all kinds. I just need to use more of them more often and I might still need to work on the flabby upper arms and the toning and stretching depending on how much labor I still need to use. LOL.