From the primitive grinding stones to the modern food processor, kitchen utensils have been a part of everyday life from what seems like the beginning of ti me. Circles Magazine explored how they have progressed throughout the decades.
from the original Dover egg beater to the 1940’s electric to the modern kitchen mixer
In 1860 the hand slicer was more difficult without the circular blade of today.
Utensils come from the stone age of ti me three million years ago. Around 360 B.C., the bronze age of utensils were introduced, leading us to more sophisticated forms of metallurgy. Then in the 8th century the Romans popularized utensils such as meat hooks, meat mincers, spatulas, colanders, strainers and ladles made of iron, with pots and
kettles made of bronzes and terracottta. Early modern times begun producing specialized utensils like the apple corer, cork screws, and canned food openers. In the 19th century we expanded the market of utensils such as: potato peelers, jelly molds and salad spinners. They proved to be very popular because of the time saved on the labor. By the end of the 20th century kitchen utensils were commonly made of metals including steel, nickel, silver, tin and aluminum. Leading us into the la er 20th century with the majority of kitchen utensils being manufactured from petroleum based plastics.