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Vintage Kitchen Tool: Short’ning and Ice Cream Spoon

April 25th, 2012 · 12 Comments

This is clearly marked for the cook who might be confused as to this tool’s use – to dip out ice cream or shortening from their containers.

It was made around the mid 1940s, when ice cream was soft as it came out of the ice-cream churn at home. The aluminum spade is not sturdy enough for today’s high butterfat-content ice creams that freeze into solid bricks; it would easily bend.

It’s also from a day when lard and shortening appeared in kitchens everywhere in large pails. Home cooks would turn out flaky pie crusts, tender biscuits and crisp, crumbly butter-free shortbread – a food from days of war rationing when butter was a true luxury.

I picked up the spoon for $3 in an Apalachicola antique shop to go with all my other fun old aluminum tools.

Tags: Kitchen tools

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Merrie Lee // Apr 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Hmmm. If I am from the 40’s, am I now “vintage”? Sounds better than middle aged or senior citizen.
    Thanks for sharing

  • 2 Jan Norris // May 1, 2012 at 9:04 am

    How about “classic” – not vintage!

  • 3 Rebecca Campbell // Nov 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I have one of these spoons,it is so handy for hard ice cream. I got mine from my childrens’ grandma. I to believe its’ a classic, not an antique!

  • 4 janet // Jun 3, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    how much is this worth 2014

  • 5 Sandi Caton // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I have one that was my grandmother’s. I have used it for years and out of curiosity looked it up today to find out how old it was….amazed it is still in great shape, been through 3 generations.

  • 6 Dorothy Gregg // Jun 1, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    What is this worth on the market?

  • 7 Jan Norris // Jun 1, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I honestly don’t know. These days this type of vintage kitchen items aren’t selling.

  • 8 jeddy // Jun 19, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    We had one in our kitchen in the 1950’s. I now own five and I have never paid over $1.00 for each. $5.00 would be the high side as they are fairly easy to find.

  • 9 Diana // Aug 11, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Mine works fine for the ice creams of today. Love it.

  • 10 Anne // Apr 11, 2019 at 12:29 am

    I grew up with one in the house. I found another one and I love it. I found a third one and gave it to my daughter. Found yet another and gave it to my daughter-in-law. Looking for one for my ‘baby’ sister to complete the family circle. And then maybe more for the grands …. We all use it to serve mashed potatoes — it’s a family reminder, to think of each other when using it, and to see it in the taters on another’s table. BUT, do not put it in the dishwasher. Sadly, so many I find have been distressed. It is aluminum. Hand wash only.

  • 11 Jack // May 13, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Mom had one in the kitchen in the 50’s-60’s. I found one today at the Goodwill outlet. I now own seven. They remind me of Mom.

  • 12 Amy // Sep 22, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I found one of these in the little Kanawha river since it was so low. And my mom wondered what timeperiod it was from so I searched it up and I found this page. I obviously can’t use it because it is chipped dented and really dirty but it is cool how old it is.

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