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Vintage Kitchen Tool: Short’ning and Ice Cream Spoon

April 25th, 2012 · 9 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

9 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.

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