Monday, February 22, 2010

Antique English tin pudding mold Steamer...Hot

This is so cool it's HOT...and hard not to get steamed up about it......Okay, I'm sorry, but I couldn't help it!

Kitchenalia or kitchen collectibles are so much fun. This is an English tin pudding mold (or if a Brit, a mould) for steaming puddings (or if you're a Yank, desserts) that I LOVE to find in England when I'm there shopping for treasures. This one has a central spire or chimney which was used to convect the heat up through the middle to make sure the pudding is cooked all the way through.

You can even see years of discoloration on the outside caused by the boiling water in the kettle as the pudding steams. These work well for any kind of an example the famous Christmas Plum pudding. These pudding tins were popular all through the victorian era to the second world war and some are still passed down in families to be used for special desert occasions.

To see more photos and info about the pudding mold use this clickable link to the listing at Time Was Antiques.

One of the great things about collecting kitchenalia or kitchen items is their relative affordability still. It's a great form of recycling and frankly, most of the older items are far better made and will last longer than their contemporary counterparts.

Here is a link to a great English Kitchenalia blog I found recently: kitchenalia

So the next time you are looking for a cooking ir kitchen item...thing of your local antique shop, flea market or swap meet. Old is new with an economic purpose again!

We have had the most beautiful week here...if you have been watching the Olympics in Vancouver which is northeast of us here at the top of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula you've seen what it's like here, but rain is coming in tomorrow. Sigh...back to normal. But hope it's spring where you are!

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