A small Antipodean ‘batterie de cuisine’

Further to my obsession with kitchen gadgets – the Antipodeans seem to have got something going: the orange sieve goes back to the late sixties and is still in remarkably good condition, I thought that the stainless mesh would pull out of the plastic moulding but it hasn’t. Oh, I think I have earlier said that this comes from Australia – it doesn’t it is from Auckland, NZ.

Cuisine Queen sieve

Cuisine Queen sieve

The Dalson slice/spatula and the bean slice are definitely Australian.  My mother has been buying the slice/spatula for years from the early sixties.  The handles melt if left on the side of the frying pan but they still seem to last. They are brilliant at hoiking fried eggs out of the pan.

The Krisk bean slicer is classic and easy to use.  Top and tail the bean in the bladed loop at the top. The spring loaded arm with a single blade means that the bean stays snug against the slicing blades.  Just push the bean through a bit until you can catch the other side, then pull the bean through, simple. Discard the side sliced off strings. It makes you want to slice beans.

Research on the net show that this little device is made by Tatham Cutlery, to  quote them: “Tatham Cutlery Mfg. Co. Pty. Ltd. has been making the KRISK Bean Slicer in Sydney, Australia since 1923. It is exported around the world.

The design of this kitchen tool has changed very little in 80 years. It didn’t need to – because it’s just right as it is!

The KRISK® Bean Stringer & Slicer effortlessly removes the ends and the strings of the bean and slices it lengthwise.

Many people wouldn’t eat their beans any other way.”

Demonstrated on this url on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-xixPwj3Ww http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-xixPwj3Ww

About Richard Stokes

Richard Stokes. Childhood spent in Milford-on-Sea. Now lives in Bridport (recent move). Educated in Art Schools - Winchester, Birmingham and Portsmouth. Worked as art administrator: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Midland Group, Nottingham; West Midlands Arts, Birmingham; Gateshead Garden Festival; Arts Council; Minories Art Gallery, Colchester; West Midland Arts. Also involved with the former Limpets Restaurant. Keen sailor.
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