What is this? It's about 7" long. Although it looks somewhat like tongs, it can't be opened up wide. There's a lip at the left edge of the flat plate, which prevents you from separating the two sides. Does the etching of a chicken in its nest mean that it's used with chicken or eggs?
This is not to open up like a set of tongs. It is actually a vintage 1950 metal butter cutter. It is used to cut small slices of butter. You would set this on top of the butter and pull the handle together in order to get a slice of butter. it will cut as large of a slice or as small of a slice as you wish depending on where you set it on top of the cube of butter. A lot of people used this to slice the cube of butter for cooking. In some recipes it would call for two tablespoons of butter and a person would just place this on the package of butter, go to the 2 tablespoon mark and pull the handle together to get a nice slice.
There seems to be a lot of controversy about what this gadget was really made for.
I cannot tell you for sure what the official use was but here is what I know about this gadget:
Their are several of these gadgets listed for sale online but all of the ones that I've seen are made of aluminum and do not look very sturdy (and are not Pampered Chef items).
When this was presented to me the agent for Pampered Chef said it was used to make butter pats to place on guests individual small butter dishes.
She said you pushed bars together, sliced off a chunk of butter (any size) and lifted the butter still on the blade, placed if over the small plate and released the bars so the butter slid onto the plate.
This was during a time that many people still 'set' the table for dinner/supper.
I did not use it and I'm sure it is still located somewhere in all of my stored boxes.
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I was given a box of assorted kitchen utensils but am unsure what the pictured item is. Can anyone identify this? Thank you in advance for your replies!
This is a vintage inspired Dough Whisk, it stirs and adds air to dough, without over mixing - www.talismandesigns.com/
It is a flat whisk.
What you have is a Danish dough whisk or brodpisker," which translates to bread whipper."
We call it a dough hook, and it's typically used in making bread to combine all the ingredients before kneading.
There are a few benefits to using a Danish dough whisk:
You have two-eye Danish Dough Whisk (with two inner loops). Regular Danish Dough Whisk has one loop breadbosses.com/