Some people – lucky people – can really pinpoint that exact moment when they became interested in cooking or baking. I don’t have that exact sort of “ah ha” moment to recall, although I do have lots of enjoyable memories about food and cooking in general. I remember baking Christmas cookies with my mom and watching my grandfather make apple crisp, as well as watching some relatives head out to farmers markets to buy dinner and listening to others order takeout.
There is one thing that stands out from the pack slightly, and that is of my first kitchen gadget. It was my own tool and I used it whenever I could: a plastic eggbeater. I’m pretty sure this was intended to be a toy, but it certainly worked well enough to scramble an egg or two for breakfast.Â The beaters are very narrow, so I don’t know that I would try it to whip egg whites or anything, but I still have it and it still works. I don’t use it, but I keep it around because it reminds me of those first exciting days of making my own food in the kitchen.
I can’t say that the eggbeater inspired me to start baking. That said, perhaps it was somehow indicative of the fact that I’d just keep upgrading eggbeaters until I ended up with a big Viking mixer in my kitchen!
CaroleSeptember 29, 2009
I also have the 7-quart Viking Mixer. I love it.
MenardSeptember 29, 2009
Nice looking site you have – are you having fun with it? It’s interesting and well worth the time to visit.
StacySeptember 29, 2009
When my grandmother passed away, I inherited several of her kitchen items, including her eggbeater. My stand mixer makes a mean meringue, but that eggbeater is perfect for whipping a single egg white to fold into grandma’s favorite tapioca pudding.
DebbieQSeptember 29, 2009
I will tell you what I didn’t have but wanted! An easy bake oven. It must be why I bake so much, I am making up for the lack of that essential kitchen toy when I was growing up.
Nutmeg NannySeptember 29, 2009
Awww it’s so cute:) I bet it made a mighty fine scrambled egg.
LindaSeptember 29, 2009
It does look like a toy but I’ll bet it was a nice size for a small batch of scrambled eggs. I don’t remember my first gadget. Maybe my Kitchen-Aid after I started enjoying baking and knew I needed more than my little handheld Sunbeam mixer but it still works too. Beaters didn’t like a dishwasher and have rusted slightly but it’s close to 40 years old. That’s making things to last!!
tinaSeptember 29, 2009
Wow cute and colourful egg beater so nice…
MargotOctober 1, 2009
I never had one like this but my sister got one.
It is funny, my first kitchen gadget is also for beating eggs… maybe I will post it one day, it’s all rusty but I can’t put in the rubbish, even though I don’t use it any more…
ChrisOctober 2, 2009
I don’t have beating eggs. I just simply open it manually. :))
DanielleOctober 5, 2009
I have one too, but mine is metal as opposed to yours that appears plastic. I remember it from being 5 years old (maybe even younger) and it was my great-grandmas! I loved playing with it and still remember it 20 years later. She passed away and that was the one thing I had to have. I can’t really find a good use for it- I’ve tried puddings and other mixes, but it’s more sentimental.
AndreaOctober 17, 2009
I had this exact toy egg beater when I was a kid!