February 13, 2011

Even Before Ron Popeil

and His Handy-Dandy, Chopper-Dopper, Slicer-Dicer,
there was Feemster's Famous Vegetable Slicer.
I begged my mother to buy one. Strangely, she refused the chance to make her life easier in the kitchen and stuck with her trusty kitchen knives.

Still, I've never lost my fascination for the kitchen infomercial, and to this day, find myself gravitating toward every kitchen gadget that pops up on late night TV.

Oh, Happy Day!
Lynn is hosting a Favorite Kitchen Gadget Party over at Happier Than A Pig In Mud.
I'm in.
The first gadget isn't strictly a kitchen gadget, but I'm stretching the definition of "kitchen gadget" to include all things that can be found in the top drawers of kitchens. Those count, right?
My father fashioned this gadget for my mom. It's an old, old, putty knife. He cut off the blade to almost nothing and hoaned what was left of the end to a razor-like sharpness. This baby will scrape ANY HARDENED MASS off ANYTHING without leaving scratch marks. It's saved my life more than once.

The second is a wooden
Oven Rack Puller Outer, Pusher Inner.
I'm sure it's called something else
in the kitchen catalogues, but I have no idea
what that might be.

Now I'm off to Lynn's blog to see all the gadgets I can't live without.
Update, February 13, 2011, 11:35 PM:
Although I still don't own one, I'm happy to report that Feemster's Famous Vegetable Slicer is still available and includes its upgraded safety holder.

Just for fun!


  1. Hi Denise! So inquiring minds want to know... did you eventually get the slicer for yourself??? How fun that your dad made the scraper I can see how that would be handy and I'm lovin' the oven rack pusher-inner-outer thingy! Marketing does need to work on the name though:@)
    Thanks so much for joining the party-Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. I laughed so hard when I saw the oven rack pusher. My hubby made a bunch of these about 25 years ago, I painted little flowers and etc. on them and stuck them in Christmas stockings for my sister in laws. They all loved them and I'm not sure why I quit using mine...or where it's even at now.
    Thanks for the great memory.

    Fun blog and I am signing up to follow you. :))
    xo bj

  3. Neat gadgets! LOL, no clue what you call it, I'd call it an oven puller outer, too!

  4. Oh, I have one of those rack pullers -- great gadget :)


  5. I don't have an oven puller outer, but I often use a knife to pull the rack out. So fun that there is actually a gadget that does that! Joni

  6. Amazing how the television can influence us. After watching Martha Stewart years ago, I was impressed with her 'K5' as she called it and went and bought myself a Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

  7. Those oven rack thingys used to be included in Welcome Wagon bags and other giveaways but I could never get it to work! I think your other gadget that your dad made is extremely special!! It looks like it needs to be marketed! Linda

  8. I wonder why Feemster is not a household name. Now I am curious to know what else they made.

    Interesting to know that the home altered scraper leaves no marks. we all need one (or more) of those.

  9. I just pull out my utility blade for those same ugly jobs! Not nearly as nice as yours. I love the oven puller inner and outer. How many burns would that have saved me from. Fun gadgets!
    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

  10. I used to have an oven rack puller outer pusher inner. I bought at the church fair. No clue what happened to it...

    Happy Valentine's Day!


  11. I have the pushy pully thing too. Also useful for retrieving cat toys from under heavy pieces of furniture.

  12. I loved seeing the new tools show! Would love to go and see all those goodies!
    I remember those racks movers too!


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