Throughout history, the human being has created different articles for their survival taking advantage of the materials that nature provided them in their environment. In the culinary environment, the difficulty of cooking food and handling it has been solved in different ways, especially by making ceramics.
The development of ceramics allowed the creation of different kitchen utensils. Ceramic items were so resistant that even after the massive use of metals such as bronze, the lower classes preferred them because of their minimal production cost. During the Middle Ages, food was prepared over an open fire and the tools used to be pots, pans and cauldrons made of clay, iron or bronze.
In the nineteenth century, the variety of materials increased and aluminum utensils began to be manufactured. However, over time the stainless steel was discovered that is consolidated until today. But there was also concern about the effects of the use of different materials in the production of utensils, so people began to be more demanding.
In turn, the “design” factor was also taking on greater importance within the acquisition criteria. For example, years ago, bread toasters were larger and took up too much space. Today, they are smaller and have different shapes. The same has happened with the frying utensils, that is, the technology has allowed to move from copper pans to fryers of different sizes, colors and designs, which combine with all kitchens and have greater benefits. Indeed, deep fryers save time and are safer than the pan.
All these factors – size, design and practicality – continue to be decisive when purchasing a kitchen product. However, some creators of kitchen utensils have taken this information to the extreme, making extravagant items that set them apart from others in the competitive kitchen business.
Here are some of the strangest creations for the kitchen:
Spoon with a mini fan
In 1948, they did not want to waste time blowing the soup to avoid burning. For this reason, they invented a spoon, with a built-in mini fan that served to cool the food.
Eating pasta is sometimes complicated, so Russell Oakes created a design consisting of a rotary cover that rolled the noodles, so there would be no problems eating.
Currently, if we want to buy eggs we go to the supermarket. But in 1960, British engineer Reginald Carter created a vending machine where you put your coin and instead of sweets or drinks, you dropped half a dozen eggs.
Molds for making square eggs
These items are relatively current and have been in the market for a long time. They are small kitchen utensils for those who like to have a different presentation on certain dishes. The French firm Monbento created the MB Kawaii, a container that provides a square shape of the eggs.
To use them, simply cook the eggs and while they are still hot they must be peeled and placed in the mold. Subsequently, they can be put in a bowl with cold water and allowed to cool for a minimum of 10 minutes. By removing the eggs from the molds they will have adopted the square shape.
Machine for making illustrations with milk
The barista is a hospitality professional, a specialist in the elaboration of high quality coffees that can produce great results. However, technology is in some ways surpassing the human. The printing machine can create drawings and shapes in the milk foam. Thanks to its perfectly mechanized elaboration, coffees can be produced with very real images on the surface.
Antonia Gómez, spokesperson for DULCEHOGAR, mentions that the tools used to prepare food are made of various metals. Therefore, when choosing on which surface we are going to cook, it is necessary to know its advantages and disadvantages, but the design and functionality of these also influence the purchase, due to its particularity.