Dale and I got to do something last weekend we haven’t done in a long time: Dig through antique stores to find that one perfect “something,” which happened to be some antique metal utensils.
We saw some wooden handled utensils (like the ones pictured above) with white stripes (well, age kind of makes it look a little yellowish stripe) last year when Dale was laid off. There was what seemed to be a complete set in almost perfect condition at a booth at an antique mall we found in Norfork, Arkansas.
We couldn’t afford them then due to our job situation and when we went back last weekend, they were gone. I was disappointed at first, but as I combed through other booths, I found several that met my quality standards, which included no rust on the metal and little to no wear on the handles.
As it turned out, not buying those last year worked well. We really had a lot of fun going through the booths looking for that perfect find.
Dale and I don’t go “junk” hunting much anymore because, well, as you can imagine, we really just don’t need much in a 480-square foot house. Especially when we have a huge storage building crammed to the ceiling with boxes of stuff we don’t have room for anymore.
When I posted something about buying a new set of Le Creuset enamel coated cast iron cookware, one of our Living Large community, Kim Smith, who lives not far from us in Harrison, Arkansas, reminded me there were plenty of antique stores there in which to purchase antique utensils (making use of our mantra here of reuse and recycle).
The neighbor of ours, who uses only organic foods and makes everything from scratch, also told me how horrified she was to see a television cook using plastic utensils in hot pots. “Don’t they know the chemicals that are released from plastic when those get hot?” she asked.
Those conversations reminded me of our clandestine find last year and sent us back to buy these great and useful utensils. I checked and we can use metal in the new cookware, as long as we’re careful.
What’s even more fun is we didn’t find the pie server, large metal serving spoons (both solid and slatted) or the paring knife, so I see more antiquing in our future.
Now, I cannot wait until we have the money saved for the new pots and pans. Who would have ever thought I would say that!?
What kind of utensils do you cook with?