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Thread: Do you have a mezzaluna?

  1. #1
    Polly Esther Guest

    Default Do you have a mezzaluna?

    Okay. It is true. It is not fair. Our home has 2 kitchens so we can
    accommodate vast quantities of useless tools. But we don't.
    Any kitchen tool jolly well either earns its space or out it goes. The
    mezzaluna is an unusual and very used favorite here.
    Ours is a curved blade with a one-hand handle and came with a
    dishwasher happy some sort of plastic curved bowl.
    Works great for nuts and vegetables.
    Last Christmas, we gave all the cooks in family the Kitchen Aid
    mezzaluna with its plastic bowl. They were hard, hard to find. Mostly now
    they come with no bowl or a wooden one. The gifts were a great hit.
    They've made lots of nut breads, candy, and a mad variety of salsa. A
    mezzaluna is kind to the wrist and worth its space.
    I am not affiliated with KA but would be happy to accept bribes if they
    offered any. Just thought you might enjoy having a new toy. Polly


  2. #2
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:10:49 -0500, Polly Esther wrote:

    > Ours is a curved blade with a one-hand handle and came with a
    > dishwasher happy some sort of plastic curved bowl.


    Plastic? Never. A mezzaluna is just not appropriate for a plastic
    base due to the movement of the blade. It makes me cringe just to
    think about it - no matter what the plastic is made of.

    I had a really cool wooden one from Alaska (wood base, single blade)
    but I sent it to somebody here in the group. I already had a double
    blade that was use for use on flat surfaces. Never used that much
    either.

    -sw

  3. #3
    Polly Esther Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?


    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:13z5kszbn867p$.[email protected]..
    > On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:10:49 -0500, Polly Esther wrote:
    > Okay. It is true. It is not fair. Our home has 2 kitchens so we can

    accommodate vast quantities of useless tools. But we don't.
    Any kitchen tool jolly well either earns its space or out it goes. The
    mezzaluna is an unusual and very used favorite here.
    Ours is a curved blade with a one-hand handle and came with a
    dishwasher happy some sort of plastic curved bowl.
    Works great for nuts and vegetables.
    Last Christmas, we gave all the cooks in family the Kitchen Aid
    mezzaluna with its plastic bowl. They were hard, hard to find. Mostly now
    they come with no bowl or a wooden one. The gifts were a great hit.
    They've made lots of nut breads, candy, and a mad variety of salsa. A
    mezzaluna is kind to the wrist and worth its space.
    I am not affiliated with KA but would be happy to accept bribes if they
    offered any. Just thought you might enjoy having a new toy. Polly

    > Plastic? Never. A mezzaluna is just not appropriate for a plastic
    > base due to the movement of the blade. It makes me cringe just to
    > think about it - no matter what the plastic is made of.
    >
    > I had a really cool wooden one from Alaska (wood base, single blade)
    > but I sent it to somebody here in the group. I already had a double
    > blade that was use for use on flat surfaces. Never used that much
    > either.
    >
    > -sw

    Ah. Well. I don't know that it is plastic - just that it is NOT wooden and
    is top rack dishwasher safe. The 'care' and optimum style of fine knives and
    cutting surfaces wasn't involved. Just wanted to recommend the mezzaluna to
    cooks who need a comfortable and fast way to chop. Polly




  4. #4
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?


    "Polly Esther" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Okay. It is true. It is not fair. Our home has 2 kitchens so we can
    > accommodate vast quantities of useless tools. But we don't.
    > Any kitchen tool jolly well either earns its space or out it goes. The
    > mezzaluna is an unusual and very used favorite here.
    > Ours is a curved blade with a one-hand handle and came with a
    > dishwasher happy some sort of plastic curved bowl.
    > Works great for nuts and vegetables.
    > Last Christmas, we gave all the cooks in family the Kitchen Aid
    > mezzaluna with its plastic bowl. They were hard, hard to find. Mostly
    > now they come with no bowl or a wooden one. The gifts were a great hit.
    > They've made lots of nut breads, candy, and a mad variety of salsa. A
    > mezzaluna is kind to the wrist and worth its space.
    > I am not affiliated with KA but would be happy to accept bribes if they
    > offered any. Just thought you might enjoy having a new toy. Polly


    No but I used to. Loved it, but... It had a wooden handle that didn't have
    the proper waterproofing type of treatment on it. It eventually just
    crumbled and fell apart.



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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?


    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:13z5kszbn867p$.[email protected]..
    > On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:10:49 -0500, Polly Esther wrote:
    >
    >> Ours is a curved blade with a one-hand handle and came with a
    >> dishwasher happy some sort of plastic curved bowl.

    >
    > Plastic? Never. A mezzaluna is just not appropriate for a plastic
    > base due to the movement of the blade. It makes me cringe just to
    > think about it - no matter what the plastic is made of.
    >
    > I had a really cool wooden one from Alaska (wood base, single blade)
    > but I sent it to somebody here in the group. I already had a double
    > blade that was use for use on flat surfaces. Never used that much
    > either.


    Mine was from Alaska too. My husband bought it when he was up there.



  6. #6
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    "Polly Esther" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Okay. It is true. It is not fair. Our home has 2 kitchens so we can
    > accommodate vast quantities of useless tools. But we don't.
    > Any kitchen tool jolly well either earns its space or out it goes.
    > The
    > mezzaluna is an unusual and very used favorite here.
    > Ours is a curved blade with a one-hand handle and came with a
    > dishwasher happy some sort of plastic curved bowl.
    > Works great for nuts and vegetables.



    Polly,

    I HAVE ONE OF THOSE!!!

    It was a piece in Mom's kitchen collection I inherited.

    Years ago I posted URL to a pic of mine here at rfc asking what it was
    but got no replies.

    Mine is the single handle style. My best guess was it was an oddball
    pizza slicer. HA!!!

    Thanks for coming to my "kitchen thing" rescue!

    Best,

    Andy

  7. #7
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    Julie replied to Steve:

    >> Plastic? Never. A mezzaluna is just not appropriate for a plastic
    >> base due to the movement of the blade. It makes me cringe just to
    >> think about it - no matter what the plastic is made of.
    >>
    >> I had a really cool wooden one from Alaska (wood base, single blade)
    >> but I sent it to somebody here in the group. I already had a double
    >> blade that was use for use on flat surfaces. Never used that much
    >> either.

    >
    > Mine was from Alaska too. My husband bought it when he was up there.


    Are you sure it was a mezzaluna, and not an ulu?

    Bob



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    George Leppla Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On 7/25/2011 12:10 AM, Polly Esther wrote:
    > Okay. It is true. It is not fair. Our home has 2 kitchens so we can
    > accommodate vast quantities of useless tools. But we don't.
    > Any kitchen tool jolly well either earns its space or out it goes.
    > The mezzaluna is an unusual and very used favorite here.
    > Ours is a curved blade with a one-hand handle and came with a
    > dishwasher happy some sort of plastic curved bowl.
    > Works great for nuts and vegetables.



    I have one... it was my Grandmother's. I do not have the wooden bowl
    that goes with it. I never use it. Maybe if I run across a suitable
    bowl....

    George L

  9. #9
    Jerry Avins Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Jul 25, 1:10*am, "Polly Esther" <Polly...@cableone.net> wrote:
    > Okay. *It is true. It is not fair. *Our home has 2 kitchens so we can
    > accommodate vast quantities of useless tools. *But we don't.
    > * * Any kitchen tool jolly well either earns its space or out it goes.. *The
    > mezzaluna is an unusual and very used favorite here.
    > * * Ours *is a curved blade with a one-hand handle and came with a
    > dishwasher happy some sort of plastic curved bowl.
    > * * Works great for nuts and vegetables.
    > * * * * Last Christmas, we gave all the cooks in family the Kitchen Aid
    > mezzaluna with its plastic bowl. *They were hard, hard to find. *Mostly now
    > they come with no bowl or a wooden one. *The gifts were a great hit.
    > They've made lots of nut breads, candy, and a mad variety of salsa. *A
    > mezzaluna is kind to the wrist and worth its space.
    > * * I am not affiliated with KA but would be happy to accept bribes if they
    > offered any. *Just thought you might enjoy having *a new toy. *Polly


    Plastic bowl? Ouch! I find that an archetypical two-handed mezzaluna
    is rather large when cooking for a small number. I prefer a large ulu,
    the Alaskan "women's knife" with a blade like a leather worker's but a
    handle parallel to the bowl or board. (some things sold as mezzalunas
    are similar to them) I like being able to use it with one hand.
    Picture: http://tinyurl.com/3bdmvnz I've given these as gifts, but the
    one in my kitchen has a cast-iron handle (and a stainless-steel
    blade). It's probably about as old as I am. I have another with two
    blades side by side. It's a pain with anything but nuts. Food jams
    between the blades.

    Jerry
    --
    Engineering is the art of making what you want from things you can get.

  10. #10
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:32:53 -0500, "Polly Esther"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:13z5kszbn867p$.[email protected]..
    >> On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:10:49 -0500, Polly Esther wrote:
    >> Okay. It is true. It is not fair. Our home has 2 kitchens so we can

    >accommodate vast quantities of useless tools. But we don't.
    > Any kitchen tool jolly well either earns its space or out it goes. The
    >mezzaluna is an unusual and very used favorite here.
    > Ours is a curved blade with a one-hand handle and came with a
    >dishwasher happy some sort of plastic curved bowl.
    > Works great for nuts and vegetables.
    > Last Christmas, we gave all the cooks in family the Kitchen Aid
    >mezzaluna with its plastic bowl. They were hard, hard to find. Mostly now
    >they come with no bowl or a wooden one. The gifts were a great hit.
    >They've made lots of nut breads, candy, and a mad variety of salsa. A
    >mezzaluna is kind to the wrist and worth its space.
    > I am not affiliated with KA but would be happy to accept bribes if they
    >offered any. Just thought you might enjoy having a new toy. Polly
    >
    >> Plastic? Never. A mezzaluna is just not appropriate for a plastic
    >> base due to the movement of the blade. It makes me cringe just to
    >> think about it - no matter what the plastic is made of.
    >>
    >> I had a really cool wooden one from Alaska (wood base, single blade)
    >> but I sent it to somebody here in the group. I already had a double
    >> blade that was use for use on flat surfaces. Never used that much
    >> either.
    >>
    >> -sw

    >Ah. Well. I don't know that it is plastic - just that it is NOT wooden and
    >is top rack dishwasher safe. The 'care' and optimum style of fine knives and
    >cutting surfaces wasn't involved. Just wanted to recommend the mezzaluna to
    >cooks who need a comfortable and fast way to chop.


    Over several thousand years the blade n' bowl evolved into the meat
    grinder.... working on it: http://i52.tinypic.com/14cyw42.jpg

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    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Sun, 24 Jul 2011 23:06:30 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:13z5kszbn867p$.[email protected]..
    >> On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:10:49 -0500, Polly Esther wrote:
    >>
    >>> Ours is a curved blade with a one-hand handle and came with a
    >>> dishwasher happy some sort of plastic curved bowl.

    >>
    >> Plastic? Never. A mezzaluna is just not appropriate for a plastic
    >> base due to the movement of the blade. It makes me cringe just to
    >> think about it - no matter what the plastic is made of.
    >>
    >> I had a really cool wooden one from Alaska (wood base, single blade)
    >> but I sent it to somebody here in the group. I already had a double
    >> blade that was use for use on flat surfaces. Never used that much
    >> either.

    >
    >Mine was from Alaska too. My husband bought it when he was up there.


    I think that's called a "ulu".
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulu

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 04:35:20 -0700, Bob Terwilliger wrote:

    > Julie replied to Steve:
    >
    >>> Plastic? Never. A mezzaluna is just not appropriate for a plastic
    >>> base due to the movement of the blade. It makes me cringe just to
    >>> think about it - no matter what the plastic is made of.
    >>>
    >>> I had a really cool wooden one from Alaska (wood base, single blade)
    >>> but I sent it to somebody here in the group. I already had a double
    >>> blade that was use for use on flat surfaces. Never used that much
    >>> either.

    >>
    >> Mine was from Alaska too. My husband bought it when he was up there.

    >
    > Are you sure it was a mezzaluna, and not an ulu?


    What is an ulu with a matching bowl?

    -sw

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    George Leppla Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On 7/25/2011 10:18 AM, Sqwertz wrote:
    >>> Mine was from Alaska too. My husband bought it when he was up there.
    >> >
    >> > Are you sure it was a mezzaluna, and not an ulu?

    > What is an ulu with a matching bowl?
    >
    > -sw


    Ulu with matching bowl...
    http://www.homesteadmarket.com/produ...ry_accessories

    You can usually see some in any discard bin outside the TSA security
    stations in Anchorage, Seattle or Vancouver. People on Alaska cruises
    buy these and mistakenly put them in their carry-ons... and they get pulled.

    My Grandmother's mezzaluna looks similar to this in style:
    http://www.chefdepot.com/graphics17/...large_bowl.jpg

    George L


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    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Jul 25, 12:18*am, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    > On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:10:49 -0500, Polly Esther wrote:
    > > * * Ours *is a curved blade with a one-hand handle and came with a
    > > dishwasher happy some sort of plastic curved bowl.

    >
    > Plastic? *Never. *A mezzaluna is just not appropriate for a plastic
    > base due to the movement of the blade. *It makes me cringe just to
    > think about it - no matter what the plastic is made of.
    >
    > I had a really cool wooden one from Alaska (wood base, single blade)
    > but I sent it to somebody here in the group. I already had a double
    > blade that was use for use on flat surfaces. *Never used that much
    > either.
    >
    > -sw


    I had a beau who worked on the Alaska pipeline, and he gave me one of
    those touristy-wooden-base mezzalunas. I don't use it - just put it
    on a shelf. My favorite one is one my grandma used - a double-bladed
    one. She (and I) always used it in a wooden bowl.

    N.

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    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Jul 25, 6:35*am, "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz>
    wrote:
    > Julie replied to Steve:
    >
    > >> Plastic? *Never. *A mezzaluna is just not appropriate for a plastic
    > >> base due to the movement of the blade. *It makes me cringe just to
    > >> think about it - no matter what the plastic is made of.

    >
    > >> I had a really cool wooden one from Alaska (wood base, single blade)
    > >> but I sent it to somebody here in the group. I already had a double
    > >> blade that was use for use on flat surfaces. *Never used that much
    > >> either.

    >
    > > Mine was from Alaska too. *My husband bought it when he was up there.

    >
    > Are you sure it was a mezzaluna, and not an ulu?
    >
    > Bob


    Oops, you're right - ulu. A blubber knife. Not that I want to cut
    into any seal blubber.

    N.

  16. #16
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Jul 25, 10:35*am, George Leppla <geo...@cruisemaster.com> wrote:
    > On 7/25/2011 10:18 AM, Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    > >>> Mine was from Alaska too. *My husband bought it when he was up there.

    >
    > >> > *Are you sure it was a mezzaluna, and not an ulu?

    > > What is an ulu with a matching bowl?

    >
    > > -sw

    >
    > Ulu with matching bowl...http://www.homesteadmarket.com/produ...ry_accessories
    >
    > You can usually see some in any discard bin outside the TSA security
    > stations in Anchorage, Seattle or Vancouver. *People on Alaska cruises
    > buy these and mistakenly put them in their carry-ons... and they get pulled.
    >
    > My Grandmother's mezzaluna looks similar to this in style:http://www.chefdepot.com/graphics17/...large_bowl.jpg
    >
    > George L


    My grandma's has two blades, reasonably far apart, and a single
    handle. You use it with one hand, not two. There's no way for
    anything to get caught between the blades that you can't carefully
    swipe out with a finger tip or a narrow spatula.

    N.

  17. #17
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:35:49 -0500, George Leppla wrote:

    > On 7/25/2011 10:18 AM, Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    >> What is an ulu with a matching bowl?

    >
    > Ulu with matching bowl...
    > http://www.homesteadmarket.com/produ...ry_accessories


    Mezzaluna with matching bowl:
    <http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&productId=202574824&l angId=-1&catalogId=10053&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=202574824 &cm_mmc=shopping-_-googlebase-_-D29X-_-202574824&locStoreNum=6542>

    Two names for the same thing.

    -sw

  18. #18
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:35:49 -0500, George Leppla
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 7/25/2011 10:18 AM, Sqwertz wrote:
    >>>> Mine was from Alaska too. My husband bought it when he was up there.
    >>> >
    >>> > Are you sure it was a mezzaluna, and not an ulu?

    >> What is an ulu with a matching bowl?
    >>
    >> -sw

    >
    >Ulu with matching bowl...
    >http://www.homesteadmarket.com/produ...ry_accessories
    >
    >You can usually see some in any discard bin outside the TSA security
    >stations in Anchorage, Seattle or Vancouver. People on Alaska cruises
    >buy these and mistakenly put them in their carry-ons... and they get pulled.


    That's strange... HTF did they get to Alaska to begin with... those
    things are obviously made in the orient, likely China.

  19. #19
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:04:43 -0500, George Leppla
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have one... it was my Grandmother's. I do not have the wooden bowl
    > that goes with it. I never use it. Maybe if I run across a suitable
    > bowl....


    A bowl might be nice, but it's not necessary. My grandmother had one
    that she used on a flat surface.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  20. #20
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Do you have a mezzaluna?

    On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:37:44 -0700 (PDT), Nancy2 wrote:

    > I had a beau who worked on the Alaska pipeline, and he gave me one of
    > those touristy-wooden-base mezzalunas. I don't use it - just put it
    > on a shelf.


    I re-gifted mine to Carol. It really wasn't even a gift to me.
    Somebody was cleaning out her house and just gave us a bunch of stuff.
    So I passed it to somebody who may use it. Nothing wrong with that.

    -sw

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