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  1. #1
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Unusual Kitchen Item

    The grater looks like a standard Ekco grater,
    which leads me to believe this is a homemade
    device.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/_W0QQitemZ250537511696

    It looks like a combination of bread box,
    bread board, and grater, for someone who
    really likes grated cheese (or something)
    on their bread. Any better guesses?

  2. #2
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Unusual Kitchen Item

    Mark Thorson wrote:
    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/_W0QQitemZ250537511696
    >
    > It looks like a combination of bread box,
    > bread board, and grater, for someone who
    > really likes grated cheese (or something)
    > on their bread. Any better guesses?


    After more study, I think that's wrong.
    The box appears to be for receiving the
    grated material. My current theory is that
    it's a portable grater, to simplify keeping
    the gratings together and free of contaminants,
    for example if making grated cheese for
    pizza or enchiladas while away from a kitchen.

    The decoration looks somewhat Mexican to me.
    It might not be home-made, but perhaps made
    by a local craftsman in Mexico.

  3. #3
    PeterL Guest

    Default Re: Unusual Kitchen Item

    Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote in news:[email protected]:

    > Mark Thorson wrote:
    >>
    >> http://cgi.ebay.com/_W0QQitemZ250537511696
    >>
    >> It looks like a combination of bread box,
    >> bread board, and grater, for someone who
    >> really likes grated cheese (or something)
    >> on their bread. Any better guesses?

    >
    > After more study, I think that's wrong.
    > The box appears to be for receiving the
    > grated material. My current theory is that
    > it's a portable grater, to simplify keeping
    > the gratings together and free of contaminants,
    > for example if making grated cheese for
    > pizza or enchiladas while away from a kitchen.



    You would be correct.

    The idea has been around for a long time. Tupperware sells a plastic
    version, albiet not quite so large.

    http://tinyurl.com/ybq52no



    >
    > The decoration looks somewhat Mexican to me.
    > It might not be home-made, but perhaps made
    > by a local craftsman in Mexico.
    >



    It does look nice, although, being made of Pine I'd just be worried about
    what the interior of the holding drawer would be like.

    And besides, that grater would be a real PITA. I have seperate attachments
    for my grater/slicer and base. Having the slicer right next to the grater
    would cause a few problems.

    --
    Peter Lucas
    Brisbane
    Australia


    If we are not meant to eat animals,
    why are they made of meat?

  4. #4
    Spwertz Guest

    Default Re: Unusual Kitchen Item

    On Sat, 28 Nov 2009 22:33:16 GMT, PeterL wrote:

    > The idea has been around for a long time. Tupperware sells a plastic
    > version, albiet not quite so large.
    >
    > http://tinyurl.com/ybq52no


    A plastic grater? How useless.

    > And besides, that grater would be a real PITA. I have seperate attachments
    > for my grater/slicer and base. Having the slicer right next to the grater
    > would cause a few problems.


    The slicer is inverted from the grating mechanism so that you'd have
    to turn it over to use the slicer. I would think that in your vast
    experiences and world travels you would have seen something like
    this at some time or another.

    -sw

  5. #5
    PeterL Guest

    Default Re: Unusual Kitchen Item

    Spwertz <[email protected]> wrote in news:[email protected]:

    > On Sat, 28 Nov 2009 22:33:16 GMT, PeterL wrote:
    >
    >> The idea has been around for a long time. Tupperware sells a plastic
    >> version, albiet not quite so large.
    >>
    >> http://tinyurl.com/ybq52no

    >
    > A plastic grater? How useless.
    >
    >> And besides, that grater would be a real PITA. I have seperate
    >> attachments for my grater/slicer and base. Having the slicer right next
    >> to the grater would cause a few problems.

    >
    > The slicer is inverted from the grating mechanism so that you'd have
    > to turn it over to use the slicer.



    Oh *really*???

    http://tinyurl.com/ykz5xfy

    http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/...=225006&image=
    324601655&images=324599933,324600007,324601504,324 601655&formats=0,0,0,0
    &format=0


    Now go crawl back under the rock you came out of, you POS troll.



    --
    Peter Lucas
    Brisbane
    Australia


    If we are not meant to eat animals,
    why are they made of meat?

  6. #6
    Spwertz Guest

    Default Re: Unusual Kitchen Item

    On Sat, 28 Nov 2009 23:15:00 GMT, PeterL wrote:

    > Spwertz <[email protected]> wrote in news:[email protected]:
    >
    >> On Sat, 28 Nov 2009 22:33:16 GMT, PeterL wrote:
    >>
    >>> The idea has been around for a long time. Tupperware sells a plastic
    >>> version, albiet not quite so large.
    >>>
    >>> http://tinyurl.com/ybq52no

    >>
    >> A plastic grater? How useless.
    >>
    >>> And besides, that grater would be a real PITA. I have seperate
    >>> attachments for my grater/slicer and base. Having the slicer right next
    >>> to the grater would cause a few problems.

    >>
    >> The slicer is inverted from the grating mechanism so that you'd have
    >> to turn it over to use the slicer.

    >
    > Oh *really*???
    >
    > http://tinyurl.com/ykz5xfy


    Yes, *really*. Just as I said. I have one exactly like this.

    As we can all see, the grater in that picture is oriented for using
    the wavy slicer and nothing else.

    Now piss off, you pompous, inbred pile of ****.

    -sw

  7. #7
    news Guest

    Default Re: Unusual Kitchen Item


    "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Mark Thorson wrote:
    >>
    >> http://cgi.ebay.com/_W0QQitemZ250537511696
    >>
    >> It looks like a combination of bread box,
    >> bread board, and grater, for someone who
    >> really likes grated cheese (or something)
    >> on their bread. Any better guesses?

    >
    > After more study, I think that's wrong.
    > The box appears to be for receiving the
    > grated material. My current theory is that
    > it's a portable grater, to simplify keeping
    > the gratings together and free of contaminants,
    > for example if making grated cheese for
    > pizza or enchiladas while away from a kitchen.
    >
    > The decoration looks somewhat Mexican to me.
    > It might not be home-made, but perhaps made
    > by a local craftsman in Mexico.


    It looks to be a 1950's-60's American-made decorative box covering a
    readily available retail (ecko) grater. "Toleware " does not describe the
    decoration, and it doesn't look Mexican at all, rather PA Dutch. It looks
    like an East Coast high-school woodshop project that was never actually used
    to grate anything, and was made for strictly decorative purposes. The drawer
    does not appear moveable. There is no apparent wear on the wood, and there
    is dust on the shoulders under the handle, indicating that it was hung on a
    wall somewhere for a time.
    A housewife of the era would have found this object of very little use, as
    grating food over a bowl would have been more efficient than grating food
    into a drawer.

    Why would one grate cheese for pizza or enchiladas away from a kitchen?
    These dishes were unheard of when this object was created, anyway.



  8. #8
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Unusual Kitchen Item

    news wrote:
    >
    > It looks to be a 1950's-60's American-made decorative box covering a
    > readily available retail (ecko) grater. "Toleware " does not describe the


    Agreed it's not toleware.

    > decoration, and it doesn't look Mexican at all, rather PA Dutch. It looks
    > like an East Coast high-school woodshop project that was never actually used
    > to grate anything, and was made for strictly decorative purposes. The drawer
    > does not appear moveable. There is no apparent wear on the wood, and there
    > is dust on the shoulders under the handle, indicating that it was hung on a
    > wall somewhere for a time.


    That's a reasonable theory. High school shop teachers
    of that period would have had incentive to demonstrate
    perfomance by encouraging students to make projects of
    high visibility to parents. There may be a shark plaque
    I made in 1970 or 1971 still existing.

    > A housewife of the era would have found this object of very little use, as
    > grating food over a bowl would have been more efficient than grating food
    > into a drawer.
    >
    > Why would one grate cheese for pizza or enchiladas away from a kitchen?
    > These dishes were unheard of when this object was created, anyway.


    Yes, that was before avocados, prosciutto, and
    bottled water. Virtually another world, unknown
    to Generation X, Y, Z, or W-Theta. Alas.

  9. #9
    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Unusual Kitchen Item


    "Mark Thorson" ha scritto nel messaggio

    > The grater looks like a standard Ekco grater,
    > which leads me to believe this is a homemade
    > device.
    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/_W0QQitemZ250537511696

    Any better guesses?

    I don't have to guess, becauise almost everybody in Italy has one minus the
    painting. So9me are wood, some plastic. It's how the grated cheese gets on
    the table! Some is grated into the box before the primo, and then if more
    is needed, it's ready to go. If any is leftover it keeps fine in the box.



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