If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll usually catch me tweeting about food or snapping pictures of my latest culinary masterpiece. When I am not adding books to my research library, I am stuffing my kitchen with as many appliances and utensils as possible. In series’ three and four of Downton Abbey (the latter recently concluded in the UK and to hit the US in January!), the progression of time downstairs has been shown through newfangled kitchen appliances. Though cooking in the early 20th century remained as time consuming as in the 19th century, there were a number of inventions–like electric toasters–that sped up the process and made getting food on the table much easier to manage (this was important after the war, when servants were expensive and difficult to come by). According to Mrs. Beeton’s specifications, the very best houses could be expected to spend upwards £100 (more than a cook or chef’s annual salary) to outfit a kitchen to its fullest degree!

chafing dish, chafing dish stand and lamp, double boiler of chafing dish, jelly mould, meat clice, whisk, chafing dish complete, colander, dutch oven, spice box

tart pans, patty pans, raised pie mould, paste jagger, fancy vegetable cutters and case, vegetable scoops, paste board and pin, plain charlotte pudding mould, gridion, mangle or wringer, tin-lined wicker knife basket, coffee canister, bread grater

bread cutter, coffee roaster, carpet sweeper, wringer and mangle, knife cleaner, spice box

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5 Comments on Edwardian Kitchen Wizardry

  1. Connie B. Dowell
    November 15, 2013 at 8:32 AM (5 years ago)

    Fascinating pictures. So much is different, but the whisk at least hasn’t changed. 🙂

  2. hels
    November 15, 2013 at 2:05 PM (5 years ago)

    My grandmother was still using a mangle in the early 1950s! She said it worked very well… why would she throw it out.

    • Evangeline Holland
      November 15, 2013 at 11:03 PM (5 years ago)

      Sounds like how my grandmother feels about her old appliances, lol.

  3. Christy Childers
    November 18, 2013 at 4:15 PM (5 years ago)

    Loved the bit in Downton Abbey when Cora was trying to convince Mrs. Patmore to trade in her icebox for a refrigerator. (: