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Old 08-06-2010, 03:17 PM   #11
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Some really interesting answers....

"the best thing since sliced bread' is quoted for a reason. lol thanks, Margaux.

Like Phaedra, when I was a kid the only thing we had to wrap up a anything was waxed paper....does anyone still have a roll of the stuff, and why? Forty years ago my little boy was watching puppies being born, and he was so excited that the "babies are born in Baggies".......

I know that my mom was raised with an "ice box".......she always called our modern refrigerator the "ice box". Geeze, what a pain that must have been. My uncle was an "ice man" who delivered it.

I remember the "garbage man" Andy. I think he had a pig farm. Remember those metal garbage cans with the lid that would dang near gag us kids who really had to empty the "garbage"? I think we are close to the same age.

It can all really boggle the mind.
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:06 PM   #12
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hi Kayelle--I have wax paper! I use it under things like crab cakes or hamburger patties when I put them in the fridge to chill--(of course, I'm the type that has 3 kinds of plastic wrap, 2 aluminum foils, parchment paper, etc., I could go on . . . .)
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:45 PM   #13
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I keep waxed paper for between hamburger patties I shape for DH. If I don't set things up for him he eats junk.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:52 PM   #14
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Come to think of it, there were some real dud inventions too. Two that come to mind are the electric can opener and the electric knife. Both of them ended up in my trash.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:56 PM   #15
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Come to think of it, there were some real dud inventions too. Two that come to mind are the electric can opener and the electric knife. Both of them ended up in my trash.
AWWWWWWW K don't be a raggin on the electric knife... Although not used very often, when used it's genius... (well when in the right hands lol lol) The electric canopen was made for monkeys, did no one tell you that my love...
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i grate cheese, eggs for salad, to shape burgers. or just under whatever to season on waxed paper/ saves a lot of clean up. it is also cheap. if that makes no sense, i am under the influence of drugs for pain in my hand.
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:31 PM   #17
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Yes, I, too, remember when Mom would rinse and hang bread bags to dry because baggies were not yet invented. Not only wax paper, but what we then called tin foil. Brown paper grocery bags were always recycled, as was the tin foil (which was comparatively expensive), which we wiped down and let dry, folded and re-used. I lived my pre-teen years overseas, and some of what was available here in the states we didn't have.

I, too, grate, julienne, etc, on to a bit of wax paper. And there are times when you want to cover or wrap something loosely and wax does better than plastic if you want some air circulation. Nowadays you always hear about people using oiled parchment paper for baking, but mom always lined cake pans with wax paper.



Yes, I could live without a microwave, but having a kitchen that is not air conditioned, it sure is handy. One of my favorite uses is to heat or partially precook items so I don't have to have the stove on as long, or for items like potatoes that take longer on the grill than whatever else I'm cooking. It allows me to finish all of the meal at the same time. Baked potatoes in the microwave so not taste "baked", but in a pinch, in a hot kitchen or on the grill, you can microwave them until almost done, then toss in a very hot oven for a short period of time (or toss on a grill) to get the skin crisp and flavor really baked rather than steamed.

I don't have now, but I know many of my friends couldn't live without ice cube makers, dishwashers, and garbage disposals. People take them so for granted that they might not mention them. There are only two of us, so I don't miss them, myself, but my sisters (all with kids) think I'm insane to even try to live without those appliances, or without air conditioning in my kitchen.

To me, though, the thing I most appreciate is the relatively ready availability of foods and ingredients that I couldn't get some places I've lived in my younger days. Ethnic ingredients, bagged, pre-washed salad greens, many different kinds of pasta and rice. Even when I first moved to small-town Midwest USA only 8 years ago I couldn't get many ingredients that are now at my small-town grocery store.
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