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Vintage Ice Cream Scoop - My Sentimental Favorite

Call me old-fashioned but I do believe there is a reason why Alfred L. Cralle invented the ubiquitous ice cream scoop in 1897. While technically Cralle did not invent the ice cream scoop, that distinction rightfully belongs to George William Clewell in 1878, it was Cralles design that endured almost 120 years and is still pretty much used up to this very day. Sure I admire single-piece simple ice cream scoop designs that integrate a heat-conducting fluid in its handle so that the metal will not freeze and let the ice cream stick to it, but I am a sucker for the old ice cream scoops.

Too bad, the original Cralle design can only be bought now from antique shops and other stores that sell collectible items, so you know where to go if you are collecting vintage ice cream scoops. There is really a sense of mysticism in the traditional vintage metal ice cream scoop design that I find very appealing.

When Clewell designed the first ice cream scoop, you would have to hold the utensil with both hands. One hand will be holding the handle while the other hand will be turning the knob located at the tip of the cone-shaped scoop. Yes. You read that right. The Clewell design was a cone with a scraper mechanism on the inner surface of the scoop. This had to be operated from the outside by turning the knob at the pointed end of the cone. So, I could just imagine the challenge it poses to many diners serving a lot of people at any given time.

Now I understand why Cralle improved on the Clewell design by removing the knob that operated the scraper and instead attached it to a lever-action mechanism that allowed the scoop to be operated by one hand. This greatly improved the efficiency of scooping and serving ice creams to customers. In fact, after the Cralle invention, many more improvements were made including the cylinder dipper or the hemispherical dipper the ice cream disher is known for today. The very first hemispherical or cylindrical ice cream scooper was invented by Frank Hayden in 1900. The Cralle design was perfect for soda fountains while the Hayden design was good for sodas, cones, and sundaes. It is for this reason that I consider these three men Clewell, Cralle, and Hayden to be the icons in the storied past of the antique ice cream scoop.

I have been looking for ice cream scoops for sale that closely resembles the vintage designs of the early 20th century. My search landed me on Amazon where I was introduced to the SuperEze Ice Cream Scoop. It is very easy to use, sturdy, and inexpensive all the qualities of the original Cralle design. And with the Hayden design-inspired hemispherical scoop, I am in heaven. 


I have to admit I used dishers before. That is part of the reason why I always stick with a disher. Now that I have SuperEze, I can safely say that I will never have to look anywhere else again. The SuperEze Ice Scooper may not have the Cralle sign but it does epitomize the vintage spirit of pioneering Americans. 

Advantages For Using A Halogen Oven

One huge advantage is that a halogen oven will not heat up the kitchen. Another advantage is that they don't take up much counter space so they are the perfect applicant for a small apartment sized kitchen, the boat, camping or the RV.

If you still like to cook a meal and you live in a hot climate or it is the summer, having a halogen oven means you can still cook your food. They don't heat up the area so you won't have to adjust the air conditioning or only use it in the cooler months.

A halogen oven also tends to keep cooking odors at bay. This is especially important if you like to cook fish. All the odors are captured within the enclosed bowl of the oven. No more fishy odors that you have to cover up with a room spray.

The halogen oven is easy to clean. One thing I do to help with clean-up is that I spray the bowl with a cooking spray and then the splatters doesn't stick. The glass bowl is easy to clean. You can either wash it in the sink with hot soapy water or add it to the dishwasher.

The halogen oven is a healthier way of cooking. You no longer have to stay away from French fries since the oven will produce the best crispy fries you have ever eaten that are healthy as well. Try making yam fries too. You will love how they turn out.

Since the halogen oven is relatively light weight it is very portable. It makes a perfect kitchen appliance for your RV or boat. Since it doesn't take up much space, it can serve double duty for many other appliances in your kitchen. Use it to make everything from steak to bread.

Try being a bit creative with your cooking. You can roast vegetables, bake potatoes, make toast or even bake a pizza. You will find that you are reducing your calorie and fat intake when you start using your halogen oven.

One advantage of this kind of oven is that it doesn't require pre-heating. This will save some electricity and money on your electric bill. In a regular electric oven, it can take ten or twenty minutes to reach a preset temperature. Not only does this waste energy but it heats up the room as well. Not so in a halogen oven. You just add the food, adjust the temperature and set the timer and start the oven.

A halogen oven is incredibly useful for people who don't like to cook or are in a hurry to get their meal on the table. If you are a busy person and find you arent eating as many home cooked meal, this appliance is the perfect solution. You don't even have to take food out of the freezer to defrost first.

Creating Chocolate Shavings From Ordinary Kitchen Utensils

Everybody loves chocolate. Scientific studies also show that dark chocolate those that were not heavily processed and do not contain additional sweetening and flavorings is actually beneficial to individuals who have diabetes and heart ailments. The wealth of knowledge regarding the many health benefits of chocolate has been capitalized by food experts and chocolate lovers all over the world. As an average homeowner, you do not need fancy equipment to enjoy the richness of dark chocolate. Using your ordinary kitchen gadgets a knife and a cheese grater you can reap the full health benefits of dark chocolates while at the same time immersing yourself in its velvety richness. Call it the highest level of indulgence right in the comfort of your own kitchen.

For starters you need a solid block of dark chocolate and water. First place your block of dark chocolate on a double boiler and slowly melt it over low heat. If you do not have a double boiler, you can use saucepan then place a heat-safe mixing bowl in it. Make sure the saucepan is filled with just enough water to accommodate the mixing bowl. Place the dark chocolate on the mixing bowl and watch it slowly melt away. Make sure to thoroughly stir the chocolate until it is smooth. Just before the entire chocolate melts, turn off the heat or remove the chocolate from the heat and allow it to momentarily cool.

Slowly pour the melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Spread it thinly using the backside of a tablespoon. If you have a spatula, better. Use the free edges of the baking sheet to tap on the chocolate surface to release air bubbles. Let the chocolate harden for about 15 to 20 minutes. If you cannot wait that long, you can place it in the refrigerator or even the freezer. Just remember to take it out before it turns into one solid chunk of frozen chocolate. Once it has hardened, you can now take your kitchen utensils to carve out shavings off this delectable piece of chocolate.

Using your knife, place the blade at a 60 to 80 degree angle and scrape the surface of the chocolate towards you. Make sure to apply even pressure so that your shavings will form a beautiful curl. You can also use a pastry scraper or even a spatula if you like. For longer curls, scrape the entire length of the chocolate. For short curls just scrape off significantly smaller portions. Using the cheese grater, just take the chocolate and gently rub it across the fine holes for a dusty chocolate texture. If you like larger shavings, use the larger holes of the box grater.

You can use these chocolate shavings for a variety of your desserts like ice creams, yogurts, cakes, and even juices.