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Strange and useful items in my kitchen:

A miniature capstan bar-- the length of my forearm.

A very strong flashlight on  a tripod

Binder clips

A hammer

An ice scraper that daughter gave me that says '#1 mom'

A 14 inch cast iron frying pan, which I probably could not afford to buy new, but which we found in the tall grass behind our first apartment. This was 25 years ago now. We nearly hit it with the lawnmower. Husband cleaned all the rust off with an angle grinder-- I have been using it happily ever since.

There are so many things sold for kitchens-- but these things are actually useful.


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Feb. 15th, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
But you still haven't told up what kind of miniature vessel the tiny capstan bar belongs to!! I've been waiting years to find out! ;P
Feb. 15th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC)
If I ever find out I will let you know. It came from a ship, I think. A modern USN ship. They are totally insane for throwing things out. (We once got two really good microscopes that they threw away because someone lost the instruction book, and nobody could remember how to turn them on.)

The only thing I can think is that it was from some sort of ship model.
Feb. 15th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
If you ever need to replace the pan, go to a camping store; same pan, 1/4 the cost of the fancy cooking store!! (my son just rusted his!!)
Feb. 15th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
I cannot imagine needing to replace it. It will last for centuries at this rate. It is big enough to make stews in, it is my fave kitchen pan.
Feb. 16th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
Binder clips are great for chip bags and such!
Feb. 16th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
And for holding parchment paper down. Or securing string. The metal ones can go right in the oven.
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