While antique shopping the other day, we purchased this curious Bakelite-handled kitchen gadget. At first we just liked the way it looked but then we realized it might actually be very useful. Do you know what it is? It's a pie trimmer and sealer! To use it, one would roll the wheel and its prongs along a pie crust to crimp the edges. Although this isn't an essential pie making tool (we generally use our fingers or a fork to do the same job), it just seems fun to use. Plus, it would produce consistent-looking pie crusts.
This particular pie sealer was made by Vaughan's and we guess it's from around the 1930s. Similar ones may be found on eBay and Etsy. Modern crimpers also exist, but to our eyes, the older ones have so much more charm.
Do you have any vintage kitchen tools in your arsenal?
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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