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Enid Features

April 8, 2014

Gadgets for every purpose

ENID, Okla. — Do you fall for every new-fangled gadget? Think about it.

My friend, Jane, and my grand daughter, Jamie, love kitchen gadgets and enjoy giving them to me because I love them too. It is so fun to use an orange peeler made just for that exact purpose. Or a pineapple slicer with no other use than to slice pineapples and remove the core and rind. I have received egg slicers and metric converts and many other things and I love them all.

I love knives and fun gadgets for every purpose. Gadgets just make cooking easier, quicker and more fun. When I was a kid, we had so few gadgets. We made do with a paring knife and a strainer. Now, there is a gadget for everything.

I can remember when we first got electricity in the country when I was in high school. We thought rural electricity was the greatest thing in the world. It allowed us to have real refrigerators instead of “ice boxes.”

We even got electric fans so we could work inside instead of following the shade around the house. Fans certainly stirred the breeze and we thought we were cool.

Grandma even changed her wood-burning cook stove (we never called it a “range” back then) to an electric one. She never quite got the hang of cooking on it as she didn’t know how to adjust the heat like she once did. She could tell within a few degrees what the oven temperature was in her wood stove, but never trusted the dials on the electric one. She was used to a slower source of heat. Plus, she used the same kettles and pots and pans she had always used with wood, and they conducted heat differently.

I absolutely love to cook and bake with electricity. The heat is so predictable and so clean. I had time to work out the “bugs” by the time I learned on my own. I just used Grandma’s methods and didn’t do what she did and did what she didn’t do!

We were the first to get a television in our neighborhood back then. It was definitely a new-fangled gadget/appliance. We were never real sure it would “last” because we got only a few live programs and a lot of test patterns and music. I bet kids now don’t even know what a test pattern is.

We saw hours and hours of it when television first came into being. When there was a program on, we gathered around the set and all watched quietly. Come to think of it, we did the same thing for a radio program. Everyone sat down near the radio and all listened together. We never listened from the next room or were busy making noise while a special program was on. Oh, how times have changed.

With rural electricity, we paid the huge sum of $3 a month. We had chicken coops, barns, every shed and yard lighted, because we still could not use the “alloted” base charged for the month. One paid the same whether they used the “juice” or not. Back then, it was called juice. I imagined that if a wire broke, the electricity would just spill out on the ground like water. Some old-timers still call it that.

When computers first came out, some people thought they would quickly pass. When I retired, my bosses gave me a computer with everything on it. I use it all the time to write my columns, email family and friends, look up recipes, medicines, and all kinds of general information. I never dreamed in a million years I would enjoy one as much as I do. What did we ever do without them? Well, we wrote letters the long way. We thumbed through “World Books” for information. We searched for hours for some data that we can now have within seconds. What was once thought to be a new-fangled gadget has become an absolute necessity! Along with cellphones, iPads and so many things that are obsolete by the time we purchase them and learn how to use them properly.

How could we run a kitchen without an electric can opener, a waffle iron, a griddle, a beater or two, mini food choppers, food processors, Crock pots, rice cookers, coffee makers, or popcorn poppers? The list goes on. How would we manage without our vacuum sweepers and mops, and our washer/drier, and dishwasher?

Nearly every day we see a new product to clean a house that will supposedly take hours off house work. Some of them work, but our ancestors kept a pretty clean house with just soap, soda and vinegar. It can take an entire cabinet to store all the “miracle products,” and it takes time to get them all out and remember how to mix them. Do we really save that much time or money or work?

Change is not necessarily better for every new soap and shampoo and bath additive or labor-saving device. The same goes for every new gadget for a car or yard. One just has to use his/her own judgment, try it and decide what is best.

Around our house, it is pretty hard to improve on the old tried-and-true recipes that my family loves the most. Most of them are from the family archives of recipes, just changed a little to adjust to modern times. This is one of our favorites this time of year. It is asparagus time!

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